Post by Marg Shurtliff on May 24, 2018 21:59:50 GMT -5
Most of you reading this have probably heard of the plane crash in Cuba taking the lives of so many people ,including 10 Nazarene pastoral couples . For over 10 years Canada Central District has twined with Cuban churches and we add to the pastor's support of "our" church. So we had great interest in this . Some churches here lost their pastors , while others like ours and the other Ottawa church in Bridlewood didn't. We came really close to losing ours though . He is at la Maquina church in Guantanomo Bay . A group from our church wanted to visit that church but security in that area forbid that but many Ontario churches have visited their twin church . The National Director for the COTN in Canada is in Cuba at the moment as well as Ontario NCM directors and they have been able to assess things and help as able .We have an ongoing special offering . Unfortunately in the States you can't give to Cuba . ( law prevents that )
Our pastor Yasel wrote this to my pastor ( Frank) in Spanish. A friend of mine , Leticia , translated so it would be accurate . I understood most of it . Our pastor just missed being in that number of dead . Their District Secretary , District Treasurer and District NMI leader all died . The DS is just reeling .
Frank, God bless you, talk about it is very difficult and painful but we have to be thankful for the bad and good things in own lives. I have only happy memories of my brothers when we shared an event of pastoral marriage in Habana. I'm very thankful, I was just about to board the flight with my wife but was impossible for us to make it, my heart is heavy with sorrow, I know God is going to take control and give us a way to continue with his work. Many of His children (congregation) are praying for the families right now. Well (baron) I will keep you posted. Greetings and blessings.
I told a friend of mine at TOPS about it and she gave me a cheque for our offering tonight - $ 200 !! She has only ever been to our Bridlewood church for funerals .
Though saddened we do have things to praise God for .