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Pray for Pastor Esmir & Family After Authorities Destroy Home

Cuba

Pastor Esmir Torreblanca, his wife, Marieta, and their two children, ages 7 and 11, were left homeless on July 2 after Cuban authorities raided and demolished their home, which also served as a church. Government authorities, including state security and Cuban Communist Party officials, broke through the front door of their home in Santiago de Cuba at about 6 a.m. while the family was still sleeping. Officials were seen loading church property and the family’s belongings into trucks before bulldozing the building. Authorities also confiscated identification cards from church members who tried to interfere.

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