It’s not hyperbole to say that every pastor around the world has needed to adapt in the past year in order to better serve the church. The tool that most have reached for has been the internet, with many congregations opting to livestream their services or hold Bible studies on Zoom.
But what do you do in a country that is hostile to the gospel and where internet speeds are too slow for streaming video? Where importing Christian resources and Bibles is regulated by the government, and the people are struggling economically?
One Cuban pastor explained that all it takes for a message to reach the island is one USB flash drive. For years, Cuban Christians have been able to get solid resources from overseas in a pendrive or hard drive, then move it around to different congregations. In 2020, they started distributing weekly sermons this way as well.
The weekly flash drives, along with recent improvements that have allowed for WhatsApp and Telegram, have been great mercies from God to a country that’s faced strong economic hardships. The combination of physical needs and better communication has opened the door for a revival of sacrificial mercy for churches in Cuba. They report it is already bringing salvation and blessing communities.
Ways to pray:
- Thanksgiving for the shrewdness of our Cuban brothers and sisters, and their perseverance in serving one another with the truths of Scripture
- For this extended period of hardship to bring about wisdom, patience, and endurance for the Cuban church
- For the Lord to use his servants to feed the hungry and help the sick, as a testimony to the power of the gospel
“For in a severe test of affliction, their abundance of joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part. For they gave according to their means, as I can testify, and beyond their means, of their own accord.” 2 Corinthians 8:2–3
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