Recently Read: Mission Group from First United Methodist in Brooksville finds Open Arms in Cuba

The people at First United Methodist Church in Brooksville, FL recently sent a mission team to Cuba. The Tampa Bay Times covers the experience of part of that team which included three generations of a family.

From the Tampa Bay Times:

The family was part of a “caravan” of churches that went to several villages with Methodists United in Prayer, a group that provides prayer support and sends teams to Cuba to encourage brothers and sisters in Christ there with worship, prayer and fellowship.

Harrison, his mother, Terry Rose, and grandfather, Bob McClelland, spent the week in the Matanzas District, ministering to their sister church in La Carlota.

Terry Rose, who served in Utila, Honduras, for 3½ years as a teacher during earlier mission work of the church — when Harrison was a baby and her two older sons were in school — said she is glad she went on the trip.

“The highlight for me was going out to our sister church’s five mission churches and seeing how active they are and how dedicated the missionaries are who go out there every Monday night,” she said, noting the mission churches meet in various settings, including homes and sheds.

There were restrictions on how many Bibles the team could take into the Communist country, but they were able to obtain a visa that identified them as a religious group. That allowed them to travel freely to neighboring villages.

“We probably had a total of about 30 Bibles,” she said. “I took some devotional literature for the pastor and his wife, and I had an extra one that I gave to our interpreter. That’s not something they can get very easily.”

They also took medicine, school supplies and hygiene products.

“I would like to develop a strong bond of communications with them and support for them so that it’s a strong relationship,” Mrs. Rose said about the sister church and its missions.

Bob McClellan, who heads the missions committee for his church and who had traveled to Utila in 1978 with his wife and daughter to help establish a school and clinic, said it was special having three generations from his family ministering in Cuba.

“We just feel like you can’t beat it,” he said. “It’s a terrific way to serve and to witness to people about who you are and what you are and to represent our church. You give, but you get so much more back. ”

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George Nixon Shuler
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Not politically correct anymore but if they’d have cigar night with cigars brought back from Cuba I’d totally go. I hate Florida but that’s Cuban cigars , the kind my friend Dean’s father-in-law used to smuggle out of Edmonton when he’d go there on the oil biz and bring ’em back to his cigar-living friends in Houston. I’m sure Brooksville’s a pretty regrettable place, but everything’s an exception when something so excellent is involved.

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