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LOVE NOT THE WORLD Rev. Gustavo Martínez International President of the WMM
“Do thy diligence to come shortly unto me: For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica…” 2 Timothy 4:9-10.
he apostle Paul talks about Demas, who had been his fellow
laborer, his assistant, his fellow soldier, and had worked alongside men of God. Paul says: “For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world…” (2 Timothy 4:10). The
apostle John says: “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him” (1 John 2:15). Who loves the world cannot abide forever, as the Bible says: “And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.” (1 John 2:17). Demas had a promising kickoff, as he became the Apostle Paul’s fellow laborer (Philemon 1:24) and he was Lucas’s partner (Colossians 4:14). He had the abilities, and he had shown that he loved God, the ministry and the Work of God. He had suffered, he had been in need, underestimated, pursued, beaten up and misunderstood. So he was given opportunities and privileged positions, just because he seemed faithful. However, he had other interests, other motives that he revealed later.
Paul expected more from his friend, his fellow laborer. He wanted him to be by his side in his final moments, to be an inspiration, just to come to him with a word of encouragement. But what did Demas do? He forsook the apostle, he forsook his friend, he chose to love this world. Beloved brother, to end well this road we must surrender to God, we must renounce the fleeting pleasures, we must give up on this world’s glory, we must let go of worldly things. If your love is not for the Lord, but for the things of the world, one day you will desist, you will desert, you will go after this world. God keep us from falling from His grace! “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God” (James 4:4). “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth” (Colossians 3:1-2)
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THE GREEK CRISIS AND ITS
CONSEQUENCES The European economy is on red alert. The European Union is trying to isolate the euro and the Eurozone from Greece’s problems and the unpredictable consequences that may be caused by the bankruptcy of the Hellenic country.
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he world, and specially Europe, sees with expectation and concern the economic crisis in Greece. The reason: the situation in the Hellenic country may cause a domino effect among the Eurozone countries, mainly Spain and Portugal, due to the situation of their economies, their large fiscal deficits and, especially, their public debt. This crisis is a serious threat to the continuity of the euro in the European Community. An insolvent Greece would involve substantial losses of money to several European countries. However, it is difficult to predict the behavior of the economies if the most feared scenario turns into reality. One of the possibiMISSIONARY MOVEMENT 8 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
lities is that the bond buyers of the Eurozone nations with more problems would demand higher payments to compensate the risks of their investment. That would seriously affect the European currency and increase the instability in countries with greater impact on the global economy. The Greek economy would begin a period marked by inflation and the possible bankruptcy of their banks. To Europe, it would lead to a major loss, in spite of the measures approved at the beginning of the crisis, and it would mean a huge blow to the prestige of the Old Continent, which would see how the cradle of the European democracy, the country of Aris-
The problems of corruption, excessive government spending and tax evasion, recognized by Greece itself, led to a deficit over the 3% of the GDP stated in the rules of the common currency in Europe. However, this deficit was kept hidden for many years from the Eurozone partners.
totle, Socrates, Plato and Pericles, is ejected from the European ship. Moreover, if Greece leaving the Euro turns out to be a viable option, and even profitable to Greece, other nations may be tempted to follow the example. This could risk the European Union itself, to which the common currency is the center of its integration project.
THE GREEK CRISIS Currently, Greece has a debt of 320 billion euros (358 billion dollars) that the country cannot pay. ¿How did the Greek incur such huge debt? For several years, the country has been spending more money than it made and
financing such expenses through loans. Greece incurred these expenses before adopting the euro, but the arrival of the common currency in 2001 did not change the situation, as in theory it should have. Government spending, for instance, rose by 50% between 1999 and 2007, much more than in other Eurozone countries. The high level of corruption in Greece is also one of the reasons for the crisis. According to the annual corruption report 2010 by Transparency International-Greece, it is estimated that the cost of bribes in Greece was 632 billion euros (837 billion dollars). According to surveys conducted since 2007, more
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The Greek spending on officers and pensions continued consuming a great deal of the resources given by the international institutions, making it impossible to assign them in the aspects stated by the “troika”, such as promoting labor productivity and competitiveness.
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than one in ten people claim to have paid bribes in order to receive a public institution service. In 2004, Athens hosted the Olympic Games, an event in which the Hellenic Government invested a great amount of resources that increased its debt. The facilities are now abandoned and they are the symbol of the economic decay of the country. In addition, there was a generous and excessive social welfare policy, with a large number of early retirements, subsidies and a tax reduction. The problems of corruption, excessive government spending and tax evasion, recognized by Greece itself, led to a deficit over the 3% of the GDP stated in the rules of the common currency in Europe. However, this deficit was kept hidden for many years from the Eurozone partners. In January 2010, Prime Minister Yorgos Papandreu decided to finally take the bull by the horns and revealed that the Greek defi-
cit was actually 12.7% rather than 3.7%, as deceptively stated in the statistics issued by Athens to the European Union. Greece had been prettying up the financial statements for years. The Stability and Growth Pact that the European countries had signed stated that the 3% could not be exceeded. Greece then became another problem of an economic crisis born in the United States. In April of that same year, Greece asked for the first bailout and the “troika” was born: the European Commission (Eurogroup), the European Central Bank (ECB) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). In July of the following year, a second bailout was approved: 109,000 million euros. In return, the “troika” demanded adjustments and reforms, especially on retirement pensions, as well as the increase of the retirement age and the increase of many taxes. These measures stopped the crisis at the beginning, but the problems continued afterwards.
THE RISK OF CONTAGION
According to the IMF, the events in Greece have not produced any “major contagion” so far. However, the Greek crisis could have far worse repercussions than it what was thought until now. Christine Lagarde, IMF Managing Director, warned about the “acute” crisis Greece is in and she pointed out that the IMF cut its global economic growth forecast for this year to the lowest level since the recession of 2009. She also warned about the danger of the “financial tension” in Europe due to the Greek crisis. The world Gross Domestic Product (GDP) should only increase by 3.3%, 0.2 points less than the forecast in April and slightly below the 3.4% registered in 2014. In this context, Latin America and the Caribbean will only grow by 0.5%, against the 0.9% estimated three months ago, mainly due to the decrease in raw material prices and the tighter external financing conditions.
The Greek spending on officers and pensions continued consuming a great deal of the resources given by the international institutions, making it impossible to assign them in the aspects stated by the “troika”, such as promoting labor productivity and competitiveness.
THE REFERENDUM The Greeks got tired of the austerity measures. A survey revealed that almost 74% of the Greeks wanted the rescue conditions to be smoothed out in spite of the risk of leaving the euro. Likewise, many economists think that the measures imposed as a condition to finance the bailout ended up worsening the situation. In January of this year, the increasingly worse quality of life led the Greeks to support massively the left movements to which Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras belongs, making him win the elections.
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NOT ONLY GREECE…
ver the last months, the media – especially in Europe – has been informing and trying to explain the reasons why Greece turned into a sort of sick whose illness struck the European Union and, as a consequence, the world economy. The given data are highly interesting and are accurately listed in this magazine issue. However, I would like to linger on two aspects, as they are quite relevant and they have been mistakenly overlooked every time. The first one is that Greece is not the only Eurozone nation whose economy is seriously ill and on the verge of debt moratorium. The second one is that the reasons to that illness, which is not limited to Greece, are rooted in a completely spiritual ground that has been left out in the various analyses, however accurate. Let’s start with the first aspect. Contrary to what some may think, Greece is not the only economy in danger in the Eurozone. In fact, all those countries in which the Protestant Reformation of the 16th century was not established are in a similar situation. Portugal, Italy, Belgium and Spain – all of them nations of ancient Catholic lineage where the Counterreformation ended up imposing – are going through very similar situations. Close enough is a France that began a strong process of secularization in the 18th century, but in which the advance of the Reformation, however certain, was brutally limited by the Catholic Church. In the nations above, the economic situation is worrying. All of them – like Greece – have some risky degree of indebtedness. All of them have uncontrolled government spending. All of them have a politic class more or less affected by institutional corruption. All of them could fall like dominoes if the Eurozone runs into some more turbulence. In fact, on Monday after the Greek referendum, panic was spread in some of the Economic Departments of Spain, as the risk premium of the debt increased. The reason was obvious: if it kept rising, Spain could enter into debt moratorium and be forced to go bankrupt, even when the government’s triumphalist claims say the nation has overcome the crisis. It is enough to say that a country, such as Spain, whose debt is already 100% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) not only has not yet overcome the crisis, but it has
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gotten deeper into it over the last three years. That Monday, the situation was saved by the European Central Bank, which acquired rapidly the Spanish debt and that of other nations in danger. Of course, this remedy cannot be constant. Therefore, Greece is NOT the problem. It is only the most evident part of the problem. The second aspect is much more important. Although all these nations are democracies, the truth is that none of them assumed the recovery of the Biblical values as it happened in the part of Europe where the Reformation of the 16th century succeeded. Italy, Portugal, Ireland, Spain and Greece never had, nor have, the work culture described in the Bible, which was indeed absorbed by nations such as Sweden, Switzerland, Finland, Norway, Denmark and Germany. And none of those countries in distress has ever experienced, or currently experiences, an education culture such as the Protestant one, which in the early 16th century introduced universal and compulsory education in places such as Geneva and Scotland. In fact, the education laws of all those countries had to wait until the late 1800s, and those nations did not assume a finance culture until very late in history. By the 16th century, the protestant nations had already begun to develop a financial knowledge still used nowadays. Spain, in spite of being an Empire, had a national bank only by the end of the 18th century and even then without much success. Some of the countries above had to wait even more. Consequently, in all the countries at risk – as opposed to what happened in the Europe of the Reformation –, lying and robbery were, and still are, considered venial sins without real importance, especially if they were, and are, practiced by powerful people. The supremacy of the law over the institutions such as the monarchy and the Catholic Church were unknown for centuries – it is not so clear that it has been assumed yet – and the essential principles like the division of powers, introduced by the protestant study of the Bible, which indicates that the human being, individually and collectively, has a fallen nature that tends to evil, are not real at all. In other words, as opposed to what happened in the nations that back in their
day recovered the principles contained in the Bible thanks to the Reformation, all the nations in crisis have spent half the millennium being unable to embrace them. When this – purely spiritual – factor is taken into account, it comes as no surprise that, even in the midst of a structure such as the European Union, those nations are in an extremely delicate situation for themselves and for their partners. The same happened with the Hispanic American countries that did not adopt, back in their time, the principles described on the Bible for the prosperity of the nations. The results have been the remarkable incompetence to use the beneficial legal, economic and social mechanisms, and the inevitable crisis shaping up on the horizon, among others. Contrary to what some may think, nations do not progress by copying other institutions and laws, but on the basis of the principles that rule the daily actions of citizens. When principles like the ones mentioned above are not the rule, even the best legislations become nothing but dead letter, and the elections made every four years can do little or nothing. This is happening to Greece today and tomorrow it could be Spain’s or Portugal’s turn. So maybe we should start thinking about it, especially in Latin America.
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Tsipras asked Minister of Finance Yanis Varoufakis to negotiate with the senior officials of Brussels: Jeroen Dijssembloem, the Eurogroup President; Christine Lagarde, the IMF Managing Director; and Wolfgang Schäuble, Federal Minister of Finance. Ever since the beginning, the goal of the Greek government has been to end the austerity measures, renegotiate the conditions of the Memorandum of Understanding signed by the former leaders, and make reforms in Greece that have never been done before, such as putting an end to corruption and clientelism. However, they also want to initiate spending programs that go against the agreements adopted with the “troika.” Tsipras demanded the Eurozone a bridge loan, practically without conditions, in order to make the necessary reforms in a period of six months. On its part, the Eurogroup stated that Greece should continue with the reform plan and presented the following conditions: 1) an five-month extension of its bailout, until November 2015, and 2) a total funding of about 15,500 million euros to meet its upcoming due dates. In return, Greece had to comply with a new reduction of pensions and another 23% increase of the Sales Tax for restaurants and hotels. Negotiations lasted until the end of June, but no agreement was reached and the Greek government bet on the referendum – ratified by the majority of the Greek Parliament –, because the terms of the last offer made by the international creditors were not “assumable” and the support of the population was necessary. The Greek referendum took place on July 5 and resulted in a decisive rejection of the bailout conditions stated by the European Union, the International Monetary Fund and the European Central Bank. The Greek citizens were asked whether they approved or not the continuation of the austerity policies implemented since 2010. The winning answer was “No”, and the economic climate became even more uncertain.
THIRD BAILOUT However, a few days later something unexpected happened. The Greek government reached an agreement with the Eurogroup,
planning the third bailout for 50 billion euros (55 billion dollars.) Although the Greek people voted against the “troika”, it is practically impossible for the country to achieve economic sovereignty overnight. Therefore, a series of measures will be applied under the agreement, such as the privatization of many services like the electric grid of the country. The agreement also anticipates a number of reforms in the pension system. The difference between this agreement and the one rejected by the population in the referendum is basically the economic and tax policies. This fund is owned by the Greek, while the previous one was appointed to the international creditors. On the other hand, the amount of money obtained in this bailout is higher than what the “troika” suggested in the previous agreement (29 billion euros). Alexis Tsipras claims that the deal with the Eurogroup is less serious than the “troika” proposal rejected by Greece in the referendum of July 5. “I assure you that this agreement does not mean a setback. It is difficult agreement, we will have economic problems but not so serious ones,” the Prime Minister said. The other option, parallel to the Eurogroup agreement, was to leave the Eurozone, which rather than relieving the crisis would have increased the problems for Greece and, naturally, for the whole Eurozone, with unpredictable consequences for their economies l August 2015 / Impacto evangelistic
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“Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? For after all these things do the Gentiles seek: for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye ﬁrst the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufﬁcient unto the day is the evil thereof.” Matthew 6: 31-34.
Six years ago, a severe economic crisis turned Greece into the first country in the European Union to request an external bailout. Today, its lack of stability may cause its withdrawal from the Eurozone.
THE CRISIS OF THE GREEK DEBT The agreement still needs approval from several parliaments of the Eurozone.
Estonia Latvia Lithuania
They need the approval of parliament MEP decide themselves if it is necessary to vote or not Government is not obliged to consult parliament, but could do so to legitimize its decision They do not need to consult parliament
* If the ﬁnancial aid for Greece does not increase, which should be the case if the European Stability Mechanism is used
years in recession
FIGURES OF THE CRISIS
2009 The country went into recession; the deficit was 14.4%, representing a public debt of 300bn.
2010 The austerity plan guaranteed a first bailout of 110bn requested to the Troika*.
million people in poverty
2012 - 2013 A second bank loan was approved and it was said that the country would need a third one.
25.5% of unemployment rate
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2014 - 2015 The IMF announced that the bailout program would not be resumed until the new Greek government was not defined.
*Troika = Decision-making group consisting of the International European Commission, the European Central Bank and the Monetary Fund. *bn = billion
MAIN CAUSES For two years, the government massaged the country’s deficit figures.
WHAT MAY HAPPEN
The austerity plan caused an economic slump.
The possibility of Greece not being part of the European Union is currently being discussed, if the elected government opposes to the financial rescue plan.
THIRD BAILOUT PLAN FOR GREECE 82-86bn euros in three years, conditional on major reforms.
Greek Parliament agreement on four main points
July 2015 Modiﬁcation of VAT VAT= Value-added tax
Reform of the pension system
Independence Independent tax authority to of the national automatically cut spending if the statistics institute budget targets are not met
Reforms Collective negotiations Shops open on Sunday, modiﬁcation of work schedules Collective redundancies Privatization of power lines
Otras exigencias Consultations with the Troika
(European Commission, IMF and ECB)
Privatization fund of 50bn euros;
12.5-25bn euros of bailout to be reserved
of which 50% for the recapitalization will be of banks
Maturities will be revised but without debt suppression
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FIFTH SOUTH AMERICAN CONGRESS OF THE
WMM IN GUAYAQUIL Guayaquil, Ecuador, is ready to be the scenario of the Fifth South American Congress of the Worldwide Missionary Movement. It is expected that the event will gather over ten thousand believers from all five continents. The meeting will also serve to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Ecuadorian church.
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uayaquil, Ecuador, will host the Fifth South American Congress of the Worldwide Missionary Movement (WMM) from August 23 to August 30, bringing together thousands of people from different parts of the world. The event, to be held at the Voltaire Paladines Polo stadium, located between Las Americas avenue and Kennedy avenue, will also celebrate the 40th anniversary of foundation of the Work of God in Ecuador. The spiritual celebration promises to be an unforgettable event. The agenda of the Fifth South American Congress has established that the top leaders of the Work will preach the Word of God to MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 18 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
the thousands of faithful who will arrive to Ecuador. God’s mega event will be attended by Rev. Gustavo Martinez, President of the Work; Jose Soto, Vice President; Ruben Concepcion, Secretary; Rodolfo González, Treasurer; and international directors Alvaro Garavito, Margaro Figueroa, Rómulo Vergara, Humberto Henao and Luis Meza Bocanegra. The scheduled activities will also include a special space to commemorate the four decades of creation of the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Ecuador. In this regard, the organization committee plans to carry out a series of commemorative events in which details about the rich history of the
Work of the Almighty in Ecuador will be provided. Founded in 1975 thanks to the efforts of Brother Galo Moreira and Rev. José Soto, and with the permission of Pastor Luis M. Ortiz, the Ecuadorian branch of the Worldwide Missionary Movement will also show the progress of the Gospel throughout the South American country. The Fifth WMM South American Congress will be a mass event, as it has been confirmed the participation of delegations of believers from Puerto Rico, Panama, Spain, Italy, United States, Colombia, Peru, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Mexico and Venezuela. Similarly, it is estimated that believers of the work of the Al-
mighty from other nations of the world will come to Ecuador to participate in the spiritual celebration that will unite the people of God. The Voltaire Paladines Polo stadium, a representative infrastructure of the Guayaquil cityscape, will host all the activities planned by the Movement in Ecuador. Opened on May 30, 1963 under the name Coliseo Cerrado de Deportes Guayaquil, the two-story amphitheater has a capacity of approximately ten thousand spectators. Throughout its over five decades of history, it has hosted countless artistic, sporting, social, cultural and religious events. At present, it is being prepared to host, in the best way, the Fifth South American Congress of the WMM. Happy to be the host of this long-waited event, Rev. Eugenio Masias, National Supervisor of the WMM in Ecuador, talked with Impacto Evangelistic, the magazine that edifies your life, to invite God’s followers to be part of the Congress. Through the phone, Pastor Masias said: “All Impacto’s readers are invited to participate in the Fifth South American Congress. I am sure that everyone who comes to Guayaquil next August 26-30 will not regret it, as God will do something special in the life of each one of them” l
The Fifth WMM South American Congress will be a mass event, as it has been confirmed the participation of delegations of believers from América, Europa y Asia.
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THE ISLAMIC STATE
ATTACKS The Islamic State (IS) has burst into the international scene destabilizing a region already troubled and has shown, through expansionist statements, an ambition that endangers many countries.
aving a global caliphate was the visionary goal of Osama bin Laden and is still on Al Qaida’s wish list. However, its strategy of attack and retreat in different parts of the world turned the political project into a pipe dream. For the first time, a jihadist organization has a specific territory to proclaim the return to the seventh century political-religious system. In recent months, the Islamic State has demonstrated its military and political ability to threaten the security of countries such as Iraq, Syria, Tunisia, Libya, Yemen, as well as the international system. Some factors have contributed to the rapid growth of the organization, among which the most important and perhaps the most definitive one is that the Islamic State has taken advantage of the political, social and economic situation in Iraq and Syria to establish its caliphate there. The political goal of IS is to create a caliphate, and it is using terrorism as a means to achieve that aim. Likewise, IS has used the great inventions of the West for its fight and, through big productions and propaganda, it has been able to spread its message in an increasingly globalized world. So it comes as MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 20 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
no surprise that today some of its fighters are citizens from countries such as Britain, Australia, France, Turkey and a few others. The phenomenon of the Islamic State has generated rejection in the international public opinion. Its heinous tactics, such as the beheading of infidels and those who disagree with them, show that this will be a farreaching conflict with high-intensity points. As this war is part of an asymmetrical conflict where actors maximize their opponents’ weaknesses and there are differences in the correlation of forces, the conflict
“And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places”. Mathew 24:6-7.
may extend over time and actors may use all kinds of strategies and tactics to win. The counter-offensive against IS has been an air campaign led by the United States and followed by Coalition members. The air power deployed to fight the group seeks to attack the enemy’s gravity centers, such as the heavy artillery, and attack through intelligence high-value targets, such as organization leaders. However, although airpower is intrinsically strategic because of qualities such as mobility, versatility and speed, “many
of the air power activities that we commonly call “strategic,” such as coercion, denial and punishment campaigns, are not as applicable against guerrillas as they are in conventional warfare contexts.” Fighting the Islamic State will cause many more victims and generate further instability in various regions of the world. Given the heterogeneity of the population in countries such as Iraq, Syria, Libya, Nigeria, and other, its expansion will find there the perfect foundation to consolidate its caliphate l August 2015 / Impacto evangelistic
PUBLIC HEALTH AND LIFE EXPECTANCY “Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows...” Isaiah 53:4.
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hat is Public Health? What does it consist of? First, we must remember that, from birth and throughout childhood, adolescence, adulthood and senescence, we benefit from the advantages that Public Health has given us. We are talking about simple things that go unnoticed, such as the vaccines we receive as children, the drinking water we consume daily, the sewerage system of wastewater, the garbage cleanup. All of them have an impact on people’s health, but we take them for granted and we only realize their importance when we lose them. Public Health has been modernized, so today it identifies risk factors for chronic diseases and cancer, factors affecting workers at the workplace, traffic accidents, urban and family violence, diseases caused by climate change, mental disorders, among others. According to the World Health Organization (WHO): “Health is a state of complete physical, social and mental wellbeing, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity” (WHO, 1946), a concept conceived brilliantly by Milton Terris and subsequently spread and accepted. However, in many countries it remains a wish rather than a reality. Public Health is the branch of medicine that deals with the protection of health at the population level and aims to improve health and to control and eradicate diseases. The difference between Public Health and Traditional Health is that the first one is responsible for maintaining populations healthy through health prevention and promotion, while traditional health aims to serve people and restore their health through diagnosis, early treatment and rehabilitation. Public Health has made great achievements in the 20th century and it has contributed to improve our quality of life in several ways: by increasing life expectancy, reducing general and infant/maternal mortality rates, and reducing and eradicating those communicable diseases that have caused many deaths in the past. The most visible example is smallpox. In 1980, the WHO declared that humanity was free of this scourge, which brought about the death of millions of people. The
last cases were reported in Africa in 1977. In 1900, the average life expectancy worldwide was 31 years, in 1955 it was 45 years, and in 2012 it was 69 years. Ever since 1900, life expectancy (average number of years a person is expected to live) in the poorest areas of American countries has increased by almost 40 years. 33 of those 40 years (83%) can be attributed to public health initiatives (drinking water, drainage, vaccines, education, better food), while medical advances have been responsible for less than 7 years (17%). It can be anticipated that a male child born in 2012 in a high-income country will live to about age 76, 16 years more than a boy in a low-income country, who is expected to live to age 60. In the case of women, the gap is even greater, as life expectancy in high-income countries is 82 years and in low-income countries is 63 years, a difference of 19 years. Wherever they live in the world, women live longer than men. The increase in life expectancy in highincome countries is largely attributed to the successful control of non-communicable diseases (hypertension, smoking, diabetes mellitus, cancer, traffic accidents). While in low-income countries, it is due to the control of Infectious Communicable Diseases through vaccinations, sanitation (drinking water, sewerage) and education. Public Health has contributed to achieve a greater life expectancy. No country in the world that has not been influenced by it or has not harvested its results, through a longer and better life. As we can see, for each year earned in life expectancy Public Health has contributed with 85% of it, while the other 15% is due to traditional medicine (hospital) l
Walter Menchola Vásquez (*) (*) Internist, Master in Public Policy and Management
Public Health has made great achievements in the 20th century and it has contributed to improve our quality of life in several ways: by increasing life expectancy, reducing general and infant/ maternal mortality rates, and reducing and eradicating those communicable diseases that have caused many deaths in the past.
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Written by John Stott in 1984, this book deals with different complex and pressing issues of our time. They are clearly discussed, supported by the truths contained in the Holy Scriptures.
t the outset of the twenty-first century, we are faced with a bewildering array of challenges which fifty years ago we could never have imagined. On the one hand the pace of technological change has confirmed humanity’s cleverness; on the other hand the persistence of global poverty remains a challenge to our sense of justice. We are increasingly interdependent globally and business opportunities abound, but rich and poor are as far apart as ever. We are addressed as consumers rather than as citizens in a material society of great sophistication but with little sense of purpose. War and peace, creation, world poverty, human rights, relations in business, ethnic diversity, labor, terrorism, same-sex marriage, abortion and euthanasia are some of the contemporary issues discussed in “Issues facing Christians today.” Written by John Stott in 1984, this book deals with different complex and pressing issues, supported by the truths contained in the Holy Scriptures. Christians everywhere, together with all those who want peace, should therefore campaign for the abolition of weapons of mass destruction. There has been considerable progress especially in the relationship between America and the former Soviet Union in reducing nuclear weapons, but countries such as India and Pakistan have nuclear weapons and are in conflict over issues related to Kashmir. This means that although some of our most terrifying and MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 24 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
apocalyptic fears which we experiences during the Cold War may be reduced, the threat of nuclear weapons in our world is a very real one.
FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS With his book, Scott contributed to evangelize humanity. In this regard, the English pastor said that many chapters of his work came to life from the pulpit and grew to become speeches at the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity, where he helped people develop a Christian perspective about the complexity of the modern world.
The biblical approach to the environmental issue is to ask this basic question: “To whom does the earth belong”? It is deceptively elementary. How shall we reply? The first answer is straightforward. It is given in Psalm 24:1: “The earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof.” God is its Creator, and so by right of creation is also its owner. But this is only a partial answer. Here is Psalm 115:16: “The heaven, even the heavens, are the Lord’s: but the earth hath he given to the children of men. So then, the biblical answer is the earth belongs to both God and man. The book, edited and published for the first time in the United States under the title “Issues Facing Christians Today,” was completely updated and revised by evangelical researcher Roy Mc-
Slavery is rife today in many forms, whether it is the sexual trafficking of women, forced or bonded labor, child labor or forced marriage. There are three, often powerless, groups for whom we have a special concern, which are children, women and people with disabilities. In each case, we are not talking about a group having rights which are only applicable to them. We are talking about each group being denied fundamental human rights which should be universal. August 2015 / Impacto evangelistic
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Cloughry in 2005, with the full approval of Stott. Thus, McCloughry made possible the continuation of a legacy of over two decades, which has placed current issues under the lens of biblical thought and faith in God. It is important, then, that Christians are not only aware of abuses of human rights but actively campaign against them. Slavery is rife today in many forms, whether it is the sexual trafficking of women, forced or bonded labor, child labor or forced marriage. There are three, often powerless, groups for whom we have a special concern, which are children, women and
people with disabilities. In each case, we are not talking about a group having rights which are only applicable to them. We are talking about each group being denied fundamental human rights which should be universal. John Stott’s book enlightens and inspires at the same time, in the opinion of Roy McCloughry. According to its editors, the text, which was divided into four parts and includes a study guide, is a basic reading for Christians who want to face the current culture with evangelical perspective, passion and faith, knowing that the Gospel is as relevant and deeply essential today as it
was throughout history. In addition, they consider that in the future it will remain a critical contribution to Christian thought. Work occupies such a significant place in most people’s lives, that as Christians we must learn how to think Christianly about it. We need to learn to celebrate it as a gift from God, protest against unjust and oppressive practices where they exist and call people to work with integrity, in a working world which is often compromised. In some parts of the world it is unlikely to have a productive and paid employment, since the country is on the rack of civil war, suffering from famine or other form of poverty.
BIBLICAL LEADERSHIP John Stott, who died on July 27, 2011 at the age of ninety in the UK, was a devoted servant of God who always showed great concern for analyzing and studying social issues from a Christian perspective. Throughout his long life, he wrote forty books and published hundreds of articles which have enriched contemporary Christian literature. Because of his many contributions, he enjoyed and still enjoys great recognition among theologians and evangelical scholars of all denominations. Few subjects have been as explosive as that of homosexuality in recent years. Rapid social change has brought about a degree of acceptance of homosexuality which is unprecedented. This has led to a change in Western perception of issues such as the nature of sexuality, the concept of family, the education of our children and the nature of human rights. It is in this context that the church has to offer leadership by reflecting biblically and responding appropriately to the agenda. It does so at a time when many homosexual campaigners see Christianity as one of the primary sources of resistance to their demands. The book “Issues facing Christians today,” based on the truths of the Gospel and with a clear message of faith, shows the right way to act in an increasingly changing and challenging world to the new generation of believers in the Lord Jesus Christ. John Stott’s work, recognized as an influential book within the evangelical environment, encourages Christian humanity to think about the earth and act as established by the Almighty in the Holy Bible. We see with our mind’s eyes the 2,000,000,000 people who may have never heard of Jesus, and the further 2,000,000,000 who have heard but have had no valid opportunity to respond to the Gospel; we see the poor, the hungry and the disadvantaged; people crushed by political, economic or ethnic oppression; the millions of babies aborted and incinerated; the serious threat of climate change. We see these things; don’t we care? We see what is; can’t we see what it could be? Things can be different. Those who have not been evangelized must be reached with the good news l
Few subjects have been as explosive as that of homosexuality in recent years. Rapid social change has brought about a degree of acceptance of homosexuality which is unprecedented. This has led to a change in Western perception of issues such as the nature of sexuality, the concept of family, the education of our children and the nature of human rights. It is in this context that the church has to offer leadership by reflecting biblically and responding appropriately to the agenda.
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Hymn created by William and Gloria Gaither Lee Sickal, authors of about seven hundred songs dedicated to the Lord. Each verse conveys peace, calm and love.
he hymn “Because He Lives,” created by American composers William Gaither and his wife Gloria Lee Sickal, two of the most famous lyricists in the Gospel music environment, is characterized by being a poem announcing the good news of the Lord from start to finish. Composed on the basis of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the song, set to music by Willian and written by his wife Gloria, enjoys great popularity around the world, as it conveys peace, calm and love to the followers of the Almighty. William Gaither, known in the Christian world as Bill Gaither, and his wife Gloria created this Christian ode in 1971, while expecting their third child. Both characters, greatly influential in contemporary gospel music, agreed on believing that the Holy Spirit would come to their aid in times when drug abuse and racial tension increased daily. The power of the resurrection of Christ was reaffirmed in their lives and thoughts and resulted in one of the most memorable gospel songs. Born on March 28, 1936, Bill grew up in a family that followed the Lord and stood out for his predilection to praise God through music. At the age of twenty, he and his siblings, Danny and Mary Ann, formed a Christian musical trio to reaffirm their commitment to the Gospel. The band, formed in Arizona at the Anderson University, would play traditional songs and original compositions, and quickly became recognized as a contemporary band. HUNDREDS OF HYMNS Gloria Lee Sickal was born on March 4, MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 28 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
1942, and grew up, just like her husband, in a home ruled by peace and love for the Almighty. She graduated in English, French and Sociology and met Bill Gaither in the sixties while working as a teacher in the city of Alexandria. Guided by God’s will, Bill and Gloria got married in 1962 and immediately began to work together to create a myriad of songs dedicated to extol the truths of the Almighty. Authors of about seven hundred hymns, in 1983 Gloria and Bill were inducted into the Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame. Throughout the years, their songs have been performed by many bands and singers that follow the Lord Jesus Christ, including David Crowder Band, Carman, Sandi Patty, The Cathedral Quartet, The Speer Family, The Heritage Singers and The Statler Brothers. The duo also won Grammy Awards in 1973, 1975, 1991, 1999, 2001 and 2008 for the quality of his music. William Gaither and Gloria Lee Sickal, parents of three servants of Jesus Christ, continue their ministry and are two representative figures of the gospel song environment. Their song “Because He Lives,” known throughout North and South America, is meaningful to those who have faith in the Lord. Steeped in the message of the Savior, it conveys the guarantee and the strength to overcome the obstacles surrounding the lives of Christians. It also radiates the hope that Jesus Christ shared in his earthly existence l
BECAUSE HE LIVES 1 God sent His son, they called Him Jesus. He came to love heal and forgive. He lived and died to buy my pardon. An empty grave is there to prove My savior lives. Chorus Because He lives I can face tomorrow. Because He lives all fear is gone. Because I know He holds the future, and life is worth the living just because He lives. 2 How sweet to hold a newborn baby, And feel the pride and joy he gives; But greater still the calm assurance: This child can face uncertain days because He Lives!
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THE HERALD OF THE REFORMATION John Wycliffe came from the obscurity of the Dark Ages. He was the messenger of the Word not for England alone but for all Christendom. He faced the authority imposed by Rome without fearing for his life.
efore the Reformation there were at times but very few copies of the Bible in existence, but God had not suffered His word to be wholly destroyed. In the different countries of Europe men were moved by the Spirit of God to search for the truth as for hid treasures. Providentially guided to the Holy Scriptures, they studied the sacred pages with intense interest. In the fourteenth century arose in England the “morning star of the Reformation.” John Wycliffe was the herald of reform, not for England alone, but for all Christendom. Wycliffe, born about 1320, received a liberal education, and with him the fear of the Lord was the beginning of wisdom. He was noted at college for his fervent piety as well as for his remarkable talents and sound scholarship. He was educated in the scholastic philosophy, in the canons of the church, and in the civil law, especially that of his own country. In his after labors the value of this early training was apparent. A thorough acquaintance with the speculative philosophy of his time enabled him to expose its errors; and by his study of national and ecclesiastical law he was prepared to engage in the great struggle for civil and religious liberty. MAN OF FAITH When Wycliffe’s attention was directed to the Scriptures, he entered upon their investigation with the same thoroughness which had enabled him to master the learning of the schools. Heretofore he had felt a great want, which neither his scholastic studies nor the teaching of the church could satisfy. MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 30 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
In the word of God he found that which he had before sought in vain. Here he saw the plan of salvation revealed and Christ set forth as the only advocate for man. He gave himself to the service of Christ and determined to proclaim the truths he had discovered. Wycliffe was a keen detector of error, and he struck fearlessly against many of the abuses sanctioned by the authority of Rome. While acting as chaplain for the king, he took a bold stand against the payment of tribute claimed by the pope from the English monarch and showed that the papal assumption of authority over secular rulers was contrary to both reason and revelation. The demands of the pope had excited great in-
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bulls, however, the bishops, in their zeal, had summoned Wycliffe before them for trial. But two of the most powerful princes in the kingdom accompanied him to the tribunal; and the people, surrounding the building and rushing in, so intimidated the judges that the proceedings were for the time suspended, and he was allowed to go his way in peace.
dignation, and Wycliffe’s teachings exerted an influence upon the leading minds of the nation. The papal thunders were soon hurled against him. Three bulls were dispatched to England,--to the university, to the king, and to the prelates,--all commanding immediate and decisive measures to silence the teacher of heresy. Before the arrival of the
HOLY SCRIPTURES Wycliffe’s words were fulfilled. He lived to place in the hands of his countrymen the most powerful of all weapons against Rome -to give them the Bible, the Heaven-appointed agent to liberate, enlighten, and evangelize the people. There were many and great obstacles to surmount in the accomplishment of this work. Wycliffe was weighed down with infirmities; he knew that only a few years for labor remained for him; he saw the opposition which he must meet; but, encouraged by the promises of God’s word, he went forward nothing daunted. In the full vigor of his intellectual powers, rich in experience, he had been preserved and prepared by God’s special providence for this, the greatest of his labors. At last the work was completed -the first English translation of the Bible ever made. The word of God was opened to England. The Reformer feared not now the
Wycliffe was weighed down with infirmities; he knew that only a few years for labor remained for him; he saw the opposition which he must meet; but, encouraged by the promises of God's word, he went forward nothing daunted. In the full vigor of his intellectual powers, rich in experience, he had been preserved and prepared by God's special providence for this, the greatest of his labors.
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prison or the stake. He had placed in the hands of the English people a light which should never be extinguished. In giving the Bible to his countrymen, he had done more to break the fetters of ignorance and vice, more to liberate and elevate his country, than was ever achieved by the most brilliant victories on fields of battle. The art of printing being still unknown, it was only by slow and wearisome labor that copies of the Bible could be multiplied. Wycliffe’s work was almost done; the MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 32 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
banner of truth which he had so long borne was soon to fall from his hand; but once more he was to bear witness for the gospel. The truth was to be proclaimed from the very stronghold of the kingdom of error. Wycliffe was summoned for trial before the papal tribunal at Rome, which had so often shed the blood of the saints. He was not blind to the danger that threatened him, yet he would have obeyed the summons had not a shock of palsy made it impossible for him to perform the journey.
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HERALD OF THE LORD But though his voice was not to be heard at Rome, he could speak by letter, and this he determined to do. From his rectory the Reformer wrote to the pope a letter, which, while respectful in tone and Christian in spirit, was a keen rebuke to the pomp and pride of the papal see. Wycliffe fully expected that his life would be the price of his fidelity. The king, the pope, and the bishops
were united to accomplish his ruin, and it seemed certain that a few months at most would bring him to the stake. But his courage was unshaken. But God’s providence still shielded His servant. The man who for a whole lifetime had stood boldly in defense of the truth, in daily peril of his life, was not to fall a victim of the hatred of its foes. Wycliffe had never sought to shield himself, but the Lord had been his protector; and now, when his enemies felt sure of their prey, God’s hand removed him beyond their reach. In his church at Lutterworth, as he was about to dispense the communion, he fell, stricken with palsy, and in a short time yielded up his life, on December 31, 1384. Wycliffe came from the obscurity of the Dark Ages. There were none who went before him from whose work he could shape his system of reform. Raised up like John the Baptist to accomplish a special mission, he was the herald of a new era. Yet in the system of truth which he presented there was a unity and completeness which Reformers who followed him did not exceed, and which some did not reach, even a hundred years later. So broad and deep was laid the foundation, so firm and true was the framework, that it needed not to be reconstructed by those who came after him. The great movement that Wycliffe inaugurated, which was to liberate the conscience and the intellect, and set free the nations so long bound to the triumphal car of Rome, had its spring in the Bible. Here was the source of that stream of blessing, which, like the water of life, has flowed down the ages since the fourteenth century. Wycliffe accepted the Holy Scriptures with implicit faith as the inspired revelation of God’s will, a sufficient rule of faith and practice. He had been educated to regard the Church of Rome as the divine, infallible authority, and to accept with unquestioning reverence the established teachings and customs of a thousand years; but he turned away from all these to listen to God’s holy word l
There were none who went before him from whose work he could shape his system of reform. Raised up like John the Baptist to accomplish a special mission, he was the herald of a new era. Yet in the system of truth which he presented there was a unity and completeness which Reformers who followed him did not exceed, and which some did not reach, even a hundred years later.
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SAVED MY LIFE Carlos Guzman Guzman was into all possible vices. He grew up believing that God had forgotten him. Being a new man was his hidden desire but he never dared to change, until the Impacto Evangelistic magazine reached him. It was the message he was waiting for to break free.
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n the afternoon of October 15, 1998, Carlos took an edition of the Impacto Evangelistic magazine that his sister gave him. After reading some of the content and seeing the images showing hundreds of believers crying before an altar, his eyes filled with tears. That is when he wondered, “Lord, when will I be like that?” A few days later, his sister and his brother in law took him to an evangelistic crusade in the city of Santo Domingo de los Colorados, northwest of Ecuador, where a well-known Puerto Rican preacher was announcing Christ. Upon reaching the meeting, he prayed for his life and for the healing of his useless leg. After a few minutes, he was running and jumping on the platform, claiming that God exists and that He works miracles. He became a new man ever since. I DO NOT BELIEVE IN GOD Carlos Henry Guzman Guzman always believed in God, but life tested his faith throughout his childhood. The first trial happened on his birthday, on January 16, 1966 in the city of Tumaco in Colombia, where his wealthy father married another woman. Since then, Carlos and his two older brothers had to work even if they were nothing but children, because extreme poverty would not leave them alone. Another trial that killed Carlos’ little hope happened when he was 10 years old. A cold-hearted man murdered his stepfather because he had committed adultery with his wife. The tragedy occurred in Tonsupa, Ecuador, and forced him to flee with his mother to take refuge in the Municipality of Esmeraldas, 27 kilometers north of the country. Since then, he had no choice but to believe in himself to be successful, even if it meant resorting to crime and drugs.
THE J3 APACHES As a 16-year-old, Carlos formed his first gang named the J3 Apaches, specialized in stealing little things from passers-by in order to afford the vices and alcohol they had in bars and restaurants. Then, they began robbing stores and supermarkets in the city, until he and four of the ten members of his gang were identified and cornered MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 36 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
“They would always invite me to church and preach the gospel to me, saying that Christ loved me and that He could change my life. I would always get rid of them by lying or telling that I would someday go to their temple ... Every time God called me, something else was on my mind.” in a known nightclub. Not finding a way out, they escaped through the back door and jumped into the Esmeralda River. The agents found them easily and shot towards the river without hesitation. After a while, firing ceased and five noses emerged from the water. They were Carlos and his henchmen who had survived the fall and the bullets. “That’s how I began my life. My goal was to be as wealthy as my father, and I was going to achieve it at any cost,” Carlos said. At the age of 19, he was known as the Colombian, because he was born in the neighboring country. Back then, he formed another criminal gang and spread terror in his new city. He contacted the most dangerous thugs in the Esmeralda neighborhoods and they armed themselves with all kinds of high-caliber weapons to rob banks and jewelry stores in the province.
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One day, while he was at her sister’s house, he read a copy of Impacto Evangelistic and knew that the only way that God could help him was to surrender to Him as shown in the pages of the magazine. After reading the magazine and bursting into tears, he was taken to the city of Santo Domingo de los Colorados, where he surrendered to the Lord.
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One night, Carlos ran into an army sergeant and shot him. They put a price on his head and he was searched for in every corner of the city. Some months later, when coming home from the downtown, he was intercepted by a burst of gunfire. As he fell, apparently wounded, Carlos stood up in seconds and fled into the bushes, followed by a trail of shots directed to him. At that moment, his daughter and neighbors thought the worst; but several hours later, Carlos turned up walking without any mortal wound. “No bullet ever touched me ... Not one,” he said. But this was not the only operation that tried to end the life of the Colombian. The following day, at the same time and in the same place, the army broke into his house again and almost captured him. In the middle of the riot, the military mistook his friend for him, while he got lost in the bushes. “They would always invite me to church and preach the gospel to me, saying that Christ loved me and that He could change my life. I would always get rid of them by lying or telling that I would someday go to their temple ... Every time God called me, something else was on my mind,” he recalls.
FOOD FOR ALLIGATORS A few weeks later, the militia launched a night operation that managed to find the whereabouts of the thugs. They were subdued and taken in a truck to an alligator farm, where they were to be eaten by them,
as it happened with dozens of other criminals. Before that, some of them thought they were going to die when they felt the riffle on their heads. Once in the ditch, they were beaten up until they were left half-dead. In a moment of distraction, Carlos tried to escape, but he stumbled and a dump truck nearly run over him. When the criminals stood up, they formed a single line and were beaten again. “I was so beaten up that I lost all sensitivity and stopped complaining. It was unbelievable not to feel the pain ... Others cried and thought we would die there, but I told them to stay quiet and die like men ... Deep inside, I told the Lord I did not want to die like that,” he admits. When they finished torturing to throw them into the alligator pond, a conversation between the military changed their destiny and they were taken instead to the city jail. They remained there for a month, until their wounds and hematomas healed and they were released by influences of one of them. Upon leaving the jail, all of them returned to the same thing. Carlos rejected once more the calling from God.
DRUG TRAFFICKING In the early 90’s, 24-year-old Carlos fled to Colombia looking for his uncle, who was well known in the preparation and production of cocaine paste. After contacting and working with him, he visited several “chongos” or maceration pits, located in the Municipality of San Lorenzo and Cali, until he reached the town of Tumaco, where Carlos was born. After some time in which he earned thousands of pesos for the illegal business, he witnessed the constant conflicts between the Colombian guerrillas and paramilitaries, so he decided to return to Esmeraldas in Ecuador. There, he met her mother, who had adopted the Christian faith and told him about the Creator: “I have asked God not to die until you become a pastor and serve him.” Carlos just showed her indifference, answering: “Please! Do not talk to me about God.” A year later, he temporarily stayed out of the crime’s way to avoid having problems with the law and he worked as a tailor, until an incident left him bedridden. It happened
one night of drinking, when Carlos started a fight against two men to stand up for a defenseless man. In the middle of the struggle, he received a blow that broke all the tendons in his left leg. At home, he did not receive medical assistance until two weeks later, as the street quacks and healers could not give any solution. “I couldn’t sleep at night due to the huge pain. I would cry out loud like the demoniac at Gadara mentioned in the Bible ... My wife was the only one who helped me in my pain,” he recalls. Two months later, a traumatologist checked his swollen rotten leg and diagnosed him with a lifelong disability. His leg got reduced and dried in a matter of months. His only way to move was jumping with his good leg.
HEALED BY GOD Several years later, in October 1998, the city of Esmeraldas was visited by a wellknown Puerto Rican evangelist who per-
formed miracles in the name of God. That week was transcendental for Carlos, who was 32 years old. He wanted his leg to be healed, but the vice of alcohol and drugs would not leave him alone. “Lord, I do not want this life anymore. Save me and take away these vices,” he prayed timidly. One day, while he was at her sister’s house, he read a copy of Impacto Evangelistic and knew that the only way that God could help him was to surrender to Him as shown in the pages of the magazine. After reading the magazine and bursting into tears, he was taken to the city of Santo Domingo de los Colorados, where he surrendered to the Lord. Then he experienced rejoicing, as many who were healed miraculously, jumping on the platform and thanking God. Upon returning home, Carlos was never again the same. He walked away from the vices, he married Mercy Valeriano Pincay and formed a beautiful family, all because one day he read the publication of the World Missionary Movement and met God l August 2015 / Impacto evangelistic
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“And I say also unto thee, that thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” Matthew 16:18. Rev. Luis M. Ortiz
ur Lord Jesus asked his apostles: “Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? And they said, some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets. He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Matthew 16:13-16). Jesus said: “Upon this rock –i.e., upon the truth he had told– I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:18). We know that Christ is the Son of the living MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 40 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
God, that he is the founder and the foundation of the Church, that the Church is a divine institution attacked by hell. The Church has always won and will continue winning, because the Church belongs to Christ and He is invincible. • Throughout history, Satan has used many tactics to destroy the Church. At first, his tactic was the declared and open opposition and persecution to death in the name of the Roman emperor. Deprivations and tortures were imposed on Christians, dungeons and catacombs were filled with persecuted Christians, fires and stakes
burned Christian bodies, beasts devoured followers of Jesus Christ, and the blood of Christians flowed like rivers. It was useless though; where a Christian died, ten pagans were converted. The Church won, the gates of hell did not prevail. • So Satan changed his tactics. Rather than persecuting the Church as an outsider, he became an insider. In the 3rd century, Emperor Constantine made Christian faith a profession, so the imperial army was massively baptized, and the rich, the great, the mighty wanted to be called Christians. Of course, being Christian came to mean little, as it became a mere conventional profession without a price to pay, without a transformation to experience. It was easy for Satan to take control of the Church, and then hierarchies emerged in the Church: clericalism, papacy, worldly glory and political power. Satan managed to divide the body of the Church into two groups: the clergy, the powerful minority that controlled everything, even the soul of the parishioners; and the parish, which was powerless and could not do anything, not even pray, as they were given the prayers that they had to pray. After gaining control over the new body of the Church, Satan persecuted true Christians once again through the so-called Holy Inquisition. When Christians were brave and did not submit or obey the new hierarchical and worldly authority of the Church, they were persecuted. They had to flee, hide and live in caves and catacombs, persecuted by this apostate church, which was drunk on the blood of the saints and martyrs of Jesus. The control was absolute and the Dark Ages ruled until one day a monk was enlightened by the gospel truth while reading the Bible. He nailed 95 theses to the door of his church in Wittenberg, Germany, and began to preach the Gospel from his pulpit. The great Reformation had been born. Satan could not destroy the Church of Jesus Christ from within. The Church won, the gates of hell did not prevail. • Finding himself defeated, Satan changed his tactics again. He became an interpreter of the Bible and a theologian, and so error and demon doctrines began to emerge. However, although there are always those who
hear and follow seducing spirits and doctrines of demons, the true Church of Jesus Christ, those who are guided by the Word and the Spirit of God, recognizes the Lord’s unmistakable voice. The true Church of the Lord only obeys the word of God and does not give up, invincible before the evil flood of error doctrines. The Church won, the gates of hell did not prevail. • When Satan realized that he could not defeat the true Church of Jesus Christ with doctrines of demons and seducing spirits, he took the fundamental doctrines of the Bible to imitate and discredit them. He took the glorious doctrine and the wonderful experience of the baptism in the Holy Spirit, of which the first physical sign is the ability of the believer to speak in other tongues, as granted by the Spirit. Satan imitates it by using his instruments to speak in other tongues, in order to fool some and discredit the true doctrine. There are many who claim to have received the baptism in the Holy Spirit and speak in tongues, but their lives have not changed. Satan also imitates the miraculous gifts of the Holy Spirit, especially that of prophecy. The gift of prophecy is the supernatural statement anointed and inspired by the Holy Spirit in common language. The purpose of this gift is the edification, exhortation, and comfort of the Church (1 Corinthians 14: 3). There are those who claim to be prophets or have the gift of prophecy, but they are actually moved by their own spirit or a spirit of error. Through false and misleading prophecies, they give messages contrary to the clear teachings of the Word of God. But despite all the sickening imitation of Satan, true Christians who have biblical knowledge and discernment of the Holy Spirit will not be fooled. The true Church of Jesus Christ wins, the gates of hell shall not prevail. • Another way Satan has used to destroy the Church of Jesus Christ is worldliness and unseemly fashion. But, while many have been dragged by this diabolical onslaught, there are others in the Church of Jesus Christ who have not knelt down before the goddess of worldliness and fashion, and continue to live pure lives inside and outside. The true Church of Jesus Christ wins, the gates of hell shall not prevail l
Satan managed to divide the body of the Church into two groups: the clergy, the powerful minority that controlled everything, even the soul of the parishioners; and the parish, which was powerless and could not do anything, not even pray, as they were given the prayers that they had to pray. After gaining control over the new body of the Church, Satan persecuted true Christians once again through the so-called Holy Inquisition.
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COME, LORD JESUS
“I tell you, in that night there shall be two men in one bed; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left. Two women shall be grinding together; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.” Luke 17:34-36. Rev. Gustavo Martínez Garavito
hen the Lord went to heaven, his disciples were sad and had many questions. Looking toward heaven, two men stood by them in white apparel and said, “Why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven” (Acts 1:11). The time when the Lord returns will be, according to the Bible, unexpected. When the world is more devoted to its pleasures, then He will come suddenly. THE RAPTURE “But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first. Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words” (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). “Behold, I shew you a mystery; we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed” (1 Corinthians 15:51-52). According to the Scripture, not all will be raptured, but the true Church. It says that there will be two men in one bed, one will be taken and the other will be left (Luke 17:34). MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 42 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
Where one lives a life of holiness and the other lives a life of sin and jealousy, one will be saved and the other will be left. It also says that two women will be grinding together, one will be taken and the other will be left (Luke 17:35). This means that, even if we all work in different occupations, those who are Christians keep seeking God according to His Word. They have received the testimony of the Scripture and the Holy Spirit, and so they have a tuned and receptive ear. When the last trumpet sounds, they will depart and the others will wonder where they went. This will be something terrible that will touch everyone! The Lord has come! The Church has been raptured! Pure wheat has been collected and taken to the heavenly barns. As the Church experiences this joy, weeping and gnashing of teeth will begin for everyone who refused to repent, for all those who lived wasting the money of their children and wife. Just like the prodigal son who went to a distant country and lived a life of pleasure and temporary trifles, they will regret, because where there was a believer there was also testimony of God, so they cannot say that they did not receive the message. This is why the Bible says that the Church is like a virgin dressed and adorned for her husband who does not have any spot or wrinkle. Jesus Christ is coming for his holy Church, not for some denomination or group. The Bible says that all who have accepted Christ and live a holy life will participate in the Rapture. What shall we do to be among those who will be raptured? The Bible says that we must remain in the Lord, because if we do not, unfortunately we will stay when the Lord comes. Even if we preached our whole life, gave offerings,
attended God’s house, built temples or did many works of charity, we will stay. We are not saved because of the works or ministry we have developed in favor of humanity. “That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish” (Ephesians 5:27). “Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14). We realize that our intellectual, cultural or social position, our family, our surname or the place where we live will not guarantee that we will spend eternity with God. Our guarantee is a life of holiness, without which no one will see the Lord. “Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape
all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man” (Luke 21:36).
THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST Speaking of the coming of Christ, when will He come? The Bible tells us: “But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father. Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is” (Mark 13:32-33). So if someone tells you that He is coming next month, or if they give you a certain date, that person is a liar, because no one knows that. He will come at any time, may be in the morning or at noon, at dusk or at any time, so you have to be prepared. The Lord Jesus is coming soon! Leave tepidity and conformism, seek holiness. The true Church says, “Come, Lord Jesus” (Revelation 22:20) l August 2015 / Impacto evangelistic
IT IS REQUIRED THAT A MAN
BE FOUND FAITHFUL “Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.” 1 Corinthians 4:1-2. Rev. Álvaro Garavito
e are stewards of what we have. “Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful” (1 Corinthians 4:2). “It is required in stewards”, and note that it does not involve
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the congregation but “that a man be found faithful.” “Faithful” is a deep and broad term referring to a loyal and honest person fulfilling their commitments. It should be noted
that the Scripture says that “it is required in stewards,” it does not say: “It is required in owners.” We understand now that we are “stewards” that do not own anything. In a company, the CEO may have access to certain things but he is limited. God is the owner, so we are limited because we do not own anything. The owner has hired us to work, maybe at nine o’clock in the morning or at three in the afternoon, but we are in the last hour of the contract. He has hired us to serve and work but we do not own anything, He owns everything. As stewards, we have to manage time and not waste it. You are a steward of time and God will ask you to account to Him. Many young people sleep until eleven o’clock in the morning, get up at noon, sit in a chair, watch television and do nothing, and when the time comes to go to church, they tell their parents: “I will not go because I have many thing to do.” The parent, an accomplice of sloth, says: “Of course son, stay and do your homework.” God will ask you to account to Him, we will give account to God for that. “Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.” Matthew 25:14-30 says, “For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability… After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them. And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more. His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. He also that had received two talents came and
said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them. His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed: And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine.. His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed. Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury. Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talent. For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath. And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” Note the words the Lord said: “Wicked and slothful servant” (v. 26). “And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness” (v. 30). Three things were enough to cast him into outer darkness. Look it up in the dictionary what it means to be wicked, slothful and unprofitable. If these three definitions refer to you, get ready because if you do not change, you will not enter heaven. We are responsible for our Christianity, we are responsible for what God has placed in our hands, and we are responsible for magnifying the work of God, for not being slothful or unprofitable. There are people who will never do anything for the Lord and will always excuse themselves saying, “I can’t do it, I don’t know how to do it, if the Lord wants to save me, he will save me.” They will not be saved for sure. If you have the talent to sing, praise, evangelize, preach, pray, seek souls or clean the temple is because God has given you these gifts. If you bury them, they will be lost and you will have no excuse! Beloved, we hope that the Lord will find you faithful and working in the vineyard of the Divine Farmer. God bless you! l
God is not a God of dead, unprofitable, slothful, cowardly or wicked servants. God will reward each according to their work and give them much more than they gave. We are responsible for our Christianity, we are responsible for what God has placed in our hands, and we are responsible for magnifying the work of God, for not being slothful or unprofitable. There are people who will never do anything for the Lord and will always excuse themselves saying, “I can’t do it, I don’t know how to do it, if the Lord wants to save me, he will save me.” They will not be saved for sure.
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“WE WILL MAKE THE WORD REACH THE WHOLE
ARGENTINIAN TERRITORY” About to celebrate three decades of missionary work, Rev. Ismael Parrado, National Supervisor of the WMM in Argentina, reveals how the Work is growing in the second largest country in Latin America.
NLY FIVE MONTHS BEFORE his 30 years of
missionary work in Argentina, Rev. Ismael Parrado Prieto, National Supervisor of the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Argentina, talked with Impacto Evangelistic, the magazine that edifies your life, to announce that the Work is still growing. From Buenos Aires, the minister of the Lord revealed that the WMM is now in thirteen of the twenty provinces of the country. Pastor Ismael Parrado, please make a brief review of your nearly thirty years of missionary work in Argentina On January 2, 1986, I arrived to Argentina from Colombia with my wife Martha Saavedra with the mission of leading the church established in the city of Resistencia, the most populous province of Chaco. There, my commitment for God’s Work began. Two years later, I was appointed by Pastor Luis M. Ortiz as National Supervisor of the WMM in Argentina. Then, in 1989, I was transferred to the city of Buenos Aires. Thanks to the Lord, I have preached the Word with great fortitude throughout all this time. What is the balance of the presence of the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Argentina? The balance is very positive. God’s Work makes steady progress in Argentina. Currently, the WMM has established churches in thirteen of the twenty provinces of Argentina. The work is in Buenos Aires, Chubut, Mendoza, San Juan, Formosa, Salta, Catamarca, Santa Fe, Chaco, Corrientes, Entre Rios, Rio Negro and Santiago del Estero. The work of the brothers has made it possible to be in about sixty percent of the Argentinian territory. I am sure that, with the help of the Lord, in a short time we will have temples in all provinces.
What kind of strategy are you using today to spread the Gospel in the second largest country in Latin America? Under God’s lead, we have turned to the Internet in recent times to preach the Word of God, because we noticed that there was much need of God in this means. We are also using the radio to spread the Gospel by renting many spaces where the word is transmitted. Bethel TV signal is also a great support to our work. How is the WMM in Argentina doing with the theological training center opened in July 2014? The center called “Siembra y Cosecha” (Sow and Harvest) is fully operational in Buenos Aires and, thanks to the Lord, is doing very well. It was established out of the need to train workers and pastors in everything related to the sound doctrine. Currently, the center is training about sixty brothers who are preparing to serve the Lord. They take sixteen subjects taught by five pastors. But in the future, we hope to be able to open a branch of the Elim Bible Institute. Do you have any message for the readers of Impacto Evangelistic? Yes, of course. I ask to the thousands of readers of the official magazine of the Worldwide Missionary Movement to pray for the advancement of God’s Work in Argentina. I would like to ask you to keep holiness and remind you that Christ is coming soon. I also want to tell the Argentinian brothers to keep evangelizing this nation, that is one of the largest in the continent. I am sure that with your support, we will make the Word of God reach the whole Argentinian territory 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).
ENDURING UNTO THE END
OF OUR LIVES
The Work of God in Costa Rica celebrated five decades of missionary work and held its national convention, attended by international officers and delegations from different countries.
ounded in 1965 and promoted by Rev. Luis M. Ortiz, the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Costa Rica held last July 7-11 its National Convention and celebrated five decades of missionary work in the facilities of Casa Oasis, a Christian place located in the Costa Rican MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 48 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
province of Heredia, to which over six thousand faithful of the Work arrived. The event was also attended by delegations from Panama, Spain, Dominican Republic and Peru, as well as world leaders of the Worldwide Missionary Movement. In the opening service, Rev. Jose
Arturo Soto, International Vice President of the WMM, gave the good news of the Lord through a message based on Joshua 14: 6-13. In his speech, he addressed the followers of Jesus Christ and recommended to “close ranks spiritually and to not let anything distract you.” He also stated
that “it is important to reaffirm our commitment to God, especially as time passes by. The believer knows that we must endure unto the end of our lives.” On the second day, in the morning service, Rev. Ernesto Moreno, National Supervisor of the WMM in Nicaragua, shared the Word of God through a message inspired by Zechariah 4: 1-14. Then, at night, Rev. Carlos Medina, National Supervisor of the WMM in Spain, shared the Word
of the Lord. In his message, based on Jeremiah 10: 20-23 and entitled “Who Stretches Forth Your Tent?,” Pastor Medina added that “the power of the Holy Spirit holds us together.” In the morning of the third day of activities, Rev. Alcides Ramea, National Supervisor of the Lord’s Work in Panama, presented the message of Jesus Christ through a speech based on Hebrews 11: 1-4 and entitled “The Worldwide Missionary Movement, A Work of Faith and Sacrifice.” Hours later, Rev. Manuel Zuniga, National Supervisor of the WMM in Costa Rica, shared the message of God Continue reading–– August 2015 / Impacto evangelistic
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through a speech based on Matthew 16:26 and entitled “The Reward,” emphasizing that the Gospel came from heaven. Rev. Margaro Figueroa, International Director of the WMM, preached the Word of God in the morning service of the penultimate day of the event. Based on Judges 2:7-10, Pastor Figueroa delivered a speech named “Transferring responsibilities.” Later, in the evening, Rev. Carlos Guerra, a Costa Rican missionary, preached through a discourse based on Luke 8: 22-29.
At the closure of the celebrations for the fifty years of the Work in Costa Rica’s and its National Convention, Rev. Jose Arturo Soto recognized the work of a notorious group of missionaries who left this Central American nation to bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ throughout the world. In this activity, six lay preachers joined, fourteen were promoted to licensed preachers and sixteen to ordained ministers. Then, Rev. Ruben Concepcion, International Secretary of the Work, issued a message titled “Victory Through Praise and Worship” l August 2015 / Impacto evangelistic
he 16th National Convention of the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Bolivia took place on July 2-5 at the Coliseo Universitario in Sucre, Bolivia’s capital. It was attended by more than three thousand people. The meeting brought together Rev. Gustavo Martinez, WMM International President; Luis Meza Bocanegra, International Officer; Gerardo Martinez, Missionary Supervisor in South America, and Ciro Soto, National Supervisor of the WMM in Bolivia. The inauguration began with a colorful display of the flags identifying each region of the Andean country. Then, Rev. Gustavo Martinez, who has not been to Bolivia for thirteen years, addressed the people of the Lord and preached the word of God. During his speech, Pastor Martinez recalled his last journey to the country in 2002 and said: “back then I found a small group, but now I see a growing church that has more than 56 legal media.” On the second day of the event, which was attended by a large delegation of Peruvian brothers – including a group of pastors and Presbyterians led by Rev. Joshua Ascarruz – , an evangelistic march held by the WMM leaders of Bolivia. The activity served to testify about the benefits of Christianity and convey messages of salvation to the people of Sucre. On July 4, in the morning, a special meeting was held with all the workers of the WMM in Bolivia. In it, the international pastors encoura-
IT’S TIME TO BE FILLED WITH THE
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ged for five hours God’s servants to keep winning souls for the kingdom of heaven. While all Bolivian pastors were blessed during the morning, Peruvian pastors were in charge of the ministry of the Word and the development of the activity at the Coliseo Universitario. Hours later, at night, Rev. Luis Meza Bocanegra spoke about the imContinue reading–– August 2015 / Impacto evangelistic
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portance of communication and participation of the church. The WMM International Officer shared the experience of the Movement in Peru in terms of media and reflected on the appropriate way to spread the Gospel through radio, television, Internet and other means that God gives to his Work. The list of media reached to date by the Worldwide Missionary Movement in this country was also presented. The last day of the 16th National
Convention of the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Bolivia aimed to hold the promotion ceremony of workers and pastors in which thirty-two lay preachers, four licensed preachers and an ordained minister were recognized. Afterwards, Rev. Gustavo Martinez shared a message in which he stressed that “we must dare to hear the call of God. We cannot go back to our cities the same way we came. It’s time to be filled with the Holy Spirit and do something for the glory of God” l August 2015 / Impacto evangelistic
OF THE HARVEST The Worldwide Missionary Movement in Panama held its annual retreat of pastors and collaborators. It was attended by approximately three hundred servants of the Lord and the main leaders of the Work.
eld under the theme “Preserving the Fruits of the Harvest,” the annual retreat of pastors and collaborators of the Work of God in Panama took place from June 3 to June 6 in the facilities of the Chilibre Camp, a place provided by the Lord to the WMM to which about three hundred brothers arrived. The event, which was attended by Rev. José Arturo Soto, Vice President of the Work of God, aimed to reaffirm and strengthen the missionary work done by the WMM in Panama. In this regard, it should be noted that the Work in Panama held from April 8 to April 11 an evangelistic crusade that took place in all provinces of the Panama from border to border and coast to coast. Other leaders of the Work that participated in the annual retreat of pastors and collaborators were Rev. José Alcides Ramea, National Supervisor of the Work in Panama, and its assistants Rev. Eliseo Obando and Rev. Epifanio Asprilla. During the event, Pastor Soto talked about the mission of Christians to fish souls and about the sense of responsibility of God’s people with their Creator. In addition, he highlighted that the followers of Jesus Christ must be willing to sacrifice and make big efforts in the task of sharing the Word of the Lord l
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LORD, I WANT TO BE FAITHFUL TO YOU The childhood, the new blood, of the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Puerto Rico held its Annual Retreat Camp with great moments of glory.
he Ebenezer Retreat Center, located in the town of Cidra, in central Puerto Rico, hosted from June 15 to June 17 the Annual Retreat Camp of the Work of God on the so-called ‘Island of the Lamb.’ The event led by Sister Maria Alicea, national leader, had as theme “Lord, I want to be faithful to you,” based on Psalms 143: 10. Children between 3 and 13 came to MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 58 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
Cidra from different parts of Puerto Rico along with their leaders and responsible members in order to praise the Lord. First, Sister Nadine Lugo, leader of Zone 3, shared the biblical teaching based on Deuteronomy 6, and urged the people to remain faithful to God. She also stressed that the biblical commandments can be summed up in “love God above all things and your neighbor as yourself.”
On the second day of event, the children were grouped according to their ages and each group were taught the Word with different dynamics and biblical activities. They aimed to show the protection and favor God gives to faithful like biblical characters such as Daniel, Meshach, Shadrach and Abednego. Afterwards, Sister Rebeca Jiménez, leader of Zone 5, urged the attendees to remain faithful to Jesus
Christ by using Daniel as example. On the last day of activities, bearing in mind the vision of Godâ€™s Work, Sister Wanda Carrasquillo, leader of Zone 1, along with other leaders of the WMM in Puerto Rico, taught about the missionary work and the great commitment of sharing with others the Word of our Savior. Inspired by the life of Daniel, the Sister talked about the decision of not being contaminated, of being obedient and of keeping prayer and faithfulness to God at all time and place l August 2015 / Impacto evangelistic
UNITED IN THE SAME FAITH Two events, that showed the power of the Lord, gathered tens of believers of the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Mexico.
he Work of God in Mexico held, from July 2 to July 4, two activities that made God’s blessings be shared with His people. First, in central Mexico, a retreat of pastors and collaborators took place from July 2 to July 3 to impart teachings related to the sound doctrine. Then, on July 4, a fellowship was held for the youth. At the retreat of pastors and collaborators, Pastor Francisco Mejía, Priest of Zone 1 of the WMM in Mexico, shared the Word of God through two messages entitled “The Baptism In The Holy Spirit” and “Pastoral And Professional Ethics.” Then, Pastor Mejía said that “today more than ever we are united in the same purpose, in the same faith. God MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 60 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
is preparing us to reach the hearts of the Mexicans.” After the retreat, the WMM in Mexico held its youth fellowship. In the first service, Sister Yajaira Mendoza Manchego, Colombian missionary,
shared the message of the Lord and emphasized that it is worth keeping ourselves for God. Later on, the teaching was given by Sister Adriana Villeda. The message called “Dare to be different”, was based on Daniel 1: 8 l
MISSIONS UNTIL RAPTURE The Worldwide Missionary Movement held in Artigas the Fellowship of the North Zone of the Work of the Almighty in Uruguay.
he Worldwide Missionary Movement held on June 13 and June 14, in the city of Artigas, the Fellowship of the North Zone of the Work of the Lord in Uruguay. The event, under the theme “Missions Until The Rapture,” showed that in this part of the Uruguayan territory bordering Brazil, the Work grows each day by the hand of God, and the sound doctrine begins to gain ground in Artigas.
Brothers from the cities of Montevideo, Pando, Carmelo, Paysandu and Bella Union participated in the Fellowship that made the Lord reaffirm his love and kindness. In addition, the attendees had the opportunity to listen to a great number of messages, among which “Comradeship Makes Us Invincible” and “A Call to Serve,” which shared the Word of the Almighty.
By the end of the activity, a complete report on the global progress of the Worldwide Missionary Movement was presented to the attendees. Afterwards, a special prayer was made to ask God to continue sending missionaries to preach His Word throughout the five continents. In addition, they prayed for the progress of the Work of the WMM in Uruguay l August 2015 / Impacto evangelistic
WOMEN WINNING SOULS OVER FOR CHRIST The Worldwide Missionary Movement in the Netherlands held its Third National Women Fellowship. The sisters were encouraged to live with wisdom and courage.
he city of Enschede, located in the central-eastern part of the Netherlands, was the place chosen by the Worldwide Missionary Movement to hold its Third National Women Fellowship from June 26 to June 27. Brothers arrived from Belgium and the Netherlands to this city founded in the middle Ages as an agricultural town, in order to worship and praise the Lord’s name. The National Women Fellowship of the WMM in the Netherlands was attended by Sister Janet de Echalar, wife of Rev. David Echalar, National Supervisor of the WMM in Italy. God used her in a special way to share His Word. The servant of Jesus Christ encouraged the faithful to be wise, hardworking and courageous, like Agar and Abigail. She also encouraged them to be examples of wisdom and courage. MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 62 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
By the end of the event, the attendees were edified and put with firm conviction their lives and families in the Lord’s hands. In addition, Sister Ruth Paisible, responsible for
the WMM in Tilburg, Netherlands, thanked the Lord’s people for their participation and thanked God, who made it possible that the fellowship was held with complete success l
PREACHING IN SEASON AND OUT OF SEASON With the support of the churches of Rome and Naples, the WMM in Italy evangelized the island of Ischia in the Mediterranean Sea. The Work is growing around the world.
s part of its work to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Italy held on June 20 an evangelistic campaign on the island of Ischia, located on the edge of the Gulf of Naples. The Word of God was preached to the people of this archipelago. Brothers of the WMM from the churches of Ischia, Naples and Rome supported the activity that aroused the interest of the inhabitants, who received Godâ€™s message. The event, promoted by the WMM in Italy, began with a march along different streets of the renowned island of the Tyrrhenian Sea. The group handed out information about the Bible. Thus, the main streets and avenues of Ischia were flooded with Godâ€™s message.
All the brothers involved in this evangelizing work participated with great joy during this day. During this time of the year, Italian islands are visited by tourists from all over the world for the summer season. The oc-
casion was used to take a place in the center of the city. Later, in the Church of Rome, the event ended with a glorious worship and Last Supper led by Rev. Daniel Ortega. To God be all the glory l AAugust ugust 2015 2015 // IImpacto mpacto evangelistic evangelistc
EL SALVADOR WOMEN FELLOWSHIP
The Worldwide Missionary Movement in El Salvador held on May 1 a beautiful National Women Fellowship in the Central Church of Pino, San Salvador. The attendees testified that God consoled them with the Word so that they can fight the hard battles with their teenagers. It was a word of hope for them to know that they are not alone, but the Lord is with them at all times. The activity was a great blessing for married and single sisters. The preachers of the two conferences were Sister Rosa Gallegos with the theme “Women who stablish good principles in their family” (2 Timothy 1: 5), and Sister Blanca Evelyn Parada with the message: “The purpose of the creation of women” (Genesis 2:18). The event was attended by the presidents of women from most of the churches and by national pastors. Rev. Edwin Rafael Parada Herrera, National Supervisor of the WMM in El Salvador, was satisfied by the blessings granted in this fellowship l
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CHILE REGIONAL WOMEN FELLOWSHIP
The Regional Women Fellowship of the Central Zone took place on Thursday May 21 (the Work in Chile is divided into four zones). This beautiful activity gathered the women from nine in the morning and throughout the day in two shifts. The event was held in the town of Gultro and the city of Rancagua. The theme for this fellowship was “The woman who fears the Lord shall be praised,” based on Proverbs 31:30. The sister in charge of the Central Zone is Maritza Montoya, wife of Rev. Gerardo Martinez. Some workers participated in this activity. For reasons of space – there was a great number of sisters –, the worship of the evening was moved to the local Church of Rancagua, about 15 minutes away by bus. This glorious service ended with an attendance of over 300 sisters, once again surpassing the capacity of the place. Glory to God! The fellowship was transmitted to Chile and the world through Koinonia, radio and television l
FIFTH ANNIVERSARY IN VISIT OF MISSIONARY SUPERVISOR ANTWERP The Worldwide Missionary Movement in Belgium celebrated on Saturday, May 23 and Sunday, May 24 the Fifth Anniversary of the Church of Antwerp. The event was attended by pastor Moses Blanquillo and his beloved wife, Yadira, who came to celebrate the glorious anniversary of the Church of Antwerp under the theme “Conquering without Fear”, based on 2 Timothy 1:7. During those two days, it was emphasized that we need to know the will of our God in order to get prepared and win over the Belgian people. However, we are also called to overcome every obstacle standing in our way and to follow the best example worthy of imitation: our Lord Jesus Christ, who saved and redeemed us so that we do not become discouraged amid adversity. Glory to God for this great victory! l
Rev. Alvaro E. Garavito, Supervisor of Central America of the WMM, makes once a year a supervisory visit to assess the development of the Lord’s Work in Nicaragua. Pastor Alvaro Garavito arrived on May 12 and gave a teaching only for pastors and members of the National Board. The biblical teachings for the general public started on May 13 and ended on May 15 with a Special United Worship, attended by all the churches of the WMM in Nicaragua. It was a great blessing. The worship was broadcast by La Unción Nicaragua Radio to all nations. The glory of the Lord was present and a group of people reconciled and accepted Jesus Christ l
IN THE CLASSROOM If you believe the biblical account of the origin of man, what can you do, as a parent or student, when you have to deal with the theory of evolution?
ach year, students faced teachers who explain the origin of man by teaching, as a proven fact, the theory of evolution. They explain that science is the logical and sensible choice, because of its systematic use of observation and experimentation. Some suggest that science has managed to disprove the Bible. But when the Bible and Darwinism are compared, the evidence is strongly in favor of the Bible. Darwin and his early followers recognized that they lacked concrete evidence, but they believed that sooner or later these would be discovered. For example, they believed that fossils would be found and would prove the alleged gradual transformation of some species of animals into new animals. But despite over a century of careful examination, they have not found such “missing links”. Meanwhile, many scientists, including Louis Pasteur (inventor of pasteurization), Wernher von Braun (former director of NASA) and Ernst Chain (Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1945), have openly expressed their belief in the Creator. There is a widespread misconception: scientific research says that the Earth is billions of years old, while the Bible seems to indicate that it is only 6,000 years old. While the credibility of Darwin’s theory has been declining, the credibility of the Bible has been growing. HOW TO DEFINE EVOLUTION? The word “evolution” can mean many things. The most widely known meaning is the transformation of simple life forms into superior forms of life. This word can also refer to the process of change and adaptation within a species, or even the progressive development of something that has nothing to do with the origin of species. These last meanings of “evolution” refer to phenomena that does happen. Examples of that are bacteria and drugs. Certain medications have been
developed to eliminate harmful bacteria and viruses, but some of these have become immune to drugs. When these cells reproduce, it can be said that they have “evolved” into a drug-resistant strain. Although this kind of change occurs in a limited way, it does not mean that such bacteria or viruses could eventually become another type of animal or a human being. It will always be a bacterium or a virus.
WHY IS DARWINISM STILL ALIVE? In view of the total lack of physical evidence of Darwinism, and the abundance of evidence against it, why it is even discussed? Why has it not been discarded like so many others erroneous, presumptuous or failed theories? “For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools.” (Romans 1:20-22) l August 2015 / Impacto evangelistic
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