What is our New Year’s “revolution”?

january-1Today is the customary day for making lists of ways we intend to improve our lives in the coming year. Recently, though, I have been thinking about creating something more focused than a list. I have been thinking that instead of making New Year’s resolutions I should have one, and only one, New Year’s revolution.

Of course, New Year’s day and revolution go hand-in-hand for Cubans, since January 1 is a holiday marking the triumph of the Cuban revolution in 1959. And as I was considering the word-play between resolutions and revolution, I arrived at the one over-arching theme for ACTION Cuba’s ministry in 2014, our one “revolutionary” concept to keep front and center throughout the year: push for growth.

As I recently wrote in an article on our website, the Cuban church is a highly monitored and regulated church. That goes double for foreign missionaries, and in our 13 years working there we have come up against many restrictions and impeding circumstances that have prohibited us from experiencing the fullness of the call that God has put on our lives.

We have accomplished much, but there is vision to do much more for God’s kingdom, and in the past 12 months new and unexpected opportunities have arisen. So, for the next 12 months it is time to push for growth. We want to reach more cities and more denominations with more resources, through a larger team of missionaries and national workers. It is time for the next big push in our ministry.

To that end, I have written a small booklet describing our vision and detailing our recent results. It is available in digital format, or I can send you a printed copy in the mail. Please write me and I will send it to you, and please think about how you would like to be part of our vision and growth.

Thank you for your love and concern for Cuban believers. We are grateful to be a bridge between you and them.

Yours in Christ,

Brian Stewart