My birthday is in the month of April! I turned 49 years young. Amen! I am now officially a 49er! Thank you for the birthday wishes I received by email and through cards.
I get most of our Spanish materials (Sunday school lessons, books, Bibles, etc.) from Mexico. It is most convenient. I pay for some of them, and others are donated by laymen or churches as a whole. I even bring Mexican candy into Cuba, but not the spicy candy, because Cuban children don’t eat it. A layman recently made a large donation of candy. Thank the Lord.
Every time I make my journey to the eastern cities of Cuba to preach and go soul winning, I take the bus from city to city. I spend several days in each city where I stop. When I reach the final destination of Holguin, I then take the bus back non-stop to Havana, which is a long, tiring, very boring, 13-hour ride. On my last trip in February, I purchased a Cubana plane ticket from Holguin back to Havana. It was only a one-hour flight. So I said to myself, I am flying back to Havana from now on! Then on May 19, a Cubana flight leaving Havana Airport on its way to Holguin crashed, killing all 110 passengers. I was reminded that in the last five years, three Cubana planes have crashed. I guess I am going back to the 13-hour, long, and boring bus ride—I am not ready to go to Heaven yet. “And Jesus answering said unto him, it is said, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.” (Luke 4:12)
In the early days of my ministry, the first area I visited (after Havana, of course) was the province of Pinar del Rio. It is located 1 hour and 45 minutes west of Havana. I went there several times. I met a Cuban pastor and his wonderful family. Unfortunately, a year after we met, the family left the country, so I stopped going to that province. Recently a Cuban pastor from Havana told me that he has good contacts there in Pinar del Rio. He has a burden for that area and would like to start a mission church there. He asked me if I wanted to go with him to look around the area and pray about helping him in the work. Needless to say, we are going to Pinar del Rio next week. I will tell you all about it in my next letter.
Please pray for:
1. My wife’s health.
2. Our finances.
3. The power of God.
In His service,