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CUBA

A New Open Door for Ministry

The recent “normalizing” of relations with the U.S. has provided a historic opportunity to support the work of the Church in Cuba. For more than 50 years, Cuba was officially off limits to U.S. travelers. But that is changing. Now YOU can be part of what God is doing there!

For most of the past half-century, Cuba was officially an atheist state. In 1962, Cuba’s government seized and shut down 400 Catholic schools, and many church leaders, including pastors and priests, were sent to labor farms for “re-education”. While both Protestant and Catholic churches remain restricted in their activities, they were never outlawed altogether. In 1984, Catholics and Protestants were allowed to conduct mass and worship services respectively. Since then, the growth of the Church inside Cuba has been phenomenal. By 2004, almost 20% of all Cubans were attending weekend religious services, compared with less than 1% in 1984, a growth rate of 1,960 percent!

Since personal income is regulated by the government and ranges from $20-$50 a month, most of the country suffers from extreme poverty. 

MEET OUR CUBA COORDINATORS

Mission Trips to Cuba

Serve children and families living in extreme poverty in this beautiful country where the Church is on the move.

Cuba Program Coordinators

Trip Details

Any team of 10 or more is invited to serve in Cuba. Total trip cost for each team member is $1,275 (includes Cuban visa).

IMPORTANT DATES

120 DAYS BEFORE DEPARTURE

  • $350 per person non-refundable deposit
  • Registration, Liability, and Medical Release forms due

30 DAYS BEFORE DEPARTURE

  • $925 per person Trip Fee balance due

Trip Fee Includes:

  • Meals, lodging, ground transportation, and some project materials
  • Secondary International Medical Insurance
  • Cuban visa
  • Translators
  • Trained Forward Edge Facilitator
  • Team Packs: T-shirt, team manual, devotional, etc.
  • Complete trip coordination provided by Forward Edge

Trip Fee Doesn’t Include: 

  • Airfare and luggage fees
  • $30 entrance fee (This fee might be included in your airfare. Please consult your travel agent.)
  • Possible hotel stay in Miami the night before the team enters Cuba (depending on your flight)

In keeping with its primary mission, Forward Edge is sending teams to Cuba that focus primarily on supporting church-run programs. Additional ministry opportunities include:

  • Relational evangelism such as home visits
  • Helping with feeding programs for children
  • Other ministry activities.
  • Workshop or Bible-study with adults
  • Activities for youth and/or children
  • Light work projects

PASSPORTS: A passport and Cuban visa are required to enter Cuba. If you already have a passport, please be sure that the expiration date is at least six months past the date of your departure from Cuba. If you do not have a passport, please apply for one as soon as possible. You must have a valid passport to begin the Cuban visa process (below) which begins at least 30 days prior to departure. Also, the US passport process can take up to 6-8 weeks.

VISA: Forward Edge must apply for Cuban visas at least 30 days prior to departure. Your Team Coordinator will provide forms and work with you through this process which has strict deadlines. You must have a valid passport to start the process.

FLIGHTS: Teams can now fly into the Antonio Maceo Airport located in Santiago de Cuba which is a short ½ hour ride to El Cobre. Typically the team Facilitator meets the team in the USA before flying into Cuba. The team will then be picked up by a member of our field staff.

Airfare ranges from $400-900 per round-trip ticket, depending upon the airline and where you are flying from. Our preferred travel agent can help you find the best rates. Please talk with our Cuba Team Coordinator who can assist you with reserving flights through the help of our preferred travel agent.

TRANSPORTATION: All ground transportation on location is included in your trip fee.

IMMUNIZATIONS: The government of Cuba does not require any shots or immunizations to enter the country. Please consult a personal physician for any recommendations.

TEAM PACKS: Once team member registration is complete, Forward Edge will send individualized team packs including a Forward Edge t-shirt, Team Member Manual, and other helpful information.

SCHEDULE: Each day your team will experience a morning devotional, an evening debrief, and relationship building opportunities through serving local people.

TEAM MEMBER CONDUCT: While team conduct is of the utmost importance for any short-term mission trip, it is especially vital to our partnerships in Cuba that team members never use or mention the word, “donation;” only use the word “gift” or phrase “as a gift.” Also, please refrain from discussing any political issues.

Jennifer Goheen

Team Coordinator
Bio

Team Coordinator

Hi! I’m Jen, the Cuba Team Coordinator. I look forward to working with you to plan your life-changing week in Cuba!

If you’re interested in organizing a team of 10 or more, you can contact us by filling out the short form below. If you’re an individual looking to join a team, you can scroll through our list of open teams.

Contact us today to start planning your mission team to Cuba!