A Road Trip With A Message
Jim Bouman and Sabine Casper are on a two-week road trip headed south with an organization called Pastors for Peace. They are members of one of fourteen different teams traveling through the country to hold informational programs and gather medical supplies to help people in Cuba.
"Our absolute main goal is to challenge the travel ban and challenge the embargo against the Cuban economy," said Jim Bouman of Pastors for Peace. "These two things are a real moral international outrage."
Columbia is Bouman's ninth city in eight days. With four cities left to stop in, their caravan has already filled up with seven boxes of humanitarian aid.
"There are a lot of people all over the world that can use aid, and any way that we can be generous with what we have, I think we should," said Tim Drennanrock, a Rock Bridge High School teacher.
The pastors held a potluck dinner and shared perspectives of the sanctions between the U.S. and Cuba.
"People have been brainwashed by having been told that Cuba is a threat to the United States, to think Fidel Castro is a brutal dictator," said Sabine Casper, Pastors for Peace.
Not everyone attended the event to support the pastors.
"I think Fidel is one of the greater mass murderers in the Western Hemisphere," said Curt Albert, a Columbia resident. "He has killed approximately 34 times as many people as Pinoche in Chile did; and yet this information goes roughly untold."
The next stop for Bouman and Casper is Fayettville, Arkansas. More than 130 Pastors for Peace plan to challenge the Cuban travel restrictions on July 17 at the U.S.-Mexico border.