Stories From Cuba
Lazaro loves baseball. He was never quite good enough to make the Cuban national team, but he found his niche in coaching. Today he has started a Cuban church league where some of the nation's top talent often play. “Baseball teaches us about life, hard work, and overcoming struggles. We invite players to join us or compete against us so we can get to know them. As time goes on we find ways to tell them about Jesus and how He came to redeem us. I think baseball is the perfect vehicle for evangelism."
Laura had always been intrigued by sign language so it was no surprise when she learned to “talk” with her hands. She especially loved connecting and communicating with deaf children. As a pastor’s wife, she often wondered what good it would do since no one in their church was deaf… until a new family joined along with their deaf daughter. “It’s impossible to explain the joy of telling this beautiful little girl about Jesus in sign language," she says. Today, she continues her wonderful sign language ministry with special classes in their community to help parents of deaf children learn how to communicate. "Of course, my best lessons are the stories of Jesus healing the deaf and blind."
Raida thought all her joy and happiness were taken away when she lost her fiancé to cancer many years ago. “I knew God was unfolding His plan but I certainly could not understand anything He was doing.” Years later, in God’s perfect time, God gave her a loving husband and a beautiful son. Today, she is the director of women’s ministries for over 400 Los Pinos Nuevos churches throughout Cuba. She also serves alongside her husband building a church with a special ministry to those who grieve and mourn.
Noel is an accountant. He’s very bright, cheerful, and looks forward to starting a family with his wife of two years. Noel knows numbers and his mathematical mind knew things added up perfectly when he met Jesus Christ. “You cannot keep good news to yourself,” he says with a smile. "Jesus is the only one who can truly bring lasting hope and life to us in Cuba. I’m an accountant by day but my real job is to plant a church in my neighborhood where I can tell others where to find hope."
Carlos Noda from Cuba learns of the dedication of Rev. Les Thompson's last book: "To all the pastors whose name is Carlos -- and to all the pastors who are not named Carlos -- but in particular to Carlos Noda, who pastors the Baptist Church in Pinar del Rio, Cuba."