A colorful blend of past and present infuses lively communities of friends and family

Long untouched by outside influence, Cuba is known for vintage cars, colonial architecture and hot sun. But in recent years Cuba has grown increasingly cosmopolitan, with 1950s nostalgia and picturesque beaches mixing easily with small businesses, contemporary art galleries and salsa clubs.

Cubans are creative and enterprising, and have the highest literacy rate in Latin America. With a strong sense of close-knit community, it is not uncommon to see Cubans socializing in food lines or extended families living together in Havana apartments.

Cuba’s economy is still widely state-controlled, with most of the production being owned by the government and operated by state employees. However with more individuals licensed to own and operate their own private businesses, Cubans are taking back the sense of ownership and pride in their country.

Your participation with Missions Door supports church planting and leadership development in Cuba as hearts are increasingly open to the Gospel.

Cultural Snapshots

Havana’s art galleries rival those of major markets around the world, and the country’s world-class musicians birthed salsa, rumba, mambo, cha-cha and more.

Faith Fact

Many Cubans practice Santeria alongside Catholicism. A santero believes orishas or saints are active in individuals’ lives, while the Christian God is thought to be remote and disinterested in human activities.

Country Profile

Population: 11 million

Major Religions: 50% Catholic, 25% nonreligious, 17% Santeria, 3% Protestant

Languages: Spanish (official)

Literacy: 100%

Poverty: 2%