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CUBA LIBRE

For more than 50 years, being a Christian in Cuba was an invitation to persecution, but the communist nation is now becoming much more open. Read Transcript


WHEN FIDEL CASTRO TOOK POWER

IN CUBA, COMMUNISM GAINED A

FOOTHOLD, THE U.S. RESPONDED

WITH AN EMBARGO.

IN THE 50 YEARS SINCE MORE THAN

A MILLION CUBAN CITIZENS HAVE

ESCAPED THE OPPRESSION WHAT IS

KNOWN AS THE REVOLUTION.

THE AVERAGE CITIZEN CAN'T CHANGE

JOBS AND UNAUTHORIZED INTERNET

CONNECTION WILL LAND YOU IN

JAIL.

THE AVERAGE CITIZEN MAKES $15 A

MONTH.

CHANGE HAPPENS SLOWLY, SOME

WOULD SAY IT IS COMING OUT OF

NECESSITY.

IT IS SURPRISING HOW LITTLE IT

IS CHANGED SINCE THE EMBARGO

BEGAN IN EARLY 1960S, ONE THING

THAT IS CHANGING IS THE AREA OF

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM.

WE HAVE A HARD TIME FOR THE

CHURCH.

ALMOST 30 YEARS THEY WE SUFFERED

DISCRIMINATION.

THINGS HAVE CHANGED

DRAMATICALLY IN THE LAST FEW

YEARS, THE CHURCH IS STAGING A

COME BACK.

I THINK THE CUBAN WOMAN

BELIEVES THAT THE GOSPEL IS GOOD

FOR THE NATION OF CUBA.

FOR THAT REASON THEY ARE ASKING

THE CHURCH IN CUBA TO HELP TO

BRING BACK THE GREAT VALUE OF

THE CUBAN FAMILY.

BEING A CHRISTIAN, IT

GUARANTEED A VERY HARD LEADER.

THESE ATTITUDES CHANGED WHEN

RAUL CASTRO WAS ELECTED IN 2009.

HE PROMISED TO MOVE THE COUNTRY

AWAY FROM THE COMMUNIST

POLICIES.

IN THREE YEARS, FROM 12

PRAYER GROUPS NOW WE HAVE 103

PRAYER GROUPS IN THIS AREA.

SEVERAL YEARS AGO, THIS COULD

NOT HAPPEN.

NOW IT IS POSSIBLE, BY THE

MIRACLE OF GOD.

[ FOREIGN SPEAKING ].

WE SAW IN TIMES PAST MANY

RIGID THINGS THAT WOULD NEVER BE

BROKEN.

NOW WE ARE SEEING A GREAT

HARVEST OF SOULS.

THE CHURCH IS MAKING INROADS

IN THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS THEY ARE

TEACHING CHILDREN THE BASICS OF

MORAL PRINCIPLE.

IT IS UNHEARD OF EVEN IN

AMERICA.

THE GOVERNMENT SEES THE CHURCH

AS A CHEAPER WAY TO CARRY OUT

SOCIAL PROGRAMS.

THE PEOPLE LOVE US BECAUSE WE

ARE BRINGING A MESSAGE OF LOVE,

PEACE, AND HEALING.

WE HAVE GONE AROUND TO

VARIOUS PLACES GIVING FOOD AND

CLOTHING AND OVER 100 CHILDREN

HAVE RECEIVED CHRIST THROUGH

WHAT WE HAVE DONE.

THIS LEADS TO A NEW

CHALLENGE.

WE NEED BIBLES.

WE NEED HELP WITH OUR BUDGET TO

COMPLETE THE WORK BEING DONE

HERE.

THE MAIN THING IS PRAY FOR

US.

YOU CAN HELP WITH BIBLES,

BECAUSE SOMETIMES, THE CHURCH

GROW UP VERY FAST.

WE HAVE NOT ENOUGH MATERIAL,

ENOUGH TOOLS.

CHRISTIANS IN CUBA ARE DOING

THEIR BEST TO SPREAD THE GOSPEL

TO THE ENTIRE COUNTRY.

GOD IS DOING THIS IN A

SPECIAL WAY FOR CUBA.

IT IS A SPECIAL TIME FOR CUBA.

CHUCK HOLTON, CBN NEWS,

HAVANA, CUBA.

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