2022 – New Year, New News!
While we’ve been unable to travel to Cuba for the last 2 years, we have been in regular contact with our Nueva Paz family and have continued to pray for each other during these challenging times in both of our countries. Our Mission Committee has also continued to find ways in which to support their good works with both funding and with medicines.
Throughout the ups and downs of the pandemic, our brothers and sisters in Nueva Paz have continued to serve their congregation and their community by providing masks, medicines, meals, and purified water. They’ve weathered sickness, loss, the closing of their church buildings and schools, and economic hardship. And found creative ways to worship together, yet apart, thanks to WhatsApp.
Now, with the New Year, there is renewed energy focused on several new opportunities and new projects. And church! Epiphany was celebrated with a fun, festive outdoor event for the children. Sunday School for all ages is back in session. Seniors are once again gathering every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for the breakfast program at the church. Their mission church in the town of Vegas now has an installed pastor, Lianne, and they’ve acquired a small home there which will serve as a manse AND as a temporary gathering place for the small congregation once they begin repairs to that church’s roof – a project they anticipate starting soon, after many years of planning.
We, too, are looking forward to new opportunities to deepen the connection between our two congregations this year as we continue to work and grow together as partners in mission. Not only because we are hoping and praying for the opportunity to travel to Nueva Paz this year, but because we know the joy and beauty of being connected by prayer, hope, and concern for each other. Juntos en Cristo. We are together in Christ.