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Pat & Janice Brazeau-Texidor

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Hi! My name is Pat Texidor. I am retired from teaching high school art. I was born and raised in Cuba until the age of 10. My family left there in 1960 and settled in the Chicago area. I was saved in high school through Campus Life (Youth for Christ). I was married, had three children and now have seven grandchildren. Many years ago, I also worked for Awana Clubs International as an editor. Because of my background they asked if I would serve as a missionary to Mexico. I was enthused about going, but things did not work out with my family. Years later, I found that I still had that same yearning to serve overseas, in Cuba if possible. I volunteered for several short-term missions, and I kept in contact with ACTIONCUBA director, Brian Stewart. In 2014, I received an invitation from Brian to go to the city of Moa in eastern Cuba for an arts/worship conference. It was the first time I returned to the island after 53 years. I was moved by the vibrancy of the Cuban evangelical church. Since then, I have returned to Cuba more than a dozen times, one time accompanied by my three grown children and a daughter-in-law. It was a tremendous trip in which we helped a church near Las Tunas build a sanctuary. It is still in process. In March of 2017, after being encouraged and invited to apply by Brian, I finished my training and became an official associate missionary for ACTION. I am both humbled and thrilled to be a member of this great organization. My ministry in Cuba focused on three areas: discipling university students, identifying and training people who want to become financially independent, and teaching ESL (English as a Second Language). But in 2020, Cuba was under a lockdown because of covid.  As I found myself on the sidelines, I met a fellow Action missionary, Janice Brazeau, who was serving in Northern Spain to reach the Basque people.  We texted back and forth for eight months and came to know each other fairly well.  She recruited me to help in the Basque outreach ministry.  I thought it would be a temporary assignment while I waited for Cuba to open up. It turned out to be a life-changing experience.  Jan and I fell in love quickly and were married while doing ministry together in Spain.  It was amazing to see how God orchestrated it all to enhance the relationships we were building there.  All our friends came to the wedding and we were bonded in a special way.  And the local church with which we are  partnering has stepped up their outreach to plant a new church in the coastal village of neighboring Hondarribia.   We are planning to return there in January of 2023 and stay for three months as before, helping out with the church planting efforts.  In the future, we will be applying for a special visa in order to remain there longer on subsequent visits.  I have not forgotten the work in Cuba.  Janice and I plan to visit there in 2023 to assist in whatever way we can.  Janice was a widow before I met her.  And her background has a lot to do with why we ended up together.  She brings a lot to our ministry.  She is bilingual in Spanish and was a former, full-time missionary to the Dominican Republic with her former husband.  She has a heart for the Caribbean.  Please pray for Janice, me the Basque ministry and the Cuban ministry, that we will seize opportunities and work well together in the planning and logistical details of our activities.