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LWW Cuba Network Coordinating Team Newsletter April 2013

Jim Luther, Editor, luther42@comcast.net Vol. 1; No. 1

Moderators 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 participated in mission work in Cuba. We hope your mission interests include providing clean water for our Cuban brothers and sisters in Christ. We trust that you will find this newsletter informative, interesting, and inspiring. If you would like to comment on, suggest, or contribute content, please feel free to contact us at any time. A Living Waters for the World Cuba Network Coordinating Team has been organized to assist trained teams in completing LWW installations in Cuba as well as providing information to anyone interested in participating in or supporting the work of LWW in Cuba. The LWW Cuba Network is also engaged in promoting 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 participate 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 Gods Children. Jerry Goode Moderator jcgoode@comcast.net

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 opportunities 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 growing number of systems located there. The Cuba Network Coordinating Team (CNCT) is composed of seven Clean Water 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 Evanglico de Teologa 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 organizations are welcome to take part in the water work in Cuba. If interested in exploring this possibility, ones first contact should be with the CNCT moderator, Jerry Goode, at jcgoode@comcast.net or 601-649-8250. The moderator will 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.

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 Presbyterian 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 baskets 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 arrived 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. Thats 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 members know the benefits of clean water for cooking, infant care or teeth brushing, but who were heretofore hardpressed 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

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 lifesustaining gift. So if you can, sign up for a Living Waters mission to Cuba. Its not about what you will be giving, but what you will be receiving. I promise that it will reaffirm not only your faith, but your priorities. Thats a First World problem, we began telling one another with a laugh when the sunscreen went missing or we couldnt decide which colorful keepsake to buy. When you dont 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 produced 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.

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

How You Can Participate In The LWW Cuba Network


Pray for the LWW teams in Cuba Pray for the Cuban people Form a LWW team & attend Clean Water U Install a system in Cuba Contribute to Living Waters for the World Contribute to a team doing an installation Visit the LWW Website http://www.livingwatersfortheworld.org Contribute to the LWW Cuba Network http://www.livingwatersfortheworld.org/ecard/ index.php (Mark your donation to LWW Cuba Network) Become a Sustaining Partner Encourage others to become Partners Share information on social media Be a Clean Water Advocate

LIST OF LWW SYSTEMS INSTALLED AS OF March 2013

TEAM NAME First-Trinity Presbyterian Laurel, Mississippi First-Trinity Presbyterian Laurel, Mississippi First-Trinity Presbyterian Laurel, Mississippi ChristChurch Presbyterian / St. John Presbyterian Houston, Texas Clear Lake Presbyterian Westminster Presbyterian Minneapolis, MN St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church New Orleans, LA First-Trinity Presbyterian Laurel, MS / First Presbyterian Greenville, MS St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church New Orleans, LA Clear Lake Presbyterian Houston, TX Westminster Presbyterian - Minneapolis / Presbytery of Long Island

DATE June 2009 June 2010 July 2011

PLACE Seminario Evangelico de Teologia La Playa Childrens Home Matanzas Martin Luther King Center / Ebeneezer Baptist Church Havana Iglesia de la Playa Matanzas Kairos Center / First Baptist Church - Matanzas Luyano Presbyterian Havana El Fuerte Presbyterian Cardenas Sancti Spiritus Presbyterian Sancti Spiritus

TEAM LEADER OR CONTACT PERSON Verniece Goode benz_mom@hotmail.com Verniece Goode Verniece Goode benz_mom@hotmail.com Karen Perseley krp111154@sbcglobal.net Jim Luther Ed Cunnington edkarc@aol.com Laura St.Clair laura.st.clair1@gmail.com Verniece Goode Benz_mom@hotmail.com Bonnie Shoemaker bonshoemaker@gmail.com

November 2011

November 2011 January 2012 May 2012

July 2012

November 2012

Juan G. Hall Presbyterian Church Cardenas

November 2012

San Antonio de los Baos Presbyterian San Antonio de los Baos Guines Presbyterian Church

Jim Luther luther42@comcast.net Ed Cunnington edkarc@aol.com

March 2013

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 partnership 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 communicate 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. Youll 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 presbyteries 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! Contact Laura St. Clair of St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church in New Orleans at laura.st.clair1@gmail.com for further information. 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 Ellas knowledge and insights on Cuba or to learn more about the Houston meeting, please contact her at joella.holman@gmail.com.

Links of Interest
Living Waters for the World Website http://livingwatersfortheworld.org Water of Life Newsletter - http://livingwatersfortheworld.org/PageN-News.php LWW Cuba Network Information - http://livingwatersfortheworld.org/LWW_MO.php PCUSA Cuba Partners - http://missioncrossroads.ning.com/group/cubapartners LWW Network - http://missioncrossroads.ning.com/group/living-waters-for-the-world LWW Opportunities Forum - http://lww.hoop.la

Whos Who in the Cuba Network


Jerry Goode, Moderator of LWW Cuba Network Team, a CWU 103 Instructor, and LWW Volunteer and Ricardo Farfn, Administrator at El Seminario Evanglico de Teologa 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 West Jersey Presbytery West Jersey Presbytery St. Johns Episcopal Tallahassee St. Johns Episcopal Tallahassee Lower Providence Presbyterian, Philadelphia and Quakers University Presbyterian Church Baton Rouge, LA Presbytery of South Louisiana Clear Lake Presbyterian Church Houston, TX DATE May-June Installation May-June Installation March Survey/ Documentation trip March Survey/ Documentation trip July Installation April Installation November Installation November PLACE CANIP Santa Clara El Buen Pastor Union de Reyes Zorilla Episcopal Mission Quatro Esquinas Episcopal Church Friends Seminary Holguin Getsemani San Jose de los Ramos Matanzas Central Presbyterian Matanzas To Be Determined TEAM LEADER OR CONTACT PERSON Bill Kelly Chinabill@comcast.net Bill Kelly Chinabill@comcast.net Dennis and Sandra Howard docpest@embarqmail.com Dennis and Sandra Howard docpest@embarqmail.com Kary LaFors lfours@aol.com Robert Gambrell Gambrell4@cox.net Michael Wascom
wascom2@aol.com

Jim Luther Luther42@gmail.com