Orestes Roca Santana, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Matanzas, Cuba, was a guest in the Pullen pulpit. Read more about our congregation’s relationships with Matanzas here. You may alos read Orestes’ original manuscript, prepared in Spanish.
Text: Mark 4:26-29
Good morning my sisters and brothers. It is a great pleasure to be here with you this morning in this beloved church. I bring greetings from your sisters and brothers at the First Baptist Church of Matanzas, who are also at this moment worshiping God and praying for you.
I would like to share with you the reading of God’s word from the gospel according to Mark, chapter four verses 26 to 29:
Jesus also said, “This is what the kingdom of God is like. A person scatters seed on the ground, Night and day, whether they sleep or get up, the seed sprouts and grows, though they do not know how. All by itself the soil produces grain–first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head. As soon as the grain is ripe, they put the sickle to it, because the harvest has come.”
A few months ago, while we were visiting the camp of the Fraternity of Baptist Churches in Havana, Cuba, my wife Wanda asked the care taker of the camp about a tree that the youth had planted two years ago. Our brother was very sad because he had taken great care of that tree, but it had not grown. The soil wasn’t very good and the tree had not developed. He was a little desperate because he wanted to see rapid growth, but nothing changed, the tree is still small and weak.