Join a Beauty for Ashes trip to Cuba! (Women Only)
Less than 90 miles from the United States lies the largest island in the Caribbean, Cuba. It has the second largest population in the region, and before the US Embargo of 1960, was one of the most advanced and prosperous nations in Latin America.
Adventures began officially sending teams to Cuba in 2012, before the Embargo lifted. What we found was a nation hungry for Christ and a growing church inviting us to partner with them.
Officially, Cuba is a secular nation. There is no national religion, although about 59% of the population would consider themselves Catholic. There is no organized faith. While it isn't illegal to be a Christian in Cuba, until recently they couldn’t openly share their faith. Churches could not build church buildings, but they were free to meet in their homes.
The Cuban church is its people.
The Gospel has been expanding on the island through the underground church over the course of the last 50 years. The US Department of State estimates around 10,000 house churches exist on the island, and Protestant churches have been growing at an unprecedented rate.
Beauty for Ashes exists to share God's restoration, hope, and healing with suffering and victimized women through ministry and training. Through Beauty for Ashes Retreats, women support and encourage each other by sharing their own stories and experiencing the healing, redeeming power of Jesus.
Adventures partners with a Cuban ministry organization that sends trained missionaries and pastors to plant churches throughout Cuba—and the rest of the world. You will serve in Sancti Spiriti, a town in the interior of the island. Your ministry will be to women wherever you meet them, which could be in:
Home Visits: Visiting and encouraging local women through prayer, listening to their stories, and getting to know their families.
Bible Studies: Sharing and/or teaching women in Bible studies or church services.
Church Ministry: You will worship with local believers and visit different church plants. You'll be able to meet local women, encourage, and pour into them wherever you go.
Prayer Ministry: Interceding for the women of Cuba
Your team will:
Be trained to help host Beauty for Ashes retreats, allowing God to bring hope, healing, and redemption to your story.
Learn from the testimonies of those on your team, as you grow closer to the Lord and minister to one another.
Facilitate retreat activities with the local Cuban women and be a part of what God is doing to restore their lives and stories.
Learn to share about topics such as worth, identity, healing and forgiveness with others, through storytelling and vulnerability.
Build meaningful relationships with your team and those whom you minister to, and leave with a deeper understanding of who God is, and who you are as His daughter.
Will you encourage and share God's love with women in Cuba?
(An example of a Beauty for Ashes Retreat from February 2016, Peru)