Cuba Trip Summed Up

by pastortimfowler

As I told you the other day, I, and 9 guys from my church, went down to this beautiful country for a mission trip in a project called Church to Church. The goal is to partner churches in the US with churches in other countries in long term relationship so to help the global church to grow. My church chose Cuba. This was my 3rd trip, a 2nd for my associate pastor and the 1st for the rest of the guys.
Cuba is a country that has spiraled downward in the standards that we in the US have come to know. But the human spirit there is strong and the church has always thrived under adversary. The Cuban people are proud and resourceful and have more than enough courage to pull through this challenge. They don’t need pity or money thrown at them, they need Christ.
Our country has come to the idea that having stuff equals prosperity. They relate freedom to the ability to get more stuff. The Bible tells us that this is a dangerous idea and that true freedom comes from being forgiven of our sins and having Christ as our Savior. Material things will rust and fade, but the love of God through Christ Jesus will never fade away. Hope comes from God and His provisions to His people are unending. If you don’t believe this, I wish you could see how He is providing to the believers in Cuba and how through them, He is providing to even those who do not believe.
My trip was motivating. I saw people worshiping in places that many in the US would not even store their lawn mower. I sang with people who lived and worshiped in the same 2 room house and never once did I feel like they were in need, but rather I found that I needed what they had. They had a pure love of God that was not clouded over by electric praise music and a building that could house thousands. They were not trying to grow the largest group of people under one roof, but were trying to draw lost soul to Jesus. They did not care that the AC was too cold or the band was too loud. Maybe because they had no AC and they sang louder than the musicians could play on their old acoustic instruments. Oh how I wish I could bottle that up and sell it in a church program.
We have decided that most of us are going back. We are not going to help them get new stuff or help them build bigger buildings. We are going to help them use what God has given them, hope. We are going to help them with a few resources that they have asked for, like soccer balls and baseballs so that they can reach out to the kids who play in the street with whatever they have improvised.with. We are going to see the purity of God’s love through eyes that have not been hazed over with envy of the church down the street. We are going to bring back a renewed hope of reaching hearts with the forgiveness of God and the complete satisfaction of Him over material things. Yep, I guess you could say that we are going so that the church in Cuba can help us. Funny how that works. We thought that we were the ones to bring hope and all the time it was them who were ready to give us hope.
So pray for Cuba, its people, and its leaders. Pray for the churches in Cuba and know that they are strong and alive. Pray that they never lose focus on the fact that God is enough and that this idea spreads back to the church in the USA.
God bless the church in Cuba. They are alive and growing strong. God bless the church in the USA. May we learn again to put our trust in God and not our things that we can afford. I challenge you to look hard at what you are trusting in for ministry. Perhaps you can give something up and use the money for helping send a mission team to a place like Cuba. Trust in God to draw people and not in those things that we so often rely on. Jesus said that if He would be lifted up, that He would draw men to Himself. Put down that Ipad, after you read my blog of coarse, and lift up Jesus. He is enough.


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