Caracas, Venezuela, Aug 3, 2004 / 22:00 pm
Over two thousand Evangelical churches have thrown their full support behind Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who faces a recall vote by referendum on August 15.
Chavez attended a rally called “A Million Prayers for Peace,” where thousands of Evangelicals gathered to pray and to declare victory ahead of time for the embattled leader.
Chavez took the occasion to mention Jesus in his speech. “Christ is the leader of this revolution, he is the real commander,” the president said at the Caracas Coliseum.
He thanked Evangelicals for their support in a speech that was full of biblical quotes, adding he could “identify” a lot with Evangelical worship but that he considered himself a fervent “Roman and Apostolic Catholic.”