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WHAT GOD WANTS FROM YOUNG PEOPLE

DEVOTIONAL

GOD’S WILL

LIFE STORY

GROWING UP WITHOUT LOVE

The Bible and the meaning of being a man or a woman

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EDITORIAL

DIVINE PRESENCE Rev. José Arturo Soto B. International President of the WMM

“And when the cloud was taken up from the tabernacle, then after that the children of Israel journeyed: and in the place where the cloud abode, there the children of Israel pitched their tents… when the cloud abode from even unto the morning, and that the cloud was taken up in the morning, then they journeyed…” Numbers 9; 17-21.

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he Lord is not guided by any human instrument.

ered the people of Israel by night and a cloud covering

When He uses His servants, He does so accord-

them by day. The presence of God among His people did

ing to His purpose. And so we must understand that the

not manifest every other day, there one moment and gone

Church is guided by the Holy Spirit of God.

the next, but it was continuous.

This Work stems from God’s fire and is still in God’s fire.

The people of Israel were so used to living under God’s

It is essential to emphasize this because we cannot forget

cloud and appearance of fire, that they lived their lives un-

that our workers are shaped by the Holy Spirit, our gifts are

der them and became familiar with them since a very early

given by the presence of God, we stand on our own feet

age. Image a little boy asking his father what that light above

thanks to the strength and power of the Spirit of God, and

the tabernacle was and the father answering, “It is God

we are guided to the truth and justice by the hand of the

walking with us, my son.” What a joy it must have been for

Holy Spirit of God. Without Him, we would be nothing;

the father to tell that the light was the presence of the Lord.

without Him, there would be no mystery; without Him,

Both the cloud and the fire were opportunities for the

there would be no spiritual gifts; without Him, there would

people to learn about the need of having God’s presence.

be no full manifestation of God’s grace. There is nothing

It was necessary to stay under their protection, because it

without the Holy Spirit of God, which is the Shekhinah,

have them a sense of location: when the cloud abode, the

the cloud of our Lord’s presence.

people had to rest in their tents; and if the clod tarried upon

The word ‘Shekhinah’ refers to the dwelling or settling of the divine presence of God. Our motto for this year is Numbers 9:16: “Shekhinah, continuous divine presence.” This passage tells us about an appearance of fire that cov-

the tabernacle for several days, at the commandment of God they abode in their tents and did not journey. Dear readers, let us rest under this divine protection, under the presence of God.

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• The inspiration of the Holy Scriptures: 2 Timothy 3:15-17, 2 Peter 1:19-21. • The Adorable Godhead in Three Persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit: Matthew 3:16-17, 17: 1-5; 28:19, John 17: 5, 24, 26, 16:32, 14:16, 23, 18:5, 6, 2 Peter 1:17,18; Revelation 5. • Salvation by Faith in Christ: Luke 24:47, John 3:16, Romans 10:13, Titus 2:11, 3:5-7. • The New Birth: John 3:3, 1 Peter 1:23, 1 John 3:9. • Justification by Faith: Romans 5:1, Titus 3:7. • Water Baptism by Inmersion, as commanded by Christ: Matthew 28:19, Acts 8:36-39. • The Baptism in the Holy Spirit subsequent to salvation, speaking in tongues according to: Luke 24:49, Acts 1:4, 8, 2:4. • Divine Healing: Isaiah 53:4, Matthew 8:16, 17, Mark 16:18, James 5:14, 15. • The Gifts of the Holy Spirit: 1 Corinthians 12:1-11. • The Fruits of the Holy Spirit: Galatians 5:22-26. • Sanctification: 1 Thessalonians 4:3, 5:23, Hebrews 12:14, 1 Peter 1:15, 16, 1 John 2:6. • Ministry and Evangelization: Mark 16:15-20, Romans 10:15. • Tithing and Maintenance of the Work: Genesis 14:20, 28:22, Leviticus 27:30, Numbers 18:21-26, Malachi 3:7-10, Matthew 10:10; 23:23. • The Rapture of the Church: Romans 8:23, 1 Corinthians 15:5152, 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17. • The Second Coming of Christ: Zechariah 14:1-9, Matthew 24:30, 31; 2 Thessalonians 1:7, Titus 2:13, Jude 14, 15. • The Millennial Kingdom: Isaiah 2:1-4, 11:5-10, Zechariah 9:10, Revelation 19:20, 20:3-10. • New Heavens and New Earth: Isaiah 65:17, 66:22, 2 Peter 3:13, Revelation 21:1.


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6.- Cover note ARE GENDER ROLES A SOCIAL

CONSTRUCT? The Scriptures reveal that "alternative" lifestyles -like homosexuality, bestiality or polygamy- do not exist. 14.- Infography THE GENESIS OF GENDER

IDEOLOGY. Information about the evolution of an ideology that goes against Christianity. 16.- International BOLSONARO AND THE

DEFENSE OF FAMILY. The Brazillian president's point of view supports millions of parents. 18.- Science MIRACLES THAT SCIENCE

CANNOT EXPLAIN. The story of a miracle that saved the life of an 11-year-old girl. 20.- Youth WHAT GOD WANTS FROM YOUNG

PEOPLE. The Lord has a mission for every believer that chooses to join the Gospel. 22.- Woman THE ART OF WAITING ON GOD.

Jehovah is our inconditional support; He never surrenders, He is faithful, unique and real.

24.- Music GOD WILL MAKE A WAY. A summary

about the popular song written by the American composer Don Moen.

26.- Literature THE HEAVENLY MAN. Work that

reveals the life of Pastor Liu Zhenyin and the persecution that millions of believers still face in China.

30.- Hero of faith FOREVER A MASTER. Casiodoro

de Reina, the translator of the Holy Scriptures into Spanish.

34.- Life story GROWING UP WITHOUT LOVE.

The story of a believer, who found in faith the warmth of a true home. 40.- Devotional THE HEAVENLY POTTER. 42.- Devotional GOD’S WILL. 44.- Devotional CHRONICLES AND MEANING

OF THE NAME “WORLDWIDE MISSIONARY MOVEMENT”.

46.- Interview “GOD OPENS NEW DOORS” Desde

From Uganda, Alexander Espinoza and Elizabeth Bonifacio speak about the evangelization in the Pearl of Africa.

48.- Events THE WMM EVANGELIZING ACROSS

THE WORLD.

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ARE GENDER ROLES A SOCIAL CONSTRUCT?

From the very beginning of God’s Word, He makes no allowances for “alternative” lifestyles such as homosexuality, bestiality, polygamy, and so on. However, some would rather ignore this fact based on cultural justification, thus engaging in a reprehensible behavior. Steve Golden

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The biblical understanding of gender roles stems from the Genesis account of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. If we misunderstand what the Bible says about gender, then we will misunderstand issues like homosexual behavior, the roles of husbands and wives, and what it means to be male or female. However, cultural justification is sometimes used to support unbiblical behavior, and the Bible is sometimes used incorrectly to justify a variety of insupportable concepts about gender roles. In Genesis 1:27, we read that God created man with distinct differences in the sexes: “So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” God created man male and female—Adam and Eve—and He made males and females different physically and distinct in their roles. Genesis 2:18 makes Eve’s role clear: “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.” Eve was from the bone and flesh of Adam, meaning she is equal in her standing before God and yet distinct from man (Galatians 3:28)1. But God gave Adam the authority not only to name the animals but also to name his wife, indicating that she does not share equal authority with her husband. In the Bible’s wording, she is his helper. If God’s creation of Eve, a female, as a helper and companion for Adam, a male, is not clear enough to defend February 2018 / Impacto evangelístico

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marriage as being reserved for a man and a woman, Genesis 2:24 clears up any confusion: “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.” From the very beginning of God’s Word, He makes no allowances for “alternative” lifestyles such as homosexuality, bestiality, polygamy, and so on2. A final point regards the Curse in Genesis 3. Here we see that Adam and Eve already had distinct roles, but as a result of the Curse, their roles became toilsome and painful. In verse 16, God graciously allowed Eve (and her female descendants) to bear children, but childbirth would

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Cultural justification is sometimes used to support unbiblical behavior, and the Bible is sometimes used incorrectly to justify a variety of insupportable concepts about gender roles. be associated with a good deal of physical pain as well as concerns about bringing a child into this cursed world3. So what does gender as a social construct have to do


with any of this? People who specialize in the area of gender theory typically make it their aim to justify sexual and gender-related behavior that the Bible condemns as sinful. Gender theory argues that men and women are different only on the physical level; in other words, they have the exact same capacities for everything except reproductive functions, such as childbearing (though there are increasing attempts among secularists to make it possible for men to carry unborn children). Gender theory further holds that any distinctions between males and females (e.g., men acting as heads of their households, dressing in ways that are socially appropriate to

one’s gender, and so on) are “constructs” that society forces them to abide by. If they “transgress” (gender theorists love that word) those social boundaries, the gender theorist argues, they are ostracized and punished. Many gender theorists will even go so far as to say that a person may be a man on the physical level, but if he feels like he is actually female, then he may identify as female. Gender theorists argue that he then should be able to live as his chosen gender, even down to using the women’s restroom, dressing in women’s clothing, and being referred to as she/ her. The natural outworking of all this gender confusion is

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People who specialize in the area of gender theory typically make it their aim to justify sexual and genderrelated behavior that the Bible condemns as sinful.

complete distortion of what the Bible says about the roles of men and women and about marriage. If there is nothing that requires a man to identify as male or a woman to identify as female, why maintain a rigid definition of marriage? “Marriage between a man and a woman” only matters if the definition of man and woman matter. If two men “get married,” but one identifies as a female, society has simply tried to find a way around God’s design for marriage by making male and female meaningless words6. However, there is strong scientific evidence that the differences between men and women run deeper than basic anatomy. Dr. Gregg Johnson, professor of biology at Bethel University, wrote a detailed article on gender differences. He explained that males, among other things, are often more dominating, more goal and rule oriented, and have bodies and nervous systems that are built for long hours of physical toil. Women, on the other hand, demonstrate more care-giving behaviors, are more in touch with social dynamics, and have bodies that favor fat storage, which aids in pregnancy7. In fact, Dr. Johnson concludes, “Sex differences present in all the organ systems across various mammalian species go far beyond the superficial anatomical characteristics necessary for reproduction. These differences are direct responses to the levels of circulating hormones, which differ significantly between the sexes8.” Under the localized influence of hormones and the DNA blueprint, certain embryonic tissues are formed into either male or female structures and other tissues regress. Later, at puberty, increasing amounts of testosterone and estrogen prompt maturation of these sexual differences. So, generally speaking, if you’re born a male, there’s no way to truly change that9. This is consistent with Genesis 1:27; God has made us male and female. Psalm 139:13–14 explains that our biological development is marked by the hand of God: “For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” Scripture has norms and expectations for men and women as well, particularly focused on modesty. While Scripture does not clearly outline a dress code for us, we are given guidelines. For example, 1 Peter 3:1–5 tells women to dress modestly and to place their primary focus on their

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spiritual development. Ephesians 4:17–19 tells the people of God not to be like unbelievers, who engage in lewdness. Romans 12:1 makes clear that we are to present our bodies as holy and acceptable before God, which we can hardly do if we refuse to live modestly or within the male or female boundaries God formed in us. With regard to cultural expectations, Scripture seems to indicate that we should dress not only modestly but also in ways appropriate to our gender in whatever culture we live. If a man dons what is typically considered female clothing, we have to ask the question, why is he doing such a thing? Has the culture determined that it is now masculine and appropriate? Likely not. Is the man trying to be subversive and get a reaction out of people? Possibly. Has the man decided he would rather identify as a woman, which could lead to more extreme measures, such as sex reassignment surgery? If that is the case, he is clearly trying

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With regard to cultural expectations, Scripture seems to indicate that we should dress not only modestly but also in ways appropriate to our gender in whatever culture we live. to change how God created him, as though he can do a better job10. When a person expresses the desire to live as the opposite sex and takes measures to do so, he or she could very likely be experiencing some sort of gender confusion— and many secularists would agree. The difference is in how we would approach the situation—they would encourage him to embrace his perceived “identity,” while the believer should seek to share the gospel with him and to teach him God’s design for men and women.


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FOOTNOTES 1. “Evangelical feminists” often cite Galatians 3:28 to support their idea that the New Testament removed gender roles. Paul wrote, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” However, to rip this verse from its context is a deeply flawed hermeneutical practice, and the evangelical feminist’s interpretation of this verse forces numerous contradictions in the New Testament. For example, Galatians is generally regarded as Paul’s earliest canonical letter. So if Paul was saying that there is no longer any distinction between these groups, then it is rather strange that he continued to make distinctions for many years between Jew and Gentile (Romans 1:16–17; 11:25–28; Acts 18:1–6), slave and free (1 Corinthians 7:17–24; Ephesians 6:5–9; Colossians 3:22–4:1), and male and female (Ephesians 5:21–33; Colossians 3:18–19). 2. While Abraham, David, Solomon, and others in Scripture did practice polygamy, they were not pursuing God’s original design for marriage, and their polygamous relationships should be viewed as examples of conduct Christians should not engage in. For more information on polygamy in the Bible and the disastrous consequences of these relationships, see Roger Patterson, “What About Polygamy in the Bible?,” also available as a chapter in Ken Ham and Bodie Hodge, gen. eds., How Do We Know the Bible Is True? Volume 1 (Green Forest, AR: Master Books, 2011). 3. Obviously, due to the fact that we live in a fallen world, some women are unable to bear children. For further information on childbirth and pain, see Dr. Elizabeth Mitchell’s articles, “Is It Wrong to Interfere with the Pain of Childbirth?,” “The Evolution of Childbirth?,” and “Understanding the Answer in Genesis 3:16.” 4. For further information on how God worked through Eve, see Dr. Georgia Purdom’s presentation, Hope Amid Despair.

5. Raymond C. Ortlund, Jr., “Male-Female Equality and Male Headship: Genesis 1–3,” in Recovering Biblical Manhood & Womanhood, John Piper and Wayne Grudem, eds. (Wheaton, Illinois: Crossway, 2006), p. 108. 6. Since marriage is defined in the Bible as being strictly between a man and a woman, two men or two women or any other formulation of a “marriage” is outside of God’s design and therefore not a true marriage. 7. Gregg Johnson, “The Biological Basis for Gender-Specific Behavior,” in Recovering Biblical Manhood & Womanhood, John Piper and Wayne Grudem, eds. (Wheaton, Illinois: Crossway, 2006), pp. 282–284. 8. Ibid., p. 284. 9. This is not to say that there are not exceptions to the rule. Hormone levels vary, and not every man or woman will exhibit every characteristic Dr. Johnson describes. However, generally speaking, these differences are readily apparent in men and women, and they are based on God-given hormones that correlate to gender. 10. Regarding hermaphrodites (those who are born anatomically both male and female), I am not advocating that nothing be done for their condition. Humanity is marked by the Curse, and with that comes a marring of God’s design for us. In those rare cases, in which there are physical and social issues and challenges that must be dealt with individually, wisdom should be exercised in determining how to handle the situation so that the outcome is God honoring. For more on this, see Dr. Elizabeth Mitchell’s article, “Feedback: Hermaphroditism.” SOURCE: https://answersingenesis.org/family/gender/are-gender-roles-a-social-construct/

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GREENLAND

ICELAND

SWEDEN

NORWAY NETHERLANDS UK IRELAND

CANADA

FINLAND ESTONIA DENMARK GERMANY CZECH REPUBLIC AUSTRIA HUNGARY CROATIA GREECE CYPRUS ISRAEL

BELGIUM FRANCE SWITZERLAND SPAIN

UNITED STATES

PORTUGAL ITALY

MEXICO

COLOMBIA ECUADOR BRAZIL

Countries that allow same-sex marriage Countries that only allow civil union

CHILE

URUGUAY

SOUTH AFRICA

ARGENTINA

88% of Spaniards are gay friendly

THE GENESIS OF GENDER IDEOLOGY After the fall of the Berlin Wall, the old Marxist communist ideology that fought for class struggle and against capitalist bourgeoisie was replaced by other strategies that allowed communists to continue existing. They used the impulse of countercultural movements to champion and pervert good causes such as feminism and good traditions such as family, which they associated with such capitalist bourgeoisie. As a result, the class struggle became the struggle of the sexes, and the fight against capitalist bourgeoisie turned into the fight against the traditional family system,

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which according to them stand behind the patriarchal and oppressive hegemony. The gender ideology pursues four general objectives: to free man from the limitations of biology; to disappear the boundaries of the natural family, which gender ideology promoters see as oppressive; to abolish the Judeo-Christian culture and its ethics and values, which they qualify as obsolete; and to impose a supposed egalitarian society that would bring a new world order.


The 10 Commandments of Gender Ideology In Israel,

8.2% of the population is not considered heterosexual.

Radical feminism: Victimization and exaggerated exaltation of women, and culture of suspicion towards men, who are accused of being the root of many evils. Extreme egalitarianism: Denial of biological differences between men and woman to support the egalitarian concept and fluid gender. Antichristianism: Opposition to the Judeo-Christian culture of the West, which gender ideology advocates accuse of supporting a repressive morality and heteropatriarchy. Homosexuality: Exaggerated promotion and victimization of the LGTBI culture. Ideological colonization: Imposition of indoctrination programs for children to create a new way of thinking in future generations. Moral relativism: Denial of universal values and normative ethics (including the Commandments) to relativize moral behavior. Ethical liberalism: Support and normalization of immoral behaviors that harm human societies, such as abortion, promiscuity, pedophilia, bestiality, drug use, etc. Hedonism: Search for unlimited pleasure without ethical, moral or religious restrictions of any kind. Ideological dictatorship: Imposition of one single ideology and belligerent rejection to all ideas contrary to totalitarian thought. Opposition to any conservative position as homophobic, fascist and repressive.

AUSTRALIA

Ontological destruction of humankind: Anthropological reengineering for the total reinvention of one’s identity and gender without any limitations. In this way, the identity of human beings as creatures made in the image of God disappears. NEW ZEALAND

About

6%

of the European population belongs to the LGBT collective. The gender ideology aims to subtly and astutely impose itself thanks to the conjunction of four main factors:

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The massive and invasive emergence of social movements and non-governmental organizations that have been contaminated by the doctrines of gender ideology. The support of international economic lobbies and powerful philanthropic foundations that have been used to finance and promote the process of economic, population and ideological control. The inability of conservative center-right policies to oppose the advance of gender ideology, which in many countries has been finally accepted, thus succeeding in imposing the disturbing concept of gender mainstreaming. The silence and passivity of Christianity in several countries in the face of gender ideology, which shows a lack of unity to raise social awareness in society.

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INTERNATIONAL

BOLSONARO AND THE DEFENSE OF FAMILY Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil’s newly elected president, is giving priority to the defense of family and the fight against gender ideology, thus breaking without reservations from the barrier imposed by the “politically correct.”

The region’s attentive gaze is on Brazil’s newly elected president, Jair Bolsonaro, who is changing the State’s approach on crucial issues such as gender ideology and the defense of family. “I will value the family and fight gender ideology,” he said in his speech to the National Congress, after the presidential investiture ceremony. “Brazil will once again be a country free of ideological ties,” he warned. Bolsonaro stressed that his government will “unite the people, value the family, respect religions and our JudeoChristian tradition, and fight gender ideology to keep our values.” Among the challenges that Bolsonaro will face are “the

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indoctrination of children, the misrepresentation of human rights and the deconstruction of family.” He represents the ideals of pro-family supporters and a relief for the millions of parents who have been fighting in recent years to stop the vertical and transversal imposition of gender ideology on the education system. Although the 1995-2002 mandate of the Party of the Brazilian Social Democracy (PSDB), with sociologist Fernando Henrique Cardoso, and the 2003-2010 mandate of the Workers’ Party (PT), with trade unionist Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, promoted gender ideology, it was the term of office of PT Dilma Rousseff from 2011 to mid-2016 that took a radical position on gender ideology. The attempt to introduce gender ideology in the education guidelines of governments at all levels, operated by the Federal Executive, has originated a popular outcry that have polarized the people and cornered the leftists. Bolsonaro was one of the members of the Parliament who joined that popular struggle, which is why most members of the pro-family movement supported him when the polls showed that he stood an actual chance to beat the PT candidate in last year’s elections. In addition, Bolsonaro has placed some sort of “guarantee” on his government’s agenda: three key ministers who have the backing of the pro-family movement. They are philosopher


and academic Ricardo Vélez as Minister of Education, diplomat Ernesto Araújo as Minister of Foreign Affairs, and pro-life and pro-family lawyer and activist Damares Alves as Ministry of Women, Family and Human Rights.

Vélez has an ambitious project to revolutionize and improve literacy and education levels among children by breaking from the ideological ties to which they have been subjected for decades. He has announced that gender ideology will be fought. He wants the principle of subsidiarity to be the guiding principle of relations between the State, teachers and families, restoring the latter’s leading role in education. Araújo has pointed out that Brazil’s foreign policy will be guided by the values and traditions of Brazilians, and that it will not be subjected to globalist pressures or to the “progressive” international agenda: abortion, gender, indiscriminate migration and environmentalism. Damares has said that she will give visibility to the women that are most marginalized in the country and comprehensive support to those who are vulnerable, that she will fight child abuse and that she will place the family at the center of the Government’s public policies. Bolsonaro knows that he will require support to carry out this agenda, so he made a call to the 120,000 people who attended the investiture ceremony: “I invite you to start a movement so that we all together can reestablish the ethical and moral standards that will transform our country.” From Bolsonaro’s perspective, all this implies a fight against socialism and its logic of conflict.

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SCIENCE

MIRACLES THAT SCIENCE CANNOT EXPLAIN Roxli Doss is an 11-year old girl who was diagnosed with a rare, inoperable tumor. Doctors gave her no hope, only a miracle could save her. Born in Texas, Roxli Dosss lived a happy life with her parents, Gena and Scott Doss. Tragedy struck in June 2018, when she was diagnosed by doctors at Dell Children’s Medical Center with diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG). DIPGs are inoperable brain tumors that account for 10% of all childhood central nervous system tumors. They usually strike children aged 5-10 and are quite rare in adults. The most common symptoms include difficulty walking, loss of balance, vision problems, difficulty swallowing, nausea and vomiting, etc.

WHAT IS DIPG? DIPG is a type of tumor that starts in the brainstem, the part of the brain just above the back of the neck and connected to the spine. The brainstem controls breathing, heart rate, nerves and muscles used to see, hear, walk, talk and eat. These tumors are called gliomas since they grow from glial cells, which provide support for the neurons.

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Despite the little hope that doctors gave her, Roxli began radiotherapy sessions, hoping to alleviate her pain and extend her young life as much as possible. Radiation therapy sessions were exhausting, and her parents could do nothing but pray for a miracle. Two months later, the doctors took a follow-up MRI scan, and to their surprise, it revealed that she was cancer free. New scans were taken, but the result was the same: no trace of the tumor! “When I first saw Roxli’s MRI scan, it was actually unbelievable,” said Virginia Harrod of Dell Children’s Medical Center in Austin, Texas. Doctors double checked the results and do not understand why it just disappeared. Her parents were extremely happy with the news. Their daughter was completely healthy; the pain and the tumor were gone. Only God could have performed Roxli’s miracle and it was a testimony for all those who thought that she would not survive the brain tumor. “Everyday we still say it,” Gena said, “it’s kind of our family thing that God healed Roxli.” “She is just as active as she ever was,” added Scott. “We didn’t know how long she would be healthy and, look at her, she’s just doing awesome.” Many wondered if she was misdiagnosed, or if it her immune system reacted favorably to therapy, but they cannot find an answer. Her parents did find theirs, though: God, the Healer. Life expectancy for brain tumors is five years after diagnosis and barely 2% survive. Science gave Roxly two to three months to live, but God gave her eternal life. What is impossible with man is possible with God.


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WHAT GOD WANTS FROM YOUNG PEOPLE God has a mission for every young person who decides to dedicate his/her life to Him. That is why it is essential to give the helm to the Lord and remember that success is not ours but His. Many young people ask themselves, “What does God want with my life?” He wants us to praise him, to serve him and to preach His Word. However, new questions arise: “Am I ready?” “Am I wise enough?” “Am I brave enough?” Each question has only one answer in Jesus Christ. 1. Lead a clean life. “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed thereto according to thy word” (Psalm 119:9). Social networks have become the most used media by young people. It is estimated that in 2018, around 2.4 billion people used the networks, most of them in the Americas and Asia. The expansion in these geographical areas is reflected not only in the penetration, but also in the hours of use. Many young people use social networks to stay upto-date on the latest events, but others use them for sin, contaminating their minds and hearts. For this reason, the Lord commands us to devote more time to reading the Sacred Scriptures. 2. Remember that you will be judged. “Rejoice, O

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SEARCH WITHIN “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts” (Psalm 139:23). It is beneficial to search our faults and ask God to help us to overcome them.

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LIFE PRAY “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us” (1 John 5:14). Take a moment to talk “face to face” with God, to speak to Him and listen to His voice. He is very interested in what happens in our lives.


DEDICATE YOUR LIFE TO GOD “And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him” (Colossians 3:17). When you get up, offer the day to God. He will prepare us to overcome any test that comes our way.

STUDY THE WORD OF GOD “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path” (Psalm 119:105). One way to learn more about God is to study the Word daily, but without neglecting our earthly duties.

young man, in thy youth; and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes: but know thou, that for all these things God will bring thee into judgment” (Ecclesiastes 11:9). All actions against the commandments of Our Lord Jesus Christ will have serious consequences if we do not confess our sins to God. Young people fall into earthly pleasures without realizing that the Lord sees everything and they will be judged one day. 3. Submit to God. “It is good for a man that he bear the yoke in his youth” (Lamentations 3:27). It is important to submit to God in order to grow spiritually. This transition began with the salvation and continues with every choice we make, until the Lord comes again or until He calls us to His presence. 4. Influence others. “Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity (1 Timothy 4:12). Just like social networks influence society, young people who love God must positively influence people and be a role model for discipline, responsibility and respect at university, at work, at church and at home. The world see young Christians as a light in the dark. 5. Be mature. “Young men likewise exhort to be sober minded. In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity...” (Titus 2:6-7). Christian maturity is achieved by getting our priorities straight and aligning our pleasures in order to please God and obey Him. The key to maturity is consistency and perseverance in actions that bring us closer to God, such as reading and studying the Bible, praying, working on our communion with the brethren and serving the Work. 6. Know who God is. “I write unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I write unto you, young men, because ye have overcome the wicked one. I write unto you, little children, because ye have known the Father” (1 John 2:13). Knowing God in all His fullness allows us to appreciate the mercy of the Father towards humankind. Young Christians must share the Word with their relatives, friends, co-workers, among others, so that they can also know the mercy of God. 7. Remember that you will grow old. “Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them...” (Ecclesiastes 12:1). With every second that passes by, a little of our youth goes away never to return. It is a natural process to which all people are subject. In young Christians, getting older should be one more step of spiritual growth to gain experience, to trust in God and to advise other young people.

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THE ART OF WAITING ON GOD (II) Carmen Valencia de Martínez

When we wait on and surrender to the Lord, then we can lean on Him. He is our unconditional support, the one that never gives up on us, our most faithful and truest friend. Waiting on God leads to surrender. Those who wait on Him surrender to Him. Surrendering means giving in, submitting, humbling oneself, acknowledging that someone else is superior. Only when we surrender to God, He can work upon us. His Word teaches that we must be still and wait on Him: “Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10). Acknowledging our insufficiency and complete surrender to Him is what makes God act in our favor. GOD GIVES US STRENGTH

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prophet Isaiah teaches us that, “they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint” (Isaiah 40:31). Likewise, King David speaks to himself when he says, “Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord” (Psalm 27:14). And by waiting on God, “my horn shalt thou exalt like the horn of an unicorn: I shall be anointed with fresh oil,” |David (Psalm 92:10). With this strength comes peace of mind, relief. This strength makes us be still and abide in Him forever (Psalm 125:1). What is more, waiting on Him gives us many blessings such as: • He is a buckler to all of them that trust in Him (2 Samuel 22:31; Psalm 18:30; Proverbs 30:5). • He delivers those who trust in Him (Psalm 22:4). • Those who wait on Him shall not be ashamed (Psalm 25:3).


hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him.” GODS GIVES US SUPPORT

• Mercy shall compass about those who trust in Him (Psalm 32:10). • Those who wait on Him shall inherit the earth (Psalm 37:9). • God hears the cry of those who wait for Him (Psalm 40:1). • Waiting on Him is good before His saints (Psalm 52:9). • Those who wait on Him shall receive their meat in due season (Psalm 104:27). • Those who trust in Him shall abide forever (Psalm 125:1). • Those who wait for Him shall be saved and rejoice in His salvation (Isaiah 25:9). • Those who wait for Him shall not be ashamed (Isaiah 49:23). • The vision shall speak to those who wait for Him (Habakkuk 2:3). Isaiah 64:3-4 reads, “When thou didst terrible things which we looked not for, thou camest down, the mountains flowed down at thy presence. For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither

Proverbs 3:5 reads, “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.” • To trust means to be sure that the other will honor his/ her promises. • To lean means to rely on someone for assistance or support. • To rely means to place faith or confidence in someone and to be dependent on someone for support, help or supply. God says in His Word, “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you” (1 Peter 5:7). We can say in all certainty that God helps those who wait on Him. And happe are those who have God for their help (Psalm 146:5). Do not trust in man and do not expect anything from him. We cannot trust men as we should trust the Lord. Men can deceive, lie and use others for their own gain, but God would never do that. It is in God that we must place our trust. Jeremiah 17:5 says, “Thus saith the Lord; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the Lord.” We must wait on God because He is our only safe shelter before whom we can pour out our hearts (Psalm 62:8). David always said, “But I will hope continually, and will yet praise thee more and more” (Psalm 71:14). Do not worry and do not despair. Even if your soul is shaken by the storm and the worst is yet to come, God says: Do not despair! God will help you when it clears up, so do not rush things, do not act only based on your own judgment, do not wander from your place. Proverbs 27:8 reads, “As a bird that wandereth from her nest, so is a man that wandereth from his place.” Wait patiently and be still. Your enemies may be waves that shake your life like the do the floats, or hit you like the do the rocks, or engulf you like they do the feathers, but you will never drown. If you wait on God, you will come up to the surface. Do not fret because the others prosper and you do not. You will see people who are unfaithful to God thrive, and you may wonder why. Do not let this affect you. God has reasons and purpose behind everything. If you trust in Him, He will not disappoint you. Psalm 37:7 says, “Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.” Even in the darkest hours, God has and will always have everything under control. Habakkuk 2:3 reads, “For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.”

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MUSIC

GOD WILL MAKE A WAY “God Will Make a Way” is a very emotional hymn written by the renowned Christian songwriter and singer Don Moen after the death of his nephew. The song offers comfort to cope with grief and hopelessness in times of pain.

“God Will Make a Way” was written by American

pastor and singer Don Moen, born on June 29, 1950. It was composed after a tragic car accident that took the life of his nephew, and was first released in 1990. Ever since then, the song gives hope in times of pain. Don Moen attended the University of Oklahoma, earning a degree in Music in 1972. He is a prolific songwriter who has promoted the faith in the Almighty in more than thirteen countries and has led several musical projects that have drawn millions closer to Jesus Christ and changed their lives. As a follower of the Lord since childhood, he has served the Gospel for more than four decades. This Christian artist grew up in Minnesota, then moved to Oklahoma to attend the Oral Roberts University. There, he was called by preacher Terry Law to join his worship team, Living Sound, which ministered the Word in communist nations throughout eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. In this way, he helped to introduce many people to Jesus Christ through the power of worship. BEAUTIFUL SONG

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mother-in-law telling him that his sister-in-law, Susan Phelps, and her family had been involved in a car accident. The oldest son of the couple, a 9-year-old boy, was instantly killed. Shocked by the death of his nephew, the servant of God decided to travel immediately to meet his relatives. As he sat on the plane, he began to read the book of Isaiah, and his eyes went to chapter 43, verse 19. It was then that the Savior inspired him to create this very emotional song. About his composition, which remained a message only for his relatives for a while, the renowned believer said in an interview with The Christian Post: “It was a song written in desperation, but it brought a word of hope to them… when everything around you seems lost, God is working in ways you cannot see.” “God Will Make a Way” became in time the most award-winning hallmark song

GOD WILL MAKE A WAY God will make a way Where there seems to be no way He works in ways we cannot see He will make a way for me. He will be my guide Hold me closely to His side With love and strength for each new day He will make a way, He will make a way. By a roadway in the wilderness, He'll lead me And rivers in the desert will I see Heaven and Earth will fade but His Word will still remain He will do something new today. With love and strength for each new day He will make a way, He will make a way.

of Moen’s career, sung by millions all around the world. In the same interview with the American newspaper, he emphasized, “I want people to know that God is with them in spite of loss and hopelessness. If you look close enough, you can see the hand of God in your life.”

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LITERATURE

THE HEAVENLY MAN The Heavenly Man, a book aimed to guide readers towards the Lord, not only tells the story of Pastor Liu Zhenying, who was imprisoned for his faith, but also reveals the persecution that millions of believers still face in China.

On a warm September evening a small group of Christians gathered at Bangkok International Airport to welcome back Brother Yun. It had been more than eight months since we had seen his smiling face. In January 2001 he had been arrested. During the first few days of his incarceration the prison authorities almost beat him to death. Later he was sentenced to seven years in prison. Occasional messages were carried out of the prison to his concerned friends around the world. One said, “God has sent me to be his witness in this place. There are many people here who need Jesus. I will be in this prison for exactly the length of time God has determined. I won’t leave one moment early and I won’t stay one moment too long. When God determines my ministry in prison is complete, I will come out.” The Heavenly Man tells the story of a young believer from a poor town in the Chinese province of Henan who was transformed and used by the Lord to preach His Word in a country where Christianity is repressed by local authorities. It is an autobiography of Liu Zhenying,

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known as Brother Yun, co-written by Paul Hattaway and published in February 2002. My name is Liu Zhenying. My Christian friends call me Brother Yun. One morning in autumn 1999, I awoke in the city of Bergen in western Norway. My heart was stirred and excitement bubbled up inside me. I had been speaking in churches throughout Scandinavia, testifying about the Chinese house churches and inviting Christians to join us as we evangelize all of China and the nations beyond. My hosts had asked me if I would like to visit the grave of Marie Monsen, a great Lutheran missionary to China who had been mightily used by God to revive the church in different parts of my nation from 1901 to 1932.

Unregistered Christians were labelled “spiritual pollutants” by the authorities and the TSPM. Hundreds of house church leaders were rounded up and sent to prison labour camps. In Henan many believers were executed for their faith in Jesus.

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Pastor Xu Yongze, another Chinese persecuted believer, in the preface of the book, says about Brother Yun: “Through nearly thirty years of testing, Brother Yun has seen the grace of the Lord poured out on his life, overflowing as a blessing to many. He is one of God’s chosen leaders to this generation, a great fighter and faithful worker.” Every day from morning to late evening, I read the Word of God. When I had to work in the fields I wrapped my Bible inside my clothing and took every opportunity to sit down and read. At night-time I took my Bible with me to bed and laid it on my chest. In the beginning, reading my Bible wasn’t easy because I had only received three years of education. Furthermore, my Bible was in the traditional Chinese script, while I had learned to read simplified characters. I found a dictionary and painstakingly looked up one character at a time as I advanced through the Bible. Finally I finished reading through the whole Bible, so I started to memorize one chapter per day. After 28 days I had memorized the whole Gospel of Matthew. In the foreword, Zhang Rongliang, who was imprisoned in China more than once for spreading the Gospel, testifies to the evangelizing work of Zhenyin. “Yun’s testimony is written with blood and tears; his journey has been one that encountered many bitter

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Because so many people were believing in Christ the authorities became aroused. Before us, there had never been a Christian in our entire village. My mother was identified as the leader of our church and was persecuted by the authorities. They placed a large dunce hat on her head and paraded her through the streets.

struggles. Instead of complaining and grumbling, he learned to tackle all obstacles prayerfully, on his knees with God,” he stated. The church in our area started to grow in grace and in number as God radically saved many people and sent them out as soul winners. Soon, however, opposition arose against us. Because so many people were believing in Christ the authorities became aroused. Before us, there had never been a Christian in our entire village. My mother was identified as the leader of our church and was persecuted by the authorities. They placed a large dunce hat on her head and paraded her through the streets. She was forced to attend “reeducation” classes, to “help her reform her incorrect views.” After I took over as leader of our church the pressure diverted off my mother and onto me. CHOSEN MAN

The book shows the courage of Brother Yun, who is known throughout China as “the Heavenly Man”. This nickname stemmed from an incident when he refused to tell his real name to the authorities in order to protect his brother in faith. Yun shouted, “I am a heavenly man! My home is in heaven!” The local believers, who were still gathered in a nearby house, heard his shouting and knew he was warning them of danger. They all fled and avoided arrest. In 1983, a crime wave exploded across China, with rampant murders, kidnappings, extortion and prostitution. The government saw they were losing control and launched an anti-crime campaign. Hundreds of criminals were publicly executed. Unfortunately, the house churches were also considered illegal by the government because of our refusal to register with the Three-Self Patriotic Movement (TSPM), so we became targets in the campaign. Unregistered Christians were labelled “spiritual pollutants” by the authorities and the TSPM. Hundreds of house church leaders were rounded up and sent to prison labour camps. In Henan many believers were executed for their faith in Jesus. Paul Hattaway, author of many Christian books,

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LITERATURE has stressed Zhenying’s submission to the power of the Lord. He has stated that ever since the first encounter of Yun with Jesus-Christ, he has done his best to serve the Lord wholeheartedly. In addition, he has said that some lessons and experiences from his life can encourage Christians all over the world who want to follow God. After I was carried back to my cell, the guard kicked me and shouted, “How dare you speak and eat today after you have been quiet for so long? I will skin you alive! You wait and see!” He slammed the iron door shut as he left the cell. The cell leader insulted me, “You are a fake! You pretended to be dying every day. I’m alive and well in prison even though I’ve killed and raped women. You came to the prison because you believe in Jesus and you’re dying like a sick dog.” One of the other prisoners was a Muslim. He snarled at me, “How dare you preach Jesus against our nation’s laws? You deserve to die.” The Heavenly Man, which was written to guide readers towards the Lord, not only tells the story of Pastor Liu Zhenying, who was born on January 1, 1958, but also reveals the persecution that millions of Christians face in China. People who worship Jesus in the Asian country are still arrested, tortured and murdered. This is the reality described by Brother Yun and Paul Hattaway. From the time of my release from prison in January 1988 until the middle of 1991, churches all across China invited us to preach the gospel. The Lord used me to share his Word in many far-flung areas, and many sinners came to Christ. From morning to night we were too busy to eat properly. We woke early in the morning to spend time with the Lord, and then worked hard all day preaching, teaching, and travelling, before collapsing into bed around midnight. Before the sun rose the next morning we would be awake, preparing to repeat the whole process again.

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HERO OF FAITH

FOREVER A MASTER Arthur Kinder

Casiodoro de Reina translated the Holy Scriptures into Spanish and was persecuted by the Inquisition. He marked the beginning of a new era for Spanish-speaking Christianity with his still relevant version of the Bible. Casiodoro de Reina became an important

figure of the 16th century thanks to his loyalty to God’s Word and his masterpiece: the full translation of the Holy Scriptures into Spanish. This humble servant of the Almighty was persecuted by the Inquisition and the Spanish authorities and faced numerous risks throughout his life due to his love for God. According to some sources, Reina was born around 1520 in Montemolín, in the Kingdom of Seville. He attended the University of Seville, where he presumably learned Latin, Greek and Hebrew. He then became a monk of the Monastery of San Isidoro

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del Campo, located outside Seville, where he had contact with the Christian faith. PERSECUTED SERVANT

The Monastery of San Isidoro del Campo encouraged the study of the Gospel among its monks, and Reina became a spiritual guide for his classmates because of his passion for the true message of Christ. Interested as he was in the ideas of the Reformation, Casiodoro


also studied works by Martin Luther, John Calvin, Ulrich Zwingli and Michael Servetus. In 1557, he fled the monastery together with other dissident monks, such as Cipriano de Valera and Antonio del Corro, to avoid falling prey to the Inquisition. Casiodoro thus became an enemy of the Spanish Crown and was declared a “heresiarch” (founder of a heresy). Even though he escaped the intolerance of his homeland, Casiodoro was nonetheless tried in absentia

by the Inquisition. On April 26, 1562, he was burned in effigy together with the figures of Antonio del Corro and Cipriano de Valera at the San Francisco Square of Seville, one of the main scenarios of the prevailing inquisitorial repression and its bloody sentences. Their “evil doctrine” had to be eradicated. WANDERING CHRISTIAN

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HERO OF FAITH the Reformation encouraged by Calvin in Switzerland. Sevillian refugee Juan Pérez de Pinea, who was an active promoter of the Word, welcomed him. Casiodoro joined a congregation of Italian faithful and met Calvin. However, despite earning some recognition among them, Casiodoro grew uneasy about the rigid system of the Calvinists. It is said that during his time in Geneva, before his departure to London after Queen Elizabeth I’s coronation, he would cry whenever he passed by the field where theologian Michael Servetus had been burned at the stake on October 27, 1553. When he finally departed to England’s capital city, his supporters named him “the Moses of the Spaniards” because of his itinerant life. Casiodoro spent some months in the German city of Frankfurt in 1558 before departing to London. In 1559, he settled in English lands and gathered a group of Hispanic believers to whom he preached the good news and taught the Gospel three times a week in a private house. He then decided to write a theological text that caused great controversy outside England: “A Declaration, or Confession of Faith.” In 1560, with a solid congregation, Reina sent a letter to minister Edmund Grindal, leader of the church in London, and to the secretary of Queen Elizabeth I, William Cecil, asking for a place to build a temple. He was granted a building at St. Mary Axe Street, but unfortunately, his flock met no favorable future. On September 21, 1563, he was falsely accused of sodomy and forced to leave British territory. After sneaking away through the English Channel, he arrived in Antwerp, one of the most important commercial centers in northern Europe at the time. There, he was protected by the Jewish banker Marcos Pérez de Segura, who had convert to Christianity and helped Christians in the Netherlands. Nonetheless, he had to leave soon after and traveled in secrecy to Frankfurt, as King Philip II of Spain had put a price on his head. MASTERPIECE

Despite the risks he faced, in Frankfurt, Reina started to work hard on the translation of the Scriptures into Spanish. He also joined a community of French Christians. Nevertheless, persecuted by Inquisition informers, he constantly moved through the cities of Strasbourg, Orléans, Antwerp and Heidelberg for three years. But his hazardous life did not stop him from completing his version of the Bible. As he was looking for the right place to print his book, he moved in 1567 to Basel, which was the publishing center of the Old Continent back then. His

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masterpiece was finally printed with the authorization of the local municipality. In 1569, 2600 copies of the Holy Scriptures in Spanish were printed with the support, again, of Pérez de Segura. The books, with the picture of a bear on their cover, marked the beginning of a new era. The “Bear Bible” was distributed in many European regions and was sold out very quickly. The lack of copies was one of the reasons why Cipriano de Valera published a second edition of Reina’s work in 1602, with an exhaustive revision of around twenty years. Nowadays, this is the most relevant and used version among Spanish-speaking Evangelical Christians around the world. COMMENDABLE WORK

Casiodoro returned to Frankfurt in 1570 to preach the Word together with his family. He joined a congregation led by exegete Theodore Beza. Three years later, he published a series of comments of John and Matthew’s Gospels. Afterwards, in 1580, he made a guide of Christian doctrine that was printed in Latin, French and Dutch. He also wrote the regulation for a society that helped the poor and persecuted, which is still preserved. In March 1579, this man of true faith proved his innocence and was absolved of the accusations that had been made against him in London years before. Reina became pastor of the temple of Antwerp between 1578 and 1584. Near the end of his life, he came back to Frankfurt and fought for Christianity by helping believers in need. He died on March 15, 1594. Casiodoro de Reina was a kind, respectable, peaceful, wise and experienced man who did not like investing hi energy in pointless fights, violent defenses, and cautious pretexts. Aware of the power of the Jesus-Christ, he worked to spread the Gospel in other languages, he wanted it to keep us all warm as the sun in the sky, as he tells his readers in his version of the Holy Scriptures.

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At the age of five, Gustavo Oropeza ate on

the streets, but not in restaurants or markets. He had to look for something to eat in trashcans, because no one would feed him properly. He lived in absolute moral and physical neglect. He was born in the municipality of Villazón, in the department of Potosí, Bolivia. His father was Porfirio Luna, who he left before his birth; his mother was Nelsi Oropeza, and she abandoned him when he was only two. She had three children from three different men because of her sinful life. His maternal grandmother and uncle took care of him, but not for long. Both of them became alcoholic and the little money they obtained from begging they would spend in cheap, strong alcohol. They used to drink every day, sleep anywhere and forget to feed the child. Hungry as he always was, the boy had no choice but to go out and eat from garbage cans. His neighbors took pity on him and would sometimes give him some food. When he got home, he would go to bed and hope that his mother would come and take care of him, but it was just a dream. Taking advantage of his needs and loneliness, an older cousin tricked him and sexually abused Gustavo, who was but five years old at the time. He offered him food and money in exchange of sexual favors. The rape made him more and more resentful. His grandmother and uncle got worse. They used to disappear for days, and there were times when Gustavo had to go out and look for them, finding them drunk, lying on the streets. Small as he was, he managed to bring them back to their poor home. An aunt came visit one day, and when she saw the state of neglect of the child, she decided to take him to his mother. The boy was happy because he would finally meet his mother, who would welcome him warmly. He could not be more wrong. MEETING MOM

When the mother saw her child for the first time since he was two, instead of being moved, she got angry. She reproached the aunt for bringing him and said that she had no time or room for him. “Why have you brought him here? You want to ruin my life!” she shouted. These harsh words broke the heart of the little boy. His resentment grew stronger. In the end, despite the mother’s ranting, the boy stayed with her. However, the relationship between Gustavo and his mother was worse by the day; they fought every day and she often beat him. In the meantime, his 11-year-old brother introduced him to drugs. One day, at the age of twelve, the boy decided to run away.

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GROWING UP WITHOUT LOVE He never met his father, and his mother left him when he was only a child. He spent most of his childhood and adolescence on the streets, hungry and lonely. However, two events changed his life and he finally felt the warmth of a true home.

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LIFE STORY He lived, slept and ate on the streets, and met other teenagers who taught him to steal. Despite his young age, he became a regular at local brothels. Drugs, alcohol and women were the highlights of his sinful life. He had sex with different women without protection, and could not care less about AIDS. Gustavo also started to work at brothels, pubs and nightclubs, wasting away all the money he earned. That is how he met his wife, Gabriela Méndez, who had also had a difficult life. DÉJÀ VU

Gabriela got pregnant soon after. Her pregnancy should have changed their lives for the better, but all the opposite. Gustavo repeated his own story and abandoned his wife and his newborn to continue living a sinful life. One night, while Gustavo was drinking at some bar, he saw his younger a brother come in. He had converted at a young age and had come to rescue him. “Why don’t

Hungry as he always was, the boy had no choice but to go out and eat from garbage cans. His neighbors took pity on him and would sometimes give him some food. When he got home, he would go to bed and hope that his mother would come for him.

you look for God? Look at yourself,” he said. His brother’s words moved his tough heart. He left the bar resolved to change his life and to become a good father. He looked for Gabriela and asked her to give him another chance. She accepted, but unfortunately, their peace did not last long. The relationship problems between him and Gabriela became unbearable. Their family life was all tears and pain. They would fight every day and he beat her on one than more occasion. Their son was only four, but when he tried to defend his mother, he ended up being punished as well. Gustavo started to have terrible headaches and to hear voices in his head that made him feel uneasy: “You have AIDS, just remember all the women you’ve slept with.” In order to find a cure, he went to doctors, psychologists and even witchdoctors, but no one could silence the voices in his head: “You have AIDS, you’re going to die and your son as well, he’s infected too. You deserve to die.” Painkillers managed to soothe his pain if only for a

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while. One day, he went to the drugstore to buy some medicine and the pharmacist told him something that echoed in his mind for some time: “Christ loves you. He can help you.” Both surprised and annoyed, Gustavo rudely replied, “I’ll look for Him if I ever need Him, but I don’t need Him right now, so I won’t.” Some days later, he went to visit his grandmother, the only woman who had showed him some love despite her alcoholism. She was seriously ill with an advanced cirrhosis. She was beyond all hope. With tears in his eyes and a broken heart, Gustavo ran to the drugstore and looked for the woman that had given him the Savior’s message. She saw him come in all upset, and after listening to him, she invited him to kneel and devote his life to God. When they finished the prayer, Gustavo felt a peace that he had never experienced before. The young woman asked him to come to the church that she attended. He accepted. Nevertheless, the voices in his head were still

The test results took some time. More than one week later, he finally received the good news: he had no AIDS. He went back home and shared the results. His family was happy. They went to the evening service to give thanks for the miracle.

there and his heart was still full of resentment. Tired of the headaches and the fear of having AIDS, he went to a doctor to undergo an HIV screening test, but first he made a promise to the Lord: “If you heal me, I’ll serve you with all my heart.” The test results took some time. More than one week later, he finally received the good news: he had no AIDS. He went back home and shared the results. His family was happy. They went to the evening service to give thanks for the miracle. When Gustavo’s younger brother saw him in God’s house, he started to pray God to help him. The message of the preacher touched Gustavo, and he and his wife went to the altar. They felt as if some fire was going through their bodies. God changed both of them, especially Gustavo. All his hatred, resentment and grief were gone. A MOTHER’S REGRET

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LIFE STORY The message of the preacher touched Gustavo, and he and his wife went to the altar. They felt as if some fire was going through their bodies. God changed both of them, especially Gustavo. All his hatred, resentment and grief were gone. her heart and made her kneel before the Savior. Some months later, Nelsi called his son to apologize for all the pain that she had caused him. Some time afterwards, Gustavo visited his mother to witness her change, but when he got there, his headaches attacked again. Nelsi was talking with Pastor Santiago Guaji, and when he saw the young man’s pain, he prayed for him. The presence of the Lord filled the place, healing him completely. His mother kept attending the church and was baptized. All her children attended the ceremony. Gustavo moved with his family to Yacuiba. Less than ten months later, they were already working full-time for the Work of God. They preached the Word on the streets and in pubs. The Oropeza family is now happy. All disease, hatred and resentment are gone thanks to God. Gustavo, his wife and their three children have been preaching the good news for five years in the department of Tarija, province of Entre Ríos, Bolivia.

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DEVOTIONAL “The word which came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying, Arise, and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause thee to hear my words. Then I went down to the potter’s house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels. And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it. Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying, O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the Lord. Behold, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are ye in mine hand, O house of Israel.” Jeremiah 18:1-6.

Rev. Luis M. Ortiz

THE HEAVENLY POTTER Jeremiah went to the potter’s house. There, he received the message of God’s Word there, and then spread it to the people. Now, as in the past, God’s Word must play a prevailing role in the life of the believer, of God’s people and of all humanity. Sadly, many believers, preachers, congregations and denominations keep the Word in the background and give the spotlight to their particular teachings, dogmas, shows, trips, concerts and hymns, which are not the ultimate means to praise the Lord. God’s Word is still under attack and is always changed or altered. God said, “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away” (Matthew 24:35). The Lord has always had a people that honors and obeys His Word. Let us go back to the biblical passage. Jeremiah was sent to the potter’s house to receive God’s message, which is dully illustrated with the potter’s work at his workshop, so that he could later preach it to the people. The message was aimed for the ancient people of Israel but it is still valid. Let us talk about the Heavenly Potter and three special vessels. THE FIRST VESSEL

The potter represents God, and the potter’s workshop is this Earth. The Heavenly Potter used the dust of the ground as clay, “and the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul” (Genesis 2:7). This first Adam is the first vessel.

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Jeremiah noticed that the first vessel “was marred” ( Jeremiah 18:4). The problem was not the potter, but in the product, so the first Adam was corrupted. He disobeyed, sinned and distanced himself from God. “As by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men” (Romans 5:12; 3:23). Therefore, the first vessel and his offspring “were marred.”


forth his Son, made of a woman” (Galatians 4:4). Thanks to a divine genetic process performed by the Holy Spirit on Virgin Mary, Jesus Christ was born from her, keeping both his divine nature as Son of God and his human nature as Son of Man. This second Adam is the second vessel, which was amazingly perfect. “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us…” ( John 1:14). “For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily” (Colossians 2:9). “And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness…” (1 Timothy 3:16). “He had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth” (Isaiah 53:9). Just as Satan corrupted the first vessel, the first Adam, he also tried to corrupt the second vessel, the second Adam, our Lord Jesus Christ, by means of premature death, temptation, vanity, persecution, insults and slander. When he thought that he was on the brink of victory, the Lord experienced the Calvary, was crucified, “and having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it… Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil” (Colossians 2:15; Hebrew 2:14). The second vessel, our Lord Jesus Christ, vanquished Satan. THE THIRD VESSEL

THE SECOND VESSEL

The prophet Jeremiah saw that the potter “made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it.” This second vessel was much better. Similarly, “when the fulness of the time was come” (Galatians 4:4), the Heavenly Potter used the dust of human nature again, making the virgin conceive and give birth to a son who was named “Immanuel” (Isaiah 7:14), and so “God sent

“O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the Lord. Behold, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are ye in mine hand…” (Jeremiah 18:6). The third vessel is the presence of the divine nature in the clay, which Peter refers to as “partakers of the divine nature” in human nature (2 Peter 1:4). This partaking of the divine nature in human nature happens by God’s will ( John 1:13), and the result is the new birth: “born of the Spirit” of God ( John 3:18); “born of God” (1 John 5:1); reborn of God’s Word (1 Peter 1:23); “to become the sons of God” ( John 1:12; 1 John 3:1-2). As a result, we receive eternal life ( John 3:16), so “he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17). This partaking of the divine nature in human nature, this regeneration, this transformation, this rebirth, this new creature, is a unique characteristic of the true Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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DEVOTIONAL “And when Balaam saw that it pleased the Lord to bless Israel, he went not, as at other times, to seek for enchantments, but he set his face toward the wilderness. And Balaam lifted up his eyes, and he saw Israel abiding in his tents according to their tribes; and the spirit of God came upon him. And he took up his parable, and said: … Blessed is he that blesseth thee, and cursed is he that curseth thee.” Numbers 24:1-9. Rev. José Arturo Soto Benavides

GOD’S WILL Balak was king of Moab, but his origin was beneath, as he was born from the incestuous relationship between Lot and one of his own daughters (Genesis 19:30-38). On the other hand, Balaam was a prophet from Mesopotamia, in modernday Syria. Through important government messengers, King Balak sent for Balaam to hire him to curse the people of Israel (Numbers 22:5-8). “And God came unto Balaam, and said, What men are these with thee? And Balaam said unto God, Balak the son of Zippor, king of Moab, hath sent unto me, saying, Behold, there is a people come out of Egypt, which covereth the face of the earth: come now, curse me them; peradventure I shall be able to overcome them, and drive them out. And God said unto Balaam, Thou shalt not go with them; thou shalt not curse the people: for they are blessed” (Numbers 22:9-12). King Balak was informed of Balaam’s refusal, but he was convinced that every man had a price, so he offered him more (Numbers 22:15-17). “And Balaam answered and said unto the servants of Balak, If Balak would give me his house full of silver and gold, I cannot go beyond the word of the Lord my God, to do less or more. Now therefore, I pray you, tarry ye also here this night, that I may know what the Lord will say unto me more” (Numbers 22:18-19). There lies the problem: we think that we can adjust God’s will to our whims, instead of obeying Him. But God’s is superior to human plans and desires. Balaam was not a fictional character. Moses mentioned him, as well as Joshua in his farewell speech, and Micah. Peter also mentioned him when he prevented us from people like Balaam and refers to his as “madness of the prophet” (2 Peter 2:15-16). Jude regrets that some “… ran greedily after the error of Balaam…” ( Jude 1:11). Lastly, in Revelation 2:14, the Lord reprimands those who have “Balaam’s doctrine.”. Balaam was on his way to see Balak when his ass saw God’s angel standing in a narrow place and fell down. The mad prophet did not understand what was going on and whipped the animal three times. God broadened the intelligence of the beast, which started a conversation with the prophet (Numbers 22:21-30). Afterwards, God opened Balaam’s eyes, and he saw an angel with a sword that told him: “Wherefore hast thou smitten thine ass these three times? Behold, I went out to withstand thee, because thy way is perverse before me: And the ass saw me, and turned from

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me these three times: unless she had turned from me, surely now also I had slain thee, and saved her alive” (Numbers 22:32-33). Balaam was going to curse the people of Israel, but God showed him that He would not allow him to do so. Balaam was on his way to cast a curse, but ended up saying: “Balak the king of Moab hath brought me from Aram, out of the mountains of the east, saying, Come, curse me Jacob, and come, defy Israel. How shall I curse, whom God hath not cursed? or how shall I defy, whom the Lord hath not defied? For from the top of the rocks I see him, and from the hills I behold him: lo, the people shall dwell alone, and shall not be reckoned among the nations” (Numbers 23:7-9). “And Balak said unto Balaam, What hast thou done unto me? I took thee to curse mine enemies, and, behold, thou hast blessed them altogether” (Numbers 23:11). “And Balak said unto him, Come, I pray thee… And curse me them from thence… And the Lord met Balaam, and put a word in his mouth, and said, Go again unto Balak, and say thus… And Balak said unto him, What hath the Lord spoken? And he took up his parable, and said, Rise up, Balak, and hear… God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good? Behold, I have received commandment to bless: and he hath blessed; and I cannot reverse it…” (Numbers 23:13-20) The third time, Balaam stated: “I shall see him, but not now: I shall behold him, but not nigh: there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel, and shall smite the corners of Moab, and destroy all the children of Sheth” (Numbers 24:17). In this vision, he sees Israel in Canaan, enjoying the blessings of the Promised Land, and its enemies defeated. Balaam wanted to prophesy so that he would get paid. He wanted money, so he sold his ministry. He told Balak that the women of Moab and Midian had to invite the Israelites to their feast, and once they were drunk, they would lose their minds and mix with them, and the line between good and evil would disappear, and God himself would deal with them (Numbers 25:1; 31:16; 2 Peter 2:15; Revelation 2:14). Balaam’s doctrine is the doctrine of mixing the world and the church. We must be careful: we either are or not God’s flock. Moses fought the last battle in Midian and vanquished Moab, killing the kings of Midian. Balaam was there as well, so he was also killed. The mad prophet had a bad ending. Let us overcome Balak in the name of Christ! Let us reject Balaam in the name of Jesus! Let us stay in the path that God has made for us!

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DEVOTIONAL “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost…” Matthew 28:19. Rev. Álvaro Garavito

CHRONICLES AND MEANING OF THE NAME

“WORLDWIDE MISSIONARY MOVEMENT” The Worldwide Missionary Movement has celebrated the 56th anniversary of its foundation and its remarkable missionary work across the world. The founder of this Work is Reverend Luis M. Ortiz, journalist, communicator, teacher, writer and poet, born in Puerto Rico on September 26, 1918. He devoted his life to Christ at age 10 and began to preach at about age 13. After high school, he worked for El Mundo Newspaper, in San Juan, but he resigned soon after to study theology and serve the Lord in the holy ministry. In 1943, at the age of 25, he married Sister Rebecca Hernández Colón, with whom he had two daughters. That same year, they travelled as missionaries to the Dominican Republic, and a year later to Cuba, where they worked for 16 years and established a group of churches. In 1960, they returned to Puerto Rico and continued to pray for the name of the Work. On February 13, 1963, the Worldwide Missionary Movement was officially registered in Washington D.C. as an international Work based in Puerto Rico. Through his ministry, this man of God spread the Holy Gospel in 47 countries. On September 25, 1996, one day before turning 78, the tireless missionary went on his last missionary trip to the presence of God. To define the name of the Work, a group of brothers prayed for a long time. Some of them said that thd Work had to be about moving; others, that it must be missionary; and everyone concluded that it had to be worldwide. This is how the Worldwide Missionary Movement was born. Why Missionary Movement? Movement is the act, process and result of moving. All that has life moves;

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what is dead stands still. No matter how pure the water, if it has no movement, it can go bad and be home to toads, larvae and even snakes. A body, if it is alive, must be in ongoing movement, just as the heart maintains an uninterrupted movement until death, pumping blood and carrying nutrients throughout the body. The day our heart stops moving, our death occurs. What does this have to do with the spiritual? Everything, because the word “movement” and the word “missionary” are inseparable. Missionaries cannot be static, inactive or dead. Movement and mission are intertwined; no missionary can be motionless, just like no movement can be but missionary. The Word of God tells us in Luke 24:49: “And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.” And in Acts 1:8, the Word of God points out the following: “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” Acts 8:1 reads, “And at that time there was a great persecution against the church which was at Jerusalem.” Comfortable, quiet and closed as it was, “they were all scattered”. Where did they run to? To the places that the Lord told them to. According to the Word: “…and they were all scattered abroad throughout the regions of Judaea and Samaria, except the apostles,” because they did not leave voluntarily. Comfort hinders the vision and prevents people from reflecting and reacting to the pain of others. They did not want to go, so God brought a persecution into Jerusalem, and because of


that persecution, they fled to Judea and Samaria. What happened then? They started moving. The church had become stagnant, had lost the name and the vision; but then came persecution, and movement was produced in Judea, in Samaria and, now, in the whole world. They were everywhere, preaching about Jesus Christ. They were scattered throughout the cities, they began to move and put the missionary work into practice. God has given this Work its mission and vision. We, on our part, train those who come to us in their capacities and assign a place to them, so that they conquer souls for Christ. That is why this is a movement, we always invest in missionary work. Why worldwide? Because the Lord commanded us to preach to the whole world. We are not a local or a national church; we are part of a Pentecostal movement that began on the day that the Holy Spirit descended, so we are worldwide. We have to go to all the nations of the world.

Throughout 56 years, we have established churches in more than 70 countries, more than 9000 congregations in the five continents, and a ministerial body of more than 10,000 workers. What is more, we are now broadcasting the Word of the Lord to the whole world through satellites and media such as television, radio, the internet and a magazine. Every day, we spread thousands of messages in remote places, where people need and expect their spiritual food. We are fighting the hellish hosts in heavenly places with the Word of God, which moves forward and goes through the world. That is why this is a movement, which is missionary, which is worldwide. We believe in internal and external holiness. We believe that without testimony and without holiness, no one will see the Lord (Hebrews 12:14). We will continue moving on, going across borders, cities, nations! We will go on preaching the truth through the media!

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“GOD OPENS NEW DOORS” The Worldwide Missionary Movement (WMM) in Uganda was founded thanks to the efforts of a Colombian sister. Then, two Peruvian missionaries took charge. The first congregation in the African country gathers now more than one hundred members. Alexander Espinoza and Elizabeth Bonifacio

arrived in Uganda in 2018 following a call from God. Working in a country with a different culture is not easy, but they are doing their best and have managed to gather children and adults who are changing their lives with the Word of the Lord. How did this missionary call to Uganda begin? Alexander Espinoza. The Work in Uganda began with sister Rocío Días from Colombia, who preached the Word of God to the children of a poor community. After building a group, she contacted the supervisor of Africa, Reverend Clemente Vergara, and asked him to send a pastor because she was leaving soon. Elizabeth and I were working in the central rainforest of Peru at the moment. A WMM officer contacted us, and that is how it happened. Elizabeth Bonifacio. During a fasting, my husband told me that he wanted to serve God in another country. I was reluctant at first, but then the Lord began to deal with me. I got sick and could not recover. One night, I told God that I would serve Him wherever he sent me. Soon after, I had a dream about a place with many black children. We thought that we were going to Brazil, but the destination was another. Why leave everything behind to preach in an

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unknown place, in another continent, with a different language and culture? AE. Our life is in the hands of God. My desire has always been to serve the Lord. So when I learned that they needed me there, I knew that we had to take on that responsibility. EB. When God saves us, we feel grateful. When the Lord calls us, He gives us a special kind of love. When we were told about a place with children who were going to be without a pastor because Sister Rocío was going back


once a British colony, but very few have had an experience with God. EB. Children are not valued enough over there. People have children just because they can, and they do not give them the love they need. For missionaries, facing a reality different than the one of their country brings about many challenges. What problems did you face when you got there? AE. One of the biggest challenges was the language. In Uganda, the official language is English and there is another dialect called Luganda. It was difficult, but God helped us. EB. We faced many difficulties. The first one was the language, as we had to preach in English. It was difficult for us during the first months, but we studied a lot. Now, all the services take place in English. Also, the sanitary conditions are deficient; we were often sick at first, but God protects us. Do people in this country embrace the Word of God or do they reject it? AE. People embrace it. When you preach the Sound Doctrine to them, they become surprised. Children learn faster, they absorb the Word of God very quickly. EB. When we give people the Bible in their own language, they are happy. You can see they need the Word, they long to know God. Is it rewarding to preach the Word of God? What results can you share with us? AE. The Word of God is changing their lives, it is amazing. The Lord made a promise to my wife: the children, and at present, we have more than one hundred. They even call me “daddy.” We are also teaching the doctrine to adults. At first, they came to us because they thought that we had money, but we are teaching them that they have to trust in God. EB. We have seen the impact of teaching the Word in the children. Our goal is to change their life for the better with the Word of the Lord.

to her country, we were moved. Learning about that reality made us leave everything behind because God had placed that love in our hearts. What is Uganda like, its traditions, its religion, its economy? AE. Uganda is known as the Pearl of Africa. The social gap is quite marked, with many extreme poverty areas. 70% of the population is made up of women and children. The country is predominantly Christian because it was

As young missionaries, what would you say to all the Christian young people who yearn to go on missionary work? AE. I want to tell them to put themselves in the hands of God. They have to prepare themselves and learn other languages. God opens new doors to missions and He needs people willing to go where He wants them to go. EB. Do not be afraid and do not underestimate yourselves. When the Lord calls us, He also train us. If we must give up our dreams and our plans for God’s call, so be it, it will be for the best. Prepare yourselves to serve Him better in the missionary work.

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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).

SHEKHINAH, CONTINUOUS DIVINE PRESENCE Event: 52nd National Convention Date: January 3 - January 10 Place: Medellin, Colombia

With the full attendance of the Board of International Officers of the Work of the Lord, the World-

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in the city of Medellin. At the opening service, Reverend José Arturo Soto, international president of the WMM, shared the message “The Shekhinah of God,” based on Numbers 9:15-21. He stressed that, “we cannot call Shekhinah any other manifestation. That name is exclusive to define the presence of God.” In the evening worship of the second day, Reverend Luis Meza Bocanegra, international officer of the WMM,


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presented the sermon “The Shekinah Protects and Guides Moses,” based on Exodus 33:7-11. He said that, “leaders must constantly feel the Shekhinah of the Lord. God has to shape us.” In evening night service of the third day, Reverend Rómulo Vergara, international officer of the Work, delivered the message “From Glory to More Glory,” based on Isaiah 40:1-5. He said, “God wants to fill us with greater glory. The world needs a people filled with the Holy Spirit.” In the morning worship of the fourth day, Reverend Álvaro Garavito, international director of the Work, shared the message “A Different People on Earth,” based on Esther 3:8-9. He pointed out that, “the people of God on Earth is special and is also known as the chosen remnant.”

In the evening, Reverend Gustavo Martínez, International Treasurer of the WMM, delivered the sermon “When We Long for God to Enlarge Our Hearts,” based on Psalm 119:3035. He claimed that, “we need the continuous presence of God. In this way, we can move forward, follow and achieve the purposes of the Lord.” WORD OF THE ALMIGHTY

In the evening service of fifth day, Reverend Humberto Henao, international vice president of the Work, developed the sermon “Let’s Go to the Other Side of the Lake,” based on Luke 8:22-25. He explained that, “when we overcome the challenges that God gives us, He blesses us. Cowardice always keeps us away from victory.”

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IMPORTANT EVENT The 52nd National Convention was held in two different places in order to reach all the believers in Colombia. From January 3 to January 6, the Word was shared with the brothers from the South Zone, and from January 7 to January 10, with the brothers from the North Zone. Epifanio Asprilla, national supervisor of the WMM in Panama; Juan Carlos Ninahuamán, national officer of the WMM in Peru; Alcides Ramea, national officer of the Work in Panama; and Marcos Neyra, member of the Work in Peru, had the privilege of announcing the good news during the event. On the fourth day, Reverend Gabriel Leal and his wife, María Inés Linares, were recognized for their 46 years at the service of the Gospel. Then, at the closing service of the Convention, a tribute was paid to Reverend Manuel Orozco and his wife, Carmen Jiménez, for their 40 years of ministerial work. In the event, 162 lay workers, 145 licensed preachers and 119 ordained ministers were recognized. In addition, three new temples were presented; they are located in the departments of Santander (municipality of Piedecusta), Casanare (municipality of Aguazul) and Norte de Santander. Finally, Reverend Soto ratified the National Board of the WMM in Colombia, which is led by National Supervisor Aris Solis and by pastors Pablo Castro, Jorge Jurado, José Quiroga, Walter Zambrano and Dagoberto Marulanda.

Then, at the end of the sixth day of the event, Reverend Rubén Concepción, international secretary of the WMM, presented the message “Get Ready, Come Up and Present Yourself to Your God,” based on Exodus 34:2. He said that, “Christian life is not like any other life. What makes the difference is the presence of God.” In the closing service of the seventh day, Reverend Carlos Guerra, international director of the Work, presented the message “Processes of Transition,” based on Jeremiah 48:11-12. He emphasized that, “the last glory of your life will be greater than the first. The Word of the Lord rules over everything.” In the morning worship of the last day of the 52nd National Convention of the WMM in Colombia, Pastor Martínez shared the sermon “Let’s Learn His Strategies and Resist the Enemy,” based on Nehemiah 4:1-6. He stressed, “When we trust in God, we grow stronger from the inside.” Later, in the evening service, Pastor Soto announced the good news of Jesus Christ with the message “Filled to Be Used,” based on Exodus 40:17-19 and 34-38. He pointed out that, “the great difference is that God has placed His seal on us. He has certified us. God sees us as people of faith.”

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GUIDED BY GOD AS CHILDREN BY THEIR FATHER Event: 15th anniversary of the church of Valencia and Fellowship of Zone 5 Date: December 15 and December 16, 2018 Place: Valencia and Oviedo, Spain

With the presence of faithful from Mallorca, Elche, Alicante and Cartagena, the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Spain celebrated the 15th anniversary of the church of Valencia. The motto of the meeting of faith was “Guided by God as Children by Their Father.” On the first day, Brother Renato Lezama, member of the WMM in Barcelona, shared the message “Seven Doors for a Great Revival,” based on Deuteronomy 8:14 and 7-8. He said, “By walking through a door, speaking now in the spiritual sense, we can gain access to great blessings or lose access to them. The doors are elements that God uses to make His will understood.” Later, in the worship of the second day, Brother Lezama presented the sermon “The Glory of God over the Families of the Earth,” based on Deuteronomy 5:29. He pointed out that, “the Devil has used self-fulfillment to stop man from seeking happiness in God. In this way, Satan keeps minds captive and leads them to isolate themselves.” LORD, WHAT DO YOU WANT ME TO DO?

On December 15, the church of Oviedo hosted the Fellowship of Zone 5 of the WMM in Spain. The event was held under the motto “Lord, What Do You Want Me to Do?” and gathered faithful from the temples of Pamplona, Irún, La Coruña, Oviedo and Santander. In the event, Reverend Oswaldo Romero, presbyter of Zone 5 of the WMM in Spain, preached the Word of the Almighty. Based on Acts 9:4-6, the servant shared a message focused on analyzing the transforming power of Jesus Christ. From the pulpit of the temple of Oviedo, Pastor Romero said that, “the Lord, before being crucified, warned his disciples about the great dangers they would face once he left them. Possibly, they did not imagine the hardship they would have to face.”

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EVENTS IN ITALY TO PRAISE THE LORD Event: 12th National Women Fellowship, 6th anniversary of the church of Firenze 2, and special couple worship in Vimercate Date: November 2, 3, 4, 16, 17, 18 and 24, 2018 Place: Milan, Florence and Vimercate, Italy

On November 24, the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Italy held a special couple worship in

the city of Vimercate, located in Lombardy Region. Reverend Hugo Lope, treasurer of the WMM in Italy, shared the message of God based on Genesis 2:18 and offered advice to Christian married couples. “SOMETHING GREAT WILL COME”

From November 16 to November 18, the Work in Italy celebrated the 6th anniversary of the church of Firenze 2, located in Florence. The event took place under the motto “Something Great Will Come” and was attended by Pastor Lope, who announced the good news based on Genesis 15:1. In the second worship, Reverend Percy Cano, a member of the WMM in Peru who preaches the Word in the city of Sullana, shared the message “Get Off the Boat Because Something Great Will Come,” based on Matthew 14:22-33.

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In the third worship, Reverend Luis Valderrama, national officer and presbyter of Zone 2 of the WMM in Italy, announced the good news through the message “The Great Fishing,” based on Luke 5:1-11. In the last service, Pastor Antony Sánchez, leader of the church of Florence, was the messenger of God with “Something Great Will Come,” based on Isaiah 43:19. MEETING OF FAITH

With the motto “Women Under the Influence of the Holy Spirit,” the WMM in Italy held its 12th National Women Fellowship in the central churches of Milan and Florence from November 2 to November 4. Sisters Carmen Valencia and Lourdes de Hernández were the preachers during the event. Carmen Valencia shared three messages: “Women Under the Influence of the Holy Spirit, Powerful Instruments in the Hands of God,” based on Acts 1:8;


“Break the Pitcher to See the Fire,” based on Judges 7:16; and “With the Influence of the Holy Spirit, You Will Have Understanding,” based on 1 Samuel 25:20.

For her part, Lourdes de Hernández presented the messages “Save a Pot of Oil,” based on in 2 Kings 4:1-7, and “Wait for Something Great,” based on Luke 1:5-6.

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JESUS LOVES YOU AND CHANGES YOU Event: 5th anniversary of the church in Berlin Date: November 13 - November 18, 2018 Place: Berlin, Germany

The Worldwide Missionary Movement in Germany celebrated the 5th anniversary of the church of Berlin with the motto “Jesus Loves You and Changes You.” The event gathered the people of God who worshipped and praised the Lord. The event was attended by faithful from Frankfurt,

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Hamburg, Leipzig and Bielefeld, and by Enmanuel Garzón, supervisor of Block C of Europe, and Marcos Neyra and Oswaldo Gómez, members of the WMM in Peru. In the first service, Pastor Dominic Ingrao, leader of the church in Düsseldorf, preached the Gospel. Based on John 1:9-13, the minister shared the message “Jesus Loves You,” in which he exhorted families to look to the Lord. Then, in the second service, Reverend Edwar Flores, head of the local temple, announced the good


news with the sermon “You Are Free of Your Illness,” based on Luke 13:10. In his message, the missionary encouraged the people to ask God in the name of Jesus to heal them. GOD IS THE WAY

In the third service, Reverend Neyra, pastor of the church of the Peruvian city of Chiclayo, preached to the believers established in Berlin. In his speech, “God Is Not Unjust So as to Forget Our Work,” based on Hebrews 6:10, he encouraged those present to work for the growth of the WMM. Later, in the fourth service, Brother Neyra preached the Word once again. On this occasion, he shared the message “Faithfulness Is a Credit for God to Listen to Us on the Judgment Day,” based on Psalm 18:6. He addressed young people and recommended them to always seek the Lord. In the fifth service, Reverend Gómez, leader of the temple of the Peruvian city of Satipo, preached the Gospel with the message “Hope against Hope,” based on Romans 4:17-22. He said that the life of Abraham is an example since he knew how to wait on God. The 5th anniversary of the church of Berlin ended with a worship led by Pastor Neyra, who announced the good news for the third time. Based on Psalm 37:16, the preacher presented the message “The Poverty of the Righteous Is Better than the Riches of the Wicked.”

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FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT OF GOD TO DO GREAT THINGS

Event: 2nd National Fellowship Date: November 30 - December 2, 2018 Place: Wickrange, Luxembourg

The Worldwide Missionary Movement in Luxembourg held its 2nd National Fellowship in Wickrange, a town located near Esch-sur-Alzette. The event was attended by more than 140 believers of God and by delegations from Germany, England, the Netherlands and Belgium. In the event of faith, whose motto was “Filled with the Spirit of God to Do Great Things,” Reverend David Echalar, national supervisor of the WMM in Italy and supervisor of Block B of Europe, and Reverend Enmanuel Garzón, national supervisor of the WMM in Germany and supervisor of Block C of Europe, announced the sound doctrine with four messages.

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In the opening service, Pastor Echalar developed the preaching “Requirements for a Revival,” based on John 12:20-24. He stressed that for a true religious revival, our old self must die. In the second worship, Pastor Garzón shared the message “The Value of Faith,” based on Hebrews 11:3040. He claimed that biblical faith challenges our way of thinking, that we have to trust in God, and that having faith means to act according to the Word. In the third service, Reverend Echalar delivered the message “Be Filled with the Holy Spirit,” based on Ephesians 5:18-20. The preacher spoke about the way in which the faithful should conduct themselves as


children of light. In addition, he recommended focusing on the spiritual by giving up material things. In the last service, Reverend Echalar addressed the members of the Work to teach the Word of Jesus Christ for the third time. He shared the message “Third

Dimension,” based on Acts 1:8 and 2:4. In His mercy, the Almighty showed in Wickrange that the Gospel is spreading all over Europe, offering a source of salvation for people who have turned their back on the Holy Scriptures.

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THE VALUE OF BAPTISM Event: Baptism ceremonies Date: December 16, December 26 and December 31, 2018 Place: Añisoc, Malabo and Bata, Equatorial Guinea

In order to strengthen the flock of Jesus Christ, the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Equatorial Guinea held three baptism ceremonies in the cities of Añisoc, Malabo and Bata. A significant number of believers thus joined the army of the Almighty and made their love for God public. The most recent ceremony was held on December

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31 on the seafront of Bata. A group of faithful from Zone 2, among which was a 101-year-old brother, received the sacrament in a meeting led by reverends Paulino Nguema and Felipe Aseko. In this way, our brothers fulfilled what is established in Matthew 28:19. LIVING FOR CHRIST

Five days before, on Bayong Beach, in Malabo, a group of followers of the God publicly surrendered to the Lord’s restorative power. Accompanied by their relatives, the brand-new members of the WMM in Equatorial Guinea joined Christianity after receiving the sound doctrine which is taught by the Work.


In Zone 1, the newly baptized descended into the baptismal waters in a service led by Pastor Jose Mariano, who announced the Word. In his sermon, based on Matthew 3:13-17, he pointed out that it is important to die for the world and live for Christ. Similarly, on December 16, in Bimbile River, in Añisoc, another group of believers joined the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Equatorial Guinea in a baptism ceremony that was led by Reverend Paulino Nguema (Zone 3). In this event, servant Nguema was the instrument chosen by Christ to announce the Gospel. Based on Matthew 28:19-20, he shared the message “The Value of Baptism.” In his speech, he spoke about how vital it is for believers not to reject the plan of the Almighty. He also congratulated the faithful who joined the flock of the Most High.

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GO YE THEREFORE AND TEACH ALL NATIONS Event: Baptism ceremony Date: December 12, 2018 Place: Maputo, Mozambique

At Macaneta Beach, located in the city of Maputo, the Worldwide Missionary Movement in

Mozambique baptized three believers of the Work of the Lord who publicly surrendered to the Almighty. During the ceremony, Reverend James Delgado, leader of the church of Mozambique, shared the message of Christ based on Matthew 28:19. In his speech, he stressed the importance of the sacrament established by God. Likewise, Pastor Delgado said that the new members of the WMM in Mozambique must fulfill what Jesus stated in the New Testament: “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.” The preacher also spoke about the need to spread the sound doctrine throughout Mozambique to fight evil. After announcing the good news, the reverend baptized the faithful who decided to join the people of the Lord.

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FOUR YEARS OF VICTORY! Event: 4th anniversary of the church of Gómez Rendón Date: December 16, 2018 Place: Guayaquil, Ecuador

The Worldwide Missionary Movement in Ecuador celebrated the 4th anniversary of the church of Gómez Rendón with a special service, which was attended by a large group of faithful from different parts of Guayaquil. The event was led by Reverend Eugenio Masías, national supervisor of the WMM in Ecuador, who preached the Gospel in the meeting of faith. Based on

Galatians 4:4, he said: “But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law.” In addition, the preacher recalled the beginning of the church of Gómez Rendón: “We started from scratch and in four years God has done great things in Ecuador and is preparing an army with the sound doctrine of the Lord.” During the service, several brothers spoke about the efforts made to preach the Word in Ecuador, and two workers who share the good news in the provinces of Guayas, Manabí and Los Ríos were recognized.

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ARGENTINA GRADUATION OF CHILDREN IN FORMOSA Under the motto “Moving Forward towards the Goal,” the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Argentina held a graduation ceremony for the children who attended the Work of God’s Sunday School. The event took place on December 23 in the central temple of the city of Formosa, located in northern Argentina. The meeting of faith was attended by Pastor Marcos Cuéllar and his wife, Karina de Cuéllar, who preach the Gospel in Mendoza. Along with Pastor Nazario Gómez, head of the church of Formosa, they presented the little believers with their certificates. In addition, the works made from January to December 2018 by the children were exhibited during the event. With enthusiasm and joy, the children of the church of Formosa showed all their love to the Almighty and thanked the WMM in Argentina for the teachings received.

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From November 30 to December 3, the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Brazil held a Fellowship in São Paulo, which gathered the members of the local churches to praise and worship Jesus Christ. On the first day, Reverend Eleseo Santos, national officer of the WMM in Brazil, visited the municipality of Osasco, located 16 kilometers from São Paulo, to announce the good news. On the second day, the flock of the Creator gathered in the district of Brás, located near the historic center of São Paulo, where Reverend Henry Ramos, national supervisor of the WMM in Brazil, shared the message of the Almighty. In the morning service of the third day, Reverend Luiz Ramires, vice president of the Work in Brazil, presented the sermon “We Have to Be Trained by God” in the district of Penha. Hours later, in the evening worship, they attendees went to the district of Itaquera, located in eastern São Paulo, to listen to Pastor Ramos. At the closing service, Reverend Joel Verástegui delivered a sermon based on Daniel 4:1 in the district of Francisco de Morato, located an hour from the center of São Paulo.

On November 17, after six months of training in the sound doctrine, sixty followers of Jesus Christ received the sacrament of baptism in the city of Cochabamba, located in central Bolivia, and officially joined the Worldwide Missionary Movement. In the event, Reverend Mario Lima, national supervisor of the WMM in Bolivia, emphasized that this mass baptism responds to the evangelizing work carried out by the Work of Christ and also confirms the growth of the Gospel in the Andean nation. To the Lord be the glory.

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COLOMBIA JEZREEL CAMP From November 9 to November 12, the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Colombia held its Jezreel Camp in Salim Farm, in the department of Santander. The event took place under the motto “Pentecost 2018, Invested with Power,” and was attended by Jorge Humberto Henao, international vice president of the Work, and Eugenio Masías, national supervisor of the WMM in Ecuador. In the first service, Pastor Masías presented the message “Clarifying Doubts, Part I,” based on Psalm 14:4. Then, in the second service, he resumed his preaching with “Clarifying Doubts, Part II,” based on Genesis 1:24. In the third service, he shared the message “Clarifying Doubts, Part III,” based on Luke 24:13 and Revelation 20:11-15. Hours later, in the fourth worship, Reverend Masías finished his preaching with the message “Testimony,” based on 2 Kings 20:1-6. In the fifth service, Pastor Henao preached the Word through a message called “When Fire Falls,” based on 2 Timothy 1:6. Then, in last final worship, his message, “The Three Stages of the Life of Joseph,” was based on Genesis 37:1-4.


THE MAGAZINE THAT EDIFIES YOUR LIFE Impacto Evangelistic, which in the words of Pastor Luis M. Ortiz was the forerunner of the World-

wide Missionary Movement, celebrated its 58th anniversary in the city of Lima, capital of Peru, where the international magazine is made and edited. In a fellowship meeting, led by Reverend Jorge Espinoza, national treasurer of the WMM in Peru, the press and administrative team thanked the Lord for another anniversary of the magazine founded by Reverend Ortiz and published for the first time in January 1961. At present, Impacto Evangelistic is published in two versions: digital (www.impactoevangelistico.net) and

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