February 25, 2021: An Update from Cuba

By Sarah Spencer, Stefanie Vestal, and Wynsor Taylor

As we embark on our Lenten journey reflecting on previous All Souls outreach initiatives, we are delighted to write with updates from our partner parish, Iglesia Episcopal Jesús Nazareno in Santa Clara, Cuba.

The pandemic hit Cuba hard. Restrictions were placed on travel between provinces and since global travel died down, donated supplies were basically non-existent. The church in Santa Clara has been crucially important to the people of the community: providing clean water and transforming their lot into a garden to help feed those most in need as food shortages continue to be an issue. Services have resumed (with masks), children and adults have been baptized (including the bishop's own granddaughter), and even a wedding has been celebrated. 
Due to the generosity of All Souls, we have enough money in our Cuba Church Initiative to fulfill our initial commitment in Santa Clara. However, we will have to wait to send this until wiring funds to the island is available again. 
However, our partnership is not just financial. Please continue to keep the people of Cuba and specifically those in Santa Clara in your prayers. It is an unsettled time in Cuba with historic protests and currency changes which threaten to increase inflation. We will keep you updated as we hear more and hope that a visit with our siblings in Christ will be in the not too distant future.

Last Published: February 27, 2021 7:06 PM
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