This past Monday, I returned home from my first trip to what has been one of the most controversial countries in the Western Hemisphere. For most Americans, the island of Cuba is mostly known for its cigars, classic cars and communist revolutionaries. But beyond this perception are people. Real people with real lives that tend to get overlooked when we only see a country through the lens of political jargon and propaganda.
This past Friday I returned home from my third journey to a country in Central America that is capturing my heart. The weather always seems to be perfect, the scenic landscape is striking and the coffee is unmatched. However, it is the people that I have met along the way that continue to impress me and inspire me to keep coming back.
So I arrived back home late last night from my second missions trip to the great island and U.S. territory of Puerto Rico. Upon returning, I feel an urge to write a small reflection on my overall experience during my week there. While it would be impossible to record an exhaustive account that completely portrays all the events, emotions and experiences that can encompasses a trip like this, I have attempted here to provide five brief reflections that provide you with a good overall perception of the great spiritual benefits of these types of trips.