There are many things we can be thankful for during 2021 and the beginning of 2022! In spite of the adversity of Covid and the suffering most of us experienced we were able to benefit our brothers and sisters in Cuba. Our medical supply container arrived to the church in April 2021. Desperately needed medical equipment, medicine, and many other items were delivered to many in need. In addition Southeast Christian packed a million meals that were staged in 4 containers to ship 90 days apart. Two of those have been delivered to the church and have been delivered across the island to hungry families. The second one arrived Christmas Eve and it contained cooking oil and canned meat in addition to 200k meals. We also were allowed to load a much needed new engine for the truck so more deliveries can be made. Thanks to so many of our wonderful donors we were able to put together a second medical container the end of 2021 and it is scheduled to leave Savannah 2/4/22 and the ETA to Cuba 2/27/22! Praise God for His love! We have a small team going down in March to get an idea of travel restrictions and the process involved as many things have changed.
We will begin to schedule trips once we have a better understanding of everything. God bless each of you!
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
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!
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!
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!
We have an 8 person team traveling to Havana and spending time in the community of Alamar.
Wayne and Laura Gaby
Andrew and Natalie Day
Going to be a wonderful trip!