Cuba has had food supply issues for quite some time–shortages, high prices, long lines, and other difficulties. In addition to these ongoing issues, the situation is especially grave right now, in part due to pandemic-related economic shutdowns.
Because of Covid restrictions on travel into Cuba, we have not been able to take any missions trips there in 2020 or 2021. During this time, however, we have still been able to help support local churches as they minister in their communities—thanks to generous financial gifts from many individuals and churches, we were able to send a shipping container filled with food and other essentials, which will make a huge difference in the lives of those most at risk.
After a very lengthy process of receiving permissions from various government agencies in the US and Cuba, we were finally able to ship our container in July 2021. It arrived in Cuba in early September, and, in a huge answer to
prayer, was released by customs in just one day!
All the contents of the container made it there intact and undamaged:
- About 7,500 lbs. of beans
- 350 lbs. of powdered milk
- 3,000 lbs. of rice
- 900 lbs. of laundry detergent
- 130 packages of adult diaper
- dozens of cases of hygiene items
- and much more
The local church has wasted no time in distributing items to the neediest in their community as well as sharing with churches
and ministries in other provinces. (They sent us a beautiful 3 1⁄2-minute video update this fall, which was such a blessing to see.
Please join us in thanking God for this opportunity and in praying that many lives in Cuba would be impacted for eternity through this tangible demonstration of His love and care.