Cuba is changing with the Bible
“In one area of Cuba, Pinar del Rio, they were very excited when they saw something they had never seen before – a whole box of Bibles. Earlier they had seen two or three Bibles at once but never a whole box,” commented a Pastor.
The vision of the Bible Commission in Cuba (Bible Society Cuba) is for every Cuban Christian to own a Bible. The project to achieve this is called One million Bibles for Cuba. And already, thanks to the support of many of you last year, plus the ongoing support of many others around the world, some 730,000 Bibles have so far been distributed in Cuba. Now another 270,000 Bibles are needed to meet the one million goal. Will you help us reach this target this year?
When you help supply more Bibles, you will be answering the prayers of Cubans who are seeking God.
What God is doing in Cuba is a miracle. God is transforming this nation through Bible distribution and Scripture engagement. But with a population of 11 million people and a nearly 100 percent literacy rate, combined with an unprecedented growth in Christianity, Bibles are like water in a dry, parched land.
“There is still a long way to go,” says Alain Montano, CEO of the Bible Commission of Cuba. “We must continue while the doors are open to spread God’s Word in our country.”
Providing Bibles will change lives by bringing God’s Word to people here. This is a country where scraps of Scripture have been passed down on pieces of paper, hand-to-hand between believers, because Bibles were just not available,” he said.
“We see the libraries in the churches are almost empty. There are no Bibles with commentaries and no biblical texts,” said Mr Montano. The reason for the constant demand for Bibles in Cuba is simple: In the last 10 years, the number of Christians has doubled.
Bernt Olsen from the Norwegian Bible Society, who visited Cuba said, “This is the biggest need for Bibles I have seen in any country. The need for Bibles is unimaginably large – none of the churches have enough Bibles to give to new members, the elderly, children and youth, to students and pastor seminaries.”
The people of Cuba are crying out for the Bible. You can help meet this need.
“In my church there are many who do not have their own Bible. People are baptised but do not get a Bible. It is a Bible crisis in Cuba – there are so few Bibles to find,” said Orgalis Santana Parcaval (30), a seminary student at the Eastern Baptist Church, Cuba.
Around 35 percent of these Bibles will go to children, who are key churchgoers in Cuba. Mr Montano said this work is vital. “When you give a Bible to a child in Cuba, you are giving a Bible to the whole family.”
“We’ve had a lot of examples where parents have come to church because the children brought home a Bible.” He explains that these Bibles are suitable translations for children with colour illustrations.
As well as reaching children, the recent introduction of regional Bible distribution centres is ensuring Bibles reach those most in need. These centres are making a huge difference in helping get Bibles to out-of-the- way places in the countryside.
“It is very comprehensive work distributing this many Bibles in a project this size – One million Bibles to Cuba,” said Mr Montano.
This initiative will reach five distinct audiences: school-aged children receiving their first Bible, teens and older youth, adult new believers, prisoners, and seminary students and clergy.