Adventist Church in Cuba Hosts Bible Distribution Event

"For many years, the church in Cuba has been crying out to God for Bibles..."

News November 8, 2023

08 November 2023 | Artemisa, Cuba [Hans Johan Sagrusten]

The Seventh-day Adventist Church in Artemisa, located 70 kilometers west of Havana, Cuba, recently played host to leaders from various denominations in the area. Their gathering was dedicated to launching a Bible distribution programme organised by the Bible Society of Cuba, with the aim of distributing packages of Bibles to families through the Bible Baskets Project.

On September 25, 2023 the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Artemisa, Cuba, hosted a meeting organised by the Bible Society of Cuba to initiate a Bible distribution project called “Bible Baskets.”

For many years, the Bible Commission (Comisión Bíblica) in Cuba held the exclusive legal authority to import and distribute Bibles within the country. However, in September 2023, the Bible Society of Cuba was formally established, obtaining the sole license for importing and distributing Bibles to the 80 Christian denominations on the island.

Over the past decade, the number of Christians in Cuba has doubled, now representing 60% of the population, which totals 11 million people.

In September, representatives from the Norwegian Bible Society visited Cuba to witness the official establishment of the Bible Society of Cuba. During their visit, they had the opportunity of visiting several churches, where there is a substantial demand for Bibles—a demand that is challenging to fully meet.

“There are still members of our church who come to us and ask for a Bible. But we have to tell them that we don’t have any Bibles to give them,” local Adventist pastors commented.

They are aware that the Bibles that have already been distributed are being put to good use by members. Every day, lives are drawn closer to the Lord because of the simple act of placing a Bible in their hands. As a result, the Bibles received from the Bible Society will not collect dust in their office; they will be swiftly distributed.

Revival

Revival is spreading throughout the churches in Artemisa, mirroring the growth experienced by churches across Cuba. Adventist church pastors report that, “People are searching for truth, for what is really true. God bless you for the ministry you are doing, that ‘the earth may be filled with the knowledge of the Lord’ (Isaiah 11:9). When we invest time with the Bible, we invest time with the Lord.”

Alain Montano, the General Secretary of the Bible Society of Cuba, is well-regarded in all the churches in Cuba, with a particularly strong connection to the Seventh-day Adventist Church. He fondly recalls his grandmother, who was an Adventist and would always have a Bible story ready for him. She used to say, “Come into the kitchen and sit on my lap, and I’ll tell you a story.”

Alain Montano, General Secretary of the Bible Society of Cuba, describing the "Bible Basket" distribution initiative. On September 25, 2023 the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Artemisa, Cuba, hosted a meeting organized by the Bible Society of Cuba for leaders from many denominations to initiate a Bible distribution project called “Bible Baskets”. Iglesia Adventista del Séptimo Día, Artemisa, Cuba. Cameradate: Monday, Septembe
Alain Montano, General Secretary of the Bible Society of Cuba, holding a  “Bible Basket.”

Bible Month

In September, Christians in Cuba celebrate Bible Month. On 28 September 1569, the first complete Bible in Spanish was published in Basel, Switzerland. The Reina-Valera Bible is celebrated throughout the Spanish-speaking world.

Alain Montero reflects, “For many years, the church in Cuba has been crying out to God for Bibles. God has never forgotten this prayer,” he says, his eyes filled with tears. “The Lord answers in His time and sends people our way, and He does it today through Bible friends in Norway.”

“A decade ago, I visited the Adventist church in Santiago, eastern Cuba. At that time, the pastor looked me straight in the eye and said, ‘I could have given out 1,500 Bibles in a day to Christians who want a Bible but don’t have one.’ Alain affirms that this pastor still maintains the same desire, stating, “He still says he could have given out 1,500 Bibles in a day.”

Following the inspiring meeting in the church, members immediately began distributing these valuable books. Throughout the evening, Alain Montero received numerous messages and images on his phone, depicting happy families who had just received their Bible Baskets.


Hans Johan Sagrusten is the Bible Use Coordinator, at the Norwegian Bible Society. 
[Photos: Hans Johan Sagrusten/ AME (CC BY 4.0].

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