Hurricane Ike hits Cuba

It seems like Cuba can’t get a break lately. Yesterday I got an email from one of my friends down there asking us to pray for them as they face this deadly hurricane.

My students are spread all over the island, which means that last week as Gustav rolled through Pinar del Rio and Havana, I was praying for some specific people there.

Now, as the eastern part of the island is getting slammed by Ike, I have a whole new set of people who are in danger.

Having been there before, it makes me understand the danger a little more than just by seeing it on television. With many of the houses already standing for more than 50 years, the terms hurricane force winds and storm surge seem unreal. I don’t know how they will handle a natural disaster of this magnitude.

Please pray for Cuba and the people who are being affected by these terrible storms.

Hurricane Gustav hits Cuba

Hurricane Gustav hit Cuba pretty hard yesterday, forcing evacuations of more than 300,000 people. Having gone to Cuba a few times, some of my favorite people in the world live in Havana and Pinar del Rio, the two major areas that got hit by the storm.

Please pray for the country as they recover from the storm. I haven’t heard much from them, but I’ve been in the old buildings and have no idea how they could stand up to 150 mile per hour winds.

Here are some pictures from the BBC that show the preparations and damage in Cuba.

Video of La Bodeguita del Medio

“La Bodeguita del Medio,” or the warehouse in the middle, is a restaurant, cafe, and bar in Old Havana that is extremely popular with tourists, celebrities, and politicians. Ernest Hemingway frequented this place when he spent time in Havana.

It’s a historical and touristy place. So, when we were in Havana, I decided to take some video of La Bodeguita del Medio. It was crowded, so the video isn’t as good as I’d like it to be.

Sources: La Bodeguita del Medio (Mexico) – Spanish; Wikipedia (Spanish)

Video of “El Mejunje”

Video of “El Mejunje”

I posted on our vlog (Mexico Movies) about El Mejunje, a place called Mejunje (translated = concoction) that I visited in Santa Clara, while I was there teaching two weeks ago.

I don’t want to duplicate the post, but you should check it out over there and watch the video of the band we saw playing there.

It was truly a cultural experience. If you’re at all interested in global youth ministry or global youth culture, you should click here to watch the video and read about El Mejunje.