Monday, March 12, 2018

The Garden of God Church

"El Jardin de DiosThe Garden of God House Church in Cuba has experienced both hardship and blessing.  Pastors Eddy and Miriela have labored fervently against all opposition to establish an Assemblies of God Church.  Miriela, a widow, lost her first husband to a heart attack two years after they started El Jardin Church as a home bible study in the community.  Miriela refused to give up being left with two children to raise and continued to pastor her small group for several years.  Five years ago the Lord brought a wonderful man into Miriela’s life, a pastor named Eddy.  They were married and continued to pastor together in the small community winning friends and neighbors to Christ.    While making steady progress toward establishing a church of 25, Miriela and her new husband were blessed with a child.  At seven months old this baby died in her arms and left the couple devastated, yet convinced more than ever that God would see them through.   
Pastors Eddy and Miriela with daughter
Despite incredible obstacles Pastor Eddy and Miriela are faith filled and joyful serving the Lord, as the church continues to grow.  Pastor Eddy played and Miriela sing a song that came directly from the Scripture in Habakkuk 3:17-19.  "Though the fig tree may not blossom, Nor fruit be on the vines; Though the labor of the olive may fail, And the fields yield no food; Though the flock may be cut off from the fold, And there be no herd in the stalls. Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation.   The Lord God is my strength; He will make my feet like deer's feet, And He will make me walk on my high hills."


Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Christ Breaks the Chains Church Dedication

Christ Breaks the Chains Assembly of God Church, Cristo Rompe Las Cadenas AD

September 30, 2017 found over 1,000 people in attendance for the dedication of the newly completed church, Christ Breaks the Chains Assembly of God in Antilla.  Over 300 people stood outside in the street to be part of the celebration.

Christ Breaks the Chain Sunday Service
We are grateful to all the teams, too many to mention, that helped with this building project.  The first team that laid the foundation was led by Pastor Jack and Kay Stepp, Former Lead Pastors of South Hills Assembly of God, Bethel Park, PA, .  They were able to be with us for the dedication and see it all completed.

Paul and Lana Duda, along with Kay and Jack Stepp, Bethel Park, PA 

It takes a team effort to complete a task.  Lead Pastors Belkis and Jose Martinez were faithful and diligent pastoring the congregation and being part of a huge building project that had many obstacles to overcome.  They along with the congregation prayed faithfully, sometimes having all night prayer meetings.  The congregation of Christ Breaks the Chains were hospitable to all of the teams, making a huge pig roast for them and practicing their English conversing with team members.  We cannot forget those family members in the United States who stayed home, (usually something broke somewhere or emergencies arose), holding down the home front while the loved one was away working on the church.  Their diligence, prayers, and support helped too.

Paul and Lana Duda, Pastors Belkis and Jose Daniel Martinez
We rejoice with Christ Breaks the Chains Assembly of God Church.

Christ Breaks the Chains Church - Front of Church

Thanks to everyone who made it happen!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Grace Assembly of God, New Whiteland, IN

New Whiteland Team, Team leader Dr. Stacy Johnson with missionary Paul J. Duda
In March a  construction team from  Grace Assembly of God in New Whiteland, IN, lead Pastor Wayne Murray traveled to Cuba.  Team leader Dr. Stacy Johnson led a wonderful group of hard-working people who tackled some of the finishing touches on the church in Antilla.  We are so appreciative of them and all they did while there.  Also a big thanks to their families who held down the home front.

Outside of Antilla Church
The church in Antilla will be dedicated in late September of 2017.  Please keep in mind that your visa needs to be completed 100 days prior to the dedication date.  Paul will have all the information you need to make your plans.
Inside of Antilla Church


Monday, December 05, 2016

December News 2016

Paul and I wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! 
 Paul on horseback  -
Photo by Rich Taschek
Paul recently visited Cuba to do Hurricane Matthew damage assessment.  When he was a boy growing up in New Hampshire and Connecticut, his Mother Nancy being an avid horse lover bought him a pony and taught him to ride.  When he was in his teen years, he showed his Mom’s Arabian horse in the All Arabian Show in Springfield, MA.  In Cuba Paul went by horseback into some of the remote areas.  He crossed rivers and climbed steep cliffs on a horse.  It was a good thing he was an experienced rider, something his Mom made sure he learned many years ago.  God uses all things for His glory. 
Paul packing buckets donated by
Home Depot to be used
for water purification

During the first week of December two containers are being packed with roofing and building materials bound for Cuba’s eastern point for Hurricane Matthew recovery.  Containers have to be shipped to meet the Cuban Government’s deadline and we are still endeavoring to raise the funds.  Please help!  If you would like to make a year-end contribution to missions, please send funds to AGWM  Recovery Account 410947-8 (60-Cuba), 1445 N. Boonville Ave., Springfield, MO  65802.
Paul and Rich setting up water filters
for those in need after Hurricane Matthew

Thursday, March 31, 2016

First AG, Palatka, FL Construction Team

Paul along with a wonderfully talented construction team from First AG in Palatka, FL worked on church projects in Antilla.  Senior Pastor Ted Stackpole led the team throughout the week with Paul.  We are truly indebted to them as they worked tirelessly all week.
First AG, Palatka, FL Construction Team, Antilla
The senior's program is going strong.  Those that the AG church in Guardalavaca help receive meals, necessities, and fellowship.  This program provides help to shut-ins, widows, and seniors in the community.
Paul with Pastor Jose and Mrs. Pupo, along with those that receive assistance
through the Guardalavaca AG church senior's program