After much preparation, my team is off to Ciego de Ávila, Cuba, 21-28 April. I’ve been working hard on my Spanish, which will do me almost no good communicating with Cubans, but oh well. It’s like a Spanish speaker studying English then taking a trip to south Louisiana. That’s okay, though. Most of the time we are there we have wonderful translators.
I just love the Cuban people. This will be my third trip and I’ve developed meaningful friendships with several folks down there.
Of course, it is also quite humbling to visit. It is not the deepest poverty I’ve seen (in contrast to the slums in India, for example), but it is the widest. In other words, there is almost no middle class. In India there was outstanding poverty, but also wealthy people in the same cities. In Cuba, all are poor (unless you’re in the mafia or government).
Visiting Cuba resets my wants vs. needs calculator, and exposes my desire for riches that ultimately do not matter. There in Cuba, they have nothing but the Lord and each other, and the Lord uses that to reset my priorities. For that I am thankful, even though it hurts.
Please pray for my trip, specifically for our safety ( travel, and there was a government change just this week) and that the Lord would use our team to bless the Cuban people in many ways.
See y’all week after next, and thanks for keeping an eye on the forum!