Friday, January 20, 2012

Cuban Government Backtracks On Verbal Assurances To Grant Pastor Exit Visa

It seems that the Cuban government is hostile Christianity or else they would have granted the pastor a chance to seek asylum in the United States.

1/19/2012 Cuba (CSW) - Pastor Omar Gude Perez has so far been denied a visa to leave Cuba in order to seek asylum in the United States (US) despite verbal assurances from Cuban authorities that his application would be approved. Pastor Gude Perez’s wife and two children have been given exit visas, or “white cards”, as they are called in Cuba, but the family have refused to leave Cuba without him, for fear that delays in the pastor’s visa application may lead to a long-term separation.

Since the family was granted asylum by the US in July 2010, they have had to wait several months for their exit visas to be approved, and have been subject to contradictory messages from the authorities on whether the family will be able to leave Cuba together.

Pastor Gude, a national leader in a fast growing network of independent churches called the Apostolic Movement, served almost three years of a six-and-a-half year prison sentence on trumped up charges. His release was subject to certain conditions, namely that he was prohibited from preaching or from travelling outside the city of Camaguey(Source).

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