Revival in Cuba

(From CBN News) – Despite great persecution, Christians in Cuba are preparing their children for the return of Christ.

Florida Baptist missionaries say “God is moving among the churches and people in Cuba,” as nearly 5,000 people gave their lives to Jesus Christ during a missionary trip to the communist nation in early December.

Eight Florida Baptist leaders happily recalled how the hand of God moved during evangelistic outreach and preaching, resulting in 4,820 professions of faith, the Baptist Press reports.

“This trip in many ways changed my life,” said Manuel Barahona, pastor of Westside First Baptist Church in Boynton Beach. “The church in Western Cuba is alive and well. All I can say is, ‘Praise God.'”

The group of missionaries partnered with Western Cuba Baptist leaders for eight days to spread a message of hope. 

The group split into two teams and preached in 45 churches and missions in the Villa Clara and Cienfuegos provinces. 

“Our priority while we were there was getting the word of God out and supporting our brothers and sisters. I’m ready to continue to do anything and everything I can to help. I’m in,” Barahona explained.

Florida Baptists have partnered with the Western Cuba Baptist Convention since 1997 and the leaders shared there is a sincere hunger for Jesus and the Word of God. 

“And the people were so very receptive! They were welcoming and friendly and excited to hear words of hope from God and His word. It is clear that God is moving among the churches and people in Cuba,” Fred Pitts, a retired pastor from Saint Augustine, Florida, told BP.

It was a special trip for Mark Rodriguez, pastor of Love Unlimited in Miami. The son of a Cuban mother and father met six of his family members for the first time. One of them gave their life to the Lord. 

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