Amid allegations of voter fraud, Hugo Chavez has won another six-year term in office with 54 percent of the vote. The Chavez victory disappointed many Venezuelans in the United States, some of whom point to evidence of election fraud.

“Among the true believers, there is a sense of disappointment,” says Daniel Sandoval, executive director of Spanish World Ministries. “There’s a sense of fear about what will happen in the next few years. But, we are certain that God is in charge of whoever is president in Venezuela.”

The fear is understandable. In 2006 Chavez forced many expatriate missionaries from the tribal areas of the country. This time around, however, Chavez is sending mixed signals.

Sandoval says before it was announced that Chavez had cancer, he was condemning Israel. “When he came back from Cuba after the surgeries, or therapies that he had in Cuba, he came back with the idea that he needed Jesus in his life,” he says. “So Chavez all of a sudden, within the last month, has become a more religious person.”

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