Our Partnership With Nueva Paz

Hermanamiento.  Partnership.  Juntos en Cristo.  Together with a small rural church in Cuba, we’ve formed a partnership of two church families worshiping and walking together for over 10 years.  Every year we take a group to Havana and to Nueva Paz, Cuba to live with and work with our Presbyterian brothers and sisters.  Some are work trips, some are more focused on relationship-building and all are eye-opening.  Check out the history of our partnership and stories from some of our most recent trips below and then picture yourself on the next one!


Our Partnership With Nueva Paz . . . the Beginning

Our engagement with the Presbyterian Church in Cuba began in 2008 when Loretta Gratias-Bremer & Ann Beran Jones visited Cuba with a group from the Presbytery of Chicago, visiting Havana-area churches and celebrating a covenant that had been established between the Chicago and Havana Presbyteries in 1999. The church in rural Nueva Paz was one Read More

Building our partnership with the church in Nueva Paz

Since that first visit in 2008, Jane Boxell has led several PCWS groups on nearly annual trips to Nueva Paz, a small rural community approximately 40 miles southeast of Havana.  Fundamentally a “relational” partnership, regular visits and personal interaction are essential to growing and deepening the partnership, as are the basics of sharing our faith Read More

Living Waters for the World

Years before the words “Living Waters for the World” (LWW) became familiar to our congregation, they were familiar to many other churches and congregations across the United States and around the world.  By March of 2017, LWW had already installed water purification systems in over 800 communities throughout 25 countries.   In Cuba alone at that Read More

Summer 2017 Mission Trip

A hardy band of pilgrims from PCWS travelled to Nueva Paz in June 2017 to help with some maintenance and repair work on the church.  Jane Boxell, Paul Banovic, Andy Hoskins, Mindy McMahon, Mary Jo Sindelar and Kathy Wennerstrum all made this trip.  Loaded with an extra 49.9 pounds each of donated supplies, medicine, computers, Read More

The Nueva Paz Breakfast Club

An active and long-time member of Presbyterian Women, Jane Boxell applied for a Thank Offering grant to help our friends in Nueva Paz launch a new program – The Nueva Paz Presbyterian Church Breakfast Club.  Thanks to the generosity of PW and their annual Thank Offering, we were awarded $2,000, the full amount requested!   Read More