The team in Caracas visits the sick, loves the outcasts, works with children, and makes friends with the "sinners" all while living in the barrio and experiencing the rhythm of day to day life in this very interconnected community.
Built on the steep hills of Caracas, the barrios of Venezuela are afflicted heavily by violence and spiritual oppression. Families live with the constant turmoil of loss and frequent crime. Yet the barrios are bound together by a strong sense of community and respect. In this environment, InnerCHANGE is working alongside community leaders and community outsiders to see churches spring up and grow, transforming the barrio from the inside out.
In 1998, John Shorack led an InnerCHANGE survey team to Caracas in order to discern whether to start a new InnerCHANGE team in the hillside barrios surrounding the city. After a second trip in 2000 the decision was made to send a team. In 2001, Lila Blanchard, Steve Scharf and the Shorack family were commissioned to begin the InnerCHANGE work in Venezuela, arriving as a team in November of that year. Now almost ten years later, the IC Caracas team is still planted in the barrio of Pedro Camejo serving with both Venezuelan and North American team members.
Our Team Blog - in Spanish
Luz en el Barrio