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  • Southeastern aiding Cuban convention's momentum

    by Lauren Pratt, posted Monday, April 09, 2018 (2 months ago)

    Photo courtesy of Southeastern Seminary
    WAKE FOREST, N.C. (BP) -- The Cuban church planting movement has been on the move for nearly 30 years as house churches have grown in number and people have come to Christ by the thousands.

    Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in joining what God is doing through the Eastern Baptist Convention and its Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Santiago through theological training to equip leaders for ministry.

    Southeastern's involvement comes at a "very unique period in Cuba's history," ... Read More

  • N.M. village's Baptists see CP as missions priority

    by Karen L. Willoughby, posted Wednesday, August 02, 2017 (10 months ago)

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    CUBA, N.M. (BP) -- The multicultural mix of 750 people in the small, arid village of Cuba, N.M., is one of the qualities that drew Stephen Reynolds to pastor First Baptist Church there.

    The village off busy U.S. 550 draws the Navajo and Jicarilla Apache Native Americans and others from 30 square miles of high desert lands. Read More

  • Cuban student arrested after trip to Washington

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, May 05, 2017 (one year ago)

    Photo from Twitter
    SANTA CLARA, Cuba (BP) -- Religious liberty leaders are interceding on behalf of a college student interrogated, threatened and charged with public disorder by the Cuban government because of his work to expose Christian persecution there.

    Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) and Kristina Arriaga de Bucholz, a commissioner with the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), are advocating for the student, 20-year-old Felix Yuniel Llerena López, who was arrested April 27 upon his return from a trip to Washington. Read More

  • Imprisonment under Castro recalled by missionary

    by David Roach, posted Friday, December 02, 2016 (one year ago)

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    HAVANA (BP) -- As the world reflects on the legacy of late Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, a former Southern Baptist missionary imprisoned by the Castro regime in the 1960s is remembering what Castro could not do: kill the church.

    David Fite, 82, was arrested in Havana in 1965 on what he calls fabricated charges of "trafficking in foreign currency" and "ideological diversionism." Then a Home Mission Board (now the North American Mission Board) missionary and the father of three young boys, including a one-month-old, Fite was incarcerated for three and a half years before being released in Nov. 1968. Read More

  • Castro death unlikely to halt revival or spur liberty

    by David Roach, posted Monday, November 28, 2016 (one year ago)

    Photo by Jim Veneman
    HAVANA (BP) -- Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, who died Nov. 25 at age 90, is being remembered as both an unwitting catalyst of revival and an opponent of religious liberty.

    Castro's death, said Southern Baptists with ties to Cuba, is unlikely to yield significant increases in religious liberty for the island nation until the fall of the communist government he inaugurated 57 years ago.

    When Castro led a revolt that overthrew then-Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista in ... Read More

  • Hurricane-hit Haiti & Cuba draw Baptist relief

    by Margaret Colson, posted Monday, October 10, 2016 (one year ago)

    Photo provided by Florida Baptist Convention.
    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (BP) -- Florida Baptists are already onsite providing aid in Haiti, where nearly 1,000 people have died from Hurricane Matthew and scores more are sickened by cholera in the storm's aftermath.

    Craig Culbreth, the Florida Baptist Convention's lead catalyst for missions and ministries, said the state's Disaster Relief volunteers are already on the ground assessing need and strategizing response.

    "We are hoping we can have a response and help those people in the south end" ... Read More

  • Hurricane Matthew: Cuba is BGR's focus

    by David Roach, posted Friday, October 07, 2016 (one year ago)

    Screen capture from the Miami Herald
    BARACOA, Cuba (BP) -- Though media reports of Hurricane Matthew's devastation in the Caribbean have tended to spotlight Haiti, the Southern Baptist humanitarian organization Baptist Global Response plans to focus its relief efforts on Cuba, where the damage reportedly is "massive" and humanitarian aid more sparse. Read More

  • Cuban believers make disciples in Ecuador

    by Kate Gregory, posted Tuesday, July 05, 2016 (one year ago)

    Photo by Ricky Gibson/IMB
    MONTALVO, Ecuador (BP) -- The first Cuban Baptist international missionary couple under the Western Cuba Baptist Convention's Cubans to the Nations initiative has started an evangelical Bible study in an area where there had been none. The missions theme of the convention, "Christ's disciples making disciples," has taken root in South America.

    About two years ago, International Mission Board missionary Johnny Maust began arranging for partnering mission teams from the U.S. to have lunch at Lupita Diner in Montalvo, Ecuador. He had befriended the owner, Hermida Cabeza, 70, a Christian, and showed a video at the restaurant depicting the Book of Matthew, but he wanted to establish a more consistent presence there. Read More

  • Cuba: Obama visit stirs religious liberty discussion

    by David Roach, posted Friday, February 19, 2016 (2 years ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- As President Obama prepares to become the first sitting U.S. president to visit Cuba in 88 years, a U.S. senator has said further steps to normalize relations with Cuba could hinder the advance of religious freedom in the island nation.

    Cuban Southern Baptists hold a range of views about the effect of strengthened U.S.-Cuba ties on religious liberty. For example, a Maryland pastor told Baptist Press normalized relations between the U.S. and Cuba will enable the latter's oppressive communist government. A Kentucky minister said closer ties will help persecuted Cuban believers. Read More