Maranatha Celebrates 25 Years in Cuba

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This supporting ministry of the Seventh-day Adventist Church reaches another milestone.

On November 20, 2019, the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Cuba celebrated 25 years of Maranatha Volunteers International’s work in that country. The anniversary was marked by a commemorative service on the campus of the Cuba Adventist Theological Seminary in Havana, in a building constructed by Maranatha volunteers between 1995 and 1997.

Maranatha president Don Noble and his wife, Laura, helped mark the milestone, which was attended by Adventist Church leaders from around Cuba, nearly all of whom graduated from the Havana seminary. The festivities included a tour of the campus, a presentation of plaques, speeches by church leadership, and a viewing of Maranatha’s 50th-anniversary video on the work in Cuba.

“When we started in Cuba, we had no idea where it was going,” Noble said. “We didn’t know if we could do anything. Now, we look back as if the results were inevitable. But in the beginning, we didn’t know where God was leading us.”

  • With the help of an interpreter, Maranatha president Don Noble addresses church leaders in Cuba who gathered for a commemorative service on the campus of the Cuba Adventist Theological Seminary in Havana, in a building constructed by Maranatha volunteers between 1995 and 1997. [Photo: Maranatha Volunteers International]
  • A commemorative cake was part of the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the arrival of the Adventist Church’s supporting ministry, Maranatha Volunteers International, to the island. Leaders said that over the years, more than 200 churches have been constructed or renovated, and 600 students educated in the seminary. Church membership on the island increased from 12,000 to more than 35,000. [Photo: Maranatha Volunteers International]

Maranatha’s work in Cuba began in 1994, with the simple hope of building one church. Over the years, more than 200 churches have been constructed or renovated, and 600 students educated in the seminary. Church membership on the island increased from 12,000 to more than 35,000, marking big changes to the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Cuba.

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