Mission Trip & Pilgrimage to Cuba
March 14 – 21, 2015

IMPORTANT DATES   (see “Detailed Information” document, below):

  • November 1:  Non-refundable deposit of $100 due (make payable to Christ Church Exeter)
  • November 15:  Additional deposit of $150 due to travel agent, along with Application Form and copy of first 2 pages of passport
  • Additional deadlines will be posted here as they are known.

Information About the Trip

CubasignoldHavanaPlans are moving ahead for the upcoming trip to Cuba on March 14, 2015.  There are 20 of us going (12 from Christ Church).  We will spend two nights in Havana and the rest of the week in the port city of Cardenas in Matanzas province. The intention is to enter into a companionship relationship with the local parish in Cardenas and base our stay and work out of St. Francis church. While there, we will be installing at least one water filtration system at the church in Cardenas so that people in the town have access to clean water. During the week there will time to tour Havana, visit the countryside, meet local Episcopalians and soak in the culture, sights and sounds of this vibrant yet struggling country.

How can you be involved?

We have other activities planned as well, and would love to share information about the trip with you.  An ideal opportunity to find out more about Cuba and to support the mission trip is coming up on Saturday, February 7th, when we’re planning a Cuba Night: A Time to Learn, Eat, Dance and Support.  The evening will include Cuban food, music, and dancing.  Please join us!….and bring your friends for a fun, informative evening. Click here to RSVP to the event.

Even if you’re not going on this trip, there are many ways in which you can support it.  The following is a wish list with many possibilities to choose from.

There are many items, common here, but difficult for folks to get in Cuba.  Suggested items to donate:

  • Old electronics or computers (a cheap new laptop to leave behind?)
  • Cell Phones (not Samsung:  can’t get those unblocked)
  • Over the counter medicines such as pain relievers (Ibuprofen/Tylenol)
  • Anti-diarrheal meds
  • Soap
  • Toothpaste &  toothbrushes in individual packages
  • Antiperspirant/deodorant
  • Shampoo
  • Vitamin C & E
  • All types and sizes of bandages
  • Anti-infection creams
  • Feminine sanitary products
  • Towels and wash cloths
  • Twin size sheets and pillow cases
  • Flip-Flops (all sizes)
  • Women’s clothes (either new or gently used)
  • We could use a few suitcases to carry stuff in, and then leave behind (used ones in pretty good condition)
  • Musical instruments in good working condition: guitars, keyboard etc.
  • Money……..financial contributions gratefully accepted!  We will be charged at the rate of $2 per pound for any luggage weighing over 40 pounds.  We need to bring everything with us to install the water filtration system, including equipment and tools.  (There are no Home Depots in Cuba!), plus any of the items donated.

There will be boxes available for your donations in Harris Hall and in the Narthex.

Opportunities to help with the Cuba Night February 7:

  • Bring a Cuban dish to share!  (recipes provided.)
  • Help decorate, set up and/or clean up

Home Support Services Needed:

  • Help pack up the donations we’ll be taking with us

Mark is a regular trip leader.  He lived in Cuba for one year in 1986-87 as a Volunteer for Mission for the Episcopal Church and has traveled to Cuba on eight separate occasions. Fluent in Spanish, he has also led past church pilgrimage/mission trips to Honduras, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic and Colombia, as well as Cyprus and England.  We expect to be joined on the trip by Mark’s son Will Pendleton, who spent a year in Cuba in 2013-2014 as Young Adult Service Corps missionary of the Episcopal Church.