CFP Partnership with El Centro Presbytery in Cuba
SUPPORT THE PARTNERSHIP'S FUNDRAISER FOR CUBA
Our sisters and brothers in Christ in the Presbyterian Churches in Cuba have been facing increasing economic difficulties over the past two years. As you might imagine, these problems have become even more severe due to the pandemic. The Cuba Partners Network is endeavoring to raise at least $25,000 to send to the Synod in Cuba so it can assist the 35 congregations in their three presbyteries. You and your congregation can provide support. Read the complete letter below from the Network's Steering Committee which explains the need and how you can help.
Transportation Fund Drive
The 2020 goal of $3,000 for Transportation Needs was met!
For More Details on the Transportation Fund,
Download the flyer.
The Central Florida Presbytery has an agreement to help El Presbiterio Centro de Cuba with their transportation needs. They have 8 pastors to serve 13 churches plus 10 mission churches. Only some have cars, others depend on buses, horse carts, motor cycles, and taxies to travel to their multiple congregations. Parts and accessories are much more expensive in Cuba than here.
During the past year you have helped with such things as oil and brake fluid changes, new tires, steering system repairs, new batteries, new brakes, repairs to electrical systems, a new fuel pump, bulb replacements, and labor expenses. We have also carried some hard to find parts to Cuba in our suitcases.
Leadership Training Program
Our 2020 goal of $5,000 for Lay Leadership Needs was met!
For More Details on the Lay Leadership Training fund,
Download the flyer.
One of the goals of the Cuba Partnership Team of the Central Florida Presbytery is to help El Presbiterio Centro de Cuba provide training for their lay leaders. During 2019 your donations helped to provide:
- 2 workshops to train the treasurer and an assistant (26 people) in proper church accounting
- a workshop for children 9 and 10 (90 children) on the use of music in the formation of values
- a workshop on the value of inclusion (50 children of all ages attended)
- a workshop on gender violence, 2 women from each church (26 women) attended
- 2 workshops on evangelism, to prepare people to carry out evangelism
- a workshop for pastors and other leaders (about 40 people) to study and propose changes in the regulations of the presbytery to improve its structure and organization
- a workshop is planned for continuing education of pastors and pastoral candidates
Larry Cuthill, our Cuba Partnership Team Advocacy Coordinator, has provided a draft letter to support our Cuban brothers and sisters. They can't advocate with our government for themselves, but we can. This is one of the most important things we can do to help them - to speak up and tell the stories of what we have seen in Cuba. We urge you to consider using this letter, either as is, or as a template for your own letter, and to send it to the President, your senators and representatives.
Please remember to speak as an individual, not as a representative of your church, session, etc. (unless your session chooses to endorse the letter).
Thank you for your heart for our brothers and sisters in Cuba.
Pat Zinn, Ken Lasseter, Randy Simpson
We have all heard of the hardships being created for Cuban families with the closing of consular (visa) services in the US Embassy in Cuba. U.S. church leaders, including the PC(USA), this week sent a letter to Congress asking them to reopen the services in Cuba, the Embassy and drop the travel advisory.
If you would like to download a copy of the letter, please click here.
We encourage you to contact your Senator or Representative in Congress on the points raised in the letter.
Rev. Dr. Jo Ella Holman
Recent Cuba Partnership Team Minutes