A laid-off sugar mill worker in Cuba with a third-grade education was shocked when his children returned home with a bag of food for the family prepared by a local church.
Since the sugar mill closed, David Montoya* had made charcoal to try to support his wife and five children; he didn’t believe in God, and they didn’t go to church because he feared priests would ask for money.
Montoya knew nothing about the evangelical church that had invited two of his children to a luncheon, and he had never heard of church leaders giving food to someone they didn’t know.
“He is an honest man, but his heart was sad and empty, without God and without hope,” the leader of a native ministry said. “The local missionary at the church prepared a bag with food to send to David and his wife and the other children who had remained at home, and this gesture shocked him. He said, ‘People told me that the only thing the church did was ask for money. I want to go meet this pastor.’”
When Montoya met with the local missionary who pastored the church, they talked for four hours, the leader said.
“There David surrendered his entire life to God,” he said. “He and his wife were baptized. And now David is the one who cleans the church yard and helps clean the yards of the local brothers. His life changed, and now he has started a home-cleaning business. He is a hopeful businessman for Christ.”
The local ministry recently held three lunches in three towns for children, the leader said. At the end of these events, a total of 64 children put their faith in Christ as Lord and Savior.
The island country’s population is only 11.3 percent evangelical, according to the Joshua Project.
Nearly half of the population identifies as Roman Catholic, and many of them mix folk religions like Santeria and the practices of other cults into their rituals. Nearly 20 percent of Cuba’s population practices folk religions; their practice of Santeria includes devotion to a blend of the West African goddess Oshun and a local version of the Virgin Mary that is the Catholic patroness of Cuba.
Another folk religion practiced in Cuba, Palo Mayombe, originated in Central Africa and holds that sticks and other objects of nature are infused with powers of spirits.
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SOURCE: Christian Aid Mission