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Thursday, 04 June 2015 15:04

Cuba: Friend or Foe?…an answer (part 2)

Written by  Mike and Lisa Conn
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About six years ago, an Air Force officer and his wife, who were members of our “Family Teams for Christ” Sunday school class, approached Mike with the idea of having a class coin, much like the military tradition of having a unit coin for each squadron member.  He suggested the “Armor of God” coin that detailed the armor or protective covering we must wear when fighting spiritual battles.  We adopted this coin to remind all who participate in our programs of the importance of putting on the full armor of God each day. 

Since then, Mike has presented over 400 Armor of God coins to couples and individuals who have participated in our training.  Not just in Montgomery, but we’ve taken these coins to Cuba and given them to the many couples we teach in our marriage and family training classes.  The coin that originated from an officer in our armed forces is now carried by many of God’s “warriors” in Cuba and in the U.S.  God teaches us about the spiritual warfare that is waging battles around us, and we use Ephesians 6 to remind us of the importance of using all of the weapons God has provided to fight those spiritual battles.

 

 

Ephesians 6:14-17: Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

 

And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

 

 

One year ago when we were leaving Cuba after a week-long mission trip, Mike had to remove his coin from his pocket to pass through the metal detector.  When asked about the coin by a young Cuban soldier at Immigration Control, Mike explained what it meant.  By the time their conversation ended, Mike had given his coin to the young man, who, with permission from his superior, was able to accept it.  We came back to Cuba six months later and ran into the same person.  Mike pulled out his coin and the young soldier opened his wallet to show his coin that stays with him at all times.  A simple coin stamped with the truth of God’s word has made its way from one military member to another, in a country that has been our country’s enemy for more than 50 years. 

 

So, back to the question we presented in last month’s article:  Is Cuba a friend or foe?  We would say, both.  There are many brothers and sisters in Christ who have lived in Cuba their entire lives.  They are our dear friends whom we pray for continually.  With communism still their country’s form of rule, the government of Cuba continues to be our country’s foe.  But, it is encouraging to witness that the Christian church is growing in membership each day in this atheistic nation!

 

Now,  to answer the final question from May’s article, “Who is your enemy?”  We remember what scripture says about our enemies:  “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.  Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand” (Ephesians 6:12, 13). 

 

A final question:  “What does it look like to help yourself and others (your spouse, children and friends) put on the Armor of God every day?

 

 

 

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