Despite a churning illness aboard a bus and a ferry, a young Cuban Christian perseveres to see a divine appointment repeated with a young man who would turn to Christ. Today, the two men are among Baptist pastors seeing a spiritual harvest in Cuba.
After a 30-year decline, average Cooperative Program gifts per Southern Baptist church have risen two years in a row, now at 5.50 percent of churches' reported undesignated receipts. This good news, Ashley Clayton of the SBC Executive Committee writes, is "certainly worthy of our attention and our celebration."
Southern Baptists gave an unprecedented $154 million to the 2013 Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions, breaking the record for the largest total in the offering's 125-year history.
A Cuban pastor, who was mocked as a Christian as a boy, recaps a church planting initiative that now spans more than 40 churches and multiple house churches.