Cuban Christians live under constant pressure.
Cuban Christians live under constant pressure.
Sep. 17, 2020 | Cuba

Communist Officials Seek to Close Church

[195] prayers in [16] nations have been posted for Pastors and members of closed churches.

A legally registered church in central Cuba is being forced to close after three years in existence. The house church of 60 in Holguin was established with the proper paperwork in 2017. In 2019, however, various government agencies began restricting the church’s activities. “They did not want them to continue holding services in this place and they did not give any option or negotiation,” a VOM contact wrote. The church submitted another permit application to the Ministry of Justice that year but received no response. In the meantime, inspectors have continually visited the church, and Communist Party officials have repeatedly summoned the pastor for questioning. After pleading with officials, members have no other option but to close the church. “Pray for these pastors,” a VOM worker said. “They are very young but they are firm in their faith and work for the Lord.”

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  • Father God, I ask that you pour out Your Spirit all over Cuba. Please fill these precious believers so that their joy overflows and they FEEL that firm foundation in Christ under their feet and all around them. Please make a way for them to meet and congregate regardless of the venue and keep them strong in the word of JESUS. We praise You.
    Kathy G - USA
  • OLORD, cleanse the evil in Holguin, & Cuba. Protect & provide for the needs of your believers there. Make a way for Your church to continue to meet. Strengthen these saints to maturity in their faith. May officials have a change of heart toward all believers in Cuba. May the evil of socialism be brought down. May the faithful be lifted up as a witness.
    SM D - USA
  • In Jesus Name we pray for our brothers & sisters around the world that are being persecuted for their faith in Jesus our Lord and as You Lord remember we are made of the dust and can do no thing without You John 15:5 strengthen each one with the power of Your Holy Spirit to overcome and continue in the faith & may no weapon formed against them prosper
    barry p - USA
  • God bless the strength of these pastors, may they be able to carry out their mission even if the church is closed. Bring the communists to the light of the gospel so they may accept and not reject our Lord. Bring the good news to the land despite the gov't as you once did in Portugal and in other locations by sending our beautiful mother in Jesus' name
    Angela L - USA
  • Help these pastors and members of closed churches build new churches.
    Debbie V - USA
  • Lord God, I pray that these church leaders would have wisdom, courage, perseverance, and hope in the face of this devastating loss. May the believers continue to hold fast to You and be hungry for growth, and may there be a way for this local body to continue encouraging one another in Your truth. May their community be transformed through their faith.
    Danielle H - USA
  • Give wisdom and discernment to the pastors and Christians in this area. Encourage them by Your Holy Spirit. Convict the communist leaders and bring conversion for people and communist in this region. Thank you for the faith of these brave people.
    Patrecia J - USA
  • Dear Lord, please strengthen the faith of these believers. Help them to know that they serve as examples to those of us who have never experienced this type of threat to our lives and faith. Keep them safe and give them wisdom to handle each situation. Soften the hearts of those that seek to harm them, so that they, too may believe.
    Betty A - USA
  • Father, we thank You for the spiritual strength of believers in Cuba who have lived under Communism for decades. Provide another meeting place for these believers. We pray for these young pastors, that they will be strong and not be discouraged by the harassment by the CP officials. Use these investigations as a means of putting iron in their souls.
    Toni D - USA
  • I pray for the Christians in Cuba as well as these pastors who are being forced to close their churches. I pray that their faith would grow and they would be strong and they would meet anyway. All for the glory of Jesus. In Jesus name I pray amen.
    Nancy G - USA
  • Lord I ask for a place for the believers to meet and for them to be able to worship You fully. I pray for strong faith and more and more to join each other in worshipping. I pray for peace and hope to radiate from believers and be reflected back on You. I pray for hearts to sink deep into the Bible and truth and be what they plant their feet on.
    Joy H - USA
  • Father, pour out your Spirit of wisdom and boldness upon your pastors in Cuba. Guide them in knowing what they are to do. Strengthen your children and help them see who the real enemy is. Deal with the hearts of the officials; may they see their need for you. Open their eyes. Lord, move in Cuba. Pour out your Spirit. Shower them with boldness.
    polly c - USA
  • Shine Jesus Shine - Fill your Children with Your Love and Bless these communists who have only strengthened the faith of these brethren... May these followers be your effective witness.
    Neelesh D - India
  • Father in heaven, I pray for the church to not close down. I pray that the Cuban Christians stand firm for their church. I pray for the pastors to keep teaching the word of God. In Jesus' Name. Amen
    Crystal L - USA
  • Dear Lord,
    I pray for the pastors and members of these closed churches. Guide them in what they are to do. Let them hear Your voice and feel You with them in every moment. Bless them with strength and courage. Fill them with peace and love. Your Spirit is not confined by any government or official - You are Lord over all!
    In the name of Jesus, Amen
    Madison F - USA
  • God, I pray for the pastors of closed churches in Cuba. I pray they will remain faithful to their calling, yet refuse to compromise on their convictions. I pray You will guide their paths, and lead them in the best way to proceed forward in service to You. I pray Your church in Cuba will continue shining brightly in a nation of darkness and despair.
    Curtis M - USA
  • Father, please give wisdom to the pastors and church members to know how to deal with the closing of the church building. Though the building is shut, may the people of the church continue to grow in faith and numbers. Show them how to gather to encourage and support each other. Please change the ways of government to allow religious freedom. Thank you
    Vicki Y - USA
  • Bless these dear brothers & sisters in Cuba Father & help them find a way to worship & fellowship & serve You in their community. May they answer those harassing them with gentleness & trust in You. Help them to love their enemies & do good. Encourage them to be steadfast in devotion to You with thankful hearts.
    Carolann P - Canada
  • Lord, I pray for the church in Cuba. Go before them and thwart the devil in his work to close churches in this country. Change the minds of those in power. Thy will be done.Help these and other pastors to stay strong. Help Christians to find ways to hold worship and fellowship even if there can be only a small amount at a time together. Encourage them
    margaret m - USA
  • Almighty God, protect Your church! May You give them favor with the government that the harassment with stop & they will be allowed to worship You. We ask that You strengthen the faith of these pastors & congregation, that they will continue to share the gospel. Help they find ways to gather even while the church is closed so that they can worship You!
    Sharon C - USA
  • For all those persecuted for the lords work and to all our brothers and sisters in the lord i pray when you all pass away you may R I P this to me dose not only mean rest in peace but intended to mean by prayer risen in peace at the time of the resurrection of the dead to live forever this time this is my prayer for all those in JESUS love your all
    Themis K - Australia
  • Holy Father, I pray that you would protect and strengthen these dear Christians through their persecution. May their faithfulness to you be a light in the darkness and open hearts to you! In Jesus' name! God bless
    Diane K - USA
  • Father, I pray against discouragement for the pastors of these churches. Give them wisdom as to how to continue meeting with and discipling their congregants. I pray the officials and investigators who came to the church or questioned a pastor would not be able to forget any truth they heard and they would be convicted by Your Spirit unto salvation.
    Beatrice W - USA
  • Dear Lord, please allow Christian churches to thrive in Cuba. May the Cuban Christians' sweet witness for Jesus speak volumes to their friends and relatives, the officials, the Ministry of Justice, and the Communist party. Keep Your children safe in Cuba, and may You bring a great awakening to Cuba soon - for Your glory!
    Tricia G - USA
  • Lord Your Word states "ask and it shall be given." We are considered to be Your feet and hands here on earth. These young pastors are in dire need of a stress free location, to openly teach Your Word to whomever willing to listen. Father we are aware that YOU are Sovereign Lord over all earth. Nothing is impossible with You. In Jesus amen
    anthony c - USA
  • Lord we know the church is not a building but your people. Thank you for these pastors who are strong in their faith. Keep them encouraged. Give them wisdom and creativity to work around this situation and find ways to minister to people, teach, preach and continue the work of bringing many to salvation. Send others to keep them strong and encourag
    Angie E - USA
  • O Father, I thank you for the faith of these pastors and member of this Cuban church. I pray that you would grant them favor with the governing officials so that they can reopen the church. And as you do this miraculous work, let the church multiply greatly for your name sake. Amen.
    Diana F - USA
  • Father, this is a very difficult situation for these pastors. Please give them wisdom and encouragement and help them to know what they should do. I thank you that whatever the government does to shut down the church building they cannot touch your church. They gates of hell will not prevail. Help them find ways that they can continue to meet.
    Vicki W - USA
  • Lord, thank You for guiding this church. Help them to know where to meet alternatively, O God. Please be near in every way. Guide and direct them all. Help the leadership follow Your leading and stay united in You. Guide their growth and help their church to grow even deeper and wider with more people during this hard time. May they see You, Abba
    Amy G - USA
  • Father God, help our brothers and sisters in Cuba find a new place to gather and fellowship. Holy Spirit, give them discernment and protection to congregate safely. Lord, we ask for your courage and strength. We pray for government officials to come to Christ and be saved. We thank you for these believers and ask your blessings. In Jesus Name Amen.
    Alvin A - USA
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