The trip went very well, with no major hickups, except the usual long waits in the airport. Our mission was to conduct a kids camp and a youth camp, “a-la-Camp-U”, in partnership with a local church in Santiago. Because of the economic situation in Cuba we had to take all materials down ourselves; nothing could be purchased down there. So as you can imagine, our bags were packed with everything from construction paper to scissors to balls and bats to Bibles. Then, everything that was not used, stayed there for the use of the church’s children ministry. They have literally nothing so everything to them was a blessing.
The first camp went very well. There were about 70 kids from 2 to 12 and were very receptive, since this was their very first experience with something of this nature. Many accepted the Lord, while others heard of Jesus for the first time. It was short, but very well worth the effort, and it was the first time many of them had been loved in such a manner.
Once the kids left the youth came in. We had 68, ranging from 13 to 22 and over half of them were not believers. While the children’s camp was fairly easy, the youth presented a bigger challenge; again, because of the country’s general atmosphere. It was both surprising and amazing to see all 68 of those teenagers and young adults crying, hugging, and confessing Christ on the last day of camp and later at the church service where they were challenged to reconfirm the decision they had just made.
And just when we thought the Lord could not give us any more surprises, once the camp was over, the partner pastor had arranged for a church picnic at the beach where he was going to do some baptisms, when one in our own team requested to be baptized. I love the Lord’s sense of humor!
But this trip is not the end of this mission. Now the work of following up and discipling these kids begins. Cuba is a country with very limited resources in every aspect. But in the midst of it all, Christ is still honored. I would challenge you to continue praying for Pastor A. and the church, that they may continue to minister where God has planted them, and that we can soon begin to see the fruits of this labor.
Again, thank you for your support and your prayers. May He return it to you one-hundred-fold. To Him be the glory for ever and ever.