Thinking quickly, I directed the team (good thing I got everyone´s number in my phone during the November meeting!) to meet us at the Adventist Medical Center next door. I was sure they would let us use one of their meeting rooms, and they did not disappoint. Not only did we have a quiet place with tables and chairs to meet in, but Mike knew how to hook my laptop up to the projector system and we watched the new Care for Cuba video on a big screen, instead of on my laptop.
Each team member has an official Sus Manos journal and we spent some time talking about the importance of daily morning quiet time with God and different ways to get a grip on God´s word. We wrote our notes in Spanish, so we can share this with people we meet in Cuba.
Listen: Most of us listen to the Word--through sermons, maybe an audio Bible.
Read: We know we should read the Word every day, but most Christians struggle with consistency. To help us develop a strong habit, each team member paired up with an "accountabilibuddy." The idea is to text a simple "yes" or "no" each morning to let the partner know if the teammate spent time with God. Why morning? Well, Jesus said, "without me, you can do nothing." So why start the day trying?
Study: This may include Bible class, Sabbath School lessons, studying alone or in groups. It is different from reading, because it includes comparing different scripture passages and may include using commentaries or Bible dictionaries.
Memorize: Mike shared his system of memorization and frequent review with the team.
Meditate: Filling our minds with memorized, studied, read and heard scriptures means we have something to ponder. Meditation helps us apply scripture to our lives.
Journaling helps us remember what God impressed us with in our reading and helps us to be ready to share with other. Our quiet time journals will be a key part of our Sus Manos experience.