The Hearts & Hope team just got back from a great first-time trip to Cuba. We ministered there for seven days to the women of three different churches and communities.
We spent our time focused on three different areas:
- Discipleship training with believers
- Community outreach
- Evangelistic services
We had much to learn. We asked many questions and we spent a lot of time in the homes of the Cuban people listening to their stories and getting to know their struggles. In Cuba, community is important. The Cuban women enjoy being together and there is a real sense of family among them. The churches also come together to support and help each other out. This stands out in stark contrast to the United States where we have separated ourselves.
As outsiders to their way of life, it was important that we learned the way things work in Cuba. Our deepest desire is to share the love of Jesus but we know that we must do that in a way that would not create barriers to the message we are bringing.
We met amazing pastors and their families who are faithfully serving their nation. It was a wonderful time of working side by side with our Cuban brothers and sisters in Christ.
I was reminded so much of the sowing and reaping principle in Scripture as I worked each day. For years these pastors and their wives have been pouring into their areas. They have done the hard work of plowing and preparing the soil. God sent our team to Cuba to help them sow more seed, throw some water on already fertile ground, and we were also blessed to rejoice in the harvest as we saw 10 women trust Christ.
We are already discussing the prospects of a return trip to continue what was started. These are exciting days as we see women coming together for the good of others and the glory of God.