In April, I had the opportunity to visit Cuba with a mission team. Our goal was to preach the gospel and help the poor and needy living in the city of Havana.
The trip was fruitful - over three hundred men, women and children trusted in Jesus Christ as their Savior. Hundreds more were helped with their physical needs.
For most people, the story stops there. But the real story in Cuba is not in numbers, it is with the people.
In the late 1950s, Cuba was the crown jewel of the Caribbean. Money flowed into this island nation like it was sea water lapping onshore. The rich and famous from all over the world were either partying in Cuba, or owned mansions and businesses on this thin piece of land just south of Miami. Many Americans joined with this influx of wealth and power and sadly, not all of them were boy scouts.
In 1959, Fidel Castro and the Communists took over Cuba. Within months, the rich, the famous and infamous fled the nation - and took their money with them. Their mansions were seized by the Communist government and are still in use today as museums, social halls, or even public housing units.
When the communists took over, time simply stopped. Strolling down these streets of mansions in Havana is quite an experience. The neoclassic architecture is stunning. Most of these houses are in some form of disrepair, yet their majestic construction can clearly be seen through fifty plus years of neglect. Classic cars are everywhere. Think about it. There are tens of thousands of antique cars from a bygone era rolling through the streets of Havana still running!
Yes, it's still 1959 for Cuba - Progress is a word to be shunned in modern Cuba. Nobody dared to talk with us about politics. Propaganda billboards are everywhere. Fear runs in the blood.
Communism took many things from the people of Cuba - their standard of living, their ability to provide for their families, their dignity and their place in the world economy. Yes, communism set back Cuba fifty years.
In the midst of this human suffering, there is a small spark rising from the hearts of the people. While many of the people live in perpetual poverty, their hearts are longing for the richness of freedom. You can see it in their eyes.
I saw this light and it’s an ember that comes from above, sparked by God Himself. I witnessed this firsthand. The Spirit of God moved in the hearts of the people. Fear was replaced with faith. Depression was chased into the dark shadows and joy and peace took its place.
I spent three days speaking to pastors at their annual conference. The miracle I saw the first day of the event left me stunned. Nearly forty of these men of God converted to Christianity. In other words, they were faking a relationship with their Creator; going through the motions of their religion without having their hearts connected to God. They came to the altar that historic Tuesday morning, healed in spirit. God changed these men in a twinkling of an eye. More than a dozen were planning on leaving the ministry, yet with a fresh anointing of God’s spirit, everyone renewed a real committment to serve God.
Christianity is spreading in Cuba and so is that light. The fire from the spiritual world is growing.
History has taught dictators one important truth. A revival in the hearts of a people cannot be held back by fear, bullets, or bullying.
This is why Christianity is dangerous to tyrants.
No government can stand against God Himself.
History is abundantly clear that the persecution of the church of the Living God only strengthens the faith and resolve of its followers.
There is a revolution brewing in Cuba. It is capable of toppling tyrannical governments. It can shatter the walls of mistrust and bitterness that encapsulates the human soul.
While the Word of God is exploding across Cuba, that same Word is imploding here in America.
The Communist government in Cuba is moving forward with reforms that are bringing more freedom of religion while America is going in the opposite direction, limiting the freedom to worship in public under the false premise of the separation of church and state.
Cuba separated the church from the state by attempting to rid itself of God and the church. It didn’t work.
I pray that our country will see its need for God and turn back to Him before it's too late. Watch Cuba! It’s happening there before our very eyes. Do we have the eyes to see the spiritual revolution to our south or have we been blinded by our materialism, politics, and political correctness? God wants to bring that same revolution north.
Is America ready for it?