Message from Pastor Chris Turner 

March 2019

***2019 Motto = Abide & Abound ***

“To whom much is given, much will be required.” Luke 12:48(b)

Pastor Chris preached on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019 at FBC Jatabonico, Cuba as a part of the LRBA/NC Baptist Men Cuba Mission Partnership Vision Team.

Revelations from Cuba:

1) We all take for granted the lifestyle we enjoy in America.

2) Although our government has many problems and is far from perfect, our government still func-tions for life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness in a way that most other governments do not. We often criticize and groan against our government officials at all levels. That is a privilege (the right of free speech) that most people around the world will never know. Communism and socialism simply do not work. If you don’t believe it, go to countries around the world that have tried it!

3) Very few of us can appreciate the desperation with which people from other nations want to see their children and grandchildren have a better life. Most of these hopes are hanging on the chance that they can get to America either legally or illegally as refugees.

4) Seeing the conditions in a country like Cuba makes you want to accept refugees from nations around the world with open arms, but it also demonstrates the need for border security in order to pro-tect what we have. Are our current pathways for legal immigration a good middle ground? Probably so. Is there room for improvements? Probably so.

5) The Cuban people are greatly oppressed but are people of remarkable faith who depend on God for so much more than we have to, given our wealth and access to resources as Americans.

6) NC Baptist Men/Baptist on Mission have had a meaningful partnership in Cuba for the past 15 years that has done much to help spread the gospel and equip the churches of Cuba. One seminary and one retirement home have been built in Santiago in that time. A second seminary has been started in Central Cuba but needs more teams and money to complete it. I hope and pray that NCBC and other LRBA churches will be able to partner together and send teams & funds to complete construc-tion and do future ministry in Cuba. From my experience hearts are ripe and responsive to the gospel in Cuba!

7) The gospel of Jesus Christ brings hope, healing, and transformation wherever it is preached and lived around the world! There is a great harvest awaiting. Are you willing to say, “Here am I, send me…”?

8) We all take for granted the level of sacrifice that our military, our missionaries, and their families make when they are in other countries. We don’t pray for them and support them nearly enough.

9) Cubans are good cooks, very friendly and hospitable!

10) We need to develop a greater awareness of and investment in the work of the gospel around the world (through NC Baptist, International Mission Board, CBF Global Missions, etc.) God needs us to pray for the work of the gospel, give generously to mission offerings, and go on mission trips as often as we are able.

                                                                                                                                            Pastor Chris

P.S. Cuba Mission Trip Interest Meeting March 17th at 4:00pm