It was the end of a long day of baseball under the late May sun in Santa Clara, Cuba, and Marilyn Santos found an unpainted, dented, wooden baseball bat among the shiny blue and black ones she had brought from the United States.
Baseball bats are hard to come by in Cuba; they cost six Cuban pesos, and most people earn about 19 pesos a month. So when she gathered the bats for the Sunday school children, she was surprised to find the addition.
The mismatched bat belonged to a boy named Andy, who decided he wanted to contribute, like the biblical widow, his mite to the donation.
Andy, about 11, volunteers with the Missionary Childhood Association in Cuba and had just attended a baseball camp hosted by a team of professional baseball coaches and Catholic leaders organized by the Pontifical Mission Societies in the United States, which oversees the association. The team’s mission trip took them to three Cuban cities.
When Andy and his friends are not playing baseball or going to school, they are going door to door talking with people about Jesus and evangelizing the two generations of Cubans that were raised without religion under the communist regime.
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