I Return to My Own Country Blessed!
Last December, for a time I thought it wouldn’t be possible for me to join the FWCC Traveling Ministry Corps training in Bolivia. I still don’t understand everything that happened in my visa process, but it became clear to me that for God there is nothing impossible. I thank all the Friends, in Bolivia, in Cuba, in the USA and around the world who were His hands and who opened their wallets and used their voices to do His Will.
Since my return to Cuba I have thought a lot about this wonderful opportunity that God has given to my life. In every one of these moments my prayer to our Good Lord has been that He maintain His Fire in my mind and heart, reminding me that He is needed throughout the church and by those who seek Him. The training at every turn was profound, both the planned and the unplanned opportunities. They were very intense days, full of the Holy Spirit.
We lived together for a time where there were no programmed or unprogrammed Friends; all of us were a tremendous mix of nationalities from Bolivia, Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, the United States and Cuba. There are so many people I would like to thank, not only the traveling ministers, the program group and leaders who attended to us lovingly, but also those who assumed our responsibilities at home so that we could attend, those who supported us in prayer. What a splendid group! What joy it was to move according to His Will. As we sang together every day in English, Spanish and Aymara: “we are walking in the Light of God, Caminemos en la Luz de Dios, Tatitun khanapan sarañan.”
I enjoyed the spontaneous way in which we responded to these needs and I have no fear to serve wherever necessary. In August, I was able to visit Central America, to speak at a youth conference in El Salvador and to visit local churches. Traveling in the ministry, I return to my own country BLESSED!!!
Please help us to give this gift to more Friends, in every country of the Americas. Your financial support to FWCC makes it possible.
William Antonio Medel Manresa, Cuba Yearly Meeting
FWCC Traveling Ministry Corps 2018
Friends World Committee for Consultation Section of the Americas
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Philadelphia, PA 19102
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