Cuban church leaders recently gathered with other Christian leaders outside the country for a time of fellowship and encouragement. “We feel less alone knowing that you are praying for us,” one of the pastors told a VOM worker. “When we return to Cuba, we will be by ourselves, but we know that you are standing with us.” Denominational leaders and pastors say they are facing more frequent interrogations by local Communist Party officials and that other local officials are brazenly ordering the closure of long-established churches. Continue to pray that Cuban believers will stand strong and remember that we are standing with them.
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Praise God for the Release of Four Men and Faithfulness of Seven FamiliesFour Christian men arrested over the past two months were released from jail recently. The first believer to be arrested, "Sanyahak," was detained in early October after 40 people came to know Christ through his witness. The three other men were later arrested, amid ongoing harassment of seven Christian families in the community.
Pray for Arrested Christian Students and Children of Arrested ParentsSixteen Christian students were arrested earlier this month, the latest in a series of arrests since May 2017. The students, who were arrested after being discovered praying together, were held for more than two weeks before being released.
Village Bans Buddhists from Selling Food to ChristiansAuthorities in a Buddhist village recently established a law forbidding Buddhists from hiring Christians for work and from renting or selling anything to Christians. As a result, believers in the village are unable to buy food. Every day, village authorities pressure the Christians to return to Buddhism, promising that if they do they will be able to buy food again. The believers, however, are standing firm. "This is not a game," one Christian replied. "We were baptized. We believe in Christ 100 percent and we will die believing."
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