It’s hard to believe that we’ve only been in Cuba a day since we have had so many experiences and seen so many sights. Today we began the day with an amazing breakfast at our hotel, the Hotel St. John’s, and then made our way to a nursing home associated with one of the churches we are working with. The girls massaged the women’s hands and then gave manicures while a group of Trinity guys played several rousing games of dominoes with some of the men. Afterwards, Megan Anderson led the group in several games of Bingo, calling out the letters and numbers in Spanish. Our new elderly friends gave us hugs and kisses as we left, but we will see them again tomorrow as we are leading a chapel at the nursing home in the morning. After a delicious lunch, we went to a neighboring church and did some cleaning and yard work and also prepared to lead the nursing home chapel and a one-day Bible School for young children on Saturday.
The afternoon brought quite an adventure as we had a bit of time to spare before dinner, so we went to del Rosario and walked around the town, the third oldest in Cuba. While there we took some time to sit in the park and practice learning our songs in Spanish for our upcoming events. We found ourselves singing Christian songs in a park and, while not in Cuba on a religious visa, the pastor with us noticed how many young boys were intently watching us, so he encouraged the men in our group to distribute tracts to those listening. All began reading them intently, and we were told that for many of them, it might have been their first introduction to the gospel. How exciting!
Back to church for another delicious meal and then the group broke in half and participated in worship at two home churches. It was a long and tiring day but one richly blessed as we are growing to love both our hosts and the people of Cuba.
Tomorrow will bring more adventures, delicious food, exciting experiences sharing the gospel, and more time with our new Cuban friends. God is good…all the time…all the time…God is good.