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Cuba, 2014, The End

April 22, 2015

It’s our last work day here in Pinar del Rio before we head back to Havana tomorrow and leave for home the next day. Today we will go the site of the New Arroyo Hondo Church of the Nazarene in the city.

Arroyo Hondo Church of the Nazarene

Arroyo Hondo Church of the Nazarene

The church has been under construction for some time. Some of the members of the team had been here before with other teams to work on the church. They anticipate it will take several more teams as well as some of the local people to finish the church.

Our part of the project today is to mix concrete, take in inside the church and fill buckets that can be raised to the top of the second floor to pour beam around the perimeter of the building to help support the roof.

Preparing to mix the cement

Preparing to mix the cement

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Wheeling the cement into the church

Once the cement was mixed and delivered into the church the local people had devised a pulley from an old wheelbarrow wheel and using a rope with a hook could hoist five gallon buckets to the second floor where some of the other men poured the concrete from the bucket into wood forms with steel reinforcement rods inside.

Shoveling the cement into the bucket

Shoveling the cement into the bucket

Once the cement is in the bucket it is raised to the second story with a rope and pulley, emptied in the forms and then the empty bucket is sent back down to be refilled. This goes on until the forms are filled and the job is done.

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Hoisting the cement to the second floor

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After a hard day we returned to the hotel for some rest before our trip to Havana and then back to the U.S. We all left with a great appreciation for what God is doing in Cuba. It brings to mind what the Lord said to Peter in Matthew 16:18¬†“And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.”

The next day we spent on a bus to Havana with a chance to visit some churches in Havana. One of the oldest churches in Cuba was the Cathedral of San Francisco where we were allowed to tour the church and climb the bell tower to get a bird’s eye view of the city.

The Bell tower

The Bell tower

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Then it was on a airplane and back home with great memories and with prayers for the Churches and people of Cuba.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Justin Hart permalink
    January 30, 2016 10:29 pm

    My wife and I have been to Pinar 2 times a piece, and we have absolutely fallen in love with the people and the country. I was doing some research for a class and I found your blog. It was awesome to see your story on here and I just wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed looking at your pictures. Have a blessed day and maybe we will get to see each other there at some point.

    • January 30, 2016 11:12 pm

      Thanks for the response. Always glad to hear from a reader. I am currently in Zambia and will be starting articles about this trip in the next month of so.

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