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  • Evangelism in Cuba

    I'm wondering what affect the normalizing of relations (to whatever extent that occurs) with Cuba may have on Evangelism.

    A good friend of mine is a fellow Pastor who, like me, is interested in Missions. His Dad, even at 75 years of age, frequently visits communist and former communist countries sharing the Gospel.

    Scot, my friend, has been to Cuba probably a dozen times in the past year and a half, but over the last six months he has observed something incredible. The Cuban people seem very hungry for the Gospel. Scot takes Church members with him (currently, they have to fly to a foreign country, then to Cuba, due to travel restrictions) to share the Gospel. There are local people there who will introduce these itinerant wannabe evangelists to homes in various neighborhoods, where our people (Scot's church members) will share the Gospel.

    Amazingly, 8 out of 10 people who are presented the Gospel are accepting Christ as Savior, and quite enthusiastically, at that.

    People who have never won anybody to Jesus are finding it incredibly easy to share the Gospel, and see people coming to faith in Christ.

    Again, I wonder if relaxing of travel restrictions might lead to -- who knows, maybe an honest-to-goodness Holy Ghost Revival?
    "Neighbor, how long has it been since you’ve had a big, thick, steaming bowl of Wolf Brand Chili?”

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    I hear China is a growth area for Christianity too. It seems the worse people have it, the more they want Christ.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Sparko View Post
      I hear China is a growth area for Christianity too. It seems the worse people have it, the more they want Christ.
      Yes, we support several Missionaries to China. Of course, they're not "Missionaries", because China is still a "closed nation" to Missions. But they are English professors, Technical consultants, etc who just happen to talk about Christ a lot.

      There are hundreds of thousands of "house Churches" in China, and it's almost like it's a badge of honor for a Chinese person to "host a house Church", even if they are not a believer.
      "Neighbor, how long has it been since you’ve had a big, thick, steaming bowl of Wolf Brand Chili?”

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Cow Poke View Post
        Yes, we support several Missionaries to China. Of course, they're not "Missionaries", because China is still a "closed nation" to Missions. But they are English professors, Technical consultants, etc who just happen to talk about Christ a lot.

        There are hundreds of thousands of "house Churches" in China, and it's almost like it's a badge of honor for a Chinese person to "host a house Church", even if they are not a believer.
        It just seems ironic. Atheists love to argue about "the problem of pain/suffering" and why would God allow it. But in fact, the more there is, the more people will turn to Christ. Without need, people tend to ignore God and think "what do I need God for? My life is great"

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        • #5
          I read somewhere that China may pass the us in the number of Christians in the next ten years or so. About Cuba I am excited about the Pope's visit because it means the allowance of Christianity in Cuba. Fidel had closed the country to Catholicism that's not to say it wasn't practiced underground. Monks and nuns were not allowed to commune with the pope to receive doctrinal correction and the state of religion has been sad.
          A happy family is but an earlier heaven.
          George Bernard Shaw

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          • #6
            Fidel Castro actually had an Orthodox church built in Havana 11 years ago (IIRC, two others have been built in Cuba since).
            Enter the Church and wash away your sins. For here there is a hospital and not a court of law. Do not be ashamed to enter the Church; be ashamed when you sin, but not when you repent. – St. John Chrysostom

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            • #7
              Originally posted by One Bad Pig View Post
              Fidel Castro actually had an Orthodox church built in Havana 11 years ago (IIRC, two others have been built in Cuba since).
              And (only asking because I'm ignorant of this) he actually allowed them to operate without interference? Not just a "show of religious tolerance"?
              "Neighbor, how long has it been since you’ve had a big, thick, steaming bowl of Wolf Brand Chili?”

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                Originally posted by Cow Poke View Post
                And (only asking because I'm ignorant of this) he actually allowed them to operate without interference? Not just a "show of religious tolerance"?
                Apparently. It seems that the last Orthodox church in Havana had been closed in 1975; the Greeks had built it for their consulate. They had been petitioning since to re-open it (it had been turned into a market), but Castro decided to build a new one for them instead. The new churches, from what I gather, are mostly Cuban converts.
                Enter the Church and wash away your sins. For here there is a hospital and not a court of law. Do not be ashamed to enter the Church; be ashamed when you sin, but not when you repent. – St. John Chrysostom

                Veritas vos Liberabit<>< Learn Greek <>< Look here for an Orthodox Church in America<><Ancient Faith Radio
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                I recommend you do not try too hard and ...research as little as possible. Such weighty things give me a headache. - Shunyadragon, Baha'i apologist

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by One Bad Pig View Post
                  Apparently. It seems that the last Orthodox church in Havana had been closed in 1975; the Greeks had built it for their consulate. They had been petitioning since to re-open it (it had been turned into a market), but Castro decided to build a new one for them instead. The new churches, from what I gather, are mostly Cuban converts.
                  Interesting. Thanks!
                  "Neighbor, how long has it been since you’ve had a big, thick, steaming bowl of Wolf Brand Chili?”

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                  • #10
                    What is a Holy Ghost revival?
                    The greater number of laws . . . , the more thieves . . . there will be. ---- Lao-Tzu

                    [T]he truth I’m after and the truth never harmed anyone. What harms us is to persist in self-deceit and ignorance -— Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Truthseeker View Post
                      What is a Holy Ghost revival?
                      Thanks for asking. My own contrivance, I guess, but meaning to indicate that it's the real thing - not just an emotional or....

                      I mean that the Holy Ghost is actually present and "driving" the thing, rather than just some smoothtalking evangelist or some populist movement.
                      "Neighbor, how long has it been since you’ve had a big, thick, steaming bowl of Wolf Brand Chili?”

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Truthseeker View Post
                        What is a Holy Ghost revival?
                        Something resembling what occurred through the preachings of folk like Jonathan Edwards, George Whitefield, and John Wesley I imagine is what he means.
                        Does he who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you do so by works of the law, or by hearing with faith? -Galatians 3:5

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                        • #13
                          I am also supporting some in communist China and am aware of rapid growth.
                          In some ways strong persecution (similar to the first century) might benefit the growth.
                          The master's plan of evangelizing in the Bible the world requires organic growth and not a hierarchal system.
                          Persecution does get weed out the hypocrites and does not provide for high paying positions.
                          I do not know what might work best for Cuba, but North Korea, China, Iran and Southeast Asia are experiencing rapid growth as far as I can tell.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Cow Poke View Post

                            Amazingly, 8 out of 10 people who are presented the Gospel are accepting Christ as Savior, and quite enthusiastically, at that.

                            People who have never won anybody to Jesus are finding it incredibly easy to share the Gospel, and see people coming to faith in Christ.

                            Again, I wonder if relaxing of travel restrictions might lead to -- who knows, maybe an honest-to-goodness Holy Ghost Revival?
                            We (me and my wife) actually went on a missions trip to Bolivia with Mission Generation, where they are able to teach about Jesus through a curriculum in Public Schools. As we went from classroom to classroom, presenting the gospel we saw much of the same thing. It was incredible to watch.

                            The truth is, there are many people out there that are HUNGRY for the gospel. It is amazing to watch, indeed.


                            Here is the MG website: http://missiongeneration.org/

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Truthseeker View Post
                              What is a Holy Ghost revival?
                              Enter the Church and wash away your sins. For here there is a hospital and not a court of law. Do not be ashamed to enter the Church; be ashamed when you sin, but not when you repent. – St. John Chrysostom

                              Veritas vos Liberabit<>< Learn Greek <>< Look here for an Orthodox Church in America<><Ancient Faith Radio
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                              I recommend you do not try too hard and ...research as little as possible. Such weighty things give me a headache. - Shunyadragon, Baha'i apologist

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