The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Cuba's tiny Lutheran church

Members of the Florida-Bahamas Synod nurture a connection

When the plane landed at José Martí Airport, the passengers burst into applause. For eight members of the Florida-Bahamas Synod, reaching Cuba was a relief. Turned away from the flight in October due to paperwork glitches, they could finally greet their companions in the Evangelical Church of the Lutheran Confession in Cuba after a three-year absence.

A Florida-Bahamas Synod group visits
A Florida-Bahamas Synod group visits an open air worship space in Isla de la Juventud, Cuba. With the easing of restrictions against religion, the Evangelical Church of the Lutheran Confession in Cuba is growing.
U.S. laws restrict visits and forbid financial gifts to Cuba. But small delegations of Florida Lutherans began visiting Cuba in 2004. February 2010 marked the fourth visit. Since the synod has a religious license from the U.S. Treasury Department, the group secured permission to visit after routing the list of travelers to Washington, D.C.

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