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Thursday, July 7, 2011

5th Annual Golf Tournament!

The 5th Annual Mission Trip Golf Tournament is coming upon us on Monday, July 25th at Charlotte Golf Links with a Shotgun start at 9:30am. The purpose of the golf tournament is to raise money for mission trip teams from Forest Hill who will be going to Cuba in August, the Dominican Republic in September and Burundi in October. Golfers will receive a round of golf, cart, driving range balls, lunch, complimentary soda, and an opportunity to win "hole in one" prizes. In addition to prizes and an amazing silent auction, each player will receive a complimentary future greens fee at Charlotte Golf Links!!! 

Monday, July 25 · 9:00am - 12:00pm
Location: Charlotte Golf Links
Registration is $100 a person and $350 a foursome.

There are also several levels of sponsorship if you are interested. They are:

Gift Sponsor: Provide a gift certificate or some other gift
Bronze Sponsor: $200 – includes recognition of sponsorship
Silver Sponsor: $450 – Includes (1) foursome and recognition of sponsorship
Gold Sponsor: $800 - Includes (2) foursomes and recognition of sponsorship

If you are able help out by getting a foursome together or donating some prizes, our team would be very appreciative. Please forward this on to anyone that you know that might be interested in helping support the mission trip or playing some golf. 
Contact a team member for more information.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Muchas Gracias!

A special thank you to the Women's group at
Providence United Methodist Church for inviting
us to their monthly meeting. Our leader from
last year, Leta Flowers, shared with the ladies
information about our upcoming trip, and past
experiences with the Cuban people.

Thanks for having us and contributing to our group!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Successful Fundraisers!

Thank you for all the support during our past fundraisers - more info on up and coming fundraisers soon!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Jason's Deli Fundraiser

Join us at Jason's Deli 
Wednesday, May 4th 
4pm - 10pm

Present a Hope for Cuba flyer (available at the door) and our team will earn 10% of dine-in sales for the night! (Woodlawn location Only.)

Bring your Life Group!
Bring your family!
Bring your friends!

Jason's Deli
1600 E Woodlawn Rd # 200
Charlotte, NC 28209-2361
(704) 676-5858

Garage Sale this Saturday!

Come out and take advantage of our garage sale fundraiser!


1700 Lombardy Circle | Charlotte, NC 28203

Monday, April 18, 2011

UWM Cuba Video

UWM Cuba (story) from Go2819 on Vimeo.
John Bernard shares a great story of the growth of the home churches in Cuba.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Cuba: Pray by numbers

From Operation World:

Cuba - Republic of Cuba - Caribbean


Area: 110,861 sq km  The largest island in the Caribbean.
Population: 11,204,351    Annual Growth: 0.02%
Capital: Havana    Urbanites: 76%


Peoples: 14 (14% unreached)
Unreached Peoples Prayer Card
Official language: Spanish    Languages: 4 All languages


Largest Religion: Christian
Religion               Pop %Ann Gr

Answer to Prayer

The Church has continued to multiply at impressive rates. Growth from the 1990s continues and, while slowing, remains strong. Praise God for a dynamic and expanding Church.

Challenge for Prayer

Cuba faces a difficult future. Pray for the following needs:
a) Political. This last bastion of Communism in the West defies fundamental change through the continued influence of Fidel Castro, his President brother, Raúl Castro, and “old guard” Party leadership. Pray for their salvation and for wise leadership that governs in the best interests of its people.
b) Economic. The current model is simply unsustainable in the long term, despite substantive assistance from Venezuela, China and Bolivia. While the Castro family sits on a personal fortune, endemic poverty has led to a thriving black market where crime, drugs and prostitution (including sex tourism) are widespread. Black and mulatto Cubans suffer greater deprivation with fewer opportunities than whites. Only Haiti and the Dominican Republic are poorer in the Caribbean region. Pray for sensible reforms and economic freedom, and that structural sins might be overcome by good.
c) Demographic. Cuba has a top-heavy population, with large and increasing numbers of aged dependent on too few in the younger generation for support. This demographic time bomb will place further stress on an already fragile economy.
d) Ideological. The wounds inflicted by Marxism need healing. More than 500,000 have been imprisoned for ideological reasons and over one million have become ideological or economic refugees, many in Florida, USA. Both the USA and Cuba have used refugees as a weapon of war. Pray that forgiveness might abound among all Cubans, and that relations might improve between Cuba and the wider world.

Join our team in praying for CUBA as we prepare for our Summer trip!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Flapjack Fundraiser HUGE Success!

THANK YOU  to all our friends and family that came out and supported the Cuba team at our Applebee's Flapjack Fundraiser. 

It was great fun, we had 67 guests and raised a grand total of $1269.58!!!

Be looking out for upcoming news on future fundraisers!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Philippians 4:19 – And my God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus

“One of the most amazing experiences about preparing for a mission trip is seeing how God works and provides.” ~ Heather Wooten

We had to share the story of Flora Brooks. Already, God is providing and preparing each of us to serve the Cuban people. Monday was a HORRIBLE day….then came Tuesday!

Flora Brooks
On this journey to follow the Lord’s lead to Cuba, I have been faced with many stumbling blocks. I have NEVER flown before and the sheer mention of a plane makes my muscles tighten with fear, I do not have a passport, and I need to raise $2000.00 BEFORE June. These all seem like daunting tasks, but doable. The Lord said for me to go, so I am going. Pure trust….or is it? I applied for my passport, sent out support letters asking for donations and attempted in every way possible to sell tickets to the first group fundraiser. No response. Not one! I began to panic – or what I consider panic, crying. Monday was horrible. I began questioning if it was truly God’s plan for me to join this mission, or if it was a personal desire. Was this really what the Lord intended for me? Have I really been following Him or myself? I cried for what seemed like hours. I prayed, cried, and prayed some more. Finally, I fell asleep. Tuesday morning I awoke with an annoyance that lasted well past noon. At 1:41pm, I received an email from an old friend, an email that would change my life forever. Amber and I grew up together in a small town east of Charlotte. We actually served together as youth on a mission trip in Atlanta with our home church. It has been close to twenty years since we served together. Coincidently, we now both live in South Charlotte and, although we have not seen each other in almost 2 years, both attend Forest Hill. Her reply was regarding an email I sent several days prior asking friends and co-workers for support concerning our mission to Cuba. As I read her email, tears began to fill my eyes…every word changed my world. Her email read

“Hey lady,I haven't heard from you in a while. I hope you are doing well!I have to tell you that your note was very timely. Here is why: Since I came back to work from Maturity leave, things have been really slow. In early January, I honestly was wondering how I was going to make my house payments. All I could do was pray about it and hope that things would get better.In February, it got so bad that I was almost 30 days behind on my house payment and groceries were getting paid by credit card! Again, I just kept praying about it, knowing eventually things would have to get better.One night last month, I was trying to see if I had an extra $40 to put in my bank account until I got paid to ensure my outstanding checks wouldn't bounce, when I noticed an envelope in with my junk mail. It was from my old mortgage company. I opened it up and there a letter stating that they had "overcharged" me at my 2006 closing and that they owed me money. In the envelope was a check for not $40, or $400, but $4800! All I could do was cry. I called my mom and she joined in with me. She told me to remember that "God was always on time", and I will never forget it.I asked God that night to please let me know where to gift the extra money I didn't need. I have been waiting almost a month now, and started to feel guilty about not finding something to do with it. I just told God to please show me where he wanted it to go. Which leads me to your email. As soon as I opened it I knew that is where my money was supposed to be. I am so proud of you for going! I still remember going to ATL with Stewartsville back in the day and the smiles on those kids faces.Below is a confirmation of funds needed for your trip. The check should be mailed out this week. Hopefully, this will be "on time" for you as well and I am so glad I got the opportunity to pay it forward.”

As an attachment to her email, Amber included a confirmation of donation. The destination was to Flora Brooks- mission trip to Cuba – Donation amount: $2000. In disbelief, I read the email again, and again, and again. In fact I read it so many times I think I memorized every word. I was in total awe! Barely able to speak, I called my Mom to share the news, and she joined in with me as I cried. Unlike the night before, this cry was not out of frustration, self pity or doubt….this cry was TOTAL joy, humbleness, and love. The Lord taught me a host of lessons through this act of faithfulness and obedience, but none greater than TRUST. TRUST that the Lord will make a way, TRUST that the Lord will keep me safe, TRUST that the Lord will provide our every need, and above all TRUST, TRUST, TRUST.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Flapjack Fundraiser-need your support

You're invited to anApplebee's® Flapjack Fundraiser breakfast to support Hope for Cuba
$8.00 per person

WHO: Forest Hill Global Missions Team
WHY: To help support and encourage the pastors and people of Cuba.
WHEN: Saturday, April 9, 20118:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
WHERE: Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar10921 Carolina Pl. Pkwy.Pineville, NC 28134
**Includes 3 Pancakes, 2 Sausage Links, and a Beverage.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Building our group......

We are looking for more people to travel with us to serve and worship with the beautiful women, men, and children of Cuba. The trip is scheduled for July 29-August 6th. The group that went last year had an amazing experience. The hearts of the Cuban people are unbelievable. They have so little yet have the HOPE and FAITH in God to worship the Lord and love one another. We are attending a yearly retreat assisting with the activities with the women and children that are there. If you are interested in finding out more, check out