I took this shot near the airport, it’s a glimpse of an old ride and what seems to be a typical neighborhood in the outskirts of the city.
Our group is split up all over town in guest houses. A colleague and I are in the guest house of an engineer and and economist. We learned from these folks that there are 3 needs of the people: food, housing and medicine. They and their countrymen hope that the lifting of the embargo will help them in the first and third need.
They’re putting a lot of hope in Obama’s visit in a couple of days. We’ll see.
My hope is in the Lord and His church that we’re here to learn more about. Very encouraging stuff so far. More later about the broad range of Evangelicsls that may be as much as 30%!
Cuba is famous for its old cars. This old
Lada Moskvitch [thx to Gabor for the correction in comment – it turned out there were as many of this manufacturer as the old Lada] was the first pic I took after we finally got out of the airport. Wow. Communist beurocratic systems are alive and well here!
Note the old rides in front of Jose Martis airport.
And this one…
Then to a late lunch…
Mediterranean style octopus.
Later we met with the leader of an evangelical seminary that has 300+ students. Gained a great understanding of things spiritual here.
Jesus’ followers are alive and thriving in Cuba!
So our doctoral study group is headed to Cuba …
We’re going to visit ministry sites!
BUT there seem to be issues with our visas to get in, so as things are sorted out here in Miami, please pray!!!
We’re boarding!!! Off we go!!!
When your baby (or a nearby baby) keeps you up at night we get to choose our reaction.
We can choose, in our sleep deprived condition to love and care and pray. Choose. To. Pray.
Choose to care.
Choose to love.
We can choose to complain and be frustrated and risk slipping into bitterness against those we should be caring for and loving… and even a developing bitterness against even God.
Choose not to have a complaining spirit. Rather, choose to care for and love and pray for those crying babes wether they be 6 months, 6 years or 6 decades.
Don’t judge those don’t measure up to YOUR standard.
Rather, pray FOR them to submit joyfully to the will of the Father.
Sorry, the disciple-making survey (among pastors and leaders) is just beginning. Thus the results of the are not yet available. Thanks for checking and if you participated, thanks for your valuable time and insight.
“Therefore let no one pass judgment on you in questions of food and drink, or with regard to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath. These are a shadow of the things to come, but the substance belongs to Christ. Let no one disqualify you, insisting on asceticism and worship of angels, going on in detail about visions, puffed up without reason by his sensuous mind, and not holding fast to the Head, from whom the whole body, nourished and knit together through its joints and ligaments, grows with a growth that is from God. If with Christ you died to the elemental spirits of the world, why, as if you were still alive in the world, do you submit to regulations— “Do not handle, Do not taste, Do not touch” (referring to things that all perish as they are used)—according to human precepts and teachings? These have indeed an appearance of wisdom in promoting self-made religion and asceticism and severity to the body, but they are of no value in stopping the indulgence of the flesh.”Colossians 2:16-23 ESV