Part 2: Cuba – Arrival and Day 1 :D

Greetings!

This post is about when we arrived (Friday night) as well as our first day of ministry. This was my first time in Cuba and it was pretty amazing – surreal actually! It was such a blessing that I got to go.

When we arrived in Cuba and were in the airport, one of the staff members said to me “Welcome to Cuba, Kristi!” I couldn’t believe I was actually there. It’s hard for me to believe that I’ve now been to the tropics twice! I felt like I was back in Fiji when I first entered Cuba because of the hot climate and the lovely people. I don’t know how to describe it, (ok, this is going to sound silly) but the air smelled the same as Fiji, maybe because of how hot and humid it was when we arrived. I immediately noticed a difference in the air (duh, it’s Cuba, not Canada haha) I was once again in my tropical ocean and palm tree paradise! Since we got to the resort a bit late, it was a bummer that we couldn’t see much because it was dark outside :/. However, we made our way down to the snack bar, which by the way opened at 11pm and was right by the ocean 😀 So yes, you could have a pizza and pop or something as a late night snack! It was wonderbar!!

Alright, now the good stuff! Saturday was our teams’ first ministry day. We went to a church where we were welcomed by many youth and who I’m assuming was the leader/supervisor of the group, or maybe was just one of the adults there. After they welcomed us, our team went to the front and introduced ourselves – with the help of a translator. I should mention that we brought along a First Nations hoop dancer with us who showed us some of what she can do which was pretty awesome! After introductions, we all engaged in some worship, and then our team performed some dances for the youth, which they loved from what I saw :). Then, we split into guys ‘n gals and had a dance workshop where there was an exchange of cultures; we taught the Cubans some of our dance basics and dance moves, and then they showed us some of their dances. It was soo much fun and made for such good memories 🙂

Once lunch was done, we continued with the cultural exchange and also listened to a very wise speaker preach 🙂 I absolutely loved helping to teach the girls some of the dance moves our team does and also learn some of the dances the Cuban girls do. I’d like to point out that the youth were VERY quick and eager learners! As myself and Naomi (our production team dance trainer) were dancing with the Cuban girls, my heart felt so much joy as dancing (more specifically Polynesian dancing) is becoming a passion of mine 😀 When our time at the church came to a close, we headed back to the resort and made sure to hit up the snack bar :P. Most of the team went back to the same church later that night for another service while myself and 2 other girls on our team stayed back to babysit the kids. We had such a good time with them! When the others returned, it was time to hit the hay to gear up for day 2!! Stay tuned for more!

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