The Presbyterian church in Taguasco, Cuba, is the easternmost church in the Central Presbytery. The church building is literally falling apart. Interior walls are are riddled by a network of cracks. Engineers tell them the deterioration is so bad it would be cheaper to rebuild than to repair, but they are reluctant to spend money on the building when they see such needs around them.
There was a time, following the revolution, when membership in the Taguasco church dwindled to one person who showed up faithfully each Sunday to worship, to open the church doors and remind the surrounding community they worshiped God even when the government declared there was no God. Now there are 30 members, though many of them are old.
Age does not stop them from being the church. Led by a young woman pastor, Dina Izquierdo, the congregation doesn’t just meet for worship on Sunday. They serve meals to seniors two times each week, provide books from the local library and have formed a senior choir. “It is so tempting for the church to focus so much on the young people that they forget the seniors,” one elder told us.Read More