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VOMC – Dr. Octavio Rios Verdecia, minister with the Assemblies of God in Cuba and pastor of the Words of Life Church in Havana , Cuba suffered an attempt on his life on December 19. Verdecia was leaving his house when he was approached by Eduardo Valdes Oliva. Oliva had attacked a Baptist church several years before and had served time for various criminal activities. Oliva began beating Verdecia with a police stick and attempted to stab him with a knife. He also smashed bottles of homemade wine against the doors of the church. After Verdecia gave a statement to police, they arrested Oliva only to release him seventy-two hours later. Oliva immediately continued his campaign against Christians by attacking another church with stones. Still on the streets, Oliva has vowed to “complete the work” he has begun. Pastor Verdecia has said he is prepared to die for Christ, if necessary.

Cuban believers are asking us to urgently pray for Pastor Octavio’s safety. Pray that he will be allowed to continue bringing the gospel to his city. Pray that Eduardo will see his own sinfulness and turn to Christ. Ask God to open the eyes of the authorities to see the danger that Oliva presents to local believers. Pray for pastors in Cuba who face increasing threats and physical opposition to the message of Christ…[Go To Full Story]