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CHOG Minister Completes 4,310-Mile Walk for Adoption, Foster Care

Glenn Koster wets his feet in the Pacific Ocean.

By Carl Stagner

Glenn Koster left South Miami on foot, in February 2018. He intended to reach Seattle by October of last year, but the hazards around the next curve weren’t always visible along the 4,310-mile adventure on which he’d embarked. Ultimately appearing in 51 newspapers, on NPR and K-LOVE, with 44 churches, and for 3 foster-care-related groups, Glenn Koster finally completed his walk across America for adoption and foster care awareness late this summer. As Glenn dipped his feet in the waters of the Pacific Ocean, it was clear that even those frustrating delays would serve a providential purpose. Continue reading

Double Adoptee Walks Across Country for Foster Care, Adoption Awareness

Glenn Koster takes a break along the scenic countryside.

By Carl Stagner

Abandoned and alone, Glenn Koster was adopted at age six. Due to neglect and abuse, he had to be adopted again at age ten. Sadly, this traumatic childhood did little to prepare him for the real world and, as such, Glenn found an outlet for his pain in alcohol and violence. The Lord turned his life around though, and in 1989, he forever left his alcohol and abuse in the past. Desiring to pay it forward, but not permitted to foster or adopt because of his record, Glenn has instead determined to raise awareness for foster care and adoption. As he walks across the continental United States, the Church of God minister and Leadership Focus participant is encountering not only a wide variety of people, but also his heavenly Father in a fresh and powerful way. Continue reading

At No Loss for Words: Authors in the Church of God Talk Writing

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By Carl Stagner

From the earliest days, written communication perpetuated the message of the Church of God. In the Gospel Trumpet, as well as countless books, pamphlets, and tracts, writers wielded the power of influence through teaching, informing, and encouraging readers across the country and around the world. While technology has fueled a shift to other media and communication methods in recent decades, books—available as hardcopies or on e-readers—will never go away. Avid and casual readers know there’s still something intangible and simple about books, captivating the imagination and stirring the soul. Perhaps that’s why hundreds—if not thousands—of Church of God pastors and laypeople have authored at least one book. It would be impossible to capture all of their thoughts in a single article. Nevertheless, a sample of four Church of God authors were interviewed recently by Church of God Ministries (CGM): Bill Konstantopoulos, Glenn Koster, Bob Highlands, and Mark Jackson. Their perspectives offer a glimpse into the world of writing books in the Church of God movement. Continue reading