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 with hope, encouragement and a lot of training opportunities that we have started this new year. Even though COVID-19 restrictions are still in place in many places and some countries are still struggling with high infection rates, we are starting to slowly return to in-person workshops throughout Latin America.
Pastors and local leaders training in Vega de Palma
In Cuba, the third wave of the pandemic has hit very hard. We are seeing the highest infection rates since it started more than a year ago. Unfortunately, we had to cancel all the training events we had planned for this season. Havana Plan and three workshops were cancelled as restrictions were put in place over the whole island in January. In response, we decided to deliver flash drives to several pastors around the island with CST (Charles Simeon Trust) courses on – to keep some training going during these challenging times. Some pastors have already started the courses in small settings, as restrictions are still in place. So far, we have four groups that have started doing the courses. These are in: La Habana with nine participants, Niquero with five, Vega de Palma with six and Cifuentes with seven. They are all very excited for this opportunity. Hopefully more training locations will start up as restrictions ease.
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