1,531 youth leaders in Cuba have received in-depth Jesus-Focused training!
Of the 11 million people in Cuba, 15% are 15-19 years old and over 50% are 25 years old or younger. Since 1959, ministry to the younger generation in Cuba has suffered from the constraints of Communism. As the country begins opening up to outside influences, we find a generation of teenagers, raised in a god-less society, defenseless to worldly pressures, but hungry to know God. In the past, churches have lacked the tools to reach them, but now Jesus-Focused Youth Ministry (JFYM) is closing the leadership gap by offering vision, training, resources and coaching that is producing life-change and equipping life-changers.
Elio, Alexi, Abdiel, Pino, Gian Carlos, Pancho, David, and Darwin, and a total of 56 Eagle Leaders, lead Reach Out’s team in Cuba. Supported with quality resources in Spanish, these visionary leaders equip youth leaders who then reach teenagers. God is raising up strong leaders for His youth movement in Cuba.
Since 2003, over 2,650 youth leaders have been trained in JFYM and about 60 Eagle Leaders have implemented JFYM in their churches. They have translated, printed and distributed 14 of Reach Out’s resources. The Cuban churches that Reach Out trains continue to bear fruit through well equipped, multiplying leaders, who reach and disciple the younger generation. In 2017-2018 the Reach Out team in Cuba will:
- Equip 500 more younger generation leaders but conducting 25 JFYM Forums.
- Provide in-depth coaching for 110 leaders who implement JFYM in 90 churches.
- Certify and mobilize 25 more Cuban youth leaders to equip and mentor others in JFYM.
- Translate three more books of the “Building Leaders Series”.
- Print and distribute four books from the “Moving Toward Maturity Series”, as well as the “Jesus-Focused Youth Ministry Notebook” and “Jesus No Equal” book and journal.
- Lead the Eagle Leader’s Experience for 60 Eagle Leaders to encourage and envision toward our goal of “Cuba for Christ”.
As a result, the Cuban churches Reach Out trains will continue to bear fruit through well-equipped, multiplying leaders who reach and disciple the younger generation.
Reach Out’s History in Cuba
2016 Our Cuba team equipped 450 more younger generation leaders by conducting 15 JFYM Forums in 13 provinces. They provided in-depth coaching for 100 leaders who implement JFYM in 85 churches. “Getting Started”, “Following Jesus”, “Giving Away Your Faith and Influencing Your World” from “Moving Toward Maturity” series, as well as the “Jesus-Focused Youth Ministry Notebook”, and “Jesus No Equal” book and journal was published. An Eagle Leader’s Experience was also conducted for 40 Eagle Leaders with their wives.
2015 Our Cuba team equipped 750 younger generation leaders by conducting 24 JFYM Forums. Provided in-depth coaching for 80 leaders who implement JFYM in 55 churches. Certified and mobilized 20 more Eagle Leaders Finished translating the final three “Moving Toward Maturity Series” youth discipleship books, as well as printed and distributed 5 previously translated Reach Out resources.
2014 Led 17 JFYM Forums, which established 12 model churches as training extensions. They certified 10 more Cuban Eagle Leaders. The team translated and produced two “Moving Toward Maturity” series “Following Jesus” and “Spending Time Alone with God.”
2013 Led 20 JFYM Forums, 16 more Cuban Eagle Leaders were certified, and an Eagle Leader Experience was conducted with 28 Eagle Leaders in attendance to pray and plan for 2013-2014. “Following Jesus” was translated and produced 500 copies of “Jesus No Equal” were distributed to students.
2011-2012 25 Eagle Leaders (EL’s) led 11 JFYM Forums, in which 135 youth leaders were trained. Nine more Cuban EL’s were certified bringing the total to 34 EL's. Five resources were translated in Spanish, an Eagle Leader Experience was conducted to encourage, equip, pray, plan, and develop a one-year coaching process to assist churches with more in-depth implementation of JFYM.
2010 Eagle Leaders conducted six JFYM Forums for over 80 youth leaders.
2004 Reach Out has built a strong team of leaders who carry out the Jesus-Focused Youth Ministry training.
2003 Reach Out’s first team went to Cuba and 350 youth leaders were introduced to Jesus-Focused Youth Ministry in Santiago and Havana. The response was overwhelmingly positive.