Or . . . “The O-man’s Excellent Adventure”
For the past couple days President Obama has been paying a historic visit to Cuba. Opening up Cuba to tourism and normalizing relations has been a long time in coming. So long that it hardly seems possible its finally happening. For 55-years our government under both Democrat and Republican administrations has acted as though our neighbor only 90-miles from Key West didn’t exist. And like a petulant toddler we held our breath and stomped our feet–and meanwhile Castro survived eleven Presidents. Obama’s not done many things that I heartily approve of but this is one of them.
In the Summer of 2005, I visited Cuba on a church mission trip. It was a wonderful experience. For one, I felt privileged to have experienced a communist country in full bloom—in all its totalitarian glory. For me the biggest takeaways were that a full belly and good medical care doesn’t amount to much when people have no freedom. The year before the Cuba trip I went to a remote village in the Dominican Republic. I saw real poverty and hunger there and yet the people were generally very happy. The surly attitude of the average Cuban was a great contrast to the joy of the average Dominican. Also, the happiest people I saw in Cuba were those in the church in which we were ministering.
I wrote an article about it which is on my website, and it’s also a chapter in my book DiosPsyTrek: But God Had a Better Idea.
Below is a link to the article: