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The first-year Crandall-Acadia Theology students had a great trip to Cuba this year! While there, our team stayed at two camps which are owned and run by the Fraternity of Baptist Churches in Cuba (FIBAC), a partner with Canadian Baptist Ministries. We helped transform an overgrown bamboo patch into an outdoor chapel and participated in farm and construction work, as well as children and youth ministry. Participating in a variety of activities at several locations gave the team the opportunity to work with and hear from various people along the way about different facets of work, ministry, and life in Cuba. We were grateful for this broad exposure to that corner of the globe.
At every stop that we made, we were challenged by people that we met and the faith and resilience that they exemplified. Due to the national laws during her early years as a student, Mariadela, for example, had to choose between a promising career as a doctor or chemist and her faith in Christ. She left school and moved with her husband, Antonio, to what is now the Molino Verde camp on the outskirts of Havana. The two of them have spent the last several decades overseeing the task of transforming what was a rundown and overgrown plot of buildings into the beautiful grounds that we had the privilege of enjoying. Over the years, the camp has been a tool for FIBAC and for outreach, and it accommodated a FIBAC pastors’ conference while we were there. Mariadela and Antonio provided a powerful reminder to us of the richness in sacrifice for Christ.
It has been encouraging to be reminded of God’s hand on the nations, to see how he has been appointing people and places in Cuba for his work through his Church, and to be a part of it for two weeks. I’m sure I speak for the team when I say that we are excited about the fresh perspective that we have gained on missions and service and look forward to the ways that God will allow us to put it to use here at home. Dios es Bueno! What a good God we serve!
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