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How You Can Help:

  1. Pray for the people of Cuba and our sister churches! Pray for their health, their daily struggles, that they will have enough food to feed their families today, and for the spiritual and political leaders in both our countries.

  2. Provide Supplies: Our teams take suitcases of over-the-counter (OTC) medications and many other needed items on the annual trips to Cuba (usually in January). You can help by donating items from the “Needs List”, which can be obtained from the church office, our two Cuba Mission bulletin boards found outside of the Worship Center and Sanctuary, or from a committee member.  You can then bring your donated items to a committee member or the church office.  Please make sure it is marked ‘Cuba Missions’.  Please note that we cannot accept prescription medications and that OTC medications cannot expire before the next January, since expired medications cannot be brought into Cuba.

  3. Support financially: We have two events each year to help us raise funds for our Cuba Missions and to also provide updates on this mission to our congregation and supporters.  Aldersgate Sunday, in which we have a special offering, is held in May, and our annual Cuba Dinner is held in September.  We also accept and appreciate donations throughout the year.  If you would like to donate cash or write a check, you mail it to, or drop it off, at the church office, or put it into the offering on Sundays.  Please make sure your donation is marked ‘Cuba Missions’.  Thank you for your continued support and please know that travelers to Cuba pay for their own travel, lodging and meals, so that every penny donated goes directly to support our Cuba Missions.   

  4. Membership: Prospective members are always welcome to attend monthly Cuba Mission meetings on Thursdays at 7pm in Room 108.


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The Gift of Vision

Because of the generosity of our Suntree congregation, we were able to purchase 500 pairs of reader eyeglasses for El Redentor and 300 for Ojo de Agua.

At Ojo, people walked as far as 30 km. to receive a pair of readers at no charge. At El Redentor the entire congregation was served as well as a few of the other churches in the area.

Readers enable people to finally be able to read their own Bibles or even hold down a job. It is an important life-changing item that is not generally available. 

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Cuba Missions Introduction

The Cuba Committee at Suntree United Methodist Church (UMC) welcomes you to join our shared prayer and friendship with our Methodist brothers and sisters in Cuba.

Since the 2002 signing of our “Sister Church Covenant” with our first Cuban sister church, El Redentor, we have traveled there almost every year. Over the years, we have laughed, loved, prayed, and cried together. Travelers return from visits with Cuban Methodist Churches with a spirit of revival, for our Cuban sisters and brothers are “on fire” in their faith.

In Cuba, there are 498 Methodist Churches; of those, 233 have sister churches in Florida. It is the fastest-growing denomination in Cuba, growing at 6%- 8% per year. With this impressive growth, it is natural that several of El Redentor’s missions have grown to become churches. In 2017, Suntree UMC added a second sister church when we signed a covenant with the former Ojo de Agua Mission when it became a church. So we now have two sister churches: El Redentor and Ojo de Agua.

Florida’s Bishop Ken Carter and Cuba’s Bishop Ricardo Pereira Díaz.

Each January, we usually travel to Cuba to worship and fellowship with our brothers and sisters in the Cuban Methodist Churches. We do so with the blessings (and under the authority) of the Bishops of the Cuban Methodist and the Florida United Methodist Conferences.

The Task Force that oversees the Covenant between the two Conferences is called “Methodists United in Prayer” (MUIP), formerly known as the “Cuba-Florida Covenant.” This organization provides the training and ongoing guidance in all matters related to the Covenant.

 The Suntree United Methodist Church Cuba Committee is open to the community for attendance and membership. The only requirements are that you love Christ and have a spirit of service in your heart.

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