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Cuba, 2014, Part Two

November 3, 2014

We are up this morning ready for a new adventure. We checked out of the hotel overlooking the beautiful Valley of Vinales and traveled to the town of Pinar Del Rio where will be staying for the balance of our trip.  We are off to visit the Saavedra Church of the Nazarene in the country outside Pinar Del Rio.

Saavedra Church of the Nazarene

Saavedra Church of the Nazarene

The Nazarene Church has just purchased a plot of ground next to the church property to be used as a community garden as well as to help support the church. The Church is led by Samuel and Dealena who live next door and maintain the church property.

Samuel and Dealena with their daughter

Samuel and Dealena with their daughter

The plot of ground that was purchased was grown up with seeds and small trees so we decided to pitch in and help clear some of the land so it could be tilled and planted.

Many small trees and weeds to be removed

Many small trees and weeds to be removed

Showing some progress

Showing some progress

The Nazarene Church from Nampa Idaho had shipped a rototiller to the church in advance of out team arriving so some of the men helped assemble the rototiller so we could show Samuel how to operate it. Once he got started he quickly learned how to use it and the garden started to take shape.

Samuel tilling the community garden

Samuel tilling the community garden

In addition to the rototiller the Church provided an irrigation pump to pump water from a stream that border the back of the property so they could irrigate the crops when the season was dry. Some of the team members helped assemble the pump and then showed Samuel and his son how to operate it.

Helping assemble the irrigation pump

Helping assemble the irrigation pump

We ate some lunch and had a nice visit with Samuel and Dealena. We were able to see some the beautiful flowers that grow here in the tropical climate as well as some banana trees growing in their back yard.

 

Wonderful flowers

Wonderful flowers

In the afternoon we took the bus back to Pinar Del Rio and checked into our hotel, cleaned up and were off to a restaurant for some dinner. We had invited some local church planters, that were working on spreading the gospel in neighboring towns, to join us for dinner. They were able to tell us some stories of how the Lord is working in Cuba.

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