Skip to main content

Orlando Churches Welcome Venezuelans Fleeing Crisis

Share This article

As Venezuelans flee their country, many are settling in central Florida. Rev. Gabriel Salguero, pastor at Iglesia El Calvario in Orlando and president of the National Latino Evangelical Coalition, told CBN News that his church welcomes several new families every week.

"There is a real opportunity to be a Gospel presence and to be Jesus to these people," he said.  

Salguero said his church is collaborating with sending churches in Venezuela. It's a bittersweet effort he explained, saying that he regrets that Orlando churches are benefiting from the loss of the Venezuelan churches.

Iglesia El Calvario sponsors job fairs and other practical helps for new immigrants.

"The Latino evangelical church becomes a bridge to social networks and to employment," said Salguero.

Click on the player to watch our full interview with Rev. Salguero.


Share This article

About The Author


Heather Sells covers wide-ranging stories for CBN News that include religious liberty, ministry trends, immigration, and education. She’s known for telling personal stories that capture the issues of the day, from the border sheriff who rescues migrants in the desert to the parents struggling with a child that identifies as transgender. In the last year, she has reported on immigration at the Texas border, from Washington, D.C., in advance of the Dobbs abortion case, at crisis pregnancy centers in Massachusetts, and on sexual abuse reform at the annual Southern Baptist meeting in Anaheim