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Your Support Needed as Hurricane Irma Relief Underway

A symbol of hope post-hurricane at Warner University.

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Hurricane Irma Disaster Assessment Begins

Warner University students safe in their shelter (credit: David Hoag).

By Carl Stagner

More than six million people in Florida remain without power today as the remnants of Hurricane Irma batter much of the southeastern United States. What once was a Category Five storm has been downgraded to tropical storm status, but not without leaving behind damage across much of the state of Florida and utter devastation on some Caribbean islands. Residents in much of Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina are not yet out of the woods. At last count, Irma’s wrath has claimed nearly forty lives across the Caribbean and some reports suggest up to 95 percent of buildings on the island of Barbuda. As of Monday, September 11, assessment is ongoing. Continue reading

The Generational Impact of Church of God Radio on Cuba

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By Carl Stagner

In March 2016, President Obama paid a historic visit to Cuba. For the first time in nearly ninety years, a sitting U.S. president visited the island nation, following a lift on the ban of commercial flights into Cuba. While the latest development in an attempt at diplomatic relations may have been breaking news in political circles, the Church of God reach into Cuba is nothing new. Since the first visit to Cuba by a Church of God evangelist in 1901, the impact of the Church of God on individuals and congregations there has continued. Not only have missionaries poured their lives into Cuba, but published material like La Trompeta has proven highly influential. Yet another constant source of the Good News since at least the 1970s has been Church of God radio. Continue reading

The Gospel Trumpet in Cuba

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Cuban pastor with recent editions of La Trompeta. The magazine is currently produced in Argentina by editor Omar Borke.

By David Miller

Editor’s note—We recognize that, among a number of international developments in recent months, Cuba has been in the news and on the hearts of many believers. Here’s the story of how one Church of God publication is making an impact on the region, including an opportunity for you to get involved.

“We want to let you know that we continue to receive the magazine La Trompeta, which is a great blessing. Pray for us, that the Lord will train us more every day in his Word.”

“I always share articles from La Trompeta with my brothers and sisters in the faith, so they can know more of the Word for their edification.”

Letters like these from Christian believers in Cuba arrive in a steady stream at the editor’s desk of the official Spanish-language magazine of the Church of God. Named for its English forerunner, The Gospel Trumpet, La Trompeta has been an enduring encouragement to Cuban Christians for more than sixty years. Continue reading

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

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