Something I Learned

I’ve always believed that going on a mission experience should change your life and you should return changed, well a few weeks ago I traveled to Cuba with 5 others. I’ve been trying to put my experience into words for sometime now and I haven’t been able to process the trip completely. I can share with you that I have never felt welcome anywhere as much as I did in Cuba.

While we were waiting in an extremely long line to check-in for our flight we struck up conversations with several Cubans who were excited we would be visiting their home and give up tips on places we should go and of course we received some Spanish lessons since none of us knew much Spanish. Upon our late arrival in Cuba, spirits were high and we remained feeling extremely welcomed, the restaurant we stopped at for dinner was very welcoming of these strange looking folks who were clearly out of their element. Ha.

The week spanned out in a mixture of history lessons, delicious food, sight seeing and being schooled in hospitality. Lets face it a group of Americans in Cuba stick out and its obvious that we aren’t from Cuba because we all look like tourists, funny enough that didn’t matter to those we were around, they were just glad to have us visiting. During the week we were able to visit the homes of many individuals and everyone said the same thing to us “my house is your house or make yourself at home” – we say that when we have visitors but we don’t mean it most of the time – Cubans mean it, they want you to relax and be at home.

So what did I learn while in Cuba? I learned that we all can be a bit more welcoming especially those who are different from us. How does this translate for us here in America? Welcome those who are different from you, after all we are family!

So what did I learn while in Cuba? I learned that we all can be a bit more welcoming especially those who are different from us. How does this translate for us here in America? Welcome those who are different from you, after all we are family!

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Preparing For The Journey

In the coming days I will be traveling with a mission team out of the country to continue a relationship with a partner church. I’ve had the opportunity to travel internationally many times however this is my first international missions experience, so I’m a mixture of emotions.

For several years now I have done same ritual before beginning a mission’s experience:

  • I begin journaling a few days ahead,
  • I give possessions away,
  • I ask specific people to pray for us,
  • I pray for each team member,

Needless to say this ritual has become something I begin to do without prompting now. My hope is that each missions experience will change me and I will return with new eyes to see the world and how God is at work around me.

I ask for your prayers as we journey together in the coming days as well as those we will come in contact with.

I ask for your prayers as we journey together in the coming days as well as those we will come in contact with.