Monday, March 2
For many years the church in Cuba was not allowed to work outside its walls—no outreach ministry was permitted by an atheistic government that assumed all needs could be provided by the state. After the ’90s, the global situation changed and our churches were once again involved in programs to help the communities. Our service was again visible to the society.
Lately, the Presbyterian-Reformed Church in Cuba (IPRC), in association with the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Matanzas, is working with the Living Waters for the World ministry of the PC(USA)’s Synod of Living Waters. We recently hosted the first Operators Conference of the Cuban Living Waters network, which includes, among others, about 10 different Presbyterian congregations. Testimonies were consistent about the tremendous impact of the free distribution of clean water in surrounding neighborhoods. The ministry brings a lot of new work for our congregations, but we are aware of the need and are trying to meet it with the help of partner churches abroad.
Cuban churches have many needs in terms of infrastructure, buildings, and other materials; nevertheless, we have taken up this new ministry with courage and a willingness to serve. After the cholera outbreak in several cities on the island, the ministry showed what great benefits it can provide despite the many challenges that come along with it.
—P. P. Daniel Izquierdo Hernandez, general secretary, IPRC, 2013–2014
Let us join in prayer for:
Presbyterian-Reformed Church in Cuba (IPRC): Reinerio Arce, moderator, Daniel Izquierdo Hernandez, general secretary • Evangelical Theological Seminary: Reinerio Arce, rector
Presbyteries of Baltimore, Cascades, Central Florida, Chicago, Long Island, Mission, Santa Fe, South Louisiana, and West Jersey, with the IPRC
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Let us pray
Compassionate God, may the Presbyterian-Reformed Church in Cuba keep its commitment to serve rather than be served. Amen.