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Amparo Gallo's congregation - Photo: VOM USA
Amparo Gallo's congregation (before pandemic restrictions).
Photo: VOM USA

Following an ease of COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, the Cuban government announced that churches could begin meeting again in person as of Sunday, October 10th. However, two days before the restrictions were scheduled to be lifted, a house church led by Amparo Gallo received word that they would not be allowed to meet. The house church, located in the city of Santa Clara, presently has approximately 1,000 members.

Although the reasons for this exception were not made clear, churches in Cuba (particularly unregistered churches) are frequently faced with restrictions instated by the government. To learn more about the persecution of Christians in Cuba, go to our country report.

Pray for wisdom on behalf of Amparo and other church leaders in Cuba as they endeavour to honour God amid the ongoing restrictions. May the governing officials lift the unnecessary restrictions against Christians in the country, allowing them to freely and safely resume attending worship services. Please also pray that God's Word will continue to spread throughout this island nation, leading many more to faith in Christ.

Country Information

Designation
Persecuted

Population
11,059,062 (July 2020 est.)

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

Religion (%)
nominal Roman Catholic (85), Protestant, Jewish, Santeria

Leader
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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