Details are coming together for our two back-to-back discipleship training conferences in Cuba for Cienfuegos and Villa Clara provinces. (See map at the end)
Many people have asked if we will experience changes during our conferences because of the political news about Cuba. One thing remains a constant -- God continues to transform lives in Cuba as Christ-followers equipped as spiritual mentors (via DTI) come along side others.
We know that God is in control, and our “job” is to be in continual fellowship with Him, and pray. (Of course we do need to take care of the details, but since 2009 when we conducted our first conference, we accept that things may not go as planned!) There’s a common saying for short term mission teams; “Flexibility, flexibility, flexibility!”
The main thing we can do is pray for God to be in the details. Please pray:
For the invited pastors and leaders – that they will be open to the vision of spiritual mentoring and that they will be convinced by the many testimonies from their brethren that NOW is the time to commit to this 5-day conference.
That we can report back on new testimonies about what God is doing in the lives of the Cuban believers through the DTI spiritual mentoring process. (We never know until we get there how God has been working!)
For our Cuban Partners / Trainers who are assuming more ownership of the conferences, that they will be able to get away from responsibilities and be prepared by the Lord to effectively lead their peers in the break-out sessions.
For logistics and cooperation from the government:
That our Cuban religious visas will be issued on time. (We need them to board the plane in Miami.)
That the transportation to the conference site is reliable and timely.
That all the food necessary to feed 400 people over the two weeks is acquired.
For finances for the Conference costs:
See details below.
For the DTI Traveling Team
Safety in travel.
For the “new” airline systems flying into Cuba, as a result of changing relations between the USA and Cuba.
For good health in the midst of different foods and water.
For spiritual preparation to lead the conference.
OPPORTUNITIES TO FINANCIALLY PARTNER
CUBAN PASTORS (including the Cuban Trainers) have no financial means to attend the conference, since most make no more than $30/month.
DTI pays for their lodging, meals, transportation, and conference materials.
The cost for the entire 5 days is about $20 per pastor.
We are having two back-to-back conferences.
We are expecting about 400 attendees.
So the total need is about $8,000. (We have raised about $6,500.)
DTI TRAVELING TEAM must raise their own support (about $1,500 per person.)
We are grateful for resources God is providing in the form of airline miles and financial gifts.
Please also prayerfully consider giving monthly just for the DTI manuals so we can print them throughout the year as the disciplers spiritually mentor others.
There are two ways to give: (DTI is a 501c3, so your gift is tax-deductible).
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