Since the 1990s Cuba has experienced huge gospel growth but the political situation means that churches are limited by size.
Lots of small house churches have sprung up but they're often pastored by men who have had no training for the role. Two thirds of those teaching the Bible on a regular basis have received no training – that is around 4,000 churches.
Prédica Fiel (which translates as Faithful Preaching) has a vision to train thousands of Cuban church leaders and bible teachers how to faithfully interpret and teach the Bible. Before this project began, there was no one teaching others how to do expository bible preaching in the country.
Prédica Fiel runs three day training courses in expository bible preaching and runs pastor preaching conferences five times a year. It is headed up by Alexis Pérez – a local church leader who has a degree in Theology and studied on the Cornhill Training Course in London. Alexis travels around the country to deliver courses to churches and also spends time preaching in order to model the form of simple, clear and faithful bible teaching that Prédica Fiel teaches.
It is already autumn! And we are getting ready for a fruitful season!
As we look at the near future, we are hopeful. We see plenty of serving opportunities as many countries have softened their COVID-19 restrictions. This will allow us to plan and run more in-person preaching workshops. Already during the summer, we have been able to start slowly. In July, we travelled to Colombia to run two preaching workshops with our partners at the Charles Simeon Trust (CST). One was in Bogota, looking at Revelation with 45 pastors. The other was in Barranquilla and we studied 2 Timothy with 60 pastors. It was really encouraging to be back at in-persons workshops and to see the eagerness of pastors in Colombia to spend three days developing their skills in handling God’s word, despite the challenges of our times.
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