Christian women’s conference in Cuba convenes despite government threats against pastor

From Premier:

A Cuban pastor has been threatened because his church was hosting a women’s conference. 

Alain Toledano Valiente is a leader in the Apostolic Movement, an unregistered Protestant denomination in Cuba. 

The pastor was summoned to a police station on Wednesday, where he was told by the station commander that if his church went ahead with a planned women’s event starting on Thursday, called Deborah 2019, he would be charged with the crime of disobedience and would risk imprisonment.

Toledano Valiente received the summons on his 25th wedding anniversary and was told to present himself to the police at 10am the next day.

He wrote on Facebook: “Today we are celebrating 25 years of marriage, my wife and I, and this is the gift of the Cuban government, a policeman at my door and a summons for tomorrow…In my 47 years in Cuba I have learned something, they never come at all good, there are always traps, threats, blackmail, etc. Let everyone know about this new threat to my freedom. I ask above all for your prayers, God cover our lives, and my family who was last threatened, shalom”

The pastor went to La Motorizada Unit 3 Police Station on Thursday and was interrogated for almost three hours by the unit commander.

Toledano Valiente said the church would go ahead with the two-day Deborah conference for Christian women and posted pictures of the event on social media. 

In July, Toledano Valiente was stopped by government agents and blocked from boarding a flight to the US to attend the Ministerial on International Religious Freedom. He is still officially banned from leaving Cuba and his right to move freely within the country is also restricted.

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