For many years our biggest focus has been in the country of Cuba working with the Christian community there to assist established evangelistic efforts. We were first called 'Bridge Builders' in Cuba and the term became more prevalent with each visit. Our name was eventually enhanced to 'Bridge Builders for the Cross' and made official with incorporation in 2005.
We were introduced to Cuba in 1991 and since that time have led large and small groups participating in construction projects at the Cedars of Lebanon Seminary in Pinar del Rio, the Pedro Gonzales Nursing Home in Havana and a variety of church and mission projects in Western Cuba.
We have been involved in introducing pastors and lay people to the many churches, missions, and 'casa cultos' giving them the opportunity to share and witness first hand church growth from a new and unique perspective. Probably the most important aspect of any mission experience is the opportunity to witness personally what most of us have only heard about from visiting missionaries. Many times it is beyond description to finally be able to meet converts and see the churches that we have been involved with only through our prayers and offerings. Children's camp in July each year has become a regular feature of our ministry and continues to be one of our most popular trips.
Our many years of traveling has shown the generosity of our short-term missionaries with their benevolence. We have taken hundreds of suitcases filled with Christian literature, medicines, tools, clothing, electronic equipment, and a wide array of greatly needed items. With each trip our Cuban friends experience our love for them and Christian compassion in action.
Jesus said to his followers, “There is such a big harvest of people to bring in. But there are only a few workers to help harvest them. God owns the harvest. Ask him to send more workers to help gather his harvest.”
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Our work in Mexico, as in Cuba, has also followed our purpose statement. However, through the 20+ years of mission work in Mexico, we have been involved in a much broader spectrum of ministries. The work primarily started with leading youth groups to the McAllen, TX/ Reynosa, MX area and working with Free Will Baptists in that locale. In the Reynosa area were a number of churches and there seemed to be plenty of painting and other projects that the pastors were happy to have the help. The closeness of the border, relatively inexpensive trips, the friendliness of the Mexican people, and the satisfaction of being involved in the Great Commission permitted our “part time missionaries” to realize a fulfillment of being involved on the international scene.
In recent years a change in ministries has taken us to the Eagle Pass, TX/Piedras Negras, Coahuila, MX area and become involved in a much broader range of ministries. With our initial visit in 2003 we were introduced to Christian ministries serving the social needs of the area. We began in assisting a local orphanage and later with a faith-based drug and alcohol treatment center. In 2006 a relationship was formed with the organization Share God's Love with All. This partnership continued several years and ministered to the many small villages in the rural and desolate areas in state of Coahuila. The Word was preached and food bags were made available wherever we traveled. We showed Christian films in the evenings, which was rare because few of the villages had electricity.
In January 2010 our ministry shifted directions once more with a partnership with Pastor Joe Torres in Piedras Negras. Since then we have been serving in orphanages, 'soup kitchens' feeding the poor and hungry and in a variety of neighborhood children's ministries. We are also ministering in the women's prison west of Piedras providing funds to build a chapel inside the prison, as well as providing a variety of services to those incarcerated.