Over 25 people, mainly Venezuelans, gathered at Cornerstone Lutheran Church Fishers on Saturday, May 13 for an hour-long vigil. We prayed for loved ones in harm’s way among the turmoil and upheaval in Venezuela. Repeatedly a phrase was heard, “This is not merely political and physical but a spiritual battle.” The situation in Venezuela is dire, with some experts suggesting that it could destabilize into civil war.
A particularly impactful moment was during the reading of Acts 2. While reading verse 19 –“I will show wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below, blood and fire and billows of smoke” — the reader had to stop to wipe away tears. We were reminded that these are not simply words on a page, but words that speak of the brokenness of the world, replete with wars and rumors of wars.
Pastor Sam Ruiz, who did the majority of the leading, powerfully reminded everyone that only Jesus can change hearts. The digital banner overhead read, “Jesus, intercede for Venezuela.”
Immediately following worship, there was a time for public sharing. One of the women stood up and spoke bluntly, “Ours is not only to pray for our loved ones – but to pray for our enemies as well, no matter how hard that might be.” One could almost hear the words of Jesus, “O woman, you have great faith” (Matthew 15:28).
As shared by Pastor Scott Giger, Pastor at Cornerstone Lutheran Church, Fishers, Indiana