Feliberto Pereira: a life of passionate compassion

An unforgettable true story of suffering and faith that will leave you inspired to serve others

Feliberto PereiraFeliberto has touched the lives of thousands of America's youth with his life-changing message of passion and purpose through service to others--especially the hidden world of the poor.

As a young Christian pastor on the island nation of Cuba, Feliberto thrived—until Fidel Castro's Communist regime came to power. Because he would not cave into Castro's demand to deny his Christian faith, Feliberto was eventually sent to prison camps where he nearly starved to death. But God had a plan for Feliberto's life, and Feliberto never gave up hope during nearly four years of unimaginable suffering. And when the American government eventually came to Feliberto's rescue, offering him and thousands of other Cubans airplane flights to freedom, Feliberto arrived in America with the clothes on his back and a promise in his heart.

Today, as a proud citizen of the United States, Feliberto lives out that promise: a life of compassion, offering hope for the hidden world of the poor. Through his personal testimony, Feliberto helps young people discover meaning, passion and purpose for their lives through compassion and service to others.



Buy Feliberto's Book

I was a Stranger: Hope for a Hidden World (Brown Books)

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Special note to Youth Ministers

Based on one of the last teachings of Jesus before His death, from Matthew 25, Feliberto's book answers three questions on every Christian's mind:

1. When God calls on me to standup for what I know is right, will I be ready?

2. When God calls on us to serve others in need of caring, will I know how?

3. When I serve God, what will other people think?

Feliberto wants to help Christians, especially youth, answer these questions for themselves. We hope you will consider purchasing Feliberto's book for youth group. It will help them learn about developing a compassionate heart by serving others.

Feliberto's book teaches young people that no matter what a teenager or young adult might think of his or her ability to make a difference in service to God, God wants and God needs them to fulfill His work on Earth.



A penetrating memoir with life-lasting lessons, I was a Stranger: Hope for a Hidden World is Feliberto Pereira's inspiring life story. Feliberto kept hope alive in his heart through faith and prayer, regardless of the risk to himself. A story without hatred or bitterness,  I was a Stranger, Hope for a Hidden World teaches us that God can turn any hardship into opportunity, suffering into compassion and compassion into service. A must-read for Christians everywhere, and especially powerful for young people and as an adult class resource.

Selected news coverage

Disciples World Magazine

Valley Morning Star (Brownsville-Harlingen, Texas)

Hispanic PR Newswire

Disaster News Network

Here's what others have written us after reading Feliberto's book or hearing him speak:

“Much like The Hiding Place or God's Smuggler this book allows you to enter into the experiences of someone who has decided to not let anything steal the hope within.”-Sheila, Mesquite, TX

“When I think of heroes or people who inspire me, Feliberto always comes to mind. Thank you for bringing to light a man whose life is so inspirational.” -Anna, Mansfield, TX

“The only time I did not have tears is when I was reading the appendices. Thank you for this wonderful blessing and teaching.” -Barbara, Dallas, TX

“Just wanted you to know what an outstanding job you did on the I was a stranger book. I took it along on vacation and ready every word.” -Doug, Fort Worth, TX

“Thank you for a great book and a great story!” -Carol, New York, NY

“Your book was next to me as I jotted down my thoughts…for the eulogy celebrating the life of my mother. Thank you for helping me write these words.” -Antonio, Boston, MA

“An inspiring story of overcoming oppression with faith and courage…of his continued dedication to helping our fellow man by using his God-given talent to inspire others. I couldn’t put it down!” -Lynn, Scottsdale, AZ

“We are truly grateful for you introducing us to Feliberto through your wonderful book.” -Westminister Presbyterian Church, Arlington, TX

“Your message is one of urgency but also of hope. Your presentations were well-received and the group has been buzzing about you.” -Disciples Class, First Presbyterian Church-Dallas

“(This) is a fantastic story of perseverance and dedication…a great pleasure and very inspirational.” -Highlands Christian Church, Dallas, TX

“Feliberto Periera is ‘our’ Mother Teresa…I have had the blessing of having Feliberto as one of the living saints in my life.” -Doug Skinner, Senior Minister, Northway Christian Church, Dallas, TX

“Everyone should read it. It will change your life.” -Melinda, Plano, TX

"This book opened a whole new reality for me." -Bob, Santa Fe, NM