CUBA | JAN. 20, 2021 — Authorities Try to Force Church from Home
Pastor Osmani and his wife are being forced from their home by Cuban authorities.
After a two-year standoff, authorities informed a Cuban pastor on Nov. 13, 2020, that he had 24 hours to vacate his home, which functions as a house church.
Housing authorities had notified Pastor Osmani Lobato in 2018 that, based on a change in a 2012 law, they were expropriating the house church located in La Palma, Cuba. Pastor Osmani had received the home after the founding pastors of the church emigrated to the United States and donated the building to the Assemblies of God denomination. Even after authorities told Osmani they were expropriating the house, the church continued to meet. When authorities again told the pastor to abandon the property, denominational leaders warned the housing authority that they would not allow the church to be dislodged.
Pastor Osmani requests prayer that the church would remain open.