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September 21, 2012

Members of McFarlin travel to Cuba for mission trip

NORMAN — When Shari Kinney’s husband suggested that she lead a mission trip to Cuba, she had no reason to decline.

Kinney, along with 12 other members of McFarlin Memorial United Methodist Church, conducted a mission trip in Santa Clara, Cuba, from Aug. 1-11. Kinney’s trip to Cuba was her second. In 2007, Kinney went to Pilon, Cuba, also for a mission trip.

So, when Kinney got word that Cuba was accepting one mission team a month from the United States and that Oklahoma Volunteers In Mission had the opportunity for three teams this year, she jumped at the chance to return.

“They (Oklahoma VIM) were looking for team leaders and they had to be somebody who had been to Cuba before. My husband said I should do it,” Kinney said.

Since Cuba government doesn’t allow churches to build new facilities, but worship in old ones, the group from McFarlin mainly helped paint and do light construction during their mission trip.

“The people are very warm and welcoming. The church there had someone that was an interpreter. The church itself was probably built in the early 1900s so it was an older church that had been there before the Revolution. They were refurbishing the church. Primarily our work was to help with some paining. It was very different than the time before we were building a church. Because they don’t allow new structures except if the previous structure were to be destroyed. In Pilon the church had been destroyed by a hurricane, so they were allowed to rebuild it.”

Other activities the group conducted were a Sunday children’s Bible school. They also had the opportunity to work with several of the women of the church by introducing them to crafts.

“It tends to be when you are doing construction you are only working with men. We really didn’t have much opportunity to work with the women. So we did a craft project with the women,” Kinney said. “We met with one of the women’s groups and we took a couple of sewing machines with us that were donated. Some of them had had sewing machines that don’t work any more, and that’s something they can’t go purchase. That’s one of the things you notice most in Cuba. They don’t have a market economy so the government puts things in stores and it’s a hit or miss on what you might find in stores. For instance, we needed to buy paint brushes and rollers. We found roller handles, and we looked in Havana and Santa Clara.”

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