A bit back Hugo Chavez accused New Tribes missionaries of all kinds of things, ranging from living in oppulence to being CIA operatives. He expressed a desire to see them removed from the country. I’ve read today that the New Tribes staff have been officially asked to leave tribal areas.
They have not been asked to leave the country but certain parts of the country where they minister. They have been given 90 days to comply.
New Tribes has 160 staff in Venezuela, including about 30 Venezuelans. Please pray that they would be able to continue working in their chosen areas of ministry. Back in October indigineous peoples protested against this move, as New Tribes provides many essential services to these people. More information is also available at the New Tribes web site.