Eight women took a trip to Cuba. Nancy Young, a good friend from Florida, and myself recruited the other 6 ladies that accompanied us. I went to Cuba last year with Nancy, just for 2 days, and the Lord began to open so many doors. I was invited to come back and participate in a Women’s Retreat. It was a 3-day event, inviting all the women pastors, pastors’ wives and some leaders of the 137 Nazarene churches that exist in Cuba. It was an amazing trip. It was the first time that they held an event at a national level and there was a very high level of excitement. There was about 200 in attendance. I spoke 3 times at the conference; giving the kick off opening session and sharing two mornings about my experiences in Guatemala from my book. We raffled off enough items for every woman to receive something, which includes 40 of my books…which disappeared quickly. It was a powerful time of bringing this many leaders together and the times of prayer and worship were powerful. I received so many comments from people who had read my book or were beginning to read it. It was wonderful to get the feedback on how the Lord is using the Spanish translation of my book to be a blessing to so many….as they share with one another the copies that have been taken to Cuba.
Our team gave some testimonies and jumped in where ever they could to assist. We had a few Spanish speakers in the group which was a real assistance. In the afternoon of the second day we had several crafts for the ladies. You can’t believe how they enjoyed this and jumped in to do as much as they could. They saved the peel off paper backs from some of the foamy decorations that they used for their crafts…. nothing went to waste! Haircuts, styling and coloring was made available as well as painting nails on both hands and feet. The fellowship amongst the women and us was wonderful. It was amazing to “hear their stories!”
On Sunday we went to a church in the Havana area and I was given the opportunity to share. We had a bit of time to see Havana and enjoy some shopping time. We visited 10 churches, outside of Havana, and had the opportunity to encourage the pastors and their families, pray with them and see the needs that they had. We helped with several projects with some of our collective offerings. Some of these offerings included:
Time does not permit to tell you all the ways that the Lord moved during our time in Cuba, but it impacted all of us and so many in Cuba….to God be the glory!
Have you been on a short term trip to Guatemala in the last year or so?????? Write us and tell us how it impacted your life and how you enjoyed it! We would like to start a new area that shares these “testimonies” with others in the hopes of motivating them to come on a team. You first timers can identify with the fact that you just “don’t know what you are getting into” and there are always a lot of questions. You can also share how it really turned out and what kind of an experience it was for you. I know that these short term trips can absolutely change people’s lives! Will you help us to encourage others to take the step to have this experience????? Send your testimony to firstname.lastname@example.org and let others be blessed through your experience!
Are you interested in bringing a team down in 2016 or 2017? The below chart shows the team(s) already scheduled and dates that are still available. If you are interested in bringing a team to fill one of the available time periods contact us.
|DATES||TEAM FROM||PERSON/GROUP||ACTIVITIES PLANNED|
|Jun 21-30, 2018||Servant Ministries||Kim Slowinski||Misc activities|
|Jul 12-21, 2018||AVAILABLE|
|Jul 26 - Aug 4, 2018||AVAILABLE|
|Oct 17-27, 2018||Mount Clemens, MI||Bob and Maureen Baker||Construction|
|Nov1-10, 2018||CERT (Crossville, TN)||Bruce Rainwater||Medical/Dental|
|Nov 15-24, 2018||Graford, TX||James Turner||VBS and misc. activities|
|Jan 3-12, 2019||Chattanooga, TN||Jon & Kristina Manley||Medical|
|Jan 17-26, 2019||Crossville, TN||Ed Camera||Medical|
|Feb 7-16, 2019||Brown City, MI||Omard United Methodist Church/Becky Lonnborg||SSP annual school pack distribution|
|Feb 22-Mar 2, 2019||Servant Ministries||Kim Slowinski||Misc. outreaches|
|Jun 6-15, 2019||AVAILABLE|
|Jun 20-29, 2019||AVAILABLE|
|Jul 11-20, 2019||AVAILABLE|
|Oct 17-26, 2019||AVAILABLE|
|Oct 31-Nov 9, 2019||AVAILABLE|
|Nov 15-24, 2019||Michigan||Shane Hunter||VBS and misc. activities|
I have been communicating with a few more groups that haven't set their dates yet, but want to encourage you to get your time slot set aside. These short term trips can impact their participants in a dramatic way. Take advantage of exposing your people to an opportunity to "experience missions"!
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