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Miracles happening in Cuba

When I traveled to Cuba in 1995, I met Manuel Rodriguez, a pastor in his 50’s at the time. The fruit of a lifetime of ministry is impressive. Growing up in Castro’s Cuba was no walk in the park. He came to Christ as an illiterate teenager about the time Castro was taking over the country. Man…
By Seth Barnes
By Seth Barnes

When I traveled to Cuba in 1995, I met Manuel Rodriguez, a pastor in his 50’s at the time. The fruit of a lifetime of ministry is impressive. Growing up in Castro’s Cuba was no walk in the park. He came to Christ as an illiterate teenager about the time Castro was taking over the country.

Manuel wanted to read more than anything else. Because he believed in a powerful and caring God, he was able to seek Him for the impossible.

For 15 days after his conversion, he prayed, “Lord if you will give me the gift of reading, then I’ll serve you all my life.”

Each day that went by, he would wake up, go to his Bible and look down at the words, expecting to comprehend. But each day he was disappointed. Imagine his growing frustration when his prayer repeatedly went unanswered. Still Manuel persevered with his prayer.

On the 15th day, he opened his Bible and stared at the page. Miraculously, the words took on shape and meaning. He was reading!

As often happens in the wake of such a miracle, the fruit kept rippling outward. Manuel’s family was so astonished that they all became Jesus-followers. They could not explain what had happened.

Manuel began to meet with friends under a large tree outside his village to study the Bible. Within several months, they had grown in number to a couple of hundred people. At age 14, Manuel had his first church!

True to his promise, he has served the Lord all the days of his life. Many years later, Manuel has become a pastor who knows no fear. Typical of the persecution he faces and his response was the day the government decided to build a road by his church; they told Manuel they were going to tear down the church sanctuary. Manuel boldly confronted the chief official: “You will not tear down this church! No law allows you to do that.”

The official responded, “I am the law here.”

Manuel was undeterred. “Well, go ahead and try, but you’ll have to kill me and my family first.”

Not long afterward, the government official got a big group of workers together and approached the church. There was the Rodriguez family resolutely seated in front of it. After another argument, the work team elected to not tear it down, but to dig a large, narrow ditch in front of it. They began to dig.

Manuel would not hear of this either, “I’m going to the municipal government with my complaint!” he declared. “This ditch is illegal and is a danger to my family. If one of my children falls into it and is hurt while I’m gone, it will be on your head!”

When he returned, the ditch was filled up.

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  • Dearest In Christ,

    I am Mrs Joyce Hamson, from Kuwait.I am married to late Mr Richard Hamson who worked with Kuwait Embassy in Ivory Coast for Twenty-Six years before he died in the year 2005,after a brief illness that lasted for only five days. We were married for Eighteen years with a duaghter(Linda)who later died in a motor accident.Before the untimely death of my husband,we were both born again Christians. Since after his death I decided not to remarry or get a child outside my matrimonial home which the Bible is against.

    When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of (US$4.5M)Four. Million,Five hundred Thousand United States Dollar) in a Security Company in Abidjan Cote d’Ivoire. Presently,this money which was originally intended to be invested in the real estate before his untimely daeth by my husband is still with the Securuty Company, in a box registered as family valuables.
    Recently,Following my ill health, my Doctor told me that I may not last for the next eight months due to my cancer problem.The one that disturbs me most is my stroke sickness.Having known my condition I decided to donate this fund to a Christain organization (Church) that will utilize this money the way I am going to instruct herein,according to the desire of my late husband before his death.

    I want this fund to be used in Christain Activities like,Orphanages, Christain schools, and Churches for propagating the word of God and to endeavour that the house of God is maintained.
    The Bible made us to understand that “Blessed is the hand that giveth”. I took this decision because I don’t have any child that will inherit this money and my husband relatives are not Christians and I don’t want my husband’s efforts to be used by unbelievers. I don’t want a situation where this money will be used in an ungodly way. This is why I am taking this decision. I am not afraid of death hence I know where I am going. I know that I am going to be in the bosom of the Lord. Exodus 14 VS 14 says that “the lord will fight my case and I shall hold my peace”.

    I don’t need any telephone communication in this regard because of my health hence the presence of my husband’s relatives around me always.I don’t want them to know about this development.With God all things are possible. As soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the contact of the Security Company in Abidjan. I will also issue you the documents that will prove you the present beneficiary of this fund.
    I want you and the Church to always pray for me because the lord is my shephard. My happiness is that I lived a life of a worthy Christian. Whoever that Wants to serve the Lord must serve him in spirit and Truth. Please always be prayerful all through your life. Contact me on this e-mail address: any delay in your reply will give me room in sourcing another Church for this same purpose.
    Please assure me that you will act accordingly as I Stated herein. Hoping to receive your reply.
    E Mail [email protected]
    Remain blessed in the Lord.
    Yours in Christ,
    Mrs Joyce Hamson

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