Ricardo Leyva Prayer Letter:  Love for the People of CubaOn February 10, I preached the Sunday morning service at Iglesia Bíblica Bautista of Guanabacoa. The attendance was very good! One of the points of my sermon was about our thoughts. During the invitation, several people raised their hands about that very point. After the service, two people came to let me know that they struggled with their thoughts. Afterwards, the Cuban pastor and I made visits to people who were not in the service. We prayed for them right in their homes.

On Tuesday morning, I took Cuban transportation (Chevy station wagon 1952), a collective with four other people, to Pinar del Rio. As soon as I arrived in Pinar, I contacted Pastor Orlando and asked him to come meet me. “And from Miletus he sent to Ephesus, and called the elders of the church.” (Acts 20:17) The next day, Pastor Orlando arrived early. After breakfast, I discussed with him what the Lord had put in my heart for the furtherance of the Gospel. We made plans, and he was ready to go back home. I walked him to the bus terminal. As soon as I left him there, I turned around and passed out Gospel tracts and witnessed to some people.

The next morning, Pastor Orlando showed up again for our plans. On our way to the next town to go soul winning, he said to me, “Yesterday after we said goodbye at the terminal, I remembered I had forgotten to get something, so I turned around and went looking for it. I saw you passing out Gospel tracts and witnessing to people, and I said to myself, with much gratitude, ‘That man loves our people.’” “. . . Ye know, from the first day that I came into Asia, after what manner I have been with you at all seasons, And how I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but have shewed you, and have taught you publickly, and from house to house.” (Acts 20:18 & 20)

So we made it to the town of San Juan y Martinez to go soul winning, Amen. However, about three hours later, I felt sick with a headache! The headache kept getting worse to the point of vomiting. Pastor Orlando took me to the home of a Cuban pastor friend, where I was able to lie down for an hour (after taking a pain pill). I woke up feeling better, so I decided to go back to Pinar.

One of the plans for Pastor Orlando is that he and two other candidates begin the Bible institute sometime this year.

In March, I flew to Dallas for a Missions Conference. I extended my stay a week to preach in two churches. It is my desire to be used of God every time I preach! Amen! And He did use me—decisions were made. Glory to God!

Continue in Prayer:

1. For Pastor Orlando.
2. For God’s power.
3. Finances.

In His service,

Ricardo Leyva