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LIFE STORIES

The liberation of Jorge

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“Responsibility”

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WHAT IS SIN? Answers to a question that many have

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This year God gives us a new motto which will guide us the next 365 days; every believer should identify to this quality. "So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God".

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RESPONSIBILITY Rev. Gustavo Martínez International President of the WMM

“So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God”. Romans 14:12.

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he word RESPONSIBILITY comes from the

many people—materially and spiritually.

Latin term responsum. Responsibility is the abi-

Responsibility generates trust. The lack of respon-

lity to comply with obligations; it is a duty of trust; it

sibility causes the loss of opportunities, it stops people

is the ability to do and keep promises. Responsibility

from growing up, it corrupts justice and it leads to

is important because the stability of personal relation-

wrong paths. Everyone is responsible for his behavior

ships is based on it. It is valuable because it is hard to

before God. He knows perfectly which is everybody’s

reach. It is a quality of the human being and a very ne-

motivation to help or do things. The Lord also knows

cessary moral demand. It is important because it gua-

the way every one comply with their obligations. We

rantees the compliance of acquired commitments. It

are even responsible for every thought we have.

generates trust and peace among people.

We have to take our responsibility seriously. This

In order to be responsible it is necessary to be aware

value should be present in our behavior. It can be-

that every commitment has a consequence. Before

come a great attribute for everybody. We have to be

God, everybody is responsible of himself and has not

responsible with our time; we shall not waste time in

valid excuse. The problem of men begins, in general,

activities that are opposite to responsibility. We should

in the first chapters of the Book of Genesis, where the

remember that time goes flying and it never comes

man is the biggest element of the creation. The man’s

back. Let’s quit being conformist and giving excuses

objective is to be the lord of the entire creation and the

to avoid our responsibility. Be a model Christian and

servant of God. The man was created as a responsible

learn to be responsible; do not give any excuse and

being, for this reason, God asks him to be obedient.

overcome difficulties setting your eyes on God.

Every person is responsible for not letting himself

Dear brothers, let’s work this year with respon-

be controlled by sin. The first chapters of the Bible

sibility. Let’s put it into practice in order to continue

highlight the gravity of sin and the condition in which

progressing and to make God’s work even bigger. The

the man ended up. Irresponsibility brought serious

apostle Paul said at the end of his life “I have fought a

consequences to men.

good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept

After the new birth, men became more responsible. Responsibility is one of the values that the world lacks the most. The lack of this value is the cause of failure for

the faith” (2 Timothy 4:7).

May God bless you. Let’s have a happy year filled with RESPONSIBILITY 2017 l

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THE MEANING OF

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here are many things that are not wrong in the world: evil, iniquity, oppression, conflict, wars, death, suffering. So the question arises: How did sin come into the world? This question has left many speechless. The Bible has God’s answer. Myer Pearlman

What is sin? The Bible has a variety of terms for moral evil which tells us something about its nature. A study of these terms in the original Hebrew and Greek will yield the biblical definition of sin.

OLD TESTAMENT TEACHING The various Hebrew words picture sin as operating in the following spheres: The sphere of Morals. The following words are used to express sin. 1) The most commonly used word for sin means “to miss the mark.” It conveys the following ideas: a) to miss the mark, like an erratic archer who shoots but misses. In like manner, the sinner misses the true aim of existence; b) to miss the way, like a traveler off the right track; c) to be found wanting when weighed in God’s balances. In Genesis 4:7, where the word is first mentioned, sin is personified as a wild beast ready to spring at any one who gives it inlet. 2) Another word means literally “crookedness” and is often translated by “perverseness.” It is thus the opposite of righteousness, which means literally, “that which is straight or conformed to a right standard.” 3) Another common word, translated “evil,” conveys the thought of violence or breaking, and describes the man who breaks or does violence to God’s law. The sphere of Brotherly Conduct. For sins in this sphere the word used means violence or injurious conduct (Genesis 6:11; Ezekiel 7:23; Proverbs 16:29). Casting off the restraint of MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 6 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia


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the law, man mistreats and oppresses his fellows. The sphere of Holiness. Words used to describe sin in this sphere imply that the offender has been in relationship with God. The entire Israelitish nation was constituted “a kingdom of priests,” each member being regarded as in touch with God and His holy Tabernacle. Every Israelite was therefore holy, that is, set apart for God, and every activity and sphere of his life was regulated by the Law of Holiness. The things outside that law were “profane” (the opposite of holy), and the one who partook of them became “unclean” or “defiled” (Leviticus 11:24, 27, 31, 33, 39). If he persisted, he was considered a profane or irreligious person (Leviticus 21:14; Hebrews 12:16). If he rebelled and deliberately repudiated the jurisdiction of the Law of Holiness, he was considered a “transgressor” (Psalm 37:38; 51:13; Isaiah 53:12). The sphere of Truth. Words describing sin in this sphere stress the deceitful and vain element of sin. Sinners deal and speak falsely (Psalm 58:3; Isaiah 28:15), misrepresent and bear false witness (Exodus 20:16; Psalm 119:128; Proverbs 19:5, 9). Such activity is “vanity” (Psalm 12:2; 24:4; 41:6), that is, empty and worthless. The first sinner was a liar ( John 8:44); the first sin began with a lie (Genesis 3:4); and every sin contains the element of deceitfulness (Hebrews 3:13). MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 8 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia

THE CONSEQUENCES OF SIN SIN is both an act and a state. As a revolt against God’s law, it is an act of man’s will; as separation from God, it becomes a sinful state. A twofold consequence ensues: the sinner brings evil upon himself through his own wrongdoing and incurs guilt in the sight of God. Two things, therefore, should be distinguished: the evil consequences that follow the acts of sin, and the penalty that will be visited in the judgment. These may be illustrated as follows. A father forbids his little son to smoke cigarettes and warns of a twofold consequence: first, smoking will make him feel sick, and in addition he will be punished for his disobedience. In like manner, the Scriptures describe two effects of sin upon the guilty: it is followed by disastrous consequences to their souls and will bring upon them God’s positive decree of condemnation. The sphere of Wisdom. Men act wickedly either because they do not or will not reason rightly; either through carelessness or deliberate ignorance they do not guide their lives according to God’s will. 1) Many exhortations are directed toward the simple (Proverbs 1:4, 22; 8:5). This word describes the natural man, un-


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developed either in the direction of good or evil, without fixed principles, but with a natural inclination to evil which may be worked upon so as to seduce him. He lacks fixity of purpose and moral foundation; he hears but forgets and is so easily led into sin (Matthew 7:26). 2) We often read of those “destitute of understanding” (Proverbs 7:7; 9:4), that is, those who from want of understanding rather than from sinful propensity, become victims of sin. Defective in wisdom, they are led to pass rash and hasty judgments upon God’s Providence and things above them. So they run into ungodliness. Both this class and the simple are inexcusable, for the Scriptures picture the Lord as freely offering yea, begging them to accept (Proverbs 8:1-10) that which will make them wise unto salvation. 3) The word often translated “fool” (Proverbs 15:20) describes a person who, though capable of good, is bound to fleshly things and is easily led into sin by his fleshly inclinations. He will not discipline himself and guide his propensities according to the Divine law. 4) The “scorner” (Psalm 1:1; Proverbs 14:6) is the wicked man who justifies his wickedness with reasoned-out arguments against the existence or reality of God, and against spiritual things in general. Thus, “scorner” is the Old Testament equivalent to our modern “infidel” and the expression “seat of the scornful” probably refers to the local infidel society.

NEW TESTAMENT TEACHING The New Testament describes sin as: Missing the mark, which conveys the same idea as the common Old Testament word. Debt (Matthew 6:12). Man owes to God the keeping of His commandments; every sin committed is the contracting of a debt. Unable to pay it, his only hope is for pardon or remission of the debt. Lawlessness. “Sin is the transgression of the law” (1 John 3:4). The sinner is a rebel and idolater, for he who deliberately breaks a commandment is choosing his own will rather than God’s; worse, he is becoming a law unto himself and therefore making a god of self. Sin began in the heart of that exalted angel who said, “I will,” in opposition to God’s will (Isaiah 14:13, 14). Antichrist is preeminently “the lawless one” (literal translation of “wicked one”), because he exalts himself above everything that is worshiped or is called God (2 Thessalonians 2:4). Sin is essentially self-will, and self-will is essentially sin. Sin would cast God from His throne; sin would murder God. Over the cross of the Son of God could well have been written the words, “Sin has done this!” Disobedience, literally, “hearing amiss”; listening with lack of attention (Hebrews. 2:2). “Take heed therefore how ye hear” (Luke 8:18). Transgression, literally, “going beyond the limit” (Romans 4:15). God’s commandments are fences, so to speak, which would keep men from trespassing on dangerous territory and so MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 10 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia

suffering injury to their souls. Fall or fault, or falling aside (Ephesians 1:7) in the Greek. Hence the common expression “to fall into sin.” To sin is to fall from a standard of conduct. Defeat is the literal meaning of the word “fall” (Romans 11:12). In rejecting Christ, the Jewish nation suffered a defeat and missed God’s purpose. Ungodliness, from a word meaning “without worship or


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reverence� (Romans. 1:18; 2 Timothy 2:16). The ungodly man is one who gives little or no thought to sacred things. Sacred things bring no feeling of awe and reverence. He is without God because he does not want God. Error (Hebrews 9:7) describes those sins committed through thoughtlessness or ignorance, and so differentiated from those sins committed presumptuously in the face of light. The man who defiantly decides to do wrong incurs a greater de-

gree of guilt than the one who through weakness is overtaken in a fault.

FALSE THEORIES Throughout history, theories have been developed to either deny, misconceive or minimize the nature of sin. 1. Atheism, in denying God, denies also sin, for, strictly speaking, we can sin only against God. In the final analysis, all

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wrongdoing is directed against God. 2. Determinism is the theory which affirms that free will is a delusion and not a reality. We imagine that we are free to make our choice, but actually our choices are dictated by inner impulses and circumstances beyond our control. Man is simply a slave of circumstances. So runs this theory. One practical consequence of Determinism is to treat sin as an infirmity for which the sinner should be pitied rather than as an offense for which he should be punished. But the peremptory “I ought” in the human conscience refutes this theory. 3. Hedonism (from the Greek word meaning “pleasure”) is a theory of life which maintains that the highest good in life is the securing of pleasure and the avoiding of pain. Not every MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 12 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia

The sinner is a rebel and an idolater, for he who deliberately breaks a commandment is choosing his own will rather than God’s; worse, he is becoming a law unto himself and therefore making a god of self. Sin began in the heart of that exalted angel who said, “I will,” in opposition to God’s will […].


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hedonist lives a vicious life, but the general tendency of hedonism is to wink at sin and sugarcoat with such designations as “a harmless weakness,” “side-steppings,” “vagaries of pleasure,” “ebullition of youth.” They excuse sin with such sayings as the following: “To err is human,” “what is natural is beautiful, and what is beautiful is right.” Of course, this often represents an attempt to justify immorality. 4. Christian Science denies the reality of sin; sin, it says, is not a positive thing, but simply the absence of good. That sin has real existence is an “error of the mortal mind.” The Scriptures denounce sin as a positive violation of God’s law, as a real offense. 5. Evolution regards sin as the heritage of man’s primitive animalism. Moreover, animals do not sin; they live according to their nature, and experience no consciousness of guilt for so acting. It is true that man has a physical nature, but that lower part of him was the creation of God, and it is intended to be held in subjection to a God-enlightened intelligence.

THE ORIGIN OF SIN The third chapter of Genesis sounds the keynotes that characterize man’s spiritual history. They are Temptation, Sin, Guilt, Judgment, Redemption. 1. TEMPTATION a) The possibility of temptation. The second chapter of Genesis supplies the background for the account of man’s fall. It tells of man’s first home, his intelligence, his service in the garden of Eden, the two trees and the first wedding. Particular mention is made of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and the tree of life. Notice the forbidden tree. Why was it placed there? In order to provide a test whereby man could lovingly and freely choose to serve God. Without free will, man would have been a mere machine. b) The source of temptation. It is reasonable to infer that the serpent was the agent employed by Satan (Ezekiel 28:13-17; Isaiah 14:12-15). For this reason, Satan is described as “that old serpent, called the Devil” (Revelation 12:9). c) The subtlety of temptation. Subtlety is mentioned as an outstanding characteristic of the serpent (Matthew 10:16). He puts forth with great artfulness suggestions which, when embraced, give rise to sinful desires and sinful acts. He begins by addressing the woman (Genesis 2:16, 17) and he waits until Eve is alone (Genesis 3:1; 2:16, 17). Thus, he artfully sows doubts and suspicions in the heart of the unsuspecting woman, and at the same time insinuates that he himself is well qualified to be a judge as to the justice of such a prohibition. 2. GUILT a) The serpent’s words (Genesis 3:5) were fulfilled; but the knowledge gained was different from what they had expected. Instead of making them Godlike, they experienced a miserable feeling of guilt. Notice that the physical nakedness is a picture of a naked or guilty conscience. When they sinned, communion was broken, the body overcame the spirit, and there began that conflict between spirit and flesh (Romans 7:14-24) that has

been the cause of so much misery. b) As the physical nakedness is the picture and sign of a guilty conscience, so the attempt to cover up their nakedness is a picture of man’s attempt to cover their guilt by the garment of forgetfulness or the garment of excuses. But only a God-made garment can cover sin (Genesis 3:21). c) It is the instinct of a guilty man to flee from God. And as Adam and Eve tried to hide among the trees, so people today try to hide in pleasures and other activities. 3. JUDGMENT a) Judgment upon the serpent. At one time, the serpent was a beautiful, upright creature. Now, because it has become the instrument for man’s fall, it is cursed and degraded in the scale of the animal creation. But since the serpent was simply Satan’s tool, why should it be punished? Because God has willed to make the curse upon the serpent a type and prophecy of the curse upon the Devil and all the powers of evil. b) Judgment upon the woman. “Unto the woman, he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee” (Genesis 3:16). c) Judgment upon the man. Work had already been appointed for man (Genesis 2:15). The penalty is to consist of its laboriousness, and in the disappointments and vexations which often accompany it. d) Death penalty. Man was created capable of not dying physically; he could have lived indefinitely had he preserved his innocence and continued to eat of the tree of life. Even though he returns to communion with God (and so overcome spiritual death) through repentance and prayer, yet he must return to his Maker by the way of the grave. 4. REDEMPTION The first three chapters of Genesis contain the three revelations of God, which throughout the Bible figure in all God’s relations to man. Redemption promised 1) The serpent attempted to draw Eve into an alliance with him against God, but God will break it up. In other words, there will be a struggle between mankind and the evil power that caused his fall. 2) What will be the result of that conflict? First, victory for mankind through man’s representative, the Seed of the woman. “It (the woman’s Seed) shall bruise thy head.” Christ, the Seed of the woman, came into the world to crush the power of the Devil (Matthew 1:23, 25. Luke 1:31-35, 76; Isaiah 7:14; Galatians 4:4; Romans 16:20; Colossians 2:15; Hebrews 2:14, 15; 1 John 3:8; 5:5; Revelation 12:7, 8, 17; 20:1-3, 10). 3) But the victory will not be without suffering. “And thou (the serpent) shalt bruise his heel.” At Calvary, the Serpent bruised the heel of the Seed of the woman; but that bruising has brought healing to mankind (Isaiah 53:3, 4, 12; Daniel 9:26; Matthew 4:1-10; Luke 22:39-44, 53; John 12:31-33; 14:30, 31; Hebrew 2:18; 5:7; Revelation 2:10) l

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A lying tongue

Eyes are the reflection of the soul. We reflect love, hate, sympathy or tenderness through our way of looking. When arrogance exists inside a heart, the reflection of that person’s look is filled with pride or haughtiness. Arrogant people reflect neither love, nor sympathy nor compassion. The Bible says: “An high look, and a proud heart, and the plowing of the wicked, is sin.” (Proverbs 21:4). “Though the Lord be high, yet hath he respect unto the lowly: but the proud he knoweth afar off” (Psalms 138:6).

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Things God abominates

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God abominates lies, because it destroys families, churches, jobs. Every person who lies is showing that he is son of the Devil. Do you understand? Let’s read what God says: “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it” (John 8:44).

Let’s learn about the things God abominates the most. People constantly do some sinful actions. God expects us to avoid doing those sinful actions, because His soul abominates and condemn them. The Bible says: “These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, an heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, a false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren” (Proverbs 6:16-19).

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Hands that shed innocent blood

It is one of the sins that Jesus abominates and hates the most. We are living this nowadays in our society; everyday cruel men murder people without mercy. The following prophetic words of Jesus are becoming real: “And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved” (Matthew 24:12-13).

A heart that devises wicked imaginations Nature corrupted by sin causes millions of thoughts filled with evil, which are put into action every day. Jesus said: “But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies” (Matthew 15:18-19).

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People who sow discord among siblings are contentious, jealous and embittered; they are the ones to blame for the destruction of homes and churches. Those people let the Devil use them for sowing disputes and use goosip and criticism cleverly. Their wisdom has a earthly, sensual and devilish origin, because their objective is to destroy God’s Work, being aware or ignorant of what they are doing. The Bible says: But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work” (James 3:14-16). Only Jesus can free us from the manipulation that the devil is doing on our feelings. Let’s stop gossiping and criticizing; instead, let’s consecrate our heart to the Lord.

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The feet that are swift in running to make mischief

The ninth commandment says: “Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour” (Exodus 20:16). This point is similar to the second one and is one other thing that God abominates, therefore, the consequences are the same. The Bible says: “He that speaketh truth sheweth forth righteousness: but a false witness deceit” (Proverbs 12:17). “Lying lips are abomination to the Lord: but they that deal truly are his delight” (Proverbs 12:22). God9s advice is to “keep the tongue from evil, and the lips from speaking guile. Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it” (Psalm 34:13-14).

Did you know that our body parts only obey what our hearts order? Another thing that God abominates are feet that are swift in running to make mischief. God says: “Their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood: their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; wasting and destruction are in their paths” (Isaiah 59:7).

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he assassination of Russian ambassador Andrei Karlov in Turkey at the hands of a Turkish riot police officer has had a strong impact on the region and the whole world. The reason behind the terrorist attack would have been the situation in Aleppo, a city in northern Syria where the troops of the Turkish government, with the support of the Russian Air Force, had just defeated a coalition of armed groups, mostly Islamist and linked to Al Qaeda,that had occupied many of its neighborhoods in 2012. “We die in Aleppo, you die here!” and “You killed innocent people”, shouted the young man aged 22 after shooting the Russian diplomat as a revenge for the supposed slaughter done in Aleppo in the last government offensive. Despite the concern that this new crisis would result in tenseness between both countries, Russia’s reaction remained under control. The government of Vladimir Putin chose to be cautious, demanding the reinforcement of the security around the embassy and reaffirming that the meeting of ministers from Russia, Iran and Turkey to discuss the situation in Syria would take place anyway. If one year ago Putin chose to punish Turkey financially striking very hard its already weak economy and increase its military presence in Syria, the current crisis might allow to corner even more the government of Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The Turkish government is increasingly isolated due to its repression against the left opposition, the resumed war against the Kurds and its support to Islamist organizations in Syria. Who was behind the attack? Turkish and Russian media and leaders rushed to blame Western secret services, thus aiming to close the gap of both countries. The most probable answer, nonetheless, points to the new young members of the Armed Forces that have become more radical with the Syrian conflict and fundamentalist groups. Is this a sign of a new war between global powers? On the contrary. The main international consequence seems to be the even more subordinated position of Turkey to Russia, trapped in the Islamist and conservative rhetoric of its leader Erdogan and the separation of the state. What is clear is that the irresponsible use and support of many governments to extremist Islamist groups the Taliban MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 16 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia


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Despite the concern that this new crisis would result in tenseness between both countries, Russia’s reaction remained under control. The government of Vladimir Putin chose to be cautious, demanding the reinforcement of the security around the embassy and reaffirming that the meeting of ministers from Russia, Iran and Turkey to discuss the situation in Syria would take place anyway.

in Afghanistan, the rebels in Libya, the Muslim Brotherhood in Syria, etc. always ends up being a double-edged weapon. This is a lesson that, unfortunately, the NATO did not learn from its failure in Afghanistan, which resulted in the creation of the terrorist group that caused the 9/11 attacks and the current destruction of Syria.

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hree football players, a flight attendant, a flight technician and a journalist survived the plane accident in Colombia where almost all the football players of the Chapecoense Club died. Four of the six survivors of the accident on November 28 were Evangelical Christians. Guillermo León, director of the San Juan de Dios clinic in La Ceja said it was a “miracle” that they survived. “It is a miracle, no doubt. It is very unlikely to survive an accident like that. Fortunately, there was no explosion, otherwise there would have been no survivors,” he said. The accident happened near Medellin, the city where the Brazilian club was to play the final match of the Copa Sudamericana (South-American Cup) against the local team Atlético Nacional. 71 people died, mainly members of the Chapecoense Club. The plane crash, which according to the authorities was produced because the Lamia aircraft had not enough fuel, caused a wave of solidarity in Colombia, which assumed the tragedy as theirs. Ximena Suárez, flight attendant of Lamia Airlines, is BoliMISSIONARY MOVEMENT 18 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia

vian and attends an evangelical church in her country. She is the one in better health conditions and, in fact, she has already been discharge and sent back home. According to the medical reports, “she achieved the miracle of salvation” because of her position at the moment of the impact. On her Facebook profile, there are many encouraging messages recognizing God’s hand in her survival to the catastrophe: “Your life is a miracle of God,” or “My beautiful girl, God loves you, as do your family and all your neighbors. God is great, Ximena.” Two of the three Chapecoense players found alive are also Evangelical Christians. Amanda, wife of Alan Ruschel, wrote on Instagram, “The


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In an interview that took place a few hours before the plane accident, Neto talked about God’s care in his recovery of an injury: “I had a serious injury and did not expect it to improve so well. I know that God allowed this situation in my life.”

situation is complicated and difficult. Only God can give us strength. Thanks for your help, my Lord.” She wrote this after the player of the Chapecoense football club was confirmed to have survived and taken to a hospital, where he remained stable.

“We are praying for all those who have not been saved yet and for strength for the family,” she added. A few hours after the accident, it was reported that the player Helio Hermito Neto was found alive and had been taken to a hospital, but that he was in poor conditions. According to JM Noticia, Neto was an Evangelical Christian. In an interview that took place a few hours before the plane accident, Neto talked about God’s care in his recovery of an injury: “I had a serious injury and did not expect it to improve so well. I know that God allowed this situation in my life.” It is known that there was a fourth Evangelical Christian member among the survivors: Erwin Tumiri, Christian musician and flight technician l

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BRAIN AND LANGUAGES A

research shows that we follow universal rules to organize language, both oral or written.

The biological learning process remains a mystery in many aspects. Scientists and specialists do not reach an agreement on whether language depends completely on learning or if we have natural structures for its development. What we know though is that human brain “learns” languages in the same way, regardless of the language. A study carried out by researchers from various universities shows that to decipher both oral and written language, our brain activates common areas. The phenomenon was observed in speakers of Chinese, Hebrew, English and Spanish four languages very different from each other. In fact, English and Hebrew are opaque languages, i.e. languages that are pronounced as they are written. Spanish is just the opposite, since each letter has its own sound. Chinese has a logographic alphabet, where every character represents a word. They are languages very different from each other that are written, read and pronounced differently. Nonetheless, in the brains of their speakers, the same areas are activated to decipher both oral and written language.

ORGANIZED AND EFFICIENT The research, developed by the Basque Center on Cogni¬tion, Brain and Language (BCBL, Spain), Yale University (United States), the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel) and the National Yang-Ming University (Taiwan), suggests that “it is a universal principle of brain organization,” in words of Kepa Paz-Alonso, researcher of the Basque Center and author of the study. It was shown that while reading and listening to words, common brain areas are activated. Even though when we read a text or listen to a voice we do it through different senses (sight and audition, respectively), the same brain regions are activated when we perform any of these activities. The overlapping of reading and language comprehension neural networks was observed in the brains of the speakers MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 20 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia

of the four analyzed languages, so researchers consider that there is a universal principle. In this work, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), researchers studied the brain of 84 volunteers, 21 per language. While they were asked to read or listen to different words, their brain activity


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in networks in charge of processing that information in each language,” Paz-Alonso explains. “Since Spanish is pronounced as it is written, while Hebrew and English are not, we may think that in the speakers of the last two languages different brain networks are to be activated, but no. The same areas are activated in all the languages, even Chinese, which has a totally different system,” he adds.

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was analyzed through a technique known as functional magnetic resonance, thanks to which the brain areas implicated in a determined task can be observed. “We chose languages so different from each other to determine if there were more or less similarities in the way of reading and understanding the oral language in terms of bra-

HOW DO WE LEARN TO READ? Researchers consider that the natural learning process leads us to develop, from the first moths of life, the neural network that understands oral language and gives support to the network that deciphers written language when we learn to read, near the end of the early childhood. Therefore, a convergence between both networks is produced, as the brain network in charge of oral language comprehension is the base for reading. Since this phenomenon was observed in speakers of languages as different as the ones above, researchers believe that they have discovered “a universal principle of brain language organization”, in words of Paz-Alonso. “This implies certain economy within brain organization: it would be for sure not very efficient to have two language systems totally separated or almost not convergent for both comprehension and reading, especially since one of them is previously developed,” he explains. According to these discoveries, new questions rise: If in different languages, common brain areas are activated, do these communicate in a similar or different way? To which extent the reading capacity is affected by the way the comprehension brain network is established, which is first step before the development of language? l

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llergic diseases are a Public Health problem worldwide and its frequency is likely to increase in the medium and long-term. It is considered the great non-infectious epidemic in the developed countries and many developing countries. Walter Menchola Vásquez

It is estimated that at least 1 out of 4 people in the world has some type of allergy. Prevalence (how much a person is affected by a disease within a period of time) of allergic diseases in the world keeps on increasing. The term “allergy” means “other reaction” and this reaction may occur alone or together with other disorders such as asthma, rhinitis, hives, atopic dermatitis, etc.

WHAT IS AN ALLERGY? It is a body reaction to foreign bodies that act like stimuli capable of generating exaggerated answers from the immune system. If a person is exposed to foreign bodies, called allergens, the body, through the immune system, reacts with a series of biological and complex mechanisms. They trigger the production of antibodies (defenses) aiming to neutralize the allergens. This is what happens in the first exposition of allergic people to the foreign body. In the second exposition, the reaction is exaggerated, with symptoms and signs such as itching, swelling and redness of the affected zone, general malaise, watery eyes, sneezing and fever in severe cases. Sometimes, the situation can be so serious as to produce an upper airway obstruction, possibly leading to death if the individual is not properly treated right away. This severe allergic reaction is known as anaphylaxis or anaphylactic shock. Reactions can be very different: airways (sneezing, nose itching, obstruction, rhinorrhea, spasms and partial obstruction of bronchi), eyes (itching, watery, eyelid swelling), skin (swelling, itching, redness), gastrointestinal tract (diarrhea, tympanites), general malaise, insomnia. Severe cases of allergy may cause people’s death, so they must be immediately treated. Time is a matter of life and death in these cases, so in the face of shortness of breath, circulatory collapse (low or very low blood pressure, weak or MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 22 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia

absent pulse), loss of consciousness or sense of loss of balance, the person must be immediately taken to the hospital or given epinephrine.


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of a critical situation, medical staff will be aware of their allergies or avoid certain medicines; sometimes people faint, and their relatives or friends usually do not know their allergies. The most frequent medical signs observed in allergic people are those concerning the respiratory tract (allergic rhinitis, bronchial asthma), eyes (conjunctivitis) and skin (eyes, eczema).

PREVENTION AND TREATMENT Prevention implies to identify of the allergic substance and avoid the possibility of contact with the food, medicine or substance causing the allergy. Another measure is the hyposensitization (allergen immunotherapy) of the patient, which is a long-term treatment that involves regular exposition to different doses of the allergenic substance in order to desensitize the allergic person. There are many techniques. Other simple measures include avoiding dry-cleaning at home or using brooms that spread dust, but using wet rags or a vacuum instead; getting rid of carpets and curtains; doing the laundry of bedclothes with hot water (to gets rid of mites); using bedclothes made of synthetic materials, not wool, cotton or feathers. Medical treatment of light and moderate cases can be accomplished through oral administration of first-generation antihistamines (chlorphenamine), which have a strong effect on allergic symptoms despite its collateral effects (mainly

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An important measure is for the person to carry in their wallet, document holder, handbag or cellphone a list of the substances to which they are allergic. In that way, in the event

somnolence). Second-generation antihistamines have less collateral effects, like loratadine, cetirizine, among others. Corticoids should be used in severe cases. Always remember Paracelsus’ words: “All things are poison and nothing is without poison, only the dose makes that a thing is not poison” l (*) Internist, Master in Management and Public Policies Source: Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine; Washington Manual of Medical Therapeutics

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HEBREWS I

n this book, theologian Simon Kistemaker thoroughly analyzes the letter addressed to the first Jews converted to Christianity. A book with an important message.

If there is a New Testament book that urges Christians to remain faithful “in the last days,” that book is the epistle to the Hebrews. This epistle contains a special message for a time characterized by apostasy; it is addressed to the believer who, facing unbelief and disobedience, must stand firm in the faith. The letter to the Hebrews is, therefore, an exhortation to faithfulness. Although Hebrews shows the superiority of Christ over the angels, Moises, Joshua, Aaron and Melchizedek, the exhortations which are freely spread among the doctrinal sections set the tone. First published in 1984, Hebrews is a book that gathers several exegesis that help to understand one of the twenty-seven New Testament books. Written by Simon Kistemaker, a wellknown scholar of the Holy Scriptures, this work is part of a series of eighteen books of commentaries scrupulously faithful to the Bible started by Professor William Hendriksen, who died on January 12, 1982. God spoke to the ancestors in the times that preceded Jesus’ birth and communicated His revelation to them. God is the originator of revelation. He is the source, the base and the subject of it. In the Old Testament era, God used the prophets to make His Word known to the people. But He was not limited to speaking through the prophets; the first verse states that God brought His revelation to His people “at sundry times and in divers manners.” The words “times” and “manners” have a prominent place in the Greek original: they are placed first in the sentence.

GREAT REFLECTIONS Written to continue the work begun by Dr. Hendriksen, Hebrews provides accurate theoretical reflections that can contribute to the preparation of a preaching or support the Bible study. Divided into thirteen chapters, this book is also free of technical terms and phrases. Furthermore, the reader can find among its pages many simple aids and applications based on the New Testament. One of the links between the first and the second chapter are the direct and indirect references that the writer makes to the triple investiture of Christ: prophet, priest and king. In the first chapter, the writer describes the Son as the person MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 24 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia


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God spoke to the ancestors in the times that preceded Jesus’ birth and communicated His revelation to them. God is the originator of revelation. He is the source, the base and the subject of it. In the Old Testament era, God used the prophets to make His Word known to the people. But He was not limited to speaking through the prophets; the first verse states that God brought His revelation to His people “at sundry times and in divers manners.” The words “times” and “manners” have a prominent place in the Greek original: they are placed first in the sentence. through whom God spoke prophetically, as the high priest who “provided purification for sins,” and as the one who, surrounded by royal splendor, “set on the right hand of the Majesty in heavens.” The writer continues this emphasis in the second chapter, describing Christ as the Lord, who as a prophet announces salvation, who as king is “crowned with glory and honor.” Simon Kistemaker’s work in Hebrews explores the features of this epistle: who wrote it, what its message is, why it was rejected in the first centuries, when it was written, who were its first readers, and how it can be exposed. In this sense, the author himself affirms that it is a part of the Bible whose main objective is to call the faithful to keep faithfulness to God. The privilege of being called by God comes with a mandate. The mandate is not difficult or complicated, and the brethren can fulfill it. They are asked to set their thoughts on Jesus and to do it diligently. It would seem that the readers of the epistle were not doing this at that time as they seemed to be slipping. Already in Hebrews 2: 1 the writer exhorts them to “give the more earnest heed” to the Gospel they had heard, since the knowledge of Jesus is essential. As he prepares to speak about Jesus, he does not call him Jesus Christ, Son of God, Son of man, Lord or Savior, but he calls him Apostle and High Priest. In his book, Reverend Kistemaker, a graduate from Calvin College, Calvin Theological Seminary and the Free University of Amsterdam, argues that “a determining characteristic of Hebrews is the choice of words, the balance of phrases, the rhetorical rhythm of the original Greek and the excellent style.” He also notes that “even through translation, today’s reader perceives some of the magnificence of literary ability in the writing.” We must be careful not to criticize the original recipients of this epistle, since we ourselves exhibit such characteristics. We who have heard the Gospel proclaimed over many years many of us since childhood often do not show spiritual discernment. Although we have the revelation of God in the Old

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and New Testament, we are still slow learners. Surveys conducted by local pastors or Christian agencies invariably reveal that Church members are unaware of the basic principles of the Scriptures or, if they know it, they are unable to apply these basic teachings.

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temaker to the series of books of biblical commentaries promoted by his colleague William Hendriksen. A learned believer, he also wrote texts on Revelation, Acts and Corinthians, and on the epistles of James, John, Peter and Jude. It should also be noted that four of these books received an


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The covenant that God had made with the people of Israel had a serious deficiency: it could not remove the sense of sin. The blood of the sacrificed animals could not remove sin. Only the blood of Christ, shed once for all, removes sin and cleanses the conscience of man. The sacrifice of Christ put an end to the sacrifices stipulated by the Old Testament law. “Christ is the end of the law,” says Paul (Romans 10: 4.) The writer of Hebrews implies a variant: Christ is the end of the sacrifices of the old covenant.

ECPA (Evangelical Christian Publishers Association) Golden Medallion Book Award. The covenant that God had made with the people of Israel had a serious deficiency: it could not remove the sense of sin. The blood of the sacrificed animals could not remove sin. Only the blood of Christ, shed once for all, removes sin and cleanses the conscience of man. The sacrifice of Christ put an end to the sacrifices stipulated by the Old Testament law. “Christ is the end of the law,” says Paul (Romans 10: 4.) The writer of Hebrews implies a variant: Christ is the end of the sacrifices of the old covenant. By offering himself as a sacrifice, Christ marked the end of the Levitical priesthood with its sacrifices and offerings. In Hebrews, Simon Kistemaker, who served in the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS) for eighteen years, first as president and then as treasurer, notes that “a simple glimpse at the epistle to the Hebrews tells readers that its content is underpinned by many quotations from the Old Testament; in addition, the writer constantly exhorts readers pastorally; and finally, the development of the doctrinal part follows a logical sequence.” The word “saint” makes us think of a person walking with their hands entwined, their eyes looking at the sky and with a halo around their head. Somehow, we have the impression that they are not one of us. But when the writer of Hebrews takes us through the gallery of the Old Testament and shows us the pictures of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel and others, he confronts us with pictures of people who moved into action. These saints are our brothers and sisters in faith. The pictures are scenes of battles, examples of courage and instances of suffering. The people who predominate in these pictures are ordinary men and women l

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SHALL WE GATHER AT

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his touching hymn composed by Robert Lowry highlights the importance of the river of water of life that comes from the throne of God and the Lamb.

The traditional gospel hymn “Shall We Gather at the River?” refers to one of the last passages of the Holy Scriptures, Apocalypse 22: 1, which talks about a river of water of life coming from the throne of God and the Lamb. Written by evangelical composer Robert Lowry on the afternoon of July 4, 1864, the song have shared hope and joy throughout its more than 150 years of history. Lowry was born in the United States on March 12, 1826. He created this ode while meditating about his evangelical faith in his studio in New York. There, his mind was filled with ideas and images of the apocalypse, the Lord, His throne, a heavenly river and a gathering of saints. Robert immediately felt the need to write a praise celebrating life as the words flowed from his pen becoming a beautiful poem. When he was asked about the particular origin of his composition, Robert Lowry, minister of God and literature professor, said that the most surprising about “Shall We Gather at the River?” was how quickly he wrote the refrain. The servant of the Lord pointed out that he was wondering why so little had been written about the river of life when the words overwhelmed his thoughts. Then came the hymn. The importance of “Shall We Gather at the River?” is not limited to the Christian world, but it also concerns the secular one. It was used in Western soundtracks, particularly those of director John Ford considered one of the most influential film-makers of the 20th century being one of his favorite hymns. It is included in films such as “Stagecoach,” “My DarMISSIONARY MOVEMENT 28 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia

ling Clementine,” “3 Godfathers,” “The Searchers” and “The Oregon Trail.” As author of about five hundred gospel songs, Lowry became renowned thanks to musical creations such as “Nothing But The Blood”, “Low in the Grave He Lay” and “How Can I


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SHALL WE GATHER AT THE RIVER? 1 Shall we gather at the river, Where bright angel feet have trod, With its crystal tide forever Flowing by the throne of God? REFRAIN Yes, we’ll gather at the river, The beautiful, the beautiful river; Gather with the saints at the river That flows by the throne of God 2 On the margin of the river, Washing up its silver spray, We will talk and worship ever, All the happy golden day. 3 Ere we reach the shining river, Lay we every burden down; Grace our spirits will deliver, And provide a robe and crown. 4 At the smiling of the river, Mirror of the Savior’s face, Saints, whom death will never sever, Lift their songs of saving grace. 5 Soon we’ll reach the silver river, Soon our pilgrimage will cease; Soon our happy hearts will quiver With the melody of peace.

Keep from Singing?”, though he would have preferred to be known for his pastoral work. Therefore, he constantly affirmed: “Music, with me has been a side issue... I would rather preach a gospel sermon to an appreciative audience than write a hymn. I have always looked upon myself as a preacher.”

Robert worked as a music editor at Biglow & Main Publishing and was a close friend of composers Annie Hawks and Fanny Crosby. He died on November 25, 1899, after serving the Lord for more than 45 years. Lowry, who originally named his song “Hanson Place,” became famous, even though he did not wanted to, and went down in the history of Christianity as a reference in gospel music l

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FISHER OF

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harles McCallon Alexander was a believer who won a great number of soldiers for Jesus Christ. He traveled the world sharing the Word of God. His prayer life was deep and constant. Daniel Whitesell “Charlie was the most indefatigable personal worker I ever knew,” wrote Dr. R. A. Torrey when he learned of the sudden death of his beloved co-worker. And S. D. Gordon said, “He was always so whole-heartedly keen in winning men to Jesus. All the power of his lovely, winsome personality was thrown unreservedly into the one service he so loved.” The acknowledged successor to Ira D. Sankey, and in some respects his superior, Charles McCallon Alexander (18671920) was undoubtedly the greatest evangelistic song leader and choir conductor of his time, and perhaps of all time. But all his gifts of personality and musical capacity he laid at Jesus’ feet in the all-out effort to win souls. This master of assemblies was ever doing personal work, and always urging others to do it. God gave him unusual gifts of persuasion. Born on a Tennessee (United States) farm and reared in a godly Presbyterian home, he early learned to love the house of God, the hymns of Zion, and the world of nature. He was born again at age thirteen in his home church. While receiving a good education in Maryville Academy and College, near his parental home, he was especially active in musical activities and athletics, and was quite popular with both teachers and students. After a year of advanced musical training at Washington College, his own Maryville recognized his musical potential by calling him back as its first professor of music.

WORLD PREACHER His father’s death in 1890 shocked him into a serious re-examination of his life’s direction and ambitions. He was impressed with the hollowness of all else except the work of Christ, so he dedicated himself to full-time Christian service and became imbued with a deep yearning to bring souls to the Savior. Hearing about the Chicago Bible Institute’s offerings in Gospel music and practical Bible training, he left his beloved Tennessee in the fall of 1892 for Chicago. During the years of his Chicago training, he came under MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 30 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia

What made Charles M. Alexander a great personal worker? He was entirely dedicated to that objective. Mr. Fleming H. Revell, his intimate friend and publisher whom he affectionately called “Uncle Fleming,” wrote, “The one object of his life appeared to be the winning of others to the service of his Master, and I never knew any one more uniformly possessed of this master-passion, in private as well as in public.”


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the influence of such spiritual giants as D. L. Moody, R. A. Torrey, Major Whittle, Major Cole, Fleming H. Revell, Henry Varley, A. T. Pierson, John McNeill, and Harry Munroe of the Pacific Garden Mission; and the noted music composers and Gospel song leaders Ira D. Sankey, H. H. McGranahan, D. B. Towner, George C. Stebbins, J. H. Burke, and others.

Mr. Alexander grew rapidly in Christian knowledge, discernment and power to serve his Lord. The years 1892 to 1902, he spent with Evangelist M. B. Williams in campaigns in the Middle West, mostly in Iowa. In thirty-four Iowa towns, 12,000 people joined the Protestant churches under the impact of Williams-Alexander campaigns.

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How did he go about personal work? He had no set rules, but was motivated by the love of Christ and governed by the sensitivity of the Holy Spirit. He said, “The only way to learn how to do personal work is by doing it, and the place to begin is the first place you find open. Carry your Bible with you always, and use it to show the way of life.”

Dr. R. A. Torrey called upon Mr. Alexander to be his music leader in a world evangelistic tour, and they spent the years 1902-1906 in globe-girdling evangelistic campaigns in Australia, Tasmania, New Zealand, India, England, Ireland, Scotland, Canada and the United States. In 1904, Mr. Alexander married Miss Helen Cadbury of Birmingham, England, a devoted Christian worker from a leading Quaker family of wealth and culture. With his wife, he made a second world tour in 1906-07, both keeping busy in personal and public evangelism. The year 1908 saw Alexander joining hands and heart with Dr. J. Wilbur Chapman in evangelistic campaigns that were to take them around the world again and again until Mr. Alexander’s death in 1920. During World War I, they evangelized in the army camps winning an untold number of servicemen to Christ.

MAN OF FAITH What made Charles M. Alexander a great personal worker? He was entirely dedicated to that objective. Mr. Fleming H. Revell, his intimate friend and publisher whom he affectionately called “Uncle Fleming,” wrote, “The one object of his life appeared to be the winning of others to the service of his Master, and I never knew any one more uniformly possessed of this master-passion, in private as well as in public.” His prayer life was deep and constant. He prayed about everything with the faith and expectancy of a little child. He loved the Bible, reading and using it constantly. He emphasized the fundamentals. His wife wrote, “He always insisted that there were three equally important essentials to secure a growth in grace that would be constant and beautifying-communion with God through prayer; nourishment of the spiritual life by feeding on the Word of God, and development of spiritual muscle through the exercise of soul-winning, for which the Bible must be the unfailing weapon.” He insisted that following Jesus included fishing for men. As Mrs. Alexander states, “Among all the commands of Christ, he regarded as most urgent and decisive his words spoken to Peter and Andrew… Follow me and I will make MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 32 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia


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you fishers of men.” The Philadelphia Evening Telegraph of April 13, 1906, gave this personality sketch of him: “… picture to yourself a young man of average height, smoothly shaven, a head growing bald, but it holds a brain that never sleeps; a pair of bright eyes that sparkle and dance with the joy of living, a mouth that is ever smiling, lips from which come sympathy for the unfortunate, encouragement for the depressed, hope for the fallen, and words of truth and wisdom for all. Charles M. Alexander is a magnetic man. He is religious from the soles of his feet to the top of his head. He is so full of good thoughts and works that they bubble over, He exudes them from every pore. You cannot be in his presence sixty seconds before you are infected by his manner.”

OUTSTANDING EVANGELIST How did he go about personal work? He had no set rules, but was motivated by the love of Christ and governed by the sensitivity of the Holy Spirit. He said, “The only way to learn how to do personal work is by doing it, and the place to begin is the first place you find open. Carry your Bible with you always, and use it to show the way of life.” Alexander kept at it wherever he was—in evangelistic meetings, on travels, in places of business, in his home, in barbershops and restaurants. He never passed by porters, cab drivers, baggage men, shoeshine boys, or policemen, without speaking to them about Christ. “To Charles Alexander, every new soul with whom he came in contact thrilled him with an ardor as fresh as if it were the first whom he came in contact to lead to Jesus,” says his wife. For the last ten or twelve years of his life, he promoted the Pocket Testament League as the most effective method of personal evangelism he had found. Helen Cadbury had started a similar movement in her school before she ever met Charles Alexander. Philip I. Roberts claims that during World War I around one million British and American soldiers joined the League and received Testaments. The great song leader, hymn publisher, and personal worker lived to be only fifty-three, but the last thirty of those years were so rich in soul winning that their fruitage will abide forever. In a day like ours when attractive personalities are in such demand in the business, educational, entertainment and religious worlds, would it not honor and please our Lord if more, like “Charlie” Alexander’s, were dedicated to personal soul winning? l

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THE LIBERATION OF C

JORGE

an darkness transform into light? From the most sordid life, Jorge Dionisio Montejo Mateo proves, once again, the infinite power of the Lord. No one believed he could break free from homosexuality, drugs and alcohol, but for God, nothing is impossible. Marlo Pérez Photo: Salvador Carillo y Archivo familiar

Jorge takes his little Bible and head to the community of La Laguna, in the highland city of Jacaltenango, in Guatemala. Once in the white field, as the Church of the Worldwide Missionary Movement calls those places where the Work are in its initial stages, he cleans the small facility and invites in the few brethren living there. Jorge has carried out this task of evangelization since he took his first steps of faith in Christianity. He knows, like every good Christian, that he must wage a fierce battle against the devil, snatching from him the hundreds of souls living in La Laguna, his hometown, and winning them for Christ, as one day he was won while into alcohol, drugs and homosexuality. An experience that changed his life.

CONFUSING CHILDHOOD Today, 30-year-old Jorge Montejo is passionate about winning lost souls. He openly confesses to anyone asking about his torrid past that he was homosexual. He does not mind what other people might think, because the Almighty set him and his ex-boyfriend free from sin in May 2010, when both were reborn into new creatures by the will of the Creator. He also recalls that he was a victim of bullying as a child, which produced in him serious conflicts of sexual identity. “I do not know what got into me to behave like that... It suited me. I tried to change, but the feeling got deeper and deeper within me,” he recalls. Jorge changed his way of being, speaking and walking as he got carried away by his precocious instincts in front of his classmates. His behavior caught their attention and he was considered an effeminate boy. “They

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Al egresar de sus estudios secundarios, Jorge se cansó de su doble vida y se confesó homosexual, se entregó a un hombre casado, con quien mantuvo una relación y lo llevó a conocer más ampliamente el mundo perverso en su pequeña localidad guatemalteca. En medio de ese ambiente se hizo conocido como ‘Yorch’, frecuentando bares y discotecas donde decenas de jóvenes como él exhibieron su trastocada personalidad. would call me poof and other insults. I was not accepted or welcomed.” Already in middle school, Jorge was made fun of and mocked by his classmates. He would always feel an invisible hand delving into his privacy and exposing him. This led him to a terrible depression, self-hatred and loneliness. His parents, Baltasar Montejo Hernández and Catarina Mateo Diaz, could not do anything to guide the last of their eight children. “I think my parents knew because once I asked for toys for girls... They MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 36 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia

did not know the Word of God, they could not guide me, but somehow pushed me into that lifestyle,” he recalls.

HARD LIFE After graduating from high school, Jorge got tired of his double life and came out as homosexual. He started a relationship with a married man who showed him the wicked underworld of the small Guatemalan city. In this environment, he became known as ‘Yorch’ and became a regular in bars and clubs where dozens of young people like him could go wild. He cared little about the gossip of his family and other people about his sexual orientation; Jorge accepted himself as he was. “We would dress up like rockers, with the hair up, makeup on our eyes and eyebrows, painted nails and contact lenses to draw attention.” And so Jorge went wild as well and got to know very closely the chaotic life of many young homosexuals. He fell into alcohol and drugs, and his life was on the edge of the abyss. “Many young people sell themselves out for money. Kicked out from home by their parents, they cross-dress, go out into the streets and offer themselves at the corners. Many are stabbed by their lovers out of jealousy, or killed by homophobic people. The-


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re are cases of young people in the cities who are kidnapped, tortured, dismembered and killed.” 20 year-old Jorge was into new vices; he let his promiscuity flag fly and got involved into many one-night stands. His confusing life led him to visit nearby cities like Quetzaltenango and Guatemala City, where he was known in gay bars and nightclubs. “In these places you knew of affairs, conflicts, fights... They would steal each other’s boyfriends. Some would kill for hatred... Many times, I wondered why I was there. I did not belong there... In my ignorance, I wanted to change. I did not want to be in that world of drugs and alcoholism, I wanted to be a different person and I did not want to be in those situations,” he says.

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Two years later, Jorge apparently settle down; he was awarded a scholarship and started the career of Professional Nursing at the Rafael Landívar University. However, after six months, he left his medical training and changed to Human Development and Sports at the Galileo University in the capital. After one year, he was dragged along by his worldly ways and dropMISSIONARY MOVEMENT 38 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia

ped out of school. Debauchery was waiting for him.

THE TRUTH SHALL MAKE YOU FREE In mid-2009, Jorge worked as a teacher in an institution and met another young homosexual who had previously been an evangelical Christian; they he fell in love and moved in to-


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However, a Bible reading changed his life. “One night I was talking to my ex-boyfriend and he asked me if it was possible for me to change my life. I said no, because everything was too deep into me. Then he showed me the Word of God and spoke to me about Jesus Christ for the first time, and the Holy Spirit opened my understanding and His Word entered my heart and his,” Jorge recalls. After weeks trying to break free from homosexuality, Jorge experienced a series of circumstances revealing that he was fighting against the devil himself, who did not want him beyond his grasp. A criminal attacked him and he almost lost his life, and his faith in God was tested when he learned that his boyfriend had AIDS. Fortunately, tests showed that Jorge was not with the disease.

gether in a small room they rented in a city close to his hometown. A few months later, they both set up a small business of medical products whose profits they wasted on bars, nightclubs and all kinds of parties. In this world, Jorge questioned once again his existence and the emptiness in his heart got wider.

MAN OF GOD A few months later, Jorge and his boyfriend decided for Christ and both attended an evangelistic campaign that was being held in the streets of his town. This happened on May 24, 2010; a significant date for them because they were changed into a new nature. Over time, Jorge joined the Worldwide Missionary Movement. “God changed me completely. In His hands, we are new creatures. Even if they judge me, Jesus has already forgiven me and cleansed my sins with His blood,” says Jorge l

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“GENDER IDEOLOGY AFFECTS R

THE FAMILY”

ev. Humberto Henao, International Officer of the WMM, raises his voice to defend the core values of a healthy and productive coexistence. Gender ideology tries to corrupt society and puts the whole world at risk.

To firmly defend family values, and supported by the Word of God, Rev. Humberto Henao, International Officer of the WMM, recounts his struggle against the gender ideology that was almost introduced in Colombia and nowadays threatens many Latin American countries. What is the link between the so-called peace process with the FARC and the gender ideology that some are trying to impose in Colombia? We asked to be informed of the content of these peace negotiations and the gender ideology agenda, but one month before the approval of the agreements, they had been already signed with the people knowing. That is why it was rejected… A vast majority voted for the “no,” not because we do not want peace, but because the content (gender ideology) affects the family as a social core. What is the content of this material distributed in Colombian schools concerning gender ideology? These textbooks are very malicious as they state that both boys and girls must decide which sex they feel identified with when they have a developed use of reason, which is absurd from a scientific, anthropological and biological point of view… This aims to eliminate the concept of man and woman, something that has been clear for millennia and that is not an archaic and primitive concept. It is a biblical, social, genetic and anthropological reality. This undermines the founding of society, that is, the family. How is the Colombian people doing after the process? The Colombian people is now polarized, and this is not good for the county since it generates violence. We pray, but we also want to inform the government that there are some issues, like the people of God, that must be taken into account. Gender

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ideology touches the most sensitive nerves of our souls, because it concerns the family, as well as ethical and moral Christian values, and it is not beneficial for the Colombian society. This type of sexual identity movements spread throughout Latin America, what do you think about it? Gender ideology spreads throughout the whole world, especially Latin America; this is the LGBTI movement’s goal… Latin America is considered a third world region because, according to some, we are outdated people with outdated family traditions. They call us radical, and maybe we are concerning this. There is a big bastion of Christianity here (both Evangelicals and Catholics), but they see us as primitive societies. That is the reason why they aim to reach this part of the world. Do you think that the Christian people should be represented authorities that defend family values? I consider politics to be harmful if they are done from a human perspective. That is why many Christians feel aversion to it, but politics done from a biblical perspective are good. The Bible talks about ancient kings and advisers, many of whom were prophets. So yes, there must be men and women with clear values that raise their voices of protest against regulations and laws threatening the Bible, but also whisper to rulers and make them know that God must be taken into account. In view of this toxic advance that threatens the natural family in many countries, will the WMM release an official announcement or message? We did it in Colombia because our president, Rev. Gustavo Martínez, is Colombian and he read the content of the accords; that is why the wake-up call was made. But preaching aside, which obviously aims to prevent evil, we have not made any official announcement, even though we state our position through regulations and principles. The Word and its saying on this subject is preached in every service, but we have shared no official message. I do not know if the subject will be soon laid on the table, since it concerns the development and advance of the Church… Politicians already know that Christianity disagrees with gender ideology and that we believe that a man is born a man and a woman is born a woman, and that the family is a bond between a man and a woman l


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THE REPROACH OF

SIN

“Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.” Proverbs 14:34.

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REPROACH is said or done by ourselves or somebody else. This reproach embarrasses us, confuses us and puts us in the spotlight. Somebody can seem very healthy on the outside, but he may suffer from a cancer slowly killing him; eventually, cancer will be visible. Somebody else can seem honorable, however, his behavior in private may be disgraceful; his real behavior will be sooner or later discovered and reproached. Frequently, we blame God for our misfortune, tragedies and disasters. But God wishes for our happiness, prosperity and wellbeing. He wishes that we grew spiritually and physically. “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth” (3 John 1:2) The absence of prosperity in the soul will cause the absence of prosperity in every other aspect, although it does not seem that way in some cases. In other words, the presence of sin in our souls will reproach us individually and nationwide; it will cause disasters in our lives. When our souls are damaged by sin before God, they cannot be blessed, they cannot love, they are not in peace, they are not prosper, they cannot understand, forgive or regret. “Sin is a reproach to any people”. Sin makes nations ugly, makes their people evil, it destroys its moral and spiritual reserves; sin steals the glory of justice, the blessing of prosperity and the joy of cohabitation from nations. “Sin is a reproach to any people”. A sin that affects the world is the sin of idolism; this sin leads people to ruin, because it is directly against God. It is a violent perversion of the first and greatest commandment: “Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 42 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia

or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am” (Exodus 20:3-5). Let’s read the reproach of this sin written by the apostle Paul: Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted


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The absence of prosperity in the soul will cause the absence of prosperity in every other aspect, although it does not seem that way in some cases. In other words, the presence of sin in our souls will reproach us individually and nationwide; it will cause disasters in our lives. When our souls are damaged by sin before God, they cannot be blessed, they cannot love.

beasts, and creeping things. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: and likewise also the

men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient...” (Romans 1:22-32) Many sins affect the nation as drinking alcohol or the addiction to drugs that ruins lives, homes, enterprises, industries, etc. They are the direct cause of the majority of crimes and accidents. The sin of gambling also exists; this sin makes men forget about the honor of working and turns them into parasite people. Many other sins that, in the past, used to be practiced by people in hidden places—as they were very shameful— are now practiced in front of everybody with no shame at all. In addition, some people try to justify them. Some of those sins are lesbianism, pornography, etc. They humiliate the nation and everybody. However, there is an effective solution for all of this. Listen the voice of God through the prophet Isaiah: “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. And I will turn my hand upon thee, and purely purge away thy dross, and take away all thy tin” (Isaiah 1:18, 25). God also says: “Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you” (Ezekiel 36:25). He also states: “And the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin” (1 John 1:7). Dear brother, accept Jesus Christ as your Savior. If you accept Him, you will not be reproached. Amen l

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FOR THERE IS A SOUND OF ABUNDANCE

OF RAIN

“And Elijah said unto Ahab, Get thee up, eat and drink; for there is a sound of abundance of rain.” 1 Kings 18: 41 Rev. José Arturo Soto Benavides

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N THE TIMES of Prophet Elijah, the people of Israel were in a critical spiritual situation. Some decided to abandon the Lord and worship pagan gods, while others rejected God as sovereign and asked Samuel to give them a king like the other nations (1 Samuel 8: 5-22). The political change generated a religious and moral decline in the nation. When King Solomon died, the situation went increasingly bad and MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 44 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia

the reign was eventually divided. In the meantime, national wars resulted in new alliances with pagan and impious peoples. King Omri of Israel made an alliance with the king of the Sidonians through the marriage of his son Achab with Jezebel (1 Kings 16: 32). The woman was very zealous for her god Baal and established Baalism as the national religion. Elijah started his prophetic ministry and entered Ahab’s court to share the word of divine judgement: “As the Lord God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word” (1


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Kings 17: 1) Following Elijah’s prophecy, Israel had no rain for three consecutive years (1 Kings 18: 1). The drought caused famine on the Earth, but God protected Elijah among the crisis: He provided him with water from the brook Cherith and meat through some ravens. When the brook dried, God sent a widow from Zarephath, and with just a handful of meal and a little oil, the prophet, the widow and her son managed to survive.

FIRST ASCENT OF ELIJAH TO MOUNT CARMEL When God decided that it was time to let the rain pour down again on the land of Israel, He made Ahab send Obadiah to find grass to feed the horses and mules of the court (1 Kings 18: 5). Obadiah was a pious man who feared God; when Jezebel started a persecution, he hid 100 prophets of the Lord in caves and fed them. He met Elijah on his way, and the prophet sent him with the message that he would climb to meet Ahab. Ahab’s first words to the prophet ac c u s e d him of troubling Israel. Elijah, invested by the authority of God, answered that it was the king who had troubled Israel and commanded him to gather all Israel and the prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel. There would be sacrifices “and the God that answereth by fire, let him be God” (1 Kings 18: 24). It was time for the people to finally decide between the pagan gods and the Lord! Elijah was a servant of God with a great sense of humor and he did not hesitate to mock Baal’s prophets. It was necessary, as the people had to understand that idols could not listen to them or do anything at all (Psalms 135: 15-18). When the people realized that Baal would not answer by fire, Elijah built an altar in the name of the Lord. To clear any doubt concerning God’s presence and prove there were no

tricks, the prophet made a trench around the altar and filled it with water. He also poured some water on the altar and the burnt sacrifice (1 Kings 18: 34-35). Then, Elijah cried out to God (1 Kings 18: 36-37). He did have to put on a show for hours like Baal’s prophets, or to cut or hurt himself. After just a simple and faithful prayer, God answered and burnt the sacrifice.

SECOND ASCENT OF ELIJAH TO MOUNT CARMEL Afterwards, the people took Baal’s prophets and Elijah slew them in the brook Kishon so that they would never lie to anybody. Elijah announced that there would be a big rain and told Ahab had to go home to avoid it. The prophet went up to the top of Mount Carmel for the second time to pray and search God’s face, while his servant looked at the sky looking for any sign of an upcoming rain. When the servant said that he could not see anything, Elijah sent him to do the same task seven more times. Meanwhile, he kept praying and trusting the Word that God had given him.

Ahab’s first words to the prophet accused him of troubling Israel. Elijah, invested by the authority of God, answered that it was the king who had troubled Israel and commanded him to gather all Israel and the prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel. There would be sacrifices “and the God that answereth by fire, let him be God” (1 Kings 18: 24). It was time for the people to finally decide between the pagan gods and the Lord!

After the seventh time, Elijah’s servant saw a little cloud like a man’s hand. Nevertheless, Elijah saw the great rain announced by God: “And it came to pass at the seventh time, that he said, Behold, there ariseth a little cloud out of the sea, like a man’s hand. And he said, Go up, say unto Ahab, Prepare thy chariot, and get thee down that the rain stop thee not. And it came to pass in the meanwhile, that the heaven was black with clouds and wind, and there was a great rain. And Ahab rode, and went to Jezreel. And the hand of the Lord was on Elijah; and he girded up his loins, and ran before Ahab to the entrance of Jezreel…” (1 Kings 18: 4446). Rains mean life and blessing to planet Earth; it allows vegetation to grow and bear fruits and the heart of men to rejoice. At a spiritual level, it means purification, cleanliness, spiritual renewal, vivification, growth and power. May God keep on blessing! l

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THE JOURNEY IS TOO GREAT

FOR YOU

“And the angel of the Lord came again the second time, and touched him, and said, Arise and eat; because the journey is too great for thee.” 1 Kings 19:7. Rev. Carlos Guerra

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FTER SOLOMON, king of Israel, several kings ascended the throne. All of them were so evil, ungodly, wicked, worldly, idolatrous, lazy, weak, drunk and liberal, that their tombstone said that they did evil in the sight of the Lord. Among them was Jeroboam, who made two calves of gold and said that it was too much to go up to Jerusalem. He also chose priests who were not even sons of Levi, that is, men who had not been called by God. And so began the apostasy, with the corruption of priests and ministers chosen by men. It had been 58 years since the kingdom was divided, and never before had Israel fallen into such a precarious condition; it was the darkest time in Israel’s history. By that time, God raised the prophet Elijah amid a terrible apostasy. Jesus said in Matthew 7:21-23, “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? And in thy name have cast out devils? And in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” After Jeroboam, his son Nadab reigned for two years; then Baasha murdered King Nadab and reigned twenty-four years. Baasha’s drunk son Elah reigned over Israel two years; he was murdered by Zimri, one of the captains of his army. Zimri’s reign did not last long, barely seven days. He was besieged by Omri, captain of the host and, when Zimri saw that the city was taken, MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 46 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia


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he committed suicide. Omri ruled over Israel and did worse than all that were before him. A long list of liars, suicidal men, conspirators and drunkards; and to top it off Omri’s son Ahab. Ahab was the most sinful of all: murderer, vile, pagan, evil, idolatrous and deceitful. He married Jezebel, the daughter of a pagan king, and shamelessly began to worship Baal. The holy, reverent, and anointed worship to the Lord was contaminated with wildness and sensual, tasteless, liberal rhythms. The priests of Baal began to grow and found congregations. Baalism, with its new doctrine, new music, new rhythm, new praise and new methods, was in. The worst of all was that they said that the Lord had died and that his laws, his music and his ministers had died with Him. Jehovah is dead!, they would say. However, amid the im-

morality, apostasy, worldliness and heresy, when it seemed that the door of sound doctrine was close, that the light was off, that the devil took over and got away with it, came an anointed one, unknown to men, but known in Heaven. The names of his parents are not known, but he was a chosen by the Lord; his name Elijah the Tishbite, which means “My God is Jah,” tells us about the deep conviction of this man. A stranger he was, tough, experienced, accustomed to living in solitude. He had a message different from that of the majority, different from that of Baal. He lacked rhetoric or eloquence, he had no degree in theology, but it would not matter, as he did not seek to please anyone. He was a simple man with an unpopular message ready to bother King Ahab and Queen Jezebel and to make the ministers of Baal gnash their teeth. A powerful ministry; a ministry to awaken the people from worldliness, idolatry, indifference, apostasy; a ministry to make them return to the path of holiness. God did not raise Elijah to be one more of the bunch, but to be a different servant. He needed courage, faith, perseverance, physical and mental effort, because discouragement and loneliness would visit him. There came a moment when he felt that he was alone, that he had reached his limit, seeing that the people did not wake up; for a moment, he even wanted to die. Perhaps you are like this, thinking that you have reached your limit. Elijah thought the same, but God said to him that there was still a long way to go, that it was not over. He told him not to be discouraged, to get up and go on because the journey was too great for him. He still had a lot to do: anoint two kings and his successor” l

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A quick report of the work that Worldwide Missionary Movement is making in America and throughout the world. The Holy Bible states: “And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple... And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved”. (Acts 2:46,47).

GOD RAISES UP YOUR WORK

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ith a notable presence of followers and the Holy Spirit, the Work in Nicaragua raised its flag in its glorious National Convention. The Work of the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Nicaragua held the 14th National Convention from 24 to 27 November 2016. The event took place under the theme “God Raises Up Your MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 48 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia

Work” at the Sports Hall in Granada, one of the main cities of the country. This event was attended by Rev. Gustavo Martinez Garavito, International President of the WMM; Rev. Alvaro Garavito, International Director; Rev. Gustavo Chay, National Supervisor in Guatemala; Rev. Epifanio Asprilla, National Supervisor in Panama, as well as different delegations from the churches of the Work in Central America. The services were held in two shifts: 9:00 am and 6:00 p.m., on Thursday,

November 24. The ministry of the Word of God was performed by Rev. Gustavo Martínez with the message “Faithfulness to God Makes Us Heirs of his Blessings,” based on Genesis 26. On Friday morning, November 25, Rev. Alcides Ramea from Panama talked about “What the Church Needs,” based on Acts 2: 1. In the evening, Rev. Alvaro Garavito, International Director of the Work, shared the biblical message based on 2 Peter 2: 15-17. On Saturday morning, November 26,


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Rev. Gustavo Chay, Supervisor in Guatemala, shared the message “Young People in the Purposes of God,” based on Psalms 32: 8. At night, Rev. Epifanio Asprilla, Supervisor in Panama, shared his speech with the following question: “And Who Do You See?” based on Isaiah 6: 1-8. In the last service of this great event, Rev. Gustavo Martínez Garavito presented the theme “If You Want to Continue Conquering, Rise From Defeat,” based on Joshua 7: 1-13. This glorious convention was carried out with the powerful presence of the Holy Spirit; the results speak for themselves. May God continue blessing Nicaragua! l

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JESUS FOR THE HAPPINESS

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he Work of the Lord in Bolivia held its 8th Fellowship for Native Peoples. The Worldwide Missionary Movement in Bolivia held its 8th Fellowship for Native Peoples in the mining town of Llallagua, located in the department of Potosí from October 6 to October 9, 2016. The event, which was attended by many members of the Work of God, was held at the Teatro Sindical del Minero under the theme “Jesus for the Happiness of the Family.” MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 50 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia


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In the event, pastors wore traditional clothing in order to identify with the attendees and feel more confident to share the good news of God to the Bolivian native people. Likewise, the young people from the Plurinational State of Bolivia were told not to be ashamed of their roots. Rev. Ciro Alfonso Soto, National Su-

pervisor of the WMM in Bolivia, determined that the Fellowship was organized by a group of pastors made up of ministers Enrique Valenzuela, Daniel Zรกrate, Arturo Saavedra and Ramiro Campos. Likewise, this group of four servants of the Lord also preached the Word during the three days of spiritual celebration.

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LORD, HERE IS YOUR

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he Work of God in Panama held its 20th National Women Convention with a huge attendance.. The 20th National Women Convention of the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Panama from November 16 to November 19, 2016 in the camp of the Work of God located in Chilibre. The event, was organized under the theme “Lord, Here Is Your Servant” and was attended by many Panamanian followers of the Lord. Broadcast live by the “Oasis de Santidad” radio and television chain, the convention began with the message “Lord, Here Is Your Servant” by Sister Ada Luz Simití, National President of Women of the WMM in Panama. In her intervention, Sister Simití emphasized the need

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to preach the Gospel of the Lord in these last times. In the morning worship of the second day, Rev. Epifanio Asprilla, National Supervisor of the WMM in Panama, shared the Word of God. Then, at night, Sister Sheyla de Hernández had preached to the attendees. On the third day, Rev. Eliseo Obando, Deputy Supervisor, and Sister Esmeralda Obando shared the good news of Jesus Christ, through the messaged entitled “Leave the Hows to God” and “By faith We Will Continue Conquering Kingdoms,” respectively. Then, on the fourth day, Rev. José Arturo Soto, International Vice President of the Work of God, preached the Word of the Lord. Finally, to close the Convention, Sister Elizabeth de Calderón announced the Gospel of Jesus Christ l


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he Worldwide Missionary Movement in Puerto Rico held its Retreat of Workers in the municipality of Trujillo Alto. Under the theme “Ministers Building in Uprightness,” based on 1 Corinthians 3:10, the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Puerto Rico held its Retreat of Workers at the Centro Evangelístico Metropolitano (La Finca), located in the municipality of Trujillo Alto. The event, which took place from December 1 to December 3, 2016, gathered a large number of faithful from different parts

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of the Lamb Island. Rev. Alberto Ortega, Missionary Supervisor of the WMM in Haiti, shared the teachings during the three-day Retreat of Workers of the WMM in Puerto Rico. Guided by the Lord, Pastor Ortega gave the God’s workers touching messages. On the opening day, Rev. Orte-

ga developed the topic “Take Care of Your Ministry,” based on 1 Corinthians 3:10. In his speech, the minister of Jesus Christ exhorted those present to maintain humility. He also said that the members of the Worldwide Missionary Movement should be passionate about the sound doctrine spread by the Work in the five continents.

Then, at the beginning of the second day, Rev. Ortega shared the Word of God through the message “Managing Profiles.” Hours later, in the night service, he gave the good news of Jesus Christ through a speech called “Builders or Remodelers.” At the end of the event, he shared the message “Limits of the Name” l

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THE SECRET TO HAPPINESS

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he Secret to Happiness Uruguay held its 10th National Convention with a large attendance and the presence of delegations from several countries of the region. In a lovely service to worship God, the Worldwide Missionary Movement held its 10th National Convention in the city of Montevideo, capital of Uruguay. The MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 56 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia

event took place from November 3 to November 6, 2016, at the Defensores de Maroñas club and the El Dorado convention center. The convention, promoted under the theme “The Secret to Happiness” and aimed at touching new lives, began with the presentation of delegations coming from different churches in the country, as well as Argentina, Peru, Colombia and other neighboring countries. One of the first preachers to announ-

ce the good news was Rev. Gerardo Martínez, Supervisor of Chile and Missionary Supervisor of South America. His message, based on Exodus 14:15, was entitled “Arise and Move Forward.” The people welcomed this Word of strength and encouragement with great enthusiasm, giving a glorious beginning to the convention. The second service was held on the morning of Friday 4, guided by Rev. Marcos Rau, National Officer of the Work


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in Peru. He shared the message “Preparation Is Over, It’s Time to Go and Act,” based on Joshua 6. Later, the Lord delivered words of strength to the Uruguayan people through Rev. Humberto Henao, International Officer, with his speech “A Little More Effort.” The fourth service was performed by and for the young people. The Word of the Lord was given by Rev. Bernardo Neyra, Peruvian Officer, who shared his countless experiences with the Lord. At night, before a great attendance, the Word was shared by Rev. Ismael Parrado, Supervisor of Argentina, through the message “We Do Not Want Double Standard Christians In Our Churches.” The people of the Lord responded in humility before the altar, seeking God’s help and mercy. On the last day and with the facilities full of attendees who worshiped and listened to His Word, a glorious Missionary Service took place; Rev. Humberto Henao preached on “The Mission of Each One.” It was a victory for the Work of the WMM in Uruguay, which regained the strength to keep going l

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AND COURAGEOUS W ith the presence of Italian brothers, the Work in Switzerland held its 7th National Fellowship. The new National Board of the country was formed.

The Work of the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Switzerland held its 7th National Fellowship from November 4 to November 6, 2016, in the municipality of Meyrin. The event was called “Be Strong and Courageous” ( Joshua 1: 9). This activity was attended by several Italian pastors, among which Rev. David Echalar, Assistant Supervisor of Block B of Europe; Rev. Leonel Cedeño, from Milan; Rev. Galo Fiori, from Bergamo; as well as national pastors such as Rev. Jimy Ramírez and Pastor Elvis Chávez. They all shared the Word of the Lord. It was also attended by Pastor César Gonzales and his wife Rafaela, Sister Rebeca Yamberla and Sister Elizabeth Vanegas and her husband Pascuale, among others who came from Langenthal, Lausana and Ticino, Swiss cities.

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The Christian event saw about 150 souls coming from all over the country, including the servants of the Lord who announced the Gospel of Jesus Christ. They all sang praises and worshiped the Creator in an atmosphere of perpetual spirituality full of His presence. During the event, the National Board of Officers was established: Rev. Jimy Ramírez was appointed President of the Board, Sister Mercedes Lechón was appointed Treasurer, and Pastor Elvis Chávez was appointed Secretary. Rev. David Echalar and all the people of God prayed for the Lord to guide their work. “To the King of kings be the glory and honor for all His support and guide in every moment to carry out this glorious activity, which has been a great blessing for many lives. We thank God because it was broadcast on the web, the Ebenezer Suiza radio station and our YouTube Channel. For all this, the glory be to God. Hallelujah!” said Rev. Jimy Ramírez. Then, he thanked all the brothers present, especially Mercedes Lechón from Basel and Benila Zephyr from Boupin, the hosts of the event l

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IN CHRIST WE ARE

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he Retreat of Pastors of Block A of the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Spain was held in the city of Terraza. A large group of collaborators and pastors from Block A of the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Spain participated in the Retreat of Pastors organized MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 60 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia


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by the Work of the Lord. The event, held in the city of Terraza from November 10 to November 12, 2016, aimed to listen to the Word of God and reinforce the full commitment of the Spanish Christian community to the Gospel. On the opening day, on the night of November 10, Rev. Carlos Medina, National Supervisor of Spain and the Block A of Europe, shared the good news. In his message “Guardians of the Work,” Pastor Medina urged the workers to carry out the tasks entrusted to them by God. Then, on the second date, Rev. Medina preached again the Gospel through his message entitled “Columns of a Victorious Ministry.” Supported by the

Holy Scriptures, the minister of Jesus Christ said, “Pastors, you are special. God have given you a heart to harbor the sufferings of others.” Hours later, at night, Rev. Salomón Ramírez was the messenger of the announcements of Christ. Based on 1 Samuel 12:13, he developed the topic “Seizing Opportunities,” in which he spoke about the importance of being

faithful to the Lord. In addition, Rev. Ramírez encouraged the pastors of the Work to fight the evil one. Afterwards, to close the event, a meeting was held in which the leaders of the WMM in Spain spoke about the growth of the Gospel in the Iberian Peninsula. A conference was also held on Christian media by the team of Avivamiento Producciones l

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he Lord visited El Salvador through its glorious National Convention, which was broadcast by media and social networks.

The Worldwide Missionary Movement in El Salvador held its 8th National Convention under the theme “The Time of Your Visit.” The event took place from November 3 to 6, 2016 at the El Palmar multipurpose center in the city of Santa Ana, in western El Salvador. This spiritual celebration was attended by International Officers such as Rev. Rubén Concepción, Rev. Margaro Figueroa and Rev. Álvaro Garavito, MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 62 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia

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among others, as well as delegations from Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, the United States, Puerto Rico and Colombia. One of the first messages was given by Rev. Álvaro Garavito, who spoke about “The Opportunity We All Have On Earth” (1 Timothy 1:12). He stressed, “We all have to understand the time of our visit. What have you done with the opportunity and privilege that God has given you?” Rev. Margaro Figueroa shared another message entitled “When God’s Time Is Wasted” (Mark 3:24, 27), in

which he highlighted the growth of the Church, which through Bible institutes and convention centers can win more souls and reach other countries: “God will not wait for you to make up your mind and use this time. He has an established plan, and if someone does not make up their mind, He will look for a replacement.” On Saturday morning, Rev. Elder Arnaldo Ramirez talked about “The Character of Christian Life” ( Joshua 1: 1-9) and stated that Central America has passed through its “desert,” but the Lord has never forgotten this part of the

world, as He fulfills all His promises in time: “God called us to grow, to prosper, to reach cities ... It is up to you to reach the promises,” he said. And to close with a touch of glory, on Sunday morning, Rev. Rubén Concepción took part again in the preaching of the Word of God with the message “Do Not Fear” (Luke 5:10). He asked the following question: “Why do you want God to visit you?” The preacher stated that the Lord has given to His Work a challenging word, but also a promise. “We are told that big things will come,” he said l

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BAPTISMS IN MADAGASCAR T

he Work of the Lord held an important ceremony for the consolidation of faith in the island country, located in the Indian Ocean. The Worldwide Missionary Movement in Madagascar held a significant baptism ceremony on October 18, 2016, in the region of Sava; three believers gave their lives to the Lord. The event, which was part of the National Fellowship of the WMM in Madagascar, was led by Rev. Alberto Ortega, Missionary Supervisor of the WMM in Haiti, who also shared the Word of God. In the presence of dozens of faithful, Pastor Ortega made the new members of the Work of the Lord descend into the baptismal waters. Thus, Madagascar, an island country located in the Indian Ocean, off the southeast African coast, continues to consolidate its communion with Jesus Christ. Following the ceremony, Rev. OrteMISSIONARY MOVEMENT 64 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia

ga stressed that the WMM in Madagascar is a growing church with members committed to Christianity. Likewise, he

said that soon we will see the fruits of the evangelistic work carried out by the WMM in this country l


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NETHERLANDS First Summer Bible Schooll

Children aged 4 to 12 attended the First Summer Bible School, held from July 28 to July 30, 2016, in Almere. The activity was developed through stories, songs, DIY projects and games. The children learned during these days about mercy and faith. “God gave us the greatest gift: His Son Jesus (mercy). To receive this beautiful gift, we first thank the Father, then we invite Jesus to come into our heart. Jesus took our place and took our faults, and gave us new life (faith). The children have received their crowns, they are now children of God.” We thank God for allowing children to enjoy His love.

MEXICO Fellowship in Coatzacoalcos

The Fellowship of the WMM in Mexico was held on October 18, 2016 at Salón D’Caché, in the city of Coatzacoalcos, in the State of Veracruz. It was attended by Rev. Álvaro E. Garavito, International Officer of the WMM; Rev. Alejandro Roblero González, National Supervisor; Rev. Adán Verdugo Gómez, Presbyter of Zone V; and pastors from Chiapas, Tabasco, Puebla, Mexico and Guatemala. Rev. Garavito preached the Word of God under the theme “Lying on the Road without Someone to Help Me” (Luke 10: 25-35). The souls responded to the call and recognized Jesus Christ as their only Savior. In the morning, pastors gathered at the local Church to pray to our Heavenly Father. In the afternoon, a service of evangelism was carried out in the streets of Coatzacoalcos, where the brothers sang evangelistic songs and handed out leaflets. That night, Rev. Álvaro E. Garavito shared his message “We Were Not A People” (John 1: 11-14), in which he spoke about the remnant that is kept for God. The power of the Savior manifested itself and the souls accepted Christ.

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EQUATORIAL GUINEA Fellowship in Ikunde

A glorious Fellowship was held from September 16 to September 18, 2016, in the Church of the WMM of Ikunde, in the city of Bata. The theme was “Heal Our Land.” In this spiritual event, God poured out His power and blessings on all attendees. On Friday, September 16, Pastor Antonio Yombo shared the divine message entitled “The Accuser Shall Be Hurled Down” (Revelation 12: 9-10). On Saturday, September 17, at the Workers’ Meeting, the message was delivered by the Presbyter of the Zone, Rev. Benjamín Engono, through the theme “Pastorate Is Something Serious.” At night, Pastor José Antonio shared the message “Cleaning Christ’s Church.” In the closing ceremony, Sunday 18, the preaching of Rev. Cornelio Esono was “Going Before God.” On this last day of fellowship, many lives went to the altar.

CHILE Regional Fellowship in Osorno

“Doing What Is Right In The Eyes Of God” was the theme of the Regional Fellowship of Zone South, held in the city of Osorno on September 9 and 10, 2016. It was attended by Rev. Gerardo Martínez, National Supervisor, and Pastor Abel Cabeza, Presbyter of the Zone. The first message was given by Rev. Gerardo Martínez, with the theme “Spiritual Strengthening” (Isaiah 40), in which he urged people to remove everything that hinders spiritual life. On Saturday morning, the activity began with an intercession for the Work of the Lord. Then Rev. Gerardo Martínez shared the Word with the message “Dangers Stalking Believers,” in which he exhorted the people to be careful and to discern between the different doctrines that have emerged. In the afternoon, the last message was shared by Pastor Abel Cabeza: “Do Not Forget the Promise, As There Are Decisions with Consequences” (Ruth 1: 15-17). He explained the importance of keeping calm and trusting God.

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