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“You are being rooted and grounded in love.” —Eph. 3:17

Monday, March 2

Cuba

 

The church in Luyanó is building an underground cistern to provide more clean water to the surrounding community.

 

The church in Luyanó is building an underground cistern to provide more clean water to the surrounding community.

 

Photo by P. P. Daniel Izquierdo Hernandez

 

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:

Partners/Ministries

Presbyterian-Reformed Church in Cuba (IPRC): Reinerio Arce, moderator, Daniel Izquierdo Hernandez, general secretary • Evangelical Theological Seminary: Reinerio Arce, rector

Presbytery Partnerships

Presbyteries of Baltimore, Cascades, Central Florida, Chicago, Long Island, Mission, Santa Fe, South Louisiana, and West Jersey, with the IPRC

PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff

T. P. Coleman, PMA
Charelle Collins, BOP

Let us pray

Compassionate God, may the Presbyterian-Reformed Church in Cuba keep its commitment to serve rather than be served. Amen.

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 119:73-80; 145
First Reading Jeremiah 1:11-19
Second Reading Romans 1:1-15
Gospel Reading John 4:27-42
Evening Psalms 121; 6

Comments

  • It is wonderful in my 91st year to be in touch by john sinclair on 03/14/2015 at 7:22 a.m.

  • Blessings on the Presbyterians in Cuba who I know and honored since 1956 when I first visited them. by john sinclair on 03/14/2015 at 7:20 a.m.

  • Ok Jack. The cistern is already working. No more troubles for now with water distribution. Gracias a Dios by Daniel on 03/02/2015 at 11:13 p.m.

  • Gracias a Dios, hermano Daniel! Que Dios siga bendiciendo a estas empresas del ministerio de nuestras iglesias de nuestras dos países. by Jack Kern on 03/02/2015 at 6:11 p.m.

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