The help for Cubans is coming from churches

February 5, 2023

“I have been a pastor for 22 years. Our church is in a poor neighborhood, but we are serving God and helping our community. 

The economic system in Cuba doesn’t work, and people don’t have many ways to succeed. People are desperate and doing everything they can do, but the situation is getting worse every day. There are two embargoes: the U.S. against the Cuban government, and the Cuban government against the people.  We aren’t allowed to have a shop or business or develop ourselves. There are very few openings for Cubans. 

When the future seems hopeless, there is sadness and darkness in front of you. Some young people are involved with drugs, and there is more robbery and violence. A guy was killed close by for his electric scooter. Many people are selling their homes and everything they own to go to the United States. They are leaving through Nicaraugua or taking risky rafts out to sea—some have lost their lives along the way. People from our church come to me and talk of leaving. I tell them to pray and talk to God, and some leave. 

It is the church’s job to care for those who are struggling. We help the elderly and give them haircuts and wash their clothes. Our neighborhood school was falling down, so we cleaned and painted to help fix it up. A tornado passed through this area two years ago, destroying homes and cars. We received supplies from churches in the U.S. and helped those who lost everything. 

We have a family medical system in Cuba with a doctor and nurse in every neighborhood. Their homes are part of the system and are important to the health of our community. We clean and paint their houses, cut the grass, and repair windows. Sometimes the doctors don’t have pens for prescriptions, so we give them pens. Even if you have a prescription, you may not be able to find that medication in the pharmacy. Drug stores are closed some days, other days they are open with little medication. 

There are many ways to help our neighborhood. Children were going to school without breakfast, so we started feeding them breakfast here. I would like to add a kitchen and community dining room on the second floor. 

When times are hard, people turn to God and help each other. People want better. The help for Cubans is coming from the churches.”

Pastor Kimy 

(This is the final story in a series of stories from my trip to Cuba in early January.) 

 

2 Comments

  1. Louis Mapp

    Paraphrasing Jesus–What you do for the least of these–you do for me.

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    • Lynn Oldshue

      The churches in Cuba are filling a great need. There was a Methodist Church across the street from the home where we stayed in Havana. It was overflowing with people even standing outside for every service. They worshipped for hours each time.

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