Hollie TagleServing with Latin Link in Cuba
Hollie serves the Lord in Havana where she is part of the Latin Link Stride programme and co–ordinates and supervises short–term mission teams to and from Cuba. The Stride programme will conclude in June 2014 and she is seeking guidance as to their future. Hollie married Enrique Tagle in December 2012.
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Hollie update August 2013
Hola from Havana! The summer just seems to be flying by and through trips home, a Step team arriving and preparing for the new term we’ve been kept very busy! As always thank you for your on-going support and love –may our Lord bless you all every so richly and we hope you are enjoying the British
Travels, Teams and a Finished Terrace!
It seems like a world away now, but Tagle and I were deeply blessed and encouraged through our few days at home in N.Ireland at the beginning of July. It was amazing to spend time with my family, to rest, catch up with a few friends (although we would have loved to have had time to see more!) and enjoy Christian fellowship. Thank you God for making the impossible and unexpected possible! But
inevitably not long after we arrived we were saying goodbye and once we got back, work was awaiting us and my war against the ants resumed! Thanks to a couple of bank holidays Tagle and I finally got our terrace finished and put up our hammock, as well as pieces of material to give us a little more privacy. It is just GREAT to finally have a place to sit (or in this case swing!), to think and read. It is something so small, but it has made a real difference for me so I couldn’t be more thankful. At the beginning of
August we welcomed this year’s Latin Link Step Team (4 girls and 6 guys) and they are just great. God has proven faithful in every detail and necessary provision and it has been great spending time with them as they settle into their time here in Cuba. They are based in a Church in Los Palacios (near Pinar del Río) and will be doing a lot of work within the local community/running prayer nights/evangelistic events, all in partnership with the local church there and its members, particularly the youth. Please pray for them as they seek to plant seeds which will grow long after they leave.
This month our dear friends Lynda Topping and Stuart Nelson became Mr. and Mrs. Nelson and although it was heart-breaking not to be able to be there, Tagle and I wish them every love, blessing and joy in our Lord. There are no words to say how delighted we are for you both and although we weren’t able to be with you on your wedding day, you’ll always have our friendship and love throughout your marriage. We love you both and you are never far from our prayers. Felicidades!
New Life Church
For many years now the Western Cuban Baptist Convention has
been praying and eagerly waiting for the opportunity to plant a
new church in the Baptist Cemetery here in Havana. Amazingly God
has opened up the opportunity for our family to play a key role in
the leadership of the new church and we couldn’t be more excited!
Since February we have been leading one of Almendares’
fellowship groups located in a house right beside the cemetery.
The vision is that this fellowship group will them go on to form the
core members of the new church and so it has been great getting
to know everyone and pray together over all the plans. There is a
small church building on the plot which we have been renovating
slowly over the past number of months and God willing, it will be
ready to use by Oct/Nov. Tagle’s dad Carlos, (who is currently
working as the Elderly Pastor in Almendares Baptist Church), has
been asked to become the Pastor of the new church, called New
Life Baptist Church, and so Tagle and I will be working closely with
him, particularly in terms of the praise, youth work and teaching. A
couple of weeks ago we finished working through Christianity
Explored with the group and it was such an amazing resource to
have. The group loved working through Mark’s gospel and were so
diligent in their ‘homeworks’ each week. It must be said that we
are definitely an eclectic bunch, but every week there is a growing
sense of fellowship and the group seems to be feeling more
comfortable to share and participate.
For me personally, I’m really excited and a little curious at the same
time because I have never been involved in a church plant before
and so suddenly all my classes in Belfast Bible College about
contextual ecclesiology and my own experiences of church are all
running around my head! Above all though, we are praying that we
will be faithful to the responsibility that God has entrusted us with
and that many people in the local area (where there is little church
presence) will come to know Him personally.
And Prayer Points/Diary Dates
§ Step Team: Remember the team as they serve in Los Palacios Church. Pray for depth of relationships, understanding, help with the language barrier and that many people will come to know Christ!
§ Tagle and I: Sometimes we wonder what we’re really doing here and if we are really pleasing and
serving God to the best of our love and abilities. I wonder if we’re like the Church in Ephesus, displaying perseverance but forgetting our ‘first love’. Pray for us as we pray through this.
§ Tagle: Things at work just seem to be getting worse and worse and so please pray that he will have Godly patience and perseverance. Also the wisdom to discern what God would have him do/go.
§ Pray for New Life Church: Remember Carlos as he prayerfully prepares to pastor this new church. May he have the wisdom and the vision to know and implement how God would like things to be done. Pray for us, as a ‘new’ part of God’s body, to serve together, cultivate authentic unity and for God’s continual provision both in terms of resources, but also people’s giftings.
Please feel free to contact me at this address for more information or just to say “hola”: firstname.lastname@example.org