Receive children. Receive me.
The World Day of Prayer 2016 host country will be Cuba and the theme, prepared by the women, is “Receive children, receive me” with a focus on children.
The scripture readings for the service are Isaiah 11:1-10 and Mark 10:13-16. The Bible study texts are Mark 10:13-16 and Luke 19:1-10.
Cuba is the largest island in the Caribbean and, with over 11 million inhabitants, the second-most populous after Hispaniola. It is ranked very high for human development by the United Nations, and high for health and education.
In 2010, the religious affiliation of the country was estimated by the Pew Forum to be 59% Christian (mostly Roman Catholic), 23% unaffiliated, 17% folk religion (such as santería), and the remaining 0.4% consisting of other religions.
Ruth Mariet Trueba Castro lives in Jaimanita, in the city of Habana. She graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts San Alejandro, Habana, 2009; and from the Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA); major in Plastic Arts, Habana, 2014.
She is a member of the Methodist Church in Jaimanita, Habana, Cuba. She is currently coordinating the Liturgical Renewal Program of the Cuban Council of Churches.