Summer 2012 Puerto Rico Blending Trip: The People
Please read my previous post to find out more about the island of Puerto Rico.
Without a doubt, Puerto Rico has it all: nature and culture. Yet what I enjoyed the most was meeting Christians, young and old, and having a rich fellowship with them (despite the language barrier that we had since I don't really speak Spanish).
I also met a lot of college students who were affiliated with Christians on Campus. Their endeavor to reach the young people on campus, to bring the gospel to them, to fellowship, and to dive into the Word of God was too precious!
|From Puerto Rico with Love.|
I realized that even though we were so far apart geographically, we all, in Texas and in Puerto Rico, had been endeavoring to do the same thing: gaining young people for God.
Furthermore, even though we didn't speak the same language and weren't brought up within the same culture, there was always a prevailing atmosphere of love and joy among us. At the end of every day, we were happily tired (due to a packed schedule).
|The group in Playa Sucia, Cabo Rojo.|
So the crew from Texas was about 30 people. Obviously, it was not easy to arrange accommodations and transportation for all of us. On the first day, as we were walking out from the Arrival section of the Luis Munoz Airport in San Juan, some brothers had been waiting for us with vans. They were ready to help us with our luggage, provide us with snacks, and take us to the homes of Christians we'd be staying with.
Yes, there were Christians in the community, associated with Christians on Campus in Puerto Rico, who opened their homes for us to stay for the entire duration of our visit (8 days). The nights I spent with these different ones in the community were the moments when the Lord touched me concerning my heart for Him, my daily living, and my future.
I had heard before that Puerto Ricans were warm and hospitable people, but in this trip, the care of these Christians whom we just met for the first time exceeded cultural hospitality. It was a true exhibition of Hebrews 13:1, "Let brotherly love continue."
I would like to continue my story with each one whom I had the opportunity to fellowship in Puerto Rico in my next post, but I can tell you right now that it was truly a time of digging gold in the gold mine. These Christians were a storehouse of Christ. Their living exhibited what they were all about. They were all about Christ and the church.
I'm not done yet, everyone. The next post is coming soon!