Andrews University's Cuba Study Tour is an exciting journey that began as a call that God placed on the heart of Dr. Fernando Ortiz, the Seminary's MDiv program director. This desire became a reality in the spring of 2013 when a group of 26 MDiv students and their sponsors from the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary traveled to Havana, Cuba. Since the first tour, Seminary students journeyed to Cuba each year in order to engage in “boots on the ground” personal and public evangelism, and to bring effective resolutions to specific needs of the churches and the people of Cuba.
In 2015, Seminary students focused their love and ministry in the city of Santiago. Besides providing much-needed ministry materials, 100 bicycles which were donated to Bible workers and pastors to equip them to visit their members and the locals. On the 2016 tour, 28 students equipped dozens of Cuban pastors and Bible workers with ministerial resources to reach the hearts of their people and finish the gospel work. Funds for 100 more bicycles were donated, along with donkeys, 25 new laptops and seven tablets loaded with Bibles, sermons, Bible studies, hymnals, Ellen G. White books, the SDA Bible Commentary collection and more. Supporters also donated funds to build two additional mission outposts.
The 2020 evangelistic group was unable to go when the Covid-19 pandemic cancelled international travel right before the trip was set to leave. After three long years, the Care for Cuba program has returned to the country for evangelism! The 2022 group brought hundreds of donated goods, visited and prayed with many in their homes and on the streets, and baptized 136 people. We look forward to what God will continue to do in the coming years.
The Cuba Study Tour seeks not only to do important mission work in Cuba, but also to equip students to obtain an evangelistic mindset, enlarge their worldview and learn how to do evangelism from Bible workers and pastors in Latin America. By allowing students to immerse themselves in the world and evangelistic mindset of Cuban pastors and Bible workers, students are able to learn valuable lessons and catch the flame of evangelism.
During the tour, evangelistic series are held in multiple sites throughout the host city. During the 2016 tour, Dwight Nelson preached at one site, but MDiv students led the meetings in the other four venues. When students return from the tour, they are on fire to do evangelism in their local context in new ways, especially friendship evangelism. Seminary students even get academic credit for their work in Cuba!
As a Master of Divinity student, you have already taken the first step in this journey by being a co-laborer with Christ in winning the hearts and minds of His children. Through the Cuba Study Tour, you can also have the opportunity to broaden the experience of your journey with Christ while writing the next chapter of Cuba’s story.
Tour Length: A 10-day tour, every year during spring break in March
Destination: Havana, Cuba
Course options: PATH 562 - Field Evangelism 3cr.
PATH 631- Field Evangelistic Preaching & Practicum 3cr.
Please be advised that the Study tour does not fulfill the requirement of a DG in either course options.
By clicking on the "APPLY NOW!" link, a new window tab with the tour application will open in your browser. Before you start the application process, you will need to make a payment for the trip to Student Financial Services. In order to apply, you will need to submit a receipt of payment. The application will not save your progress, so make sure you have each of the following documents ready to submit:
Applications submitted without all of the required documents will be incomplete and a spot on the trip will not be reserved.
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|May 31, 2023
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|July 3 and after