A friend stopped by the office a few weeks back and left me a short article he had received from a Southern Baptist church’s weekly bulletin. The article captured my interest as it talked about a small Communist country just 93 miles south of the United States, Cuba. Many have read about or lived through the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962 and know about the tensions between this small island country and the United States. These tensions led to sanctions and bans by the United States that exist to this day. Ever tried to buy a Cuban product in the United States?
For years there has been a ban on travel to Cuba with a few exceptions. Up until recently only religious, educational, and cultural groups could legally travel to Cuba, with specific permission from the U.S. State Department. But that hasn’t stopped the Word from traveling to Cuba.
You see for a period of time the growth of Christianity in the small country was desolate. According to the article, in 1965 the majority of Cuban pastors were imprisoned under the dictatorship of Cuban President Fidel Castro and the Communist Party. Seminary students and young church leaders were put in reeducation camps.
It was not until 1992, when the Cuban constitution was changed, making discrimination based on religious belief unlawful that Christianity started growing again in Cuba.
One Cuban pastor states, “But then the churches woke up. We had to discover how to react in response to this miracle.”
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