Coronavirus Leads to Pressure on Cuban Church

A makeshift baptism (Photo courtesy of Voice of the Martyrs USA)

Recently, Cuba struggled through an economic crisis. This crisis put pressure on the local Church, especially when it came to believers already struggling with their own financial problems. Then, the country settled into an uneasy sense of normalcy. Even then, many Christians slipped through the cracks, struggling to find a place within a new Cuban society.

Then, the pandemic reached Cuba, bringing with it a whole new slew of problems.

Todd Nettleton of Voice of the Martyrs says the Cuban Church faces three primary problems.

1. Technology: In the United States and other parts of the world, a lack of in-person services meant a transition to online programming. But in many parts of Cuba, that’s not an option. “Very few people in Cuba have access to the internet,” Nettleton says. “Christians are really anxious and desperate to be back together and to meet together.”

2. Food: In some countries, local officials distribute food to economically struggling communities. But in Cuba, there is little aid to speak of. There is, however, a surplus of theft and violence, making resources even tougher to come by. Pray that locals will get access to essential supplies, especially food.

3. Persecution: In the middle of a pandemic, some local officials are using the crisis as an excuse to further harass pastors and leaders in the area. Some believers report officials barging into their home under the guise of safety checks, “But it was purely harassment. It wasn’t out of a concern for the wellbeing of the pastors.”

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Alex Anhalt

CALL TO ACTION

  • Pray for the Cuban Church as they struggle to find resources.
  • Ask God to move officials to work with, not against, the local Church.
  • Thank Him for the Cuban Church’s courage and perseverance in this difficult time.