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Sports Build Friendships, Bridges in Cuba

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Photo: Among other items, Spread the Word funds provided sixty pairs of cleated shoes, custom-made in Cuba.

By Carl Stagner

Billy Graham crusade-style events just don’t happen in Cuba. Believers instead find creative ways to communicate Jesus. With dollars raised by Church of God students in Ohio, a soccer tournament and baseball clinics were recently held in Cuba, events that created a bridge from sports to Jesus. Several Cuban participants indicated their desire to know Christ as Savior and Lord. Continue reading

Baseball, Baptisms, and a Bus

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By Carl Stagner

They come from all walks of life. Some have never stepped foot in a church. Most come from broken homes. Some have parents in jail, while some families have just fallen on hard times. Some are being raised by grandparents—even great grandparents. A number have parents who work on Sundays. They have one thing in common: most wouldn’t be able to come to church unless someone offered them a ride. Thankfully, Jessie Ritzline and First Church of God in Commiskey, Indiana, have stepped up to the plate. Continue reading

Cuban Baseball: On Fire for Christ

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By David Miller

A famous fragment of Havana, Cuba’s downtown plaza, is known as the Hot Corner in honor of baseball’s third base. Third base got its nickname because of the sizzling ground balls hit down the baseline. Havana’s Hot Corner sizzles around the clock too—regardless of local temperatures. Continue reading

From the Ball Field to the Field of Souls

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By Carl Stagner

When life throws you a curve ball, what do you do? How do you respond? For Rev. Carlos Sanchez, it was the biggest curve ball of his life, but it was one he was overjoyed to receive. Once a baseball player in the minor leagues, this curve ball didn’t strike him out—it struck him into the kingdom of God. Continue reading