The Vision for Pastors program provides an opportunity to support a pastor for as little as $25.00 per month.
The Vision for Pastors Ministry in Cuba is currently sponsoring over 90 pastors with the needs reaching four times that amount. Cuba is a communist state under the rule of President Raúl Castro. The current population of Cuba is over 11 million. Its people, culture, and customs draw from diverse sources, including the aboriginal Taíno and Ciboney peoples; the period of Spanish colonialism; the introduction of African slaves; and its proximity to the United States. The diversity of people and customs creates a large range of beliefs and ideologies. Over the years different beliefs have been combined and changed to fit each tribe or culture. The most prominent belief system in Cuba is a combination of Catholicism and witchcraft. But we see that the Church is growing rapidly throughout this desperate country. A tribal pastor will make an average of $9.60 per month for a typical job, where a pastor in the city will make an average of $20.00 per month forcing them to work multiple jobs to provide for their families. Many of the pastors grow bananas or guava so they can support their family while still doing the work of the ministry. It is our hope that we would be able to ease the financial stress for the pastor to have the freedom to build their congregation, develop new ministry outlets and focus on their community needs.
Here is an example of a government food ration for one person for a month.
- 5 pounds of rice
- 1 pound of sugar
- 8 ounces of black beans
- 1 pound of cooking oil
- 1 half of a chicken leg
- 5 eggs
- 1 bar of soap for bathing
- 1 pack of matches
- 1 dinner roll per day
- 1 roll of toilet paper
The supplies are limited and not everyone receives all their rations.
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” Matthew 28:19
Burma is one of the poorest nations in Southeast Asia and among the 50 poorest in the world. It has not always been this way; it was the wealthiest when it was under British rule. It was the world's largest exporter of rice, and even today has a wealth of natural resources, and a highly literate population. In 1948 the government adopted socialism adn the country's exports dropped by 96%. The people of Burma are still walking through these troubled times and trying to deal with the poverty that has hit their nation. Like so many areas in Southeast Asia, the church is growing, but in hostile territory. The tribal areas and, more specifically, Christian groups in Burma like the Karen are targets for the Burmese military. The Karen people are some of the poorest and most terrorized in Burma. The pastors we support take faith and strength in Jesus and God's promises to heart every morning when they choose to follow their Lord and Savior.
China, Laos & Vietnam
The Vision for Pastors ministry is reaching out into the nations of Nepal, China, Laos and Vietnam. We are currently supporting pastors in each of these areas. Our hope is to grow the Vision for Pastors ministry and witness God's provision touch lives, encourage local pastors, and see the church grow.
“And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.” Jeremiah 3:15