I could spend forever talking about Cuba! Our group, including rider1000, arived in Cuba late February 23. We got to our hotel and crashed (fell into bed). The next morning we got up and started working on sermons and making sure that all our equipment was working. Two or three in our group didn't have their checked baggage for two days.
Friday night was the beginning of the evangelistic series for our 8 different speakers. I wasn't nervous until 5 minutes before I got up on stage (I was one of the speakers). The sermons continued for 16 days strait. Preaching got easier and easier as the nights went along. But editing the sermons beforehand was an all day job.
We saw lots of 1950's cars while we were down there. There were some 1940's cars as well. It is funny, after the US embargo went into effect, all the cars are Russian. Now you are starting to see some European and Oriental cars in Cuba. Most of the new cars are tourist cars though.
The last Sabbath that we were at our evangelism sites, there were baptisms! There were 9 at my church alone! Another 9 were supposted to be baptised either this Sabbath or this month. There were also at least 35 people who were studying the bible and preparing for baptism.
The campaign was all over Cuba. Our 8 sites were just a small amount of the campaign. The entire campaign had 208 baptisms, and at least 500 who are going to be studying the bible and preparing for baptism. Everyone of our 8 speakers was in 9th through 12th grade. This is a great example of what the youth of the SDA church can do for God!
It was hard to part with our churches. They had been our family for almost three weeks. Every church gave their speaker, mentor, and other evangalistic person at least one parting gift.
What a blessing this has been. I hope that you all get a chance to do something like this at some point in your life. It is SO
different from any other mission trip. The building mission trips aren't even close to the same. Neither are the medical mission trips. I have been on or seen the results of both of these other kinds of mission trips. I can't speak for long term missionary work, but that must be the closest thing to it.
If you want to know more, feel free to ask rider1000 of I about it.
You can either email me about it at firstname.lastname@example.org
or contact me here on this thread or even private message.