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“...the birds of the air will come and nest in its branches.” ~ Matt. 13:32
COVID-19 IN VENEZUELA March 23, 2020 - Maracaibo, between a rock and a hard place. Two days before the Maduro's administration put into place what they called "social quarantine" gas stations in Maracaibo were already empty. In an country where the minimum monthly salary is $4 and 90% of the population makes between $5 and $10 per month, and most people have an informal job, the large majority of the population makes daily what they're going to put on their tables to eat that day. Quarantine is not easy. This is not a country where you can go buy at the supermarket as many rolls of toilet paper as you want. First, because there are not enough rolls of paper, and secondly because no one can afford that. The government also promised to provide fuel for health personnel which hasn't happened. Most doctors can't get to their places of work. Hospitals are lacking the most basic supplies, and when I say basic I mean … water. No one knows how much longer people will be able to stay locked in. Ruben Turtulici
Venezuela is on lockdown and there is no gasoline.
Thanks to generous donors, we were able to provide medical gloves and masks for doctors in several hospitals in the Maracaibo area in preparation to receive Coronavirus patients.

JANUARY 19, 2021 - NEWS FLASH -

Rubén Turtulici, our Director of Missions and President of FUNDAMOST, has moved to Dubai, UAE.

He has appointed José Andrade as his Assistant Director of Missions in Maracaibo. Rubén will be in

frequent contact with us and with José and will maintain an active role in the ministries of MTM and

FUNDAMOST. Any donations received for FUNDAMOST in Maracaibo will be sent to José who will see

that they are used to help people in need. You can see more information about José on our Staff page.

Please read the message Rubén wrote just before he left Venezuela.

(click here)

José Andrade Rubén Turtulici
March 19, 2021 Let us introduce you to our friend Juan Grateron, who we have known many years. Juan is the founder and director of Fundación Gotas de Amor (Drops of Love Foundation) serving children, older adults, and people in vulnerable conditions with needed food and clothing since 2016. They are now serving meals twice a week to 40-60 children in the small urban community of El Tostao in west Barquisimeto, Venezuela as well as handing out sandwiches to hungry people wherever there is a need. They are working on increasing the children’s feeding program to every day. And to help generate income for the foundation, they will also be selling food at prices below those in supermarkets. This will help the ministry become more self-sustaining and also help those who purchase the food at better prices. They have also begun taking arepas and sandwiches to people at the Central Hospital of Barquisimeto. Many patients come from other states to this hospital and their relatives have no where to spend the nights. In Juan's words, "On the outskirts of this hospital, hundreds of relatives of patients spend the night on the sidewalks, because most of them are people from villages far from the city, people without resources to pay for a hotel room, and they are not allowed to stay overnight inside the hospital. These people suffer the nightly onslaught of the weather and the pain of hunger. We want to help them!" He is planning to taking food, blankets and medical supplies (which patients in Venezuelan hospitals have to provide for themselves) to the Central Hospital early in the morning at least three times a week. Juan and his family have also begun handing out food to people waiting in line to get gas. After spending 2 nights and 3 days in line for gas, he knows first hand how hard it is. Juan, his wife Maria, and sister Rebecca, find opportunities to show God’s love wherever they go! To maintain this ministry, Juan needs to purchase items such as flour, sugar, ham and margarine to prepare more meals for the children and to give out to the people at the hospital and on the streets. He also wants to buy enoug to sell to generate funds so the ministry can become more self-sustaining. If you would like to help Juan feed these children and families who are in such great need, pease donate via the PayPal button at the top of this page.
Handing out food outside the Central Hospital.

The latest news on what MTM is doing to help

in Venezuela.

August 2021 - Juan Grateron, founder and director of Fundación Gotas de Amor (Drops of Love Foundation), continues to feed hungry children in and around the city of Barquisimeto, Venezuela. In June he visited the rural neighborhood of La Sabila where he grew up and found it devastated by a decade of drug wars. 70% of the homes have been destroyed. (See his YouTube video: https://youtu.be/2nB88c3EEBg) A small church there is feeding children who live close by and teaching them the love of Jesus. Juan and his wife, Maria, take groceries to them once a week so they can continue their ministry to these precious children. Mustard Tree is sending funds to Juan to help him buy food to take out to the church in La Sabila. Below are some of the photos he has sent us from this feeding program.
October 2021 We are excited to add Juan Grateron to our MTM team as our representative in Barquisimeto, Venezuela. Juan is the founder and director of Fundación Gotas de Amor (Drops of Love Foundation) and we have partnered with his foundation in ministering to the most needy in his city and surrounding communities. For the last several months Juan and his wife, Maria, have been taking food to the poor community of La Sabila where a local church is operating a weekly children’s feeding program. Here are some of his most recent photos.
Click here to read Juan’s letter explaining his foundation and the vision God has given him for his community. Check out the Foundation’s Facebook page for more photos and lots of great videos: https://www.facebook.com/fundgotasdeamor/ And the YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCB-3vXZbePkfvKtyFXg_lqw Any donations received and marked “For Juan” will go to buy food for the feeding programs that Juan is helping.
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“...the birds of the air will come      and nest in its branches.” ~ Matt. 13:32
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COVID-19 IN VENEZUELA March 23, 2020 - Maracaibo, between a rock and a hard place. Two days before the Maduro's administration put into place what they called "social quarantine" gas stations in Maracaibo were already empty. In an country where the minimum monthly salary is $4 and 90% of the population makes between $5 and $10 per month, and most people have an informal job, the large majority of the population makes daily what they're going to put on their tables to eat that day. Quarantine is not easy. This is not a country where you can go buy at the supermarket as many rolls of toilet paper as you want. First, because there are not enough rolls of paper, and secondly because no one can afford that. The government also promised to provide fuel for health personnel which hasn't happened. Most doctors can't get to their places of work. Hospitals are lacking the most basic supplies, and when I say basic I mean … water. No one knows how much longer people will be able to stay locked in. Ruben Turtulici
Venezuela is on lockdown and there is no gasoline.
Thanks to generous donors, we were able to provide medical gloves and masks for doctors in several hospitals in the Maracaibo area in preparation to receive Coronavirus patients.
March 19, 2021 Let us introduce you to our friend Juan Grateron, who we have known many years. Juan is the founder and director of Fundación Gotas de Amor (Drops of Love Foundation) serving children, older adults, and people in vulnerable conditions with needed food and clothing since 2016. They are now serving meals twice a week to 40-60 children in the small urban community of El Tostao in west Barquisimeto, Venezuela as well as handing out sandwiches to hungry people wherever there is a need. They are working on increasing the children’s feeding program to every day. And to help generate income for the foundation, they will also be selling food at prices below those in supermarkets. This will help the ministry become more self-sustaining and also help those who purchase the food at better prices. They have also begun taking arepas and sandwiches to people at the Central Hospital of Barquisimeto. Many patients come from other states to this hospital and their relatives have no where to spend the nights. In Juan's words, "On the outskirts of this hospital, hundreds of relatives of patients spend the night on the sidewalks, because most of them are people from villages far from the city, people without resources to pay for a hotel room, and they are not allowed to stay overnight inside the hospital. These people suffer the nightly onslaught of the weather and the pain of hunger. We want to help them!" He is planning to taking food, blankets and medical supplies (which patients in Venezuelan hospitals have to provide for themselves) to the Central Hospital early in the morning at least three times a week. Juan and his family have also begun handing out food to people waiting in line to get gas. After spending 2 nights and 3 days in line for gas, he knows first hand how hard it is. Juan, his wife Maria, and sister Rebecca, find opportunities to show God’s love wherever they go! To maintain this ministry, Juan needs to purchase items such as flour, sugar, ham and margarine to prepare more meals for the children and to give out to the people at the hospital and on the streets. He also wants to buy enoug to sell to generate funds so the ministry can become more self- sustaining. If you would like to help Juan feed these children and families who are in such great need, pease donate via the PayPal button at the top of this page.
Handing out food outside the Central Hospital.

The latest news on what MTM is

doing to help

in Venezuela.

August 2021 - Juan Grateron, founder and director of Fundación Gotas de Amor (Drops of Love Foundation), continues to feed hungry children in and around the city of Barquisimeto, Venezuela. In June he visited the rural neighborhood of La Sabila where he grew up and found it devastated by a decade of drug wars. 70% of the homes have been destroyed. (See his YouTube video: https://youtu.be/2nB88c3EEBg) A small church there is feeding children who live close by and teaching them the love of Jesus. Juan and his wife, Maria, take groceries to them once a week so they can continue their ministry to these precious children. Mustard Tree is sending funds to Juan to help him buy food to take out to the church in La Sabila. Below are some of the photos he has sent us from this feeding program.
October 2021 We are excited to add Juan Grateron to our MTM team as our representative in Barquisimeto, Venezuela. Juan is the founder and director of Fundación Gotas de Amor (Drops of Love Foundation) and we have partnered with his foundation in ministering to the most needy in his city and surrounding communities. For the last several months Juan and his wife, Maria, have been taking food to the poor community of La Sabila where a local church is operating a weekly children’s feeding program. Here are some of his most recent photos.
Click here to read Juan’s letter explaining his foundation and the vision God has given him for his community. Check out the Foundation’s Facebook page for more photos and lots of great videos: https://www.facebook.com/fundgotasdeamor/ And the YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCB- 3vXZbePkfvKtyFXg_lqw Any donations received and marked “For Juan” will go to buy food for the feeding programs that Juan is helping.
JANUARY 19, 2021 - NEWS FLASH -  Rubén Turtulici, our Director of Missions and President of FUNDAMOST, has moved to Dubai, UAE. He has appointed José Andrade as his Assistant Director of Missions in Maracaibo. Rubén will be in frequent contact with us and with José and will maintain an active role in the ministries of MTM and FUNDAMOST.  Any donations received for FUNDAMOST in Maracaibo will be sent to José who will see that they are used to help people in need. You can see more information about José on our Staff page.   Please read the message Rubén wrote just before he left Venezuela.  (click here) Rubén Turtulici José Andrade
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COVID-19 IN VENEZUELA March 23, 2020 - Maracaibo, between a rock and a hard place. Two days before the Maduro's administration put into place what they called "social quarantine" gas stations in Maracaibo were already empty. In an country where the minimum monthly salary is $4 and 90% of the population makes between $5 and $10 per month, and most people have an informal job, the large majority of the population makes daily what they're going to put on their tables to eat that day. Quarantine is not easy. This is not a country where you can go buy at the supermarket as many rolls of toilet paper as you want. First, because there are not enough rolls of paper, and secondly because no one can afford that. The government also promised to provide fuel for health personnel which hasn't happened. Most doctors can't get to their places of work. Hospitals are lacking the most basic supplies, and when I say basic I mean … water. No one knows how much longer people will be able to stay locked in. Ruben Turtulici
Venezuela is on lockdown and there is no gasoline.
Thanks to generous donors, we were able to provide medical gloves and masks for doctors in several hospitals in the Maracaibo area in preparation to receive Coronavirus patients.
March 19, 2021 Let us introduce you to our friend Juan Grateron, who we have known many years. Juan is the founder and director of Fundación Gotas de Amor (Drops of Love Foundation) serving children, older adults, and people in vulnerable conditions with needed food and clothing since 2016. They are now serving meals twice a week to 40-60 children in the small urban community of El Tostao in west Barquisimeto, Venezuela as well as handing out sandwiches to hungry people wherever there is a need. They are working on increasing the children’s feeding program to every day. And to help generate income for the foundation, they will also be selling food at prices below those in supermarkets. This will help the ministry become more self- sustaining and also help those who purchase the food at better prices. They have also begun taking arepas and sandwiches to people at the Central Hospital of Barquisimeto. Many patients come from other states to this hospital and their relatives have no where to spend the nights. In Juan's words, "On the outskirts of this hospital, hundreds of relatives of patients spend the night on the sidewalks, because most of them are people from villages far from the city, people without resources to pay for a hotel room, and they are not allowed to stay overnight inside the hospital. These people suffer the nightly onslaught of the weather and the pain of hunger. We want to help them!" He is planning to taking food, blankets and medical supplies (which patients in Venezuelan hospitals have to provide for themselves) to the Central Hospital early in the morning at least three times a week. Juan and his family have also begun handing out food to people waiting in line to get gas. After spending 2 nights and 3 days in line for gas, he knows first hand how hard it is. Juan, his wife Maria, and sister Rebecca, find opportunities to show God’s love wherever they go! To maintain this ministry, Juan needs to purchase items such as flour, sugar, ham and margarine to prepare more meals for the children and to give out to the people at the hospital and on the streets. He also wants to buy enoug to sell to generate funds so the ministry can become more self-sustaining. If you would like to help Juan feed these children and families who are in such great need, pease donate via the PayPal button at the top of this page.
Handing out food outside the Central Hospital.

The latest news on what MTM is doing to help in Venezuela.

August 2021 - Juan Grateron, founder and director of Fundación Gotas de Amor (Drops of Love Foundation), continues to feed hungry children in and around the city of Barquisimeto, Venezuela. In June he visited the rural neighborhood of La Sabila where he grew up and found it devastated by a decade of drug wars. 70% of the homes have been destroyed. (See his YouTube video: https://youtu.be/2nB88c3EEBg) A small church there is feeding children who live close by and teaching them the love of Jesus. Juan and his wife, Maria, take groceries to them once a week so they can continue their ministry to these precious children. Mustard Tree is sending funds to Juan to help him buy food to take out to the church in La Sabila. Below are some of the photos he has sent us from this feeding program.
October 2021 We are excited to add Juan Grateron to our MTM team as our representative in Barquisimeto, Venezuela. Juan is the founder and director of Fundación Gotas de Amor (Drops of Love Foundation) and we have partnered with his foundation in ministering to the most needy in his city and surrounding communities. For the last several months Juan and his wife, Maria, have been taking food to the poor community of La Sabila where a local church is operating a weekly children’s feeding program. Here are some of his most recent photos.

JANUARY 19, 2021 - NEWS FLASH -

Rubén Turtulici, our Director of Missions and President of

FUNDAMOST, has moved to Dubai, UAE.

He has appointed José Andrade as his Assistant Director of Missions in

Maracaibo. Rubén will be in frequent contact with us and with José and will

maintain an active role in the ministries of MTM and FUNDAMOST. Any

donations received for FUNDAMOST in Maracaibo will be sent to José who

will see that they are used to help people in need. You can see more

information about José on our Staff page.

Please read the message Rubén wrote just before he left Venezuela.

(click here)

Rubén Turtulici José Andrade
Click here to read Juan’s letter explaining his foundation and the vision God has given him for his community. Check out the Foundation’s Facebook page for more photos and lots of great videos: https://www.facebook.com/fundgotasdeamor/ And the YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCB-3vXZbePkfvKtyFXg_lqw Any donations received and marked “For Juan” will go to buy food for the feeding programs that Juan is helping.
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