Traveling this week in Cuba, my mind was filled with questions about how we as Christians can help those in the midst of struggle. Yes, things have improved here, but at the same time, prices of have skyrocketed for some of the most basic services. Salaries, meanwhile, continue to hover around (the equivalent of) $20 to $30 per month. Meanwhile, one new button-up shirt might cost $16. Translate that into the economy where you live. If the average salary for a worker with a college education is $24,000, that means one shirt would cost $1500. Yikes. Internet is nonexistent. (The line for the phone company – to buy one hour of Wi-Fi — is a block long in the middle of the afternoon. And once you’re on, it feels like 1989 dial-up.) They say all internet proxies through Venezuela — then relays to the rest of the world. And it feels like it. What will change this country’s destiny? How will its future be shaped? How will the common man struggle to survive? Churches, meanwhile, can’t by property. (It has to be owned privately — then a person-to-person deal has to be brokered with the congregation.) What’s your take on countries in transition like this? We know that prayer is the most vital and vibrant way to change the world. If that’s our primary course of action, wouldn’t our churches want to invest more pulpit and stage time praying for nations in transition like this? Stop and think — when is the last time your church ever led a 15-minute focused prayer time during a main morning worship for nations in the midst of struggle? If you have a case study or a testimony, please click “comment” following the web version of this item. Thanks in advance for your time.