Economic reforms in Cuba are well underway, but they don’t appear to be having the intended effect.
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Raul Castro’s regime implemented massive layoffs of hundreds of thousands of public employees that were meant to be absorbed by Cuba’s almost non-existent private sector. The resulting poverty has given way to despair.
Meanwhile, churches are seeing growth. For years, they pushed the legal limits just by meeting, and it’s still dangerous for students, religious teachers and leaders, especially in rural areas, to be outspoken Christians.
According to WorldServe Ministries, Christians are considered counter-revolutionary, meaning they may be unemployable, denied access to housing and put under surveillance. The government has also placed restrictions on the church, thus concealing success and growth by limiting the size of each church.
Even with these challenges, WorldServe’s John Dyck says, “God is sovereign in these things. And as events in Cuba are changing politically and socio-economically, it opens up opportunities for us to make the gospel even more relevant to people there.”
Cuba’s new spiritual dynamic includes rapid house church (casas cultos) growth, evangelistic missions, and relief work and community development. Dyck goes on to explain, “In speaking to pastors and leaders, they talk frequently about the fact that people in the midst of difficult economic times are realizing that they don’t necessarily have a lot of power in their own lives to change things, so they turn to that spiritual side.”
As a result, revival is springing up in Cuba, and many are coming to Christ. “A few months ago,” Dyck says, “there was a series of amazing meetings in Guantanamo: a young lady was called by God to speak to crowds of people, and that spread to other parts of eastern Cuba, particularly. That’s one area of revival. There are other parts where pastors are going in to plant new churches.”
Source: Charisma News | MISSION NETWORK NEWS