Jan. 15 - Cuban Markets
Today we were so excited to be able to visit two Cuban markets. We all loved shopping for family and friends and had fun negotiating with the vendors. We found many handmade Cuban crafts that we will be bringing home to family and friends (as well as a few mementos for ourselves).
Then it was lunch and off for an hour bus ride to one of the ‘Honoring the Father’ baseball fields. The team members were all good sports as many had not played baseball in years and were asked to play a short game against a Cuban team of high school guys. And if that weren’t enough, the stands quickly filled up with what seemed like hundreds of seventh grade boys and girls that began chanting the Trinity team member’s names. I was fortunate enough to man the stands and lead the children in the cheers, and soon children surrounded me asking me hundreds of questions in Spanish. I did my best to answer them and much to my surprise, they were learning English in school, so they took out their notebooks, and I found English phrases that helped immensely in the communication.
While I was talking to the children, the Cuban baseball team surrounded our Trinity team and began praying all at once for the team. Many of our team had never experienced prayer in that form but were richly blessed. We also had the opportunity to see the churches being built. Parkview Christian Church, the church my husband and I attend, is supporting that. It was a special blessing to pray as a group for the new building and the people that will have the opportunity to worship there in the future.
The evening meal at Templo Bautista was delicious as usual but bittersweet as we knew we would not be seeing our cooks again. We said our goodbyes and prepared for an exciting last day in Cuba.