I am grateful for the recent visit from our Cuban friends, Pastor Javier Perez, his wife, Lissette Moreno, and Eddy Stanchiu, members of our partner church, La Iglesia Bautista del Camino (Baptist Church of the Way) in Guanajay, Cuba. The partnership between our churches formally began in 2006 and has included eleven exchanges between members, including time spent together in Cuba and in Greenville. The partnership developed through a longtime relationship between the Alliance of Baptists and the Fraternity of Cuban Baptist Churches.

Javier, Lissette and Eddy were our guests April 26-May 8. Their visit included attending the Alliance of Baptists Annual Gathering in Raleigh, NC; leading in worship on April 30 and youth Sunday School on May 7; conversations with church committees, staff, deacons and former Cuba travelers; and visits to several local ministries and sites of interest… and a few trips to ice cream and doughnut shops! Many thanks to all who hosted, interpreted, transported and welcomed our guests. Stay tuned for future plans for a Cuban mission experience!

— Laura