U.S. Methodist Group Builds Church in Cuba


Pastor Doug Hinchcliff

Pastor Doug Hinchcliff

For the first time in 60 years, the bricks and mortar of religious worship have been allowed into Cuba — and 12 people from Wesley United Methodist Church in Harlingen were there to bear witness to the historic event.

Wesley Pastor Doug Hinchcliff and his team of faithful helped build a church, the first built in Cuba since the 1959 revolution.

Hinchcliff and his team collected more than $30,000 to travel from here for this special 10-day mission in mid-September. The group of 35- to 77-year-olds packed their bags and headed to the island nation 90 miles from the U.S. mainland.

With dirt on their knees and shovels in hand, the builders dug 17 foundation holes to begin construction of the United Methodist Church in Ciego de Avila, an urban area of about 85,000 people in central Cuba.

“As soon as we got there on day one…

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