Cuba Audio Report

Thanks to all of you and your continued prayers and support, Mike Silva International was able to travel to Caimanera and Guantánamo City, Cuba.  This was a historic moment for both MSI and evangelism as we were among the first to preach publically in Cuba since the Revolution in 1959, and the response to the Gospel was incredible!  It’s amazing to be in the presence of people desperate for God.   People flooded the streets and many, many made decisions to follow Christ right then and there.  It was truly a blessing to see.
 
Afterward, I was speaking with my good friend Bayron Lechuga, Festival Director for MSI, whom I had the privilege of being there with.  I asked him, “How do we explain this [overwhelming] response to the Gospel [To all of you back home].”
 
He responded,“Tell them it’s because no one has ever fished it [Cuba] before.”
 
Please continue to pray for Cuba; the time is now!
 
“Publish his glorious deeds among the nations. Tell everyone about the amazing things he does
(Psalm 96:3 NLT).
 
Mike Silva
 


Historic Trip to Cuba!

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God is answering one of the wildest prayers I’ve ever prayed: to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ openly in Cuba!
 

For the first time the government has approved a religious event outside the confines of the church. They have given us the largest public venue in Caimanera and a theater in Guantanamo. I will be traveling with 11 others, including seven other pastors. Juan Carlos Rodriguez, singer songwriter producer and Latin award winning performing artist from the husband wife duo Tercer Cielo (Third Heaven) is also one of the eleven. It will be his first time performing in Cuba and we’ve been receiving reports that the people are ecstatic!

We recently heard from a local pastor that the government is implementing crowd control measures because people as far away as Santiago are planning to attend the events.

Would you please pray for me, that I would preach the Gospel with boldness and power? Please pray for the hearts of the people of Cuba, many of whom will hear the Good News of Jesus for the first time. And most of all, pray that God’s Name would be lifted high.

 

For His Kingdom,

Mike Silva



Follow-up Video Message from Mike

 


A Special Year-End Video Message from Mike

 
 


Oscar’s Story



Watch the Santa Cruz, Bolivia Video Report

  •  31,417 recorded decisions for Christ
  • 30,000 attended the FestiKids childrens festival
  • 3,680 attended the Pastors Conference
  • 600 attended the Womens Conference
  • 55,000 students heard the Gospel message
  • 136 partnering 
  • 3,615 individuals were trained to pray with decision makers
  • 1,280 people now have clean drinking water
 
Thank YOU for partnering with us to make this happen!
 
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Results from the Festival in Santa Cruz!

The results from Santa Cruz, Bolivia are in.  We are so grateful for all the Lord did in Bolivia.  Also, we are especially grateful for all YOU did to make this festival happen!

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* 31,417 recorded decisions for Christ
* 30,000 attended the FestiKids childrens festival
* 3,680 attended the Pastors Conference
* 600 attended the Womens Conference
* 55,000 students heard the Gospel message
* 136 partnering churches
* 3,615 individuals were trained to pray with decision makers
* 1,280 people now have clean drinking water



More Photos from Santa Cruz, Bolivia!

When we reflect on all that God has done here in Bolivia, it’s overwhelming.  Thousands of people have begun a relationship with Jesus Christ.  A fresh water well was built to serve an entire village.  Medical and dental clinics have provided free care to countless people.  Serve teams have distributed food, clothing and gifts to thousands.  Our teams have performed dramas to kids of all ages illustrating the message of the Gospel, held orphans, and cared for the needy.  Below are a few photos from what took place on Saturday.   
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Serve team members pray for a man at an area home for the elderly.
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Local village and U.S. Serve Team members celebrating the well dedication in a village near Santa Cruz.
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The Well of Life being dedicated by village leaders, Latin staff and the Serve Team.
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The Well of Life structure and pump house.
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In addition, for the first time in our ministry’s history, a home water purification unit provided to every home in the village.
 
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Stage performance at the kids festival, Festikids, on Saturday evening.
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Inflatable slides and bounce houses at Festikids.
 
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Festikids’ counselors prepare to help walk children through how to begin a relationship with Jesus Christ. 
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Always a crowd favorite, Raza for Christ, brings high energy to the festival.
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Internationally known artist, Vico-C, headlines at the Festival and draws tens of thousands
of both churched and un-churched fans…
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Mike Silva sharing the Gospel using the Bolivian flag.
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Mike Silva gifting a soccer ball, signed by each of the performing artists.
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Woman listening intently to the Gospel message.
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A friend of the festival gathering information to connect decision makers with a local church.
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A police officer, who made a decision to follow Jesus, filling out a decision card.
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A friend of the festival walks a decision maker through the next steps as a follower of Jesus.
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Celebrating people’s decision to follow Jesus with music and fireworks!
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Thousands Make a Decision to Trust Jesus at the Festival in Santa Cruz!

Thank you for faithfully praying for the festival.  Thank you for financially supporting the festival.  When we pray, we pray by faith God will answer us in Jesus name.  God has answered our prayer beyond what we even imagined tonight at the Festival in Santa Cruz! 

Yes, the bands were great.  Vico-C, one of Latin America’s biggest stars, wowed the audience.  Yes, the crowd was huge.  In fact, they were much larger than even last night.  But, the real success of tonight, was a tremendous response to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

At this moment, there’s no way for us to know exactly how many people responded to Mike Silva’s message by making a decision to trust in Jesus, but we were taken aback by just how many hands were raised all over the festival grounds at Mike’s invitation.  Also, Mike shared the story of the prodigal son and invited those in the family of God, who had walked away, to recommit their life to him.  Again, the response was overwhelming.

Would you join us in thanking God for what He has done in Bolivia, and praise His name for His mighty work of power here? Also, stay tuned for detailed results on t

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Crowds Captivated, Lives Transformed at the Festival Por La Vida!

The first night of the Festival in Santa Cruz, Bolivia exceeded all expectations.  Raza for Christ and Tercer Cielo gave incredible performances for the gigantic crowd.

As Mike Silva took the stage to share the Gospel, he carried two live chickens with him.  The crowd –puzzled– listened as Mike asked if there was anyone who’d like to have the chickens.  A woman from the crowd, who was mostly blind was brought forward, lifted onto the stage, and given the chickens as a gift to her family.  Mike explained that eternal life with Jesus is a gift, just like the chickens were a gift for the woman. 

And when Mike gave an invitation for people to receive God’s grace and forgiveness through Jesus, there was a sea of hands raised throughout the entire festival grounds.  It was an amazing harvest.

What’s even better news – we still have one more night to go!  And yes, once again, God held back the rain.  Thanks for praying.theyoungrens_17theyoungrens_08theyoungrens_19theyoungrens_03theyoungrens_07theyoungrens_09theyoungrens_16theyoungrens_15theyoungrens_10



Fruit that Remains Pastor’s Conference Spreads Hope to area Leaders

It was a powerful night at the Fruit that Remains Pastor’s and Leader’s Conference, where over two thousand people gathered to be encouraged, challenged and equipped for their ministry.  Speakers included: Mike Silva, Pastor Mike Fleischmann, Pastor Yasser Rivas, and Pastor Ramiro Ruiz.   The passion and energy for the city of Santa Cruz to be won for Jesus was not containable.  Heriberto Gutierrez, a member of the MSI Latin staff, recently suffered a stroke, but refused to return home to Nicaragua until his divine assignment here in Santa Cruz was complete.  Heriberto took the stage and led the crowd in an extremely moving, passionate time of prayer for God’s Church in Santa Cruz.  Those who were in attendance were in awe of God’s power and His plan to expand His Kingdom tonight and tomorrow night at the Festival.
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Serving Santa Cruz – a Day in Photos

Santa Cruz is a busy, crowded, noisy city.  But among the Christians here, there is one resounding prayer that can be heard above all the noise.  “Almighty God, would you bring revival to our city?”  And so far this week, God is beginning to answer as we see people respond to the Gospel message through the Compassion Aid projects and Serve Team ministries.  Below is a small sampling of what has been going on over the last 24 hours here in Bolivia. 
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Vendors selling their goods on a street corner in Santa Cruz.
Serve team members Bethany Rice (left) and Anna Davis (right).
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Mike Silva sharing the story of how he became an evangelist at Manatial Radio in Santa Cruz.  
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Pastor Yasser Rivas talks about the impact of the Festival por la Vida  at Manatial Radio.
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Serve team member Darrell Jobe, along with the help of his interpreter, shares the Gospel with university students in Santa Cruz.
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Bolivian university students hearing the Gospel message from the Serve Team.
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A boys’ soccer team practices at the field that will become the festival grounds for Friday and Saturday night.
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University students react to a drama performed by the serve team.
 


Serve Teams Share the Gospel in Santa Cruz

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The U.S. Serve Team converged on Santa Cruz, Bolivia yesterday.  Team members visited orphans, teenagers, college students, kids with special needs, and the elderly.  The life-changing message of the Gospel is for everyone.  One serve team reported that in a crowded high school auditorium, the entire student body stood in response to the Gospel message!

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Another serve team reported an orphanage full of kids with special needs, ecstatic to receive the gifts our team brought for them. 

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The team also gave wordless bracelets to hundreds of young kids, which articulates the Gospel using different colored beads.  The response to the Gospel message shared through a simple bracelet has been incredible!

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Today, the U.S. Serve Team is back in action, spreading the love of Jesus all over Santa Cruz.  Please keep praying for God’s Spirit to change hearts and lives here.

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