Tuesday was a very hot but awesome day! Most of our group (moms and kids stayed behind) went to Havana, the capital city of Cuba. It was a bit of a lengthy drive out, but the different views and scenery made up for the drive. We stopped along the way for a bathroom break at a touristy pit stop which was pretty cool. They had a shack with souvenirs, a patio where they had instruments set up to play music and dance, and a canteen and bathrooms, all overlooking the beautiful ocean.
When we got to “Old Havana” as it’s called, it was like taking a step back into the 1950’s/1960’s. So many classic cars, all different colors – bright and pastel, old buildings made of stone and so architecturally unique which were also a mix of bright and pastel colors. Everything had a Spanish twist to it (obviously, I’m in Cuba) which was so interesting to be able to see in person! One thing I noticed on the drive to Havana was the apartments. They looked very different from what you’d see in Canada or America. Some were nicer and more colorful, and some looked very old and run down with little to no color. As I sit here writing this post, when I think about Havana, it’s very surreal and hard to believe I was there. I guess that’s with any place you go to outside of your home country.
The main thing we did in Havana was a prayer walk. Once we got off the bus, I lathered up on sunscreen (for the umpteenth time LOL) and took out my sulu – the Fijian word for a cotton or light fabric wrap around – to cover my well-burnt-from-the-beach shoulders and arms. I’ll get to it later, but we all saw an ENORMOUS Jesus statue off in the distance. We walked together everywhere as a big group asking God to speak to us about what the nation of Cuba needed. The first place we went to was the Havana Cathedral square (I think that’s what it’s called) where we prayed over the nation and the grounds, and then got to be tourists and look around inside the enormous cathedral and the rest of the square. Something that caught my attention outside were the brightly colored, ruffled traditional dresses some Cuban women wore. They were beautiful! Before we walked around some different areas, 2 guys from our group prayed for a girl who’s ankle was then healed (sadly, I stood behind the girl so I didn’t see her reaction to it)!
The 2nd place we went to for our prayer walk before lunch was to a government building. We all stood in front of the building in the shade and sang over the land, prayed over the Cubans and shared anything God had revealed to us about the beautiful nation of Cuba. Can I be honest with you guys for a second? I was in a group with lots of people who are very wise and in tune with the Holy Spirit and were able to pick up on what God spoke to them about Cuba. I got a bit depressed because I didn’t pick up on anything and I’m still figuring out how God speaks to me. If I sensed something, I was too shy to share because I didn’t know if it was something God said about Cuba or if it was my own thoughts. Despite that, it was still an amazing time our group had of lifting up Cuba to God and praising Him! 🙂
As we waited outside of a restaurant to eat lunch, I saw some classic cars drive by as well as a 2-seater, 3-wheeled cart driven by whoever the driver was. It was very interesting! Alright, I told you I’d get back to it :)… after lunch we traveled to the other side of where we’d been walking. It took a while but again, was so amazing to look out of the windows on the bus and see the culture and lifestyle of the Cubans in the city!! We traveled up to the Jesus statue which overlooked the city of Havana and hung out there for a while… what a beauty!! We got to jam out to some live music and dance for people there 🙂 After all that fun, we headed back to the resort and payed another visit to the snack bar :p Be sure to stay tuned for more!! Gracias mi amigos 🙂 God bless!