I'm finding it really difficult to put into words my reflections about my trip to Cuba and Colombia. There are stories to tell: amazing new friends, epic car rides, delicious fruit, hot weather, immigration police adventures, airport security interrogations, stereotypical digestive system malfunctions, future plans, heated discussions, lots of laughter, sweet children, mangoes, and more.
As I tend to do, I've spent lots of time since I came back processing everything that happened and thinking about future trips. And there will be future trips! The church leaders in both Cuba and Colombia seem to be eager to have me return to help them implement projects to help generate income and increase their ability to do mission.
But I think one thing has stuck with me as I have processed this trip. And that is how much the issues that the churches in Cuba and Colombia are facing are the same as the issues that churches in Canada are facing in this post-Christian culture.
We are all struggling to find new ways to engage a society around us that is increasingly ambivalent to the message we are preaching. We are all struggling to find creative ways to use our decreasing resources that to have a larger impact for God's kingdom.
And this is why I am excited to be a part of this. I get to walk with church leaders from many parts of the world, including Canada as we all try to figure these things out. And I get to spread the creative solutions across borders so that we can all learn from each other. And that is really exciting.