Cuba

Our partner church in Cuba

After its independence from Spain at the end of the 19th century Cuba developed and intensified contacts and commerce with the U.S.A. It was in the U.S.A. that Cubans first became acquainted with Protestant churches and invited missionaries to their country. In Cuba, these missionaries found favor with the middle class and in intellectual circles, who then started to found new churches.

 

Our partner church, the Presbyterian-Reformed Church in Cuba (IPRC), has its roots in the mission of the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. (PCUSA). In the aftermath of the considerable worsening of relations between Cuba and the United States after 1960, the IPRC was the first Protestant church to become independent in 1967.

 

Today, the church has approximately 15,000 members in 53 local congregations. In response to the poverty and deprivation which are part of daily life in Cuba, the church operates a laundry place, manages vegetable gardens, and supports members and neighbors through social services such as food delivery to the sick and eldery. The IPRC, Berlin Mission and the Evangelical Church in Berlin-Brandenburg (today's EKBO) signed a contract for partnership and cooperation in 1999.

 

Key aspects of activities in cooperation with local partners:

  • Lobby work for women's issues in cooperation with the Cuban Church Council,
  • Financial support for social services such as 'meals on (bicycle) wheels', common laundry places for the elderly, and ecological projects,
  • Further education for laymen and Sunday School leaders,
  • Financial support for young pastors.

Contact person

Dr. Patrick R. Schnabel
Tel +49 (0)30 · 2 43 44-188
p.schnabel @ bmw.ekbo.de