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Rich Sutton Talked About the Cuban Trip

The church service in the Laurelbrook Seventh-day Adventist Church on March 25, 2017 began with an introit. Dorka Ellis had the Personal Ministries Corner. Religious and other human rights are being questioned today so donations for Liberty subscriptions are especially important.  These donations are due by the end of March.
Hillis Jeffries III welcomed everyone and made the announcements. At 2:30 there will be an outreach to the townspeople, knocking on the doors and judging the interest.  There will be a hike to the falls.  Meet at the admin building at 2:15.  There will also be dinner in the cafeteria; all are invited. Sunset today will be at 7:55.
Kathy Hodges, the new academy office secretary, together with her husband Joe was also introduced to the congregation.
The congregation had a silent invocation.  The congregation then sang “Give Me the Bible”. Hillis Jeffries III then had the Morning Prayer; the congregation sang “Hear Our Prayer”.
Mark (9th grader) then called for the offering.  Keonwoo (senior) and Pedro Arce then collected the morning offerings; the loose offering went to the local conference advance.  The congregation sang the doxology, and Mark prayed for the offering. 
Karla (senior) told the children present a story. Leilani (9th grader) then read Isaiah 43:10-12 “10 Ye [are] my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I [am] he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me. 11 I, [even] I, [am] the LORD; and beside me [there is] no saviour. 12 I have declared, and have saved, and I have shewed, when [there was] no strange [god] among you: therefore ye [are] my witnesses, saith the LORD, that I [am] God.”  Edgar (senior) then played an instrumental solo for special music.

Rich Sutton talked about the recent trip Laurelbrook students and staff members made to Cuba. The congregation sang “Work for the Night Is Coming”.   Rich Sutton had the closing prayer.

Personnel Other Than Students:
Hillis Jeffries III – academy boys’ dean / teaches an academy Bible class or two
Pedro Arce – Laurelbrook music director
Rich Sutton – Laurelbrook president
Following are some notes on the talk on Cuba by Rich Sutton: 
  1. Seventh-day Adventists have about 324 churches with 32,000 members in Cuba. Much of the printing of Adventist literature is done by hand.
  2. The house they stayed in was originally a one-story house.  Two more stories were added later.  Rich Sutton and the boys stayed on the top floor.
  3. Pastors there make $24 a month, a doctor $52 a month.
  4. Most of the churches are home churches, but there are churches that existed before the Revolution that are still there. There is also a seminar for training workers.
  5. Laurelbrook may be involved in constructing small church structures in the future. There are 30 sites needing churches.
  6. The group got back to the United States at 3:00 a.m. and immediately left for Laurelbrook.  Rich was extremely tired.
  7. The group did five evangelistic series and five Vacation Bible Schools and health expos.
  8. The health expos went great.  70-80 people came to each expo.  Part of the time was devoted to massage and hydrotherapy.
  9. Eventually 104 children came to a VBS program. Another VBS program had about 60 children.
  10. The group took some granola from Laurelbrook; it lasted most of their stay.
  11. The group also painted the seminary building, something the students and faculty really appreciated.
  12. The cars there are mostly old American cars – with Toyota diesel engines in them.
  13. There were young people older than the Laurelbrook students who participated in the VBS craft sessions. They really enjoyed the crafts.
  14. VBS sessions included games interspersed with the craft sessions. These VBS sessions took places in houses.
  15. The last night there was a baptism of over 20 people.
  16. One Laurelbrook student really enjoyed interpreting for the various speakers and became also as good as a pastor’s wife who was a regular interpreter.
  17. At one point on the trip, Pedro Arce asked if the Laurelbrook students could sing in a large cathedral.  Permission was granted to sing one Christian song. People started coming to hear the group and were really impressed.

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