GET YOUR FAITH DIRTY
Our mission to Cuba last month was incredible. There are a few testimonies at the end of this update that give a little insight, but, in a nut shell, we were able to take a little over 700lbs of supplies to help our friends, and it all got through security without any problems. We were able to share our faith with many who were struggling and without hope. The Lord used this group to bring healing to the hurting and Light into the darkness. Jeff will lead another mission back to Havana in a few days. Pray for them as they travel and minister.
We also have an update from the Maternity Home in Uganda. It has been completely funded and furnishings are arriving daily. Pastor Kato sent a short video to share with you; notice that the beds are being delivered by motorcycle.
Jeff, Craig, Al, Drew, Trudy, Butch, Stacy, and April
Testimonies from Cuba
The Cuba ministry experience is truly amazing in the relationships that TREC has established with ministry partners that have lived in Cuba their entire lives. It is a continual relationship that does not end when we say our goodbyes at the airport. TREC has weekly meetings with the ministry team to provide support, encouragement, prayer, and guidance. TREC has a five-year plan to help them establish a micro-business that will then help support their local ministry. TREC provides a hand up, not a hand out.
When arriving into Cuba, it seems like you are transported back into the 1950s. Time has certainly stood still in certain ways since the communist government gained control. Many Cubans do not have a relationship with Christ as the government has put many restrictions on group gatherings. Yet, there is a hunger in Cuba for knowing the truth and experiencing something real and beyond themselves. Many Cubans are receptive to hearing our testimonies of how Christ has impacted our lives and how He lives within us. Our ministry partners have such a loving and inviting family that they have become part of our extended family. We all love having meals together and just simply enjoying each other’s company.
We would love for others to prayerfully consider joining TREC in getting their faith dirty and teaming with them on a ministry experience in Cuba. Praying over and with our ministry partners…showing the love of Christ to people that have been oppressed and without hope for so many years…worshipping with a group of believers that speak and sing in a different language but share the love of Christ…seeing how a country that had such great potential has been destroyed by communism…and coming into a ministry partnership with TREC that seeks His will in every relationship…will certainly impact those that are willing to get out of the boat, walk in faith towards Christ, and spread His love.
I love making the mission to Cuba. I love the people. Most of all, I love the opportunity to share my experience, strength, and HOPE with the Cuban people.
On our recent mission I was asked to share my story during the leadership conference at one of the local churches. Gladly, I did.
At the first break I was approached by a gentleman from the congregation. He did not speak Engish but with his fingers he drew out the number 37 and then said, “Solo Por Hoy!” This is the Latin equivalent of, “Just for today,” an English speaker’s lifeline for staying sober. Immediately, I understood he was telling me he has been sober for 37 years, and he is also my brother in Christ.
We spent the rest of the day together. Neither of us understanding exactly what the other was saying, but both of us knowing the language of our hearts.
I cannot wait to return!
We are excited about the upcoming Inaugural TREC International – Stan Sherlin Memorial Golf Tournament. Take a minute and register your team. The date is Monday, October 17 at Wynlakes Country Club in Montgomery, AL. The proceeds from this fundraiser will be used to build a medical clinic on Tisai Island, Uganda in, Stan’s memory.