In Communist-Ruled Country of Cuba, Christianity Experiences a Boom

Pope Francis meets Cuban President Raul Castro during a private audience at the Vatican, Sunday, May 10, 2015. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, Pool)
Pope Francis meets Cuban President Raul Castro during a private audience at the Vatican, Sunday, May 10, 2015. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, Pool)

Christianity is booming in communist-ruled Cuba, and one indication of this is the continuing inflow of tens of thousands of Bibles which are distributed to the faithful in the country’s more than 1,000 churches.

Last month, some 83,000 copies of the Bible poured into the country courtesy of the International Missions Board. The copies of the Bible are distributed by the Baptist Convention in Cuba.

The American Bible Society, which claims to have “strong relations with Cuban churches, both Catholic and Protestant,” also started its “Million Bible Mission” last year. About 60,000 Bibles were imported and distributed to the faithful last year with the permission of the Cuban government.

“With a population of 11 million, a literacy rate of nearly 100 percent and an unprecedented growth in Christianity thanks to social, economic and political reforms, many Cubans are seeking guidance and hope found in God’s Word,” the American Bible Society said in a statement. “As a result of this unprecedented spiritual and cultural shift, demand for Bibles has outpaced supply. In addition, many Cubans cannot afford to import high-quality Bibles.”

Bibles have been off the shelves in Cuban bookstores for more than half a century. They can only be accessed by people at churches.

Churches, in turn, depend on donations of Bibles. Church sources they have been having difficulty in meeting the demand given the increasing number of believers.

The number of traditional churches in Cuba broke the 1,000-mark this year while house churches increased to nearly 8,000.

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SOURCE: Christian Today
Monica Cantilero

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