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

Communist Officials Seek to Close Church

[186] 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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  • 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
  • Lord, bless Your Church in Cuba. Guide them in sharing their faith with others. Soften the hearts of the Communist leaders. Open their eyes to the Truth. Keep the saints safe and provide their needs. In the name of Christ Jesus, AMEN!
    Linda R - USA
  • dear father, i pray that you may keep your children in cuba safe and strong in the faith during this setback. please guide the pastors to find a new place to teach their congregation. please lift their burden of the government officials from them. please change their hearts and may they know that your chldren are no threat to them. in jesus name
    esther l - Germany
  • Abba! I thank You that You are my Cuban brethren's strength and their song. That they they are waiting for dawn to bring them word of Your unfailing love. For they are putting their trust in You. Show them the way they should go for they are lifting up their souls to You. In Yeshua's name
    Randal A - USA
  • Thank you, thank you, Lord for the faith of these pastors. Help them now move forward and give them wisdom for how to fulfill your great commission in their country.
    emily g - USA
  • Dear God & Father, I pray for believers in Cuba: Protect, provide for, comfort, strengthen, encourage & guide them. May they stat strong in faith, hope & love, committed to Christ. Give pastors wisdom in leading their members. Open the hearts of authorities to You. May they come to respect religious freedom & stop closing churches. In Jesus' Name. Ame
    Lisa D - USA
  • Dear merciful Father,
    In Cuba there is persecution of Your Christian community also. What a horrible reality! Please intervene by softening the hearts of those responsible for wanting to give grief to this little church. Encourage the church by creating an option for their worship and work that will evade scrutiny and bring peace. In Jesus name Amen.
    Robert C - Canada
  • Almighty God, I pray for the believers in Cuba and for the churches that are under attack. Please help these Christians to be safe and protect them. Help them to have success in staying open and I pray for the government in Cuba to change their attitude toward the churches and allow them to stay open. I pray that you would draw many to faith in Christ.
    Julia F - USA
  • Father, may our brothers and sisters in Cuba be encouraged to stand firm and continue laboring for the glory of your kingdom, regardless of the conditions. Fill them with your Spirit and let your light flow through them, so that many more may come to know you and receive salvation. Please provide safe ways for them to continue worshiping together, amen
    Edwin P - USA
  • Praise you, Lord, for your protection & provision! Strengthen the pastors and Christians across Cuba who are facing roadblocks& persecution by the government, in Jesus' name destroy the schemes of the enemy, do a mighty work on their behalf to demonstrate who has the ultimate authority and use this as an opportunity to grow & strengthen your people!
    Lori B - USA
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