The Cuba partnership is about developing long-term relationships with our brothers and sisters in Christ at Luyanó Presbyterian Church in Havana, Cuba. Because of the political climate in Cuba, volunteers aim to create relational bonds with Luyanó congregation members, rather than the traditional physical building that mission trips often provide.
In 1994 Covenant member Don Davis visited Havana, Cuba, for an international conference of library scientists. He worshiped at the Presbyterian Reformed Church in Luyanó, a barrio of Havana. On this trip, he came to know the Rev. Carlos Ham, then pastor at the church in Luyanó, who currently is rector of the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Matanzas, Cuba. Rev. Ham officiated the Eucharist at Don’s hotel, one of the first public celebrations of the Lord’s Supper in Cuba since the 1959 revolution. Since then, more than 185 members of Covenant have made over 312 mission trips related to our ministry partnership with our sister church in Cuba. This church-to-church partnership provides us with important perspective about God’s Church in a country that has oppressed all religion. We gain insight and perspective about what it means to live out a life of faith in a place that is difficult.
God uses our partnership to provide clean drinking water to the neighborhood surrounding our sister church as well as provide ministries to the neighborhood “third age” as we work together with our sister congregation to sustain these ministries and develop new ones. Our at least twice annual trips, in October or November for first time visitors and in July for veterans who wish to help with Vacation Bible School, have resulted in significant relationships that provide mutual encouragement and respect. We, both Cubans and Americans, encourage each other to follow Jesus wherever we live, work, and play.
For more information, please contact our Partnership Advancement Committee Chairman Jack Kern at firstname.lastname@example.org or (512)454-9166.