News Alberto Gonzales gives update on Cuba

September 26th, 2017

Alberto Gonzales gives update on Cuba

'May God help us to be faithful and steadfast during so much disaster.'

At last, after many days with no electricity and lack of communication, Alberto Gonzales, TWR director of Cuba, could check his emails. Many TWR colleagues had tried to reach him to let him know how much they prayed for Cuba while Hurricane Irma was reaching Cuba.

This is a summary of what Alberto wrote:

 The hurricane did a lot of damage in Cuba on the north coast, from Camaguey to Havana, and only now, little by little, we are seeing everything that happened. Many people have lost everything! The house of a pastor we visited once, was washed away by the sea and his village almost completely disappeared, although all the people were evacuated and safe.

The noise of the wind was scary
The strength of the wind and the storm surge was very impressive in Havana. There have been some landslides, many fallen trees, and all vegetation is damaged, but in reality, it was not as bad as expected.  All my family, thank the Lord, is fine and we were not affected at all by the hurricane, although the noise of the wind was scary. The RTM office was not damaged in any way, except for the absence of electricity and telephone for many days.

Beautiful opportunities for churches
There are many damaged churches in Cuba in the places where the cyclone happened. But there have also been beautiful opportunities to share faith and strengthen people’s trust in the Lord. Churches have also mobilized by sending clothing, food, and help to the most affected places. It seems that although we have little, in moments like this everyone has to give and share. God is great! 

Apocalyptic times
No doubt, we are living in apocalyptic times. The coming of the Lord is soon. It was amazing to know there were so many hurricanes occurring all at once in the Caribbean and the Pacific. Yet the whole of humanity seems to live in a time of folly, corruption, selfishness and boundless disagreements. I am horrified by the news that we now see on TV, but at the same time, they keep me firm in the Word of God: "Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming.” (2 Peter 3:11-12) May God help us to be faithful and steadfast in the midst of so much disaster.

Peace in difficult days
I
 trust that from now on we will hear many tremendous stories, as well as testimonies of how the Lord cared for and protected his people. Despite the lack of communication for so many days, I was always sure that the family of RTM would be praying fervently for all of us and that gave us peace in the middle of the most difficult days when the threat was imminent.

 
A big hug!
 
ALBERTO

Support Bonaire 800 AM broadcasts into the Caribbean
Every night from 8.30 pm till midnight TWR Bonaire 800 AM reaches Cuba. This Monday, we will start broadcasting special trauma counseling programming.

These programs will help the people in the hurricane-affected area's like Cuba and Puerto Rico to come to grips with the devastating emotional impact of the disaster.  Your gift will speak hope and give renewed strength from God to people in crisis. 

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About Cuba
TWR has an office in Havana Cuba since 2005. Alberto Gonzalez is the RTM (Radio Trans Mundial) Cuba National Director. Since 2005, Cuban producers are able to produce their own Cuban radio programs. Gonzales works in the office together with a group of committed people who help him with listener follow-up, producing programs, distributing Christian literature and visiting listeners. 

From Bonaire 800 AM into Cuba
Every night, seven days a week TWR Bonaire broadcasts Spanish programs into Cuba via 800 AM kHz. The most popular programs are Through the Bible (a 5-year Bible study that moves through the whole Bible), Messages of Faith and Hope and the Women of Hope program. 

Strong signal
In 2018 the broadcast power of TWR’s transmitter on Bonaire will be upgraded to 450,000 KW.  Listeners in Cuba keep asking and praying for this. People are very hungry for the Word. With the upgrade, TWR will be able to reach much more people in Cuba with a ‘city-grade’ signal. This means the signal will be as strong as an FM station.

At this time, there is a huge harvest going on in Cuba, but there are not enough pastors to teach. TWR fills the gap by providing sound biblical teaching through radio waves.