Cuba is the largest island in the Caribbean
Ethnic Groups: Hispanic 98% (White Hispanic 62%, Mulatto/Mestizo, 25%, Black 11%), Asian 1%, and Other (Haitian, Russian, and Palestinian) 1%.
Income: Average income per person is $2,300/yr.
Capital: Havana (pop. 2,130,000)
Religion: 56.53% Christian (48% Catholic, 8% Protestant); 25.01% non religious, 18% Ethnoreligionist; <1% Hindu and Chinese Buddhist.
History: Cuba gained independence from Spain in 1898. The Communist revolution in 1959 brought communism to power under Fidel Castro. After Fidel passed authority to his brother, Raul, in 2008, economic reforms were instituted which has benefited the people. However, these reforms did not impact the civil or political realms. Since 2008 the government has relieved some of the pressure felt by practicing Christians and has led to a large increase in professing believers and a rapid growth in house churches throughout Cuba.
CCI Ministry in Cuba: CCI’s first visit to Cuba was in 2016 to evaluate the needs of the church. Several pastors indicated a need to train the leaders of house churches throughout the country. The size of these local fellowships were from a dozen to several hundred individuals led by lay leaders. Most lay leaders have had little or no access to formal ministry training in Cuba.
CCI is working in partnership with South Bay Church in Riverview, FL to provide training to pastors and church leaders in central Cuba. Classes began in 2019 with 12 students serving as pastors, church planters, and leaders in local churches. For more information and project needs, please contact us.