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THE MAGAZINE THAT EDIFIES YOUR LIFE

June 2017 / Edition 761

Response to the Gender Ideology

EQUAL, BUT NOT

IDENTICAL OFFICIAL PUBLICATION

WORLDWIDE MISSIONARY MOVEMENT

TESTIMONY

DEVOTIONAL

LITERATURE

The deal between God and Mauricio

The prodigal son

Secrets of the vine


With Rev. Gustavo Martínez Monday to Sunday – 8AM MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 2 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia


editorial

TIREDNESS,

AN ENEMY

Rev. Gustavo Martínez International President of the WMM

“Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.” (Isaiah 40:28)

P

aul says, “…lest ye be wearied and faint in

mething that motivates what we are doing so we

your minds” (Hebrew 12:3). I am worried

do it feeling inspired, not caring if we do it in the

about the Church organising so many activities

humblest place. It is important that we feel ins-

that it does not have time to rest and search for

pired to pray, to study the Bible, to give advice,

God as it should, that, due to so much activism, it

to visit, to pray for the sick and to preach. When

feels tired as it has happened with others.

you feel like that, you feel alive, useful, young. If

Tiredness takes us to a deep dream and makes

you feel young, you don’t get tired as much, but

us vulnerable, it exposes us to death, it disarms us,

when you lose inspiration, it doesn’t matter if you

it makes us defenceless. In the case of Saul, when

are twenty years old, because you will feel a hun-

his men and him were tired of chasing David, they

dred, since nothing will motivate you to serve or

all fell asleep. “David took the spear and the cruse

search for God.

of water from Saul’s bolster; and they gat them

Aaron and Hur realized how fatal it was Mo-

away, and no man saw it, nor knew it, neither

ses’ tiredness for their people, because when he

awaked: for they were all asleep…” (1 Samuel

would put his arms down, Amalek, the enemy,

26:12)

would cause terrible damages. For this reason,

Tiredness can affect your spiritual life, because

they used a stone to help Moses bear his arms;

you will stop praying, you will stop getting ready

in this way, Israel defeated his enemies and God

for the spiritual battle, you will stop getting ready

gave him the victory (Exodus 17:8-16).

to feed the congregation. Although you may seem

“Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard,

inspired, active and vigorous, tiredness can make

that the everlasting God fainteth not, neither is

men fall asleep when kneeling before the altar.

weary?... He giveth power to the faint; and to

You might not be sleeping much due to the

them that have no might he increaseth strength…

internet, the TV or other things. The truth is that

But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew

this situation is ruining the spirit of some men;

their strength; they shall mount up with wings

they are losing the sense of responsibility and,

as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and

above all, of inspiration. It is necessary to do so-

they shall walk, and not faint”. (Isaiah 40:28-31)

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28 / MUSIQUE. Blessed assurance 30 / HEROES OF FAITH Pure iron faith DEVOTIONALS 40 / THE PRODIGAL SON. Rev. Luis M. Ortiz

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The bible and the gender ideology

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The new terror attack

Life stories

24 / LITERATURE. Secrets of the vine

Interview

20 / INTERNATIONAL. Natural law vs. divine miracle

Cover note Current news

18 / HEALTH. Social determinants of health

The Conquest of Madagascar

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The deal between God and Mauricio

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he first issue of National Geographic for 2017 subscribers has recently grabbed headlines. It is an open promotion of homosexuality and a closed defense of gender ideology that deserves a categorical response. Here is the Bible says. Avery Foley (*)

Confusion regarding gender, sexuality, masculinity and femininity is rampant in our Western culture. But our God is “not the author of confusion, but of peace” (1 Corinthians 14:33), and He has “given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness” (2 Peter 1: 3). He has not left us wondering something as basic as our identity as male and female. When we follow our culture, confusion results. As this issue of National Geographic clearly shows, gender roles and even the concept of gender itself are radically different across cultures and generations. Here in the West, what is accepted now, for better or worse, was hardly fathomable to previous generations. But God’s Word provides us with answers that do not change with the culture. Scripture is plain that we, as male and female, were created with distinctions: “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them” (Genesis 1:27). Our culture is trying to erase, ignore or downplay the differences between male and female. They would have us believe men and women are basically the same, an opinion not supported by science. But the Bible is clear: God created two genders, male and female. Under the Old Testament Law, it was even considered an abomination for a man to wear women’s clothing or a woman to wear man’s clothing (Deuteronomy 22:5) – there was to be a visible distinction. Throughout Scripture, men and women are treated as equal (Galatians 3:28). We were both made in God’s MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 6 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia

THE BIBLE

AND THE GENDER IDEOLOGY


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image, and neither is more-than or lessthan the other. The mistreatment, degradation and oppression of women, past and present, has no place in a Christian worldview. Indeed, the New Testament was radical in its time for its treatment of women. For example, Jesus stopped to talk to a Samaritan woman, something MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 8 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia

Jewish men did not do as evidenced by His disciples’ surprise ( John 4:27). He allowed Mary to sit at His feet and learn even though this violated rabbinical law (Luke 10:38-42). Women were the first witnesses to the Resurrection of Jesus, and He commanded them to tell the disciples about it (Matthew 28:9-10), even

though the testimony of a woman was not considered valid at that time.

EQUAL, NOT IDENTICAL But equality does not necessarily mean we’re identical. Both men and women are equally made in God’s image, but we reflect this image differently.


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and married women to follow and be encouraged by. This passage, the words of King Lemuel given to him by his mother, describes the characteristics of a godly woman –hard working, industrious, trustworthy, generous, wise and kind. And Paul says that young men are “to be sober-minded, in all things showing themselves to be a pattern of good works; in doctrine showing integrity, reverence, incorruptibility, sound speech that cannot be condemned (Titus 2:6-8). How are we supposed to honor God’s unique commands to each gender if gender is fluid and moves on a spectrum? If we can decide the level of male-ness or female-ness we feel, we ignore the Godgiven distinction between the sexes and walk in disobedience to the commands God has given us as males and females. Single men and women are equal yet distinct in their roles as well, each specifically created male or female but able to focus entirely on his or her walk with God (1 Corinthians 7:7-8, 32-35). We are “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14), and God has created each of us with the gender He intends to use for His glory.

CULTURAL STEREOTYPES Contrary to what National Geographic’s

But equality does not necessarily mean we’re identical. Both men and women are equally made in God’s image, but we reflect this image differently.

For marriage, the Bible gives specific guidelines for each gender. The wife is to be her husband’s “helper” (Genesis 2:20) and submit to him (Ephesians 5:22). Older women are to be “reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things.” Younger women are “to love their husbands, to

love their children, to be discreet, homemakers, obedient to their own husbands” (Titus 2:3-5). Husbands are to love their wives as Christ loved the church (Ephesians 5:28) and be the head of the home (1 Corinthians 11:3). The virtuous woman described in Proverbs 31 sets a pattern for both single

writers think, we should indeed “cling to the rigid characterization of men and women” because we do not have the authority to redefine what God has created. Now, this does not mean we need to cling to cultural characterizations of men and women that don not appear in Scripture. Throughout history, societies have forced norms onto men and women and treated them as unchangeable doctrines

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when, in reality, they are manmade constructs. Before we say that boys cannot knit or girls cannot play sports, we need to turn to the Bible to see if our characterizations of male and female are found in the Bible or are just based on man’s opinions. Will some people have a real and perhaps unending (in this life) struggle MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 10 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia

with their gender? Yes, because sin has corrupted everything. Romans 7:15, 22–24 gives a glimpse of the difficulty of living in this world until Christ returns to redeem us from “this body of death.” But the answer to this very real struggle is not to ignore God’s Word and live any way we choose. This leads to death (Proverbs 14:12), not life and freedom.

Throughout history, societies have forced norms onto men and women and treated them as unchangeable doctrines when, in reality, they are manmade constructs.


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The answer is to submit to Christ and, through the power of the Holy Spirit, put to death the old man with its desires and put on righteousness (Romans 6:13). As believers, we are not at the mercy of our feelings or desires (verse 12). We have been freed from slavery to sin (verse 14) and have been raised to walk in newness of life (verse 4). That is the power of

the gospel that every man, woman, boy and girl needs to hear.

TALKING ABOUT GENDER National Geographic offered parents advice on how to respond to children who are questioning their gender. Their counsel was to affirm the feelings and desires of their children. As Christian parents,

we are called to “train up a child in the way he should go” (Proverbs 22:6) and “bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4). This means we cannot accept the conventional wisdom when it comes to addressing such issues as gender-questioning children. So how should believers respond? With God’s truth!

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Everything National Geographic said was not wrong. Indeed, there are several helpful things that, with some additions and modifications, can be gleaned from their parenting article: Encourage your children in their gifts and talents, even if they do not match society’s perceived gender roles, as long as those desires are in line with God’s Word. Some girls love computers, and some boys enjoy baking. Encourage children to serve the Lord through their unique talents. Make your home a haven of safety, unconditional love, acceptance, but also truth. Our job as parents is not just to love our children but to guide them in truth so they can grow up to be godly adults. This involves lovingly correcting them MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 12 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia

when their thinking, especially regarding something they do not fully understand (such as gender), differs from God’s Word (Proverbs 22:15a; 1 Corinthians 13:11). Teach them what Scripture says about gender, masculinity and femininity. They do not need to stumble through life trying to figure out what it means to be a man or a woman. Part of our job as parents is to guide them into biblical and godly manhood and womanhood. Talk openly (and age-appropriately) to your adolescents about sexuality and do not “shy away from discussing [your] beliefs and [your] reasons for them.” Like it or not, our young people are being exposed to sexuality at younger and younger ages. Do not let their first lessons on sexuality be given by a godless,


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This means we cannot accept the conventional wisdom when it comes to addressing such issues as genderquestioning children. So how should believers respond? With God’s truth!

anything-goes culture! Be intentional about opening up God’s Word, in an ageappropriate way, and teaching them what God says about sexuality. The Bible does not shy away from it, and parents should not either!

FIRM FOUNDATION In all the confusion regarding gender and sexuality in our culture, we can speak with authority because we have God’s Word. As culture changes and generations go by, we have not been left to wonder how we should live as men and women. When we start our thinking with Scripture as our foundation, we have answers. (*) Taken from www.answersingenesis.org

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Gender identity:

It is the gender with which a person identifies due to psychological experiences as a man or a woman. The psychological conscience is usually born at the age of two or three years and it generally correlates with the biological sex, although there are exceptions due to the education received. There are plenty writings in the Old Testament that refer to sexual immorality, specifically homosexuality and/or lesbianism: Genesis 19:5-9,13. Leviticus 18:22; 20:13. Deuteronomy 23:17. Judges 19: 22-24. 1 Kings 14:24; 15:12; 22:46.

Sexual orientation:

It is the emotional, romantic and sexual attraction of one person to someone of the opposite sex. In the New Testament there are also writings about sexual immorality: Romans 1:18-32. 1 Corinthians 6:9-11. 1 Timothy 1:9-10. Jude 7.

Biological sex:

It refers to the genitals which we were born with.

HOMOSEXUAL MARRIAGE IN THE WORLD 19 countries have approved it (In Australia, it was annulled by the High Court) Europe: France, Spain, Belgium, Denmark, Iceland, Holland, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, Great Britain, Finland America: Canada, Uruguay, United States, Argentina, Brasil, Mexico Oceania: New Zealand Africa: South Africa

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The Book of Genesis 1:27 (King James Version) states: “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them”. The

two words used for the genders are zakar and neqebah in Hebrew. Those words indicate the sex of the two human beings that God created. First of all, it must be


THE FALSENESS OF THE GENDER IDEOLOGY Equal, no identical

Being equal does not necessarily mean to be identical. Men and women were equally created by God tin His image, but we reflect that image in different ways. For marriage, the Bible states specific standards for each sex. Wives must support their husbands (Genesis 2:20) and submit to them (Ephesians 5:22). Aged women must be “holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things”. Younger women must “love their husbands, love their children, be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands” (Titus 2:3-5). Husbands must love their wives just as Christ loved the Church (Ephesians 5:28) and be the head of their home (1 Corinthians 11:3). We are born with the anatomy of a typical male brain or a typical female brain and nothing can change that. The brain and biology work together with sex and whoever breaks this unity shall pay a high price at psychic and corporal level.

= The reproductive organs and the brain have a sex. Only a female body can create ovules and only a male body can produce sperm.

noted that there are two sexes. Secondly, this distinction has been made from the beginning, from the Creation. Although the word “male” is often used for animals, it

only refers to the sex determined by sexual organs. Zakar and neqebah only refer to biological factors, nothing else. In fact, those are the words used in the story of the

Source: Wenceslao Calvo, internet

A MAN AND A WOMEN ARE NEEDED

The cell’s genes that make up the gonads (ovaries or testicles) form , at the same time, the cells that create life ovules in case of women and sperm in case of men. In the same way, the cells that make up the genitals and the brain’s get activated according to sexual hormones, whose composition leads to the absence of a Y chromosome (in case of women) or its presence (in case of men).

Flood to mention the animals that Noah put in the ark: “…two of every sort shalt thou bring into the ark, to keep them alive with thee; they shall be male and female.”

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Europe is once again frightened by the attacks. It was proved one more time that the war against terrorism is on our favour until the next attack occurs at any time. Twelve years after the terrible attack in London, England, which took place in 2005 and left 56 people dead, the terror hits that country again. Why in Manchester? Because it is a big city which can be used by ISIS terrorists as a great display case. The terrorist chose the pop star’s concert due to the great quantity of youths, which allowed them to go unnoticed despite the extreme safety measures, and the impact that having children among victims causes. Authorities and the security bodies face once again the situation of “attack committed”, which forces them to pretend they are in control and find the “gap” through which the terrorists avoided the radar of the English intelligence services, one of the most active and efficient in the world. Once again, the dilemma between civil rights and citizen safety is exposed. We must remember that the attackers in Brussels and Paris had already criminal records and the security services had them already on their radar. They were radical Muslims who had been born in those countries. Since the attacks in Paris occurred last year in November, European authorities considered the possibility of another attack. Until now, the safety forces had prevented attacks from taking place. Precautions were extreme and citizens were warned not to be present in large groups if possible. Authorities formulated new safety measures for large events in the last months. To minimise the risk of a possible attack and the fear these had cause in the MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 16 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia

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he international terrorism has spilled innocent and defenceless blood at the Manchester Arena, in London, England, after the American singer Ariana Grande had just finished a concert.

society, public events counted with high security; in addition, people who wanted to access them were properly registered. Five years ago, attacks after the Twin Towers attack in United States could be counted with one hand, and their dates could be easily remembered. Their names

were similar to 11-M or 7-J, which were the attacks to Madrid and London respectively. During the last three years, however, the frequency of terrorist attacks against western countries increased enormously. The message is that no place is truly safe.


current news

THE NEW

TERROR ATTACK

Although Islamic terrorism attacks Western Europe given the recent jihadist mobilisation, it is just a matter of time for similar events to take place in other countries with the same characteristics, in spite of the effort of police and intelligence agencies.

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isease is no random event, but it is clearly determined by the social and economic structure of society. Today, it is fully documented and accepted that there are social, economic, political and environmental factors that influence and determine the health condition of people.

Wálter Menchola Vásquez (*)

There are some social, economic, political and cultural factors or circumstances that have a bigger-than-expected impact on the health of people, families and communities. These circumstances directly or indirectly determine the health condition of people, for example, life expectancy. The World Health Organization (WHO) defines the determinants of health as “the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age, and the wider set of forces and systems shaping the conditions of daily life.” These conditions are shaped by the distribution of money, power, and resources at global, national and local levels, which in turn depend on the public policies adopted by the government of a country. What is interesting about these findings is that such social determinants establish differences or inequalities among the health outcomes of people, not only from one country, but also from the same city or a community. But there is common ground: people belonging to a higher socioeconomic status show better health conditions than those belonging to a lower socioeconomic status. It was thought that health systems, their technological advances and their resources made the difference between healthy and non-healthy societies. MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 18 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia

SOCIAL DETERMINANTS

OF HEALTH


health

Scientific literature states that less-favored classes in different societies have less chance of survival and a shorter life expectancy.

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However, research shows that this is not the case, that although health systems play an important role, they are insufficient to explain people’s health conditions. Scientific literature states that lessfavored classes in different societies

have less chance of survival and a shorter life expectancy. For example, Black et al. found in 1980, in the United Kingdom, that the children of professional parents could live five years longer than those born to parents who do manual labor.

In Spain, the National Statistics Institute pointed out in 1981 that children of parents who work in the fields were two times more likely to die than those of professional parents. In France, the Ministry of Health reported in 1985 that the life expectancy of a 35-year-old university professor was nine years longer than that of an unqualified worker of the same age. In Glasgow, Scotland, the life expectancy of men from the poorest part of the city was 54 years, while that of men from the richest part, 12 kilometers away, was 82 years, and that cardiovascular disease, diabetes, diarrhea, pneumonia, cancer, violence and alcoholism were the leading causes of death. WHO reports that more than 90% of road traffic traumas and deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries, which have only 48% of the world’s registered vehicles. These data might seem out of context or time. However, the same outcomes are still reported worldwide. While overall life expectancy and population mortality rates have generally improved, averages hide large imbalances.

Source: M. Whitehead, G. Dahlgren, Concepts and Principles for Tackling Social Inequities in Health, 2006. WHO, Commission on Social Determinants of Health.

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NATURAL LAW VS

DIVINE MIRACLE

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rom the point of view of physical science, the mechanistic conception of materialism is far from being the opinion generally accepted today by specialists. Antonio Cruz


International

In Western society, there is today the growing belief that all phenomena occurring in nature can be perfectly explained by experimental sciences within the materialist framework of cause and effect. And that this, therefore, would leave no place for miracles or supernatural actions. Such conviction is preached and taught in various educational centers, which results in the religious beliefs of

many students to be looked down on or, at least, expressed only privately without being ridiculed. Believers from all religions are thus excluded from the supposedly progressive, modern or advanced thinking, and, in many cases, their beliefs are hushed up in academic or professional settings. Unfortunately, this persistent materialistic intimidation sometimes leads some to lose their faith or makes them live and act as if they did not have one. Now, is it true that the laws of nature, as they are now understood by science, constitute a mechanistic framework of cause and effect? Many modern physicists believe that quantum mechanics does not allow such a hasty conclusion. The conception of a deterministic world according to which all phenomena are necessarily determined in advance, and therefore all actions are obligatorily pre-established, even our free will, collides with the discoveries of quantum physics. The many unpredictable phenomena that this discipline has discovered in the heart of matter call into question the supposed theoretical determinism. As Anglican physicist John Polkinghorne, a supporter of indeterminism, said, “In a world of true becoming… God interacts with the world through the input of information. […] God interacts with creatures, but does not overrule them,

for they are allowed to be themselves and to make themselves.” The origin of the information evidenced by the universe would be, therefore, one of the greatest mysteries faced by contemporary science. The old mechanistic view, which conceived the world as a clockwork mechanism in which everything happened by physical influence and there was no place for spiritual entities, is replaced by the new conception of the world that proposes the microcosm of subatomic particles, in which they exist both as corpuscles (with mass and electromagnetic charge) and waves (wave-particle dualism). According to Werner Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle, the rotations of electrons around a central atomic nucleus is not predetermined, but accidental and unpredictable because it depends on chance. Therefore, we cannot make accurate predictions about the future behavior of the cosmos, since it may vary considerably depending on the circumstances. As a result, the mechanistic conception of materialism, even from the point of view of physical science, is far from being the opinion generally accepted today by specialists. This raises the question about the possibility of miracles or intervention in the world of a creating God. It is not true that the laws of nature does not allow supernatural actions in the cosmos —as it is usually said by the atheistic materialism— but rather the opposite. Many current scientists and thinkers have focused their specialty on such matters. There is a whole range of models that contemplate divine intervention in a universe governed by physical and natural laws. Contrary to what certain materialistic scientists say today, such as the astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, God is not simply a Creator who made the cosmos explode and took a break indefinitely. God created beings and keeps them all the time. He continues to be as Creator today as He was at the beginning. His providence has never ceased.

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THE CONQUEST OF

MADAGASCAR

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adagascar, the fourth largest island in the world, is located southeast of Africa. The Work of the Worldwide Missionary Movement reached the country about five years ago and began an important work to spread the Word of God.

Madagascar has a population of about 23 million. It is the fifth poorest country in the world due to the ongoing political crisis and social problems. Sister Suhé Reenis arrived in the country in August 2012, ready to open hearts through the sound doctrine. What is the current situation of the Work in Madagascar? The Work is growing. It was very difficult at first because we did not speak the local language. Also, because there is witchcraft in the country and people are not willing to accept the Gospel. We cannot preach freely because we are considered a sect, but God has opened the hearts and minds of people; now they are eager to hear the Gospel of the Lord. How many temples are there in Madagascar? By the grace of God, we opened our third church in Madagascar in October 2016. Are there other problems besides the language? Is there persecution? Well, there is a lot of rejection to the Gospel. We have even been verbally attacked when we have evangelized on the bus. But God has manifested Himself in each of these situations; people repent and come to the feet of Christ. Does rejection come from the government, a group or some people? In Madagascar, there are Catholic, idolaters and Protestant. Traditional religion has worked hard to tell people that everything outside of Catholicism or Protestantism is a sect. That is why we have been rejected. How does this rejection show? What do they do? They do not welcome us, they say things like, “We do not need you,” “We do not want you to come to our country to preach the Word,” “You just want to confuse us.” You said that you have made some progress. How have you done it? How have you persuaded those brothers who now belong to the Work of the Lord? They prayed, they asked God for the grace to be convinced. We told them that we have not come to take anything MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 22 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia

from them or to harm them, but to bring them to the feet of Christ and give them a better life in the Lord. That is what God does. At first, they will not let you talk, but there comes a time when they listen to you and come around. You mentioned the difficulties of being welcomed by the community, but what about the authorities? Is there persecution or discrimination against the Work? You could say so. When I signed up for immigration, they told me, “We do not need you here, we are Catholics and we do not want any missionaries here.” But God manifested Himself on that very day, and the second time I was given the visa not for one year, but for three. One of the immigration officers said, “That God whom you serve is great. I want to go to church to know that God, because this had never happened before.” So I can say that the Lord is backing me up and opening doors, because we cannot do anything against the authorities, but God can convince them. What is the plan for the next few years? How do you plan to make more progress?

Madagascar is a very poor island. Not all brothers know what the internet is or how it works; to give you an idea, it is like going back two centuries.

This year we plan to open new churches, but also to teach Spanish to the brothers. They are very excited to see the broadcasts of the conventions. When the officers visit us, they will be able to talk directly with them. They love the Work of the Lord and want to be in touch with the brothers from Latin America. It is an eminently missionary work. Are the media used? Madagascar is a very poor island. Not all brothers know what the internet is or how it works; to give you an idea, it is like going back two centuries. The country has not developed much in that area. They do not have computers like us, or phones. For that reason, we work from door to door and we promote campaigns and services among our friends; in this way, the brothers invite their friends and we have many attendees.


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he book by Christian author Bruce Wilkinson states the reasons why Jesus is the source of life. His analysis of John 15 also shows how God works in the lives of believers.

In the pages to come, I invite you to encounter, perhaps for the first time, Jesus’ words in John 15 –the heart of His final message to His disciples on the night He was betrayed. By dusk the following day, Jesus would be stretched out on a cross, His body stripped and pierced, His life ebbing away. Jesus knew the words He spoke that night would echo in His friend’s memories for years. In time, the truth of His “deathbed conversation” would lead them to a whole new way of thinking. These final words are so little understand today that I’ve called them “secrets.” Written with the aim of showing how God works in the lives of Christians, the book Secrets of the Vine talks about the abundance that Jesus Christ desires for His followers. The book by American theologian Bruce Wilkinson unveils, through the exploration of John 15, the true values that the Lord wants to see in the life of each one of those who have decided to give Him their soul and heart. Jesus hasn’t led us to this torch-lit circle just to make our dreams come true. Our dreams, like the disciples’, are always too small. We are here to fulfill God’s dream –that we will bring Him glory through a remarkably abundant life. That’s how we find our greatest personal fulfillment, now and for eternity. You’d think that something so crucial to God’s plan would happen automatically in your life and mine. Nothing could be further from the truth. For the vineyard to really produce, the branches have to respond to the attentions of the vinedresser.

DISCIPLINE Dr. Wilkinson, author of other evangelical editorial successes such as The MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 24 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia

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THE VINE Prayer of Jabez, published Secrets of the Vine in 2001 with the support of Multnomah Publishers. In the introduction to his work, the Evangelical writer said, “Abundance is exactly why you and I were born for. No wonder we so deeply desire it. You’ll be surprised to discover how much God wants abundance for you. I invite you to read this little book with an open heart and great hope.” Discipline is what happens when our loving Father steps in to lift us away from our own destructive and unfruitful pursuits. “As a man disciplines his son, so the Lord your God disciplines you” (Deuteronomy 8: 5). Of course, all of us are fallen creatures. We sin from time to time. But normally, God’s discipline starts because of a major sin problem –and unconfronted behavior or an attitude that is blighting your life. It ends when the problem ends. Does discipline feel good to the child? No. Does discipline feel good to the father? No. Divided into nine chapters, the manual of Pastor Wilkinson, founder of the Walk Thru the Bible –an international organization dedicated to providing the best in biblical teachings, instruments and training–, delves into the concept that points to


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ponding to God’s discipline brings immediate benefits. When we allow discipline to train us, we not only escape our sin, but we also grow in maturity. Hebrews talks about “the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.”

sin that ails you to the bounty God promises you. One day you will look back on your former determination to stay in the dirt and wonder how you resisted your Father’s kindness for so long and at such cost. Res-

NEW FRUIT Supported in the Bible, Wilkinson reveals three secrets of the vine. First, in chapter three, the servant of Jesus Christ states: “If your life constantly bears no fruit, God will intervene to discipline you.” Then, in the fifth chapter, he emphasizes, “If your bears some fruit, God will intervene to prune you.” Finally, in the seventh chapter, he says, “If your life bears a lot of fruit, God will invite you to abide more deeply with Him.” In the vineyard, an expert pruner applies his skills in four specific ways: to remove growth that is dead or dying; to make sure sunlight can get to all fruit-bearing branches; to increase the size and quality of the fruit, and to encourage new fruit to develop. Our Father the Vinedresser is guided by similar principles. To make room for the kind of abundance He created us for, He must first cut away parts of our lives that drain precious time and energy from what’s truly important. His plan for pruning is anything but random, and He works in every life uniquely. In Secrets of the Vine, the American preacher of the Word of Jesus Christ offers a particular view on the way the Creator uses repentance, discipline and spiritual pruning to produce growth in the life of Christians. In his book, he describes in detail how

God leads His followers to the path of growth. The writer uses examples from his own life and from others’ to illustrate his explanations. Tests of faith have nothing to do with the state of your salvation –that’s a settled fact. Neither are these tests at the level of “Why doesn’t God help me find my car keys?” Tests of faith are various trials and hardships that invite you to surrender something of great value to God even when you have every right not to. You will feel assaulted or stretched by circumstances, but not distant from God; tried by Him, but not judged or guilty. A psalmist described the refining experience and the priceless result: Psalm 66: 10-12. Bruce Wilkinson, born in 1940 in an evangelical home, is a renowned preacher who has spread the Gospel through more than sixty books, including Secrets of the Vine, which have been translated into about thirty languages. Recognized for his love of God and his biblical rigor, he has also served the Lord as the executive editor of ten major Christian magazines. In addition, he is a believer who usually works with orphans, with whom he shares the good news of Jesus Christ. I recommend that you keep a spiritual journal –not a diary of your day, or an attempt at literature, but a living record of your very personal journey with God. Share with Him your disappointments, celebrations and confusions. Ask for wisdom and leave your request on the page until you receive guidance. Keep track of His answers. I believe that men in particular need a tool like journaling to bring a sense of reality to their relationship with our invisible God. Remember, these simple practices are called disciplines because they take effort.

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anny Crosby’s creative talent, combined with Phoebe Palmer Knapp’s musical inspiration, shaped this hymn published in 1873 in the Guide to Holiness and Revival Miscellany magazine.

“Blessed Assurance,” written in one of Fanny Crosby’s visits to organist Phoebe Palmer Knapp, is one of the most popular gospel songs in the world. One day in 1873, Knapp made Crosby listen to a tune she had just come up with. At the end of her performance, the artist asked the poetess, “What do you think the tune says?” to which she replied, “Blessed assurance. Jesus is mine!” Moments later, Crosby, an iconic figure in gospel music, used his extensive knowledge of the Scriptures to write a verse focused on the Son of God to accompany Knapp’s melody. The ode appeared in the July 1873 issue of Palmer’s Guide to Holiness and Revival Miscellany, a magazine printed by Knapp’s parents, and from that moment on it became a recurring praise in hymnals. Thanks to its simple tune and beautiful lyrics, “Blessed Assurance” was soon welcomed by the followers of the Lord. It also became part of the hymns used in the evangelistic campaigns that preacher Dwight Lyman Moody conducted in Britain and the U.S. in the late nineteenth century. In addition, in the last century, other evangelists have used it in their missionary work.

GREAT COMPOSERS Phoebe Palmer Knapp, born on March 9, 1839, served Jesus Christ through her talent for music. Daughter of believers Walter Palmer, a physician, and Phoebe Worrall Palmer, a well-known American writer who promoted Christian perfection, she showed an unconditional devotion to the Creator from a very young MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 28 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia

BLESSED ASSURANCE age. Inspired by her friend Crosby, she composed more than five hundred melodies in her 69 years of existence. A member of the John Street United Methodist Church, the oldest Methodist congregation in North America,

Knapp combined her musical ability with Crosby’s poetic wit and developed a fruitful compositional work whose greatest achievement was “Blessed Assurance.” She also put her gifted ear at the service of other well-known evange-


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BLESSED ASSURANCE 1 Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine! O what a foretaste of glory divine! Heir of salvation, purchase of God, Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood. Refrain This is my story, this is my song, praising my Savior all the day long; this is my story, this is my song, praising my Savior all the day long. 2 Perfect submission, perfect delight! Visions of rapture now burst on my sight; Angels descending bring from above Echoes of mercy, whispers of love. 3 Perfect submission, all is at rest! I in my Savior am happy and blessed, Watching and waiting, looking above, Filled with His goodness, lost in His love.

lical poets, such as Joseph Smith, John Wreford and Mary James. As a soloist, her masterpiece was “Open the Gates of the Temple.” Fanny Crosby, on the other hand, was one of the most outstanding figu-

res of the American gospel world of her time. Born on March 24, 1920, she is considered one of the most prolific hymn composers of contemporary history. Author of around nine thousand hymns, she mastered the piano, harp,

guitar and organ. Until her death on February 12, 1915, she loved God above all things. Blinded for life ever since she was six weeks old due to the application of a mustard poultice, Crosby reflected her huge faith in God in her compositions. Blessed assurance” is another evidence of her great commitment to the Word of the Lord and her unconditional love for the Almighty. Biblical scholar from the age of 15, she hoisted the banner of Christianity with her songs and brought the message of Christ up to heaven.

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anadian missionary Henry Allen Ironside, author of more than one hundred evangelical books, preached the Word of God for over six decades. Since his birth, he was a true miracle of life. As suggested by his last name, he had the strength and conviction to spread the Holy Scriptures throughout the world. Henry Allen Ironside was one of the greatest Bible teachers the world has ever known. For some 50 years, he went up and down America teaching and preaching the Word of God. He was the ultimate in his field. Coupled with this was his successful ministry as pastor of Moody Church from 1930 to 1948 which made him the most known Christian leader of his era. He was affectionately known as “the archbishop of Fundamentalism.” John and Sophia Ironside were a godly couple with his occupation being that of a bank teller. They were both tremendous soul-winners. The father spent evenings at street meetings, in halls and in theaters, and on Sundays held services in the park. In the providence of God, this amazing soul-winner died at age 27 from typhoid when Henry was two years old. His mother likewise testified everywhere.

MIRACLE OF GOD Henry’s birth was almost a casualty. The child was thought to be dead, so attention was given to the dangerously ill mother. Forty minutes later a nurse detected a pulse beat and at the doctor’s order put the baby in a hot bath which soon produced a demonstration of his vocal chords. Following the death of the father, the 26-year old widow, who also had a new baby along with twoyear old Henry, began to sew trying to hold the family together. Harry had religion but not Christ. He was memorizing Scripture from MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 30 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia

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IRON FAITH three years of age and up. Ironside read the Bible through 14 times by his 14th year. Two frequent visitors were Scotch evangelists Donald Munro and John Smith. They would always ask Harry, “Are you born again?” He always replied that he passed out tracts, memorized Scripture, went to Sunday School. He was quite relieved when he heard his mother make plans to go to Los Angeles in 1886 when he was ten years old. At least they would not be bugging him anymore, he mused. LITTLE PREACHER A train ride from Toronto to Los Angeles was an adventure for an adult, let alone a child of ten. They arrived on December 12, 1886. Harry was surprised to find out there was no Sunday School in his neighborhood, so at age 11 he started one. He sent out the boys to collect sacks and burlap bags and he organized the girls into a sewing club. They


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sewed the burlap together and soon a burlap tent was made that could accommodate 100 people. There was no teacher, so Harry taught, and the average attendance was 60 including a few adults. Harry would always revert to Isaiah 53 when he couldn’t think of anything else to say. People would say, “God bless this little preacher” and Harry assumed himself saved. In 1888, Moody came to Los Angeles for a campaign. Meetings were held in Hazzard’s Pavilion, which seated 8,000. Finding no seat, he climbed up on a trough-like girder that extended from the second gallery up to the apex

Henry's birth was almost a casualty. The child was thought to be dead, so attention was given to the dangerously ill mother. Forty minutes later a nurse detected a pulse beat.

of the roof. Moody excited Harry and he prayed, “Lord, help me some day to preach to crowds like these, and to lead souls to Christ.” Forty-two years later, he became pastor of the church Moody founded.

RENEWED FAITH In 1889, his mother said happily one day after school, “Guess who’s here?” Harry thought it to be some lost relative, but it was evangelist Donald Munro. As he arrived it was, “Well, well, Harry lad, how you have grown! And are you born again yet, my boy?” Within a few weeks, Harry gave up his Sunday School, for he felt he had no right to open his mouth for God if he were unsaved. For six months, he battled this problem. Then, in February 1890, he went to a party, and Proverbs 1:24-32 came to his mind. As soon as he could, he hurried home. MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 32 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia


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After midnight, he fell on his knees and said, “Lord, save me.” Two nights later, he attended a Salvation Army street meeting and could not wait for a chance to say something. He asked if he could testify and fire away he did. The next day he won his first convert to the Lord. When not attending Army meetings, he would be giving out tracts or holding his own street meetings. Soon, Ironside was identified with the Salvation Army. Ironside was switched around to several southern California cities to assist in the various Army outreaches. Soon he was preaching over 500 sermons a year, dealing with countless individuals. In 1897, Ironside met Helen Schofield, daughter of a Presbyterian pastor in Oakland. Love blossomed and, on January 5, 1898, Ironside and the young lady married. Joy came into their home on February 10, 1899, when the first child — a son, Edmund Henry, was born. He preached in tents, Missions, Bible conferences and churches whenever he was invited.

This went well until the depression in the late 1920s. From 1916 to 1929, Ironside was constantly on the move, preaching nearly 7,000 times to some 1.25 million people. No vacations, always busy, even in sickness and weariness. In 1924, he began to accept meetings under the direction of the Moody Bible Institute. On February 17, 1930, his diary states, “Then downtown for a conference with Thomas S. Smith and another elder of the Moody Church, relative to possibly being called to be the minister there.” On March 8, he accepted. In 1932, he took his first trip outside the USA as he ministered on a boat cruise from Bermuda to Nova Scotia. In February 1936, he took his first overseas trip — to Palestine. Thirty days were spent preaching in the British Isles, and the Ironsides arrived back at New York on April 30. Three more trips to the British Isles followed, in 1937, 1938 and 1939. On June 3, 1942, Bob Jones University granted him an honorary D.D. degree. Henry Allen Ironside, who died on January 15, 1951 in New Zealand, is now recognized as one of the most influential preachers of the 20th century. As a man of great intelligence and rigorous zeal in doctrinal matters, his writings included addresses or commentaries on the entire New Testament, all of the prophetic books of the Old Testament, and a great many volumes on specific Bible themes and subjects.

VICTORIOUS REVEREND He already was beginning to write; his first expository notes appeared in 1900. His writings would make him one of the most prolific authors in the Christian field in the 20th century. On June 1, 1914, he rented a store and started the Western Book and Tract Company.

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e had a good education, but this did not prevent him from getting into the world of crime and ending up working for one of the biggest drug cartels in Colombia. Only God could save Mauricio Álvarez Gómez from that dreadful world. Winny Chávez Reyes Photo: Roberto Guerrero and Archivo Familiar

It was March 1993. Mauricio Álvarez Gómez was riding his bicycle home, when a motorcycle suddenly crossed his way He saw it just a few seconds before the violent impact. As he closed his eyes, a shiver ran through his body and he expected the worse. Suddenly, he heard a voice: “If you die right now, where would your soul go?” He opened his eyes and saw that the two on the motorcycle were lying on the road; he, on the other hand, was completely unharmed. A miracle saved him on that special day that now, many years later, he remembers in detail. “Go away before this two kill you,” someone who had witnessed the accident told him. He got back on his bike and went home. He rushed in, locked himself in his room and started crying, asking God to forgive him for all the wrong he had done in his life. After a while, he turned on the radio to listen to metal, his favorite music, when he heard a preacher saying, “Christ loves you and He is giving you a second chance. Accept Jesus in your heart.” Upon hearing these words, he fell on his knees and burst into tears. That is when he opened his heart to Jesus and felt as if something evil was coming out of his body. No wonder. Mauricio Álvarez Gómez had had an eventful life. Raised in a wealthy but violent home, he entered the world of crime since very young. Born in 1973 in Medellin, Colombia, he MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 34 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia

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witnessed his father beating his mother for years, something that would scar him for life. That was the worst part of his childhood. When he was 17, he would hang out with lowlifes, drug users and criminals associated with kidnaps and murders. These relations would soon get him inMISSIONARY MOVEMENT 36 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia

volved in their world. He got married at 19 when his girlfriend got pregnant, but the marriage made no positive difference in him; on the contrary, he started abusing his new family. He would constantly cheat on his wife and their life as a couple became more and more complicated.

Mauricio could not walk away from his life of crime. Although he suffered no hardships, he craved more money to spend it on women and alcohol. That is why robbing shops became part of his routine. While one of his accomplices created some diversion, others would sneak in and take all they could. Luc-


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kily, no one was ever killed in these robberies.

THE HUNT One December 23, Mauricio was with his family when some man tried to touch his young wife’s face. Before he could react, his friends decided to give

the bold one a deadly lesson. They tricked him into a party where they had stashed a great number of weapons. Their purpose was to kill him, but when they arrived, the man had escaped. They decided to let the incident go and continue partying, but the Police arrived. Stunned and desperate, they

hid the guns wherever they could; some frag grenades even ended up in the stroller of Mauricio’s daughter. Their quick reaction allowed them to get away without raising suspicion. A few days later, Mauricio faced big troubles. He did not know that the guns had been stolen from a powerful gang of drug dealers and well-known criminals from the south of Medellin. This cartel accused him of being the thief and hunted him down. To track him, they killed one of his cousins. In the crime scene, a note was found: “This is the first of many.” The hunt carried on for several months and Mauricio had to hide in different places, which drove him away from his family. When he found out that the chase had a new target, he felt real fear. His wife would be the next victim! In view of the new threat, he decided to move with his family to Cali, another Colombian city famous for its violence. The cartel of Cali was a criminal organization engaged in cocaine trafficking that reached its peak in the 90s; it was the biggest enemy of the merciless cartel of Medellin. Mauricio knew some people from the cartel of Cali that could help him and find him a job to provide for his family. He became part of the cartel in 1993. In order not to get deeply involved in illegal activities, he worked as security assistant in the drug labs and distributing offices. Working for the cartel of Cali was not part of his plan, but he felt he had no option. One day, he was invited to a party organized for all the cartel members. He attended and left his family in a small place, without any food or money. He did not care about the consequences. The party lasted three days, among drugs, alcohol and women. He was so intoxicated that he lost his mind. Back at home, his wife reproached him for the abandonment, but he was so out of himself that he ended up beating her. He beat his wife in such a way that he made a fuss and smashed a window. Some of the pieces of glass harmed their

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He rushed in, locked himself in his room and started crying, asking God to forgive him for all the wrong he had done in his life.

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6-month-old daughter. The landlord, who had had enough of the violence, evicted the whole family, and they had no choice but to look for a place to live.

Mauricio Álvarez Gómez is now a true servant of God. He is a Pastor in the city of Medellin, along with his wife and their two children, so that more people can open their hearts to the Lord

THE CONVERSION This is how they met the young Christian who agreed to lease her house to the family. The behavior of the young woman was strange to Mauricio and his wife, as they would always find her crying in one room. They did not understand that she was praying to God. It was the Christian woman who led Mauricio’s wife into the ways of the Lord. Every chance she got, she would talk to her about the Lord and advised her that only by listening to His Word she would emerge from that rough stage of her life. His wife converted shortly afterwards, but Mauricio refused to open his heart. He would get angry every time someone mentioned God and did not allow anyone to talk to him about the Gospel. Until the accident with the motorcycle. That morning, his wife told him, “Cover yourself with the blood of Christ.” He got mad and shouted, “Blood of Christ? Don’t speak to me of such things!” He rode his bike to work, not knowing that that very same evening his life would change. That is how he devoted his life to Christ and happiness reached his home. He wanted to serve God in the place he was born, but he was aware of the danger. Six months after his conversion, he received a letter; one of the enemies who were after him wrote to him. He was asking for his forgiveness and told him that he had also converted to God. This is how he could finally and peacefully went back to the neighborhood he had escaped some time before. Mauricio Álvarez Gómez is now a true servant of God. He is a Pastor in the city of Medellin, along with his wife and their two children, so that more people can open their hearts to the Lord, as he did.

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“And he said, A certain man had two sons: And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living. And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living. And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want. And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him. And when he came to himself, he said, how many hired servants of my father have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, and am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants. And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him. And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son. But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet: And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry: For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry” (Luke 15: 11-24). Rev. Luis M. Ortiz

The parable of the prodigal son masterfully describes the situation of those who, in some way, know or used to know the Lord, the Church and the Gospel but have grown apart from Him and have gone astray. It also talks about the wonderful chance of coming back to Him and reconcile. The younger brother’s decision goes through seven descending steps: 1. Own will. “Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me…” (Luke 15: 12). The son made a decision of his own free will, against his father’s will and advice. But acting against God’s truth has always resulted in negative, even mortal consequences. 2. Selfishness. “The younger son gathered all together” (Luke 15: 13). He did not leave anything, everything was MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 40 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia

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for him, and he only cared about himself. 3. Separation. “And took his journey into a far country” (Luke 15: 13). He left his home and separated from his father and family. “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way” (Isaiah 53: 6). 4. Sensuality. “And there wasted his substance with riotous living” (Luke 15: 13). He threw away all his money, health and dignity. He changed the austerity of his home for the filthiness of brothels. “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” (Galatians 6: 7). 5. Misery. “And when he had spent all… He began to be in want.” (Luke 15: 14). He had wasted everything, so when hunger stroke the province, he had nothing. He changed the abundance of his home for the misery of the outside world. 6. Humiliation. “And joined himself to a citizen… And he sent him into his fields to feed swine” (Luke 15: 15). That was the most insignificant despised job for Eastern people. He changed his position of son and heir for that of a miserable slave. 7. Hunger. “And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him” (Luke 15: 16). The swine was in better conditions than him! He changed the feasts in his home for the hunger and stench of a pigsty. But the prodigal son did not just stay in that terrible situation. Amazingly enough, he made his way up from the pigsty to his home through another seven ascending steps: 1. Understanding. “And when he came to himself…” (Luke 15: 17). He came to himself because he was out of


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it. He understood, recognized and rejected his miserable condition. 2. Decision. “I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee” (Luke 15: 18). He decided to return home. He made a good decision. In the same way, all sinners have to decide by themselves if they will leave or not the pigsty and the filth of sin and make their way back to God. 3. Repentance. “And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants” (Luke 15: 19). He was so regretful for having left his home as a son that he was willing to return as a servant. 4. Return. “And he arose, and came to his father” (Luke 15: 20). He did not just stay in the pigsty regretting his luck, making good decisions and acknowledging that he did wrong. He got up and came to his father. 5. Reconciliation. “But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him” (Luke 15: 20). While embraced by his father, he said, “Father, I have sinned… And am no more worthy to be called thy son” (Luke 15: 21). Thanks to his repentance and his father’s forgiveness, reconciliation became possible. 6. Restoration. “The father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet” (Luke 15 : 22). He was restored as son and heir. Similarly, the sinner restored by God becomes His son once again. 7. Joy. “Let us eat, and be merry… And they began to be merry” (Luke 15: 23-24). Everyone was happy, and joy spread all over the place. Even the angels in heaven rejoice when a sinner repents! Beloved, leave sin and come back to Christ. He awaits you with open arms. Amen.

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“Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.” Psalm 62:8. Rev. Alberto Ortega

To wait means to remain in a place until something expected happens. It also means to remain inactive in expectation. This beautiful and inspiring definition states very clearly that what determines our waiting on God in any adverse, difficult, uncomfortable and unbearable situation is our faith in Him. The heart have to fully trust that God will come and change the whole situation. God always comes to the place where faith or divine intervention is required. Waiting on God is a powerful declaration of faith in His divine resources. In its definition of “remain inactive in expectation,” waiting becomes the most difficult thing to do for people. We usually react to those events happening around us, and our natural tendency is to act on the pressure surrounding us. There are two ways of facing any situation: by reaction or by direction. Solving problems by reaction is always detrimental, as reaction does not think about the consequences of decisions. It only tries to soothe what one feels, that is, it is based on feelings, not reasoning. In sum, it is about action and not reflection. With reactions we may feel relieved and momentarily satisfied; however, sooner or later, we will have to face all the consequences of this reaction. All of this leads us to understand that acting under God’s direction is the right answer. When we do so, there is knowledge, analysis and guidance. In Psalm 46:10, we read, “Be still, and know that I am God…” Here we see another powerful effect of waiting: it will lead us to a deeper knowledge of God, of His divinity and supernatural power. This knowledge will guide our decision, and so we will get accurate MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 42 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia

WAITING ON

THE LORD direction in any situation. The Sacred Scriptures state in Isaiah 30:15: “This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says: In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength...” Waiting on God is a source of strength and power that can overcompensate everything we go through. Nevertheless, the kind of waiting to which we are urged in the Scriptures is not a state of passivity or indifference, but a state in which accurate steps are taken. While we wait, we are offered this guidance: “… pour out your hearts to him.” This means that, when waiting on God, there must be an outpouring of the heart. Outpouring the heart means taking it before God so that what is in it, moving us and worrying us, is taken by the heart of God. In other words, it is means transfering the problem of our heart to the heart of God, leaving the burden to God, as well as the responsibility of acting on our need. Beloved friend, are you overwhel-

med by the trials around you? Do you need to make a crucial decision that may affect all your life? Are you disoriented about your future, your home, your relationships? Why do you not wait on God, giving Him your burden and your decision so that He can


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guide and support you? Do you not know God and wish to have Him in your heart so that He takes

your life and your future and lead you to a safe road? For this to happen, you

have to receive Jesus Christ right now as your only and sufficient Savior. May God bless you greatly!

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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).

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he Worldwide Missionary Movement (WMM) in Guatemala held its 32nd National Convention at the La Certeza convention center.

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Attended by the main global leaders of the Work of God, the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Guatemala held its 32nd National Convention from April 12 to April 16 in the La Certeza convention center, in the city of Guatemala. At the opening ceremony, attended by different delegations of brothers from Cen-

tral America, Rev. Gustavo Martínez preached the Word of the Lord with a message entitled “The Responsibility of the Decision,” based on Matthew 27: 15. On the second day, Rev. Manuel Zúñiga, National Supervisor of the WMM in Costa Rica, shared the good news. Some hours later, Rev. Rubén Concepción, Inter-


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national Secretary of the Work of God, also gave the message entitled “The Just Shall Live by Faith.” On the third day, Sister Carmen Valencia, Rev. Martínez’s wife, shared God’s message through her speech “Break the Pitcher to Show the Fire.” In the afternoon, Rev. Álvaro Garavito, Director of the WMM, shared his message “The Ministry of Darkness.” On the fourth day, Rev. José López preached the Gospel through his message “The Cave’s Song”, and Rev. Rubén Concepción held a speech based on 1 Samuel 16: 11-13. Finally, at the closing ceremony, Rev. Martínez preached the Word again with a message entitled “God Keeps Looking for Bushes to Burn.”

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he Worldwide Missionary Movement carried out the 7th National Convention of the Guianas, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago, in the city of Paramaribo.

From April 13 to 16, the Worldwide Missionary Movement carried out the 7th National Convention of the Guianas, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago, in the city of Paramaribo, located near the Suriname River. Many believers from those three places gathered together to celebra-

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te the Work of God. The spiritual event of the WMM had the special participation of Reverend Rómulo Vergara and Humberto Henao, members of the International Board of the Worldwide Missionary Movement, and Jair Leolina, missionary in Trinidad and Tobago. On the first day of the 7th National Convention of the Guianas, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago, pastor Henao preached the Word of the Lord under the motto “The urgent need of a divine visit”, based on Exodus 1:13-14. On the second day, pastor Vergara

spoke about the biblical passage Philippines 3:12-14 having as motto “Not that I already have it”. On the third day, the missionary Leolina preached the Word based on 1 Samuel 17:1-15. His speech had as motto “Facing our challenge”. Finally, in the last part of the event, Rev. Henao shared the Word of God with the participants of the 7th National Convention of Guianas, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago. The title of the International Board’s member was “The seven characteristics of fire” and was based in 1 Kings 18:38-39.


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he WMM of Japan celebrated its 17th National Convention in the city of Hamamatsu. In addition, it inaugurated a modern infrastructure, which is now its first temple. The 17th National Convention of the Worldwide Missionary Movement of Japan took place from May 4 to 7 at the premises of Kami Koen Sogo Center, in the city of Hamamatsu, located to the west of the prefecture of Shizuoka. A great quantity of believers travelled from different parts of the land of the rising sun. This spiritual event graced with the presence of special guests such as Reverend José Soto, Vice President of God’s Work, and Juan Castillo, Pastor of CosMISSIONARY MOVEMENT 48 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia


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ta Rica was also the inauguration of the first temple of the WMM in Japan, which is located in a three-storey building in Hamamatsu. In the first day of the event, which had as motto “God, in your hands you have strength and power”, Rev. Soto was in charge of spreading the Word to the members of the Worldwide Missionary Movement of Japan. The message of the

Lord’s minister, based in 1 Chronicles 4:10, was about the presence of the Creator and reminded that having faith in the Almighty brings us blessings. During the second part of the event, Rev. Castillo spoke about the call of the prophet Isaiah. He said: “Isaiah left his comfortable position in the kingdom to go the temple and have a purifying experience”. Later, in the third part of the

service, Pastor Soto preached the Word of God once again; based on Luke 21, he urged us to love God above all things and claimed that “the call of God is personal”. In the last day of the 17th National Convention of the Worldwide Missionary Movement of Japan, under the charge of Rev. Soto, the first temple of the Almighty’s Work in the Japanese territory was inaugurated.

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ydney, the most populated metropolis of Australia and Oceania, was chosen to commemorate the 22th National Convention of the WMM of Australia.

From March 9 to 12, the Worldwide Missionary Movement of Australia carried out its 22th National Convention in the city of Sydney, the largest and most populated city in Australia and Oceania. The event was graced with the presence of brothers from Peru, led by Reverend Rodolfo González, Treasurer of the Work of God, and Josué Ascarruz, representative of the Missionary Movement in Peru. MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 50 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia

Being paid attention by a great quantity of believers and pastors of the WMM of Australia, Reverend González, International Board Member of

the WMM, gave the first speech of the event; he was the main preacher of this celebration. The servant of God stated that “the WMM of Australia is a power-


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ful nation”. The second day, Pastor Ascarruz was responsible for sharing God’s message; he recommended the members of the Work to preach the Word all the time. The next day, the third day of the event, Pastor William García, servant from Peru, talked about the power of God; after that, Rev. González shared the Gospel’s message. To end the 22th National Convention of the WMM of Australia, Pastor Rodolfo González took the floor once again and preached the Word to God’s believers in Australian land. He shared a message related to God’s will, which touched the heart of the assistants.

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he Work of God, as part of its evangelization work, held an evangelistic campaign in Madagascar aimed at children.

The Worldwide Missionary Movement in Madagascar, one of the newest churches of the Work of God, fulfilled the

commandment established in the Gospel by holding a campaign aimed at children from the rural community of Ambihitrimanjaka. The event took place on April 29. The activity, carried out by the members of the local church, gathered more than fifty young followers of the Lord. Sister Ismaelle Ranjanarisoa, supported by other faithful, conducted the dynamics aimed to share the good news of the Lord. The evangelistic campaign’s theme

“Let’s Seek God More,” which stressed the importance of approaching the Creator from the earliest years of life. With great excitement, the children who attended the event accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior. Through games and dynamics, Sister Ranjanarisoa, supported by other members of the Work of God, shared with the little ones her knowledge related to the Sacred Scriptures and the sound doctrine promoted by the WMM in the world.

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he Worldwide Missionary Movement continues to expand its global presence with a new church located in the south of the Caribbean Sea.

On May 13, Willemstad, capital of Curacao –an autonomous country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands–, joined the great church network of the Worldwide Missionary Movement through a new temple of the Work of God in the Caribbean. The beautiful ceremony was led by Rev. Clemente Vergara, National MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 54 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia


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Supervisor of the Antilles and Africa, who also shared the Word of the Lord through a message based on 2 Chronicles 6: 1-6 and 7: 1-3. After the inauguration of the new

church that will help transform Curacao into God’s house and heaven’s door, the faithful asked the Lord to bestow His blessing and protection on this new branch of the Work of the Almighty.

Curacao, a country located in the south of the Caribbean Sea, has opened to the Gospel and allowed the presence of the WMM to be strengthened in one of the largest seas in the world.

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he Work of the Lord inaugurated a temple for eight hundred people in Intipucá, a municipality located in the east of El Salvador. After one year of hard work and intense days of prayer, the Worldwide Missionary Movement in El Salvador inaugurated on May 12 a modern temple with capacity for eight hundred people, in the municipality of Intipucá, in the east of El Salvador. The inauguration of this new temple, whose construction was led by Pastor Agustín Valentín Aguilar and his wife Ivania, was attended by a special guest, Rev. MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 56 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia

Álvaro Garavito, International Director of the WMM and Missionary Supervisor of Central America and Mexico. He also made the main preaching of the day.

In the morning, the service was attended by a significant number of brothers from all the churches of the WMM in El Salvador. The activity was also attended


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by a delegation of believers from Honduras led by Pastor Alejandro Funez, National Supervisor of the WMM in Honduras.

Before the inauguration of this brand new church of the Work, the representatives of the WMM in El Salvador held an emotional ceremony in which they cut

a ribbon at the entrance to the temple. Then, Rev. Garavito, based on Chronicles 30: 8, shared the message “The Benefits of Being in the House of God.�

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he WMM in Chile held a vigil of prayer and intercession in Osorno in favor of the southern nation. The sound doctrine travels across South America.

On January 28, the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Chile held a vigil of prayer and intercession in Osorno, a city located in the Chilean region of Los Lagos. The activity was supported by brothers from the cities of Puerto Montt and Panguipulli. In a pleasant atmosphere, the people of the Lord praised the Creator. Francisco Saavedra, a member of the church in Panguipulli, shared first message of the event: “What We Have Brought to Give,” based on John 12:1-8. He also used the opportunity to thank the Lord for the blessings bestowed upon His people. Then, Pastor Hugo Fica, based on 2 Kings 3: 4-17, shared the message “We

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Are All One.” In his intervention, the servant of the Almighty urged Chilean believers to be with God not only in joy and victory, but also in sorrow and struggle. With this evangelistic activity, the WMM in Chile attracted the attention of the residents of Osorno through the Word of the Lord and the sound doctrine promoted by the Work of God.


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he Work of God in Mexico held an evangelistic campaign in the municipality of Cadereyta Jiménez, located in the state of Nuevo Leon. A baptismal ceremony also took place in Estancia Tabasco.

With a mass participation of believers, the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Mexico held, on February 24 and February 25, a campaign to spread the Gospel of the Almighty in the municipality of Cadereyta Jiménez, located in the state of Nuevo Leon. The motto of the event was “Saving Souls for Christ.” MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 60 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia


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On the first day, Pastor Antonio García, Presbyter of Zone 4 of the WMM in Mexico, conveyed a message focused on the history of Zacchaeus and the way Jesus Christ changed his life. Rev. García’s preaching was listened to with attention by the people who were at the square where the campaign was held.

On the second day, Pastor Ysidro Bello, servant of Christ, talked about the need to have the Lord in our lives. Based on Luke 19: 1-10, his message, “The Character of Men in the Last Days,” was a reflection on the difficult times that mankind is going through. Days before, on February 12, the

Church located in Estancia Tabasco, led by Pastor Doroteo Ladero, held the baptism of a group of sisters and a thanksgiving worship. Pastor Adán Verdugo, Presbyter of Zone 5, led the ceremony. In addition, the servant of God preached the Gospel through the messahe “Jesus at Home,” based on Mark 2: 1-5.

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he Worldwide Missionary Movement in Equatorial Guinea held an evangelistic campaign in Bata, where the Word of God was sown. Mondong, located in Bata –economic capital of Equatorial Guinea–, was the place chosen by the Work of God to share the Word of the Lord through an evangelistic campaign. The event, led by Rev. Benjamín Engono, took place from March 3 to March 5. In central Africa, the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Equatorial Guinea made evident the growth of the WMM in the world by holding a three-day event of faith. The main preacher was Pastor EngoMISSIONARY MOVEMENT 62 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia

no, a servant of God who shared the Gospel with the people of the smallest African country. On the first day, Rev. Engono presented the preaching “Christ Is the Liberator,” based on Mark 5: 8. He stated that Jesus is the only savior of mankind. Then, on the second day, Pastor Engono shared the good news of God through the message “Power of the Blood of Christ,” based on 1 Peter 1:18. He talked about the efficacy of the blood of the Son of God. Later, on the last day, ¿ Rev. Benjamín Engono shared with the people of the Almighty a message entitled “The True God,” based on 2 Chronicles 15: 3. During the event, 37 people accepted Jesus as their shepherd.


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celebrated the 6th anniversary of the Church of Ticino, located along the southern slopes of the Alps. A thanksgiving service took place on April 15. During the event, Rev. Jimy Ramírez, head of the Lord’s Work in Geneva, shared the message entitled “The Responsibility that Makes Us Strong,” based on Joel 3:10. In addition, Pastor Elvis Chávez

from the church in Zurich shared the good news of Jesus Christ through the message “Do Not Leave Bethlehem,” based on Ruth 1: 1. The celebration for the 6th anniversary of the Church of Ticino included many activities in which the faith in God was highlighted. The event was broadcast live by Radio Ebenezer of Switzerland.


Other Events

UNITES STATES Regional Fellowship in Dallas

From March 24 to March 25, the Worldwide Missionary Movement in the United States held its Regional Fellowship in Dallas, Texas. The wonderful event gathered many members of the Work of God. The activity of Zone 9 was attended by Rev. Arturo Hernández, National Supervisor of the WMM in the United States; Mario Pascual, head of Zone 10; and Walter Vargas, head of Zone 11. Rev. Hernández, based on John 17:24, preached the Word of God through the message “What a Privilege and Responsibility It Is to Serve the Lord.”

ITALY First National Youth Fellowship

The Worldwide Missionary Movement in Italy held its 1st National Youth Fellowship in the city of Rome, from February 17 to February 19. The Fellowship was attended by more than five hundred young people from twenty churches of the Work of the Lord in the country. The event was also attended by the entire National Board of the WMM in Italy, led by reverends David Echalar, Hugo Lope and Luis Valderrama, who preached the Word of the Lord. During the activity, the leaders of the Work of God in Italy introduced Sister Merly Delgado, from the Church of Rome, as president of the National Board of Youth of the WMM in Italy. In addition, Sister Senaida Espinoza, from the Church of Monza, was reelected as Vice President.

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EQUATORIAL GUINEA 10th National Youth Convention

From April 12 to April 15, the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Equatorial Guinea held its 10th National Youth Convention under the motto “Youth with a Vision.” The event was attended by Rev. Salomón Rodríguez, a Venezuelan missionary who preaches the Word of God in Canary Islands, and Rev. Edelmiro Ivina, head of the Work of the Lord in Equatorial Guinea. On the first day, Rev. Ivina shared the good news of God through a preaching based on Joel 2:28, which he called “The Vision.” At the beginning of the second day, the Word of the Lord was preached by Rev. Rodríguez, who shared the message “Young Men that Adorn History.” Hours later, in the evening, Pastor Benjamin Engones gave God’s message “The Consequences of ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ in the Missionary Vision in Countries.” On the third day, those responsible for transmitting the Word were sister Silva Nzan, with the message “Recovering the Vision,” and Pastor Ivina, with the speech “Vision and not Television.” At the end of the 10th National Youth Convention of the WMM in Equatorial Guinea, the Word of the Almighty was shared by Brother Siplicio through the message “Serving amid the Crisis,” and by Pastor Rodríguez with the topic “Youth on the Altar.”

SWITZERLAND 8th National Men Fellowship

In Zurich, the Swiss capital, the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Switzerland held its 8th National Men Fellowship from March 4 to March 5 with the motto “The Responsibility that Joins Us Together,” based on Romans 12: 5. With the attendance of about 150 faithful, the event of the WMM in Switzerland began with a day in which the Word of God was preached by Pastor Hugo Lope, who presented the message “The Responsibility that Joins Us Together,” and Pastor Jimy Ramírez, with the message “Responsibility.” On the second day, Rev. Lope gave the good news of God. The servant shared the preaching “Now or Never”, based on Exodus 16:19.

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