Listen to Rosa describe the price on Tony’s head and the children’s reactions to being taken. Click on the link above and then click on December 15 to listen to her tell about what all happened at the Home of Refuge last week.
Tony did make it safely back to Miami last night and will be featured on today’s radio broadcast with Derrin and Barbara Carmack of Denver.
Seriously, Chavez and the Venezuelan Government are not our friends. We must pray for a change there. I hope Preseident-elect Obama will use his budding friendship (or whatever it is) with Chavez to stop some of this ridiculousness.
My family (children and MJP) has been going to The Home of Refuge for several years. The kids have raised countless dollars and helped teach, preach and build playgrounds and remodel kitchens and have just carrried the torch for this particular orphange. Heaven Fest and WWM has made the Homes of Refuge a major focus in ministry and giving.
A few days ago, the government took the property over and bussed the children off. We have been praying for the children. It has become clear that there is an enemy assignment against the leaders of the ministry and the orphange there. The government has threatened this for years, but is finally carrying some things out.
Below is an e-mail from Mary Jean Powers that I just got today with the most recent news of Tony and Rosa and The Home of Refuge in Venezuela. We have been weeping over the children. Join us in prayer, please.
Hey Everyone ~ I realize that this is the first news some of you have received regarding the recent attack on Home of Refuge in Venezuela. I will make this as brief as possible because I cannot include all the details that I just got from Rosa by phone. I will be sharing everything at a prayer meeting tonight (Monday December 15) specifically for HOR and Tony and Rosa. The prayer meeting will be held at 611 Pheasant View Dr. in Frederick, CO at 7 pm.
Here are some details and a correction: First of all, the orphanage in Honduras WAS NOT ROBBED. HOR Honduras is doing great.
It was Home of Refuge in Venezuela that was robbed at gunpoint last Monday, by 4 men who were hired to kill Tony. Tony was not there.
Three government agencies came to the orphanage the following Thursday to take over. They have taken possession of the property, and sent almost all of the children away on a bus – we do not know where they are. They have forbidden Tony to come to the property, at the risk of being imprisoned.
Four of the most severely handicapped children were left behind at the facility. Big Luis and Yesica were at school; they are safe. Gabriel, Lillie and Carla, Edixon and a 5 yr. old new kid are safe, as well.
Right now, Tony is at the airport in Caracas, trying to fly back to Miami. He went to the Ven. National Guard for protection, and they advised him to leave the country asap because there is a price on his head.
As I said, I will give all the details tonight. Please do your best to keep these details accurate as you pass them along to other intercessors. I was able to pray with Rosa today, and I believe that God is raising up an army of intercessors on behalf of these orphans. One intercessor said that she had a dream of Jesus praying for our kids at HOR! Please pray what Jesus is praying!
OK, here is the most important thing to pray about (besides the obvious protection, etc. for the children):
PRAY DIVINE PROTECTION FOR TONY’S LIFE. These hired murderers will stop at nothing.
PRAY FOR COMFORT FOR THE CHILDREN, TONY AND ROSA.
PRAY FOR ROSA’S HEALTH
PRAY THAT TONY GET TO MIAMI SAFELY AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
PRAY FOR WISDOM FOR TONY AND ROSA.
MOST OF ALL, PRAY FOR TONY’S SAFETY. PSALM 91. PROVERBS 14:26. ISAIAH 54:13-17.
Several of my family left Friday for the Home of Refuge in Venezuela. Our deal is: if they go, I pray. There is an awesome group of 11 who went including Mary Jean (my co-mother-in-law) and Tredessa who are leading the group, my baby girl, Stormie, my niece, Elise, and Stef, who worked so hard alongside us for Heaven Fest that I have practically adopted her.
Here are some things you can join with me in praying about as they are already there and hard at work:
That the kids in the neighboring village will hear the good news of Christ and be eternally impacted through the day camp they are having.
For wisdom and guidance for Mary Jean and Tredessa in leading this team of 9 young adults. Pray Ephesians 1.17-19 for them and for Tony & Rosa, the leaders fo HOR in Venezuela and Honduras.
For supernatural energy coming off of these busy last few months, and especially just following Heaven Fest-during which almost every single member of the team was intricately involved.
For unity as a team. No offense or problems.
That God would awaken His vision and unique calling for every team member on this trip.
Pray for the physical health of each team member – with all the change, demand and even shock that a mission trip can bring, a vulnerability is created which wears down the physical body. Also, the heat and humidity can be draining. Pray for wisdom for each of them – that they would listen to their bodies and take proper care of themselves. At least 2 team members were dealing with health issues before going. Also, the scheduleis to be very demanding.
Inflation is completely out of control in Venezuela. The rental for an OLD bus – and gas at 18 cents a gallon – is costing $1000 one way. 1 chicken (for dinner) costs $30. Pray for continued provision.
They are focusing their efforts on leadership development of the older kids at HOR. The kids will be assisting the team in running a 3 hour/day “camp” for the younger kids at HOR plus the kids in the surrounding neighborhood.
Venezuela has passed some new laws which make the country more tight, more controlled, more corrupt and more dangerous. Pray for safety and freedom from harm.
I miss you, my ones, but I also hear your cry toward heaven to be sent out. He has sent you and so I pray…Jeanie aka mom
NOTE TO SELF: “May the Lamb who was slain receive the reward of His suffering,” (the Moravian cry). Those sweet orphans are His reward.