Young participants in the Missionary Childhood Association's Cuba baseball mission clutch their bats as they listen to instruction from the coaches. Pilot photo/Gregory L. Tracy
One aspect of Jesus' ministry that is clear in each of the Gospels is just how important the development of relationships was in his ministry. Jesus so often did this by meeting people in a place that they were already comfortable. Calling Zaccheus down from the tree to share a meal at his house, meeting his first disciples by the shores of the lake where they fished, visiting Martha at her home -- all are examples of Jesus seeking to develop a meaningful relationship with someone through an encounter in a comfortable, familiar place.
So, if you are a missionary seeking to develop relationships with the children of Cuba, to encourage them to learn more about Christ and their faith, and to inspire them to evangelize in the same ways Jesus did, where do you meet them? For the faith-filled men and women who carry on the work of the Missionary Childhood Association in Cuba, the answer is: a baseball field.