We arrived in Holguin around 9:30 Tuesday, July 1st, in the morning and drove four hours south to Santiago where the conference was to be held. On the way, we picked up a couple young gals who were hitchhiking their way to the conference. They had set out on foot at 3:00 that morning. It’s typical of our Cuban brothers and sisters to hitchhike or walk wherever they need to go no matter how far away it is. Some traveled two whole days to get to the conference. Such is their dedication. The conference started Tuesday night and ended Friday night and I spoke a total of 8 times. I’m always impressed with the Cuban Christians’ hunger to learn. On Saturday, we drove 6 hours to the town of Baracoa on the east coast. We divided into 3 teams and served in different churches throughout the city. I spoke at a church on the outskirts of town in the morning and then at the First Baptist Church in the evening. Early Monday morning, we packed into a van and headed back to Holguin, stopping at several churches along the way to visit with the pastors, encourage and pray for them, arriving at our hotel around 8PM.
I asked you to pray that the Lord enable me to connect with the Cubans and I really sensed the Lord answering that prayer. While I heard dozens of wonderful testimonies and amazing stories of answered prayer and God’s provision, one of the highlights for me was hearing the Cubans worship. I’ve never heard any group of people anywhere else in the world sing as loudly and as passionately as the Cuban Christians. I nearly lost it emotionally hearing them sing the old hymn, “Great is Thy Faithfulness,” because I realized that these people have suffered and persevered through so much hardship and oppression and yet they eagerly sing from the top of their lungs about God’s faithfulness.