Ministry Update – We Are GO!

It has been a long time coming, but our prayers and hard work are finally paying off! We have all the approvals we need to send our first container!! Our approvals were delayed due to the increase in tensions between the US and Cuba, but all that is behind us now and we are moving forward.

Now that we have all approvals on hand, we are busy acquiring last minute equipment that we held off investing in until all approvals were received. Due to the delay in the approval process, the high amount of donated items we received, and the possibility of further political degradation, we decided to increase the size of our first container from 20′ to 40′!

Because of this, we have used the extra space to send additional items we have stockpiled, and desire to use the space left in our extended container to send 24x sets of desperately needed sound equipment. The total cost of this investment is $7,974.75 and includes:

24x Harbinger M200-BT Sound Systems (pictured)
48x Shure PGA48 microphones
48x 25ft mic cables
6x 10-packs of Guitar Strings

A BIG thank you to Gospel Baptist Church for their special offering towards this purchase that totaled roughly $1,500! We would also like to thank Walter Caston from Guitar Center for offering us a substantial discount on this high-quality equipment.

We still need about $6,500 to make this final inclusion a reality. Would you help the people of Cuba by either praying specifically for this need, or making a financial contribution?

Typical Sound System in Rural Cuba

DFC Provided System

In other news, we also got word that the Coronavirus Pandemic coupled with recent political tensions between the US and Cuba has triggered a country-wide revival! Churches in Cuba are fuller than ever! One side effect of this is Cuba now has an even greater shortage of bibles. The Cuban government has granted a rare approval to the Baptist Convention of Western Cuba to import as many bibles as needed to fill this great need! With this permission in hand, we are now able to import bibles, but we need to find a ministry that will be willing to donate them (Reina-Valera 1960). Would you join us in prayer for this specific need?

Iglesia Bautista Zayas, Mariel

Requested: 5/20/2019
Requested by: Yaislen Pérez Cruz
Pastor: Yosmeidys Recamiel Castañeda
City: Zayas-Mariel, Cuba

Critical Needs
Audio Equipment (Speakers/Mixer/Amp)
Microphones with cables
Children’s Bibles (40)
Bibles (Reina-Valera 1960)
Sunday School Materials

Iglesia Bautista de Mariel

Requested: 5/10/2019
Requested by: Ana Maria Gonzalez Silva
Pastor: Janfry Rodríguez Marcheco
City: Mariel, Cuba

This church has a large group of children. Children’s materials are needed. They also have a dining room that can serve the elderly in the community, but they need tables and chairs. They have a musical group for praise and worship that has instruments, but the audio system is in very bad condition. They are in the process of building a new educational building and need some tools.

Critical Needs
50 chairs
8 folding tables
1 amplifier   fulfilled!
2 speakers   fulfilled!
4 microphones  fulfilled!
2 large pressure cookers
1 projector for children

Other Requests:

office supplies (a printer, a laptop, ink for the printer, pens, clippers, diaries)
children’s toys, books, Sunday school materials, and music
clothing
prescription eyeglasses
1 hammer drill
1 polisher
1 hand saw
various pliers
2 ceiling fans

Iglesia Bautista La Hermosa, Cueva Fria

Requested: 1/8/2019
Pastor: Danilson Hernández Jiménez
City: Cueva Fria – Baracoa, Cuba

Critical Needs
Audio Equipment (Speakers/Mixer/Amp)
Electroacoustic Guitar
Drumset
Digital Piano
Laptop
Projector
Printer
Sunday School Materials (20)
Mountain Bikes (3)

Iglesia Bautista Rios de Aqua Viva, Baracoa

Requested: 1/4/2019
Requested by: Yosney Labañino Furones
Pastor: Eneider Labañino Nuñez
City: Baracoa, Cuba

Critical Needs
Laptop
Projector
Audio Amplifier
Mixer
Children’s Bibles
Bibles with large letters
Toys for children
Bicycle

Other Requests:
Printer
Drill
Flat screwdriver
Phillips Screwdriver

Iglesia Bautista Luz del Evangelio, Baracoa

Requested: 12/27/2018
Requested by: Jorge Elio Arguello
Pastor: Yurleidy Dominguez Vega
City: Baracoa, Cuba

At this time, they are working on construction of their church building. They are requesting your prayers on finishing this work.

Critical Needs
Projector
Laptop

Other Needs:
Electric drill
Sound Amplifier
Toys for Children’s Ministry

 

Ministry Update – Donation Drive & Cuban Convention President Visit

We have been working hard to fill our next container! The tangible supply container is about 35% filled with donations that were largely supplied by members of Gospel Baptist Church in Bonita Springs FL during a Donation Drive we are currently hosting there. A big thank you to everyone who has contributed so far!

We also recently had a rare opportunity to host a visit from Dariel Llanes Quintana, the current President of the Baptist Convention of Western Cuba! He was invited to the U.S. to attend a church convention in Orlando, FL and preach in a few churches in Miami. We took the opportunity to pick Dariel and his wife up and drive them to Bonita Springs so we can show them our ministry first hand and spend some quality time getting to know each other more. He was emotionally taken back by all the hard work that was going into our ministry and said: “now I know how to pray for this ministry, and will pray more fervently than ever”.

Iglesia Bautista Resurreccion, Marti

Requested: 9/22/2018
Requested by: Ana Maria Gonzalez Silva
Pastor: Samuel Betancourt Hernandez
City: Marti, Cuba

This church serves as a hub for 3 missionary camps that are located 12, 5, and 2 miles away from the church. Currently, the missionaries walk to each camp hoping for a private driver to offer them a ride (most of the time they are not offered a ride because of the high number of hitchhikers in the area). One of the missionaries is over 50. Reliable cost-effective transportation is currently their greatest need as it will be used to reach lost souls. Marti also suffers from frequent power outages. The power fails every time it rains, and can frequently last over 5 hours. The church supplies many meals to the community, however, the food spoils every time there is a long-term power outage.

Critical Needs
Electric Moped/Scooter capable of traveling at least 30 miles per charge. (fuel version is acceptable but expensive to operate).

2 or 3 kWh Fuel Efficient Electric Generator

Mountain Bikes (to facilitate the transportation of missionaries to remote areas in Cuba that are not accessible by vehicles).

Other Requests:

Children’s Ministry: Crayons, clown costumes, biblical story items, illustrated bibles, markers, glue, erasers, rulers, markers, soccer balls, volleyball, and baseball equipment: gloves (both hands), bats, balls and catcher’s gear.

A/V Equipment: Microphones, self-powered speakers, projector, laptop, microphone cables, and mixer.