Prayers will be deeply appreciated for a particular missionary group's efforts and safe return home this July.
A Carthage group of 20 from the Nazarene Church, five women, 14 men and one teenager, will go on a mission trip to Cuba to join other church groups as the country re-opens to humanitarian groups.
Around 1960, most of the missionaries were forced to leave the country. However, there were a select few that remained and kept Christianity alive. To date, there are 89 Nazarene churches in Cuba, a place where church is only allowed within church facilities.
“This isn't play,” said Brad Hunt, discipleship minister for the Nazarene and one of the missionaries on the team. “I think that's why we really want to do it. It's stepping out on faith … They're hungry for the gospel.”
After hearing reports of revival in the country, the mission team will be working to expand church facilities at two work sites and a Vacation Bible School day on Saturday (July 7-16). It's not certain what will be allowed, but the group is aware children attend year-round school and the VBS might only take place for a part of a Saturday.
“The danger doesn't even sink in to me,” said Valerie Davis, Nazarene international president and another member of the mission team. “God's going to be with us.”
To help raise funds for the mission trip, two fundraisers have been set: A Zumbathon for June 7; and a Color-Splatter Fun Run on June 15.
“This trip is re-affirming our desire to reflect the light of Christ to the world by stepping out of areas in our comfort zone,” said senior pastor Dustin Ledford.
For information or to register for these events, visit www.carthagenaz.org.