Claire's Story


Over her last Spring Break, Claire was able to travel back to Cuba to attend the “Bellas Retreat”. As they spent time getting to know one another in small groups and worshiping together, they had time to evaluate their own relationships with the Lord, growing closer to Him and closer to each other. At the end of the week, they voted 2 girls the “Princesses” of the week, seeing that they had exhibited the characteristics of a kind, inclusive, and spirit driven “bella”.

Little did I know that the girl I was talking to would end up becoming one of my best friends.

When Magbis and I met five summers ago, little did I know that the girl I was talking to would end up becoming one of my best friends. Thinking back on that first day of vacation bible school, I was nervous to be in a place where I didn’t speak the language and didn’t know the culture. With everything that you hear about Cuba, the poverty and the rigid status of the government, I was definitely picturing the worst. However, after getting through the scary task of customs that first time, I knew I was ready to face what was ahead. Looking up at the stairs to the top of the church, everything around me was new; New plants, new smells, and a lot of new faces. Being hugged and kissed on every step of the stairs, I climbed to the top and saw a group of girls sitting together. By the way they were joking and laughing, I knew that this was a group of friends. I made eye contact with the girl who seemed to be the leader of this little group; I assumed this because she was the one cracking the jokes and was definitely the loudest out of the bunch, this was Magbis. She motioned for me to come sit with them. Following orders, I made my way over to their table and from the time I sat down was immediately brought into the group.

But looking back on it, I know that we were connected on a level that transcended the barriers of a language.

Following orders, I made my way over to their table and from the time I sat down was immediately brought into the group. Asking questions in a broken mixture of English, Spanish, and hand-signs, we had countless conversations for what seemed like hours, but was in reality about 30 minutes. After assuring them, as best I could without knowing their language, that I would be back later to talk to them, I went back to my family. Sure enough, as the week forged on we had more of these time suspending conversations, but as I tried to tell my family about my new friends they couldn’t understand. “How?”, they asked, “How can you have these long talks, about virtually everything, with these girls who you can’t even communicate with through speech?”. At the time, my answer was, “I don’t know, for some reason it just works”. But looking back on it, I know that we were connected on a level that transcended the barriers of a language.


We didn’t care that half of our words were being mistaken for another word that sounded very similar but had a completely different meaning. We didn’t care how goofy we looked with our made-up language of motions and hand-signs, we cared about each other. As time ran out, and that first week in Cuba came to a close, the hardest goodbye was Magbis. Not knowing if we would ever see one another, we clung tight to our last moments together, exchanged Facebooks, and said goodbye. After getting home, I saw that I had a message from her saying that she missed me. Fighting back tears, I typed a message into google translate, copied the Spanish translation, and sent it back. This began our relationship that still goes on today. She is one of my “people” and in life, you don’t get to choose who those “people” are, but you do get to choose how to spend your time. That is why, when I was given the opportunity to return to Cuba earlier this March for the Bellas retreat, I was ecstatic.

I knew that my physical time in Cuba would be nearing an end, but my heart would stay 1,380 miles from home.

Being back in the company of my forever friends, my “bellas”, was the best feeling in the world. Seeing how much we all have grown in our love for the Lord and for each other, we had time to just be in each other’s company. Worshiping on the last night next to Magbis, I knew that my physical time in Cuba would be nearing an end, but my heart would stay 1,380 miles from home, in Cespedes. Now preparing for my sixth summer trip to Cuba, I cannot wait to return to my friends and have more conversations that suspend distance, language and time!

Kody's Story

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Thirteen hundred miles from home, only 90 miles off the coast of Florida, but I was in a completely different world.

I was speechless. Thirteen hundred miles from home, only 90 miles off the coast of Florida, but I was in a completely different world. Talking to a twelve-year-old kid who knew as much of the English language as I knew about rocket to nothing, I realized something that changed my world. Money isn’t everything.

Growing up, I can remember asking questions like, “why do I need to go to school?”.   The answer I received, “so you can get educated and make more money.” “Why do people work so much?” The answer, “so they can make more money.” All I ever knew was money. At every moment in my life, the reasoning behind the task was money. However, my perspective changed, July 18, 2017, the first day of youth camp during a week-long summer mission trip to Cuba. My outlook on money, on happiness, on life changed.


 I found myself sitting on a swing, next to a twelve-year-old Cuban boy, named Diron. Sitting between us was a translator from Puerto Rico. “Diron, what do you want to study in school?” I asked. Of course, he looked at me with a blank stare, as if he didn’t understand a word that I said, because he couldn’t! My translator did her job, and she told me that his reply was that he wasn’t sure yet; however,  whatever it was he ended up doing, he knew he wanted to have a job where he could help people. My reply?  “Tell him that he needs to make sure that whatever he does, he makes a lot of money so that he can provide for his family and help people that way.” Diron’s next reply is what changed my life. He said, “Money isn’t important to me, because I know that if I am able to help somebody that is enough to make me happy.” He said he might not have many clothes, and he might not ever be able to afford a car or be able to have a big house. But, he would be happy and that’s all that matters. So, if I had a ticket in my hand and could go anywhere, I would go back to Cuba. I would spend an extended period of time with the locals, especially the kids, learning the way that they look at life.  

If I had a ticket in my hand and could go anywhere, I would go back to Cuba.

When I came back to America, I knew that money shouldn’t be my focus in life. I now know that there is a bigger purpose for me in this world, and that God has a plan for me.  Worrying about money all the time is not going to fix my problems or get me closer to happiness. Because of this life changing moment, I have decided to study nursing. I had thought about becoming a nurse before; however, I talked myself out of it because that profession didn’t make enough money. I have always known that I wanted a job where I would be able to help people and also make a difference.  Yet, the desire to make more money had driven me to believing that becoming a doctor was my only option

I thought I was going to make a difference in other peoples’ lives.  Little did I know that those people would have a life-changing impact on me!

 Having this conversation with Diron made me realize that it was okay if I didn’t make a lot of money. More than this, I came to an understanding that in order to have a good life, I just need to do what will make me happy. I would much rather be an excellent nurse than a mediocre doctor. I was lucky enough to be brought-up in a middle-class family and that is where my values and views on life come from. Now, seeing things from a person living in what Americans would classify as extreme poverty, I realized something. The Cuban people are some of the happiest people that I have ever met, and they are able to live a godly life and be truly happy with very little money.  When I stepped onto the plane destined for Cuba, I thought I was going to make a difference in other peoples’ lives.  Little did I know that those people would have a life-changing impact on me!

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Courtney's Story


When my mom first asked me to join her on a trip to Cuba with Proclaim Cuba I will admit, a selfish thought arose within me. I must preface my explanation of this thought by saying that my full-time work is with an incredible nonprofit organization that offers economic empowerment solutions to the underserved. My committed passion is to bring hope to areas of minimal opportunity, oppression, and a need for Christ. That said, the selfish thought was that I could not imagine my vacation days as having anything other than a “mojito-on-the-beach” kind of vibe. Since my everyday work is focally centered on poverty alleviation and ministry, a part of myself didn’t want to go to Cuba because I wanted a break from missions, to dedicate a week to myself, and truly spend time lying on the sand pampering self.

The minute this thought passed my mind however I felt an immediate tug on my heart strings. This tug not only caused me to realize the selfishness that was in this desire, it was also partnered with a stern, almost audible voice which said “you are going to Cuba.” In all sincerity, I believe that voice to have been my God, and all I can say is that when He tells you to go somewhere, you go.

Not too long after my realizing that the Lord was bringing me to Cuba, I wholeheartedly and excitedly committed to spend a week in the country with Proclaim Cuba blessing the Church in any way possible. Looking back on it now, I am overwhelming, humbly grateful that I said “yes”.


Though there are many memories than I could expand on from my time in Cuba, I will discuss three aspects of Proclaim Cuba’s work that impacted me greatly and left me incredibly impressed by their refined approach to “to reach Cuba and the nations for Christ through evangelism, seminary training, church planting, pastor support and any other means necessary”. These three aspects left me awed by Proclaim Cuba’s committedness to the Great Commission and honored to join efforts in bringing the hope of Jesus to Cuba and its people.


Locally Led:

Our time in Cuba was spent assisting the Pastor Carlos’ church with their summer VBS, youth camp, and women’s ministry. One aspect of summer camp that surprised me most was that in the best way, I was actually a lot less help that I had anticipated to be.

For example, on the Americans’ first night entering country we were immediately welcomed with a huge production lead by the youth encompassing various performances in dance, piano, song (all in spanish of course), and even an art show! Additionally, once immersed in our weekly camp activities, each aspect of the ministry was lead by Cubans, for Cubans. I found this approach not only inspiring, but also sustainable and empowering to the local church.

We are not bringing Christ to poor communities. He has been active in these communities since the creation of the world, sustaining them...
— Steve Corbett, When Helping Hurts

As a professional in international development, I have become attuned and sensitive to the harm that can result from Westerners entering emerging economies and “running the show” in terms of development or missions. There is a book by Steve Corbett titled “When Helping Hurts” which offers profound thought on this concept. One of the statements says, “We are not bringing Christ to poor communities. He has been active in these communities since the creation of the world, sustaining them, Hebrews 1:3 says, by His powerful Word. Hence, a significant part of working in poor communities involves discovering and appreciating what God has been doing there for a LONG time.”

It was a true honor to witness and partner alongside Proclaim Cuba as they lead and together we worked to discover and foster what God has been blessing the church with for many years.


Expansive Ministry:

The second aspect of Proclaim Cuba’s work that greatly inspired me was the expansive reach the ministry had across country. In one sense, this reach was strictly geographic. Children, youth, and adults were transported to Cespedes for summer camp from all over the country including Havana and other regions.

The reach however was also expansive in terms of ministries established. As mentioned above, we joined Proclaim Cuba to serve VBS, youth camp, and a women’s ministry. One of the gifts during our time serving summer camp was that we were not limited by who we could spend our time with. For instance, I had the opportunity to do a lot of “hopping” from each ministry, joining the sweet 2-4 year old children in playtime, running alongside the youth in friendly competition, and engaging in devotional and crafts with the faithfully, fervent women. By this expansive reach of ministry, I saw the  Lord work in many unique ways, providing joy to all people no matter their age.


We later in the week also learned later that Proclaim Cuba reaches beyond the ministries we saw during our week at camp. In addition to the ministries mentioned, Proclaim Cuba is also comprised of theology seminary, house churches, and equipping and training local pastors. The organization is truly reaching the entirety of the country for Christ. I can’t help but have Matthew 28:18-20 come to mind when I think of this approach is it says, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.”


Dependency on the Father:

The final aspect of Proclaim Cuba’s work and the church that truly impacted me was witnessing the committedness, dependency, and resoluteness with which the church body held onto the hope they confessed. There was a true joy of worship in every individual I met, and it did nothing other than spur me on to love and have more confidence in the God we serve. One of the ministries that clearly demonstrated this ferventness of faith was the women’s ministry. Kim Pinot is a magnificent teacher and lead the women’s ministry during our week in Cuba. She focused our attention on John 15:5 which says, “I am the vine and you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit. Apart from me, you can do nothing.” My full confidence in being with Proclaim Cuba and the church was that their impact was not as a result of solely man’s work, but instead by man through God’s hand because of their rootedness in faith and dedication to Jesus as savior.


I also witnessed dedication of faith during our time spent with the local house church pastors. The American volunteers had the opportunity to visit a few house churches towards the end of our trip, and I was amazed at the sacrifice and faithfulness of the pastors. With governmental regulations over the use of housing, these pastors truly risk their lives to offer up their place for worship. However, their committedness to the Great Commission made them unwavering in their work, and it was an honor to see them live out their faith.



To say I am thankful I didn’t go for my mojito on the beach would be a massive understatement. My time with Proclaim Cuba not only brought me to the beauty of a vibrant country, joy of a resilient and tender-hearted people, but also to the power of Christ dwelling in another region of the world. It is without barrier that I say Proclaim Cuba, the church, and its members have impacted my heart not only by their work but also by the evident presence of the Lord’s Spirit dwelling in their being.



Cat 5 Hurricane Irma hit Cuba

On September 8, Hurricane Irma made landfall in Cuba making it the first category 5 hurricane to hit the islands since 1924. Cuba now faces the devastation left in the wake of the largest Atlantic storm ever recorded.

Irma brought unprecedented flooding to the towns and villages of the islands leaving many people scattered from their homes with no resources to rebuild or even supplies to survive. With over 2.1 million people affected, and ten confirmed dead, Cuba desperately needs your help.

Proclaim Cuba has created a fund to provide resources directly to storm victims. 100% of the funds collected are dedicated to food, shelter, and the rebuilding efforts of the island. Unlike the U.S., Cuba lacks government agencies to assist in disaster relief efforts. Therefore, we rely completely upon our network of local churches, volunteers, and donors to maximize our impact and our resources.

 We have two main goals. First, to represent Christ as we build and restore. Second, to build relationships that will translate to gospel conversations in the future.

Will you join us?

Cuba, Shaken But Not Crushed

Residents of Santiago de Cuba, Cuba’s second largest city, awakened in the early hours of Sunday, January 17th, to a number of earthquakes. The city became a symphony of telephone rings as the “word of mouth” network was activated simultaneously with the radio and the Civil Defense. The first earthquake was recorded at 1:37 a.m., pegged at 5.0 on the Richter scale, the most severe recorded. On Thursday, the 21st and Friday, the 22nd, earthquakes measuring 4.3 and 3.0, respectively, were recorded. In all 700 earthquakes have been recorded, with 28 of them noticeable.  Given the poor structural condition of most houses, many people were put out of their homes fearing collapse. The Civil Defense has been instructing and teaching families about how to be prepared.  Apparently, the worst is yet to come.

That same Sunday, about 550 miles away, at around 4:00 p.m., large waves overtook the famous Malecon seawall in Havana.  Flood waters extended inland for five blocks to G Street and Linea. On Saturday, the 24th, the enraged sea again poured into low lying areas along the Havana coastline. Many prepared for the floods, while others simply waited with uncertainty.

Is it unusual that the two larges cities in Cuba were struck by major weather and seismological events within a few days? We see in the Bible how God used weather and natural phenomena to get His people’s attention and turn their eyes back to Him. Times of desperation are significant opportunities for the Gospel.  In the aftermath of this crisis, over 2000 people in Santiago have come to know Jesus and His unconditional love.  Our Vice President in Santiago, Pastor Carlos Rivaflechas, who has been unable to return to his own home, reported this great harvest for the Kingdom. Our people in Cespedes have organized a support team and are sending them out today, Monday, the 25th.    
God is calling us to pray for the people of Santiago, Havana and all of Cuba. Would you join us in fasting and prayer over the next several weeks?
Dios te Bendiga,

Carlos Alamino, Jr


In 1992, I was serving as the pastor of a church in the Province of Granma. Impassioned by the vision of planting new churches, my wife, Soledad, and I visited a small village called Limoncito. Exhausted from our long walk, about 17km, we stopped at a very humble and small house.  A woman greeted us and invited us in.  In a corner of the small living room, a little girl was lying in a bed.  At that time, the girl was a mere 8 years old.  I was shocked to see that she had a severe birth defect and was missing both legs.  My heart was moved as I wondered what future this poor little girl could have in this place.  “What is your name?”, I asked.  “Yulaicy”, she responded.  I could see a cry for help in her eyes.  After sharing Jesus’ love with Yulaicy and her mother, I understood that the most difficult thing for her to  comprehend was that God could love someone like her.  I looked into her eyes and said, “There is hope.”  “God has plans for you.  Here, take this New Testament.”  I then wrote a dedication in that Bible which read, Go into all the world and preach the gospel to the whole creation.  “How will I do that?”, she asked. I responded, “I don’t know, but you will do it!”

Fast forward twenty years.  Yulaicy and her husband, Roberto, accepted the call to be pastors in 2012.  Motivated by the words I had written in that now worn testament, they started a mission in a small, difficult, and inhospitable village on the outskirts of their town.  A few years later, they joined the missions team of Empowering the Nations.

A few months ago, we decided to film a documentary of this couple and their mission field.  We wanted to document their daily lives, showing how they so faithfully accomplish the work of the ministry despite significant physical limitations and difficult living conditions. They are passionate servants of God, shining examples to all who teach and preach the Word. 

The documentary was published on October 13, 2015. A facebook page called "Honduras para el mundo" shared it on October 24. 

As of November 19, 2015:


Can it be true?  In just 26 days, Yulaicy had shared, through her example, with over 3.4 million people!  Many doubted the words I wrote in that New Testament, that a crippled 8 -year- old would preach the Gospel to all the earth.  But that is just what God did.  In less than a month period, Yulaicy and Roberto had influenced the entire world.  In Mark 16:14-15, Jesus said, “Later, He appeared to the Eleven themselves as they were reclining at the table. He rebuked their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they did not believe those who saw Him after He had been resurrected."  Then he said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to the whole creation.”

I have lived my entire life in a country where we are told that God does not exist; where families and hearts are severely wounded; where the dreams of a nation are destroyed.  When thinking about this, it is easy to lose heart and want to give up the fight.  But we have learned to focus on God’s glory rather than those things that limit us. It is through this that love overcomes hate. 

If the love of God can help Yulaicy, without legs, to fulfill the purpose for which she was created, imagine what He can make happen with you today? 

Is God in your plans?

Pastor Carlos Alamino
ELNAC President  

24th Anniversary!

Original picture from 1991.

Comments from the President to the ELNAC team on the occasion of the 24th anniversary of the ministry.

Dear Friends and Fellow Laborers in God’s Calling,
God has faithfully allowed us to reach 24 years in ministry, to God be the glory!  On a day like today, 15 children met under a tree and began studying the Bible and believing that God would fulfill His promises.  Today, 24 years later, we are a network of ministries that makes disciples through out Cuba and the nations.
Congratulations, ELNAC team!  Each day, through your faithfulness, love and joy, you continue the mission that Christ gave us, that is, to make disciples of all nations!  Each one of you is a member of God’s army, extending His kingdom.  The road has not been easy.  Looking back at these 24 years I ask myself, “Who are we that God should have prepared our lives and used us to extend His glory?”.  We are chosen and compelled to continue the work.  The future will be better than the past, but it will not necessarily be different in battles and difficulties.  We will have to be more unified and committed than ever before.  We cannot rest on past successes.  We cannot take our eyes off of the goal.  Yes, the past 24 years have been difficult, as will be the next 24 and so on until Christ’s return.  But, God is taking us to new heights for His Glory!
I believe that the challenges ahead will be different from the past in the sense that we must learn and adopt a new paradigm where ego and centralism cease to exist, where self is sacrificed to continue doing the work.  Be careful that, having reached your goals, you forget where you came from. Our success is in remaining unified, trusting in God, being humble and putting others before ourselves.  It is in saying “yes” to God in the midst of difficulties and doing what He calls us to do.  It is in saying, “I will serve You, Lord, for Your glory and not for mine.”  It is in living committed to His kingdom.  It is being a child of God.
If God has blessed you then do not let yourself be governed by thoughts that place doubt in your mind.  Always think and speak about the eternal.  Don’t exchange a lifetime of service to God for one day of personal glory.  Don’t seek to create your personal kingdom.  God’s kingdom is enough!  Don’t give the glory to personal accomplishments, but to God.  It is better to submit than to rebel, better to die than to fight against God.
Finally, let us not forget the sacrifices of many who are no longer with us.  Who we are today is due, in large part, to their sacrifices, perseverance, faith and love.  These friends accomplished so much with so little.  Today, I respectfully honor their memories.
Thank you for loving our family, for supporting us and defending us.  Thank you for allowing yourselves to be led and for being our friends.  I pray that God will prepare each heart as He is preparing mine.  I continue to believe and dream as I did in 1991.  Today, I do so on a foundation built by so many of you, God’s hands extended.
God is Faithful!
Psalm 8
We love you!
Pastor Carlos and Soledad Alamino    


... and other stories from Summer Ministries 2015

As the wheels touched down, the plane burst into an explosion of cheering and clapping. Last year, this was an unexpected phenomenon for our family.  This year, it was a welcoming herald that were back in our beloved Cuba.  As we looked around the cabin, many passengers were weeping tears of joy, their hearts dancing in anticipation of seeing the loved ones they had been separated from for decades. For us, there was also anticipation for the great adventure that God was preparing on this mysteriously beautiful island nation just 90 miles off the southern coast of Florida.

The Pino family was once again blessed to participate in the summer ministries programs of Empoderando Las Naciones (Empowering the Nations).  This year we had the opportunity to bring along dear friends who had never been to Cuba.  Our friends, along with their two adult children, did not know what to expect.  While only 90 miles from the U.S., we might as well have been 10,000 miles away.  Cuba is a spectacularly beautiful land in ruin with equally beautiful people, both inside and out; however, it lacks in the very basic infrastructures and a stable economy.  The needs are obvious at every turn.  Cubans are very industrious and make due with very limited resources.

Our mission for this trip was twofold.  First, we were tasked with helping to support Vacation Bible School.  Anyone whose ever been to VBS knows that one of the highlights of the day is craft time.  Our team had worked for months planning, ordering, packaging, and transporting the materials for these crafts.  More children attended this year than ever before.  We had 425 children each day and left enough supplies to support a total of 1,000 children to be served in subsequent VBS that are going on as we speak across Cuba.  Our second mission was to assist in the first-ever youth camp.  Prior to this year, VBS consisted of children ages 2 to 16 or so.  Last year, we found that the 12-16 year olds were not being reached effectively through this approach.  We proposed separating this age group and creating a new event for them.  So, while the morning consisted of VBS, the afternoon was filled with music, Bible lessons, sports competitions and dancing.  Yes, DANCING!  One of our team members had worked for a Christian camp in the U.S. and knew these great line dances set to Christian rap.  The young people loved it!  By the end of the week the whole group was dancing and enjoying themselves.  We had over 280 young people for the first youth camp.  For many, this was their first taste of church and Christianity.  Many gave their lives to Christ during this week. 

At the end of week, through the falling raindrops and teardrops, our van drove out of the encampment to the cheers and well wishes of the many kids who had been touched that week. Yes, there was much dancing that week, but nothing could match the dancing of our hearts in that moment!

God Bless,

Alfie Pino


Santiago de Cuba is one of the easternmost provinces of Cuba.  A recent visit by our mission team, lead by Pastor Miguel Liceas, revealed how God is using ELNAC in tremendous ways to reach the lost and needy through out the province.

ELNAC has established 15 churches and 15 training houses in Santiago.  Training houses are small congregations that become mission churches as they grow.  More than 446 believers gather through out the region. Many of these meet in homes, while others meet in small remote locations.  Missionary sites, like “El Papayo”, are 53 miles from the nearest city.  Access to the outside world is limited, as there are approximately 4 miles of mountainous unfriendly terrain that isolate this remote village.

Our team had the joy of visiting with our missionaries, their families and congregations. Despite their obvious needs, such as Bibles, chairs and bicycles, our team found passionate people with a heart for reaching the lost.  Our missionary work in Santiago de Cuba focuses on building disciples who are then able to reach their communities. In order to achieve this goal, our team is developing a regional training center for pastors, missionaries and new leaders which will equip them and provide valuable evangelism and discipleship resources.

Our goal is to expand God’s work in other eastern provinces, particularly in areas with unreached people groups.  Much work remains.  ELNAC is committed to reaching every corner of Cuba with the good news of Jesus Christ!

Would you consider joining us in this adventure of faith! 

God Bless!

Empowering the Nations



I bring you greetings this morning from Cuba, where I've spent the last several days.  It was my privilege to preach in churches, teach pastors and church members, and witness first-hand the miraculous work of God's Spirit on this beautiful island.  This was my eighth trip to Cuba; each time I go, I return inspired by the miracles I witness.

More than a million Cubans have come to Christ in the last ten years.  Many refer to the spiritual awakening going on there as the "Cuban miracle."  Churches are packed with worshippers; Christians share their faith openly and boldly; new believers are baptized despite the pressures they will face for making public their commitment to Jesus. 

In recent days, I've made reference to my conviction that "God redeems all he allows."  Several readers have asked me to explain what I mean by this statement.  Cuban Christianity is a perfect example of God's redemption at work, so let's discuss this vital subject in the context of their experience.

The Bible uses a variety of adjectives to describe God: he is love (1 John 4:8), omniscient (Psalm 147:5), omnipotent (Jeremiah 32:27), and so on.  But only one attribute of God is repeated three times: he is "holy, holy, holy" (Isaiah 6:3; Revelation 4:8).  In Hebrew culture, repetition was used for emphasis.  We might say that God is "holy, holier, holiest" to reach the superlative level; they repeated the adjective three times to achieve the same effect.

If God is the "holiest" being that exists, he must be perfect in every way (cf. Matthew 5:48).  If he is perfect, he can never make a mistake.  If he allows or causes anything in his creation which he does not redeem for a greater good, he has made a mistake in allowing or causing it.  Therefore, I believe that God's omniscience, omnipotence, and love require him to redeem for greater good all he allows or causes.

We may not see this redemption fully until we are in heaven, for "now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face" (1 Corinthians 13:12).  However, sometimes we can see God's redemption at work in our present day, as with the Cuban revival.  The persecution faced by Cuban Christians has purified their faith and strengthened their commitment to Jesus, serving as a catalyst for their spiritual awakening.

During one of my first trips to the island, I told a pastor that I would pray for persecution against his people to lessen.  He asked me not to, explaining that their suffering had birthed their revival.  Then he confided that he and other Cubans were praying for increased persecution to come against America's Christians, so that we might be strengthened in our faith as well.

God redeems all he allows.  How is this conviction relevant to your life this morning?

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