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CSW: Cuban activist Félix Llerena López freed

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Prayer needs for this week - Saturday 09 October

Dear Peter

The eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love.
Psalm 33:18

Thank you so much for your continued prayer for CSW. We’re always so humbled by how faithfully you bring our prayer needs to God and it’s a huge help to our work even when some of the stories that we share seem very dark. That’s why we’re always so happy to bring you news of answered prayer, so that we can thank God for his goodness as well as cry out to him for justice.

On Wednesday, we were thrilled to hear that the criminal charges against Cuban religious freedom activist Fếlix Yuniel Llerena López have been dropped, and that he is once again able to travel abroad. He’d been unexpectedly summoned by state security and was expecting the worst, but prayer has prevailed and his case is now closed!

In summary, please pray:

  • Thanking God that the charges against Fếlix have been dropped and he’s allowed to travel again
  • That Fếlix would now be able to return to university, as he was expelled earlier this year essentially because of his human rights work
  • For similar good news for other religious freedom activists in Cuba who face the same kind of pressure as Fếlix.




Though the popular perception of the island of Cuba can be of a sunny holiday destination, in reality many ordinary Christians of all denominations face harsh restrictions on their worship and everyday life, because of what they believe. Please join us in praying for them this week.


Fếlix Yuniel Llerena López is a student and religious freedom activist who was expelled from university following a visit to the US to raise religious freedom concerns with US government institutions and Congressional staffers. He also visited the US with CSW to give evidence in Congress. The charges against him have now been dropped and he’s able to travel again: join us in praising God for this great news!

The Ladies in White are a tremendously brave group of female human rights activists, who every Sunday peacefully protest the imprisonment of human rights defenders. For this, they are blocked from attending religious activities including Mass, put under house arrest, interrogated and even beaten. Pray that God would grant them renewed courage and endurance.

CSW is privileged to work with many Cubans just like Félix who are dedicated to the peaceful promotion of human rights, dialogue, religious freedom and an inclusive society. These people include Catholic lay leader Dagoberto Valdes Hernandez, and Lady in White Maylen González González. We’re so grateful for their courage, determination and wisdom. Join us today in asking God to watch over them and their colleagues as they carry out their vital work.

Many churches from all denominations face restrictions and harassment – their buildings are sometimes even seized by the government and demolished. We know that God is capable of providing a safe place for his people to worship: ask him to do this for his people in Cuba today.

Today please pray for Reverend Juan Carlos Núñez Velázquez, a leader in the Apostolic Movement, who is currently serving a one year sentence of house arrest on trumped up charges. The government has refused to allow the Apostolic Movement to register and has targeted its leaders in an effort to stop their rapid growth. Reverend Núñez Velázquez’s appeal against the sentence was rejected. Please pray for him and the members of his church who currently have nowhere to meet legally.

Please pray for two Baptist pastors in the cities of Havana and Santiago who have both been the target of government harassment over the past decade, likely because the churches they have led have experienced rapid growth. Ask God to give them wisdom as they deal with aggressive government officials, including the secret police, and to protect them, their families and the churches they lead.

Father God, today we pray for all those in Cuba who are facing harassment and intimidation – and even prison – because of their faith. We know that you are a God who loves justice and sets captives free: move powerfully in Cuba to do this, we pray. Amen.
CSW is a Christian organisation working for religious freedom through advocacy and human rights, in the pursuit of justice. Christian Solidarity Worldwide, PO BOX 99, New Malden, Surrey KT3 3YF. Registered Charity No. 281836

Posted on 7 Oct 2017

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