People come here to survive—not voluntarily. Waves of Venezuelans, including nurses, dentists, engineers, teachers, students, and others, reluctantly take the short, ninety-minute flight to the Dominican Republic, and embark on a life vastly different from what they are accustomed to. Having left behind family and friends, home, and everything familiar, they begin life again, from scratch. They leave the country that they love, not because they want to, but because they have no other option if they want to live.
Throw together some cornmeal, a little bit of meat, a few plantains, and a lot of oil and you’ve got yourself an empanada!
The Venezuelan Lutheran Church faces many challenges due to that country’s continued socio-political crisis. For the fifteen Lutheran pastors in Venezuela who serve their countrymen, life is “complicated.” Millions have migrated to other Latin countries, including many well-educated and professional Lutherans.