Recently Read: Arkansans set for Cuba journey

Arkansas United Methodist Churches bridgin Missions in CubaCongregation members from Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church Little Rock, and surrounding area United Methodist churches, are heading to Cuba today as part of a mission team to bridge together two Methodist communities.

From the Northwest Arkansas Online

Days after Washington and Havana announced a thaw in their half-century long cold war, a group of Arkansans is traveling to Cuba to forge closer ties between Methodists in the two nations.

The dozen volunteers are scheduled to fly from Little Rock to Miami today. Friday, they’ll board a charter flight and head for Cuba’s capital.

The short-term missions team will help build housing at the Evangelical Methodist Seminary there. Team members also will attend worship services during their stay.

The trip was scheduled before the diplomatic breakthrough; this is the first Arkansas Mission Team to Cuba, church officials say.

“We’re going strictly as servants to the members of the Methodist community in Havana,” said Mary Cantwell, a member of Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church in Little Rock.

Ideology and controversy won’t be on the agenda.

“We respect the cultural views of whatever country we’re visiting. We’ve been asked not to talk history [or] politics,” Cantwell said.

A Cuban pastor, Aramis Cosio Nunez of Pinar del Rio, traveled to Arkansas a year ago to preach and share the news about his nation’s Methodist community; he told people that the church is alive and growing.

By the time he left, people were eager to witness things for themselves.

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I’m glad to see this. Though the trade embargo has resulted in Cuba being a land not only with few American cars produced after the embargo was first initiated (1961?) and a handful of clunky jerry-rigged U.S. produced dinosaur cars from before that that’ve been rebuilt, retooled, and retrenched, it is literally the only place in the world with a population as large that’s entirely free from McDonaldization. Good that their first contacts will be with UMCs from LR. I’ve met some of the Pastors for Peace who drove to Mexico to get medical equipment to Cuba and found them… Read more »
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