The Cuba Connection Committee was encouraged to receive an extensive report from Pastor Rev. Yordanys Díaz, President of the Christian Reformed Church in Cuba. Included below is the intro and conclusion of the report but if you would like to read the whole report, contact any member of the committee and it can be emailed to you. It is a really great update and in it's original format you will be happy to see you can also chose to read it in english or Spanish!
Greetings from Havana / Cuba,
Brothers, the year 2021 is almost over and with it the testimony that our God continues to be faithful to his Church. As the Christian Reformed Church in Cuba, once again, we can proclaim Eben-Ezer.
I am sending you an update on our reality as a Church in Cuba. If you would be interested in having a topic expanded, feel free to write to us. We are also open to questions, comments, suggestions...
CUBA AND COVID19. The situation in Cuba with respect to Covid19 was reduced to 122 daily cases and sometimes lower figures, but in this month of December a slight rise in Covid has begun. This was predicted with the opening of international tourism.
DIACONY. The Reformed Christian Church in Cuba through the Ministry of Diakonia we have been able to reach each member of our Work on 5 occasions this year with a bag of food. This help has been possible, thanks to financial donations from our foreign brothers. Much gratitude is noted in the Churches on the part of the brothers and their families. We have also been able to assist several non-Christian families. It is estimated that the 5 grants have benefited around 18 thousand people. The witness of the Church in the community has been very impressive and in some places it has caused people to approach the church. Recently, medicines were able to enter the country and this helped many people, since we estimate that more than 1700 people were benefited.
INCREASE. After the reopening of the Churches in August, growth has been noticed in most of our Churches. This motivates us to continue working in evangelism and providing for this vision. There is an awakening in the churches and missions to preach the gospel and new people are approaching the Church. The year 2022 will be a year where the Church will face great challenges, but at the same time the Lord will allow us to continue expanding his Word.
SANTO DOMINGO. This mission after several years closed reopened its doors and the results are already showing. This mission is being attended directly by the National Executive Committee and the National Evangelism Ministry with the purpose of providing everything necessary for its development and growth.
SCHOOL OF MISSIONARIES. With the objective of filling the deficit of workers, the National Executive Committee created the School of Missionaries. The purpose is to motivate young people to prepare for the Mission and begin to attend a mission field. We already have several young people involved in this vision. We are confident that this will help us meet, at least in part, the need for workers that we have for the care of the churches.
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OUR DREAMS. We continue working so that the Reformed Christian Church in Cuba continues to grow and spread in our country. We long to arrive one day in Eastern Cuba and in every province of the country. The Church in Havana works to achieve 15 missions in the city. 4 of them have already been achieved. Another dream is to continue developing self-sustaining project programs. We have a group of women entrepreneurs, a mechanics workshop, an organoponic and a farm. These programs support local projects of their churches.
SPECIFIC NEEDS. Our main need is to extend and grow the Christian Reformed Church in Cuba, under the grace, power and care of God. To do this, we plan to extend to the entire center of the country, initially reaching the cities of Santa Clara, Ciego de Ávila and Camagüey; and in a second moment to reach Mayabeque, Artemisa, Pinar Del Río and Isla de la Juventud. As well as being able to reach the East of the country. For this, we need first of all missionaries and support for the missionaries. And the other thing that we would need would be funds for the rent or acquisition of houses for the celebration of worship and stay of pastors and missionaries. This is our need: Extend and Grow the Christian Reformed Church in Cuba in the next 5 years. What we achieve we do not know, but that we will do everything in our power under the grace of God, that if we assure you.
THANKS. To all the brothers and churches that support us in prayer. To those who have supported us and to those who continue to do so. To the LaGrave Church and its Henry Beets Missionary Society Committee for Cuba, the North Alberta Classi in Canada, the Hillside Church, the Minnesota Church and Classi, the Church in Brazil.
Receive from the Christian Reformed Church in Cuba a Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year.
May the Grace of God always fill your lives.
Always very grateful, and begging you to keep us in your prayers.
Pastor Rev. Yordanys Díaz President
Christian Reformed Church Cuba