Over the Easter weekend, hundreds of children in Cúcuta, Colombia, heard about Jesus’ love for them through a Samaritan’s Purse outreach. Many of them are refugees who fled the socialist crisis in Venezuela.
Evangelist Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan’s Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, joined with church partners in this Colombia-Venezuela border city to preach the gospel and to hand out Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts to children.
Graham was in Cúcuta leading the evangelistic association’s two-day Festival de Esperanza (Festival of Hope). The festival was held in conjunction with more than 400 of the city’s churches.
Before the gifts were distributed, Graham told the children about the ultimate gift—the sacrifice of Jesus Christ who died on the cross for all of our sins.
Chanel Contreas, a widowed mom of three, is one who crossed the border. She and her family left Venezuela in the fall of 2017 because there was no food, health care, or jobs left in her area.
“My kids grew up used to it,” she told Samaritan’s Purse. “As a mother, I don’t want them to live in that situation. I want them to be happy and healthy, both physically and emotionally.”
When her children received the shoebox gifts, Contreas was overwhelmed with gratitude and her kids with joy.
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