October 10 2017
Cuban people now face one of the saddest moments in the past few years.
September 8, the northern coast of Cuba was slammed by Hurricane Irma. It made landfall, with winds
of nearly 160 miles per hour … the first Category 5 hurricane to hit the
country since 1937.
in the midst of this crisis, there is hope.
the president of our partner denomination, shares what he has seen firsthand on
this island nation.
the midst of the destruction, we want to learn from the example of Jesus … we
want to love those who need our love. For this reason, we are helping those who
are suffering. We know that God can turn this crisis into opportunities and the
problems into blessings.
date, we have started 10 community kitchens to feed the needy. The churches are
serving the communities as a light in the darkness. Volunteers are seeing new ways
to serve the people and testify of God’s love at the same time.
Irma did much damage, the Cuban church stands together today to rebuild the
fallen walls and to give witness to the victory of the king of kings.
to Bless." That’s what I saw when I entered one church that had been badly
affected by the storm. I never thought that I would see that phrase on a church
wall that was almost destroyed. The pastor’s family lost nearly all of their belongings
and had no food to eat. They went two nights without sleeping. Yet, the phrase echoed
in my mind: "Blessed to Bless ..."
pastor of this church and his family knew that Irma was going to change their lives, but they
never imagined that the change was going to be for good.
and every day, the church feeds 180 people, and their contacts continue to grow.
Many are asking, “Why do you do it?” The pastor responds, “Because God loves
me, and I want you to know that he loves you too.” God has blessed this family,
and they want to bless the people that live there.
people are beginning to feel encouragement and hope. You can hear laughter and
see happy faces while the church serves them with love.
story that fills me with joy happened when I visited a church in which most of
the building was destroyed, but part of a wall that remained said, “Instruments
of Change 2 Timothy 2: 21.” The pastor had just started a series on discipleship
to teach them that sanctification is God's instrument to achieve good things
from the hearts of the people. After the ravages of Irma, the church is beginning
to understand firsthand the meaning of the words: "agents of change."
Today, members of this church cook for more than 200 people daily. Most of the church members volunteer with
the community kitchen, and they are instruments for change in the hearts of the
people as they serve and love in Jesus’ name.
message of the Gospel becomes real when people can see what God has done among
his people. To God be the glory!
If you would like to donate to relief efforts, give here.
July 19 2016
Bibles to satisfy their hunger for God and for his Word. Youth especially need
Bibles that they can connect with easily. Fifteen-year-old Alexis Guzmán Mouriz (pictured on right in green) never owned his own Bible. He read a copy that his grandparents owned, but he really
wanted a Bible that was geared for his age.
Society’s Bibles for Cuba project provides Bibles to Cuban church leaders so
that the people can have access to God’s Word and grow in a relationship with
him. Bibles for Cuba not only provides Bibles, but it delivers them in a
version that can meet people, like youth, where they are.
Alexis’ first Bible
is special to him, especially because it is a version that is easy to read and
understand for him.
contains interesting ideas, stories, and notes about characters from the Bible,
and it also shares about themes of interest for youth,” he said. “This Bible,
for me, is the best!”
that God continues to bless Bibles for Cuba so that others, especially Cuban
young people, can learn more about the Word of God. As they reach critical
growing points in their lives, the fact that they can own their own copies of
the Bible to guide their lives closer to God is an irreplaceable value.
Bibles are very important for the Christian youth of our country,” Alexis said.
“Thanks to God and to you (OMS’ Bibles for Cuba), many young people can have
their own Bibles, just like me.”
Please pray for
Alexis, that God will speak to him and guide him through his Word, and that
other young people can have their own Bibles as well. Please also continue to
pray that Bibles for Cuba can provide as many Bibles as this nation needs so
the hunger for the Word is satisfied.
Would you like
to help people like Alexis own Bibles so they can grow in relationship with
God? To learn more and give to Bibles for Cuba, visit onemissionsociety.org/give/biblesforcuba.
July 13 2016
Mayelis Licea, a prayer group and Bible study leader, waited
five years until she received a Bible of her own. Before that, she had used her
mother-in-law’s or a borrowed copy of another believer. But now, Mayelis has
her own personal copy of the Word of God in a version that is more comfortable
and easier to read.
The exponentially expanding Cuban church desperately needs
Bibles. Without the Word of God, which is God-breathed truth and our roadmap for
the Christian walk, individuals cannot progress far in their spiritual
journeys. Cuban believers need guidance and truth so they can develop in their
relationships with Jesus Christ.
One Mission Society’s (OMS) Bibles for Cuba project provides
Bibles to the people of Cuba—people like Mayelis, who, after five years, now
has her own copy of God’s Word.
Delivering Bibles may sound like a simple thing, but the
impact it makes on people is eternal. For Mayelis, having a Bible is a blessing
from God and also an opportunity to share the Gospel with her husband, Vladimir
Herrera, who is not a Christian but is interested in learning more about the
“Now we can read it [the Bible] together,” Mayelis said.
“Sometimes I ask him to read with me a passage or we comment about any
particular Bible story. In that way, he is more involved and he can not only
know the Word of God but also Jesus.”
Mayelis thanks God, first and foremost, for using OMS,
through the Bibles for Cuba project, to deliver the Gospel to her nation so
that more and more people can have their own Bibles to study with and grow in
their relationships with God. Her prayer for Bibles for Cuba, she said, is that
“the Lord continues blessing them in such a way that they can continue blessing
Please join us in praying for Cuba:
- That God will work in Mayelis’ and Vladimir’s
lives and in their marriage through the power of his holy Word.
- That the Cuban believers will receive more
Bibles so they can study God’s Word and develop in their relationships with
- That the Bibles for Cuba project can continue to
help deliver these Bibles and serve our brothers and sisters in Cuba.
Please also consider how you can give to help Bibles for
Cuba bring the precious Word of God to a nation that so desperately needs it, a
nation where some people, like Mayelis, must wait a long time to have a Bible
of their own.
To learn more about Bibles for Cuba or to give to this project,
By Jess Mitchell, summer communications intern
July 1 2016
believers keep the Bible as the authoritative Word of God … when they don’t
church that is growing exponentially, Cuban believers rejoice in the spreading
of the Good News. At the same time, they face the epidemic of a lack of Bibles
in their country. Richard Yoder, One Mission Society (OMS) field director for
Cuba, shares praises and prayer requests for this island nation of 11.5 million
body of Christ in Cuba has grown steadily for the past 20 years, but in the
past four years, it has grown exponentially. We thank the Lord for pouring out
his Holy Spirit on the Cuban people so that their hearts and minds are open to
his transforming power. Praise the Lord for impassioned Cuban believers who
have gently witnessed and testified to the goodness of the Lord in their lives.
growth of the church body has developed through the house group movement and through
using existing mother churches for larger gatherings and trainings.
growth has not come without sacrifice and a price.
a member of the OMS Theological Team, Rachel Coleman, listened and learned to
fellow believers in Cuba on how to come alongside two denominational seminaries
to help them meet the great educational needs of the body of Christ. “It is
important that collections of house groups have a seminary-trained person among
them. Strengthening the seminaries is a way to strengthen the growing church,”
all of this, Rachel commented, “There were many moments when I felt like I was
walking through the Book of Acts on a 21st century stage.”
critical need at this moment in Cuba is Bibles. About four years ago, while in
Cuba, I met two men from two different organizations who had received the same
vision from the Lord: “to get one million Bibles to the Cuban Church.”
the reality is that there are many more Bibles needed. At one point, there was
a group of 20 pastors sharing five Bibles and another group of 11 pastors sharing
only one Bible! This is not a good situation for the church. Many
agencies and ministries have entered Cuba and offered the Cuban leaders money
if they use their materials, wanting to be part of the great work of the Lord
there. While some of these materials are good and needed, the most crucial need
is for Bibles.
to the work of Men for Missions (MFM) Canada and MFM USA, Bibles are getting into
the hands of Cubans, and the Lord is working to grow healthy, Christ-centered
pray for the Cuban church as the body of Christ grows and develops in their
country, that more Bibles will be sent for the believers and pastors, and that the
other needs of the church are met.
Word of God is the basis of our faith. It is needed for healthy, rich growth in
our Christian lives and our relationships with God.
you donate today so that more Bibles will get into the hands of the Cuban believers
and church leaders?
more information about Bibles for Cuba or to give to this ministry, visit https://onemissionsociety.org/give/bibles-for-cub..