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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. 

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

Gabriel Vega and Leidis Garcia

Program Coordinator

Gabriel Vega López and Leidis García Tejeda were both born and raised in Cuba. They grew up in different places and met at the former Teachers Training College in Santiago de Cuba in 2002. During their courtship they were able to save enough money to buy a house and were married on April 19th, 2006, a year after Christ came into their lives. They live with their young daughters Sol Beatriz and Luna Betsy in the city of Santiago de Cuba.

After eighteen months of discipleship, both Gabriel and Leidis were baptized in 2006. A month later, they began serving the Lord in different areas in their church. Gabriel has served as a Sunday School youth and adult teacher, as a local missionary, and church administrator. He is currently teaching youth Sunday School and is the leader of his church's Evangelism Team. Leidis is serving as Church Secretary and Womens Ministry leader They have both served at retreats and camps with children from their church. They continue to pray over new ways they can serve the Lord in their community.

Sheri Stanley

Senior Mobilization Officer
Bio

Team Coordinator

Hi! I’m Sheri, 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!

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