I’d like to share another report with you from one of the Cuba trip members.  Dennis Banks is the Minister of Pastoral Care & Adults 55+ at Shandon Baptist Church in Columbia, South Carolina. Shandon Baptist has officially partnered with Live School in Cuba and plans to send regular teams with us. This was written when Dennis and Charlie Miles headed to Cienfuegos after the graduation.  He writes:

Eddie, I send this report to you with much praise to God for all He has done and is doing in Cuba. The first graduation of students of Live School in Cuba was filled with great joy and celebration. Back in September of last year I visited many from this group and they had expressed then that the school time and training had been hard at times and some had wanted to quit. However they found that in prayer and faith that God’s promises and encouragement would sustain them. To witness the joy and sense of great accomplishment thrilled our hearts.  One student had already begun a new home church and her confidence of reaching others with the gospel was such a testimony to the effectiveness of Live School.

In training the new Live School Facilitators both Marlin and Felix were invaluable.  The devotion of trainees and confession of commitment was greatly encouraging. I believe that the effectiveness of Live School is spreading well and it’s reputation gaining momentum in order for all provinces of Cuba to one day have Live School present.  

Charlie and I went to pray for a child who was sick and with great fever. Entering their home, anointing her with oil and praying over her in faith the Lord was gracious to answer our prayer with healing.  That same day we learned that two of Charlie’s children back home were sick and one of our trainees led us in prayer for their healing. The next day we heard of their well being and the children were out playing as if they were never ill.

To see the intense faith, love and commitment of these dear brothers and sisters in Christ was very encouraging to my heart and my confidence in their commitment to Live School very sure.  Our visit to a new school that had just started back in September of last year was equally encouraging as we witnessed a class in action. Carlos, their facilitator, was a very competent leader and the 15 students participating eager to be involved.

Facilitators trained by Dennis, Charlie & Felix

Overall, I am greatly encouraged to have been a part of the training of these new Facilitators of LS and blessed to pray for, build relationship with and support this work in Cuba. God is doing great work in Cuba and leadership from South Carolina and Cuba are continuing to build a great partnership for the building up of God’s Kingdom.”  

-Dennis Banks