(Evangelical Focus) — Evangelical leaders Moisés de Prada and Álida León were stopped by immigration officials of the Cuban government on Sunday, July 14 at the International Airport José Martí of La Habana, when they tried to take a plane to attend a religious freedom conference in the United States.
Prada is the President of the Assemblies of God in Cuba, and León heads the Cuban Evangelical League, the first and fourth biggest evangelical denominations in the Caribbean country.
Both denominations helped to create the new Alliance of Cuban Evangelical Churches (AIEC, in Spanish), an independent body formed to become an alternative to the officialist Council of Churches of Cuba. The Alliance started in June to “defend the biblical values”, according to its foundational document.
Reacting to the unity of evangelical churches, the Metropolitan Community Church and the Council of Cuban Churches, both close to the government, attacked the Evangelical Alliance, calling it “fundamentalist” “anti-LGBT” and “fascist.”