Central America and The Caribbean
Maranatha has been working in Cuba to renovate Seventh-day Adventist churches since the 1990s. Political circumstances make work in Cuba complicated, and projects can take years to get off the ground and completed. But Maranatha has been successful in renovating dozens of churches in Cuba and even building an Adventist seminary.
The current project in Cuba is the San Antonio de los Baños Church. This congregation started in a woman’s home and continued to meet there for 45 years! Before she died, she asked that her home continue to serve as a place of worship. The members began selling adjacent properties to expand the space. Today, there are more than 200 members, and they need more room. Maranatha will be helping the church with their an expansion and renovation project.
Population: 11 million
Adventist membership: 34,018
Watch: Building in Cuba
Watch: A Test of Faith in Cuba
Read: Maranatha Volunteers Build New Church in Cuba
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Nearly ten years ago, Maranatha built five Education and Evangelism Centers during the effort in Panama. Today, the schools are thriving, and the communities value them for providing education rooted in strong morals. But not only are the schools flourishing, Adventist Church membership is also increased in areas surrounding the schools.
In 2013, Panama asked for Maranatha to return and provide churches for the growing membership and one more Education and Evangelism Center in Santiago. Volunteers have continued to work in the country since, and in 2017, Maranatha will be building a new school campus in David, located in western Panama. This will be the second school that Maranatha has constructed in the city of David.
Capital: Panama City
Population: 3.6 million
Adventist membership: 99,862