Alex is an Open Doors Ministry representative. He recently made a journey to Cuba to find out more about the needs of the church there.

Alex had some preconceived ideas about what the persecuted church in Cuba probably needed, but this trip opened his eyes to reality!

Upon arrival in Cuba, Alex sat down with a pastor and began asking the questions he had prepared for this research trip. “What is your biggest need?” Alex asked.

“Well, our biggest need is for your prayers,” began the pastor. “We all need to know the Body of Christ around the world knows we are here and we are a part of the Body. We need to know the Body of Christ cares about us.”

Have you or I ever sat at home alone wondering why the phone never rings with a child or grand-child calling to affirm they are thinking about us? I am sure you have.

Isolated members of the persecuted church sit and wonder if the rest of the Body of Christ ever remembers they exist. We need to fathom the great need of the “free church” to reach out and love our persecuted brothers and sisters. It starts with prayer.

The Cuban pastor went on to tell Alex of needs like Bibles, Songbooks, Sunday school lessons, teaching materials - you know, the kind of stuff that is piled two feet deep in your classrooms at church!

At the end of his talk, the Cuban pastor admitted the church in Cuba would be thankful for anything and everything the Body of Christ could do to help.

“If you send us a bar of soap, we’ll be grateful,” he confessed. “We’ll praise God for it!”

A bar of soap? In my shower this moment, there are probably the broken remains of two or three bars of soap I haven’t tossed in the trash yet. When I opened each bar of soap, did I stop and praise God for soap and a hot shower? No, I never even thought about it. I am a spoiled North American who takes much for granted.

Like Alex after his trip to Cuba, I also am convinced I need to pray more for the persecuted church, and provide what I can in the forms of Bibles or even bars of soap. These are my brothers and sisters I will be sharing eternity with. I want to join them in praising God for everything!

Kim Wenzel is a local Open Doors USA ministry representative who speaks in churches and groups about praying for the persecuted church. For more information, persons interested may contact Wenzel at pastorkimwenzel@gmail.com or 918-919-1490. Hear more about the persecuted church at 6 p.m., every Saturday on KWXC 88.9 FM Christian talk radio.