Monthly Archives: March 2016

He is Risen!

Upon this we may depend.

  
“Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?””

‭‭John‬ ‭11:25-26‬ ‭ESV‬‬

http://bible.com/59/jhn.11.25-26.esv

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He is Risen!

Upon this we may depend.

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The gospel is thriving in Cuba!

So, our cohort of doctoral students  visited Cuba to learn about the state of the church there. I will be writing about that over the next few weeks. As part of our 5 days we  visited with and learned from leaders from 7 different denominations/groups/schools and on Sunday split up to visit 3 churches. Several of our group were honored to share, sing or preach in these churches in a small city in central Cuba.

  
After all the meetings, interviews and meals with leaders, it is exciting to report that the Cuban church is alive, strong and pretty unified within their diversity. In fact I think churches in many places, especially in the USA, can learn much!

This is GREAT news and is a testament to the faithfulness of God to His people!!!! 

Among other great news, here in Fort Lauderdale, we finished our final course today!!! There’s nothing but writing now. Granted, there is a lot of writing to do, but I hope and plan to complete my thesis by the end of this year and defend my project early next year and graduate in May of 2017. 

I got to remind folks about how much the Father loves us!  

Very excited to fly home today!

 

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The final view from Havana was…

  
Note the name of the Habana airport, ‘José Martí,’ in the background.

An interesting final view as I walk to the plane.

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Cuba travel

(This post was begun during travel but just posted because Internet was near impossible to find in the capital or in the country.)

So we’ve been hearing from different kinds of leaders since arrival. It’s been enlightening to hear how the church has developed since the revolution.

As I write this post I’ve not had internet since Thursday night except for a couple of moments yesterday which were so sporadic that nothing got through.

I’m writing from the back of a big van and we’re a half hour into a four hour journey to a smaller city.  

This was not my favorite mode of transport. But we got around safe and mostly sound – if worn out from the bumpy road.
 

After the trip the guys couldn’t decide if I was praying for it or cursing it.

This post is about my observations and comparing what I’ve seen to other (former) communist countries.

Right now we’re on an old multi-lane highway that reminds me of the road between Vinnytsia and Ztomyr and the road is just as bumpy. As we were leaving Habana there were people standing along the side of the road holding out money in search of a ride. Others were standing and selling fruit. We went by a bus stop where people stood under large concrete structures that would have been as recognizable in Ukraine as here.

The influence of the former Soviet benefactor on infrastructure is evident, but today is collapsing. In the post below I have posted some select pix.

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Images from Cuba

  

‘Socialism or die’ was a regular cry but today that message, like this propaganda poster, is fading.

  

Buildings which are struggling to stand in use.

  

Cars nearing 65 years of age serve as taxis that run regular routes in Havana as well as private cars.
  

Taxis are also powered by men who travel around the city on these tricycles.

  
The drivers are not all young!

  

As I was there while Obama was present I was able to see the Cuban reaction first hand. As Castro and Obama had their joint press conference, people crowded around TVs.

Like the US Capital dome, the Cuban State House dome is undergoing a renewal.  
 

Havana.

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Been unplugged

Since Thursday night I’ve been unplugged from the Internet. 

I realize this morning how much I rely on the Web for information and communication. And how much it makes me rely on the Lord – – – for stuff I have NO control over anyway. I don’t know if my family is well or ill. I don’t know if a new crisis has struck or not. I don’t even know if UVa won or lost… Oh how we like and depend upon knowing.

It should make me more prayerful, but in my flesh I gripe more.

It should make me more dependent, but in my flesh it makes me try to contrive ways to get online.

God help us learn to trust you.

I’ve been reading through the Kings in my reading plan. And I discover that those guys who failed over and again to follow God and try to control were no different than I. Thankfully Paul understood.

“Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin.” 

I do give thanks for…

“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”

‭‭(Romans‬ ‭7:24-8:1‬ ‭ESV‬‬)

http://bible.us/59/rom.8.1.esv

Thanks be to God!

Also, it seems I’m online!

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