Although Pastor Adam Barkley just returned home Sunday from a four-week mission to Cuba, he's already working on his next trip back.
Barkley is speaking at Valley Christian Fellowship at 10 a.m. Sunday about this recent mission there to help church pastors and leaders grow and disciple Cuban churches.
"I spent time with a Cuban pastor whose home was built by the Russians in the 1960s. It has no running water or electricity," Barkley said. "What's amazing is they're so thankful. They see themselves as being blessed to have what they need, and are content and privileged to be pastors and preach the gospel. For me it was a real honor to work with them."
Barkley arrived in Havana on April 13 where he spent three days at a mini-conference. He then traveled across the country to Holguin where he worked with Discipleship Training International putting on a conference for 150 pastors and leaders.
"They responded very positively," Barkley said of the Cuban people. "Very hungry, very teachable. They just eat training up."
Barkley was also able to spend time with Cuban Pastor Medardo at his church helping him develop a discipleship ministry.
The last two weeks of his trip, Barkley spent in the Province of Cienfuego. He spent time with the pastors of four home churches in the city of Camarone, and four days with a church in Palmira.
"I had a fantastic time," Barkley said. "I was completely accepted into the Cuban culture as one of them."
Because Barkley worked under the umbrella of the Brothers in Christ organization, which has legal license status as a church in Cuba, he had a lot more freedom to travel around the country and visit with people.
"That's a huge privilege to be able to do that," Barkley said. "My own personal time there was 100 percent positive. Everything I wanted to achieve while there was achieved, and then some."
The president of the Brothers in Christ organization invited Barkley back to Cuba to spend a month in every province of the country.
"It's huge, so now future trips are being planned," Barkley said. "I felt like the Lord led me, and provided the means for me to go there. The Lord opened up doors and it was a very profitable time."
Until his next trip, Barkley will spend his time working with Pastor Leo Kruger of Valley Christian Fellowship developing a personal discipleship ministry at the church.
Valley Christian Fellowship is located at 811 Short Court in the Gardnerville Ranchos.
If you would like Barkley to speak to your church or home group, call 450-3042 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.