We will be traveling to Cuba in November. As you pray about that trip, pray about whether you should join us. If you are considering it, please pray quickly, as we need to know very soon if you want to go. Also, here are specific requests regarding the work in Cuba with our partners there:
Pray for the National Missionaries in the Eastern provinces of Santiago and Guantanamo as they have been experiencing numerous small earthquakes. Many people are sleeping outside for fear of houses collapsing during the night. (See below the Psalm 46 scriptural reference and prayer, which also are applicable here.)
Pray that the easing of economic and cultural sanctions does not dampen the zeal of the Cuban Christians to share the gospel with the lost and to disciple new believers.
Pray for the National Director, Roberto Ruz, and three Associate National Directors, Baltasar Chacon, Justo Pila, and Reiner Royero, that they would have the wisdom and discernment to lead the 300 National Missionaries in Cuba. Also, pray for strength, stamina, patience and grace for Roberto and Baltasar as they care for elderly and invalid mothers in what might be their last months.
Pray also for the Upper Room (“Aposento Alto”) church in Havana, and its pastors, Roberto and Maria Hernandez. Roberto’s father also was a minister and was jailed along with other pastors during the 1960’s.
Finally, President Obama is scheduled to visit Cuba in March. Pray that the visit will help ensure greater freedom of worship throughout the country.
AFGHANISTAN and PAKISTAN
Our leaders there are coming under increasing attacks in many ways. Pray for them to stay faithful and focused on their ministries and to overcome through the power of the Spirit and the Word.
Our Brother Munshi’s activities are being closely monitored by government officials. Pray for his safety and perseverance.
Our Brother Hafiz is on the run and separated from this family. Reportedly, a $10,000 bounty has been placed on him, dead or alive. Pray for him and his family.
Our Brother Mollah, a strong leader, recently died of a stroke. Pray for his family and the sheep under his care.
Pray Psalm 46:1-3 over all these leaders: “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives say, though the mountains be moved into the middle of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains shake at its swelling.”