Missionaries Rene and Llilian Herrera

COPA—Cuban Organization for Pastoral Assistance, Inc.

COPA sends monthly support to Christian pastors in Camagüey, Cuba, which is disbursed directly to them by the native Cuban missionaries on the ground. With this aid, the pastors are able to meet the basic needs of their families, evangelize, serve the elderly, and bring the children of their communities the hope and peace of Christ.

Under the communist regime, the Cuban people have been denied the light of Christ for 50 years, causing the darkness to affect them in almost all aspects of life. The pastors are the true beacons of hope for the Cuban people. Sharing the Gospel and aiding these pastors in leading souls to God’s eternal salvation is COPA’s main purpose for existence.

Rene and Llilian have felt God’s hand on every clearly guided step of COPA’s planning since its inception in October of 2010. They started with ten pastors. By the spring of 2015, they were supporting an alliance of 67 pastors and missionaries.

Because most of these pastors had become not only self-sufficient, but also reproducing, COPA was led to focus their efforts on purchasing small buildings to be used as house churches for the second and third generation church plants that grew out of the original alliance. COPA currently supports eleven Mount Paran North funded church locations, 20 pastors in Camaguey, 10 pastors in Havana, three prison ministries, seven food ministries, and one ministry to the disabled.

COPA’s mission statement
COPA exists to show God’s love by sponsoring and supporting Christian pastors and their churches in the economically distressed areas of Cuba enabling them to evangelize and plant churches in unreached communities.

The Herrera Family


More about Rene and Llilian

In 1994, Rene escaped communist Cuba, and the Lord safely led him to a refugee camp, and ultimately to the US. He met and married Llilian, a first generation American of Cuban heritage, and after years of preparation, God led them back to Cuba where they would experience the desperate need of His people. The desire to answer His call and their deep love for the Cuban people drove them to start COPA.

About Cuba

In central Cuba, an island nation in the Caribbean, Camagüey is a city with a population of about 375,000, and is the nation’s third largest city. In 1959, Cuba was taken over by the Communist regime led by Fidel Castro. All religion was banned until 1997. This has opened the door for Santeria, hopelessness, moral degradation, fear and despair.

Spiritual Strongholds

  • Corruption, injustice, poverty and control
  • Santeria, witchcraft and Atheism
  • Hopelessness, division and moral degradation
  • Prayer Needs

  • Protection for pastors and missionaries
  • New prison ministries
  • Continued access to prisons
  • For more information on Cuba, please visit http://www.operationworld.org/cuba.

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