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Barnabas, son of consolation Testimony

He received an electric shock‌ and survived

Studies confirm that they do better

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The Lord will perfect that which concerneth me Rev. Gustavo Martínez International President of the WMM

“Though I walk in the midst of trouble, thou wilt revive me: thou shalt stretch forth thine hand against the wrath of mine enemies, and thy right hand shall save me. The Lord will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O Lord, endureth for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands.”  Psalm 138:7-8.

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o one can carry out the purpose of God,

ligious that attend church but are cowards; they

follow the Lord’s will and do exploits,

live constantly worshiping worldliness, worshi-

if He is not really with them. We must

ping whatever fashion appears, whatever thing

ensure that God’s power is not manifested in us

and deceit of darkness appears, and they bow and

once a year or sporadically, but as Jesus said: “I

worship them. If we look, we will notice that very

am with you always, even unto the end of the world.”

few people live a life of integrity, a life of witness,

(Matthew. 28:20).

a life of service, a life of devotedness.

God is more interested in what we are than

We must know that the kingdom of heaven be-

what we do. We cannot impress God with the

longs to the brave. “He that overcometh shall inherit

many things we can do or bragging about what

all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.

we have done. The Bible says: “Many will say to me

But THE FEARFUL, and unbelieving, and the abominable,

in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy

and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and

name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy

idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake

name done many wonderful works?” (Matthew 7:22).

which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the se-

Referring to their work, the Lord will say: “I ne-

cond death.” (Revelation 21:7-8). “And from the days

ver knew you: depart from me, ye that work ini-

of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven

quity.” This means that they did not live for Him

suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.”

or walk as He wanted them to. So everything they

(Matthew 11:12)

did was useless, as they were not careful, they did

Dear reader, God wants us to surrender all our

not follow the will of God and they did not obey

will, wants a complete surrender to Him and to

His Word.

His Work and that we say as the psalmist said:

We also know that the world is full of cowards.

“The Lord will perfect that which concerneth me: thy

Nothing positive has been written about the

mercy, O Lord, endureth for ever: forsake not the works

cowards. Today we find many who are simple re-

of thine own hands.” (Psalm 138:8). Amen

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William Carey, the father of modern missions, showed an unwavering will to fulfill the purpose of taking the Gospel to those who walk in darkness. His life of sacrifice and service is told by husband and wife Geoff and Janet Benge.

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“Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them; but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps..." Matthew 25:1-13.

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The importance of faith in

family What does it make Christian families different from all the other families in the world? Discover how faith affects your personal and professional life, as well as scientific researches that prove that Christian families do better than the other ones.

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he ever changing nature of American families and how media portrays them have never been contrasted but with a movie made around the middle of the 90s: “The Brady Bunch Movie.” It was produced to stop the emission of the original series, which comes from the end of the 60s and beginnings of the 70s, and update it to the 90s. Around 12 to 14 million dollars were spent in the process. When the producers saw the script written by Sherwood Schwartz and his son, they rejected it, so they hired two new writers and told them to update the family to the 90s. The result was every character of the Brady Bunch being ruined to fulfill this objective. The movie starts in a fastfood restaurant where a member of the family works selling hamburgers. Marcia, the daughter, has a lesbian relationship with a woman and the servant, Alice, goes to bed with every person 8 Impacto evangelistic

that comes to the home’s door. The script was finished and even if some of the most obscene scenes were deleted, many of the double-senses of this sordid version remained. The producer Alan Ladd stated about the movie: “We are not making fun of the Brady, but we will confront their values against the modern values. I have no qualms to tell you that this is what we expected from movies and television, the glorification and promotion of the worst values of our society as if they were everybody’s. The familial values of the original “Brady Bunch” are dead; our traditional families are increasingly less, if not extinct. Christian families have failed and we are doing right giving in to the pressure of our decaying society and accepting it as everybody does.” THE CHRISTIAN FAMILY

Christian families have been studied by secular scientists and so-

ciologists who were astonished by their discoveries. Marianne K. Hering reported some of these findings in a “Focus on the Family” article titled “Believe Well, Live Well.” The article began like this: “Pluck any man out of a church pew on Sunday morning and liken him to a neighbor who’s still at home, pouring through the twopound Sunday newspaper in his easy chair. Let’s say the two are


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of the same age and earn comparable salaries. Neither of them smokes, drinks, or plays lottery. Which man will live longer and enjoy the benefits of a stable marriage? Answer: the man in the pew.” Nowadays, there is secular evidence supporting that mainly people attending regularly the church live longer, remain married and are happier than those who do not believe in God.

CHRISTIANS LIVE LONGER

Recent studies show that believers live longer and healthier lives. Psalm 128: 5-6 says: “The Lord shall bless thee out of Zion: and thou shalt see the good of Jerusalem all the days of thy life. Yea, thou shalt see thy children’s children, and peace upon Israel.” The psalmist here proclaims that both health and long life attach to the receivers of his message.

The length-of-days concept appears quite often in the book of Proverbs. Proverbs 10: 27, for example, says: “The fear of the Lord prolongeth days: but the years of the wicked shall be shortened.” Among other things, the studies revealed the following: people who practice their faith have less risk of heart disease, have lower blood pressure and spend

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g less time in the hospital. In a review of the “Christianity Today” magazine, an article showed that strong religious commitment provided the best protection against suicide. And the fear of God seems to function even for the severely depressed. Studies indicate that if you follow Christ and practice your faith, you are far more likely to live a long and healthy life. CHRISTIANS ARE MORE SUCCESSFUL

Studies show that believers have similarly more success in their professional lives. These studies have not been directed by people who wanted to support their faith, but by people who literally wanted to find the opposite answer. God has promised committed followers of Christ greater success in life. A number of Scriptures certainly state that: “Blessed is every one that feareth the Lord; that walketh in his ways… happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee” (Psalm 128: 1-2). “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth… that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success” (Joshua 1: 8). “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners… but his delight is in the law of the Lord… and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper” (Psalm 1: 1-3). Of course, this does not mean that you will not encounter unexpected bends in the road, but that you will usually be more successful in your professional life than those who do not believe in God. A survey conducted by 10 Impacto evangelistic

Korn-Ferry International (a New York executive search firm) in conjunction with UCLA School of Management revealed that in a group of 1361 vice-presidents of major corporations, 89 % of them were active in their faith, 87 % were still married to their one and only spouse and 92 % were raised by two-parent families. This study suggest that the highly successful people it ob-

served grew up in strong, twoparent families where faith was taken seriously, and now, even at their high level of achievement, they still practice the faith of their childhood. The study concluded: “It is difficult to divorce this part of their spiritual life from the success which seemed so evident in their professional life.” Zig Ziglar, noted motivatio-


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nal speaker who teaches a Sunday school class for a large Baptist church in Dallas, wrote in one of his books: “The church is interwoven in every facet of our life. In the corporate world, those who have faith do better than those who do not.” “Fortune Magazine” revealed that 91 % of the CEOs of the “Fortune 500 Companies” claimed a church affiliation, in-

dicating that to a degree their accomplishments were the result of the values they learned either in church or from the Bible. Since 54 % came from a lower-middle class or poor families, the evidence is good that the church played a role in their accomplishments. CHRISTIANS ARE BETTER ABLE TO PASS ON THEIR VALUES

Studies show that believers were

better able to pass on their values. Psalm 128: 3 reveals a beautifully rendered picture of family unity: “Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of thine house: thy children like olive plants round about thy table.” The Bible says God blesses our children when we honor Him with our lives. Of course there are exceptions and some very godly parents could reply: “Pastor, we have lived for God all of our lives and we have done everything we know how to do, humanly speaking. Yet we have a child who has rebelled against it all. So how can your take on this verse be accurate?” To such grieving parents I would say, first, that depending on the age of their child, the final chapter in his life is not yet written. But second, it is not a guaranteed formula that works 100 % of the time. It too is an example of wisdom literature, and wisdom literature tells us how life normally turns out. Proverbial wisdom is not a promise, but more like a statistical probability. None of the percentages are 100, but they do insist that when we rear our children in a godly way, we normally can expect highly positive results. Some told me about parents who really messed up their lives and noted with sadness that their children followed their destructive ways. Exodus 20: 5 says: “Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me.” Whenever you do something wrong in your family, you pay for it for two or three generations. But Exodus 20: 6 replies:

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tudies show that prayers really work. These are not mere approximate calculations, but numbers based on scientific studies. There are lots of people praying for me and it is amazing to feel the power of their prayers. I am no mystic, I do not know how to show this is true. There have been times in my life when I felt the power of prayer. The Bible says what we must expect.

“Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not” (Jeremiah 33: 3). “And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened” (Luke 11: 9-10). “If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it” (John 14: 14). “And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive” (Matthew 21: 22). “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you” (John 15: 7). “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much” (James 5: 16). These promises say that prayers work. If you pray, God will listen to you and He will act in your favor. In “Healing Words: The Power of Prayer and the Practice of Medicine”, Larry Dossey tells how astonished he was to find over fifty published studies, all using good science, that showed prayer brings about significant changes in the ones prayed for. Dossey is no fundamentalist, but he insists that science confirms the healing power of prayer. Dossey wrote: “Experiments with people showed that prayer positively affected high blood pressure, wounds, heart attacks, headaches and anxiety.” And these effects did not depend on whether the person prayed for was present or far away; healing took place either on-site or at a distance. Nothing seemed capable of stopping or blocking prayer. One of the most significant studies about prayer is a 1988 study by Randolph C. Byrd. At the San Francisco General Hospital coronary care unit (CCU), 393 patients were randomized to an intercessory prayer group or to a control group. While hospitalized, the first group received intercessory prayer by active Christian members while the control group did not. The patients’ first name, diagnosis and general condition were given to the intercessors. After a multivariate analysis, the results showed that those who received intercessory prayer did better. There are only two possible explanations for the improvement of the group prayed for: 1) It occurred by chance. 2) It was thanks to the prayers. The probabilities that it happened by chance are 1 in 10 thousand. Unless you think that these results were found by a 1/10 000 chance, it may be attributed to prayer. They actually demonstrated that the group prayed for did better than the other group. The writer says: “If it had been a test about a new medicine developed to improve the general condition of patients in the CCU units, it would have been spread as a wonderful discovery and it would have been immediately applied. Nevertheless, it will neither appear in any medical journal nor it will be discussed in public.” Prayer gives results. One reason why believers have better lives is that they know what prayer is, they know how to pray and they are always improving this capacity. Furthermore, they have lots of people around them praying for them if they face any difficulty u

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g “And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.” The concept reappears in Deuteronomy 7: 9: “Know therefore that the Lord thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations.” God says that He shows love and mercy to a thousand generations of those who love Him and keep his commandments. The Bible says that we, Christians, can pass on


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our faith to our children, to our children’s children and to their children beyond them for countless scores of years, and that through them we can shape a world we will never see. Several years ago, a survey revealed that when Mom and Dad took (not sent) their children to church, 76 % of the children followed their parents in their faith. If only the father took the children to church, the percentage dropped to 55 %. Interestingly enough, if only the mother took the children to

church, percentage dropped to 15 %. If neither parent took the children to church, only 9 % became active Christians. Stop for a moment and take in those numbers: 76 % of the time when Mom and Dad bring their children to church, the kids become Christians. It is particularly hard for a young boy to become an avid Christ-follower when he sees it is not important to his father, the natural hero in his life. Yet if we take our kids with us to church, we would enjoy a 75 % chance of seeing our children

grow up to follow the Lord. Somebody told me that you never know how good a parent you are until you see your grandchildren. Maybe our influence may endure the test of time. But the foundation of that kind of faith you want to see in your children will not be based on what you said, but on what you did with your life, on the sincerity of your path with God under any circumstances. That is what will make a difference for future generations, the persevering power of your beliefs u December 2014

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days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.”

Believers live longer and healthier lives. Psalm 128: 5-6 says: “The Lord shall bless thee out of Zion: and thou shalt see the good of Jerusalem all the days of thy life. Yea, thou shalt see thy children's children, and peace upon Israel.” Proverbs 10:27 says: “The fear of the Lord prolongeth days: but the years of the wicked shall be shortened.” Exodus 20:12 says: “Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy

Those who follow Christ have the promise of success. Psalm 128: 1 says: “Blessed is every one that feareth the Lord; that walketh in his ways... happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee.” Joshua 1: 8 says: “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but

According to a study conducted by:

Korn Ferry International Executive research firm in New York

It was revealed that in a group of 1361 vice presidents of major corporations

School of Management, University of California, Los Angeles

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They said that their achievements were the result of the values they learned in church or in the Bible.

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thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.” And Psalm 1: 1-3 says: “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners… but his delight is in the law of the Lord… and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.”


Situation in non-believing homes Family violence in non-Christian homes is the social phenomenon that takes more lives of women per year throughout the world. Figures from the World Health Organization (WHO) indicate that one third of women worldwide are affected by some form of domestic violence particularly inflicted by an intimate partner, within families who do not believe in God.

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of children successfully overcome the divorce of their parents.

of marriages in the world end in divorce

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These people grew up in a context of a Christian family concept and are now successful. Even in a high level of success, they kept practicing their faith.

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Attacks on Women Every one minute, 4 women are assaulted. This is the leading cause of death among unconverted women aged 15-44, and it is estimated that worldwide, 7 out of 10 women suffer or will suffer some form of domestic violence at some point of their lives. Likewise, the United Nations (UN) has recognized that fertility levels have plummeted in the last 35 years, while rates of divorce and contraception have increased dramatically.

BELIEVERS CONVEY THEIR VALUES TO THEIR CHILDREN BETTER 100%

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The Global Burden of Disease The World Health Organization (WHO) defined the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) as the impact of a health problem measured in terms of mortality and morbidity. It is frequently quantified in disability-Adjusted Life Years (DALY), i.e. the amount of lost years due to a disease. Walter Menchola Vásquez (*)

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journals, the “Lancet”, in December 2012. Worldwide results show objectively that infectious, maternal and childhood diseases, as well as malnutrition, cause nowadays less diseases than twenty years ago. Less children and mothers die every year, but more young and middleaged adults die and suffer noncommunicable diseases (NCD), like cancer and heart diseases, that become the new dominant causes of death and disability in worldwide population. Since 1970, men a women all over the world have gained a little more than 10 years of total life expectancy, but they suffer more years with injuries and diseases. The number and rate of deaths per age (0-4 years and 15-59 years) and sex was determined to calculate the burden of disease and estimate the mortality for specific causes, as well as premature mortality for the population of 187 countries from 1970 to 2010. Results: from 1970 to 2010, men’s life expectancy at birth rose from 56.4 years old to 67.5 years

old, while women’s rose from 61.2 years old to 73.3 years old. In countries like the Maldives and Bhutan, they gained about 29 years old, but in other countries, like Ukraine and Zimbabwe, they only gained 1.7 years old. Proportionally, there were more deaths at the age of 70 years old in 2010 (42.8 %) than in 1990 (33.1 %); 22.9 % occurred at the age of 80 years old or more. The death of children with less than 5 years old decreased almost 60 % since 1970, from 16.7 million to 6.8 million in 2010. World’s life expectancy increased continuously and substantially during the last 40 years. There was a rise in terms of life expectancy in 179 of 187 countries. In 2010, there were 52.8 million of deaths registered all over the world; 24.9 % of them were due to communicable, maternal and neonatal diseases and nutritional causes, while in 1990, these causes represented 34.1 % (46.5 million) of them. This reduction was mostly due to the decrease in mortality due to diarrheal diseases (from 2.5 to 1.4 million, mostly because of a greater availability of drinking water), lower respiratory infections (from 3.4 to 2.8 million), neonatal disorders (from 3.1 to 2.2 million), measles (from 0.63 to 0.13 million), and tetanus (from 0.27 to 0.06 million). Deaths by HIV/AIDS increased from 0.30 million in 1990 to 1.5 million in 2010, with a peak of 1.7 million in 2006. Malaria’s mortality also rose 19.9 % from 1990 to 2010. Tuberculosis killed 1.2 million of people in 2010. NON-COMMUNICABLE DISEASES (NCD)

Deaths by non-communicable diseases (NCD) increased almost 8 million between 1990 and 2010, i.e. two of three deaths (34.5 million)


HEALTH in the world during 2010 were due to this type of diseases: 8 million people died of cancer in 2010, 38 % more than twenty years ago; 1.5 million (19 %) of them were victims of trachea/bronchus/lung cancer. Both coronary artery diseases (CAD) and cerebrovascular accidents (CVA) killed 12.9 million of people in 2010, i.e. one of four deaths in the world, in comparison with the 1/5 of 1990; 1.3 million of deaths were due to the diabetes mellitus, twice the victims of 1990. The amount of deaths due to injuries worldwide (5.1 million of deaths) was slightly more than in 2010, in comparison with the two first decades (8.8 %). This was due to an increase of

maternal, neonatal and nutritional diseases are still dominant causes of the years of life lost (YLL: indicator of premature death by a cause) in some countries. For example: Sub-Saharan Africa, within this general pattern of epidemiological transition, presents a marked regional variation of many causes, like interpersonal violence, suicides, liver cancer, diabetes, cirrhosis, Chagas disease, African trypanosomiasis, melanoma, among others. In 2010, the three main risk factors of world morbidity were: hypertension (7.0 %), tobacco smokers, including passive smokers (6.3 %), and the use of alcohol (5.5 %). In 1990, the main risks were:

46 % of deaths worldwide by traffic accidents (1.3 million in 2010) and an increase in the amount of deaths by falls. Coronary artery diseases (CAD), cerebrovascular accidents, chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases (COPD), lower respiratory infections, lung cancer and HIV/ AIDS were the main causes of death in 2010. The increase in population and average age, and the decrease in specific mortality rates worldwide generated a change of morbidity and mortality causes from communicable diseases (CD) to non-communicable diseases (NCD). Nevertheless, communicable,

low infantile weight (7.9 %), home air pollution by solid fuels (7.0 %) and tobacco smokers, including passive smokers (6.1 %). Dietary risk factors and physical inactivity represented collectively 10.0 % of world’s morbidity in 2010. The most important food risks were low fruit diets and high sodium diets. Many risks involving mainly contagious childhood diseases, including non-drinking water and deficit of sanitation and micronutrients, decreased between 1990 and 2010. Even though, the main risks in 2010 for most of the children in Sub-Saharan Africa were low

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weight, home air pollution and non-exclusive and discontinued breastfeeding. The main risk factor in Eastern Europe, most of the countries in Latin America and Southern Sub-Saharan Africa in 2010 was alcohol consumption, while in Asia, Northern Africa, the Middle East and Eastern Europe it was hypertension. Despite its decrease, tobacco smoke remains the main risk factor in rich countries: the United States and Western Europe. The high body mass index (BMI) increased worldwide and it is the main risk factor in Australia, Asia and SouthAmerica. It is also a high risk in other rich regions. The contribution of the different risk morbidity factors changed substantially worldwide with a decrease of risks of communicable diseases (CD) in children and an increase in non-communicable diseases (NCD) in adults. These changes are related to the aging of population, decrease of mortality in children with less than five years old, changes in the causes of decease and exposition to risk factors. New evidences prompted modifications in many important risk factors: non-drinking water, poor sanitation, deficit of vitamin A and zinc, and environmental pollution with particulate matter. The main risks change in regions according to the epidemiological change. In most of SubSaharan Africa, the main risks are still those related to poverty and childhood, while in developing countries, NCDs become a major issue. This situation generates modifications in their morbidity profiles and supply of public and private services, which has an impact in their financing, whether it comes from the State or by their own pockets, since these diseases involve a greater cost for their treatment due to their complexity u December 2014

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The Incredible Story of Malala

She became renowned for defending women’s right to education in Pakistan and for suffering a fierce attack by the Taliban, which left her on the brink of death. The life of Malala Yousafzai, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, is striking and moving.

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n October 9, 2012, Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head while she was on a school bus on her way home, in the city of Mingora, northwest Pakistan. The rationale behind the attack by the Taliban was clear: this 16-year-old young girl dared to raise her voice to defend girls’ right to education. The world was horrified. Her father, Ziauddin Yousafzai, prepared for the worst. While he accompanied his daughter on the helicopter taking her from the Swat Valley, near the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan, to a military hospital in Pes18 Impacto evangelistic

hawar, capital of the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, he asked his relatives to initiate preparations for the funeral. But after several weeks in intensive care,

Malala survived. And although the Taliban bullets changed her life forever, they did not dent her determination to fight for girls in her country to have access to free and compulsory education. WHO IS MALALA? In the afternoon of that October 9, Malala left school like any other day and got on the bus awaiting her after school. The trip was short and could have been easily made by foot: she had to pass by an empty field where children play cricket and then border the banks of the river to get home. “My mother told me: Now that you’re growing up and people know you, you


FACTS large-scale military operation had removed most of the militants and those who stayed there kept a low profile. “Life was normal for normal people, but for those who had raised their voice, it was now a risky time,” says Malala. And she did not keep quiet. AN AMPLIFIED VOICE

must not go on foot, you must go in car or on bus, so then you will be safe,” recalls Malala. She was sitting, chatting with her friend Moniba and thinking about the exams she had already taken and those ahead, when she noticed something unusual. The road seemed deserted. Moments later, a hundred yards from the school, two men stopped the bus and asked who Malala was. MERCILESS ATTACKS

Moniba thought they were two journalists wanting to interview her famous friend. Although Malala wrote an anonymous blog for the BBC Urdu Service in which she talked about her fears and hopes to continue going to school, she did not hesitate to publicly express her views on women’s right to education and she had also participated in a national television program in which she spoke valiantly about it. Moniba quickly realized that this was something else: Malala’s eyes showed fear. The two men started shooting.

The two girls who were sitting across Malala -Shazia Ramzan and Kainat Riaz- were also injured. “I heard the firing, then I saw lots of blood on Malala’s head,” recalls Kainat. Back then, nobody would have imagined that the Taliban could attack a girl. There had been several incidents in which the Taliban had wanted to teach women a lesson; in early 2009, a dancer accused of immorality was executed. However, in 2012, the worst days of the Taliban had passed in the region of Swat. A

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he Taliban is a fundamentalist religious group within Islam. It literally means “student,” referring to the study of religion. This is not just a philosophical school, but it has military connotations to spread its principles. Its members believe in Jihad or Holy War. They also prevent women from working outside their homes or attending school or college and impose strict discipline in all walks of life. They constitute one of the most radical and violent religious parties around the world.

After the incident and being hospitalized first in Peshawa and then in Islamabad, capital of Pakistan, Malala woke up after an induced coma by mid-October in Birmingham, England. “I opened my eyes and the first thing I saw was that I was in a hospital and I could see nurses and doctors. I thanked God – ‘O Allah, I thank you because you have given a new life and I am alive,” she recalls. After a series of operations to restore her hearing capabilities in one of her ears and reconnect a facial nerve that would restore movement in one part of her face, Malala took a crucial step that showed to what measure she had overcome the Taliban attack. On July 12, 2013, Malala celebrated her sixteenth birthday by giving a speech to an assembly of young people at the United Nations headquarters in New York. “One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world,” she told a crowd that cheered her. Now, two years later, the girl from Swat Valley has become a global phenomenon. On October 10, Malala Yousafzai, who also fights for the respect for the culture and religion of others, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and became the youngest winner in the history of this prestigious award. However, beyond any award, she is convinced that she escaped death for a reason: live to help people u December 2014

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Controversial End

Affected by terminal cancer, Brittany Maynard decided to end her life through physician-assisted suicide. The decision of this 29-year old American young woman reopened the debate on euthanasia.

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he assisted suicide of Brittany Maynard, a 29year old young woman who had terminal cancer and ended her life on November 1, set off a worldwide controversy about the right to die, a legal option in five American states and in the limelight of other states, such as Connecticut and New Jersey. To die, she moved from California to Portland, Oregon, where local laws allow doctors to give patients a drug to die. Doctors gave Maynard, who had recently graduated and had gotten married a year before, six months to live when she was found a stage 4 glio20 Impacto evangelistic

blastoma -a brain malignant tumor. Her case is not unique. Since Oregon became in 1997 the pioneering US state to legalize the prescription of lethal drugs for certain terminal patients, over 1 100 US citizens have benefited from this law and 750 have used it to end their existence. PILLS TO DIE

Maynard’s story became known through a video posted on YouTube, which was watched more than eight million times. In this

video she explained that she would take some pills to die in her room, in the company of her loved ones and listening to the music she liked. Millions of people watched this video and posted messages of hope stressing that she should respect the divine will and seek support in God to face the tough road ahead. However, the young woman decided not to listen to the whole world and, shortly before her death, she wrote on her Facebook account: “Today

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ev. Luis M. Ortiz, founder of the Worldwide Missionary Movement, addressed the issue of suicide in one of his thousands of sermons during his evangelical ministry. He recalled that the conqueror of all demons, including that of suicide, is Jesus Christ. The servant of God, in his message called “Broken Chains”, based on Mark 5: 1-15, stated firmly, “the Bible describes the

demon of suicide. Many people have heard the voice of this demon telling them: Why don’t you get out of the way? Why don’t you finish with this once and for all? Why don’t you throw yourself in front a truck? Friends, this is the demon of suicide. The Bible also talks about the great vanquisher of Satan, and all the demons, our wonderful Lord Jesus Christ, our great liberator.”


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is the day I have chosen to pass away with dignity in the face of my terminal illness, this terrible brain cancer that has taken so much from me but would have taken so much more.” Through this social network, Brittany also commented: “Goodbye to all my dear friends and family that I love. The world is a beautiful place, travel has been my greatest teacher, my close friends and folks are the greatest givers. Goodbye world.” GOD LOVES YOU

Brittany Maynard found a huge number of detractors around the globe. One of those voices came from England, where believer Solange Paredes, who is preparing her doctoral thesis on Cancer Immunotherapy at the University College of London, said: “What does dying with dignity mean to a Chris-

tian? Does it mean dying in full possession of their faculties and listening to their favorite music? Sounds good, right? But like most lies, those that sound good are the worst. For a Christian, dying with dignity means dying loving, obeying and trusting the Lord.” Another voice against was American Kara Tippetts, mother of four children, who was diagnosed with breast cancer two years ago and faces, nowadays, the terminal phase of the disease. However, in the midst of her struggle, in mid-October she sent Brittany a letter full of love in which she told her: “But in my whispering, pleading, loving voice, dear heart - will you hear my heart ask you, beg you, plead with you - not to take that pill? Will you please trust me with that truth? More importantly,

will you hear from my heart that Jesus loves you? He loves you. He loves you. He died an awful death upon a cross so that you would know Him today that we would no longer live separate from Him and in our death. For his part, the American pastor John Piper, citing the Scriptures, stressed that the body belongs to Christ in life and death, and although God has given humans the privilege of being able to reduce pain, He has not given us the right to end our lives. The minister also said: “I personally believe that a Christian does not chose suicide because Christ intercedes for His people, so that their faith does not falter. To those who embrace suicide as an option to get rid of sufferings and problems, the Gospel should be preached” u December 2014

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Hitler’s Pope In the book “Hitler's Pope: The Secret History of Pius XII” published in the United States, researcher John Cornwell explains the anti-Semitism and silence towards the Holocaust of a Pope defended by the Vatican itself. John Cornwell

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always believed that Pacelli’s evident holiness was proof of his good faith. How could such a saintly pope have betrayed the Jews? So I applied for access to archival material in the Vatican, reassuring those who had charge of crucial documents that I was on the side of my subject. Six years earlier, in a book entitled A Thief in the Night, I had defended the Vatican against charges that Pope John Paul I had been murdered by his own aides. Two key officials granted me access to secret material: depositions under oath gathered 30 years ago to support the process for Pacelli’s canonization, and the archive of the Vatican Secretariat of State, the foreign office of the Holy See. I also drew on German sources 22 Impacto evangelistic

relating to Pacelli’s activities in Germany during the 1920s and 1930s, including his dealings with Adolf Hitler in 1933. By the middle of 1997, I was in a state of moral shock. The material I had gathered amounted not to an exoneration but to an indictment more scandalous than Hochhuth’s. The evidence was explosive. It showed for the first time that Pacelli was patently, and by the proof of his own words, anti-Jewish. Pacelli had been recruited into the Vatican in 1901, at the age of 24, to specialize in international affairs and church law. He was invited to collaborate on the reformulation of church law with his immediate superior, Pietro Gasparri, a worldfamous canon lawyer. Packaged in a single manual, the Code of Canon Law was distributed in 1917 to Catholic bishops and clergy throughout the world. Aged 41 and already an archbishop, Pacelli was dispatched to Munich as papal nuncio, or ambassador, to start the process of eliminating all existing legal challenges to the new papal autocracy. At the same time, he was to pursue a Reich Concordat, a treaty between the papacy and Germany as a whole which would supersede all local agreements and become a model of Catholic church-state relations. In May 1917, Pacelli traveled through war-weary Germany extending charity to people of all religions and none. In an early letter to the Vatican, however, he revealed himself to be less than enamored of Germany’s Jews. On September 4, 1917, Pacelli informed Pietro Gasparri, who had become cardinal secretary of state in the Vatican, that a Dr. Werner, the chief rabbi of Munich, had approached the nunciature begging a favor. In order to celebrate the Festival of Tabernacles, the Jews needed palm fronds, which normally came from Italy.

But the Italian government had forbidden the exportation, via Switzerland, of a stock of palms which the Jews had purchased and which were being held up in Como. “The Israelitic Community,” continued Pacelli, “are seeking the intervention of the Pope in the hope that he will plead on behalf of the thousands of German Jews.” He also told Gasparri that he did not think it appropriate for the Vatican “to assist them in the exercise of their Jewish cult.” Gasparri replied by telegram that he entirely trusted Pacelli’s “shrewdness,” agreeing that it would not be appropriate to help Rabbi Werner. Eighteen months later he revealed his antipathy toward the Jews in a more blatantly anti-Semitic fashion when he found himself at the center of a local Bolshevik revolution in Munich. Writing to Gasparri, Pacelli described the revolutionaries and their chief, Eugen Levien: “… An army of employees were dashing to and fro, giving out orders, waving bits of paper, and in the midst of all this, a gang of young women, of dubious appearance, Jews like all the rest of them, hanging around in all the offices with provocative demeanor and suggestive smiles.” THE DEAL WITH HITLER

“The boss of this female gang was Levien’s mistress, a young Russian woman, a Jew and a divorcée, who was in charge. This Levien is a young man, about 30 or 35, also


HISTORY Russian and a Jew. Pale, dirty, with vacant eyes, hoarse voice, vulgar, repulsive, with a face that is both intelligent and sly.” Hitler, who had enjoyed his first great success in the elections of September 1930, was determined to seek a treaty with the Vatican convinced that his movement could succeed only if political Catholicism and its democratic networks were eliminated. After Hitler came to power in January 1933, he made the concordat negotiations with Pacelli a priority. The Reich Concordat granted Pacelli the right to impose the new Code of Canon Law on Catholics in Germany. In exchange, Pacelli collaborated in the withdrawal of Catholics from political and social activity. Next, Hitler insisted on the “voluntary” disbanding of the Center Party. The Jews were the concordat’s first victims. On July 14, 1933, after the initialing of the treaty, the Cabinet minutes record Hitler as saying that the concordat had created an atmosphere of confidence that would be “especially significant in the urgent struggle against international Jewry.” He was claiming that the Catholic Church had publicly given its blessing, at home and abroad, to the policies of National Socialism, including its anti-Semitic stand. Eventually, in January 1937, three German cardinals and two influential bishops arrived at the Vatican to plead for a vigorous protest over Nazi persecution of the Catholic Church, which had been deprived of all forms of activity beyond church services. Pius XI at last decided to issue an encyclical, a letter addressed to all the Catholic faithful of the world. Written under Pacelli’s direction, it had no explicit condemnation of anti-Semitism. In the summer of 1938, as Pius XI lay dying, he became belate-

dly anxious about anti-Semitism throughout Europe. He commissioned another encyclical, to be written exclusively on the Jewish question. The text, which never saw the light of day, has only recently been discovered. It was written by three Jesuit scholars, but Pacelli presumably had charge of the project. It was to be called “Humani Generis Unitas” (The Unity of the Human Race). For all its good intentions and its repudiation of violent antiSemitism, the document is replete with the anti-Jewishness that Pacelli had displayed in his early period in Germany. The Jews, the text claims, were responsible for their own fate. God had chosen them to make way for Christ’s redemption, but they denied and killed him. And now, “blinded by their dream of worldly gain and material success,” they deserved the “worldly and spiritual ruin” that they had brought down upon themselves. The document warns that to defend the Jews as “Christian principles and humanity” demand could involve the unacceptable risk of being ensnared by secular politics. The encyclical was delivered in the fall of 1938 to the Jesuits in Rome, who sat on it. To this day we do not know why it was not completed and handed to Pius XI. Pacelli, when he became Pope, would bury the document deep in the secret archives. He was going to maintain normal diplomatic relations with Hitler. Pacelli came to learn of the Nazi plans to exterminate the Jews of Europe shortly after they were laid in January 1942. The deportations to the death camps had begun in December 1941. All during 1942, Pacelli received reliable information on the details of the Final Solution, much of it supplied by the British, French, and American representatives resident in the Vatican. On March 17, 1942, representatives of

Jewish organizations assembled in Switzerland sent a memorandum to Pacelli via the papal nuncio in Bern, cataloguing violent anti-Semitic measures in Germany and in its allied and conquered territories. The Jewish organizations’ long memorandum would be excluded from the wartime documents published by the Vatican between 1965 and 1981. In September 1942, President Franklin Roosevelt sent his personal representative, the former head of U.S. Steel Myron Taylor, to plead with Pacelli to make a statement about the extermination of the Jews. Taylor traveled hazardously through enemy territory to reach the Vatican. Still Pacelli refused to speak. Pacelli’s excuse was that he must rise above the belligerent parties. On December 24, 1942, Pacelli at last said that “Humanity owes this vow to those hundreds of thousands who, without any fault of their own, sometimes only by reason of their nationality or race, are marked down for death or gradual extinction.” That was the strongest public denunciation of the Final Solution that Pacelli would make in the whole course of the war. And yet there was still something worse. After the liberation of Rome, when every perception of restraint on his freedom was lifted, he claimed retrospective moral superiority for having spoken and acted on behalf of the Jews. Addressing a Palestinian group on August 3, 1946, he said, “We disapprove of all recourse to force… just as we condemned on various occasions in the past the persecutions that a fanatical anti-Semitism inflicted on the Hebrew People.” His grandiloquent self-exculpation a year after the war had ended showed him to be not only an ideal Pope for the Nazis’ Final Solution but also a hypocrite u December 2014

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Washed in the Blood

Written by American composer Elisha Albright Hoffman, this hymn is both simple and exciting and connects the death of Jesus with the sacrificial lamb of the Old Testament. This is a praise to remember that Christ died for our sins.

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ashed in the blood” is a simple and straightforward praise that skillfully and masterfully expresses what the blood of Jesus is able to do. Its musical legacy sums up best the importance of the sacrifice made by the Son of God. The hymn was written in 1878 by American reverend Elisha Albright Hoffman, author of over 2000 evangelical hymns. Born on May 7, 1839 in the US state of Pennsylvania, Hoffman grew up singing hymns at home with his mother Rebecca Hoffman and at the church where his 24 Impacto evangelistic

father Rev. Francis Hoffman was a pastor, and where he could be seen brimming with faith. Owner of a natural talent, Elisha never attended singing school. However, from an early age, he became a sacred music teacher and his ability was always the center of attention. Then, when he finished high school, he entered the Union Seminary. ODES TO THE LORD

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ashed in the Blood” is a common song in gospel music. In over one hundred and thirty-six years of history, the work of Elisha Albright Hoffman has been sung by Alan Jackson, Randy Travis, John Starnes, Derrell Stewart, Carroll Roberson, Edward G. Rangström, The Louvin Brothers, The Chuck Wagon Gang, Joey & Rory, Dottie Peoples, David Wyper, The Lewis Family y The Statler Brothers, among others.

Evangelical Association in Cleveland, Northeast Ohio, where he spent eleven years at the service of this renowned organization of American Christians. In 1873, at the age of thirty-four years, he was ordained a minister of God. Later, driven by the Almighty, he held various pastoral charges in the Midwest of the United States. Elisha was a pastor in churches in Ohio, Michigan and Illinois. Throughout his life, Hoffman never stopped working for Christianity through gospel music. In this regard, inspired by the Lord, Elisha published fifty songbooks through which he contributed greatly to the development of this genre based on faith. Furthermore, today his legacy is such that more than half dozen songs, including the hymn “Washed in the blood”, remain popular due to its inspirational force. The central image of “Washed in the blood” re-


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1 Have you been to Jesus for the cleansing power? Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb? Are you fully trusting in His grace this hour? Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb? Refrain Are you washed in the blood, In the soul-cleansing blood of the Lamb? Are your garments spotless? Are they white as snow? Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb? 2 Are you walking daily by the Savior’s side? Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb? Do you rest each moment in the Crucified? Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb? 3 When the Bridegroom cometh will your robes be white! Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb? Will your soul be ready for His presence bright, And be washed in the blood of the Lamb? 4 Lay aside the garments that are stained with sin, And be washed in the blood of the Lamb; There’s a fountain flowing for the soul unclean, O be washed in the blood of the Lamb.

lates the death of Jesus with the sacrificial lamb of the Old Testament. About this particular point, it can be inferred that Hoffman noticed the biblical passage in which John the Baptist describes Jesus as “the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.” Furthermore, it is reasonable to say that the author took into account that the apostle

Peter said that our salvation was purchased “with the precious blood of Christ.” It is clear that the song is important because it reminds us that Christ died for our sins. As a composer, Elisha Albright Hoffman created songs for congregational worship. Moreover, the structures of most of his works are simple and they

usually shed a great dose of emotion and spirituality. Regarding his hymns, which involve deep theological truths, he once said, “They were designed to express full adoration of the purposes of the Almighty.” According to his biographers, this man of God died at the age of ninety on November 5, 1929 in Chicago u December 2014

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An Illustrated Adventurer

William Carey, the father of modern missions, showed an unwavering will to fulfill the purpose of taking the Gospel to those who walk in darkness. His life of sacrifice and service is told by husband and wife Geoff and Janet Benge.

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illiam Carey stared at the pile of wooden crates and leather trunks that had been dumped onto the Porstmouth dock beside the Earl of Oxford. He recalled the excitement he had felt as his belongings were loaded onto the ship in London a month earlier. An adventure had laid ahead for him and his oldest son, Felix. Now the dream was shattered. The two of them stood side by side on the dock, watching the ship being made ready to sail, only this time it was going to sail without them. William begged Captain White to reconsider. The captain would not. 26 Impacto evangelistic

He was an industrialist, an economist, a humanitarian doctor, a media pioneer, an educator, a moral reformer, a botanist and, foremost, a Christian missionary. He did more for the transformation of the people in India than any other person before or after him. The story of William Carey shows how God can use the life of a man to alter the face and character of an entire population. His life is an example of dedication and perseverance, a story that will motivate the behavior of all Christians and their commitment to Jesus Christ. William did not know what laid behind the small door of the meeting room during the prayer vigil. He had heard that the dissidents had strange habits, so he promised himself to remain vigilant. However, as the meeting was still in progress, he felt strangely comfortable. Several men gave short messages; others stood and read Bible verses. William had never been among a

group of people who believed in what they were reading with such certainty. One of them, Mr. Chater, who came from Hackleton, read some verses of Hebrews 13. Husband and wife Geoff and Janet Benge, authors of the series “Christians Heroes: Then & Now”, published by YWAM Publishing, wrote in 2003 a significant work about the life of William Carey. It is called “Obliged to go” and validates the importance of the pastoral work of this hero of Christianity who was born on August 17, 1761 in England. Recognized as the “father of modern missions,” Carey served the Lord for forty years. He evangelized, founded schools and translated the Bible into different languages. During a break in a meeting of the Brotherhood of Ministers, William remained nervous in his seat, thinking. One of the oldest ministers, Rev. Ryland, suggested that perhaps one of the

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started a missionary adventure full of difficulties and problems, as well as great victories. William did not go to the second most populous country in the world to reform it. His desire was to make Christianity accessible to ordinary men and women. The cultural impact of his work is linked to his commitment to preach the good news. Moreover, his moral indignation against the sins of Indian culture, combined with his passion for preaching Christ as the only Savior, had a powerful impact on this culture. March 5, 1801 was a day that no one in the Serampore mission house would easily forget. Gospels were printed in single volumes as they were typed; but this day, the first New Testament entirely in Bengali came out of the press. The beautiful black leather-bound book was placed on the communion table of the chapel, and the entire community gathered to offer their prayers of thanks. No one felt more gratitude than William Carey. The New Testament represented eight years of work. According to Geoff and Janet Benge, the influence of Carey’s life and ministry came at a price. And the price that this man of God had to pay did not mean only devastating setbacks – as when much of his work of translation, including the first draft of the Sanskrit dictionary, the original manuscripts and ten of his biblical translations, were burned in a raging fire –, but also serious personal health problems and family tragedies, such as the death of his wife Dorothy and his son Peter. William and Dolly were

brokenhearted and, as they were both sick, they sent Ram Boshu to find someone who would make a coffin for his son. There were several carpenters among factory workers. William had no doubt that any of them would be willing to help, especially because they were well paid. But all of them refused to help. They were Hindu and did not want nothing to do with the body of a white person. This was due to the strict caste system prohibiting various groups of Hindu from performing certain tasks. William Carey never spared no effort to convert pagans. His belief that all the diseases that plagued India were rooted in a moral rebellion, reinforced his passion for preaching the truth based on faith and demonstrated through repentance. In the early morning of June 9, 1834, William passed away quietly in his bed at the age of seventy-two. During his earthly passage, he established a model for missionary work that, years after his death, many have imitated but only a few have been able to match. William Carey, son of a poor weaver, learned by himself Latin, Hebrew and Greek when he had barely begun working as shoemaker. When he was convinced that England should send missionaries to the new colonized countries, he helped found the first English missionary society. Then he felt obliged to go to India and be the first missionary. When adverse circumstances surrounded him- his children died and his wife lost her mind-he never lost faith. He always persevered, he always moved forward. He never doubted the calling to preach the message of the Gospel to the Indian people u December 2014

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Barnabas, Son of Consolation

A man full of faith and the Holy Spirit who achieved a prominent place in the early church. Committed to the missionary work, he walked beside Paul to spread Christianity. Otto Braunsberger

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onsidered an apostle by the twelve leading disciples of Jesus Christ, Barnabas was a major figure in the early days of Christianity. His story, as shocking as a ray of light amid the darkness, is described in the book of Acts of the Holy Scriptures. There it is said, first, that his original name was Joseph and that he was a Levite born in Cyprus, who, after becoming a follower of the Creator, sold a property he had inherited out of pure generosity and gave the money to the apostles for them to distribute it to the poor. A man full of the Holly Spi30 Impacto evangelistic

rit, Barnabas – to whom the apostles gave such Aramaic nickname that means “son of consolation” in English – did not take long to become an ambassador for Christ. Back then, as he persevered in God’s way, he brought Saul to the apostles and told them how he had seen the Lord on his way and spoken to Him, and how he had valiantly preached in the name of Jesus in Damascus. It was a formidable action of Barnabas, who discovered the value of the new convert who would have been later known as Paul. When news about the spreading of Christianity in Antioch arrived in Jerusalem, he was sent to that city. In this regard, the Scriptures state in Acts 11:23 that when Barnabas arrived, and saw the grace of God, he was “glad, and exhorted them all, that with purpose of heart they would cleave unto the Lord.” From there he went to Tarsus to seek Paul and, after he had found him,

he brought him to Antioch. At it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church and taught much people; and the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch. Then Paul and Barnabas were sent in 44 AD to Jerusalem in order to help the Christians of Judea. Regarding this point, the New Testament states that, “And in these days came prophets from Jerusalem unto Antioch. And there stood up one of them named Agabus, and signified by the Spirit that there should be great dearth throughout all the world: which came to pass in the days of Claudius Caesar.” Furthermore, the Bible reveals that after fulfilling their service, both of them returned to Antioch taking John Mark, cousin of Barnabas, with them TIRELESS MISSIONARY

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g Holy Spirit said, “Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them.” Immediately, Christians prayed for them and laid their hands on them and sent them away. So they, being sent forth by the Holy Spirit, began their first missionary journey and departed to Seleucia, port of Antioch, and from there they sailed to Cyprus. And when they were at Salamis, an ancient city state on the east coast of Cyprus, they preached the Word of God in the synagogues of the Jews; and they had John Mark to their minister at all times. In Cyprus, the island where Barnabas was born, the evangelizing work of the missionaries was well accepted and they were able to convert to Christianity no less than the deputy of the country, Sergius Paulus, a prudent man, who believed astonished in the teaching of the Lord after observing the power of the Creator. Sergius Paulus, whom Barnabas and Saul had found in Paphos, a Cypriot city, wanted to hear the Word of God and he witnessed as the hand of God blinded a sorcerer, a false prophet, a Jew named Barjesus. Due to this conversion, Saul changed his name to Paul. Then, they moved to other cities and nations of Asia Minor. First, Barnabas and Paul came to Perga, a major city of the Roman province of Pamphylia, where John departed from them and returned to Jerusalem. Afterwards, both of them went to Antioch in Pisidia, a city that at that time had a large Jewish colony, where they preached in a synagogue on the Sabbath. Then, a day 32 Impacto evangelistic

after, seeing that the Israelites had rejected the message of the Almighty, they decided to preach to the Gentiles as the Lord had commanded. When the Gentiles heard this, they rejoiced and glorified God. Back in these days, when the Gospel was spread throughout the province of Pisidia, the two brothers were persecuted by devout women who had been instigated by the Jews. Eventually, they had no

choice but to flee to Iconium, a Turkish city in Anatolia, where they were harassed by the Jewish colony once again and were about to be stoned by a mob of unbelievers. The ambassadors of the Almighty fled to Lystra and Derbe, cities if Lycaonia, and to the region lying around, and they preached the gospel there. It was precisely in Lystra where they healed a paralytic and people called Barnabas, Jupiter.


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Later, they returned to each place where they had shared the message of Jesus Christ and they devoted themselves to encouraging the new Christians and reminding them that it was necessary to go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God. After this journey, they spent a long stay in Antioch. However, they were involved in a controversy with the Judaizers who clai-

med that it was needful to be circumcised and keep the Law of Moses to be saved. The matter was resolved in a council in Jerusalem in which it was decided that both would be in charge of preaching to the Gentiles, not forgetting the poor. Back in Antioch, Barnabas and Paul continued teaching the Word of God and preaching the Gospel. But after a while, Paul asked Barnabas to revisit together all the cities

in which they had announced the good news. It was then that, after a disagreement between them over the inclusion of John Mark, the apostles departed asunder one from the other and Barnabas and his cousin went to Cyprus. Despite the separation, the missionary work of Barnabas would continue through the Peloponnese. This follows 1 Corinthians 9: 6, where Paul mentions him while defending his apostleship. The Biblical texts provide a positive testimony of the human qualities of Barnabas as a trustworthy, good and generous man. Furthermore, he was able to see the best in others and he always let himself be guided by the Almighty in the performance of his missionary work. This virtue allowed him to give the converts of all nations the possibility of joining the Christian church. In addition, his zeal for the spreading of the good news led him to seek permanently the appropriate instruments to achieve his objective and proclaim that the kingdom of heaven is coming. Few traces of this apostle of Jesus Christ, one of the pillars of the early church whose exact date of death is not known, have been preserved. However, as it is expressed in the Scriptures, Barnabas proved himself to be a committed believer from his first steps in Christianity. Not only did he embrace the teaching of Jesus transmitted by the apostles, but also, in line with his faith and new life in God, put everything at the service of Jesus Christ. He was, is and will be an example of commitment to the Creator u December 2014

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A fulminant shock of more than 4000 volts shook his whole body and threw him into the air, but he did not die. Doctors believed his recovery was a miracle, but it was his faith in God that saved him. Marlo PĂŠrez

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he electrician Jaime Rivera Rodríguez turned off the switches that fed power to the highvoltages cables, pulled out the protectors and noticed that several screws nearby were loose, so he took a wrench and adjusted them. When his left hand touched one of the nuts, an electrical shock over 4,160 volts struck him, his body was thrown into the air and fell violently on the floor with his hand completely burned and destroyed. His colleagues thought the worst and so they immediately came to his aid. As part of the resuscitation procedures in case of emergency, they slapped him several times in the face and managed to resuscitate him, but there was still the risk of a sudden heart attack as a result of the violent shock. Given the magnitude of the accident, the electrician was taken to a nearby hospital located in Manati, northern Puerto Rico. There, he was assisted by a Christian nurse who immediately recognized him and by a doctor who contacted his wife Margarita Pinto. - Come quickly, your husband has had a serious accident- they told her. Blood pressure began to drop dramatically. Due to this and other discouraging diagnosis, he was taken in an ambulance to a hospital in the city of San Juan. Jaime Rivera Rodriguez, who at age 33 was a Christian pastor, was semiconscious and in that state he began to have evil thoughts. 36 Impacto evangelistic

- “You who preach that He saves all those who trust in Him, why haven’t he saved you?” – told him a sinister voice. Suddenly, he began to remember his wife Margarita Pinto, his daughter, the Worldwide Missionary Movement Church in the town of Cidra, and everything in his life up until then. He recalled his childhood in the 60s.

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He lived with his parents and his only sister in the coastal area of the town of Mayagüez, west coast of Puerto Rico. Although his family belonged to the traditional religion, his parents used to practice spiritual séances and black magic. Eventually, he started to feel fear and rejection towards these occult sessions, especially on weekends, when a small


LIFE STORIES Along with his current wife, Ana Balbina. This man was reborn after the fatal shock.

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Then he recalled the days when he was about 16 years old and a flood of temptations led him into the world of drugs. He was tired of living at home, so he made his way through an easy life and began to walk on the path of drug addiction. However, it all that ended on Good Friday 1976, when the Lord came to his life in an evangelical church in his hometown, Mayagüez. The preacher’s message reminding of the redemptive act of Christ on the cross had a powerful impact on his heart. - God, if you exist, you must do something with me because I only just have two options: drugs or death – Jaime repeated to himself. A wonderful thing happened when he looked up

When his left hand touched one of the nuts, an electrical shock over 4,160 volts struck him, his body was thrown into the air and fell violently on the floor with his hand completely burned and destroyed. His colleagues thought the worst and so they immediately came to his aid.

fair would be held around his house and attended by neighbors, friends and family requiring the services of his parents to heal the sickness of their bodies and souls. While his father did consultations and prescribed all kinds of home remedies based on medicinal herbs, her mother was widely required for her alleged gift in clairvoyance or for being a medium

between her clients and the spirits she invoked. At first, this caused much fear among the children, but their parents were able to calm them down, telling them that these spiritual sessions would never harm them. - I often saw my mother and others in trance and possessed by demons... I was a little afraid – he tells.

and noted that a thick cloud covered the altar where the preacher was ministering the Word of God. An extraordinary person came from the fog but he could not look at his face because he was as powerful as the sun. He could only see his hands, his feet and a wound on one side, such as that made to the Nazarene on the day of his exe-

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g cution. Thus, he realized that it was Christ showing him His redemption. From that Good Friday, he began to walk with God and with the peace that He offered him. However, back at home, demonic spirits began to disturb him relentlessly. One night, a black shadow appeared before him and told him that he belonged to it. - You belong to me. Your father made a blood pact with me - said the evil spirit. Jaime Rivera Rodriguez took out the Bible and managed to drive it out of his presence when he invoked the name of Jesus Christ. When the spirit fled, a tremor shook his home and all the inhabitants woke up in terror. Since that day, his parents realized that God’s power is greater than any evil power and gradually moved away from occult practices to embrace the Christian faith. Some years later, in 1985, Jaime Rivera Rodriguez was appointed pastor in the town of Lares, better known as “City of Revolt.” In 1988, he and his wife Margarita Pinto joined the Worldwide Missionary Movement and they were transferred to the city of Guaynabo, then to Aguas Buenas and Cidra and subsequently to Manabi, where he served as an electrician and where the terrible accident that nearly took his life occurred. A MIRACLE OF GOD

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guez was quickly referred to the burn unit and was taken into a room filled with various medical equipment to avoid cardiac arrest and death. After thirty-six hours of extreme care, he was declared out of danger. The doctor who treated him could not believe the unusual case of the man who had survived an electric shock of 4,160 volts that had entered through his left arm and, not finding an exit point or vent, could have burned their internal organs and killed him immediately.

- You are a miracle of God! said the doctor. After a long four-month process of healing and rehabilitation, Jaime Rivera Rodríguez healed from his wounds and thanked the Lord for the miracle performed on him. Upon leaving the hospital in late 1993, he continued being a pastor in different cities of the so-called Island of Enchantment. His wife died a year later and, in 2002, he remarried to Anna Balbina Clase Toribio, who accompanies him to this day, even when he serves as an electrician u


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Teachings and sermons of the most renowned preachers who expose the truth of the Lord through their life stories consacrated to God. The Bible says: “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life... And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John 5:39; 8:32

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atthew 25 is about the Second Coming of Christ. This chapter begins with the parable of the ten virgins. The Lord takes a wedding as an example to teach great spiritual truths. In Hebrew weddings it was customary for the groom to go very late at night to the bride’s house, were he was awaited and received by the maids of honor. Upon receiving notice that the bridegroom was about to arrive, they would leave the house with lighted lamps in their hands to light his way to where the wedding was to be held. In this parable, the Lord is the groom who will come soon to take His true Church for the eternal union with His redeemed. The group of the ten virgins do not represent the unbelievers, but the believers in Christ. The Lord says,

Enough oil for the last days “Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them; but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut. Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not. Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.”  Matthew 25:1-13. Rev. Luis M. Ortiz

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“Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom” (v. 1).

Note that among the ten virgins, there was no apparent difference, all looked the same, they were ten young girls. The number ten symbolizes something that is complete. Among the Hebrews, ten people were a congregation, a complete group. All of them were virgins morally prepared for the duty they were assigned; none of them could be


tarnished. All ten took the lamps in their hands, light burning and oil in them,and went out to meet the groom, as they had the purpose of waiting for him. However, while the groom tarried, the ten slumbered and slept, all of them alike. And while the ten were asleep, “at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. Then all those virgins arose” (vv.

6, 7). They woke up, prepared their lamps and took them out again. They all shook the lamps for the oil to rise more rapidly through the wick and intensify the light, and all of them acted exactly the same and looked alike, and were prepared to meet the groom. At this point the difficulties began for five of them. No matter how much they shook the lamp, they could not intensify the light and so they realized that they had almost run out of oil and that the only oil they had left was burning on the wick. Even worse, they also realized that they had committed the unforgivable mistake of not taking with them an additional supply of oil. They were very nervous, as the groom was coming and their lamps were about to go out. The ten no longer looked or acted alike; now five of them were running to and fro without knowing what to do. While five of them remained calm and confident, ready to leave the house and meet the groom, the five “foolish” nervous girls told the wise ones, “Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out” (v. 8). But it was not possible. The five

The failure of many believers is that they do not have enough oil of the Holy Spirit in their lives to give them testimony that they are children of God. And on the day of the test the light will go out for them. When the Lord comes they will not have the sanctifying oil of the Holy Spirit inside them and therefore they will not be prepared to meet the Lord.

virgins answered, “Lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves” (v. 9). This was

not a harsh response, but a cautious response.

“And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready (with enough oil and burning lamps) went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut” (v. 10). And

so the wedding celebrations began. “Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us” (v. 11), but it was

fatally late. The groom’s voice was heard from the inside, “Verily I say unto you, I know you not” (v. 12). How terrible! This biblical passages ends with the extraordinary and eternal truth: “Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh” (v. 13).

Beloved, we repeat that the ten virgins represent all believers, all those who profess Christ. They all have burning lamps, they all believe that the Lord Jesus Christ will return to this world, they all await Him, and they all look physically the same. The lamp symbolizes everything outside Christian life: external testimony, the testimony of the lips. The

oil symbolizes the inner testimony. The failure of many believers is that they do not have enough oil of the Holy Spirit in their lives giving testimony that they are children of God. And so on the day of the test the light will go out for them. When the Lord comes, they will not have the sanctifying oil of the Holy Spirit inside them and therefore they will not be prepared to meet the Lord. That is why Christ said, “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 7:21). “For many are called, but few are chosen” (Matthew 22:14). “Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.” (Matthew 24:44).

Here, the oil represents the regenerating and sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit. Regarding the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit, Jesus said, “Except a man be

born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God… so is every one that is born of the Spirit” (John. 3:5, 8).

All this shows us that some may have the appearance of a believer, but might not have been born again, and because they have not been born again, the Holy Spirit cannot do the work of sanctification in their life, which is the separation from this world and the devotion to God. Therefore, they are not ready to meet the Lord, as no one will see the Lord without holiness. Let us listen once more the solemn exhortation of our Lord Jesus Christ “Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh” (Matt. 25:13) u December 2014

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n the Epistle to the Philippians, the apostle Paul exhorts the people of God

to: “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 2:5). Among the many facets of the mind that were in our beloved Savior and should also be in us, we will focus on humility, meekness, communion and vision. I. HUMILITY AND MEEKNESS

The Lord Jesus Christ told his disciples: “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart” (Matt. 11:29). When

The Same Mind That Was In Christ “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God, but made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men; and being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross” Philippians 2:5-8. Rev. Manuel Zúñiga

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we are regenerated by God, the new man born in us carries two qualities: meekness and humility. Such is the evil that has flooded into this world and the provocations that this engenders, that a Christian cannot remain in grace if he does not have both qualities. A humble and meek person is someone who serves God from the heart. Regardless of our professional or social position in this world, when we cross the atrium of the temple we all become needy souls of God. The Lord does not ask professions from His children, but humble and contrite hearts before His holy presence. Jesus Christ came to this world to serve, and this meant that He humbled himself to the utmost. Indeed, He had to shed his robe of divine glory, which the prophet Isaiah saw in a vision when he was in the temple. He also had to leave heaven and the worship of angels and incarnate in a human body. All this, because our beloved Savior decided to come to this world to fulfill the redemptive mission entrusted to Him by the Father. “Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God, but made himself of no reputation, and


DEVOTIONAL took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men, and being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross”

(Philippians 2:6-8).

“And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh” (1 Timothy

3:16). “That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not” (John 1:9-11). He not only left his throne of glory to become a man, but He also chose a poor and humble girl to come into this world. He was born in a stable, grew up in a family of carpenters and exercised that profession until He was thirtythree years old. Furthermore, Christ never had anything of his own. Throughout his life, he had to borrow: from the womb of Mary, the stable where He was born, the donkey He used for his triumphal entry into Jerusalem, the upper room in which He held the Last Supper with his apostles, to the tomb of Joseph of Arimathea where He was buried after His death on the cross. The Son of God did not come to Earth to be served by humans, but to serve them. Despite being pure, holy and immaculate, He mingled with sinners and let those unworthy men touch Him and embrace Him. Moreover, despite being a servant, He suffered the shameful death that the Romans reserved for the worst criminals: the cross. Although his ministry on the Earth reached the top, Christ never stopped being humble. Multitudes followed him and

sometimes they even wanted to crown Him king, and certainly it must had been gratifying to see thousands of people sitting at His feet listening to His teachings for hours. However, He never allowed earthly achievements to stagger Him. In fact, He did not even boast about His virtues, and when He was called “Good Teacher”, He replied that there was just one Good Teacher, God the Father. II. COMMUNION

Regarding communion, the People of God must also have the same mind that was in Christ. It is necessary that we love each other, but love cannot flow in us if we do not love first the one who saved us. “He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him… If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him…” (John 14:21, 23-24).

The Word of God must not be questioned, but lived. The person who does not love the Lord has inside a tendency to rebellion, insubordination, protest, complaint, confrontation and quarrel. God has always sealed pacts with his people through the blood. In Exodus 24: 8, the people of Israel promised to obey the commandments of God, and after they made this promise Moses sprinkled them with blood. Likewise, Christ sealed the pact with His church through blood when He instituted the Holy Communion (Luke 22:20). When we are sprinkled with the blood of the Lamb, we make a pact of obedience and commitment of our

A humble and meek person is someone who serves God from the heart. Regardless of our professional or social position in this world, when we cross the atrium of the temple we all become needy souls of God. The Lord does not ask professions from His children, but humble and contrite hearts before His holy presence.

lives in the eyes of God. The love that a genuine Christian professes to God is unconditional and surpasses the love they have for anyone or anything. Christ told His disciples that if they did not love him more than they loved their own families, they were not worthy of Him. John 3:16, says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” The love that God had

for men was great and unconditional. God planned the redemption of man and ask the question: “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Christ answered: “Here I am, send me” (Isa. 6:8). As God the Father allowed Him to come to fulfill this redemptive mission on earth, Jesus Christ came to reconcile the world with God, and He was obedient in everything until death (Philippians 2: 8). Therefore, we should always remember that love and obedience are inseparable and must abide in Christians. III. VISION

What motivated Christ to perform the sacrifice on the cross of Calvary? Was it fame? Of course not, because everything Jesus came into contact with is famous and has become an object of worship, such as the stable in Bethlehem where He was born, the virgin who conceived Him, the cross where He died and the tomb where He was buried. This same vision must prevail in the body of Christ: the love for souls and the desire to obey the mandate that our Savior commanded us, i.e. to go all over the world and make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:19) u December 2014

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All Men Seek For Thee “And Simon and they that were with him followed after him. And when they had found him, they said unto him, All men seek for thee.”  Mark 1:36-37. Rev. Ramón Luis Aponte

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o person in the history of mankind has been sought as Jesus of Nazareth. He was sought by a king to kill him, by a governor to justify himself before Caesar and the Jews, by religious men to stop him, by Judas to betray him, by Satan to tempt him, by the mob to order his execution, by Joseph of Arimathea to bury him, by the angels to serve him, by grateful believers to follow and worship him, and by the heavenly armies to celebrate the triumph of his death and resurrection. Twenty centuries have passed and we still can say to Jesus: ALL MEN SEEK FOR THEE. And depending on the inten44 Impacto evangelistic

tion of those who seek for him, the search will result in a blessing or a misfortune. • Two Nobel Prizes in Literature awarded to Soviet writers, Pasternak in 1958 and Solzhenitsyn in 1971, are directly and indirectly about Christ. After so many years of official atheism, Russians still seek for him. • Politicians still seek for him as an excuse to hunt and conquer the crowds. Fidel Castro in Cuba began speaking about Christ in many of his speeches. • Traders still seek for him to negotiate through images of clay, gold, silver, wood and so on. • Atheists still seek for him to attack him, and some have be-

come famous for fighting Jesus. • Many centuries before his coming to the world, patriarchs sought for him among their firstborn as a shadow of indefinite blessing. • Prophets sought for him in their revelations and told about him in their preaching. One of them, Haggai, said about him: “I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come” (Haggai 2: 7). • The sick sought for him to be healed. • Demons sought for Him to confuse him. He was called Son of the Most High, and sometimes they remained silent to hide their identity. • The rich sought for him to ask him spiritual wealth. • The poor sought for him to make him King, knowing that he had multiplied the loaves and fish. • Mothers sought for him asking for mercy for their children. • Doctors of the law sought for him to compare the old laws with the law of love embodied in Jesus. • Children sought for him to be blessed by him. • John’s disciples sought for him to confirm if he was the one that was to come. An American journalist said that Jesus is in vogue, but vogues actually come and go, but we know that Jesus will remain. Lord all men seek for you, where are you? Yes, we know, you are close and inside the humble and contrite heart of those who seek with the simplicity of children or the tears of Mary, those who long for you so deeply that they get confused, those who following Your Word have experienced the new birth that is necessary to enter your kingdom. Amen u


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Lord and the work of God, he lost himself (2 Timothy 4:10). How sad it is to be removed from salvation and ministry for looking at things that are seen! Especially when we go through trials and sufferings, we have to be careful about what we are looking at, what we are offered through sight. Paul mentions us the list of the various facets of suffering he had to go through because of the work of God. He tells us that he was troubled on every side, persecuted, cast down, bearing about in the body the death of Christ, delivered to death (2 Corinthians 4: 8-11). Paul calls all these conditions a “light affliction” (2 Corinthians 4:17). Why? Because he was looking at things that are not seen. “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (He. 11:1).

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ne of the deepest conflicts of our human nature is what we see. We make decisions by what we see, we take positions by what we see, and we talk based on what we see. What we see becomes an undeniable element that shapes our thoughts and activates our intellectual, emotional and spiritual capabilities. The Word of God states that Christianity should not be moved by the things which are seen, but it urges us to look at what is not seen. This might seem impossible, as looking has to do with the visible, tangible, touchable, but our God calls us to look at what is not seen. Many have failed because of what they saw at a given time. Eva heard what Satan descri-

bed, then looked at the forbidden fruit as something pleasant to the eyes, and finally brought ruin to all mankind (Genesis 3). When Achan saw the Babylonian garment in Jericho and the wedge of gold, he was dazzled by that source of wealth and did not looked at the command of God that prohibited to take anything away from the city. Achan disobeyed God’s command, as what he saw made him think he was rich. He buried the anathema in the midst of his tent, but this ruined him and buried him with his family (Joshua 7). Such a sad end for a man who fought in Jericho! Demas, worker and collaborator of the Apostle Paul, began to look at this world and ended up loving the world more than he loved God. He walked away from the

When we start to look at what is not seen, we turn to faith, as Moses “endured, as seeing him who is invisible.” (Hebrews 11:27). Looking at things not seen means looking at that who is invisible, looking at the living and true God. Beloved brother, perhaps what you are seeing confuses you, saddens you, makes you suffer. What if you turn to see the invisible? As the servant of Elisha, you will begin to see things that are not seen, you will see that those who are with you outnumber those who are against you, you will see things that are hidden in Christ our Redeemer. God allows no grieve, no suffering to come into our lives without a purpose; God does not let his children go through any situation without thinking of giving an “eternal weight of glory” (2 Corinthians 4:17). Let God guide you in this process, let Him lead you by the hand, look at Him and see things not seen. God bless you u December 2014

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Work In Expansion

The Worldwide Missionary Movement is gaining ground in Europe day by day. Rev. David Echalar, Supervisor of Italy, is leading the important progress based on the constant work of a group of pastors.

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most important Spanishspeaking evangelical organization in the world. He started his speech testifying that the Church of Italy, led by him for over ten years now, is expanding more and more because the Word of the Almighty is being shared everywhere. In this regard, he revealed that the WMM has 70 temples located in major Italian cities. He explained how the WMM in Italy overcomes today to the language barriers that, as a bump in the road, prevent the effective communication of the good news. “All our sermons are translated into Italian, although many of our members are from Latin America, but we are working with a lot of faith. For now, we have a group of Italian brothers who have already begun preaching in their own language,” he said. Bolivian by birth, Pastor Echalar told how the WMM makes use of the media to

spread the Gospel nowadays. “We permanently use the means of communication that the Lord gave to His Work. In that sense, the Impacto Evangelistic magazine, founded by Rev. Luis M. Ortiz, is a key element in our search for new souls. We also have a network of virtual stations broadcasting programs of Bethel Radio and Bethel TV,” he said. GOOD NEWS

Likewise, the Supervision Assistant of the congregations in Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Romania, Israel and Italy, talked about the evangelizing task in the region covering 11 million square meters. With great joy, he said: “Steadily and under the leadership of Jesus Christ, the Worldwide Missionary Movement is gaining ground in Europe. Our presence is strong in major European nations. And our missionaries


NEWS are gradually conquering new points for the glory of God.” According to Pastor Echalar, who has been living in Italy for over sixteen years, the spreading of the Word in Europe is in full progress and the future of the Lord’s Work is favorable. “So many people from countries as diverse as Germany and Romania have become interested in Christianity and the Holy Scriptures through the missionary work of the WMM. Each passing day, it’s increasingly evident that in the Old Continent there is a huge need for God that goes beyond culture and language,” he added. Romania, which has the seventh largest population of the European Union with over 19 million inhabitants, played a special role in the analysis of Rev. Echalar. “The growth is surprising. On March 14, we opened a temple in the city of Timisoara, located in western Romania, and started our Christianizing work. From that moment on, we have achieved great victories,” he revealed. Rev. Echalar made a global count of the European block supervised by him and stressed the incursion of the WMM in Greece. Far from the Old Continent, in front of the Pacific Ocean, he said, “In Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland and Austria we have workers who are evangelizing permanently. Similarly, the work is present in Israel and we preach there through T-shirts with Christian messages in Hebrew. In the meantime, we are trying to enter Greece” u December 2014

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

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The faith in Christ Baptism in Colombia: New members of the Work joined with help of the National Supervisor. The presence of the Lord came to Bucaramanga.

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ñez, National Supervisor of Colombia and pastor of the church in Bucaramanga, during one of his last baptisms of 2014 held in the department of Santander.


The morning of November 17, many believers of our Work in this city, located in the valley of Río de Oro, attended the sacrament held in a well-known country precinct. All the aspirants of all ages and conditions wore an entirely white tunic and participated in

this public testimony of new birth. Under the relentless, typical heat of Bucaramanga, the Worldwide Missionary Movement held one of its last baptisms of the year, where fifteen brothers, men and women, descended into the waters to start a

new life in Christ. Among the attendees that gathered early in the morning were the leaders from the local and regional church, as well as Rev. Samuel Mejía Ibáñez. He gave one of his last teachings before a great number of brothers that not only

witnessed the event, but also harmonized the atmosphere with different hymns and praises related to communion and faith. After exhorting and giving pastoral advice, Rev. Mejía preached a short but convincing message of the World of the Lord, where he highlighted the importance of this sacrament in a believer’s life and the ruling need of paying attention to the details of the faith in Christ. Once in front of the pool, the 15 brothers raised their vows before the congregation and were immersed one by one under the water in the irreplaceable name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, who sealed this sacrament with their blessing u December 2014

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The Land Whereon Your Feet Have Trodden Shall Be Yours The 8th National Convention of the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Uruguay was attended by an important group of international preachers.

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followed the Lord my God.” On the first day of the 8th National Convention of the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Uruguay, Rev. Humberto Henao, International Offi-


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cer of the Work, shared a message of the Word of God based on Joshua 14: 6-12, and quoted what Moses swore to Joshua. From November 6 to November 9, the facilities of the central temple of the WMM in Uruguay were filled with brothers from different parts of the country. Likewise, the event was attended by leading figures of the Work, such as Rev. Gerardo MartĂ­nez, Missionary Supervisor in South America and Chile, Rev. Ismael Parrado, Supervisor in Argentina, and Pas-

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g tor Eliezer Navas from Colombia. On the second day, hundreds of young people, women and children sang several praise songs and, afterwards Pastor Navas preached a message entitled “The Benefits Of Seeking God,” based on Psalm 34:10. At night, the audience got thrilled with the participation of Rev. Parrado who ministered the Word of God based on 2 Samuel 10. On Saturday, Sister Maritza de Martínez, wife of Rev. Gerardo Martínez, preached about “The Danger Of Doing What We Want.” In the afternoon, all delegations went over the main avenues of the Uruguayan capital to preach the Word. A couple of hours later, Pas52 Impacto evangelistic

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he event was attended by several delegations from the cities of Artigas, Canelones, San José, Cerro Largo, Durazno, Cologne, among others, and by international representatives of Argentina, Brazil and Peru.

tor Martínez shared the Word of God through a message entitled: “The importance of being possessed by a vision of God.” On the last day, a missionary service was offered where many flags from several countries went over the main

precinct of the Work in Uruguay. After this celebration, the ceremony of Workers Promotion was held. At the end of the event, Rev. Humberto Henao told the story of the Prophet Jonah, with a message entitled: “The need, the instrument and the resources” u


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Glory, honor and worship Evangelistic Campaign of the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Mexico. The village of Xochicuautla experienced moments of devotion and faith for three days.

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n the village of Xochicuautla, located in the Mexican town of Lerma, the Worldwide Missionary Movement of Mexico held from November 6 to November 8 an evangelistic campaign to share the good news. This Christianizing mission was attended by Pastor Abner E. Garavito, from the Republic of Guatemala, and by Rev. Alejandro Roblero González, National Supervisor of the Work of God in Mexico.

On the first night of campaign, Pastor Roblero talked about the theme: “Jehovah is a jealous God,” based on Zechariah 8:1. The preacher stressed that “we must serve and worship only the Almighty. Maybe people think we’re crazy, but we believe in a true God who deserves all the glory, honor and worship.” At the end of the message, the call to the altar was made and several people came up to give their lives to Christ.

Then, on the second night, the servant of God Abner Garavito, shared the Word of God. His message, entitled “I chose you,” analyzed the biblical passage of Jeremiah 1:5. Garavito stressed the fact that the Lord has always had a purpose for our lives and highlighted that the Lord has not called us to a simple animal life cycle. Furthermore, the pastor added that “Jesus Christ came to leave a legacy for future generations and leave a positive

mark for humanity.” On the final day of campaign, Rev. Alejandro Roblero shared the Gospel of Matthew 8:1-2. In his message, he claimed that, “even if we had a good family, when sin comes, everything becomes contaminated. Our home is destroyed as it lacks peace, joy, and especially, presence of God. However, if we tell the Almighty to cleanse us, He has the power to do so, to forgive all our sins and change our hearts” u December 2014

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Two decades in Buenos Aires Celebration of the first 20 years of the church of the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Buenos Aires, Argentina. A day in which the work of its founders was recognized.

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who were used by God to preach His Word. Several pastors of the Work on duty in the capital of Argentina also attended the event. During the commemoration ceremonies, those brothers who started this Work of the Lord twenty years ago were recogni-

zed. In a very emotional moment, they remembered that the Church in Buenos Aires started in a small room with only thirty chairs. During the four days of the event, the temple located in the metropolitan area of Buenos Aires was crowded by many

believers coming from different parts of the capital of Argentina. The ceremony was also attended by eight of the twelve workers who started this congregation and who are currently working in different areas of the Argentinian territory. Both Pastor Centeno and the evangelist Álvarez, with over forty years in the ministry, expressed their satisfaction with the trajectory of the Lord’s church in Buenos Aires. They also shared the Word of God throughout the four days of joy spent by the first church of the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Argentina u


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thens, capital of Greece, was the scenario of an evangelistic campaign held from November 11 to November 12. To this place, with more than three thousand years of history, came the Rev. David Echalar, Supervisor of Italy and Supervision Assistant of Europe (Block B) of the Worldwide Missionary Movement, who was in charge of leading the event which served to bring the Word of God to this nation located between Europe, Asia and Africa. Echalar, supported by Pastor Leonel Cedeño, who leads the church of the WMM in Bergamo, shared the good news with a people longing for Christianity. In this regard, the missionary, who had recently arrived from Lima where he participated in the Family Convention of the WMM in Peru, claimed that the Work of the Lord would soon open a temple in Greece to congregate the evangelical community. During the cam- Evangelistic campaign in Greece. The Word of the Lord goes over Europe. The paign, Sister Claudia Te- WMM will open soon a temple in the cradle of Greek culture, Athens. jerina, from the church of Bergamo, explained to the attendees about and Corinth. God, in the evangelizing work his infinite mercy, opethat the WMM has been ned for us another door doing in Greece for four to bring His message of years. On this particular peace and hope. Besides, point, Tejerina added through the coordination that: “In 2010, we came of a Peruvian brother, we with Pastor Cedeño to have managed to make a Greece for the first time first service in which five and we preached the people of Greek origin Word in Athens, Piraeus participated” u

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In The Bay Of Resurrection

Mauritius celebrated two decades of the presence of the Worldwide Missionary Movement by holding a convention. The occasion was also used to visit the church of Madagascar, where the Work is also present.

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morate on October 21 the evangelizing work done by the Worldwide Missionary Movement in this part of the world. After an exhausting journey of over 23 hours from Miami, Pastor Ortega arrived at Port Louis, capital of Mauritius, where he joined Rev. Broveen Narsoo, responsible for the church of the WMM in the city of Curepipe, located twenty kilometers from Port Louis, and together they began the activities organized for this significant date. On October 22, in the morning, Rev. Ortega led a worship in the temple of the city of Baie du


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Tombeau, in northwest Mauritius, which allowed the power of God to be present in this coastal area known as “Bay of the Tomb” because of its dangerous waters. The presence of the Almighty was such that, by the end of the day, the city was renamed “Bay of Resurrection Bay.” The following day, the Convention in Mauritius took place and became an unforgettable spiritual celebration from beginning to end. Under the theme “The Path to Devotion,” the people of the Lord received the good news for four days and strengthened their

union with the Almighty. On the morning of October 26, the event where Jesus-Christ edified His followers came to an end. As soon as the activity in Mauritius ended, Rev. Alberto Ortega traveled to Madagascar, located off the southeastern coast of Africa, where he continued his missionary work. There, on the largest island in Africa where the shadow of Ebola is still present, Pastor Ortega, accompanied by Rev. Narsoo, served for three intense days in which the fruits of the work of the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Madagascar were confirmed u December 2014

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For With God Nothing Is Impossible Thousands of believers gathered in Lima to enjoy the Family Convention held by the WMM in Peru from November 4 to 9. The event was also an occasion to introduce a series of conferences on creationism.

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lled Family Convention “For with God nothing is impossible,” allowed thousands of followers of the Lord to witness His power and receive the good news of God’s work for six consecutive days. On the opening day of

the Family Convention of the WMM in Peru, Rev. Gustavo Martinez, International President of the Movement, offered a dissertation titled: “Crisis occurs when the altar is ruined in the family.” In that speech, which was

based on 1 Kings 18:30, Pastor Martinez addressed the non-believers and told them: “I do not know what your situation is. Maybe you are on the verge of family destruction, at death’s door, burdened by economic problems or prisoner of vices. I do not know. I just know that the solution is in God, for with Him nothing is impossible.” Since the opening, countless believers from all over the Andean country took part in the various services offered in this Christian activity. International officers as

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g Rev. Gustavo Martínez, President of the Work of God, Rev. Rodolfo Gonzalez, International Treasurer, and Rev. Margaro Figueroa, International Officer, were responsible for conveying the message of the Almighty to His people. From the Old Continent, Rev. David Echalar, Supervisor of Europe’s Block B, arrived to the capital of Peru to participate in the Family Convention of the Work. In addition, Rev. Luis M. Bocanegra, International Officer and National Supervisor of Peru, together with Rev. Eugenio Masías, National Supervisor of Ecuador, shared edifying messages with the families. One of the culminating points of the event took place during the National Fellowship of Workers, held from November 5 to 6, where hundreds of followers of our Savior gathered at the Central Temple of the WMM in Peru to praise and hear the message of the Lord, given by Sister Carmen Valencia. Then, on November 7, in the Ministerial Conference of Workers, Rev. Martinez shared the word of Jesus Christ. In the last service of the Family Fellowship “For with God Nothing Is Impossible,” the attendees gleefully participated in praises, spiritual songs and testimonies of change and transformation u 60 Impacto evangelistic

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n parallel with the daily activities of the Family Convention, the National Conference on Creationism was held from November5 to 9 under the title “Evolution: A Theory in Crisis,” which aroused the interest of believers and the general public. Students from different

universities of Lima, pastors and youth gathered in the auditoriums of telematics and law and the Stadium of the National University of San Marcos to listen to international speakers. The conference gathered in Lima award-winning scientists from the United States,

England and Trinidad and Tobago, among whom were John Whitmore, Ph D.; Dr. Andy MacIntosh; lecturer Joseph Owen; Dr. Steve Hamy and Dr. Alan White. Among the topics discussed were DNA, Genesis, the Human Body, God and Christian faith.


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The missionary flame The Work of God held its 18th National Convention of the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Chile. Delegations from Colombia, Argentina, Uruguay and Peru attended the event.

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rom October 30 to November 2, the 18th National Convention of the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Chile was held at the Municipal Sports Hall of San Joaquín, located in the city of Santiago. The activity was attended by delegations from Colombia, Argentina, Uruguay and Peru.

On the first day, Rev. Alfonso Martínez, Supervisor in Uruguay, testified about the progress of the Work of God in this nation. Likewise, Pastor Rodolfo González Cruz, Treasurer of the WMM Board of Officers and President of the Work in Peru, preached the Word of God based on 1 Corinthians 6:1-11. In his speech, Pastor González

encouraged the attendees to accept the salvation of Jesus Christ and claimed emphatically: “Or do you not know that the saints shall judge the world?” On the second day, González Cruz made a prayer for the National Supervisor in Chile, Rev. Gerardo Martínez Garavito, and his wife, Sister Maritza Montoya, and for the 26-year ma-

rriage of these servants of the Lord. In the exposition of the Word, Rev. Gustavo Martínez Garavito, President of the International Board of Officers of the WMM, shared a message based on 1 Kings 18:41- 46. During the closure of the 18th National Convention in Chile, Rev. Alfonso Martínez, National Supervisor in Uruguay, shared the creed of the Lord through a message entitled “Do not let the missionary flame burn out.” His sermon, inspired by Malachi 3:16, served to remind the people of the Lord not to lose the love for the missionary work u December 2014

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Truth and Change The WMM in Haiti held its 19th National Convention in Port au Prince. Moments of love and surrender to the Lord were experienced for three days with the blessing of international officers.

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the personalities of the WMM Board of Officers who arrived to the Antilles were Rev. Gustavo Martinez, International President of the Movement; Rev. José Arturo Soto, International Vice

President of the Work of the Lord; and Rev. Rodolfo González, Treasurer of the WMM, who arrived with his wife, missionary Rita Vasquez. The 19th National Convention of the WMM

in Haiti, held in Carrefour, one of the main districts of the city of Port au Prince, was conducted by the local organization led by God’s ministers Jean Joseph Préval, National Supervisor, Lemet Zephyr, Gedeyon Boutin and Sister Dany N. Pierre. It should be noted that the Movement in Haiti is established in six of the ten departments of the island and there are thirteen churches across the departments of Nord-Ouest,


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Artibonite, Centre, SudEst and Sud. On the opening night, Rev. Rodolfo Gonzalez preached the Word of the Almighty and in his message he addressed the non-converts and said, “Know the truth today and you will see the change.” The next day, evangelization was carried out by Pastors Soto and Martinez who, with their words of faith, made an impact on the large crowd in the premises of the

Evangelical Baptist Mission of South Haiti. Thus, the attendees received the blessing of hearing interventions anointed by the Holy Spirit. On the third day, Sister Rita Vazquez de Gonzalez preached the good news to all women of

the organization. On the same day, the Meeting of Pastors chaired by the International Board took place. Each one of the members of the Board expressed their love and affection for the Work in Haiti and their willingness to encourage it with

projects that will result in the growth and strength of this work. It was a very blessed meeting where the brotherly love of the National Board, pastors and collaborators could be felt. The service of Workers Promotion took place on the last day of activities; new lay workers joined the organization and lay preachers were promoted to licensed preachers. In addition, Rev. Soto shared the Savior’s message entitled, “The Holy Spirit, the Executive of the Trinity”, and this preaching by the Vice President of WMM took root in the attendees. At the end, Rev. Alberto Ortega, Missionary Supervisor of the Work, preached on a theme called “Conviction, key element to build the Kingdom of God” u December 2014

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Other Events BRASIL RETREAT OF PASTORS IN MANAUS

A Fellowship Retreat for pastors, leaders and workers of the WMM was held last September 4 to 6 in the city of Manaus, Brazil. The retreat began with a lovely time devoted to prayer, worship to the Lord and fasting. During the event, four teaching workshops about the ministry process and training were conducted. One of the lessons was given by Rev. Henry Ramos Escobar, National Supervisor, under the theme: “Responsibility of a minister,” emphasizing the responsibility and care every worker should have in these delicate and dangerous times we live in. The second lesson was given by Pastor Miguel Flores under the theme: “The character of a Leader;” a message prompting the audience to reflect on the ethical position a worker must have in the working field. The third lesson was given by Pastor Ozemilton Cardoso, who addressed the theme: “Four stages in the life of a worker.” Finally, Pastor Jose Luis Ramires shared the Word on the theme: “How to keep the balance between ministry and family.”

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EQUATORIAL GUINEA

UNITED STATES

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CONVENTION IN AFRICA

BAPTISM IN NEW YORK

On August 16, the Lord allowed a beautiful group of over 50 brothers from Zone 6 – which belongs to the states of New York and Pennsylvania – to descend into the water of baptism. The candidates came from the churches of Manhattan, Washington Heights, The Bronx, Albany, Newburgh, Yonkers, Spring Valley, Harvest Straw, Mount Carmel, Mount Kisco, Dover Plains, Queens, Brooklyn, Long Island, Allentown and Lebanon (Pennsylvania State). This activity was held in the city of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and was chaired by Rev. B. Green, Presbyter of the Work of the WMM in New York and Pennsylvania and pastor of the Evangelistic Pentecostal Center of the WMM in Queens and Brooklyn, New York. Besides the Presbyterian from Zone 6, Pastor Tomas Green from the Church of Long Island (NY) and Pastor Ivan Coneo from the Church of Yonkers (NY) and the workers of the Lord who attended the baptized sisters were also officiating that baptismal act.

CELEBRATION OF THE MISSION DAY

The Work of the Worldwide Missionary Movement held its 19th Convention in Africa, from August 27 to 30 in the Central Temple of the Work in Malabo, capital of Equatorial Guinea. The event was attended by brothers from all the churches of Equatorial Guinea as well as the churches in Congo, Ghana, Gabon and Ivory Coast. Rev. Jorge Alvarez and Rev. Luis Ayala, National Supervisor of the WMM in Puerto Rico, were responsible for the ministry of the Word of God. The convention was broadcast on radio and internet, impacting brothers and people in different countries.

The Work of the WMM in Puerto Rico, supervised by Rev. Luis Ayala Girado, held a blessed activity to celebrate the Mission Day on Saturday, September 27 in the central facilities in Trujillo Alto, using the theme God gave to president of the mission, “Lift up your eyes and look on the fields.” Since very early, a group of brothers arrived at the temple to pray and plead. Later on, once the service started, a missionary devotional was held. Then each Zone presented historical and statistical data of the Work in all continents. At the end, there was a beautiful parade of brothers representing all countries where the Work is present. Likewise, a special offering was raised, which will be entirely dedicated to the Missionary Work. Rev. Margaro Figueroa, International Director, gave words of greeting. The message of the Word of God was given by Rev. Rubén Concepción, International Secretary, who preached on “The Mission of the Ministry,” based on Matthew 28: 19-20. He mentioned the importance of being defined by what we do so as not to fall into ritualism and formalism.


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Environmental Responsibility

pieces of rubbish that are likely to still be around long after your own body has decomposed; we’re all leaving behind ourselves a rubbish legacy,” they said. The creators of the project also remind that “proliferated by advertising, our urge to consume is driven by status and desirability.” To encourage awareness, the English creators designed a series of posters showing the shoes they created. “Whether in a landfill or washed up on a shoreline, everything that we buy will inevitably end up as rubbish. We made these shoes completely out of rubbish,” they spread in several media.

Three young people created the first pair of shoes made entirely from recycled rubbish in the coast of England. Their initiative seeks to raise awareness by linking consumerism to the large amounts of waste we produce polluting the planet.

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lastic was introduced as a revolutionary invention that was to change our daily lives. Today, according to a study conducted by a group of researchers from the University of Cadiz, 88% of the ocean surface contains debris of this material most objects are made of. Besides affecting marine life, toxic waste is eaten by fish, thus entering the food chain. Therefore, we consume and incorporate them into our body. To raise awareness of this issue, Charles Duffy, William Gubbins and Billy Turvey created Everything you buy is rubbish.

They went across the west and south coast of England, collected from the Thames river some plastic debris scattered throughout the coast, and created the first pair of shoes made of 100% rubbish. The project is also a wake-up call to today’s society consumerism and its environmental impact. In this regard, the shoes become an example, since footwear used to be a craft object made to be hardwearing and designed to be repairable. Today, shoes are made to be discarded at the first signs of wear. “After you’ve finished with them they’re just another two

One poster declares that the same plastics developed during our grandparents’ time will likely outlive our grandchildren. Some slogans with Nike’s swoosh go “100 percent rubbish”, “Just realize it”, and “You did it”. “Roughly 8 million pieces of marine litter enter the seas and oceans every day. This footwear is 100% rubbish from shores”, they reflected. “We made these shoes out of 100% rubbish found on UK shores. And we could made a whole lot more,” they stressed. Their campaign is receiving global acclamation u December 2014

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