On June 18, Patrick and Amy Werner will depart for a monthlong Cuba mission trip. Others from the church will join them in July. Here’s how you can be praying for them.
The Werners will be visiting several New Pines “Pinos Nuevos” congregations and their pastors in Havana as well as surrounding areas in order to continue building relationships with Cuban brothers and sisters in Christ.
Please pray for spiritual protection before, during and after this trip. Also pray for travel as they meet with many pastors and their wives to encourage them. You can also pray that language and cultural barriers will be overcome, and for God’s will to be accomplished in His ways and time.
Beyond this, you can pray specifically each day:
Monday, June 18th: Please pray that we get through immigration, customs and baggage check smoothly. We are transporting many items, one of which is a sewing machine to set up a micro sewing and tailoring business. We are also transporting laptops which have a digital library of Bibles and Christian books and movies in Spanish already installed!
Tuesday, June 19th-Saturday, June 23rd: We are so excited to see and encourage our brothers and sisters in Christ and friends in Cuba. Patrick will start taking Spanish classes taught by a new believer in Christ. Please pray that he will supernaturally understand and learn Spanish. Please pray for our reunions with brothers and sisters in Christ and friends. May we take advantage of each conversation to listen well and share the Gospel. Please pray for specific discipleship opportunities with new and young believers. Many of our friends have seriously sick relatives and very difficult circumstances. May the Holy Spirit guide us and send us to minister to those who are hurting and suffering.
Sunday, June 24th: We will attend services at the Los Pinos mother church as well as a couple of house churches. Pray that we learn more of God and his heart for all people.
Monday, June 25th-Saturday, June 30th: We will be planning with Hector for the team that will be joining us on July 2nd-July 9th: Donna Miller, Betsy Dishman and Jacob Dishman. Please pray that we seek God in all of the details and logistics. Please pray that their time in Cuba will be life changing. May the Lord’s will be done in all of the meetings that He has planned and arranged. May our team be blessed as they encourage fellow believers in Christ. May the team have many opportunities to share the worship songs they have prepared in Spanish.
Please pray for safe and smooth travels through immigration and customs for our daughter Emily who arrives in Havana on June 28th. May her visit be life changing. (Delta Flight 2984 leaving from Charlottesville at 6:00am, arriving in Atlanta at 7:34am. Leaving Atlanta Delta Flight 639 at 11:26am, arriving in Havana at 1:35pm)
Sunday, July 1st: We will attend several worship services. Please pray for our team as they make final preparations to leave for Cuba. Give them peace and the Holy Spirit to guide them on their journey with God.
Monday, July 2nd: We will be welcoming our team! Please pray for safe and smooth travels for Donna Miller, Betsy Dishman and Jacob Dishman. (Leaving Charlottesville at 7:15am, Delta Flight 5453. Arriving in Atlanta at 8:53am. Leaving Atlanta at 11:26am Delta Flight 639. Arriving in Havana at 1:35pm) Please pray that they get through immigration, customs and baggage check smoothly. In addition to laptops with a digital library of Bibles and Christian books and movies in Spanish they are also transporting art supplies and two guitars! The art supplies will help a single mother who is gifted artist to sell some of her paintings.
Tuesday, July 3rd: Our team’s first day together in Havana. Please pray for our team as we minister together. Please pray for opportunities to share the Gospel and to pray with and for brothers and sisters in Christ.
Wednesday, July 4th-Saturday, July 7th: Building relationships with brothers and sisters in Christ. Please pray for the sharing of our testimonies, may they be filled by the Holy Spirit and transcend cultural and language barriers. May we have opportunities to share the worship songs in Spanish we have prepared.
Please pray for Emily’s safe and smooth return home on Thursday, July 5th. (Leaving Havana at 2:35pm, Delta Flight 648. Arriving in Atlanta at 4:59pm. Leaving Atlanta at 9:47pm Delta Flight 947 arriving in Charlottesville at 11:25pm)
Sunday, July 8th: Our team will attend several services. Please pray for the worship services in Cuba and in Harrisonburg. May they be glorifying to God.
Monday, July 9th: Please pray for a safe return for Donna, Betsy and Jacob. Please pray for smooth travels, rest and time to reflect on their week. (Leaving Havana at 2:35pm Delta Flight 648. Arriving in Atlanta at 4:38pm. Leaving Atlanta at 7:10pm Delta Flight 947. Arriving in Charlottesville at 8:49pm.)
Tuesday, July 10th-Saturday, July 14th: Please pray for continued development of relationships, for Amy and me to learn from our brothers and sisters in Christ how to spread the Gospel and disciple believers.
Sunday, July 15th: Pray for the worship services in Cuba and Harrisonburg to be God centered and glorifying to Him.
Monday, July 16th: Pray for Amy and Patrick to prepare to come back home. Pray for peace and comfort as they say goodbye to brothers and sisters in Christ.
Tuesday, July 17th: Please pray for smooth travels, rest and time to reflect on our month. In the days to come, for energy, strength and stamina. Please pray for God’s will for future ministry.