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1 Office phone: (53 7) 831-9937 Episcopal Church of Cuba Missionary Development Program (MDP)

2 Missionary Work produces the development of new missionary, pastoral and technical capacities; the promotion of values, rescuing the socio-cultural identity, promotion of spirituality and creativity, the sustainable use of natural resources, as well as any other initiative contributing to human development. We seek to bring about changes of vision, empowering and articulating our work with other social actors. The service of the Church should bring about happiness, joy and faith. We understand that a community of faith must go beyond the walls of the church building and reach the surrounding community, as one of the main forms for sharing the Gospel. Our opening towards society, grounded on our faith in Jesus Christ, calls for dynamics of gathering, inclusion and integration. Comprehensive Development of Missionary Work

3 Church Leader for Community Development? A Christian person with leadership skills, who follows God’s calling to enlighten society from the Gospel and to promote development in this one, using all of the potentialities and spiritual resources provided by their faith communities and socio-cultural context.

4 Missionary Development Program (MDP) One objective of the Strategic Planning is the ‘implementation of development strategies through specific projects and programs leading to the transformation and the comprehensive growth in the Diocese life.’ MDP is the instrument for the Episcopal Church of Cuba to develop opportunities for service and the search for a better quality of life in the communities of the Diocese, as well as contributing to the strengthening of its institutional capacities.

5 What areas does the MDP support? PDM supports initiatives that address the solution of real problems, related to the comprehensive missionary development, at an episcopal church community, including Christian education, biblical-theological training and accompaniment of different ecclesiastical and non- ecclesiastical groups and vulnerable sectors. PDM specially supports sustainable food production, food culture, the rational use of natural resources and alternative sources of energy, ecological animal-raising and the use of eco-friendly technology to protect God’s creation.

6 MDP’s donors The MDP is supported by Canada’s Primate´s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) and the United States’ Episcopal Relief & Development Agency (ERD).

7 A triennial program (2013-2015) seeks to train lay and clergy leadership for projects aimed at the development of the community. What are we doing in the MDP?

8 Training Cycle: Successfully carried out during two years (2013-2014) through the celebration of various encounters that took place in the Eastern (Santiago de Cuba) and Western (La Habana) regions.

9 The workshops made it possible for MDP to work with 64 people trained in projects management, who also had immediate access to MDP Projects Folder.

10 Implemented projects 2014 8 Totals of direct beneficiariesTotals WomenMen Lay and clergy people as “Church Leaders for Community Development” 643034 People benefitted by implemented micro-projects 1398455 Sub total20311489 Totals of indirect beneficiaries20913376 Totals412247165 People who were indirectly benefitted – includes non-church families interested in the experience, decision-makers, local associations and NGOs, indirect consumers of handcrafted goods, staff from other programs and projects, as well as the staff from the Cuban Episcopalian Women’s Association and young people.

11 Benefits for families of the community, both affiliated and non- affiliated with the church

12 Santa María Virgen Church, Itabo, Matanzas The community has developed missions and self- sustaining, agro-ecological projects

13 Blankingship Camp

14 Improved nutritional balance by adding animal protein to the breeding of rabbits in backyards Episcopal Church of San Andres, Manati, Las Tunas Coordinator: Geonel Ramón Ramas Sobrecuevas

15 Resources for improving the quality of life of elderly people Episcopal Parish of San Francisco de Asís, Cardenas, Matanzas Coordinator: Jesús Ramírez Torres

16 Raised awareness about Gender issues (ECC - OMEC) Coordinator: Laura Sarraff

17 Improved nutritional balance of families Church of ‘San Pablo’, Cienfuegos. Coordinator: Mayelín Águeda Jorrín

18 Improved food security for the community ‘El Llano’ Church of San Marcos, Holguin Coordinator: Noel Josué Rodríguez Santos

19 Formation of values, creative abilities, manual skills and Christian education in the community Church of San Juan Bautista, Palma Soriano, Santiago de Cuba Coordinator: Teresa N. Quevedo Ferrer

20 Better attention to children and employment issues Church of San Lucas, Santiago Coordinator: Yeleny Bello Marrero

21 Improved food security for 10 families Church of San Jorge, Bartle, Las Tunas Coordinator: Yordanis Oscar Acosta Porta

22 This experience is completely new for the Cuban Diocese. While it was necessary to carry out quite intense work and time was limited, still the results of the process were deemed satisfactory.

23 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. 5 Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; 6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Phil 4.4-7

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