About This Cause
In the 1940s, Cuba was a vibrant island full of rich culture and music. During that time, the American missions organization Elim Ministries sent a missionary couple to spread the Gospel to the island. The work progressed slowly, but steadily, until 1959, when the Communist revolution led by Fidel Castro forced the American missionaries to leave. They left behind a small group of Cuban believers who carried the mustard seed of their vision.
When it was founded, Iglesia Evangelical Betel (Bethel Evangelical Church or IEB) only had 20 believers. They saw few conversions; but, Pastor Modesto had a vision of seeing many come to Christ. Psalm 126:5-6 guided him, stating, “Those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy. Those who go out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with them.” With this verse in mind, Modesto brought together a tenacious group of intercessors all over the country, all intent on bringing revival to Cuba through their prayers.
Today, IEB is led by Emilio and his wife, Maria Elena. Their church has grown to over 800 members and by sending out as many as 200 members to plant new churches in the city, they are increasing the body of Christ in Matanzas. They have planted several new churches in the city with a total membership of around 3,000.
IEB now spans the country with well over 600 congregations meeting in government-sanctioned house churches. Their vision, which they are already seeing come to fruition, is to raise up godly pastors who lead their households and churches with integrity and the word of God.
In addition to all of this, IEB also works to see families become more stable as the divorce rate in Cuba is over 70% (even among Christians) and has provided disaster relief after powerful hurricanes have damaged their region in recent years. They are working to bring holistic hope and healing to their struggling nation.