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A young Christian man was recently jailed in an effort to hurt his pastoring family, whose role is integral to a new church plant which VOM sources describe as being a "powerful blessing" in the community. Gabriel Jeyva, 19, was serving his mandatory military service when he was accused of forming a cartel against the Cuban government. When Gabriel's father went to the prison to visit his son, the guards refused to let them speak to one another. "We know this is a form of persecution from the government to hurt this young man because he is the son of a pastor," a VOM contact reports.

Communist rule in Cuba continues to impose restrictions on religious activity. Christian leaders are reluctant to say anything that could be construed as opposing the government in fear that they will then face repercussions. Evangelical believers, in particular, have reported harassment, fines and arrests for conducting public gatherings.

Please remember Gabriel in your prayers, asking the Lord to strengthen his faith during this time of great trial. Also pray for his loved ones as they endeavour to secure his release. May the false allegations made against him quickly be dropped so that he may be free to return to his family and friends. In the meantime, ask that he be granted opportunities to share the Gospel with fellow inmates and prison guards who do not yet know Jesus. Finally, pray that God will bless the Jeyva family and their ministry efforts so that their church plant may draw many in their community into a lasting and meaningful relationship with our Lord.

To learn more about Cuba's persecuted church, please read our Country Report.

Country Information


11,032,343 (July 2021 est.)

Ethnicity (%)
White (64.1), Mullato or mixed (26.6), Black (9.3)

Religion (%)
Christian (58.5), folk religion (17.6), other (0.7), non (23.2)

President Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez

Government type
Communist state

Legal system
Civil law system based on Spanish civil code

Source: CIA World Factbook

Pray for Cuba

Ask God to provide wisdom to Cuba's church leaders, specifically requesting that they will exemplify grace toward all governmental authorities  while remaining bold in their presentation of the Gospel.

Pray for the salvation of the current governmental leader, Raúl Castro, as well as those who work under his leadership.

Pray that the believers of this country will not fear government reprisal but live in unconditional surrender to the Lordship of Christ.


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