November 11 – November 13, 2018
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The Fraternity of Cuban Baptists (FIBAC) established a hurricane relief commission about a week after the storm. They have visited the sites most affected and have identified 11 hard-hit communities each of which is a home to a FIBAC church. They have a goal to raise $25,000 USD to help repair damaged buildings – church buildings, homes of pastors, homes of church members and and homes of people in the wider community. The 11 communities are in the central/northern provinces of Camagüey, Ciego de Avila, Sancti Spiritus, and Villa Clara.
The immediate challenge for the country just after the storm was electricity, as the largest power plant, located in Matanzas, was severely damaged, but within a week or two they had it up and running again. Potable water was also a challenge at first, but at least here in Matanzas they are ok with that now.
The longer term challenge is going to be food security, as so many of the farms experienced crop damage. This food shortage is already felt here in Matanzas, as there are very few food vendors in the street (in the past they were on every other corner), and the bodegas and stores don’t have eggs, chicken, and other staples. They expect this problem to worsen before it gets better, with another crop season.
BPFNA ~ Bautistas por la Paz is raising funds for disaster relief in Mexico and Puerto Rico. We encourage you to make gifts to support relief efforts in Cuba through the Alliance of Baptists (click here). Put in the notes that you want to designate your gift to Cuba hurricane relief.
Stan Dotson is a BPFNA ~ Bautistas por la Paz member who, along with his wife Kim Christman, is spending this year in Cuba working with churches.