Maru and medical aid to Venezuela – Special collection this Sunday, November 5th

Maru (Maria Eugenia Rodriquez) is from Venezuela.  She and I have been meeting regularly to improve our language skills.  During our sessions she’s helped me better understand the crisis that’s crippling her country and causing so much suffering. 

One critical element of this crisis is the lack of medical supplies and services.  Maru’s family is being directly impacted by this.  Her sister has been diagnosed with leukemia and is unable to obtain necessary medications.  Maru is involved in an intensive effort to obtain these medications and she is returning to Venezuela on Monday to be with her family. 

Maru’s story led me to read more about this medical crisis and try to explore ways to help. An internet search of “medical crisis in Venezuela”   led to many articles that spelled out the depth of this emergency and its chilling human toll. This article from Human Rights Watch details the agony suffered by cancer patients because the lack of pain killers

This coming Sunday (Nov. 5) there will be a special collection to support medical aid to Venezuela.  Donations will be sent to Healing Venezuela, a London-based non-profit.  Mura has been in communication with this agency in her effort to obtain medications.  I encourage you to visit the website and Facebook page.   Maru understands that, although we are supportive of her and her efforts for her sister, Healing Venezuela would make the decision on how our donation is distributed.  

Maru has agreed to come to the service on Sunday to introduce herself to the congregation.  

I’m aware that this request for congregational support is pushing time and organizational boundaries. I’m very appreciative of Douglas’s and the HUUBs backing of this unique opportunity for our congregation to have a direct, human connection with its efforts to address suffering in the world.

There is so much turmoil and strife that I often feel immobilized.  Paralyzed by crisis fatigue.  Unable to choose a way to respond.   My experience with Maru helps me remember that sometimes we are given the gift of the choice being made for us.

In faith, 

Ferd Haverly