The Episcopal Church of Cuba is providing training in disaster preparedness to help people tackle the natural emergencies that arise in the country.
The Church programme, called the Missionary Development programme, has developed a series of workshops and training all over the country for young people, women, children and older people to educate them in the skills they need to improve their quality of life and rebuild after natural disasters, which happen frequently in Cuba.
The programme’s mission is to put into practice the Marks of Mission of the Anglican Communion. Our purpose is to be a part of God’s work by preparing the community and equipping development agents at grassroots level in our Dioceses.
According to Mr Pepe, who is the coordinator of the programme: “To do such collaboration with God’s work means that the labor of evangelisation that our church is called to fulfill can count with the support at local level in order to have the word of God turned into a concrete actions.”
To interpret, understand and take forward mission and development work is a spiritual requirement of the Church, working with those who are in need and empowering them to live better lives. The programme wants to equip local communities to search for solutions to their own needs and empower them to make the change. Theology and spirituality are a core part of this process.