Members of our congregation have been involved with Cuba Mission Partnerships since 2012. The parish sponsors the Rev. Walter Gozalas while Pastor Barclay & Mary Mayo sponsor the Rev. Ramiro Godzales. The average Cuban family income is about $36 CAN per month; as the economic situation in Cuba has opened up, commodities have become more expensive yet incomes are not rising at the same rate. In many families, both partners have to work 2 or 3 jobs just to survive. Many in the community also have difficulties accessing clean water. Our Canadian and US sponsorships provide clean water and sufficient food and medicines to keep the pastors and their families healthy and allow them to minister in their communities. The Cuban Mission is working on providing community water filtration systems and making sponsored med packs available to local doctors. While Cuba has an excellent medical system, access to even basic drugs is limited.
Ramiro Godalez Mendoza and his wife Eva minister at Nueva Renancer church in the el Cayo de Maybe district of Holguin
Malin & Walter Serrano Gonzalas, their daughters Anna-Claudia and Elizabeth, and Claudia Dorrington in their San Pablo, Holguin church
The Bishop's Assistant, Nuno Sanchez, demonstrates the use of one of the family water filters
Mission Trip Opportunities
Each year, Pastor Barclay leads 5 to 7 interested individuals on a mission trip to Cuba to see what the needs are and to build relationships with the lay pastors, deacons, priests, and their families. If you would be interested in participating in a mission trip, please contact Barclay at 604-815-8309.