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LWW Cuba Network Coordinating Team Newsletter April 2013

Jim Luther, Editor, luther42@comcast.net

Moderator’s Message

Welcome to the inaugural newsletter of the Living Waters for the World (LWW) Cuba Network. You are receiving this newsletter because you have expressed interest or par- ticipated in mission work in Cuba. We hope your mission interests include providing clean water for our Cuban brothers and sis- ters in Christ. We trust that you will find this newsletter informative, interesting, and in- spiring. If you would like to comment on, suggest, or contribute content, please feel free to contact us at any time. A Living Wa- ters for the World Cuba Network Coordinat- ing Team has been organized to assist trained teams in completing LWW installa- tions in Cuba as well as providing informa- tion to anyone interested in participating in or supporting the work of LWW in Cuba. The LWW Cuba Network is also engaged in pro- moting and insuring long term sustainability of the systems installed. The volunteer members of this team have a wide range of training and skills to answer your questions and assist you as you consider, plan, and par- ticipate in the work of LWW in Cuba. Please share this newsletter with your friends and family. We will be happy to add anyone to the mailing list. If you do not wish to receive these emails, simply reply and type REMOVE in the subject line, and your name will be removed promptly from out mailing list.

May Clean Water Flow for All God’s Children.

Jerry Goode

Moderator

jcgoode@comcast.net

Vol. 1; No. 1

The Cuba Network Coordinating Team

Early in 2012, Living Waters for the World (LWW) formed the Cuba Network as their tenth and newest network. Networks have been established in countries where groundwork has already been laid by previous LWW water mission teams. One purpose of these networks is to identify clean water mission op- portunities and to bring initiating and operating partners together. The Cuba Network will coordinate efforts between U.S. groups wishing to work in Cuba and Cuban sites needing clean water and will create sustainability for the grow- ing number of systems located there.

The Cuba Network Coordinating Team (CNCT) is composed of seven Clean Wa- ter U (CWU) graduates who not only are seasoned Cuba travelers but have completed Cuban water installations. Geographically from five different states, the team members represent all three disciplines taught at CWU: 101 leadership, 102 Spiritual/health/hygiene and 103 system installation. After the formation of the CNCT, the group has spent their first year assisting seven teams with water system installations in Cuba, establishing relationships with in-country partners, and preparing a soon-to-be released guide book providing information for trained water teams.

The CNCT works with The Presbyterian Reformed Church in Cuba (Iglesia Presbiteriana Reformada en Cuba or IPRC) and the Evangelical Seminary of Theology (Seminario Evangélico de Teología or SET). Both of these in-country partners assist with identification and prioritization of potential project sites. They also help with in-country logistics, housing, and transportation.

Because LWW is ecumenical in nature, all denominations and civic organiza-

tions are welcome to take part in the water work in Cuba. If interested in ex- ploring this possibility, one’s first contact should be with the CNCT moderator,

Jerry Goode, at jcgoode@comcast.net or 601-649-8250.

be keeping a master list matching teams to sites, and this initial contact with

the moderator will avoid the duplication of efforts for the same site.

The moderator will

Mission to Cuba

By Renee Peck

On a still November morning, we emerged one by one from the dormitory at El Fuerte in Cardenas. A sleepy crew of eight St. Charles Avenue Presby- terian Church (SCAPC) members headed across the cracked concrete of the church courtyard toward breakfast.

A soft rustle of conversation floated among the dozens of people lining the courtyard and spilling out into the street. Empty containers filled bike bas- kets or sat close by as a cross-section of Cardenas residents – men, women, old, young – inched toward a common destination: the wide white outdoor porcelain sink where a flow of pure water filled bottle after bottle.

On this day just six months after the first SCAPC team ar- rived in Cardenas to install a water purification system for El Fuerte, the church already had distributed about 136,000 gallons of clean water to community residents. That’s around 740 gallons a day, or 60 gallons an hour.

That means that, on average, once every minute a gallon of purified water goes to a Cardenas household, whose mem- bers know the benefits of clean water for cooking, infant care or teeth brushing, but who were heretofore hard- pressed to afford or find it.

Ours was the second SCAPC Living Waters team in Cardenas, there to install a similar water purification system for Juan G. Hall, a sister Presbyterian church on the other side of this dusty town where the most common mode of transportation is still by horse-drawn carriage.

So, while SCAPC member Stewart Hill led a four-man team in helping Juan G. Hall church members build the actual system of pumps and filters, Kamen and Debbie Lambertson taught church leaders how to instruct local residents in the safe handling and proper use of the newly purified water that would be distributed to the community.

And sitting in on afternoon classes, at which the teachers who learned our lessons in the morning taught them to congregation members, was a revelation. Basic exercises in

congregation members, was a revelation. Basic exercises in SCAPC team (L to R) Stewart Hill, John

SCAPC team (L to R) Stewart Hill, John DeFraites, Church Member from Juan G. Hall , Renee Peck, Debbie Lambertson, Kamin Lambertson, Mariano Hinojosa, Trey Sundmaker, Pastor Alison Infante Zamora (Juan G. Hall), Bonnie Shoemaker

Alison Infante Zamora (Juan G. Hall), Bonnie Shoemaker bottle care or germ detection became animated discussions

bottle care or germ detection became animated discussions filled with song, drama and creativity. Suddenly the material, in the hands of this expressive and upbeat people, came alive. A black-light exercise to look for microbes turned into an ongoing game, with plenty of laughter.

SCAPC is sending a third team to Cuba in May, to install a Living Waters system at a convent in Havana. There are many more Cuban churches and institutions in need of this life- sustaining gift.

So if you can, sign up for a Living Waters mission to Cuba. It’s not about what you will be giving, but what you will be re- ceiving. I promise that it will reaffirm not only your faith, but your priorities. “That’s a First World problem,” we began tell- ing one another with a laugh when the sunscreen went miss- ing or we couldn’t decide which colorful keepsake to buy. When you don’t have clean water to drink, those kinds of concerns seem petty indeed.

Update: Pastor Alison emailed last month to say the Juan G. Hall system is running perfectly. As of January, it had pro- duced 17,313 gallons of water. The church offers water three times a week, for an hour in the morning and an hour in the evening, to anyone who wants it. They give out 3,000 liters each day, to an average of 100 people in the morning and 90 in the evening.

How You Can Participate In The LWW Cuba Network

Pray for the LWW teams in Cuba

Contribute to the LWW Cuba Network http://www.livingwatersfortheworld.org/ecard/ index.php (Mark your donation to LWW Cuba Network)

Pray for the Cuban people

Form a LWW team & attend Clean Water U

Install a system in Cuba

Become a Sustaining Partner

Contribute to Living Waters for the World

Encourage others to become Partners

Contribute to a team doing an installation

Share information on social media

Visit the LWW Website http://www.livingwatersfortheworld.org

Be a Clean Water Advocate

LIST OF LWW SYSTEMS INSTALLED AS OF March 2013

TEAM NAME

DATE

PLACE

TEAM LEADER OR CONTACT PER- SON

First-Trinity Presbyterian Laurel, Mississippi

June 2009

Seminario Evangelico de Teologia

Verniece Goode

benz_mom@hotmail.com

First-Trinity Presbyterian Laurel, Mississippi

June 2010

La Playa Children’s Home - Matanzas

Verniece Goode

First-Trinity Presbyterian Laurel, Mississippi

July 2011

Martin Luther King Center / Ebeneezer Baptist Church - Havana

Verniece Goode

benz_mom@hotmail.com

ChristChurch Presbyterian / St. John Presbyterian – Houston, Texas

November 2011

Iglesia de la Playa – Matan- zas

Karen Perseley

krp111154@sbcglobal.net

Clear Lake Presbyterian

November 2011

Kairos Center / First Baptist Church - Matanzas

Jim Luther

Westminster Presbyterian

January 2012

Luyano Presbyterian

Ed Cunnington

Minneapolis, MN

Havana

edkarc@aol.com

St. Charles Avenue Presby- terian Church

May 2012

El Fuerte Presbyterian - Cardenas

Laura St.Clair

laura.st.clair1@gmail.com

New Orleans, LA

 

First-Trinity Presbyterian – Laurel, MS / First Presbyte- rian – Greenville, MS

July 2012

Sancti Spiritus Presbyterian

Verniece Goode

Sancti Spiritus

Benz_mom@hotmail.com

St. Charles Avenue Presby- terian Church

November 2012

Juan G. Hall Presbyterian Church

Bonnie Shoemaker

bonshoemaker@gmail.com

New Orleans, LA

Cardenas

Clear Lake Presbyterian

November 2012

San Antonio de los Baños Presbyterian

Jim Luther

Houston, TX

luther42@comcast.net

San Antonio de los Baños

Westminster Presbyterian - Minneapolis / Presbytery of Long Island

March 2013

Guines Presbyterian Church

Ed Cunnington

edkarc@aol.com

PC(USA) Cuba Partners Network

Presbyterian Living Waters for the World Teams are engaged in a desperately needed and much appreciated ministry in Cuba. I want to introduce you to a community of Presbyterian congregations, presbyteries and organizations that have been in partner- ship with the Presbyterian-Reformed Church in Cuba for many years: the Presbyterian Church (USA) Cuba Partners Network.

The Cuba Partners Network was officially organized in 2001 to provide a way for the growing number of Cuba partners to commu- nicate with each other, work together to meet the needs of the Cuban Church, and meet annually to share experiences and get updated on developments in the Cuban Church and the ins and outs of partnership activities. The Network is now composed of some 80 entities, including the Outreach Foundation, the Presbyterian Cuba Connection, the Association of Retired Minsters, and Living Waters for the World.

A number of the historic members of the Cuba Partners Network that have developed rich partnerships with Cuban congregations have added Living Waters installations to their agenda and have trained teams. They now have the satisfaction of aiding their partners in Cuba in their efforts to serve the critical needs of their neighbors as they continue their visits of solidarity and support.

Membership in the Cuba Partners Network is open to Presbyterian congregations whose first experience of partnership with the Cuban Church comes through Living Waters for the World installations. Dues are only $50 a year and the experience of fellowship with the dozens of other partners will provide a broadening and deepening understanding and commitment to the whole life and mission of the Presbyterian Reformed Church in Cuba.

To sign up and get in the communication loop, contact Co-convener Dean Lewis at deanlewis6299@windstream.net. You’ll be glad you did!

PC(USA) Cuba Partners Houston Meeting

Did you know that at least four presbyteries of the PC(USA) have had partnerships with presbyteries of the Cuban Presbyterian Church? The Cuba Partners Network meets annually in the U.S. and every fourth year in Cuba. This year, the Partners will meet in Houston on September 18-21 at the Cenacle Retreat House. Representatives from the Presbyterian Reformed Church in Cuba come as our guests to give us updates on the life of the church in Cuba as well as society in general. PC(USA) partners along with Cuban partners share their ministries, participate in workshops and fellowship about what is happening in individual presbyter- ies in Cuba. These gatherings have been invaluable for new partners to learn about Cuba and the Cuban church in a deeper way, to coordinate mission efforts and to get to know other PC(USA) partners.

So, come join us and learn more about this long and fruitful relationship with the Presbyterian Reformed Church in Cuba! Con- tact Laura St. Clair of St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church in New Orleans at laura.st.clair1@gmail.com for further informa- tion. We welcome congregations working with and through Living Waters for the World to be part of a larger vision and ministry together with the Church in Cuba.

Jo Ella Holman is our PC(USA) mission co-worker and Regional Liaison for the Caribbean region and is based in the Dominican Republic. If your congregation would like to take advantage of Jo Ella’s knowledge and insights on Cuba or to learn more about the Houston meeting, please contact her at joella.holman@gmail.com.

Links of Interest

Who’s Who in the Cuba Network Jerry Goode, Moderator of LWW Cuba Network Team, a

Who’s Who in the Cuba Network

Jerry Goode, Moderator of LWW Cuba Network Team, a CWU 103 Instructor, and LWW Volunteer and Ricardo Farfán, Adminis- trator at El Seminario Evangélico de Teología in Matanzas and LWW in country technician, display the first bottle of clean water produced in Cuba by an LWW water treatment system. Photo dated June 14, 2009.

Clean Water University Dates

June 10-14 (Calvin Crest) Deadline to register May 17, 2013 September 4-8 (Hopewell) Deadline to register August 21, 2013 October 16-20 (Hopewell) Deadline to register October 2, 2013

LIST OF LWW MISSION TEAMS PLANNING TRIPS DURING 2013

TEAM NAME

DATE

PLACE

TEAM LEADER OR CONTACT PERSON

West Jersey Presby- tery

May-June

CANIP

Bill Kelly Chinabill@comcast.net

Installation

Santa Clara

West Jersey Presby- tery

May-June

El Buen Pastor Union de Reyes

Bill Kelly Chinabill@comcast.net

Installation

St. John’s Episcopal - Tallahassee

March Survey/ Documentation trip

Zorilla Episcopal

Dennis and Sandra Howard docpest@embarqmail.com

Mission

St. John’s Episcopal – Tallahassee

March Survey/ Documentation trip

Quatro Esquinas

Dennis and Sandra Howard docpest@embarqmail.com

Episcopal Church

Lower Providence Presbyterian, Philadel- phia and Quakers

July

Friends Seminary

Kary LaFors

Installation

Holguin

lfours@aol.com

University Presbyte- rian Church Baton Rouge, LA

April

Getsemani San Jose de los Ramos

Robert Gambrell

Installation

Gambrell4@cox.net

Presbytery of South Louisiana

November

Matanzas Central

Michael Wascom

Installation

Presbyterian

wascom2@aol.com

 

Matanzas

Clear Lake Presbyte- rian Church Houston, TX

November

To Be Determined

Jim Luther

Luther42@gmail.com