Once again, I was privileged to minister in Cuba. In a short period of time, I was able to give conferences on biblical marriages in a number of churches. The response was overwhelmingly positive.
My first place of ministry was a little town called Cotorro. There I found a fledgling Baptist church pastored by Fernando Flores. Fernando was saved from a life of crime and now, with his wife and two children, serves the Lord. He was chosen by the Tyndale Foundation, along with seven other Cuban pastors, for a full scholarship for advanced ministerial training in Cambridge, England. He hopes to receive his doctorate in the near future.
In April 1961, at the height of the Cold War, about 1,400 exiled Cubans landed in Cuba with the goal of overthrowing Fidel Castro. The operation was planned by the CIA, which opposed Castro’s communist policies and had ties with the Soviet Union. The invasion failed.
All this took place in the Bay of Pigs, close to the town of Playa Larga. What the history books fail to mention is that today the evangelical church has a strong foothold in this place. A faithful pastor in this town is Edel González. I was in his church with my conference on marriage.
In spite of extreme shortages and adverse pressures, the Lord’s church in Cuba continues to prosper.