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  • Southeastern aiding Cuban convention’s momentum

    April 10 2018 by Lauren Pratt, SEBTS | with 2 comments
    Southeastern aiding Cuban convention’s momentum

    The Cuban church planting movement has been on the move for nearly 30 years as house churches have grown in number and people have come to Christ by the thousands. Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary is joining what God is doing through the Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Santiago through theological training to equip leaders for ministry.

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  • Cuban student arrested after trip to Washington

    May 8 2017 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Cuban student arrested after trip to Washington

    Religious liberty leaders are interceding on behalf of a college student interrogated, threatened and charged with public disorder by the Cuban government because of his work to expose Christian persecution there. Cuban state security authorities made him sign a pre-arrest warrant for public disorder, ordered him to appear in court and also interrogated his mother.

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  • Imprisonment under Castro recalled by missionary

    December 5 2016 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Imprisonment under Castro recalled by missionary

    As the world reflects on the legacy of late Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, a former Southern Baptist missionary imprisoned by the Castro regime in the 1960s is remembering what Castro could not do: kill the church. David Fite was arrested in Havana in 1965 on what he calls fabricated charges of “trafficking in foreign currency” and “ideological diversionism.”

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  • Castro death unlikely to halt revival or spur liberty

    November 29 2016 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Castro death unlikely to halt revival or spur liberty

    Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, who died at age 90, is being remembered as both an unwitting catalyst of revival and an opponent of religious liberty. Castro’s death with ties to Cuba, is unlikely to yield significant increases in religious liberty for the island nation until the fall of the communist government he inaugurated 57 years ago.

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  • Hurricane-hit Haiti & Cuba draw Baptist relief

    October 12 2016 by Margaret Colson, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Hurricane-hit Haiti & Cuba draw Baptist relief

    Florida Baptists are already on site providing aid in Haiti, where nearly 1,000 people have died from Hurricane Matthew and scores more are sickened by cholera. Craig Culbreth, the Florida Baptist Convention’s catalyst for missions and ministries, said the state’s Disaster Relief volunteers are already on the ground assessing need and strategizing response.

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  • Hurricane Matthew: Cuba is disaster relief focus

    October 10 2016 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Hurricane Matthew: Cuba is disaster relief focus

    Though media reports of Hurricane Matthew’s devastation in the Caribbean have tended to spotlight Haiti, the Southern Baptist humanitarian organization Baptist Global Response plans to focus its relief efforts on Cuba, where the damage reportedly is “massive” and humanitarian aid more sparse. Eastern Cuba seems to have “received a lot more infrastructure damage.”

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  • Haiti, Cuba lashed by Hurricane Matthew

    October 6 2016 by Mark Kelly, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Haiti, Cuba lashed by Hurricane Matthew

    Hurricane Matthew wreaked havoc in Haiti and Cuba Oct. 4, destroying homes, fields and businesses and driving thousands from their homes in a part of the Caribbean where many people already struggle day by day just to survive. Baptist Global Response is monitoring the situation in both countries.

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  • Cuban believers make disciples in Ecuador

    July 6 2016 by Kate Gregory | with 0 comments
    Cuban believers make disciples in Ecuador

    The first Cuban Baptist international missionary couple under the Western Cuba Baptist Convention’s Cubans to the Nations initiative has started an evangelical Bible study in an area where there had been none. The missions theme of the convention, “Christ’s disciples making disciples,” has taken root in South America.

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  • Cuba: Obama visit stirs religious liberty discussion

    February 22 2016 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Cuba: Obama visit stirs religious liberty discussion

    As President Barack Obama prepares to become the first sitting U.S. president to visit Cuba in 88 years, a U.S. senator has said further steps to normalize relations with Cuba could hinder the advance of religious freedom in the island nation.

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  • Pastor, daughter share gospel in Cuba

    October 7 2015 by Nicole Kalil, Florida Baptist Witness | with 0 comments
    Pastor, daughter share gospel in Cuba

    One Florida Baptist father is going to great lengths to make sure his children understand the importance of sharing the gospel. In fact, he and his daughter went all the way to Cuba. Brenda Harden, 11, can say she got to bring the Good News to a third-world, communist country.

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  • Arrests of Cuban Christians remembered

    April 14 2015 by Keila Diaz, Florida Baptist Witness | with 0 comments
    Arrests of Cuban Christians remembered

    A group of about 400 Baptists met April 7 at Iglesia Bautista Getsemaní in Miami to mark the 50th anniversary of the arrests of several pastors, missionaries and laity in the western part of Cuba by the Castro government. The pastors were arrested on charges that included ...

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  • Cuba trip confirms SBC president’s call to prayer

    April 8 2015 by Maria Elena Baseler, International Mission Board | with 0 comments
    Cuba trip confirms SBC president’s call to prayer

    Southern Baptist Convention President Ronnie Floyd believes the church-planting movement sweeping Cuba could happen in the United States if Southern Baptists and other U.S. believers commit themselves to prayer. Floyd saw firsthand the fruits of a spiritual awakening that began in the island nation more than two decades ago.

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  • 80,000-plus Bibles shipped to Cuba for churches

    March 17 2015 by Barbara Denman, Florida Baptist convention | with 0 comments
    80,000-plus Bibles shipped to Cuba for churches

    A shipment of 83,723 Spanish-speaking Bibles, slated to leave South Florida during the week of March 15, is the third Southern Baptists have sent to the island nation since 1999. This latest effort brings the total number of Bibles sent to nearly half a million …

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  • Fla., Cuban Baptists offer hope

    February 16 2015 by Barbara Denman, Florida Baptist Convention | with 0 comments
    Fla., Cuban Baptists offer hope

    As the United States turns its attention to restoring diplomatic relations with Cuba, Florida Baptists continue to work alongside its neighbors 90 miles to the south maintaining relationships built during the past 18 years.The partnership between the Western Cuba and Florida Baptist Convention was established in 1997 …

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  • U.S.-Cuba diplomacy sparks hope & wariness

    December 19 2014 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    U.S.-Cuba diplomacy sparks hope & wariness

    President Barack Obama’s opening of diplomatic relations with Cuba may fuel an already-vibrant evangelistic movement there, or it may fuel a repressive regime, Southern Baptist leaders and pastors said in voicing divergent opinions to Baptist Press. Baptist congregations in Cuba included more than 977 traditional churches and more than 6,454 house churches in 2013.

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