Cuba: 4th Quarter, 2017

Roberto Pino García


Due to the recent storms, the power system across the country has been affected by the fall of trees, poles, electrical lines, walls, and the penetration of the sea. Many neighborhoods are without electricity and drinking water.

In Havana, Brother Libernys, preacher of the congregation of Vedado, lives with his family in a 3-story building, and the tanker has been contaminated with seawater. The cistern was wiped, but they have no water and electricity service. Others in the same area are in similar situations. Thank God that they have gas and can cook with that fuel.

On the Hill, our brothers Roberto Betancourt and charity partially lost the roof of their house. They could replace the shingles, but they are different from the other houses in the area. The roof is in very poor condition. Also, our sister Emilia, who is 88-years-old and lives with her disabled daughter, recovered some tiles of the ceiling, but not completely.

In Matanzas, several families were affected; the structures of the houses suffered from landslides and fallen roofs. Similar disasters occurred in the congregations of Versailles, Santa Ana, and Maria Jesús. Crops were affected and they are working to recover what they can. Jorge and Dayami’s house ceiling was affected. Unfortunately, their house is in a very bad state, and by the mercy of God, it resisted the winds of these storms. Other brothers in the area have also been evacuated. Brother Tony has sent us photos that illustrate the situation.

 In Villa Clara, Brother Noel reports to us, who suffered strong winds for nearly 14 hours. Several brothers lost the roofs of their homes, and I have not had communication with some others there.

In Sancti Spíritus, Brother Alexander González informs us that they were 4 days without electricity, and his house in particular had damage to the windows and the rear of the house.

 In Ciego de Ávila, Brother Kadir informed us that there are 3 affected in Ciego de Ávila, but they have not had news of Morón or Guayacanes.

In Camagüey, Brother James reported that they have regained electricity after 3 days. A house of a marriage lost its roof, and a local church in Santa Cruz del Sur sustained roof/wall damage.

I have not received news from other territories, but I wish to unite us all in prayer and hope that recovery arrives as soon as possible.