Easter Optimism: Persecuted Cuban pastor writes moving letter from prison

Pastor Lorenzo Rosales Fajardo and his family

From our Bureau of Grace in Dark Places

The Saturday before Easter is a gloomy day for Christians. Christ is still in the tomb, as dead as dead can be. Yet, there is light on the way. Optimism overcomes the gloom.

Easter is next. Resurrection. Life everlasting.

Imprisoned Pastor Lorenzo Rosales Fajardo writes from the gloom of the Cuban prison in which he finds himself, with words reminiscent of those of St. Paul.

If you are a praying person, pray for Cuba’s political prisoners today, on this Saturday before Easter.

via Christian Solidarity Worldwide:

On his 51st birthday, Pastor Lorenzo wrote a letter from his prison cell in Cuba, addressed to CSW staff and supporters. We wanted to share it with you because many of you have been praying and campaigning for this Cuban church leader, ever since he was unjustly imprisoned amid the peaceful protests of 11 July 2021. 

We hope you are encouraged and blessed by this beautiful letter. Thank you for everything you are doing! 

‘Dear CSW, 

I greet you in the love of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

I ask you to excuse me for my delay in writing back to you; it is not because of a lack of interest, but the circumstances where I find myself, which one day I will be able to explain in detail. 

I am pastoring rebellious men (here in prison) with serious personality problems; as one new convert told me, ‘tired of living and afraid of dying’; it makes me very happy to be able to help them laugh again and that their lives can have meaning in Jesus Christ. 

In regard to myself, my health is improved, and I am well spiritually, but prison is very hard. 

I don’t think that any man can get used to this place, and even more so when one knows that one is here unjustly; and threatened with never being able to leave, due to the vile fear of a few, their cowardice and cruelty; but I am not afraid. 

Instead of experiencing frustration towards them, I have contentment, peace, joy, no matter the circumstances that surround me. 

My mind is being renewed by Christ. I am free to make the right decisions, because my mind is set on the Spirit and I depend on the Father and His will. I can trust in Him! 

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