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Samuel Akaakaa is an experienced past-employee of Beacon of Hope, a national development agency in Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria, begun as a ministry of World Renew. He and wife Marilyn are raising their own young family and have deep hearts for vulnerable children.

Will open borders benefit Cuban Christians?
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Will open borders benefit Cuban Christians?

Many people today are still surprised to hear there are churches in Cuba. They assume churches disappeared after Cuba’s 1959 Revolution. (To review Cuban Christians’ and churches’ lives over the years, see Christian Courier, July 28, 2014.) Oh, we of little faith. Jesus’ declaration in Matthew 16:18 that “the gates of Hades will not overcome [the church]” trumps our collective loss of memory. Cuban churches have been remarkably healthy under a repressive government.

Obama pledges to normalize diplomatic relations with Cuba
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Obama pledges to normalize diplomatic relations with Cuba

Years of small steps by Cuban and U.S. intermediaries loosened the hard soil of enmity between the two nations. Gradually, travel restrictions for relatives in both nations were lightened and limits on cash remittances to Cuba increased. Recent interventions by other nations kept building the pressure to change. Canada provided a neutral place for secret discussions. Notably, even Pope Francis encouraged irenic relations. Altogether these created an impetus that official spokespersons of both nations could no longer brush off publicly.