Yesterday my wife Susan an I decided to cap off an excellent day with a walk along Mission Beach, one of our favorite places near San Diego. Our plan was to stroll on the bay side but nature called so we headed for the restrooms on the ocean side. Immediately we noticed a large group of people and a table with a Venezuelan flag draped in the front. What? We had to find out what was happening and stopped a young woman named Wendy. The group was Venezuelans now living in southern California and this was their annual get together.
It was amazing to meet so many people who came from places we were familiar with such as San Cristobal, San Antonio and Tucupita. Here were people who walked the very same streets that we have. They in turn were amazed to find out the work Andean Aid was doing among their people back home.
We have been praying for a chance to develop a network of Venezuelans now living here in the United States. They have been praying to find an organization working to help the situation for their people back home.
So, was our meeting pure chance or happenstance? Wendy thinks not and neither do we. Susan and I discussed this later in the evening. What if we decided it was too late to visit the beach? What if we decided to head straight to the bay side? What if we arrived half an hour later or chose another parking spot where we did not see them? What if this group had decided to keep their normal meeting date of mid April instead of meeting in March this year?
As we departed everyone was of the mind that we were meant to meet at that time and place. Our hope is that our new friends will spread the word of Andean Aid’s work among other Venezuelans living here.