Give the Gift of God’s Word to Cuba

By   •   November 27, 2015

Can you imagine your life without access to God’s Word? No Bible to pore through during your quiet time; no hard copy to find the right Scripture when life gets hard?

For the bulk of Cuba’s 11 million people, that’s an everyday reality thanks largely to an almost 50-year-old ban on the importation of Bibles. That ban recently was lifted, but that doesn’t mean local bookstores in the economically depressed country were able to immediately stock their shelves. To this day, the only place Cubans can get a copy of God’s Word is at their local church. Demand is far outpacing supply.

But you can help change that. The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association has committed to send at least 40,000 Spanish-translated Bibles to the communist country.

And you can give the gift of God’s Word to the people of Cuba by donating to this special campaign.

“There are not enough Bibles for the believers in Cuba,” said Gary Lundstrom, international vice president for BGEA and Samaritan’s Purse. “There’s a shortage of Bibles, but not a shortage of people passionately looking for them.”

Nobody knows how long Cuba will permit the importation of Bibles. There might be a short window of opportunity to get God’s Word onto the largest island in the Caribbean, which claims a literacy rate of almost 100 percent.

The Bibles you help send will serve the Cuban community in a variety of ways. For instance, permission has been granted for distribution in prisons, provided the paper meets certain criteria so it can’t be used for cigarettes. Special large-print editions also will be distributed along with other versions that include a concordance for pastors.

Thousands of churches dot the island – some in official buildings, some not – but they all have one thing in common: a burning desire to build upon the faith they share. With Bibles at their fingertips, these believers will have the proper tools for deepening and ultimately sharing their faith.

“The church has gone through a lot,” Lundstrom said. “It’s been persecuted, but the evangelical churches are very functional. Even though they have clear denominational lines, they all work together. Their objective, whether they’re Baptist or Pentecostal or Methodist, is to see people come to a faith in Christ and grow in their relationship with Christ.”

And having a Bible in hand—or at least within reach—can make all the difference.

As Billy Graham once said, “Through the written Word, we discover the Living Word—Jesus Christ.”

 

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6 Comments

  1. Angelo & Isabel Cabrera says:

    God bless you. how can you help us to build a church in Holguin, Cuba, right now? they made the service in a house, my husband & I are serving the Lord in Zebulon, NC, but we are from Cuba, and we want to help our country. please we need your help. thank you, may God bless you, your sister in Christ, Isabel Cabrera

  2. april supak says:

    There is honestly, no better way to get to know the LORD God personally, than thru the study of His Word. I hope this helps to get that Word to others. With all the love their hearts and hands can hold!!

  3. Frankie Puthoff says:

    What a wonderful opportunity to she The Word with people who have had limited access. I did not see the cost per Bible; could you share this please?

    1. BGEA says:

      Hi Frankie,
      The cost is $5 per Bible. Please visit https://lp.billygraham.org/cuba/ for details.

  4. Joseph says:

    As a donor of the BGEA, I made a donation to help give Bibles to the people of Cuba so they can hear the gospel of Jesus Christ. The BGEA played a significant role in my decision to get re-baptized at First Baptist Church Woodstock in Woodstock, Georgia on May 3, 2015 and I am thankful for the BGEA in helping me make the decision to re-dedicate my life to Jesus Christ. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year in 2015.

  5. LUIS & DIANA AISA says:

    Thank you for helping the people of Cuba where my husband was born in 1959. Luis was born in Havana and he and his family left there when he was just a baby.
    Also want to thank you for all the work you do to spread the Word of the Lord.
    God’s blessings always.