A Christian aviation ministry made a historic flight to Cuba on Tuesday, delivering water purification units and pre-packaged meals to the Cuban Council of Churches.
Jeff Yannucciello, director of Missionary Services for Agape Flights, said it's the first time a Christian non-profit has flown in a cargo delivery designated for Cuban churches.
"In some ways it's like many of the other flights we have done," Yannucciello said. "But the uniqueness of it, of being able to go in as a Christian non-profit, being able to do that was a great privilege and honor."
Yannucciello and the Agape Flights team coordinated with Methodist churches in Florida and others to deliver 26 water purification units. Midwest Food Bank in Illinois provided 10,000 pre-packaged meals to help those in need in Cuba's rural areas.
Yannucciello said the water purification units were going to be placed in Cuban churches "so people coming into the churches would have that access right there."
Agape Flights plans to fly to Cuba once or twice a quarter in the next year. The 35-year-old Venice, Florida-based ministry serves 375 missionary families throughout the Caribbean. Agape provides cargo deliveries, mail and humanitarian aid to its missionary partners.
The missionaries provide clean water, community health, education, evangelism, medical services, orphan care and vocational training to nearly 13 million people in Haiti, the Dominican Republican and the Bahamas.