On a sunny day in northern Uganda, Hector Cabrera stepped into a river and turned to extend his hand to Oketa Robert, a new believer. Then, Robert walked into the water, ready to take his next step of faith and be baptized. He was one of 34 believers baptized that early spring day. Each new follower of Jesus was a refugee who lived in the Rhino Camp Refugee Settlement, Uganda.

Hector Cabrera serves as a global missionary partner who works closely with International Mission Board teams in Uganda. He was sent by Cuba to the Nations, a missions agency. His primary work is discipleship and outreach in a South Sudanese and Congolese refugee camp. He wants to see a healthy church planted in the camp.

Cabrera, IMB missionaries and national partners intentionally disciple new believers and look for opportunities to build relationships. Cabrera’s partnership multiplies the area’s overall ministry.

When Cabrera traveled to build a well in another camp, he took Joshua with him. Joshua attends a Bible study but is hesitant about baptism. While the two men worked on the well, they talked. Cabrera is intentionally pointing Joshua to Christ.

Each week, Cabrera hosts a group of 13 young men in his home. He feeds them homemade Cuban food and shares the Gospel. He also helps another house church planted by his friend Arich, a South Sudanese believer whom IMB missionaries discipled a few years ago. Arich wants to reach youth in her village.

Cabrera is never alone as Hector ministers in the camps. Frankie Mosses, a South Sudanese refugee, disciples and baptizes alongside Cabrera in the camps.

Cabrera’s days are never complete until he heads to Rhino Camp, usually with a soccer ball. He can count on finding a group of boys, eager to play. On a dirt field, he shares the hope of Christ with refugee kids who have seen much violence, destruction and hopelessness during their short lives.

Soon, the kids will play in a permanent sports facility, funded by Southern Baptists’ generosity. Cabrera prays that outreach will grow and flourish through the new youth center.

Like those refugees, Cabrera is acquainted with political turmoil and unknowns at home. During an uncertain time in Cuba, he trusted God and his sending church, Montes des los Olives Baptist Church, Alamar, Cuba, to care for his loved ones. The church made his journey to Uganda possible. Cabrera is also familiar with living cross-culturally and sharing life with people from a third culture – the IMB missionaries.

While Cabrera’s ministry is multifaceted, his heart focuses on one goal: lost people in the camps being found in Christ.

Thank God for partnerships between IMB and cross-culture mission partners. Pray for Hector Cabrera and all global missionary partners to further the Gospel among the nations. Ask God to spread His hope through the refugee center in Uganda. Pray for more believers around the world to serve in international missions.


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