Fletcher Anderson continues serving the Methodist Church in Cuba

Posted by Icel Rodriguez on 1/3/12

Dear friends and loved ones in many places:

The year 2011 has been a tumultuous one. Wars, revolts, overthrow of governments; likewise, natural disasters and, perhaps worst of all, the specter  of hunger. In the face of all these disorders, we would do well to listen to the witness of Cuban Christians, who, in the midst of many limitations, continue to declare “The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ is in control of everything. His good purpose will finally triumph, in our lives if we will only trust him, and in the consummation of history.” Do you believe it?

In the Methodist Seminary of Havana, work and activity have been intense. There are more groups of pastors coming for a “marathon” of three weeks of study. Recently I have taught courses on The Wisdom Literature of the Old Testament, and on Early Church Fathers. Likewise, I have been working with colleagues in the preparation of the course on Biblical Hebrew for coming months. How do you fit the study of a language into the tight formation of the “marathons”?

I have continued in close relationships --even at a distance! – with my Peruvian, Cuban and now African family! In Peru, grandson Marcos has overcome his health problems, has graduated as a pastry chef, and now is trying to break into the hard world of the workplace. Granddaughter Karim continues her studies of journalism in the university. In Cuba, several younger families offer me great affection, and want to care for me day and night! Among them, daughter Tulia and her family are building happy relationships in their new assignment in Matanzas – serving the oldest non-Roman Catholic congregation in Cuba. And in Africa, son and daughter Leo and Cleivy, Cuba’s missionaries to Angola, find that the good Lord is giving them the “gift of tongues” to minister effectively in the Portuguese language, as they teach demanding courses in a Methodist seminary and also are in charge of an orphanage 24/7. They are experiencing great joy in their service. Please pray for all these!

Likewise, in these days and weeks, a dear Christian friend from Argentina, Dora Garcia (“Beba”), is once more visiting Cuba to carry out her unique ministry of prayer and intercession.

In these tumultuous times, may the Christ of Christmas and Easter fill you with faith, hope and joy day by day. And may God’s richest blessing abide with each of you, now and always.    In Christ’s great love,

Fletcher Anderson

E-mail: cmiyaresp@gmail.com

Comments

1. Armando J. Rodriguez, Jr. wrote on 1/4/2012 4:16:55 PM
Glory to God for the work of Dr. Fletcher Anderson, still serving the Lord in tough circumstances in his senior years. The church in Cuba is being greatly blessed.
2. Flora Warner wrote on 1/5/2012 9:24:58 AM
Fletcher Anderson is a friend of ours since the 60's when all of us were missionaries in Peru. He is an amazing person and one of the most dedicated Christians I ever met. He is no doubt one of the few saints I ever met. I missed seeing him at the Annual Conference this year. We try to keep in touch with him. Thank you for Fletcher's newsletter.
3. Juan Feliciano wrote on 1/5/2012 3:22:05 PM
Excelentes noticias de la mision de Dios en Cuba y de los esfuerzos de este embajador de Jesucristo. Great news on the mission of God in Cuba and the efforst of this witness of Christ. Be blessed! DIOS les bendiga.
4. Jane Dent wrote on 2/7/2012 9:36:43 PM
Several of us at 1stUMC, Boca Raton remember Fletcher and Ada Anderson. It is so wonderful of Fletcher to continue his missionary work after Ada's passing. He is truly a disciple of Jesus Christ. The people of Cuba are so very blessed. We have a Local Church in Palenque. We feel very blessed we have been able to interact with these wonderful people.
5. Robert Pinera wrote on 2/21/2012 6:30:48 PM
Ihave not met Fletcher Anderson, but I have heard about him lots, from Cuban Pastors to here at home. Thank you Fletcher for your work in Cuba and many other places!! May God continue to bless you and your work!!!
6. Rev. Kelly W. Smith wrote on 4/20/2012 6:45:35 PM
I had the priviledge of meeting Rev. Anderson this past week, as he gave myself and several others from the Gulf Central District a tour of the Methodist Seminary in Havana, while we were on mission to our sister churches. What a wonderful example of dedicated Christian vocation to those among us whom are most in need. I am grateful for the opportunity to meet him and I pray for his continued work in Cuba.
Trinity United Methodist - Sarasota

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