Jan. 17 - Final Thoughts
Final thoughts from the Cuba Interim participants:
One God moment that I had while in Cuba was when we were doing home visits with the Cuban people. While visiting, we asked what they needed us to pray for then and throughout the upcoming weeks ahead. Most were to pray for family members who didn't know the Lord yet, others were that the government would provide a new roof, more job opportunities, or just more food rations to live on. It was just an awesome experience knowing that we worship the same God and are able to connect through prayer even after we leave Cuba. Every time we left a house they said God bless you and be with you, and there is no doubt in my mind that he definitely did bless us throughout the trip and he was present the entire time.
I LOVED CUBA!!! Anna Hofman
My experience in Cuba was the greatest experience of my life! God really does work in great ways. The Cuban people were very kind and welcoming to us. This trip was a huge eye opener to me, and it made me realize how much we take things for granted. This trip also helped me realize more about myself, and it definitely got me to go outside of my comfort zone. One of the best parts of Cuba was the food. When it comes to food, I am one of the pickiest eaters you can find! I tried new foods, and I thought it was amazing! Overall, Cuba is a great country, and the people there are some of the nicest people you will ever meet. Through this trip, God has shown me that when one door closes, another one will open up. God works in great ways, and it was an amazing experience to come together as one body in Christ with the people of Cuba.
It was such a blessing to be a part of such an amazing experience. God is doing such amazing things in that country. I was expecting to teach them about Christ and his love, but they taught me so much more. They are so full of love and joy and are the most gracious and hospitable people I have ever met. I am so thankful that I was able to be a part of this trip.
This trip shattered my preconceived thoughts of Cuba. I believed Cuba’s people disliked Americans, but we created a memorable bond between the Cuban people through our relationship with Christ. We worked together to help Cuban people in need.
My experience in Cuba was an adventure that will never be forgotten. The Cuban people are held dear to my heart, and that has caused a changed in my attitude along with a stronger relationship with Christ. I cannot wait to see if God has any future plans for me to return, and I give all the glory to him because of safe travels and a life changing experience.
Spending my Interim visiting Cuba was probably the most amazing experience of my life. I learned so much about Cuba and its culture that I didn't know before. I was able to witness the great faith that many of the Cubans have in the Lord, and my own faith was able to grow because of it. The relationships that came from this trip are something that I will always treasure. Given the chance, I would pick this Interim again and again.
What really struck me the most about this whole trip was the Cuban people and their culture. They have so much love to give although they live in a Communist country. Getting to know them and how they worshiped the Lord really changed my life and strengthened my own faith. Even though we helped them out, they helped me out ALOT more in return. One of my favorite days was working with the kids from the orphanage and seeing their faces light up when we were playing with them. There are SO many memories I will never forget, and the Cuban people will continue to be in my prayers.
I have been on mission trips before, and they were nothing like this one. It is hard to say whether one is better than the others but I have definitely enjoyed them all equally. This trip meant a lot to me, because I love to serve others in any way that I can. I also love to travel, so this trip was a perfect trip for me. I had so much fun, and I loved to see that we really had an impact to the people of Cuba, particularly the ones we had close contact with. I am thankful that God allowed me the chance to go on this trip, and I am definitely blessed by the experience. Thanks again for Dr. Powell and her husband for setting everything up and being so flexible with the problems that came up when we were there. It is clear to me that God was watching over us no matter where we are.
There are many experiences in life that are kind of cool and you remember them forever. But, there are a whole lot fewer experiences which change your life forever. Our mission trip to Cuba was one of these rare experiences. From the relationships built, the church services, worship leading, serving kids and elderly folks, and the ways in which our eyes were opened to a new culture, I can't imagine a better way to have spent this past week. I will forever thank God for this experience.
The overall experience was phenomenal. I really enjoyed being in downtown Havana and people watching. I think that my favorite experience was playing soccer with the local guys from the church. God willing, I hope to get the opportunity to go back to Cuba.