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Smithfield church to help Ike victims

Posted September 14, 2008
Updated September 15, 2008

— Before Hurricane Ike hit the Texas coast, it devastated parts of Cuba. The relief effort there continues, and members of a Smithfield church are going to help this week.

Several members of Sharon Baptist Church will head to a rural area of Cuba Wednesday.

“I cannot imagine what it is that we'll be facing. ... because of hurricanes Gustav and Ike it has now become a real necessity for us to go down there,” Rev. Christopher Ingram said.

Months ago, the church had planned a mission trip. However, after the hurricanes hit, members said their focus changed to rebuilding and restoring their sister church there, as well as the community.

Church members will also bring donations and much-needed medical supplies.


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  • Ya Rly Sep 15, 2008

    It's not illegal. It just requires a laborious process of preapproval from the US Treasury Department (because of the boycott) and the Cuban government. This church group's trip must have been many, many months in the making.

  • ilike9 Sep 15, 2008

    I didn't realize Americans could travel to Cuba. I thought you had to have family there in order to visit the country and then you could only go once a year or every 2 years.
    Has something changed?

  • nrasbill Sep 15, 2008

    The bible also says that Christians should be the light of the world and the salt of the earth. There are a lot of churches (and People) here in the States that aren't doing anything to help folks in need locally or abroad. Sharon Baptist is doing exactly the opposite. They are active in meeting the needs of folks in their community, and as shown above are taking steps to meet the needs of our international community.

    Rather than be "appauled" with this Smithfield church, why not be disgruntled with the millions of folks that aren't doing anything to help their neighbors anywhere. That would be more productive.

  • validpoint Sep 15, 2008

    What the??? I am appauled that the church from Smithfield would go to Cuba, when there are so many people in our OWN country suffering right now. If I recall correctly, the Bible says to take care of YOUR OWN first and then go out into the world.
    I just don't get it...why are there so many people worried about helping other countries, when ours is in such a mess...someone enlighten me, PLEASE.

  • garnertoy Sep 15, 2008

    Why go to cuba when texas could use your help

  • The Hammer Sep 15, 2008

    CUBA? I smell a shakedown. Hey church members, while you're down there have that operation you've been putting off. Cuba's got the best healthcare system in the world you know.