Many people in the Arkansas Conference have supported Nechi Fullerton’s (FUMC-Little Rock) mission journey to Holguin, Cuba to share God’s amazing love with the children there. Whether you did this through curriculum donations, craft supplies or prayers, THANK YOU! This trip never would have been possible without our Arkansas friends.
Please continue to pray that God’s love will be manifest in the hearts of the children and their families as a spirit of revival sweeps across the land!
On this page, we see some of the architecture, customs and celebrations of this island nation.
Click HERE to go to page 2 where we feature the children engaged in faith formation activities.
Click HERE to go to page 3 where we talk about Arkansas’ involvement with Volunteers in Mission and our ongoing project to build housing for seminary students in Havana.
Here are a few of the pictures Nechi has shared with us. Please check back often as this page will be updated several times per week.
Holguin is the fourth largest city in Cuba. It is known as the City of Parks and Christopher Columbus called the area “the most beautiful land eyes have ever seen” when he landed in the Holguin Province in 1492.
Iglesia Metodista (Methodist Church) Los Pastores (The Pastors)
Carnes asadas del cerdo (Roast Pig) Aguacate (Avacado)
La Boda (The Wedding) Coche (car)
This is a celebration of a girl’s 15th birthday. “In Cuba, the party may include a choreographed group dance, in which 14 couples waltz around the quinceañera, who is accompanied by one of the main dancers, a boy of her choice, or her boyfriend. The choreography often includes four or six dancers or escorts called experts, who are allowed to dance around the quinceañera. They are usually inexperienced dancers whose function is to highlight the central couple. The male dancers are also allowed to wear tuxedos in different colors.
Fifteenth-birthday celebrations were very popular in Cuba until the late 1970s. This practice partly entered Cuba via Spain, but the greatest influence was the French. The wealthy families who could afford to rent expensive dining rooms in private clubs or hotels of four and five stars held celebrations that were the precursors of quinceañeras, which they called quinces. These celebrations usually took place in the house of the girl or the more spacious house of a relative. (Wikipedia)
Comunión Mundial Domingo (World Communion Sunday)
One bread. One body. One Lord of all!
Asamblea de Mujeres Metodista (UMW Meeting)
800 Women singing, DANCING, praising, praying, marching, workshops and fellowship for one week from 6:30am prayer to midnight..
Trinidad is a town in the province of Sancti Spíritus, central Cuba. Trinidad is one of the best-preserved cities in the Caribbean from the time when the sugar trade was the main industry in the region. (Wikipedia)
Trinidad is one-of-a-kind, a perfectly preserved Spanish colonial settlement where the clocks stopped ticking in 1850 and – apart from the tourists – have yet to restart. Built on huge sugar fortunes amassed in the adjacent Valle de los Ingenios during the early 19th century, the riches of the town’s pre–War of Independence heyday are still very much in evidence in illustrious colonial-style mansions bedecked with Italian frescoes, Wedgwood china and French chandeliers.