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An age-old evil that still has no answer
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Determined to Grow Rev. Gustavo Martínez International President of the WMM
“But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king's meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself. Now God had brought Daniel into favour and tender love with the prince of the eunuchs...” Daniel 1:8-9.
mid adverse conditions, Daniel remained firm. Daniel saw as his city was conquered, the Temple was destroyed and burned, and the elements of worship and utensils were taken. The scene was terrible. Daniel and his three friends were taken captive to Babylon where they tried to change their identity and culture, forcing them into things they did not want to do. Anyone else whose faith was not in God would have become skeptical under these circumstances. Daniel had an irreproachable conduct, he had been indoctrinated by the Law, he worshiped the true God, and he did not prostrate before idols or men. He was wise, intelligent and competent in administrative tasks. Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, had a “futuristic” vision that would allow his government to be strong. “And the king spake unto Ashpenaz the master of his eunuchs, that he should bring certain of the children of Israel, and of the king’s seed, and of the princes; Children in whom was no blemish, but well favoured, and skilful in all wisdom, and cunning in knowledge, and understanding science, and such as had ability in them to stand in the king’s palace, and whom they might teach the learning and the tongue of the Chaldeans” (Daniel 1:3-4).
Three years was the deadline established by Nebuchadnezzar for these young men to be instructed in the literature and language of the Chaldeans. However, in the midst of pagan society, Daniel set a goal: he was determined to grow in spiritual life. And growth comes from the solid and unshakable determination in us. Although his name was changed, another culture was instilled in him and a strange religion and a certain lifestyle were imposed on him, Daniel never gave in, but he remained faithful. Because in time of crisis, he revealed who he was and whom he loved. Daniel decided not to grow apart, become corrupted, go stray from the path of God or be carried away by foreign influence. To serve God, you cannot be “doubleminded,” you cannot serve two masters. The Lord is the only one you have to report to. He is looking for strong, healthy men who are dead to the world and crucified with Christ, who abhor greed. God wants faithful people, men and women of doctrine identified with His Word. Beloved, make today the decision to honor Him above yourself and your family. Come back to the life of faithfulness, prayer and consecration. Amen l May 2015 / Impacto evangelistic
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sumMarY 6. Cover. Poverty in the world. 14. Infography. effects of poverty. 16. International. The Foretold Tragedy in Nepal. 20. Wellness. The threat of traffic accidents. 22. Reality. When Scientists Say About God. 24. Literature. The Unshakable Truth. 28. Music. Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing. 30. History. The Azusa Street Revival. 34. Biographies. Rufino left the weapons to become a true warrior. 40. Devotional. The Clock of God Will Soon Strike the Hour.
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60. Evento. SPAIN: Resist and You Will See His Glory.
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42. Devotional. Remember What You Have Received. 44. Devotional. Jochebed, a Mother for Crisis.
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THE WORLD Poverty represents a serious social problem which has first-order ethical, economic and political implications. A large number of the population is affected by a marked situation of unemployment, abandonment, hunger, malnutrition and marginalization.
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The writings of the antiquity reflect how food shortage and hunger were something common and chronic. As reflected in the Bible, in many of its passages, poverty is part of human history, it has always been considered as a regular situation in the life of man.
Since the human beings existed, all of their effort and time have been dedicated to getting food, clothes and a shelter to live in, and only recently, just one hundred or two hundred years ago and in some countries at first, a part of the population began to come out from extreme poverty and misery in which the human has been through for over 10 thousand years. The writings of the antiquity reflect how food shortage and hunger were something common and chronic. As reflected in the Bible, in many of its passages, poverty is part of human history, it has always been considered as a regular situation in the life of man. In this long journey there have been two decisive events. The first one was when man learned to cultivate the land and tame animals, going from hunter and gatherer to farmer and cattle raiser. This way a huge step was taken towards the objective of producing food and other goods that would ensure subsistence. Labor productivity of the new agrarian societies grew incredibly, the first urban concentrations were created and world population grew significantly. But despite this progress, the whole society, except a few people, continued to live below subsistence level. The indicator that best summarizes this situation is the low life expectancy that mankind has suffered for 98 % of its history. In all agricultural societies that have existed for the last 5000 years, mortality rates sometimes reached to 300 and even at 500 per thousand and these periods tended not to coincide with war but with epidemics and plagues. This chronic misery of humanity diminished to some degree with the arrival of the second big event of the economic history of man, the Industrial Revolution which, in two centuries, created way more wealth than in the rest of the human history. However, this new system is still the most criticized. In large part, poverty is not exclusive to contemporary times. Social exclusion and discrimination were developed since antiquity. As for instance, both Greeks and Romans had social structures with a marked inequality. Undoubtedly, the most significant pheContinue reading––
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Undoubtedly, the most significant phenomenon of poverty and exclusion in ancient times was slavery. In this mode of production, work was considered ignoble because it was intended only for slaves.
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nomenon of poverty and exclusion in ancient times was slavery. In this mode of production, work was considered ignoble because it was intended only for slaves. In the Middle Ages, poverty continued existing worldwide. In Europe, most people lived in extreme poverty: with the minimal resources to survive and with death as an everyday reality. In the X century, 25 % of children died before turning five years old and another 25 % died before puberty. The peasants’ life, that is to say the majority of the European population, was extremely austere. They would use very few tools of iron for work, as the majority of their tools were made of wood. The peasants would dig the soil with plows provided with a plowshare made of fire-hardened wood. The production of the soil was very poor. Food was scarce: consisting of herbs, grains and a little hunting, and a loaf of bread to be treasured. Workers were crushed by the huge weight of a small sector of
exploiters —warriors and ecclesiastics— who kept almost all the agricultural production. The possibility of suffering of famine was common, due to the bad harvest, which sometimes accumulated and meant two or three years of bad feeding. Poor people from the Middle Ages feared hunger above all.
The current world Nowadays the world, in the material aspect, is divided into two main groups. The first is composed of countries that possess the lowest Social Exclusion index. It is concentrated in Europe and includes Japan, the United States and Canada, countries of later industrialization. They are, therefore, the 28 countries with the lowest index of social exclusion. These 28 countries represent 14.4 % of the world population and share 52.1% of the global revenue that is generated annually. In the second place come the countries with an elevated social exclusion. They are
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countries with the lowest index of social exclusion. These 28 countries represent 14.4 % of the world population and share 52.1% of the global revenue that is generated annually.
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60 countries that constitute 35.5 % of the world population and share 11.1 % of the revenue produced in the world. Of these 60 countries, 44 are in Africa and in Oceania, partitioned territorially in the 19th century by the Europeans pursuing their interests. There are 10 countries in Asia that were submitted to different forms of formal and informal occupation, 6 countries in Latin America, where political dependency, during the 19th century, did not always mean a real economic, financial and political autonomy. It is necessary to underline that 80% of the African population live in countries placed in the extreme zone of social ex-
clusion, compared to 37% in Asia, 19% in Oceania and 7% in Latin America.
Causes of poverty To talk about poverty is to talk about social exclusion. Poverty threatens human rights and puts the great number of people affected in a situation of constant social unease so that social stability in many countries is seriously compromised. Poverty is a reflection of the great inequality in diverse parts of the world which compromises the integration processes and prevents the desirable conditions for achieving the development from happening. There are many causes for poverty. One
verty. A lot of people, due to armed clashes have to abandon their homes and live as refugees elsewhere, sometimes in a different country where they do not have the protection that legal citizens have. Some of them live in overcrowded homes of relatives all packed together. Others move to stables, places for animal without the necessary hygiene conditions. Apparently, these issues aggravate and deepen poverty.
of them is the great population growth. According to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), 80 million babies are born every year, suggesting that soon there will be big housing problems. In fact, the cities around the world are overpopulated, so it is expected that by 2050 the situation will get worse. Natural disasters are another cause. Such is the case of Haiti. Or maybe the heavy rains and floods that destroy the few properties that people have. Earthquakes, landslides among other disasters cause great pain to the poor and marginal populations. Finally, political conflicts worsen po-
What the Bible says The Bible references to the poor do not talk only about material poverty, but also spiritual. Scriptures establish a clear dichotomy between the materially poor and the spiritually poor. Both categories can coincide, but it is not always like this. There is no reference to the moral superiority of the poor or a preferential option for them. Santiago’s letter suggests that alongside material poverty, which characterized a number of people who integrated primitive Christianity in Jerusalem, there was another type of poverty that could be fit within more spiritual terms and that, perhaps, could be better translated as “humility.” César Vidal Manzanares ensures that the vision that Bible presents of poverty is, as the rest of its content, clearly realistic. It does not say that we will witness the end of poverty but, on the contrary, it says that the poor will always be with us (Matthew 26:11.) The Bible also expresses that poverty can be a direct punishment of God for the wickedness of a society (Amos 4:6-7) or a fruit of laziness (Proverbs 6:6; 13:4; 21:25.) As in the case of other calamities, however, Scriptures do not contemplate them as fatalism or passivity, but as a situation we must deal with the intention of solving them. Actually, the extinction of poverty, illness and death will only take place in a comprehensive way with the final establishment of the Kingdom. In other words, the existence of poverty, derived from human sin like the many misfortunes that afflict us, is one of the marks that will accompany the mankind’s future until the end of the time l
In other words, the existence of poverty, derived from human sin like the many misfortunes that afflict us, is one of the marks that will accompany the mankind’s future until the end of the time.
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EFFECTS OF POVERTY One in five people in the world lives in poverty, according to the Human Development Report 2014 of the United Nations Program for Development (UNDP). According to the agency, 1.5 billion people lack access to sanitation, clean water, electricity, basic education or health systems, thus dealing with economic hardships incompatible with a decent life. The figure is higher than the extreme poverty total given by the UN based only on income (living on less than two dollars a day), according to which there are 1.2 billion poor people in the world. However, it is half the 1990 rate, but the
UNDP warns: “Although poverty is declining overall, almost 800 million people are at risk of falling back into poverty if setbacks occur.” The key to this not happening, it says, is that States commit to provide basic social services and achieve full employment because, “by
addressing vulnerabilities, all people may share in development progress, and human development will become increasingly equitable and sustainable.”
Recession hits extremely hard young people aged 15 to 24 not studying or working.
Area where the poorest countries are found.
billion people are poor or
Impact of poverty on children
Changes in diet
No extra-curricular activities
Difficulty acquiring school supplies
Poorer performance at school
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Humiliation before friends and classmates
1200 billion people live on 1.25 dollars or less a day.
18 countries has significantly reduced poverty: Australia, Poland and Slovakia have reduced their poverty rate by 30%
people are at risk of falling back into poverty if setbacks occur.
million people in 88 developing countries live in poverty and poor health, education and life conditions.
2 600 000
children live in poverty in rich countries.
The 10 poorest countries in the world are in Africa.
1 500 billion
1- Niger 2- Ethiopia 3- Mali 4- Burkina Faso 5- Burundi 6- Somalia 7- Central African Republic 8- Liberia 9- Guinea 10- Sierra Leone
children live below the poverty line. This is roughly equivalent to the total population of Venezuela, Argentina and Puerto Rico together.
people live in countries in conflict.
In 2012 in the United States, 24.2 million children lived in poverty, a net increase of 1.7 million since 2008.
23 of the 41 countries analyzed have increased child poverty since 2008.
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The Foretold Tragedy in
The 7.8-magnitude earthquake, that claimed over four thousand dead in Nepal and victims in Bangladesh, India, Tibet and Mount Everest, took the world by surprise. It has been 80 years since the earth last trembled like that way in the area, specifically since 1934, when an earthquake devastated a quarter of Kathmandu, the capital, killing 17 000 people. However, the earthquake on April 25 followed the pattern of a couple huge earthquakes occurred more than 700 years ago and, according to geologists, it is the result of the domino effect caused by the tension transferred along the fault. The New York Times has published an article that explains the reasons that caused the earthquake in this area and reminds us that this is not the first time nor will it be the last. It all began thousands of years ago, when India was a large island moving across the ocean. But India was not wandering aimlessly, but heading to Asia and indeed there has it arrived. This brutal collision between India and Asia generated huge mountains, such as the Himalayas, and most importantly, it created two huge landmasses that still collide until today. For this reason, brutal earthquakes have been registered throughout history along the Himalayan zone. In fact, an 8.1-magnitude earthquake in 1934 claimed over 10 thousand lives and its epicenter was located in eastern Nepal. Geohazards International, a non-profit organization that promotes projects to reduce the impact of natural disasters on MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 16 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
poor countries, had already warned that the Kathmandu Valley is the scenario of massive earthquakes approximately every 75 years. “With an annual population growth rate of 6.5 percent and one of the highest urban densities in the world, the 1.5 million people living in the Kathmandu Valley were clearly facing a serious and growing earthquake risk,” said the organization said in a report on April 12. “This earthquake corresponds exactly to the expected scenario for the collapse of the Indian plate under the Asian plate,” said, for his part, Ben van der Pluijm, Professor of Environment at the University of Michigan, in a press release. The epicenter of this earthquake took
It all began thousands of years ago, when India was a large island moving across the ocean. But India was not wandering aimlessly, but heading to Asia and indeed there has it arrived. This brutal collision between India and Asia generated huge mountains, such as the Himalayas.
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Miracle of life. 22 hours after the earthquake a 4-month old baby is rescued from rubble. In the middle of so much pain, it was time for giving thanks for this miracle of life
place in northwestern Kathmandu, one of the areas with the highest tectonic activity on Earth: the front of tectonic deformation of the Himalayas. After the Ring of Fire, this is the second most seismically active region in the world, with 17% of the world’s largest earthquakes and 5-6% of earthquakes. The Alpine-Himalayan Belt is mountain range that extends along the southern margin of Eurasia, from Java to Sumatra, through the Himalayas and the Mediterranean to the Atlantic. It includes the Alps, the Carpathians, the mountains of Asia Minor and Iran, the Hindu Kush, the Himalayas and the mountains in Southeast Asia. Helen Clark, Administrator of the United Nations Development Program, emphasized that Nepal has worked “hard” to reduce its exposure to disasters, but “it is a low-development country with limited resources.” Paradoxically, last month a UN conference on disaster risk reduction was held in Sendai (Japan), capital of one most affected regions by the earthquake and subsequent tsunami that hit in March 2011 the Japanese coast. At this conference, Nepali Foreign Minister, Mahendra Bahadur Pandey, warned almost as a premonition that “Nepal remain one of the most vulnerable countries in the
world to disasters… It is also estimated that the human loss in the Kathmandu Valley alone should there be a major seismic event will be catastrophic.” The earthquake has shown the lack of personnel and means of health care services in Nepal, which collapsed by the large number of wounded that the earthquake has claimed. The country of 28 million has only 2.1 physicians and 50 hospital beds for every 10 000 people, according to a 2011 World Health Organization report l May 2015 / Impacto evangelistic
The threat of traffic
Over 200 thousand people are killed and about 50 million people are hurt or disabled by traffic accidents every year. 90% of fatalities occur in low- and middle-income countries. A sad reality. Walter Menchola Vásquez (*)
About half of those dying on the roads are vulnerable road users: pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Traffic accidents may lead to poverty MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 20 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
in households, as they bring about longterm consequences such as medical care and rehabilitation costs, funeral expenses and loss of breadwinners. Likewise, these events put pressure on health systems,
How to reduce traffic accidents? Road accidents can be prevented by: 1. Properly planning transport and roads, including pedestrian areas, by placing sound signs and streetlights. 2. Establishing and enforcing appropriate road speed limits. 3. Demanding all vehicle occupants to use seat belts or safety seats in case of children. 4. Demanding the use of helmets for two-wheeler users. 5. Establishing alcohol concentration limits for drivers, and performing breath tests at checkpoints. Severe penalties on those who fail. 6. Demanding two-wheeler drivers to turn on lights during the day, and evaluating its applicability for four-wheelers. 7. Requiring that vehicles are designed to protect occupants in collisions, and extending this idea to the fronts of motor vehicles, for the safety of pedestrians and cyclists. 8. Requiring that road projects are subjected to independent traffic safety audits. 9. Managing the existing road infrastructure to promote safety for users, considering traffic calming measures, and modifying the roadside to cushion crashes. 10. Establishing aid chains to traffic accident victims, from the crash scene to the health facility. For example, drivers of company cars, which are the first responders to the crash scene, must receive training in first aid, and health professionals must be trained in trauma care. 11. Improving law enforcement programs through information campaigns and public education. For example, campaigns on the dangers of speeding or driving under the influence of alcohol, and the social and legal consequences of these actions. 12. Collecting data on road accidents and their victims.
many of which do not have sufficient or adequate resources. The Global Burden of Disease Study conducted by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington (2010) ranks traffic accidents as the worldâ€™s eighth leading cause of death. Nearly half (46%) of victims worldwide are users of the road system (pedestrians, cyclists, etc.), whose risks are increased when their needs are not considered in the planning of roads. In many countries, roads are built taking into account car needs only and paying no attention to the needs of users, who are more vulnerable and face risks when using them. Car speed is the major risk factor; less than 10% of countries with low or middle incomes can effectively control speed limits.
There are five measures that have been proven highly effective in reducing traffic accidents: 1) severe punishments for those driving under the influence of alcohol (0.05 g/dl or less of blood alcohol concentration), 2) compliance of speed limits, on which the construction of safer roads has a great influence, 3) use of helmets for drivers of smaller vehicles (bicycles, motorcycles), 4) use of safety belts for all passengers, and 5) safety systems for children. 62% of reported fatalities from traffic accidents occur in 10 countries: India, China, US, Russia, Brazil, Iran, Mexico, Indonesia, South Africa and Egypt, which represent 56% of the world population. The top 10 countries with lower rates of traffic accident fatalities are almost all high-income countries: Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden and the United Kingdom l
(*) Internist, Master in Public Policy and Management.
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When Scientists Say
Copernicus, Newton, Ampere, Alva Edison, Darwin, Edison, Gauss, Einstein… Authoritative figures in science talk about God and His immense wisdom.
• Johannes Kepler (1571-1630), astronomer: “Great is our Lord, and great is His excellence and there is no count of His wisdom. Praise Him, heavens; praise Him, Sun, Moon, and Planets, with whatever sense you use to perceive, whatever tongue to speak of your Creator… Lord and my Creator! I would like to proclaim the magnificence of your works to men to the extent that my limited intelligence can understand.” • Nicolaus Copernicus (1473-1543), astronomer: “Who could live in close contact with the most consummate order and divine MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 22 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
wisdom and not feel drawn to the loftiest aspirations? Who could not adore the Architect of these things?” • Isaac Newton (1643-1727), founder of classical theoretical physics: “What we know is a drop, what we do not know is a vast ocean. The admirable arrangement and harmony of the universe could only have come from the plan of an omniscient and omnipotent Being.” • Carl Linnaeus (1707-1778), founder of systematic botany: “I have seen the eternal, infinite, omniscient, omnipotent God pass
close by, and I knelt prostrate in adoration.” • Andre-Marie Ampere (1775-1836), discovered the fundamental laws of electricity: “How great is God, and our science is just a trifle!” • Augustin-Louis Cauchy (1789-1857), distinguished mathematician: “I am a Christian, that is, I believe in the divinity of Christ, as did all the great astronomers and all the great mathematicians of past ages.” • Carl Friedrich Gauss (1777-1855), one of the greatest German mathematicians and scientists: “When our last hour sounds, we will have the great and ineffable joy of seeing the one whom we could only glimpse in all our work.” • Justus von Liebig (1803-1873), famous chemist: “The greatness and infinite wisdom of the Creator will be recognized only by those who really endeavor to draw their ideas from the great book we call nature.” • Robert von Mayer (1814-1878), natural scientist (Law of the Conservation of Energy): “I am ending my life with a conviction that comes from the depths of my heart: true science and true philosophy cannot be anything but an introductory study of the Christian religion.” • Pietro Angelo Secchi (1818-1895), famous astronomer: “From contemplating the heavens to God, there is only a short distance.” • Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931), the prolific inventor who held 1200 patents: “My utmost respect and admiration to all the engineers, especially the greatest of them all: God.” • Carl Ludwig Schleich (1859-1922), famous surgeon: “I became a believer in my own way through the microscope and observation of nature, and I want to contribute, insofar as I can, to the full harmony between science and religion.” • Guglielmo Marconi (1874-1937), inventor of wireless telegraphy and Nobel Prize 1909: “I declare it proudly: I am a believer. I believe in the power of prayer, and I believe not only as a Catholic, but also as a scientist.” • Robert A. Millikan (1868-1953), physicist and Nobel Prize 1923: “I can assert most definitely that the denial of faith lacks any scientific basis. In my view, there will never be a true contradiction between faith and science.”
• Arthur Stanley Eddington (1882-1944), astronomer: “None of the inventors of atheism was a naturalist. All of them were very mediocre philosophers.” • Albert Einstein (1879-1955), founder of modern physics and Nobel Prize 1921 (Theory of Relativity): “Everyone who is seriously committed to the cultivation of science becomes convinced that in all the laws of the universe is manifest a spirit vastly superior to man, and to which we with our powers must feel humble.” • Max Planck (1858-1947), founder of quantum physics and Nobel Prize 1918: “Nothing prevents us, and the momentum of our knowledge requires it... to interrelate the order of the universe and the God of religion. For the believer, God stands at the beginning of their speeches; for the physicist, at the end of them.” • Erwin Schrödinger (1887-1961), discoverer of wave mechanics and Nobel Prize 1933: “The finest masterpiece is the one made by God, according to the principles of quantum mechanics...” • Howard Hathaway Aiken (1900-1973), mathematician and engineer: “Modern physics teaches me that nature is not capable of ordering itself. The universe presupposes a huge mass of order. It therefore requires a great “First Cause” that is not subject to the second law of transformation of energy and that is therefore Supernatural.” • Wernher von Braun (1912-1977), rocket engineer: “Above everything is the glory of God, who created the great universe, which man and science discover and research day after day in profound adoration.” • Charles Hard Townes (1915-2015), physician who shared the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1964: “I feel the presence and intervention of a Creator beyond myself, but who is always nearby... intelligence had something to do with the creation of the laws of the universe.” • Allan Sandage (1926-2010), astronomer who calculated the rate at which the universe expands and its age by observing distant stars: “I was practically an atheist in my childhood. Science was what led me to the conclusion that the world is much more complex than we can explain. I can only explain the mystery of existence to myself by the Supernatural” l
“Everyone who is seriously committed to the cultivation of science becomes convinced that in all the laws of the universe is manifest a spirit vastly superior to man, and to which we with our powers must feel humble,” Albert Einstein
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The twelve essentials of the Christian faith. Book written by Josh and Sean McDowell, American apologists. The book explores accurately the foundations of the evangelical religion.
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To understand the true faith and form a biblical worldview, we must begin with the Bible. The Bible provides us a clear picture, through many stories, of how God has related to us throughout human history – to the first family, to the children of Israel in the Old Testament, and to the people who came to know Jesus and his “way” in the New Testament. These stories are God’s means of conveying to us who He is. They give us vivid pictures of godly people believing and living out the great truths of God. These stories and the unshakable truths they present define who we are. The Unshakable Truth, a book based on the Holy Scriptures, is according to its authors, Josh and Sean McDowell, American apologists, a deeply spiritual and theologically extensive research, full of practical examples and true stories. The Unshakable Truth, according to the McDowells, is a resource that can be applied to every aspect of daily life, a resource you will turn to over and over again. There was never a moment when God didn’t exist, nor will he ever end. That is impossible for our minds to grasp. Moses could not understand it. He was out on the backside of the desert herding sheep when God showed up in a bush burning with flames that didn’t consume it. When God sent him to tell the people of Israel he was going to deliver them out of Egypt, Moses said, “‘They won’t believe me. They will ask, “Which god are you talking about? What is his name?” Then what should I tell them?’ God replied, “I AM THE ONE WHO ALWAYS IS. Just tell them “I AM has sent me to you”’” (Exodus 3:13-14). The
The Price of sin is high. The Old Testament has this common theme woven throughout. The Bible tells of a people who at times walk in the ways of God. They live out godly relationships and reap the benefits of joy and happiness. Then we learn that they sin –they act self-centered and fail to trust in God and his ways.
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hout. The Bible tells of a people who at times walk in the ways of God. They live out godly relationships and reap the benefits of joy and happiness. Then we learn that they sin –they act self-centered and fail to trust in God and his ways. Throughout the history of the nation, this turning away from God accelerates, and in spite of the warnings of several prophets, the people do not repent, and they refuse to turn back to God… The result is always the same: pain and suffering, heartache and ruin, destruction and death.
Sean and Josh McDowell, writers of the book.
This book presents the essentials of the biblical worldview as it explores what the American writers identified as the twelve essential truths of faith, which are explained in an equal number of sections. The best way to use it, at the discretion of the investigators of the Word of God, is to absorb the information first and then commit to progressively apply the content to our own lives and the lives of those to whom we want to transmit the faith in Christ.
great I AM has no birthday and will have no funeral. Josh McDowell and Sean, his son, produced in 2010this accessible manual easy to understand. In reading the twelve biblical truths that define the foundation of Christian faith, the McDowells help us discover the fundamental pillars about God, His Word, sin, Christ, the Trinity, the church, and six other truths that form the basis of the Christian faith. Moreover, they reveal overwhelming evidence supporting these truths and how each provides important answers to the most difficult questions. The Price of sin is high. The Old Testament has this common theme woven throug-
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Scripture makes clear there is an order or timing to the resurrection of believers. “Let me tell you a wonderful secret God has revealed to us,” Paul says. “Not all of us will die, but we will all be transformed. It will happen in a moment, in the blinking of an eye, when the last trumpet is blown. For when the trumpet sounds, the Christians who have died will be raised with transformed bodies…” (1 Corinthians 15:51-52; also see 1 Thessalonians 4:1318). The order is clear: Christ was raised first and he ascended into heaven. When he returns, the dead in Christ will be raised with new bodies, and those Christians who remain alive will receive their new bodies as well. The Unshakable Truth presents a relational apologetics showing that believing in the right thing influences our lives as Christians and also the lives of those around us. Throughout the pages of this book, the reader will understand how to experience the authenticity of the evangelical faith through practical examples and reallife stories that demonstrate the relevance of the Gospel in our lives.
One day Jesus as Conquering King will return to earth to establish his kingdom as an eternal kingdom in heaven and on earth. But until that day comes, we will continue our battle sustained by the power of the Holy Spirit. It is a spiritual war between two prevailing concepts or two worldviews. Jesus is still the King but not an earthly king in the political arena. He is king of a kingdom with totally different basic premises, assumptions based on truth, which brings a number of priorities, values and patterns of behavior totally different. He said to Pilate just before his crucifixion that he indeed had a kingdom to rule. Josh McDowell has evangelized more than 10 million people in one hundred fifteen countries by defending the truths that support Christianity. He is author and coauthor of classic evangelical books, such as “More Than a Carpenter” and “The New Evidence that Demands a Verdict.” His son, Sean McDowell, is a popular speaker and educator in schools, churches and religious organizations in the United States. He is the author of “Apologetics for a New Generation” and co-author of “Understanding Intelligent Design,” as well as general editor of “Apologetics Study Bible for Students.” God has not given up on his original plan. He has neither abandoned the idea of a perfect earth, nor has he laid aside his plan for this children to live in a perfect place forever. He has no intention of taking us away to some distant heaven and then destroying this earth he designed to be our home. After his resurrection, Jesus ascended into heaven with a promise to return. He will return and restore this earth to his original design. God’s perfect plan is “to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ” (Ephesians 1:10). This manual will provide you with the necessary resources to lead the unconverted to their journey of faith in Christ. The twelve unshakable truths you will discover are originated in the Old Testament, although most of the passages that the McDowells mention are in the New Testament. The-
se evidences of Christianity will help you share more effectively the real existence of Jesus Christ with your family and those around you. Jesus conquered death through his resurrection and will one day return to earth and exercise his power to cast the devil, death, and the grave into the lake of fire, known as the second death (see Revelation 20:10-15). Christ’s resurrection is a prerequisite to his return and the entire restoration plan to give us new bodies and a new earth. Christ has promised to return and do this for us. And we can rest in his promise. As the writer of Hebrews said, “It is impossible for God to lie” (Hebrews 6:18) l
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Come Thou Fount
of Every Blessing Cántico creado en 1757 por el creyente Robert Robinson habla de la gracia de Dios. Basado en 1 Samuel 7:12, su mensaje enterneció y alentó el corazón de muchos cristianos en diversas partes del mundo.
The hymn “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing,” written by English author Robert Robinson in 1757, is one of the most admired Christian songs worldwide. Not only has its spiritual message touched and encouraged the hearts of many evangelicals who sing its melodious, meaningful lyrics, but the beauty of this song stands out even more when we discover the chain of events associated with its origin and the importance it has achieved throughout its 258-year history. Robinson was born on September 27, 1735, in Swaffham, a British town, in a poor Christian home. Like any other family, his parents had high aspirations for their child. Mary Wilkin, his mother, hoped that he would one day become a pastor and preach the Word of God. However, that possibility seemed to vanish in 1740 when his father died unexpectedly. Then, with little money to survive, Wilkin no longer had the necessary money to send Robert to school. After his father Michael Robinson died, Robert questioned his faith in Jesus Christ. Then the void left by his father led him to a series of disagreements that moved him away from Christianity. But when he was 14, after receiving financial support from a relative, he went to London where he was employed as an apprentice by barber Joseph Anderson. That is when he showed a deep interest in reading, and after examining the Scriptures, he trusted in the Lord again. MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 28 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
In 1752, three years after his arrival in the capital of England, Robert Robinson went without major expectations to a spiritual revival meeting convened by a local council. However, the Holy Spirit used the incisive preaching of George Whitefield to change the whole direction of his life. In this regard, he wrote down in his diary, “Born again on May 24 by the powerful evangelization of George Whitefield.” Then, throughout three years and seven months, he reaffirmed his trust in the Creator. After giving his life to the Almighty on December 10, 1755, Robinson dedicated himself to pastoral work and immediately began to share the good news of the Most High. In such circumstances, as he was preparing a sermon, Robinson wrote the hymn “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing” in
Fuente de la vida eterna 1 Come, Thou Fount of every blessing, Tune my heart to sing Thy grace; Streams of mercy, never ceasing, Call for songs of loudest praise. Teach me some melodious sonnet, Sung by flaming tongues above; Praise the mount! I’m fixed upon it, Mount of Thy redeeming love. 2 Here I’ll raise my Ebenezer; Hither by Thy help I’m come; And I hope, by Thy good pleasure, Safely to arrive at home. Jesus sought me when a stranger, Wand’ring from the fold of God; He, to rescue me from danger, Interposed His precious blood. 3 Oh, to grace how great a debtor Daily I’m constrained to be! Let Thy goodness, like a fetter, Bind my feeble heart to Thee. “Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,” Long I cried to be made pure; “Here’s my heart, O take and seal it, Work in me Thy double cure.”
1757. The song speaks of the grace of God and is based on 1 Samuel 7:12, where the prophet Samuel builds a monument to mark the place to where Jehovah had helped them to follow the Philistines, and called that place Ebenezer, which literally translates as “stone of help.” Robert Robinson, a prolific writer, had
a long career as a Christian missionary. Throughout his over thirty-four years serving the Savior, he led a church in Cambridge who gathered more than one thousand followers of Jesus Christ. On June 9, 1790 the Lord called this dedicated servant to His presence. He left endless praises among which the hymn “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing” l May 2015 / Impacto evangelistic
The Azusa Street
Revival Christianity was forever changed due to the revival produced in the heart of Los Angeles in the early years of the last century. The meetings, led by the Afro-American pastor William J. Seymour, became a decisive moment in the history of Christianity.
Few events have influenced modern church history in such way as the famous revival of the Azusa Street, of 1906 – 1909, which ushered into being the worldwide twentiethcentury Pentecostal renewal. From this single revival has issued a movement which by 1980 numbers over 50,000,000 classical Pentecostals in countless churches and missionary works in practically every nation of the world. In addition to these Pentecostals, there are untold numbers of charismatics in every group who can trace at least part of their spiritual heritage to the Azusa Street meeting. The key personalities and places in this event were Charles Parham, a teacher; William J. Seymour, a preacher; the city of Los Angeles; Frank Bartleman, a journalist; and the building of the missionary work of Azusa Street. In a short two-block passageway in downtown Los Angeles, Azusa 312 is the most famous address in the Pentecostal-Charismatic history.
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theological father of the event. Parham had been a Methodist minister from Kansas, who in 1898 opened a healing home in the city of Topeka, where students were invited to study the Scriptures in a small bible school community. Students would not pay tuition, but they were asked “to live by faith”. In 1900 he had approximately forty students in a mansion of bricks, whose rooms were distributed unevenly, in the suburbs of Topeka. In January 1901, one of Parham´s students, an eighteen- year-old girl named Ag-
nes Ozman, was baptized in the Holy Spirit and began to speak in tongues as she received the Spirit. This came as a result from an intense study of the Scriptures regarding the “evidence” of receiving the Holy Spirit. From this experience, Parham made his own theory that speaking in tongues was the biblical evidence of being baptized in the Holy Spirit. From 1901 to 1905, Parham and his
followers preached the Pentecostal message in the Midwest of the United States, gaining converts wherever they went. In 1905 he moved the school to Houston city and from there he evangelized the whole state of Texas and the Southwest. In 1908 he already had 25,000 followers in several states. However, it was in Houston where a southern black preacher, named William J. Seymour, joined his Bible school and
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changed the course of the modern Christianity history. Despite the segregation laws of the South, Seymour managed to attend the lessons taught by Parham.
Chronicle of Azusa The diary of Frank Bartleman and the reports he wrote for the holiness press constitute the most complete and reliable record about what happened at Azusa Street. In many ways, Bartleman’s entire life had been spent in preparation for reporting the Azusa Street meeting. It is possible that without his reporting, the Pentecostal movement would not have spread so quickly and so far as it did. His journalism not only informed the world about the Pentecostal movement, but in a large measure also helped to form it. According to the reports of Bartleman, in 1906 Seymour received an invitation to preach in a black Nazarene church in Los Angeles, pastored by a woman preacher, Reverend Mrs. Hutchinson. When Seymour arrived to Los Angeles, in the MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 32 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
spring of 1906, he found himself in a city of 228,000 inhabitants which was growing at a rate of 15 percent a year. The religious interests of the city would vary between several strange religions and a huge variety of groups. Los Angeles was a melting pot metropolis with large numbers of Mexicans, Chinese, Russians, Greeks, Japanese, Koreans, and Anglo-American inhabitants. When Seymour preached his first message, proclaiming the theory of the “initial evidence of baptism in the Holy Spirit,” he was locked out of the Nazarene church. Then the errant preacher was invited to stay in the house of Richard Asbury, at Bonnie Brae Street, until he was able to arrange everything to go back to Houston. Nonetheless, Seymour was destined to spend the rest of his life in Los Angeles, due to the strong revival that triggered afterwards. Although he had not yet spoken in tongues at the time he was locked out of the temple of the priest Hutchinson, Seymour did soon thereafter, in the Asbury home. The home prayer meetings soon turned
so until his death in 1922. Despite the fact that Seymour was black, many of his followers were white. Although at the beginning of the revival blacks predominated, at the height of the meetings constituted a majority.
into meetings where thousands of people filled the house until the portico eager to listen to Seymour and his tongue-speaking followers. Soon the crowds became so large that it was needed to find a new “headquarters” for the fast-growing group. The search of the downtown of Los Angeles area turned up an abandoned old building at Azusa Street that had been used variously as a temple of a Methodist church, a stable, and a warehouse. In 1906 it was shambles, but it was adequate for the group of Pentecostals who began holding worships there in the same year. The revival continued for three years and a half at Azusa. The meetings would be held three times a day: morning, afternoon, and night. At first tongue-speaking was the central attraction, but healing the sick was not far behind. The walls were soon covered with crutches and canes of those who were miraculously healed. It soon became apparent that Seymour was the leading personality in Los Angeles Pentecost. He became Pastor of the church and remained
Powerful impact Within a short time the revival of the Azusa Street became a worldwide movement of the Holy Spirit. The five major teachings of Azusa Street served as a standard for this first wave of Pentecostals: (1) justification by faith; (2) sanctification as a definite work of grace; (3) the baptism in the Holy Spirit evidenced by speaking in other tongues, (4) divine healing, and (5) the personal rapture at the second coming of Christ. Seymour and his followers continued to stress the above teachings throughout the years of the mission´s ministry. It is possible that the major legacy of the Azusa Street was its teachings and the practice of the power given by the Holy Spirit for evangelism. But above all, this revival was a missionary movement by excellence. There were many the preachers who came and went during the religious awakening led by the pastor Seymour. A few months after the beginning of the meetings, the Christian newspaper “Apostolic Faith” reported the Pentecostal revivals in New York, London, Oslo, Stockholm and the India. Never since the days of the old church had a revival movement spread to that extent and at such pace. The fascination for the speaking in tongues, the healing, and the exorcisms attracted multitudes, and without the use of media. Throughout the days of glory, Azusa was never announced in local newspapers, nor did they publish large notices. The news was spread orally. Los Angeles newspapers wrote slanderous and racist articles, but this only served to attract larger crowds. In the end, the peregrines of the Azusa Street spread the news over the world. Thousands of churches were founded and millions of people were converted. Nowadays it is estimated that most of the conversions coming from paganism were produced thanked to the efforts of the Pentecostals and Charismatics l
The revival continued for three years and a half at Azusa. The meetings would be held three times a day: morning, afternoon, and night. At first tongue-speaking was the central attraction, but healing the sick was not far behind. The walls were soon covered with crutches and canes of those who were miraculously healed.
Never since the days of the old church had a revival movement spread to that extent and at such pace. The fascination for the speaking in tongues, the healing, and the exorcisms attracted multitudes, and without the use of media. Throughout the days of glory, Azusa was never announced in local newspapers, nor did they publish large notices. The news was spread orally.
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Rufino left the weapons to
become a true warrior Rufino Donato Quijada had a life of extremes. Member of the Peruvian terrorist movement Shining Path during his youth, procurer afterwards and consumed by alcohol and drugs for years, he had no future for many, until God came to free him. Marlo Pérez
Rufino Donato Quijada Cruz became a man-at-arms of the Shining Path when he was young. It was a terrorist organization that bleed Peru from the 80s to the 90s. Its purpose to impose the communist ideology made it commit lots of terrorist attacks against the rural communities of the country, as well as hundreds of disappearances and so much destruction that he ended up in prison. Some years later, he became a procurer and started to consume drugs and alcohol. But when was totally destroyed and with a marriage on the verge of collapse, Rufino begged for God’s helps and He made of him a new man. Comrade Nemis The terrorist story of Rufino, born on August 19th 1970, began when he was 15 years old. He decided to escape his home in the province of Junín, Peru, with no direction in mind. After many days of walking by the villages near his hometown, Ondores, he found a group of men and women from the Communist Party of Peru – Shining Path, which at that time was recruiting young people and attacking Andean communities.
“We have been keeping track of you for more than 15 days and we know everything about you”, was the first thing they told Rufino in his cousin’s house, where he listened everything they knew about him, besides the location of his parents and his younger siblings. As he felt with no escape, he keep on listening the destructive plans of this armed group that wanted to take over Peru with its communist ideology under the pretext of class fight. When they finished their talk and convinced him, Rufino was recruited by the subversive group and named with the alias Nemis. They immediately gave him a shotgun and a ski mask, becoming therefore a member of the terrorist organization. “One thing that convinced me was that they did not believe in God. They told me that religion was the opium of the people and that Christ was also a revolutionary at His time… I felt good with them since I was also atheist”, reveals Rufino.
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was going to the meetings organized by the political leaders in different villages of the rural region. He learnt there the ideology of the International Revolutionary Movement and its determined purpose of closing the distances among the countryside and the city, justified by the leader of the movement. As a member of the military group, his first tasks were forming base groups in each village, perpetrate all sort of attacks like blowing bridges and transmission towers up that shut off the electricity supply in many villages, and applying popular justice against cattle rustlers, communal and political leaders, teachers, religious members, policemen, military members and every person that showed resistance against the rules of the terrorist group. “Once, I almost killed a pastor because he was the mayor of a province and he did not want to quit his charge. The pastor was willing to die, but I did not kill him, but another one… Now I understand that dying in Christ is a victory and we have nothing to fear of men”, remembers Rufino.
Pursued by justice After a year and a half, leaving a path of terror on the central Andes of Peru, Rufino, 16 years old, was captured by the police in an unexpected moment. But a surprise happened 24 hours later. The judge of the zone, who was also a member of the Shining Path, freed him as he did not want to affect his relations with the terrorists. He told him: “Don’t worry, young comrade. Tomorrow you will be free!” Three months after his release, Rufino went with one of his comrades to Huánuco, where he restarted his military actions, like taking over police stations and attacking small civil groups that showed resistance. Many of them were executed in front the whole village. They told them: “The Shining Path has a thousand eyes and a thousand ears.” Rufino returned to his hometown with 17 years old, but only to witness an event that terrified him. One night, Rufino stayed in the house where the group was living while the others went out to exploMISSIONARY MOVEMENT 36 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
de a transmission tower in Carhuamayo. The next morning, he listened at the radio that a group of masked people were found death in pieces, apparently due to a bad maneuver with explosives that blew up suddenly. He says: “If I had gone with them, I would have certainly died, but the Lord protected me even at those moments.” Some months passed and Rufino gathered with other bases to keep on with his subversive’s plans, until he was captured again. The press informed the event, but as it did not attire more attention, he was freed thanks to the lawyer of the terrorist group, who cleared all his record.
Times of terror In the end of the 80s, Shining Path was considered the main criminal perpetrator of Peru. Disappearances, murders and orders of execution were part of their armed strategy against the State and society, which cost more than 69 thousand lives of Peruvians. Other criminal organizations,
As a member of the military group, his first tasks were forming base groups in each village, perpetrate all sort of attacks like blowing bridges and transmission towers up that shut off the electricity supply in many villages, and applying popular justice against cattle rustlers, communal and political leaders, teachers, religious members, etc.
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happened. The main leader of the Shining Path, Abimael Guzmán Reynoso, was captured during an intelligence operation in a residence in Lima. This capture meant not only a setback to the terrorist organization, but a reason to Rufino to flee to the capital city of Peru (three months after his release of prison) to leave the armed conflict and disappear his past.
When he found himself wandering alone in the streets of Lima, many of his Christian and Evangelical friends started to frequent him since they noticed his mental worsening. One by one, all of them started to invite him to their churches, but he was finally convinced by a believer of the Worldwide Missionary Movement of Lima, who invited him on February 27th, 2009. Since then, he was never the same again.
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like the Túpac Amaru Revolutionary Movement, were also part of the list. For this reason, the authorities established groups of paramilitary intelligence with thousands of soldiers all over the country to locate all and each one of the terrorists, like Rufino, who walked free on the streets of Junín. In the end of 1989, comrade Nemis was in the Oroya for the third time during a raid where he was taken by a thief. When they reviewed his precedents, the agents of the National Anti-terrorism Directorate (DINCOTE) tried to relate him to the attack of a bank and many transmission towers of the province, which intended to sabotage the encounter of the Peruvian President at that time, Alan García Pérez, with other authorities during the celebrations for the Battle of Junín (August 06th, 1989). As he was related to those criminal acts, he was condemned to 6 years of prison and moved to the Oroya first and to the Huamancaca Chico prison in Huancayo later for his final sentence for holdup, which in the end was reduced to three years. There, he met many of his comrades who also were captured. On September 12th, 1992, a transcendental event that cheered the country up
Rufino, the procurer After some months, Rufino was in the capital city and tried to rebuild his life living with his uncle and working in the first thing that showed up. Therefore, after a few weeks, he was ready to work in the world’s oldest profession and became a procurer and administrator of even 5 brothels in the city center. Rufino, who became known as Rubick, worked in this until he was 27 years old, when he met María Marcardupu Ramos, a single mom with 5 children who became his wife after 10 years of living together. In 2007, after only a year of marriage, their relationship was in crisis due to the constant problems with Rufino’s addiction to drugs and alcohol, as well as problems with delinquency. Despite his efforts to return with her, he could never sleep well even in his own home. He tells: “Even with a home and my own business, my friends asked me why I slept in the streets. I told them that I rested better at those places… I was going crazy.” God’s change When he found himself wandering alone in the streets of Lima, many of his Christian and Evangelical friends started to frequent him since they noticed his mental worsening. One by one, all of them started to invite him to their churches, but he was finally convinced by a believer of the Worldwide Missionary Movement of Lima, who invited him on February 27th, 2009. Since then, he was never the same again. Unfortunately, his marriage did not work, but he truly changed. He expresses: “I met again many former terrorists on the streets and many friends that knew me at the brothels. They all stared surprised at me watching my tie and my Bible… God really changed me!” l
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The Clock of God Will Soon Strike the Hour
“And there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation… For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be” Daniel 12:1, Matthew 24:21. Rev. Luis M. Ortiz
The June 1947 issue of the “Bulletin of the Atomic Scientist” showed a clock at 7 minutes to midnight on the cover. In the October 1949 issue, when it became known that Russia had the atomic bomb, the same clock was set at 3 minutes to midnight. In 1950s, when the hydrogen bomb was dropped, the clock was set once again but at 2 minutes to midnight this time. From then until today, the time has changed according to the international situation. The Bible says, “But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law…” (Galatians 4:4-5). Referring to his death, Jesus said, “The hour is come” (John 12:23). And regarding the Second Coming of Christ to the world, the Bible says, “But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only” (Matthew 24:36). Time has full authority. The Clock of God is faithful, accurate and perfect. Beloved, we live in the most critical time, but the most horrible time is yet to come. With regard to that awful time, the Bible says, “Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! For the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time” (Revelation 12:12). The prophet Daniel said, “And there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation...” (Daniel 12:1). And our Lord Jesus Christ said, “For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be” (Matthew 24:21). What is preventing this global catastrophe is the presence of the Holy Spirit and the Church of Jesus Christ in the world. As MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 40 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
soon as the Holy Spirit takes and lifts the true Church of the Lord, all hell will show all its fury on this sinful world. In this dark hour, there will be great physical changes in heaven and on earth. The Bible says, “There was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood; and the stars of heaven fell unto the earth... And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; and said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb… And who shall be able to stand?” (Revelation 6:12-17). Furthermore, the Bible says: “The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was burnt up... The second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood… The third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters… The fourth angel sounded, and the third part of the sun was smitten, and the third part of the moon, and the third part of the stars… And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them… And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven...” (Revelation 8:7-12; 9:6; 16:21). How dreadful! Beloved, throughout ages, centuries and millennia, God has overlooked so much ig-
nominy, so much injustice, so much sin, so much evil, so much vice, so much corruption, but He has set the date on which He will judge the world in righteousness (Acts 17:30-31). Likewise, the prayers of many saints and pious men, apostles and martyrs killed, burned alive, thrown to the lions, tortured, etc. will be listen to. And let us not forget the prayers of millions of Christians killed violently during the horrific Inquisition by an apostate church. No words can descri-
be such cruelty, but God will vindicate this Christian martyrs, God will repay everyone according to their deeds. My friend, where will you hide on this terrible day of judgment? There is no escape! Beloved, this day is near. God has entrusted us with the great task of bringing the good news of salvation to the remotest corner of the planet before it is too late. Today is the day of salvation, tomorrow will be the day of judgment and doom. Accept Christ as your Savior. Now is the time! l May 2015 / Impacto evangelistic
Remember What You
“But I will remember the years of the right hand of the most High. I will remember the works of the Lord: surely I will remember thy wonders of old. I will meditate also of all thy work, and talk of thy doings.” Psalm 77:10-12. Rev. Gustavo Martínez Garavito MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 42 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
God teaches us to save, memorize, remember and not to forget what we have seen and heard about His wonders and greatness. It is important not to forget what God has done for us. The worst thing Christians could do is forget God’s mercy and love for them. One of the great advantages humans have is memory. All things, good and bad, that happen in the course of our lives, from childhood to death, are stored in it. There is one thing that marks the life of man: what was learned in childhood. Therefore, the Bible says in Proverbs 22: 6: “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” The Church is concerned about teaching the Word of God to all children. We firmly believe that there is a great potential in them that can be harnessed in favor of God. In many parts of the world, we see that many people are able to apply in adulthood what they learned at an early age. God has given man memory to retain the commands that He has instituted. In Deuteronomy 4: 9, God gives a command to the people of Israel: “Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life: but teach them thy sons, and thy sons’ sons”. In Revelation 3: 3, the apostle John writes to the Church of Sardis: “Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.” And in John 12:47-48, Jesus said: “I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world… the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day;”, i.e. you cannot forget what you heard from God. Whether you like it or not, the Word of God will judge you, will save you or condemn you. If you obey, you will be blessed, justified and found guiltless. However, if you were rebellious, the same Word may condemn you. This is why you should be very careful not to forget where God took you out from.
Let us remember those men who prayed for this Gospel to reach our hearts, those concerned with our spiritual growth. The apostle Paul entrusted us with a task in 1 Thessalonians 5: 12-13: “And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labor among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you; and to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake…” We must remember and consider our pastors, let us not forget them. In 1 Samuel 16:18, when Saul was delirious and needed someone to play a musical instrument, one of his servants inspired by God stood up and said, “Behold, I have seen a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite, that is cunning in playing, and a mighty valiant man, and a man of war, and prudent in matters, and a comely person, and the Lord is with him.” They called him and introduced him to the king and he was beside him. In Genesis 40:14, when Joseph was in prison and had interpreted the dream of the king’s cupbearer, he told him: “But think on me when it shall be well with thee…” He forgot Joseph, but when there was need and crisis in Egypt, none could interpret the Pharaoh’s dream. It was then that the cupbearer remembered Joseph and told the Pharaoh that there was a prisoner named Joseph who interpreted the mysteries of God. The response was immediate, the Pharaoh sent for him. And thus Joseph came before the Pharaoh. He interpreted the Pharaoh’s dream and saved the people from the crisis. It is important not to forget what God has done for us. The soul is the basis of emotions and if it is neglected, conceit may appear. In Psalm 103:2, David said to himself: “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits.” He exalted God and recognized that it was not his strength, courage or skill, but the power, mercy and grace of God. The worst thing Christians could do is forget God’s mercy and love for them. It is as the of the ungrateful son who, after achieving some success in life, forgets about the mother who nursed him and raised him. Forgetting something like that means falling into the sin of ingratitude! Be careful not to forget the Lord l
The Church is concerned about teaching the Word of God to all children. We firmly believe that there is a great potential in them that can be harnessed in favor of God. In many parts of the world, we see that many people are able to apply in adulthood what they learned at an early age.
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a Mother for Crisis “And the woman conceived, and bare a son: and when she saw him that he was a goodly child, she hid him three months. And when she could not longer hide him, she took for him an ark of bulrushes, and daubed it with slime and with pitch, and put the child therein; and she laid it in the flags by the river’s brink… And the maid went and called the child’s mother. And Pharaoh’s daughter said unto her, Take this child away, and nurse it for me, and I will give thee thy wages…” Exodus 2:1-10. Rev. Alberto Ortega
Jochebed made sure that the basket where she placed her son would resist the Nile. Likewise, our children have to cope with mighty waters in school and university; they are surrounded by a decadent and hostile environment that is against any moral concept.
Today, parenting is limited to a biological function. Parents have enabled the prince of this world, Satan, to rule their minds, their homes, their families. They have given evil full power over their children. Moses, one of the most outstanding leaders of the Jewish nation, was born into a family that loved and obeyed God. Satan used the Pharaoh to kill the Hebrew children (Exodus 1:22). But in the midst of the attack, his parents did not give up. “And there went a man of the house of Levi, and took to wife a daughter of Levi. And the woman conceived, and bare a son… she hid him three months” (Exod. 2:1-2). “By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents, because they saw he was a proper child; and they were not afraid of the king’s commandment” (Hebrew 11:23). The edict of the Pharaoh demanded them to give up their children to death, but they decided to hide him. They defied the order, although many others had lost their children. And while they were at risk of death, they entrusted their baby to God. Jochebed decided to fight this battle and God supported her. We cannot leave our children in the hands of Satan, faith in God overcomes the world (1 John 5: 5). ENTRUSTING OUR FEELINGS Jochebed had to entrust her mother’s feelings to the Lord. The Scripture says, “And when she could not longer hide him…” (Exodus 2:3). Those feelings tore up her mother’s heart, but she understood that her feelings could not save her son, as feelings cannot resolve conflicts.
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Can a mother give birth to a child and not give him a name after three months? Jochebed did not give the child the name of Moses, “drawn out of the water”, but it was the Pharaoh’s daughter who did it. How awful it must be for a mother. How did she manage? By entrusting her feelings to God, by letting God decide for her. Sometimes the feelings of a mother or a father interfere with God’s purposes for our children. We believe that this or that is more convenient and we put ourselves before God’s purposes.
ENTRUSTING TO THE WATERS “She took for him an ark of bulrushes, and daubed it with slime and with pitch, and put the child therein; and she laid it in the flags by the river’s brink” (Exod. 2:3). Rush was the raw material from which boats were built. Slime was collected from natural oil wells that flowed to the surface of the earth and gave baskets protection against water seepage. Pitch is a resin that pastes and solidifies the structure so that it will not come apart. Jochebed made sure that the basket where she placed her son would resist the Nile. Likewise, our children have to cope with mighty waters in school and university; they are surrounded by a decadent and hostile environment that is against any moral concept. Through her faith in God, she entrusted to the Nile a child sentenced to death. The ri-
ver was full of crocodiles, but God did not let them attack the tiny boat. God’s mighty hand led baby Moses to the Pharaoh’s daughter. Moses went from being under the threat of death to being under royal protection. God touched the heart of the Pharaoh’s daughter and she gave him back to his mother without even knowing (Exodus 2: 7-9). Jochebed could hold her son once again but this time he was safe and under the protection of the Pharaoh.
ENTRUSTING ONCE AGAIN “And the child grew, and she brought him
unto Pharaoh’s daughter, and he became her son. And she called his name Moses: and she said, because I drew him out of the water” (Exodus 2:10). Jochebed had her son in her arms for some years. However, when the time came, she had to give him up for a second time. She had to entrust him once again as the child grew up. Jochebed had to sacrifice her feelings and her mother’s love for God’s purposes to be fulfilled through her son and the nation of Israel. Jochebed entrusted to the river a condemned child, and it gave Israel a savior l May 2015 / Impacto evangelistic
“God Will Soon Make a Great Revival
Rev. David Veramendi Takaeda, National Supervisor of the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Japan, analyzed the progress of the Work of God in Japan.
From East Asia, we talked on the phone with Pastor David Veramendi Takaeda, National Supervisor of the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Japan, who told us about the strong growth of the Work of God in the land of the rising sun. Days before the 15th National Convention Japan 2015, the young missionary revealed to Impacto Evangelistic, the magazine that edifies your life, that the WMM is in full negotiations for the acquisition of a two-story building in Komaki, where the first own temple in Japan would be established.
What is your analysis of the progress of the WMM in Japan?
The progress of the Work of God is undeniable. At present, we have established churches in the cities of Narita, Saitama, Hashimoto, Oppama, Shizuoka, Toyohashi, Hekinan and Komakiy, and we have a large group of members, mostly from Latin America. However, despite cultural differences, our missionary work has also caught the attention of some Japanese citizens. Hopefully, with God’s blessing, we will soon receive local believers. Could you please provide a brief overview of the history of the WMM in Japan? The WMM arrived in this archipelago, made up of 6,852 islands, more than fifteen years ago thanks to the Almighty’s will that inspired a missionary who came to Japan with messages from Rev. Rodolfo Gonzalez Cruz and began to preach the Word of God. Then, in 2008, I took over the management of the different temples and worked, along with the other members, to achieve the MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 46 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
long-awaited growth of the WMM in Japan. How is the Work of God dealing with the language and cultural barriers between Spanish-speaking and Japanese? We have appealed to the support of the younger members of the church, most of which were born in this country, as they have a better command of the local language and are more familiar with the customs of the Japanese. This is why, under the guidance of the Lord, we have been preaching the good news among Japanese. We firmly believe that the Almighty will soon make a great revival in Japan. Is it true that in Japan there is a hidden desire to know the Lord’s message? Indeed. Every day, I personally listen to various testimonies of brothers who have found in their day-to-day work the hunger for God among the Japanese. For now, Buddhism is the major religion in Japan, but I dare to say that Christianity will increase in the near future. What can you tell us about the possibility of acquiring a building in Komaki that would be the first WMM temple in Japan? That possibility is real and we are analyzing, was today all the churches established in Japan are rented. If the possibility became reality, with the approval of International Officers, we would buy a two-story building on an area of 250 square meters with a garage included. This property would allow us to establish our first own church. Our subsidiary in Oppama is also seeking a land to buy and build l
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A quick report of the work that Worldwide Missionary Movement is making in America and throughout the world. The Holy Bible states: “And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple... And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved”. (Acts 2:46,47).
Special Meetings in
The Worldwide Missionary Movement in India held a series of special services in the capital of Tamil Nadu, a state in southern India.
The city of Chennai, capital of Tamil Nadu, a state in southern India, was the scenario of some special services held by the Worldwide Missionary Movement in India from February 20 to February 22. These worships, organized by the Work of God at the temple of Almathy, aimed to allow the Movement established in India to experience a great revival and achieved an effective growth. On this occasion, the main exponents of the Word of God were Rev. Benito Green, from the United States, and Pastor Sharon Devaprassannam, National Treasurer of the WMM of India. The meetings were orMISSIONARY MOVEMENT 48 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
ganized by the local pastor, Rev. Sukumar Jeyasing, who is the National Secretary of the Movement created in India. At the first services, Rev. Green preached about the empty jars at the wedding at Cana, described in John 2: 1-11, and about the proposals of Satan to the people of God, mentioned in Exodus. After the intervention of Pastor Green, many unbelievers gave their lives to the Lord. During the following services, Pastor Sharon Devaprassannam spoke about the Christian life of a believer and presented three subjects of great biblical content: “Life of Jerusalem”, “Life of Devotion”
and â€œImpeccable Life.â€? The series of special services, held by the Worldwide Missionary Movement in India from February 20 to February 22, renewed countless lives and helped the Lord reaffirm his love for the people who wait patiently for his second coming to earth l May 2015 / Impacto evangelistic
Attended by delegations from Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico, Colombia, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, El Salvador and Peru, the XXX National Convention was held by the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Guatemala to celebrate its thirty years of foundation.
Broadcasted by the international signal of Bethel Television, the XXX National Convention of the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Guatemala touched the land of quetzal from April 1 to April 5. It was a well-attended, exciting event that also served to celebrate the thirty years of evangelical work done by the Work of the Lord in Central America country. Held under the theme “No One Like God,” the religious celebration of the WMM in Guatemala took place at “La MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 50 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
Certeza” convention and retreat camp, located in the capital. It was attended by the most important international leaders of the WMM, among which the International Officers Rodolfo González, Margaro Figueroa, Rómulo Vergara and Álvaro Garavito, who is also the National Supervisor of the Work of God in Guatemala. At the first service of this event, Rev. Álvaro Garavito led the devotional and Rev. Rómulo Vergara preached God’s Word through a message called “And the
Glory of the Lord Shall Be Revealed.” Then, during the second service, delegations from different churches in Guatemala marched and waved at the audience. In addition, Rev. Margaro Figueroa was the biblical expositor with the theme “The Price of Faithfulness.” Later on, during the third worship, Rev. Alejandro Robledo, National Supervisor of Mexico, talked about the progress of the Work of the Almighty in Mexico. Then, Rev. Edwin Parada, National Supervisor of El Salvador, also confirmed the progress of the WMM in the church that he leads. Likewise, Rev. Alcides Ramea, National Supervisor of Panama, shared the Gospel of Jesus Christ through the message “A
People Who Was Not a People.” On the third day of activities, Rev. Teófilo Estrada Maíz, Treasurer of the Officers Board of Peru, shared his experiences on the evangelizing work in different prisons in Peru and gave the good news of the Lord. The following day, a missionary worship and the promotion of workers took place. Delegations from Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico, Colombia, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, El Salvador and Peru attended the XXX National Convention of the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Guatemala. By the end of the meeting of faith, Rev. Álvaro Garavito, Colombian missionary, gave a brief review of the history of this congregation established three decades ago l May 2015 / Impacto evangelistic
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Missionary Tour in the
Colombian rainforest God's Word was spread among the indigenous tribes of Vaupes in an evangelical expedition held by the WMM in Colombia. In order to bring the good news along the Indian territory of Vaupes, located in the Colombian Amazonia, the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Colombia held a missionary tour from March 1 to March 4 and March 15 to March 18. The expedition, led by Pastor Eduard Sánchez Mosquera, head of the temple established there, covered this area mostly inhabited by natives and was welcomed by the followers of God. The Christian caravan, including children’s programs and the baptism of six new members of the WMM, took place mostly in the communities of Pituna and Laguna de Emaus, two days away from the city of Mitú, capital of Vaupes, where missionaries arrived after a long journey. In these villages, several communities, who attended along with their pastors and lea-
ders, were given the teachings of the Word of God. In Laguna de Emaus, among other activities, a large number of indigenous children were taught the proper knowledge of the Gospel and seminars aimed at community leaders were also given. The evangelizing work was led by Pastor Sánchez, who kept saying that the Almighty is the only path to find happiness. After the culmination of the Christian expedition, Rev. Eduard Sánchez said with optimism: “This time, the Lord has allowed us to bring His Word to the members of the Cubeo tribe, which inhabit the Vaupes river basin, thanks to our tour along the communities of Pituna and Laguna de Emaus. It was a very rewarding journey, in which many souls have been harvested for the Lord” l May 2015 / Impacto evangelistic
The Pact Is Kept With Faithfulness The churches of Louisiana and Mississippi hosted the first Regional Fellowship of the WMM in the United States. It was a great spiritual celebration where the glory of God was poured over his followers. From February 20 to February 22, the churches of Louisiana and Mississippi hosted the first Regional Fellowship of the WMM in the United States. The event called “The Pact
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Is Kept With Faithfulness,” aimed to bring together the brothers, pastors and priests of Zone 1, Zone 10, Zone 9 and other parts of Texas, and also helped spread the seeds of the Gospel.
Rev. Arturo Hernández, National Supervisor of the WMM in the United States, and Rev. Pablo Sandoval, priest of Zone 1 (North Florida) spread the good news that the Lord reserved for the faithful of Louisiana and Mississippi in the first Regional Fellowship. Both of them shared sermons that touched deeply the followers of Jesus Christ and strengthened the communion of the Almighty with his flock. It should be noted that Rev. Roberto Andino, Priest of Zone 10, and Ascensión Guandique, Priest of Zone 9, contributed to the organization of this event based on the biblical teaching contained in 1 Samuel 20: 1113, where Jonathan talks with David. It was attended by a large number of brothers from the churches in Louisiana and Mississippi, led by their pastors and minister of God Walter Vargas l
Faithful Men Will Be Reliable Servants With the attendance of about five hundred people, the Worldwide Missionary Movement in the United States held its Second Regional Fellowship in the State of California. Under the theme “Faithful men will be reliable servants,” the Worldwide Missionary Movement of Zone 8 in the United States held its Second Regional Fellowship from March 20 to Mach 22 at the temple of Redwood City, located in the heart of San Francisco, California. The activity of the Work of God in the USA, attended by about five hundred faithful among which pastors of
Zone 8 and other states, was led by Rev. Arturo Hernández, National Supervisor of the WMM in the United States. During the three days of the event, the glory and honor of the Lord came upon Redwood City. Thus, the host church received the support of the Almighty, and many people were touched and gave their lives to the Lord. Likewise, many testimonies were
shared by people rescued from the clutches of evil that today live under the guidance of the Lord. Rev. Arturo Hernández, National Supervisor of the Movement, preached the Lord’s Word and in his speech he urged the members of the Worldwide Missionary Movement of Zone 8 in the USA to continue the missionary work and spread the Gospel l May 2015 / Impacto evangelistic
He Has Not Forgotten You
The city of Manaus, located in the middle of the world's largest rainforest, hosted the IV National Convention of Men of the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Brazil.
With the massive attendance of great part of the Work of God established in Brazil, the Worldwide Missionary Movement held from March 13 to March 15 the IV National Convention of Men in the city of Manaus, located in the middle of the world’s largest rainforest. The Lord poured his blessings and spread his good news for the conversion of unbelievers. The IV National Convention of Men of the WMM in Brazil was called “God Has Not Forgotten You,” based on Isaiah 49:15. On the opening day, where the faith of the members of the Lord’s Work was evident, the speaker of the Word of the Almighty was the pastor Eliseu Santos, National Officer of the WMM in Brazil. On the second day of activities, which was largely devoted to fast and prayer, Pastor Josimar Araujo, National Officer of the MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 56 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
WMM, conveyed the message of Jesus Christ. In the morning, on the last day, members of the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Brazil listened to the message of God thanks to Pas-
tor Jose Luis Sinaraua. At night, in a missionary service, they listened to the National Supervisor of the Work established in Brazil, Rev. Henry Ramos Escobar, who closed the annual event l
Restoration in god and His Word Near the triple border that divides the nations of Uruguay, Brazil and Argentina, the Work of God in Uruguay held from March 27 to March 29 a triumphant evangelistic campaign called “Restoration in God and His Word.” The Word of the Lord raised awareness in the secular community of this distant point of the Uruguayan territory. During the three days of the spiritual celebration organized by the WMM in Uruguay, the city of Bella Union, where the work was established about eight months ago through the work of Colombian missionaries Fabio E. Mosquera Ortiz and his wife
The city of Bella Union, located near the border of Uruguay with Brazil and Argentina, was the place chosen for the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Uruguay to hold a triumphant evangelization campaign. Liliana López, lived days of huge demonstrations of trust in the Lord. The messages of the Creator were given by Pastor Alfonso Martínez Contreras, Colombian missionary and National Supervisor of the Work
in Uruguay, who in his speech stressed the rapid growth experienced by the church of the Almighty. In addition, some founders shared their testimonies and revealed that they heard about and met Jesus Christ through the international signal of Bethel Television. The evangelistic campaign called “Restoration in God and His Word,” was also attended by young people from the central church of the WMM in Uruguay, who came from Montevideo, located about 700 kilometers away, moved by the love for the Work of the Lord and by their decision to spread the Gospel l May 2015 / Impacto evangelistic
Retreat of Pastors in Hidalgo Pastors from the WMM of central Mexico attended a spiritual journey held in the Church of Azoyatla.
From March 5 to March 7, pastors from the Worldwide Missionary Movement of central Mexico gathered at the temple of Azoyatla, in the state of Hidalgo, to carry out an edifying retreat of pastor. The Power of God was felt during these three days of intense faith. On this occasion, those who gave the teachings of the Word of God were reverends Alejandro Roblero González, National Supervisor of the Work of God in Mexico, Francisco Mejía, Priest of Zone I, and pastors Elmer Moran, Carmen Cruz and Adriana Villeda. They presented themes such as “The leadership in the church,” “Agape Love,” “Our vocation,” “Facing our giants” and “The consequences of neglect,” among others. The event mobilized hundreds of pastors from the entire Aztec republic. Some servants of the Lord had to cross the country from one side to another in order to participate in the meeting organized by the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Mexico l MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 58 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
In the Shade of the Lord and a Tree With more than 70% of the construction complete, the Work of the Almighty in El Salvador has been building a temple in the town of San Miguel. In the meantime, the church praises the Lord in the shade of a tree. The Worldwide Missionary Movement in El Salvador is living days of joy thanks to the power of God: its own temple is being built in the city of San Miguel, eastern El Salvador, and it is 70% complete. Meanwhile, the Work holds its services in the shade of a large tree. Ever since its foundation eight years ago thanks to the work of Pastor Edwin Parada Herrera, National Supervisor of the Work in this country, this congregation has never had a place to hold their religious services. However, in time the Lord has allowed
the existence, among this recent flock of followers of Jesus Christ, of three pastoral families, two churches and some white fields that will soon become churches. In late 2014, the Church of El Salvador bought a 500-square-meter batch that is being paid monthly with the support of Salvadoran brothers and the Almighty. Moreover, the construction of the temple has already started and it will have a capacity for hundreds of people. This temple will be a clear demonstration of the progress of the WMM established in El Salvador l May 2015 / Impacto evangelistic
Resist and You Will See His Glory Members of the WMM in Spain held their III National Youth Convention, which was attended by delegations of brothers from Sweden and Italy.
The Worldwide Missionary Movement held from April 2 to April 4 the III National Youth Convention of the Work in Spain at the facilities of the Tívoli Cultural Center, located in the city of Valencia, on the Spanish Mediterranean coast. The event, led MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 60 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
by Rev. Carlos Medina, National Supervisor of the WMM in Spain, was attended by a large group of followers of the Almighty. Held under the theme “May Your Glory Descend,” the spiritual celebration of God’s Work began with a
service full of praises and songs to the Lord. During the opening worship, we can highlight the attendance of a delegation of young members from Sweden. Rev. Ramón Ortega, Officer of the WMM in Italy, was also there with a delegation of brothers from the Church of Torino and he preached the Word the Lord. On the second day of the III National Youth Convention, many testimonies were shared by some young members rescued and transformed by God’s power. Likewise, Rev. Medina gave a powerful conference called “Resist and You Will See His Glory,” after which a group of unbelievers gave his life to the Lord. At the closure of the activities, Pastor Ortega, led by the Holy Spirit, preached through a message called “No cross, no unction.” The message of the Almighty’s minister touched so deeply that some people were saved by the Gospel. The participation of the minister also gave a grand finale to the III National Youth Convention of the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Spain l
I Will Come The WMM in Italy held the Tenth Anniversary of the Church of Busto Arsizio with the attendance of delegations from different cities. The town of Busto Arsizio, located in the Italian province of Varese, in Lombardy, experienced a great spiritual celebration from March 25 to March 29 on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the temple established in this city by the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Italy. This commemoration was attended by various delegations from the cities of Bergamo, Biella, Casalpusterlengo, Cassano d’Adda, Conegliano, Cuneo,
Genoa, Lissone, Luzzara, Milan, Monza, Novara, Novi Ligure, Ovada, Parma, San Remo, Saronno, Savona and Torino. On the first day of the tenth anniversary of the Church of Busto Arsizio, which was held under the theme “I Will Come”, Pastor Galo Flori gave the Word of God and shared a message titled “One-way Trip,” based on Exodus 14:22, which urged believers to follow faithfully the Savior without looking back. Then, on the second day, Rev. Da-
vid Echalar, National Supervisor of the WMM in Italy, delivered the message called “Get Down to Work,” based on Exodus 36:2. In his speech, Pastor Echalar reminded that is extremely important to be loyal to work for the spread of Christianity. On the following days, reverends Leonel Cedeño, Ramón Ortega, Luis Valderrama and Hugo Lope also shared the message of God during the activity in Busto Arsizio l May 2015 / Impacto evangelistic
Soldiers of Jesus Christ in Rotterdam
The Worldwide Missionary Movement in the Netherlands held its First National Children Fellowship. A meeting of faith to teach the members of the Lord's Work about the Gospel.
The people of the Lord established in the city of Rotterdam were very pleased by the First National Children Fellowship of the Worldwide Missionary Movement in the Netherlands held on April 4 under the theme “Soldiers of Jesus Christ.” The event also served to instruct the little ones in the truths contained in the Holy Scriptures. This spiritual activity was attended by dozens of children accompanied by their parents, who enjoyed unforgettable moments related to the broad content of the Bible. In addition, the children sang songs and praises, and they received classes focused on the existence of God. The children were also reminded that He is the creator of MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 62 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
heaven, earth, animals and men. Likewise, the organizers of the First National Children Fellowship of the WMM in the Netherlands taught the little Christians about the love of the Lord and they stressed that His Son Jesus Christ died on the cross to free us from sin. They were also reminded that God gives us the strength to overcome negative feelings such as anger and sadness. They also took the example of David, who overcame his fears and concerns under the guidance of the Creator, and with his help he could face the bear and the lion that were after his sheep. The children were attentive to the Word of God and eager to answer the biblical questions l
Good News in Kuwait A group of Christians preach the Word of God in a city where the Muslim presence is overwhelming, Pastor Mathai Matew says. For several years, the city of Salmiya, in the State of Kuwait, is known for having a lot of Islamic population. However, in recent times, a large group of Christian people preach the gospel of Jesus Christ despite the danger of being attacked by sharing the good news. This was told in a letter from Pastor Mathai Matew, his family and a whole congregation of faithful of the Work of God who live in this city, located in the northern Gulf in Western Asia. Although it is very dangerous to share the Gospel of God in Muslim
territory, this group of believers go every day to the streets of the city, visiting houses and hospitals where they pray for the sick. In this regard, Pastor Mathai said in his letter: “We are working since 2012 and God is using each brother from our church to build the Kingdom of Heaven.” Long ago and thanks to the testimony offered by the Worldwide Missionary Movement, about fifty believers from a church called “Comunión Jardín” joined the WMM in Kuwait to be part of a congregation where
the sound doctrine is taught. For now, all Pastor Matew and the brothers of Kuwait ask are the prayers of God’s people to continue their work of evangelization. The minister of the Almighty Mathai Matew, who years ago was a respectable engineer working for a prestigious company, left everything in 2011 after he heard the voice of God and surrendered to Him. Since then he has served the Lord with zeal and is one of its most dedicated servants in spreading the Gospel l May 2015 / Impacto evangelistic
VENEZUELA Powerful Evangelistic Campaign in Maracaibo
A glorious Evangelistic Campaign was held by the Worldwide Missionary Movement from February 10-11 in the city of Maracaibo, Venezuela. The event was attended by Rev. Carlos Guerra, who arrived from Costa Rica, and Rev. Ricardo Manrique, WMM National Supervisor in Venezuela, by the National Board of the Work in Venezuela, by all presbyters, pastors and leaders, and by several zones of the Work along with their congregations. During these two days, many souls embraced Christ as their Lord and Savior. This evangelistic event was filled with the glory of God l
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ECUADOR Water Baptisms in Tonsupa
After showing repentance and true love for God and His Holy Word, a beautiful group of twelve brothers from the congregations of Tonsupa and Atacames, Ecuador, fulfilled this command of the Lord. On Sunday, January 25, twelve brothers descended into the baptismal waters. The new brothers gave testimony about their lives before they met God and their new lives in Christ Jesus, and conveyed their desire to live with a sincere heart to serve the Lord and proclaim the Gospel until death or until Christ comes for His Church. Glory to God! l
PARAGUAY 18th National Convention
The 18th National Convention of the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Paraguay was held from February 5 to 8 at the Municipal Theatre in San Lorenzo, in Departamento Central. It was attended by Rev. Jorge Humberto Henao, International Officer; Rev. Luis Meza Bocanegra, International Officer and National Supervisor in Peru, who was accompanied by his wife Sister Virginia Marrero de Bocanegra, and Rev. Gerardo Martinez, National Supervisor in Chile and WMM Missionary Supervisor in South America. In addition, a delegation from Formosa, Argentina, led by Rev. Nazario Gomez, National Officer in Argentina, was present. The glory of God was evident. In the Missionary Service, God revived and renewed the missionary call and a beautiful group of workers was also promoted. Hallelujah! l
EQUATORIAL GUINEA Fellowship in Nkumekien
A glorious Fellowship was held from January 30 to February 1 in the city of Nkumekien by the Worldwide Missionary Movement. During this activity, two local baptisms were performed and officiated by pastors Rev. Jaime Esono and Rev. Emilio. National Officers arrived on Sunday morning and Rev. Cornelio EsonoNdong, Member of the National Board and Deputy National Treasurer, was in charge of preaching. Likewise, Rev. Edelmiro, National President of Board and Supervisor Assistant of Africa offered words of blessings. Then, Rev. José Mariano, National Secretary, and finally, Rev. EribertoBaoba, National Treasurer, gave welcoming words. After the biblical ministry, the people answered with tears at the altar and finally, the offerings prepared by the host church were given to the servants of God in an atmosphere filled with the Lord’s blessing l
A university committee revealed that, throughout his career, Reiner Protsch von Zieten plagiarized the work of his colleagues and systematically falsified the dates of many fossils of the “stone age,” including a skull fragment which allegedly linked humans and Neanderthals.
The 36,000-year-old skull fragment was the missing link between ancient Neanderthals and modern man, Professor Reiner Protsch von Zieten told his scientific colleagues. His other remarkable discoveries included the remains of a woman who lived 21,300 years ago and a man who lived 29,400 years ago. The carbon-14 dating specialist’s findings had long been considered proof that Neanderthals had lived in northern Europe and coexisted, as a separate species, with anatomically modern humans. There was just one problem. The professor did not know how to operate his carbon-14 dating equipment, and legitimate experts concluded that he had simply invented the dates. The skeletal remains he had dated between 21,000 and 36,000 years old were dated by others as far younger. One of the skulls turned out to be from a man who had died barely 250 years ago—around A.D. 1750. On February 19, The Guardian (London) reported that the Frankfurt University professor had been forced to retire due to his many “falsehoods and manipulations” over a 30-year academic career. The scandal surfaced when he was caught attempting to sell the university’s chimpanzee skull collection. In addition to fabricating data, an investigation found that he had plagiarized the work of other scientists and passed off fake fossils as authentic ones. As a result, “anthropology is going to have to completely revise its picture of modern man between 40,000 and 10,000 years
ago,” said Professor Thomas Terberger of the University of Greifswald in eastern Germany, who discovered the hoax. Why had Professor Protsch perpetrated the fraud? “If you find a skull that’s more than 30,000 years old it’s a sensation,” explained Professor Terberger. “If you find three of them people notice you. It’s good for your career. At the end of the day it was about ambition.” Regrettably, this is not the first time such an audacious fraud has been committed in this field. The infamous “Piltdown Man,” discovered in Britain in 1912 and heralded as the long-sought missing link between humans and apes, was not revealed as a fake until 1953—more than 40 years later. When examined carefully, “Piltdown Man” proved to be a 600-year-old human skull combined with the jawbone of an orangutan, with both parts stained to make them appear older. Why did it take so long for the scientific establishment to realize this? Robert Foley, director of the Leverhulme Centre for Human Evolutionary Studies at Cambridge University, explains in the March 15 issue of The Scientist: “One of the reasons that Piltdown man was so successful was that it fitted people’s expectations of what they thought early humans would look like.” Since it took 30 years to expose this latest fraud, it seems history has repeated itself. It appears that the willingness of so many to believe in evolution was a major factor in fabricated evidence being uncritically accepted for so long l
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