About La Trompeta
by David Miller / Originally published online by ChogNews (April 6, 2016)
“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.
Introduced by missionary Faith Stewart in 1935, the Church of God movement was well established in Cuba in 1959 when the Revolution defeated the Batista regime and new leaders declared a moratorium on foreign missionaries. Today the number of evangelical Protestant church groups on the island is tiny in comparison to the rest of Latin America.
Cuban Christians, like their Latin counterparts, are hungry for sound Biblical teaching. Yet, they have little personal contact with fellow believers outside the country. Scant Internet access means they have limited ability to communicate or study via cyberspace.
As a result, print media like La Trompeta magazine have been the principle source of teaching and information for Cuban Christians. The Church of God has had the unique opportunity, and a solemn responsibility, to witness to the transforming power of Jesus through print media.
Unlike other Latinos, Cuban readers receive the magazine for free, due to the fact that the subscription cost is roughly equivalent to a month’s wages for the average worker. Generous sponsors from Ohio, Michigan, Colorado, Oregon and other parts of the United States provide La Trompeta to readers in Cuba.
During my tenure as editor of the magazine, I noted that about half of the letters that arrived from Cuba were written by Christians outside the Church of God movement, a testimony to the broad impact it has had there.
“I am a missionary of the Methodist Church in Cuba and La Trompeta has been a great blessing in the ministry to which God has called me. Many lives have been transformed through its pages. I get these magazines on loan and have to return them later, it is very difficult to find Bibles and Christian literature. Pray for my nation.”