Today may have been our busiest and most blessed day yet. The day began early with a 1½ hour drive to a small Baptist church with many children. We had planned a program and games for them, including a puppet show of The Good Samaritan and a puppet show sharing The Fruits of the Spirit. The puppets were a huge hit with all of the children. We also taught them a song in sign language, which was also interpreted into English so three languages in one! We also shared Christian versions of the games Simon Says (Jesus says, the Diablo says), Red Light, Green Light (Jesus says), and Duck, Duck, Goose (Pato, Pato, Ganzo). We ended our time together by distributing Happy Meal donkey face watches, which we then had to go around a set to the correct time for each child. They asked us when we were returning, and it was very hard to tell them that we weren’t. After lots of hugs and kisses, we said our goodbyes and boarded our van for the 1 ½ hour drive back to the church.
After another delicious Cuban/American lunch (this time hamburgers, Cuban style), we prepared for an afternoon of soccer against some young men from the church. We had no idea how competitive our matches would be, but everyone participated, and we even won a few matches. The runners on our team, Kasey Zarema and Jimmy Burns, certainly got their workout for the day.
Then after dinner we participated in their Youth Service, done each Saturday. They had an excellent worship band, the small sanctuary was packed, and we again had the opportunity to share songs and testimonies.
We have been so deeply embraced by the people of Cuba and looking forward to future events including a visit to an orphanage, the church’s evening worship service, visiting Honoring the Father that is a little league ministry, and touring Old Havana.
Other than a few sniffles, everyone is healthy and enjoying the entire experience, even the food! Please continue to pray for safety and boldness as we continue to step out of our comfort zones and share the love of Jesus with the people of Cuba.