SUNDAY STUDY: Christian Persecution in Cuba

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And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.” Mark 16:15

Cuba is the largest island in the Caribbean and one of the world’s last communist dictatorships. It is my place of birth.

It is the only country in the world where a doctor earns the equivalent of $30 a month, an engineer $20 a month, and the only country in the world (including Africa and Haiti) where a missionary lives on less than $10 a month.

Government owns and controls all broadcast media. Private citizens are prohibited from buying computers or accessing the Internet without special authorization; foreigners may access the Internet in large hotels but are subject to firewalls.

The church in Cuba has suffered great repression and persecution since the communist rule instigated by Castro and other revolutionaries in 1959 which continues to the present day. It is difficult to get an accurate and current percentage of evangelical Christians in Cuba. It is estimated at 8% – 11% of the population. Most statistics suggest 57%, but that number includes Catholics, Seventh Day Adventists, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormons.

The persecution of Christians has lightened up somewhat; beatings, imprisonment and sometimes murder are now replaced by harassment, strict surveillance, and discrimination, including occasional imprisonment of leaders.

“Declare His glory among the nations.” Psalm 96:3

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