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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Six of us had a wonderful trip 3/6-3/12 as we visited the areas affected by the tornado and saw the strength and joy of those impacted most. What an inspiration the Cuban people are to me every time I visit. Our team was shown a great lesson in joy through suffering only available through the Holy Spirit. We delivered food, toiletries, clothing to those in need. The local house church pastor will distribute more each day to the many that need basic items. We also left an offering to help with buying glass to replace windows, roofing materials, paint, etc. Thanks to so many friends that had donated to our mission and they thank you for your gracious gift. Many of the areas had pushed much of the debris out to the street so a lot of initial cleanup had taken place. One house church in particular was the one of Matilda, a 91 year old lady that was in her apartment by herself when it hit. Glass was blown everywhere but she was not hurt. Just as always had a huge smile on her face when we went to visit her and her church group.
The areas of El Roble and Regla were hit pretty hard by the storm but others not so much thank God.
We also visited a few sick folks in the Alamar neighborhood and was amazed at the number of friends that dropped in to check on them personally. We were only at each residence around 20 minutes but they had several drop by to see if they needed anything and if they could help in some way. Heartwarming people in those communities and I wish we had more of that here in the U.S.
We visited an area where we are starting a new house church near Miramar. Playa is the name (not the beach) and we have a couple who have volunteered to move there from their apartment in Alamar which is about a 35 minute drive away. They already have a vibrant children’s ministry of almost 20 beautiful kids. The place they currently meet is small and cramped with that many kids so we are looking to help get a place about 12 blocks away with a terrace and lots of room. Some of you have made very strong contributions toward this and we are about halfway there. I truly feel the Lord will provide the way for us to have it to use for this wonderful ministry. We had a kids service followed by an adult service on Thursday evening. It was just awesome.
Sweet people that want to gather together a couple of times a week and have Bible study and sing. God is doing awesome things there and it’s such a joy to spend time with all of those we have built great relationships with over the years.
Friends, we have a couple of needs we want to try to meet in Cuba. First, a little over 2 weeks ago a strong force tornado ripped areas in East Havana causing extensive damage to homes and 6 people were killed and 95 people injured. It’s the first time a tornado of that force had hit the island in 80 years. We are looking to raise money to assist the over 2000 homes that were either destroyed completely or heavily damaged. We need to buy windows, roofing materials, tools, etc. Some items such as door locks and many tools aren’t available there so we’ll need to purchase them here and hand carry on our trip March 6th.
The other need is to help the partner church purchase a 2 bedroom apartment with a terrace and community backyard to use for children’s ministry and a Christian center. The area is in the Playa area west of downtown Havana. We currently don’t have a lot of outreach in that area. A wonderful opportunity as the cost is $55,000 USD and the reason it is so cheap is the owners have left the country and need to sell it quickly. We currently have 14,400 pledged toward the purchase. Every donation helps. It’s in a very safe area and doesn’t need any work really to start the move in. We appreciate any help and can get you a letter of confirmation for tax purposes.