“For a great door and effectual is opened unto me, and there are many adversaries.”
(I Corinthians 16:9)
This year has already been a busy yet productive year for us. As we returned from a trip to Cuba, the above verse came to mind. Cuba is a country that for years has dealt with many adversaries; but God, in His abundant grace, has chosen to miraculously open this closed country.
For years we have prayed for Cuba and hoped one day to get the opportunity to share the love of Jesus in this place. Within a few days, I received messages from three different people concerning Cuba. I reached out to my friend TJ at CORE Missions to see if he had any information concerning contacts or pastors in Cuba. He messaged me back immediately, saying he was actually just talking to some fellow believers concerning taking a trip to Cuba. All in all, we ended up having a group of six individuals from four different states on the trip.
We did not know what to expect when we landed in Cuba, but we prayed that God would lead us to the contacts and believers He would want us to help and partner with in the ministry there. Cuba was not what I was expecting in a lot of ways, and most of those ways are actually positive: (1) The Cuban Christians are very strong in their faith. Many years of persecution have strengthened them and set them apart for the cause of Christ. (2) Cuba is presently totally free to religion. You can practice and preach the Gospel openly wherever and to whomever you would like. One of the largest Baptist churches we visited in Cuba is literally just a few blocks from the capitol building in Havana. (3) The people are very open and receptive to the Gospel. I asked one of the pastors there if the Cuban people were “open to the Gospel,” and he excitedly told us that Cuba is at the “brink of a great revival.” The believers there are working hard, the lost are open to the love of Christ, and we have an amazing opportunity to be a part of this truly effectual and open door!
Since we started flying as Aviation Centered Evangelism for the first time in Haiti back in 2010, one of my concerns was once we reached into the uttermost and helped plant a church, how could we better continue to help and support that pastor even as we continued reaching into other areas? I really believe that this is where a ministry like CORE Missions is truly a Godsend to many national pastors. Many pastors in Cuba are making ends meet out of a mere $20 a month. With $50 of support a month, they could devote their full attention to the work of the ministry. Laura and I have already committed to supporting a national pastor down there. We are very excited about the potential in Cuba and have faith in our fellow believers there. If you are interested in helping, please check out more information at CORE, or feel free to contact me at any time.
Thank you for your continued prayers, love, and support as we continue to reach the uttermost.
Mark and Laura Siegwart
This is where Fidel Castro would give many of his important speeches.
Many things in Cuba are from the 50s or before.
This is one of the pastors’ main means of visitation transportation.
Sports are a great tool to bring the youth into the church.