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Cuban pastor freed, barred from preaching

Pastor Omar is hugged by his wife upon his release

Cuban underground church pastor Omar Gude Perez has been paroled from prison on the condition that he does not preach.

Omar had infuriated Cuban officials by refusing to submit to what he considers unacceptable restrictions on the Gospel. His punishment in prison was to be housed with the most violent criminals — who he won over.


Pastor Omar is part of Cuba’s revival-oriented Apostolic Movement, a non-denominational network of Christians who shun Cuba’s officially recognized churches, according to Christian Solidarity World, a watchdog group that reports on persecution of Christians worldwide.

Omar was granted conditional release from a six-and-a-half year prison sentence on trumped up charges of “falsification of documents.”  He is prohibited from speaking publicly and must confine his movements to the Cuban city of Camaguey.

A leader in the underground network of independent churches, Omar was convicted in in July 2009. The charge of “falsification of documents” was based on the state’s accusations that he had illegally taken his stepfather’s surname. When he was a boy, his mother remarried and Omar took his new father’s last name. However, official records show that his legal surname is indeed Gude Perez, contradicting the original court decision that led to his conviction and prison sentence.


Omar described the conditions during his time in jail as “torturous,” explaining that his weight dropped 60 pounds.  As punishment for sharing his faith with his fellow prisoners, he was moved to a cell with the most violent criminals who told him they had been given the green light by prison officials to attack him physically. 

Instead, he ministered to their spiritual needs and gained their friendship. His experience matches that of other Cuban prisoners of conscience, who consistently report being thrown in with killers and sadistic psychopaths.

Pastor Omar says God protected him — like Daniel in the Lion’s Den, giving him favor with the worst of the worst … who became his friends and protectors.

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posted March 30, 2011 at 11:59 am

People in the western world, primarily the United States, have no idea what it is like to be really persecuted. Christians all over the globe suffer horribly, while we enjoy relative peace and the ability to worship as we please. I pray for all my brothers and sisters in Christ worldwide that are suffering and pray for Christ’s speedy return to end all this.

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posted March 29, 2011 at 11:34 pm

WoW! That is truly a good man. A man that loves God and I don’t doubt he and God together will find a way to get the word out. I have read of others in other countries that too have went through their own hell on earth because they loved and obeyed God. Jesus Christ said, they did it to me and they will do it to you, but He will always be there for us. Its so sad that Satan has a hold on the minds of those that think they are doing right and don’t realize that Satan is behind their evil doings. But Jesus Christ said he would never leave us or forsake us…we should all rememeber that and hold onto it as times get tougher.

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Ann Parker

posted March 29, 2011 at 6:06 pm

Maybe he feels he needs to spend sometime in prayer and study to refresh his spirit, and then comfort his fellowers, and talk to them about what went on in jail. We must remember the men in jail had a pastor for awhile and the church members did not, so maybe he needs this time to teach and preach to just the members.

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Rob Kerby

posted March 29, 2011 at 9:27 am

I will be very surprised if he believes his promise is binding. Also, define “preaching.”

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Annie Kurian

posted March 29, 2011 at 6:11 am

Gods ways are strange.But he continues to use,no matter what the situation.
But Iam curious to know why pastor Omar has agreed to refrain from public speaking now?

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