Thursday, July 13, 2017

Things I Never Thought I'd See, But I Did in Cuba

My husband and I had the opportunity to go on a working ministry trip to Cuba last month. It's a place that has always fascinated me because I might have grown up there if things had been different. My father visited missionaries in Cuba before he was married and believed that God might be calling him there. But after marriage a variety of factors, including the revolution in Cuba, kept them in the United States.

We had heard that some German friends of our were visiting believers there and we had the opportunity to go to present our study materials so we jumped at the chance! I'm not exactly sure what I was expecting (and I can't tell you all we did and saw there) but I thought I would tell you some of what I never thought I'd see--anywhere--that I found fascinating to see in Cuba

  • Cuba! All my life the country has been closed to Americans, not so much by them as by our government. One of my very good friends was born there to Canadian parents. I've read books about it, but never truly thought I'd get to see it for myself.

  • * A motorcycle driver using a flashlight as his headlight. To save battery power he only turned it on when he got near us!
  • Uniformed people (military?) "hitchhiking" by holding out money instead of their thumbs.

  • * Cows that are illegal for nationals to eat
  • Professionals--teachers, accountants, etc--who earn $25 a month after working 20, 30, and 40 years
  • Mayo as the bread spread at breakfast (butter is scarce)
  • Ox drawn carts as the local delivery service

  • * No WiFi anywhere in the country (maybe in the tourist hotels, but we didn't go to any)
  • Cars from the 1950s--not just the show cars but most of the cars owned by individuals
  • Trash-less towns in a Latin American country
  • Ration books that allow each adult in a home to buy one bread a day, and having that piece of bread given to me for my breakfast

  • * A man, who after recounting all the problems of his country saying, "But this is my country, the country God has given me to evangelize."

I'd love to tell you more about what I saw and the people I met, but I'd need to do it in person. Please just remember this: 
Pray for Cuba
Pray for the people of Cuba to be saved
Pray for the believers to walk close to the Lord 
to be bold in their witness

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  1. I am so jealous! This is one place I've dreamed of going. So glad you got the chance to go and present.

    1. Last year my husband asked me whether I would like to visit Colombia (where we once lived) or Cuba, I said, "Cuba!" He couldn't believe it! In the end the 5 week trip ended up including both places and two other countries in the region. :-)

  2. I would love to visit Cuba. That is so cool you got to go!

    1. Thanks! We had a great time, most of all meeting the Christians there.

  3. That was fascinating! I'd love to visit.

  4. Hello Sharon! Thank you for telling us about what you saw and experienced in Cuba. My husband's heritage is Cuban but he was born in the US and has never been to Cuba. We've heard many stories from relatives that managed to make it to the US and it's pretty sad.

    1. Almost everyone on the island seems to have a relative outside Cuba (at least of those we met). They are grateful for the help they get from them.

  5. Love your experience from visiting Cuba. Thanks for sharing at the Inspiration Spotlight

  6. I remember the Colombian Awana people telling us that they saw Cuban Awana clubs with gaseosa bottles filled with colored water for the bowling pins in the game circles, they also used the copper toilet tank floaters to kick around in the relay games because they didn't have soccer balls. Ingenious people, God will use their years of poverty and scarcity. I'm so thankful for the Aposento Alto work there and that you got to visit Cuba.



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