In previous decades, Cubans could not dream of leaving the island, yet still they desired full participation in Christ’s command to make disciples to the ends of the earth. In the last three years, God has opened the door for Cuban missionaries to go to the nations.
Many qualified missionaries are responding to God’s call and are being trained to go. Cuban churches, conventions, mission agencies and generous believers are helping sacrificially in this process, but resources are not sufficient to send and sustain long-term workers. In Cuba, an average salary is approximately $25 a month, so Cuban churches would need the equivalent of sixty annual salaries to support just one missionary family.
Cuban Baptists are asking God for partners who will join them in sending five new missionary families per year until twenty-five Cuban families are sharing the gospel with those who have never heard. Your generous gift to this vital project will facilitate training and sending experienced workers to join in God’s harvest in Latin America and beyond to areas of the world that restrict American access but are completely open to Cuban nationals.
Andean peaks, Mayan ruins, Amazonian rainforest, Patagonian glaciers, and Caribbean white-sand beaches: South America is a land of exploration and diversity that commands your attention and captivates your senses. The people of Latin America and the Caribbean are known for their lively spirit. South America is home to thirteen of the world’s 100 most populous cities and these urban dwellers face challenges such as poverty, long work days, addictions, and broken families.
The Americas have a rich heritage of Christian missions, yet more than 550 million people here are living without Jesus. Indigenous cultures have intermixed so thoroughly with Christian beliefs that many traditional churches are void of any knowledge of the gospel. Of the 1003 people groups in the Americas, 178 are unreached and unengaged.
Ask God to give wisdom to IMB missionaries as they disciple local believers, develop leaders, and engage in human needs ministries to draw people to Christ.