Tag Archives: David Miller

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

Church of God in Latin America Experiences Robust Growth

Photo: Bolivia national camp meeting, Easter 2017.

By David Miller

A report on the “220 Challenge”—Desafío 220 in Spanish—presented to the 2017 Inter-American Conference (IAC), a representative assembly of the nineteen countries in the region, suggests that the Latin American church has grown by nearly one-fifth since 2011. Continue reading

Leader of Latin American Churches Recuperating from Traffic Accident

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Photo: Victor and Estela Quispe at their home in La Paz.

By David Miller

Victor H. Quispe, president of the Inter-American Confraternity of the Church of God, is recuperating at the hospital in Bolivia after suffering a traffic accident in the wee hours of Saturday, December 17. Quispe was traveling in an inter-urban taxi from La Paz to the city of Oruro to participate in weekend evangelistic campaigns when the accident occurred. 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

Brazil Inspired by the Radical Roots of the Church of God

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By David Miller

In August we were invited to address the issue “Postmodernism and the Radical Roots of the Church of God” at the Brazilian Pastor’s Conference in Curitiba. This photo of Warner’s “Holy Band,” which included youth (nineteen-year-old Barney Warren) and women (60 percent of the evangelistic team!) aroused special interest. Continue reading

A Wake-Up Call: CHOG Unites in Prayer for Persecuted Church

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Photo: David Miller prays with Los Pinos exiles.

By Carl Stagner

Twenty-five months. That’s how long Saeed Abedini has been behind bars in Iran for his faith in Jesus Christ. Torture, unspeakable living conditions, and an inhumane lack of medical treatment have marked the drawn-out experience of the thirty-four-year-old pastor who, as of late, has exemplified the horror of modern Christian persecution. On Sunday, November 9, Church of God congregations around the world will unite with other believers to pray for the global persecuted church. In advance of this vital initiative, Church of God missionaries have weighed in on the extent and gravity of persecution in the world today. Continue reading