Christian Headlines The church has since attracted hundreds of Cubans to its services each Sunday, and planted several house churches and missions. The congregation has overgrown its structure, but received an official rejection to construct a new building in early May.
Additionally, the Cuban government is seizing the property from the church and ordering it to pay rent in order to remain in the space.
Maranatha pastor Amado Ramírez Oliveros wrote in response, "This measure, apart from being unjust and arbitrary, violates the most essential principles of religious freedom that the Constitution of our Republic so much defends and promotes. We do not accept this decision."