2015 CUBA REPORT

    Once again, Claudia and I were off to visit the Churches of the REC Diocese of Cuba, to see the progress that has been made during the past year, and to attend the first Synod of the Diocese since its official recognition by the GAFCON Primates' Council. Our journey began this year on Thursday, May 7th, as we left Victoria, and concluded on Monday, June 1st, when our wheels touched down once again at the Victoria Airport. During these 24 days, we have visited the cities of Havana, Ciego de Avila, Florida (Camaguey), Holguin, Moa, and back again to Holguin. In each city, I met with the area Pastors for a time of teaching, prayer, and encouragement to-gether. I took with me a teaching on the subject of the work of the Holy Spirit in "The Power to Overcome and to Minister." This is a teaching on the power of the Holy Spirit loosed through the ministers of the Church by the gifting of Jesus Christ. It was very well received, and my Translator, Walter, a priest of the Diocese, stated that each time, it came out of my mouth differently, but each time, it was bang-on for the circumstances of the churches in the area. One of the important purposes of these meetings, was to allow me to talk to each of the Pastors, to understand their struggles and their successes, and to update my records of the church membership. In every case, we saw growth, both spiritually and numerically. The teachings, as I was told later, deeply impacted each Pastor, in their ministry outlook, and in their private relationship with the Lord. Each session closed with the Pastors having a time of prayer to-gether, which deepened their personal relationship with each other. What a blessing from the Lord!!!
    We are so pleased to be able to report to our Canadian and American supporters, that their prayers and funds are ministering to many, many of the Cuban people, and that the Lord is truly blessing the work that is being done. When we left Cuba last year, we numbered 24 parishes, mission parishes and house churches in the diocese. This year, we now number 28. In contrast to this, the Episcopal Church of Cuba recorded at their February, 2014 Synod, a total of 42 such locations. According to a former priest of that church, which I interviewed, that number has since diminished in size to 32. He also stated that there was only one church greater than 30 in its regular weekly attendance, while our church has 7 such parishes over 46 in number. During the past year, we lost 5 locations, but, with the Lord growing HIs CHurch as Scripture promises, we gained 9 new ones. It was sad to lose those churches for which we had worked so hard, but what a joy to see that we had a net gain of 4 places from which the Gospel of Jesus Christ is now being preached and followed.
    We are most fortunate again this year, to be able to travel in a comfortable van, with the same driver that we had last year. The driver and van belong to a Seventh Day Adventist Church, and the van is most comfortable, convenient and economical for the thousand plus kilometres that we need to travel. The driver Andres is there, whenever we need him to be, and is a very strong Christian man. The love of Christ shines in him in the manner in which he serves our needs, and the needs of our Church. We are considering a future purchase of a van for ourselves, so that the Diocese might be able to profit from its use. The cost for us to rent such a van each time exceeds $5000. The benefit to us over time seems quite obvious. Also, the strong possibilities of our using such a van for rental purposes would increase the Diocese's own financial sustainability.
    The manner and character of Bishop William Suarez is reflected in the faces and responses of the clergy under his care. Each man shows a respect to him that is heartwarming to see. Observing him in his ministry to them is a great blessing top me in my own role as Supervising Bishop for the Diocese. He conducted the three Finance, Standing and Synod Meetings with great care and capability. All was done in order, and achieved their intentions.
    We attended services in each city that we visited, and the clergy and people reflected in their Prayer Book worship, their love for The Lord Jesus Christ. The singing was joyous, the prayers were heartfelt, and the preaching was powerful. Many times, the children of the churches were involved in the services, reading, singing, and performing liturgical dances. It was beautiful to watch and a delight to hear.
    The farm that we have outside the City of Moa is producing very well under the management of one of our Lay Readers, Rolando. He is quite a farmer and a good Bible teacher for the other employees!!! He predicts that next year we will see a good profit coming from the farm going towards the financial support of the Diocese. One of the advances that the farm will make next year is to move in a greater way into animal husbandry - sheep and pigs, as well as beef.
    Finally, I would like to report that we had several visitors with us this year. The Rt. Rev'd. Trevor Walters, the Rev'd. Barclay Mayo, and five others, including one other ANiC priest, who came from Canada and the USA, to see how their funding has helped, and what more that they could do to help. I can say that they were all delighted with what they saw, whether it was the farm, the Seminary, or individual churches. One of our donor churches supports the Seminary, which teaches our twelve students the courses from Moore College in Australia.
    In conclusion then, Claudia and I would like to thank each and everyone who has joined us in the work of this part of the Lord's Vineyard. It has been amazing to me to be of use to the Lord in this way, but, He has caused me to grow in ways that I never could have imagined. Thank-you Lord Jesus for choosing to use ordinary people to do extra-ordinary things.

In His Name and service,

+Bishop Charles and Claudia Dorrington

HEALING SERVICES

 

HEALING PRAYERS
IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST
AT HOLY TRINITY REFORMED EPISCOPAL CHURCH
GLENCAIRN LANE
(St. John the Baptist Heritage Church)
COLWOOD, B.C.

A Service of Holy Communion and Healing Prayers
The Third Sunday of Every Month
2:00 p.m.



    In God’s Word we are encouraged to come before the Lord asking the Elders of the Church to pray for those who are sick.
     “Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord.  And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven.” (James 5:14 & 15)

    We invite all people to come to Holy Trinity Church on Sunday afternoon of the Third Sunday of the month for a special service of Holy Communion and Prayers for Healing.

For further information, please contact either Rt. Rev’d. Charles Dorrington, or the Rev’d. Barry Lavine at:-
778-426-3212 - Rt. Rev’d. Charles Dorrington, Rector
250-474-7304 - The Rev’d. Barry Lavine, Curate