- Update on Ciego de Avila: Last year, our VIM installed the electrical power and windows in the newly constructed parsonage. It is the only grounded installation I have ever seen in Cuba, complete with subpanels, circuit breakers, and GFI for the kitchen and bathrooms! In the meanwhile, work continued with funds left with them and they are now occupying the parsonage. The Texas home church of one of the 2014 VIM team members is in the process of establishing a “Sister.Church” covenant with the church in Cielo de Avila which will help them with the building of the new church in this town of about 150k which has no evangelical sanctuaries, only small house churches.
- Update on Jamaica, Guantanamo: In 2013, we removed the old temporary roof from the sanctuary and did other work on the grounds for a covered classroom area. It pains me to report that the sanctuary still has no roof. In 2014, they were unable to get materials while most roofing resources were being routed to hurricane damaged regions on the island. Today they have the metal sheets for the roof but no structural steel trusses…and out of money. They exhausted their funds working on classroom areas and bathrooms. This church is “orphaned” in that there is no USA sister church to help them out…late breaking news from today: there is a church in Tampa Florida that might step up!
Also, on a bright note, the church of a VIM member adopted one of the Jamaica mission churches…this rural mission has now become a “full” church with its own property (funded by its US sister) and two missions. The goal is to build a church on the property and use the existing structure as the parsonage.
- Update on Baguanos (2011 VIM): They had their first church services in their new building during 2014 Holy Week. These are the people who had been meeting in a old structure that wasn’t even suitable for an roadside fruit stand! What a wonderful story! They have been matched with a great sister church in Florida to support future work on classrooms and bathrooms.
WHERE AND WHAT
This construction mission team will travel to the 42,803 square mile island of Cuba, just 90 miles off the coast of Florida. The team will help with the building of a new sanctuary at Ciego de Avila as assigned by the bishop and cabinet of the Cuba Methodist Church. This will be the second mission of the LAVIM to Ciego de Avila. LAVIM and the Louisiana Conference Cuba Initiative boast a long history of strong “hands on” mission effort to this, one of our most in- triguing international neighbors. The Mission Center in Havana houses the office of the Bishop and headquarters the mission of the Cuban Methodist Church. The team will initially house at the Center in Havana, then at lodging provided by the local church.
Both experienced and inexperienced volunteers are needed. Professional or experienced car- penters, plumbers, roofers, and electricians are sought for any construction and repair work team. “Go-fers”, those who enjoy repairing their own homes, weekend painters, hobbyists and those who want to learn a new skill will also find this mission a satisfactory experience. There will be a job for everyone. Spanish translators are a specific need.
The cost of the mission per team member is approximately $2,300.00. The exact cost will be available later when air contracts are completed. The fee includes visa, air and ground transpor- tation, meals and lodging, administration fees and insurance*. Meals en route, some luggage fees, and airport departures fees are not covered in the cost. A deposit of $500 is due with regis- trations and fees should me mailed to NewSong on Old Perkins Road (see registration form).