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  • 04 / 18 / 2010

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Cuba's Baptists recently gathered in Havana to celebrate more than 100 years of ministry.

Hundreds of Christians were streaming into Havana's largest churches for the 101st Western Baptist Convention.

Believers celebrated their achievements and unity, and featured Cuba's younger generation, an encouraging sign for the future of the Cuban church.

Baptist leaders challenged delegates to keep on growing the church, using activities targeted at children and other strategies to plant new congregations in western Cuba.

"Yes, we have experienced ministries in other places and provinces, where a children's club or Bible class has later become a place where achurch was started," said Program Coordinator Abby Sanchez,

Dr. Victor Gonzalez, the president of the Western Baptist Convention,believes Cuba is entering a time of spiritual revival.

"I pray to the Lord that each of the brothers and representatives in this assembly can leave singing the vision that this is the time of revival and planting churches in Cuba," Gonzalez said.

Historical photographs and documents reminded delegates of Baptist growth over its 105-year history in Cuba. And long-serving members received special recognition.

A Sunday School teacher was also honored for 50 years of service. Foreign visitors joined the assembly, including Dr. Luis Becerra, the Colombian Consul.

By Stan Jeter
CBN News Senior Poducer


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