Though no Christian Reformed World Missions' (CRWM) missionaries currently live in Cuba, CRWM supports the Christian Reformed Church in Cuba by providing grants for evangelism and church planting. New work is beginning in several cities, including Cardenas, Colon, Guines, Jovellanos, Santo Domingo, and Varadero. A second church plant has also begun in Havana City. CRWM provides visiting professors each year to train pastors and evangelists. Training a new generation of pastors is crucial for the denomination's continued growth.
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The Christian Reformed Church of North Ameria's 1958 Synod appointed two missionaries to work in Cuba with the indigenous Cuban Interior Gospel Mission. The missionaries had a vision of adopting Cuba as a World Missions field, with theological education as the ministry focus.
Synod 1958 wondered about adopting the Interior Gospel Mission, so sent the Clarence Nyenhuis family and Rev. J. Jerry Pott to look into the matter. Rev. Pott returned with a positive report in December. His recommendations were approved by the World Missions board in February 1959 and that same year, Synod adopted Cuba as an above-quota field.
The revolution led by Fidel Castro changed all of this. Christian Reformed World Missions was forced to leave in 1960; since then, no CRWM missionaries have lived in Cuba. Christian Reformed World Missions continues to be involved in ministry in Cuba through the work of partners and partner organizations.
- Population: 11,087,330 (July 2011 est.)
- Languages: Spanish (official)
- Religions: nominally Roman Catholic 85%, Protestant, Jehovah's Witnesses, Jewish, Santeria
Visit the World Factbook for more information on Cuba.