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Difficult times on the Island

Friends, many of you have seen the news of the Cuban people in the street protesting because of their need for food and medicine. They are hungry and in need of medicine! It’s unprecedented for the population to go into the streets in protest. Also stateside cities in Tampa, Miami, and Orlando are rallying for the people of Cuba. We are packing a 40 ft. Container of food to send to the church partner in Alamar in east Havana. These meals are freeze dried vegetables, beans, rice and protein powder that are individually sealed and packed into boxes. Each box contains 36 meals and and will be packed on pallets. Each pallet contains 14,256 meals and 20 pallets on the container means roughly 280,000 meals. The cost of the meals nets out to 21 cents per meal, or 58,000.00. Southeast Christian is picking this up. Our organization Selfless Community is responsible for the shipping cost, 15,000.00 plus and additional 1800.00 to get the container from customs in Mariel to the church in Alamar. We are also sending additional canned meat and vegetable oil. And lastly getting 17,000.00 of Isuzu engine parts to send for them to repair their truck so they can deliver food to families across the island. Glad to receive a check to help in the effort if you are moved to do so. God bless you! Steve

We need to help

Friends there is a desperate need for medicine on the island of Cuba. Many people are in dire need for basic over the counter medicine as well as more specific prescription meds. We are in the process of collecting donations to purchase the necessary items and trying to organize a trip to hand carry these items. Just waiting for the island to open up for travel, put a team together, and hand carry as much a possible to deliver to Pastor Eduardo and the church in Alamar. We will be organizing another container of medical equipment, supplies , and more medicine to be shipped later in the summer. Always appreciate the wonderful love and support of so many of you to assist these wonderful friends in Christ in Cuba!

Humanitarian Container

I sent an email to around 40 friends that have traveled to Cuba on mission trips or have supported the ministry in the past. We are sending a 40 ft. Container to our partner church in Alamar with much needed medical equipment and supplies along with pallets of food packets from southeast Christian. We are halfway to our cost of 15,000.00 to fill it and ship it to Havana. Many thanks to all those that have been so kind to donate so generously to this cause. We hope to have it loaded and ready to ship by the end of the month. Any contributions will be greatly appreciated.
In Christ,
Steve

Covid19 and missions

Sometimes it’s difficult to understand how God is working for our good through difficult times and suffering. We must trust in Him and believe that He is in control through all things. Right now we are disrupted from our normal daily activities and it’s time for us to recognize Him. All the distractions of busyness, sports, entertainment activities, even interaction with folks up close and personal have ceased. Things will never be the same and it’s only the beginning of the future on this earth. God is asking for our attention. Many people have weighed in on the significance of what is happening. Brian Coatney has a daily blog at briancoatneydotcom that is excellent, as is Bob Russell’s each week at bobrussell.org . I suggest you read these if you are confused and it will help you navigate through all the negative. The Holy Spirit is our source of counsel, comfort, and discernment and we receive rest and freedom from the anxious times like these from the source of God’s Spirit.

Recap of medical trip Feb 25-Mar 2

Friends, we had a wonderful trip to Cuba that allowed us to take a great deal of medicine and medical supplies to surrounding areas of Havana and Pinar del Rio. Our team was fantastic and everyone worked together in unison. We had 2 triage stations set up and 4 physicians working together from both Cuba and the U.S. Our first day in Alamar 120 people were seen and treated. The second day in Arroyo was about the same amount and there were more kids seen in this area. The people were so grateful and kind, it just makes us feel so blessed to be able to help in a small way.
Fortunately we were able to take the trip just before the explosion of Covid19 which would have totally impacted our trip. The following day on Saturday we took medicine and supplies to the San Luis area of Pinar del Rio. Again, everyone was very grateful. In the afternoon we drove to Vinales which is so beautiful and enjoy the countryside.
I want to thank each teammate Dr. Dan, Dr. Christian, Norma, Glenn, Dee, Don, Pastor Linda, Kelly, Mark, Daniel, and Jay for their loving hearts and patience.
Sunday we split up into groups of 3 and shared the Gospel with 4 house churches. We were treated so well and everyone bends over backward to make sure we are as comfortable as possible.
I miss them all!

February medical trip!

Friends, I’m so excited to make our first medical trip to Cuba February 26-March 2! We have a great team of 12 awesome folks going. Half of the team is in the medical profession, 3 members of the team has a great deal of experience in medical missions so I’m super fired up about the team God has drawn together for this trip. We will be working with 2 Cuban physicians and a nurse there. Setting up in two different neighborhoods the first two days and then traveling to the westernmost part of the island on day 3 to take much needed medical supplies to 2 different areas. Sunday will be preaching and teaching in the house churches as we will divide up into pairs and visit 6 house churches in the east Havana area. Prayers for our team to glorify God in all we encounter.

Latest trip news!

What a wonderful trip we had earlier this month! Sylvia was filled with the Spirit and taught wonderfully. Romans 6,7,8 was the text and the friends in attendance were so receptive to the message and want to learn more about our Spirit union with Christ. I wish I could write about the experience that could give you the same feeling we experienced during this time. We will follow up with a trip next year and you are welcome to join us if interested.
We are looking at a couple of trips next Spring. End of February/first of March medical clinic and another trip in April to teach the Spirit union message. Come along, you’re gonna love it!
Steve

October 9-14, 2019

This trip will be a teaching trip based on our union life with Christ. Our hope is to have elders and key house church leaders to attend this wonderful seminar on the freedom we have in Christ through His indwelling Spirit. We hope to have 8-10 folks on this trip. Sylvia Pearce will be referring to examples of the faith relationship from her book “The Treasures of Darkness” which she has now published in Spanish. I promise you will be filled with joy on this trip.

May 29-June 3 2019

We have team going for baseball ministry during these dates 5/29-6/3 2019. Plans are to have baseball clinic for the youth and do community service work in Alamar. This includes clean up on streets and also evangelism while doing the clean up. The Pastor always has ways the teams can help grow the ministry there so we always remain flexible to help in any way.

March 2019 trip

We had 6 on our team and had a wonderful time! Our team included 3 pastors so it was a great opportunity to share Christ with folks in their homes, on the street, and in teaching settings. Campo Amor is the foundation we partner with there in Cuba along with First Christian Church of Alamar. Pastor Eduardo is a longtime brother and friend and he and his team provided many opportunities for community involvement and continued relationship building.
We were able to take food, clothing, and other basic needs for those areas of Regla and El Roble that suffered damage from the first tornado in 80 years. We also took funds for building materials to repair damage to many homes. Thanks to many kind friends here in the U.S. that made generous contributions to our foundation we were able to assist many families. The Cuban people are just so grateful for the help and have such sweet hearts it’s impossible to not love them. I have traveled there so many times that many have become part of my family and it’s pure joy to be with them.
Another opportunity we had was to help them secure an apartment in a neighborhood about 40 minutes from the church. There is not a house church in the area and currently there’s the start up of a kids ministry there. They already have 20 kids that participate in a meeting on Thursday early evenings, followed by 10-12 adults from 7-8 p.m. It’s a very cramped space outside and the apartment privides plenty of room and has a terrace on top that is fenced in and can host many kids as well as adults. The kids director and her husband are selling the place they have lived for 20 years and relocating to the new place with their son. The husband will be the house church Pastor and she will lead the kids ministry. It’s a bold move and they feel called to lead in this community.
I traveled down last month to deliver the rest of the funds collected so we now have enough to make it happen. Again it wouldn’t be possible without the help of many here who are so kind to contribute to this ministry.
Our next trip is scheduled for Oct. 9-14 and we have a need for more that would like to make the trip. Give it some thought and prayer and just let me know. God bless each and every one of you.
Steve