Cuba's tiny Evangelical Lutheran Church has 806 members, five congregations, seven preaching points, eight pastors and no seminaries or buildings. All its members worship in house churches.
It also has two faces: An official one it wears in relation to government bureaucrats and foreign delegations and another, more winsome face it shows when its children pray at worship without a hint of youthful hesitation. This face appears when passionate tears track the cheeks of its pastors as they describe their ministry — and always when its people generously share food despite their poverty.
Both are faithful faces, committed to being the church of Christ's compassion in a land they say has never been more ready to receive that message.
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