In my years of ministry, some of the most meaningful times have been the mission events—especially the international mission efforts. I’ve been fortunate to be able to build and repair houses and schools, preach and teach in places like Grenada, Carriacou, Jamaica, Eleuthera and others. Going to places like these with a team from a church is always an important time of building unity and understanding. And in all of my years I have yet to hear one person say they wish they hadn’t done it. Mostly, they say the experience was life-changing.
We have an opportunity here at Belle Meade UMC for some of you to experience this kind of mission. In February of 2018, we will take a team of seven into Cuba. I am personally very excited because we have a unique opportunity to create a lasting partnership with Methodists in Cuba at the ground level.
Most of us know that Cuba has been—and still is—a communist country. But things are now changing rapidly and most believe that the 50 year old embargo on Cuba will be lifted soon. It would be thrilling to have a partnership already established there when it happens.
Our dates will be Saturday, February 17th, through Friday, February 23. Each team member would be responsible to pay their own way. Over the course of the next year our team may find ways to allow the congregation to support us, but it should be clear that we are each responsible for our own way. We don’t yet have actual costs, but I am guessing it will be around $1200 per team member. I will be looking more closely at actual costs soon and keep you posted.
Let me also say clearly that we only have room for 7 members. That is due to the Cuban government still tightly controlling all visas. In time, this will also open up. For now it will be first come, first served.
I would really like to have a couple of team members who speak Spanish. That would be very helpful. Are you interested in being a part of this team? Please be in touch with me.
February of 2018 seems like a long way off, but it will roll around quicker than you think. How does a chance to share the love of Christ in Cuba sound to you??