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Cuba

cuba mission trip 2018

 
 

“All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Therefore, GO and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always to the end of the age.” – Matthew 28: 18-20

For many, “therefore go”, is far simpler and far more than many could dream of.  Maybe it looks like encouraging a co-worker, speaking life into a classmate, taking a few extra minutes in the morning with a loved one, or carrying a conversation during dinner. But sometimes, it looks a little bit different.

For us, “therefore go” looks like boarding a plane, bags packed, filled with anticipation at what God will do and how God will use us in a land we do not know, to minister to people we’ve only prayed about. For us, “therefore go” means partnering with the Author and Perfector of our faith to see a nation changed as they begin to encounter Jesus, perhaps, for the first time. For us, “therefore go, and make disciples of all nations” means exactly that, stepping out in faith, into a new nation to spread the life changing news of a Father who’s calling His children home and the Man named Jesus who made it possible to get there. We’re asking you to be a part of this, a part of this mandate, and a part of God’s global plan to bring the lost members of our family home. Would you consider partnering with these missionaries for $50, $75, $100, $150, $200 or more to help each of our 15 missionaries reach their goal of $1,600 to go and make disciples in the nation of Cuba? With your partnership, you’ll help initiate a moment. A moment of salvation, an encounter with the love of God. But more importantly, you’ll help begin a movement that will forever change the trajectory of someone’s life.

If you’re interested, here are a few stories from some of our Every Nation missionaries who went to Cuba last year!

“We stood praying in small groups since we were advised that gathering a large group for prayer would look suspicious…We began to pray among ourselves and take pictures. This was the plan for the night, but God always exceeds our expectations. Not much time passed before I saw a team member running back toward me with some students close by along with three slightly confused faces. We introduced ourselves to these three new friends and one of them began to play the guitar. He played beautifully and his voice echoed with a calm confidence. He and his friends played for us and talked with us for a time. Next thing you know, he is handing me his classical guitar. ‘Uhh, Si!’ I said somewhat reluctantly. I love how God stretches us out of our comfort zones for His sake. All I had in my repertoire of songs was worship music, so there we went. I started playing the simplest song I could think of, but what God wanted to do became evident as the following events began to unfold. We sang Break Every Chain by Jesus Culture and as we were strumming and singing away, one of these three gentlemen began to experience something he doesn’t understand. Pastor Keith and another one of our team members began to feel like God wanted to encourage him with a word, spoke to him before the group, prayed for him, and watched as his heart was moved as to accept Christ as his Lord! He said that the song made him feel peace, though he could only understand parts of it. He also said that he was blown away that God would speak to strangers and bring them to him in such a manner that he would experience God at this time in his life. This was a true miracle in only the first few hours of our arrival!”
 
“One of my favorite stories is of our friend who had been following our group for several days acting as a translator. We came to find out later that he was not originally with the church assigned as a translator. He just found our group because we were in his neighborhood and decided to translate for us because he wanted to help. Nobody knew where he came from, but he wanted Jesus. He came to the beach with us and got baptized! How awesome is God?!”