By midyear inflation reached 43%. Shortages of essential goods, such as flour, milk and toilet paper are creating a huge sense of pessimism on the people all over the country. With some 15,000 killings a year, Venezuela’s homicide rate is the fifth highest in the world, according to U.N. statistics. The murder rate doubled during the 14-year-rule of the late President Hugo Chávez, as cheap access to guns and an ineffective justice system fed a culture of violence in slums like Petare, parts of which have become no-go zones for outsiders, including police.
Under these circumstances, people in Venezuela face their future without any hope. The question is: How to reach millions of people with the real message of hope? In the last few years we had feared that our ministry would not have any future in radio stations in this country. But, God has shown us otherwise. In recent months seven additional radio stations have started to broadcast our programs.
The station directors accepted the programs realizing that our message has to do with bringing words of confidence and hope. In Caracas, the director of two government stations received samples of both programs and immediately requested more Cd’s. In the town of “Ortíz”, another two secular stations agreed to broadcast the programs. One of these belongs to the mayor of the city. Although he is not a believer, he thinks that the programs will bring hope to the people in Guarico state. We thank the Lord because He blesses our efforts. By increasing the number of radio stations, more people can hear the message and set their trust in the true and living God.