Every Sunday morning, the pastor of a small church in a remote part of Cuba took a piece of chalk and purposefully wrote a passage of Scripture on a chalkboard. Church members then carefully wrote the verses in their tattered notebooks, slowly adding to the only copy of Scripture they owned. They were committed to learning God’s Word, even without an actual Bible.
Then, one Sunday morning, a man arrived at the church carrying two boxes packed with 100 Bibles – more than enough to ensure that each member received a copy. “The people were happy to know that God is a God of surprises and endless blessings,” said the Christian worker who delivered the Bibles.
With tears in his eyes, the pastor thanked the man for the Bibles and praised God for the miracle that brought them to his small, secluded church. “They arrived to make the heart of our church happy,” the pastor said. “It covers the greatest need of our church.”
Bibles have historically been hard to obtain in Cuba. Even if a believer found one on the black market, it could cost most of a month’s wages.
In Cuba, owning a Bible provides not only immediate access to God’s Word but also a new sense of freedom. This offer of freedom in Christ, along with an increase in evangelism and decrease in government restrictions on Bibles, has led to a growing demand for copies of God’s Word. “Communism controls everything you learn and read,” the Christian worker explained.
“Having their own Bible means it’s ‘me and God’, it’s ‘me and His Word’. They get to determine how much they learn and how close they get to God. Not the government.”
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