Date: September 18, 2021
We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. (2 Corinthians 4:8-9)
The apostle Paul knew exactly what unrelenting persecution felt like. Yet no matter how much the darkness seemed to be closing in around him, he knew that his hope in Jesus was stronger than despair.
Join us in praying this verse over Christians in Cuba this week. We particularly remember those who were targeted amid the nationwide protests, which began on 11 July in response to Cuba’s economic crisis and a surge in coronavirus cases.
Pastor Yéremi and Pastor Yarian
In late July, we rejoiced at the release of Cuban pastors Yéremi Blanco Ramírez and Yarian Sierra Madrigal after nearly two weeks in prison. However, there were fears that they could return to prison with lengthy sentences, as the charges against them had not been dropped.
On 1 September, Yéremi and Yarian were informed that they wouldn’t return to prison, but would still be fined for participating in the protests.
Even though neither pastor should ever have been imprisoned or accused of anything in the first place, they see it as a big answer to prayer that the government will not be seeking a prison sentence; and we give thanks for their continued freedom. Thank you for praying!
Please keep raising your voice for Pastor Lorenzo Rosales Fajardo, whose most recent appeal for his release was denied.
He is currently being held in Boniato Maximum Security Prison – which is notorious for its terrible conditions – alongside prisoners who have been convicted of violent crimes. We’re concerned that the Cuban government may actively encourage other prisoners to mistreat Pastor Lorenzo.
After nearly a month with no contact and no proof of life, his wife Maridilegnis was finally allowed a few three-minute phone calls with her husband. She says that he sounded very depressed, so please pray that Pastor Lorenzo will not feel abandoned, or crushed, or in despair, but will know that God is with him – even in a maximum security prison.
In summary, please pray:
- That thousands of people take action for Pastor Lorenzo, and that this will lead to his immediate, unconditional release.
- For Pastor Lorenzo’s wife, Maridilegnis, and children to be strengthened by the power of the Holy Spirit as their struggle for justice continues.
- Giving thanks that Pastor Yéremi and Pastor Yarian will not have to return to prison, and praying for God’s protection over them.