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 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 five 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. Many 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 Moa 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 six times, the last 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. Last month, again after being encouraged and invited to apply by Brian, I finished my training and became an official missionary for ACTION. I am both humbled and thrilled to be a member of this great organization.
I plan to focus on three ministry areas in Cuba: discipling university students, identifying and training people who want to become financially independent, and teach ESL (English as a Second Language). Please pray for me and the rest of the Cuban missionaries that we will seize opportunities and work well together in the planning and logistical details of our activities.