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September 2015 / Edition 740
evangelistic SOUTH AMERICAN CONGRESS
Faith gathered thousands in Guayaquil TESTIMONY
The glory of being a missionary
The web OFFICIAL PUBLICATION
WORLDWIDE MISSIONARY MOVEMENT
For abortionists, money is more important than life
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ARISE, GO OVER THIS JORDAN Rev. Gustavo Martínez International President of the WMM
“Now after the death of Moses the servant of the Lord it came to pass, that the Lord spake unto Joshua the son of Nun, Moses' minister, saying, Moses my servant is dead; now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, thou, and all this people, unto the land which I do give to them, even to the children of Israel. Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you, as I said unto Moses.” Joshua 1: 1-3.
od told Joshua, “Moses my ser-
broad and great God, a God of vision,
vant is dead; now therefore arise,
a God that supports the vision. When
go over this Jordan…” (Joshua
people go forward looking up at the
1: 2). God assigned this responsibility
Lord and believing in Him, instead of
to Joshua and said, “For unto this people
looking down at difficulties or listening
shalt thou divide for an inheritance the
to negative comments, they advance
land, which I sware unto their fathers to
and they conquer. They achieve what
give them.” (Joshua 1: 6).
others cannot achieve, they see what
God established the boundaries and
others cannot see. Where others see
the places that they would possess (Jos-
danger and deserts, they see fruit and
hua 1: 4). However, although God told
him from which place to which place, it
The Jordan River divided the desert
did not mean that they have to strictly
and the land of Canaan. It was an obs-
restrict or confine themselves to that te-
tacle for people, as they could not cross
rritory. There was a promise, as He had
it, but the Lord said, “Arise, go over this
given them “every place that the sole of
Jordan” (Joshua 1: 2). God gives the
your foot shall tread upon” (Joshua 1:3).
order to arise and go over the Jordan,
There are no limits in God!
to snatch the blessing and prepare to
This Work of God would not have
achieved anything or made any pro-
Beloved, we cannot stop because of
gress, but for this great vision. Other
difficulties, but we must move forward.
ministries, with greater resources and
If He does not stop, nor can His children.
better chances, have confined themsel-
This Work cannot be stopped, as God
ves in a vicious circle year after year,
will provide, open doors and lead. The
and have not advanced, because they
day we are not here anymore, God will
have restricted themselves and put li-
rise up others and this Work will conti-
mits on God.
nue to go forward. This Work is God’s
Do not put limits on God, as He is a
and it will move forward. Amen
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ABORTION: A HORRIBLE BUSINESS
There are many arguments trying to justify abortion, especially in countries where some groups want it to be legalized or expand its scope where some of its methods are already legalized. What promoters do not say about abortion is that there are great economic interests behind this horrible activity.
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International organisms and NGO’s involved in the so-called birth control promote big campaigns aiming to make everyone aware of the “responsibility” of bringing a child into the world, as if it was an unsustainable burden to mankind. They speak fervently about family planning or “responsible” procreation, but they say nothing about the dirty money running behind the abortion business.
here are great economic reasons behind abortion. Abortion is about profit, business and people willing to invest in it. Therefore, there are organizations with great economic power that invest huge amounts of money in awareness campaigns, seminars, conventions about genre and reproductive rights, advertising and lobbies. But this is not mentioned anywhere. International organisms and NGO’s involved in the so-called birth control promote big campaigns aiming to make everyone aware of the “responsibility” of bringing a child into the world, as if it was an unsustainable burden to mankind. They speak fervently about family planning or “responsible” procreation, but they say nothing about the dirty money running behind the abortion business. There are groups devoted to the abortion business that receive huge donations. The Playboy Foundation, for example, donates 16 million dollars per year to Planned Parenthood, and a similar amount for “health services” that include “reproductive health” (abortion) and campaigns “against censorship of pornography.” There are also other foundations related to groups of famous brands that donate more than 230 million for “reproductive health” in many countries. THE PLANNED PARENTHOOD CASE One of these pro-abortion groups that earn millions of dollars in profits with this activity is Planned Parenthood, the biggest provider of abortion and contraceptive services worldwide. They have 860 centers in the United States, clinics all over the world and groups of lobbies. They provide abortion and contraceptive services, so-called contraceptive sexuality “education” and so on. It was founded by Margaret Sanger, who was born in a family of eleven children sank into poverty. However, her second husband was a millionaire who allowed her to enjoy material wealth. She became a fervent promoter of total “sexual liberty” and established a clinic where the first abortions were performed under the guise of birth control. Planned Parenthood has millionaire incomes. For instance, it reported in 2005 only an income of 882 million dollars with profits amounting to 63 million. That year, they received 272,7 million dollars in government subsidies and contracts. It must be also noted
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that over a quarter of the Planned Parenthood budget comes from the taxes paid by citizens, which is made possible by permanent lobbies. Lobbyists are always at the Congress and state legislatures fighting for more government funds. Many women that were Planned Parenthood clients suffered injuries and even death. In 2002, Diana López, 25, bleed to
death after her cervix was perforated during an abortion. Holly Patterson, 18, died in 2003 a week after she aborted during the first stages of her pregnancy. She got pregnant when she was 17 by a man of 24, but this institution never considered the possibility of a rape. Her parents only knew about this when it was too late. Researcher Kevin Sherlock documented
more than 140 claims against Planned Parenthood in his book entitled “The Scarlet Survey” (written in 1997), where he mentions a series of abuses, such as unsanitary conditions, health code transgressions, medical malpractices, equipment malfunctions, fraudulent invoicing, altered laboratory reports, sexual crimes, and more. From 1977 to 2004, the Planned Parenthood
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ABORTION: FREE WILL OR BUSINESS?
FEW YEARS AGO, I had a radio program in the city of Jerusalem. Among my interviewees, there was a physician that had convinced some mothers not to abort and have their children so I had heard. I invited him convinced that his professional experience could be useful for my listeners. I immediately noticed that he was an orthodox Jewish, as he refused to shake hands with my female colleagues, probably because he wanted to avoid the ritual contamination that comes from a woman during menstruation. Still astonished by his behavior and the face of surprise of my colleagues, I asked him about his reasons for being pro-life, to which he answered that he was not pro-life, but pro-choice. In quick succession, many thoughts crossed my mind: Had someone tried to play a dirty trick on me by recommending this person? I had to clean up the mess as quickly and efficiently as possible. Gently, I asked him why he was pro-choice and he said that he had but one reason. His medical experience had showed him over and over again that mothers –even those who consider abortion– want to have the babies growing inside them. If external pressures from people encouraging abortion are avoided and mothers are allowed a little time to think, nature tells them in most cases to save their children. Therefore, the fight must not focus, according to him, on whether abortion is or not a right, or based on the punishment it deserves, but on giving women the possibility to decide freely and without any external pressure. This seemed convincing, but I could not help but wonder if it reflected a reality. Back in Spain (where I was living at the time), I asked an officer of the Israel embassy, who was a close friend of mine, if the physician’s statement was based on practical results or was just a theory. With a smile on his face, he told me that a few years ago, they decided to gather in Israel all the mothers that followed the physician’s advice not to abort, along with the children they decided to have. They filled a soccer stadium! Indeed, women’s nature tells the future mother to save her baby’s life, no matter how inopportune his/her arrival is. Why is it then that the number of abortions increases every year? As painful as it is to accept, the reason does not reside in the mother’s free will, but in men who insist on abortion. It is the father ashamed of the dishonor that will loomed over his family, or the boyfriend who does not want assume his responsibility, or the lover who does not want to pay the price of pleasure, or the husband who does not want another mouth to feed. It is them, and not women, who decide. However, even in that situation, abortion would fail if not by the abortion industry, which has become a profitable business by hiding information
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from women so that they do not choose freely. In the United States, Spain, Argentina and other nations, there are politicians supporting permissive laws on abortion, while big abortion clinic chains become profitable businesses. So women are systematically denied the chance to choose freely, even though pro-abortion supporters state otherwise. They hide from women the psychological trauma that they would have to endure for decades (and maybe for life) if they destroy the life growing inside. Not only is the emotional damage downplayed, but it is also hidden almost completely. Women are also misinformed about the type of operation that they would have to undergo, which in many cases is compared to a simple extirpation of a cyst or pimple. Methods to end a life within the womb, however, are very different from those used to extract warts. Nothing is said about the suffering of fetuses during an intervention, about the possibilities that the baby may be extracted alive to be then killed, or about the truly shocking method used to end the life of the newcomer. Nothing is ever mentioned about the alternatives to abortion, such as adoption. Women are exposed to a strategy of lies with an economical interest behind, so that they take a decision that, in most cases, men want them to take. The fact that talking about the clinics where abortions are performed is a taboo topic in the media and that feminist groups defend these institutions –by misinforming women or showing them no other possibilities– or say abortion is a right –how can the destruction of a life be a right?–, does not hide the harsh reality. Unlike the message given in movies like The Cider House Rules, where the physician appears like a compassionate mature man willing to help women in distress, the truth is that women do not take this decision freely, thoughtfully or peacefully. They usually do it to please some and enrich others. It is our duty to support them in this terrible situation, to provide them with a space where they can choose freely by listening to their own hearts, and to give them all the information available that those who make profit out of their suffering deprive them of l
Above: Margaret Sanger. Left: From 1977 to 2004, Planned Parenthood centers performed 3,803,806 abortions. According to its annual report 2004, the institution made 255,015 abortions in the United States.
centers performed 3,803,806 abortions. According to their annual report dated 2004, this institution performed 255,015 abortions in the United States. This amount, though, does not include abortions provoked by hormone “contraceptives,” like pills for birth control, the patch, MPA and the morning-after pill, which can avoid implantation after the conception of a new life.
CLAIMS Planned Parenthood activities go even beyond. A few weeks ago, a video recorded in secret by anti-abortion activists showed one senior director of the institution talking about the selling of fetus parts to researchers. This video shows Doctor Deborah Nucatola talking about hearts, lungs and livers of fetuses and the efforts to extract them without crushing them during abortion. Similarly, she
is also heard making economic calculations for the selling. Nucatola is no other than the main director of Medical Services of Planned Parenthood. In the recording, made the last year by the Center for Medical Progress, based in California, she also talks about modifying the way abortions are performed to obtain less damaged organs. The meeting was recorded during a meal between the already mentioned Doctor and the anti-abortion activists, who impersonated potential buyers from a human biologics company. The ones making the most of this traffic of tissues and fetuses are the intermediaries, either companies or individuals. They make these tissues available for researchers in exchange for big amounts of money. Many government investigations have been initiated against Planned Parenthood
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Planned Parenthood activities go even beyond. A few weeks ago, a video recorded in secret by anti-abortion activists showed one senior director of the institution talking about the selling of fetus parts to researchers.
due to this video, but this is only the tip of the iceberg concerning this enormous business hiding behind birth control campaigns and socalled legal abortions.
ANSWERS TO PRO-ABORTION ACTIVISTS Pro-abortion supporters have invented many arguments that have spread consistently trying to legalize abortion. Let us review some the lies. 1) “It is inhuman not to legalize ‘therapeutic abortion,’ which should be performed when pregnancy puts at risk the mother’s life or exposes her to serious and MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 12 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
permanent damage.” “Therapy” stands for “healing,” and in this case, abortion does not heal anything. It is clear that this term is used to confuse people. 2) “It is brutal and inhuman to allow a woman to have a child conceived by rape. Abortion should be legalized in these cases.” Pregnancies caused by rape are extremely rare. One reason is that sexual dysfunctions in rapists are very common. Three surveys have proved that 39%, 48% and 54% of rape victims were not exposed to sperm during the crime. Another survey proved that 51 % of rapists had dysfunctions that did not allow them to finish the sexual act. Likewise, the menstrual period, controlled by hormones, is easily affected by emotional stress, resulting in ovulation delay or premature menstruation, if the woman has already ovulated. A survey determined that only 0,6% of 2190 rapes resulted in pregnancy. 3) “Children with deficiencies must be eliminated, as they will suffer a lot and will cause suffering and expenses to their parents.” The so-called “eugenic abortion” is based on the false idea that “pretty and healthy” children set the bar when it comes to establish whose life is worthy or not. Bases on this idea, we should also kill all the handicapped people that is already born. Finally, who can assure that handicapped
people do not want to live? One of the most incredible protests against abortion took place in California, where a big group of handicapped people gathered carrying a banner stating, “Thanks Mom For Not Aborting Me!” 4) “Abortion must be legal since every child must be wanted.” Whether a baby is “wanted” or “unwanted”, this does not affect his/her dignity nor his/her intrinsic value as a person. A child is not a “thing” whose value is decided by others according to their state of mind. Besides, if a
woman is not happy with her pregnancy during the first months, it does not mean that she will not love her baby once he/she is born. 5) “Abortion must be legal because women have the right to decide over their own body.” Common sense and modern science state that there are two lives and two bodies during pregnancy. Therefore, women would not be deciding over her own body, but over the body of a being separate from her, even though he/ she is temporarily within her l September 2015/ Impacto evangelistic
THE BUSINESS OF
ABORTION To defend life, it is necessary to think and to be organized, it takes time…and it is no business. No one makes profit by opposing abortion. Therefore, no large sums of money are invested in defending the weak. However, to promote abortion there are important economic reasons. Defending abortion is a matter of profit. Abortion
means business and, as in any business, there are investments. For that reason, organizations with much economic power invest huge amounts of money in public awareness campaigns, seminars, conferences on gender and reproductive rights, advertising, lobbies, etc.
How do they get customers?
Promueven la promiscuidad en programas para jóvenes repartiendo condones gratis. Así los inducen a la precoz práctica del sexo.
According to information published by the ACI Prensa website, Planned Parenthood gave over
The quantity of Planned Parenthood services that end up in abortions.
? It is the world's largest provider of abortion, but it NEVER advertises this fact, as this generation rejects abortion. By contrast, it tells young people about contraceptive sales and tests for sexually transmitted diseases to keep up its positive image.
to pro-abortion organizations in countries where abortion is an illegal practice. This institution is currently questioned for trafﬁcking organs from aborted babies under the international cooperation with NGOs that promote abortion in cases of rape, a situation considered the first step in its indiscriminate use.
In addition, they offer the hormonal contraception method as alternative, which is very harmful to the human body. WHO classifies its components as carcinogenic type 1, the same level that tobacco and asbestos have.
Finally, they also sell low-quality contraceptives in order to secure customers for the treatment of sexually According to transmitted diseases and reports, Planned the purchase of Parenthood produces pregnancy tests. the lowest quality condoms in the market, which fail during use.
is the yearly profit of Planned Parenthood
For PlannedParenthood abortions performed annually
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It is the world's largest provider of abortion, but it NEVER advertises this fact, as this generation rejects abortion. By contrast, it tells young people about contraceptive sales and tests for sexually transmitted diseases to keep up its positive image.
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resort the most to abortion services.
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When is the fetus considered a human being?
From conception, the new human being already possesses all the genetic information that determines physical characteristics such as hair color, sex, bone structure, etc.
Fuente:Organizaci贸n Mundial de la Salud, BBC, ACIPRENSA, Nacimientovivo.org, Diario Expreso Per煤, Foto TV(Televisa)
pregnancies end in abortion worldwide each year.
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NOTHING AND NO ONE WILL
STOP THE WMM
More than twelve thousand people came to Guayaquil to attend the 5th South American Congress of the Worldwide Missionary Movement that served to renew the faith in God. The event also celebrated the forty years of presence of the Work in Ecuador. MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 16 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
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ourage” and “faithfulness” were the most popular words during the 5th South American Congress of the Worldwide Missionary Movement, where more than twelve thousand people from around the world praised the unstoppable advance of the Work of God in South America. In this event, held from August 26 to 30 at the Voltaire Paladines Polo stadium, in Guayaquil, the largest city in Ecuador, speakers stressed the imMISSIONARY MOVEMENT 18 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
portance of faith and defense of the Gospel to face attacks against the WMM. “We have faced many problems and attacks over the years, but God has been faithful and now we can say that as an Ebenezer Jehovah has helped us get here. God is still leading the Work of the WMM. Nothing and no one will stop it,” said Rev. Gustavo Martinez Garavito, International President of the Work. In his opening speech, he also stressed the
growth of the Worldwide Missionary Movement in South America. “Even since the last Congress, my fellow officers and I have been able to note the progress and growth of the Worldwide Missionary Movement in South America. In each convention and special activity that the Lord has allowed us to attend, we have witnessed and listened to the powerful testimonies about what God is doing,” he said. Before thousands of people, Rev. Martinez
Garavito also talked about the meaning of the theme of the V South American Congress of the Worldwide Missionary Movement: “The Value of Faithfulness”. “The Lord’s church needs faithful and loyal men and women willing to defend the truth of the Gospel and determined to stand firm in their spiritual convictions and to firmly hold the flag of the one true Gospel of Jesus Christ, regardless of the place, dangers, needs
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International Officers of the Work attended the 5th South American Congress held in Guayaquil.
GLOBAL IMPACT THE DIFFERENT MEDIA of the Worldwide Missionary Movement contributed decisively to spread the events of the 5th South American Congress of the Work of God around the world. To spread the Gospel in all five continents, they used their best technological resources and did a hard work involving countless brothers from different countries. Bethel Television broadcast the event in HD
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through a great technical display from Guayaquil and also live to America, Europe, Africa, Asia and the rest of the world through internet. Similarly, Bethel Radio diffused its waves across the globe. Both media had the support of Christian television and radio stations that broadcast the event held in Ecuador. In addition, social networks and the newest Web application of the Work played an impor-
The world stage Comms team.
tant role. As a result, cyberspace made it possible for millions of Christians to follow the 5th South American Congress in real time. The WMM App allowed a huge number of smartphone users to access Bethel Television and Bethel Radio via android OS and iTunes Stor l
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The power of the Word was huge. All the attendees to the South American Congress renewed their faith in the message of Christ. Continue reading––
or enemies they may face,” he said.
40TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE WMM IN ECUADOR Many people filled up the premises of this famous sports arena in Guayaquil, which was transformed into the House of God for five days. Praises, hymns and acclamations for the Lord and restless waving of flags and banners with Christian slogans characterized the 5th South American Congress of the Worldwide Missionary Movement. This event also served to commemorate the forty years of uninterrupted presence of the WMM in Ecuador. Amid this climate, Rev. Eugenio Masias Corbacho, National Supervisor of the WMM in Ecuador, stressed the importance of the event organized by the Work. He firmly said, “The 5th South American Congress came at a very crucial moment for Ecuador, because the Worldwide Missionary Movement in this country has celebrated forty years of work in August and God has given us a great and memorable event.” On the second day of activities, Rev. Jose Arturo Soto, International Vice President of the WMM, delivered one of the most moving messages of the event. His message, entitled “The Paramount Importance of God Having Instruments,” filled with hope men, women and children who came to Guayaquil to nou-
rish themselves on the Word of God. “This is God’s Work, executed by the Holy Spirit and infallible, regardless of the demons, empires or presidents that may oppose,” said Pastor Soto jubilantly. During the 5th South American Congress of the Worldwide Missionary Movement, all those who arrived in Guayaquil listened to the leaders of the WMM speak about the good news. Many cried as they heard the speeches. Others expressed their love for God through an impressive clamor. The crowd, made up of many nationalities, also formed a human structure that showed its unconditional surrender to the Lord from one of the largest cities in Ecuador l September 2015/ Impacto evangelistic
Colorful pared of several delegations participating in the Congress that took place at the Voltaire Paladines Polo stadium. MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 24 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
GREAT PARADE IN GUAYAQUIL More than 20 delegations from
South American countries and other parts of the world marched in the main streets of Guayaquil. They set off from the Voltaire Paladines Polo stadium as part of the celebrations of the 5th South American Congress. Thousands of brothers of the Worldwide Missionary Movement (WMM) marched happily for about three hours on Saturday 29, despite
the intense heat in this important city of Ecuador. Among the delegations of Latin American countries were Ecuador, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Uruguay, Venezuela, Colombia, Peru and Guyana. Other American countries that joined the celebration were Panama, Japan, Mexico, United States, Puerto Rico and Aruba. From the Old World came repre-
sentatives from Switzerland, Iceland, Spain and Italy. The event was also attended by delegations from Australia and Asia. All of them were accompanied by their respective supervisors, pastors, and brothers. On the closure day of the 5th South American Congress of the WMM, the delegations marched in front of the main platform dressed in their countryâ€™s traditional costumes l
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THE FACE OF DRAMA IN SYRIA A child died at sea trying to reach with his family a new life. Dreams, wishes and hopes lost because of a shipwreck. Where will this picture that went viral on social media lead us to? We should not be indifferent to the pain of others or tolerant of injustice.
e was only three years old. His family had tried to seek asylum in Canada. He survived the bombs and the war in Syria, but not the sea or the barriers that separate a Middle East in flames from Europe. The boy, identified as Aylan Kurdi was found dead in the Turkish Ali Hoca Burnu beach, bathed by the same waters that took his life. The small ship Aylan’s family and other Syrian refugees were traveling by had left the Bodrum peninsula in southwestern Turkey, to the island of Kos. But it sank and never reached its destination. Galib, his 5-year-old brother, Rihan Kurdi, his 35-year-old mother, and an 18-year-old young man died next to the Syrian boy. Only two people, one of them the father of the Kurdi family, Abdullah, were rescued by the Turkish Coast Guard. The picture of the lifeless child on the shore is heartbreaking, as many others. Amid the drama, what is even worse is that world leaders,
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instead of taking urgent measures, are busy in a battle to determine who will take care of the issue. Like Aylan’s, thousands of families, traumatized and victimized by the Islamic State and civil war, try every day to reach Europe through a dangerous route. Most come from areas of conflict they have had to run away from to save their lives and build a future for their families. The refugee crisis has been building up for several years, but in 2015 it has become an inexorable challenge. Several international summits have been held to try to give a coordinated response to the Syrian drama. The massive influx of refugees to Europe has shed light on the differences between EU countries at the moment of tackling this problem. Several countries have closed borders and others treat refugees as second-class people, without giving further assistance. The Bible has strong statements in defense of the refugees. In a context in which foreigners used to be considered enemies, God told his people to love them (Deuteronomy 10:19) and treat them fairly (Leviticus 19:34). Jesus reaffirmed its concern for the weakest (Matthew 5) and was emphatic when referring to the care of foreigners (Matthew 25:35-40). The church also adopted this teaching (Romans 12:13). Faced with this crisis, Christians should set an example and be constructive. We have the opportunity to put these principles into practice by asking governments for sensitive and courageous policies that welcome foreigners and urging local governments to become involved in initiatives to provide accommodation and support. Churches and ministries can also provide the resources we have to help those who arrived and get involved in programs that take care of these people l
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WORK! Created by gospel songwriter Fanny Crosby, the hymn contains a profound message about the tasks to be fulfilled by the followers of the Almighty.
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o The Work,” a hymn inspired by Romans 13:12, a biblical passage that talks about one of the essential Christian duties, is a very useful musical composition for the followers of God. This poem, written by
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1 To the work! To the work! We are servants of God; Let us follow the path that our Master has trod; With the balm of His counsel our strength to renew, Let us do with our might what our hands find to do. Chorus Toiling on, toiling on, Toiling on, toiling on, Let us hope and trust, Let us watch and pray, And labor till the Master comes. 2 To the work! To the work! Let the hungry be fed; To the fountain of life let the weary be led; In the cross and its banner our glory shall be, While we herald the tidings, “Salvation is free!” 3 To the work! To the work! There is labor for all; For the kingdom of darkness and error shall fall; And the love of our Father exalted shall be, In the loud swelling chorus, “Salvation is free!”
renowned gospel songwriter Fanny Crosby in 1869, contains a profound message about the daily work that the Lord’s followers must do every day. It also provides a valuable message from the Almighty that was translated into Spanish by English pastor Thomas Martin Westrup and set to music by William Howard Doane. Renowned for her Christian hymns and songs, Fanny Crosby is considered the main composer of gospel music and one of the leading figures of American Christian life. Today, dozens of her compositions are still sung by the Lord’s disciples worldwide. Born on March 24, 1820 in New York, Fanny, who lived for 94 years, not only embraced the Gospel, but she praised and highlighted the love of the Almighty through the creation of around 8000 songs. On the other hand, Thomas Martin Westrup was an outstanding servant of God who arrived to America with his family from England in 1852. Born on April 10, 1837, Westrup strengthened his faith in the Savior in the city of Monterrey, in northern Mexico, where he organized an evangelization society composed of English-speaking believers. Then, in his daily work, Thomas discovered the need to publish hymns in Spanish to convey God’s message to the Mexican people, and so he began to translate the most emblematic Christian songs. William Howard Doane, who was born on February 3, 1832 in the United States, created in 1871 the music for the poem written by Crosby. Raised in a Christian home, as so many evangelical musicians, he devoted his life to praise the great benefits of faith in the Almighty. Editor of 43 collections of hymns and composer of hundreds of hymns, Doane put his musical genius at the service of the most renowned composers of his time and was noted for his versatility in creating melodies and rhythms. “To The Work” is divided into three verses and a chorus. In the first verse, it sets one of the core ideas of the sound evangelical doctrine: we are servants of the Lord. Moreover, it emphasizes that believers should follow in the footsteps of Jesus Christ. Then, in the second verse, it says that the love of the Father heals the sick by His grace. In the third verse, the hymn insists on the need to fight evil with courage. Regarding the refrain, it insists on the obligation to trust and pray l September 2015/ Impacto evangelistic
OF ENGLAND William Tyndale was one of the key figures in the spread of Christianity in England. He is known for translating and publishing the Bible from Greek to English. Steven Lawson
magine living in a time where you are not allowed to read the Word of God and the only copies of the Bible are in Greek, Latin and Hebrew. A time where, in the traditional church, the priest reads the Scriptures in Latin, and not in English or Spanish. People knew about the teachings of Christ from what others said. Then, as a light shining in the darkness, William Tyndale emerged with an overwhelming passion for God and His Word. William Tyndale made an enormous contribution to the Reformation in England. One biographer, Brian Edwards, states that not only was Tyndale “the heart of the Reformation in England,” he “was the Reformation in England.” John Foxe went so far as to call him “the Apostle of England”. Tyndale was born sometime in the early 1490s, most likely in 1494, in Gloucestershire, in rural western England. In 1506, William, age twelve, entered Magdalen School, the equivalent of a preparatory grammar school located inside Magdalen College at Oxford. After two years at Magdalen School, Tyndale entered Magdalen College, where he learned grammar, arithmetic, geometry, astronomy, music, rhetoric, logic, and philosophy. He earned a bachelor’s degree in 1512 and a master’s degree in 1515. Before leaving Oxford, Tyndale was ordained into the priesthood.
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sity, where it is believed he took a degree. Many of Martin Luther’s works were being circulated among the instructors and students, creating great excitement on the campus. In this environment, Tyndale embraced the core truths of the Protestant movement. In 1521, Tyndale felt he needed to step away from the academic atmosphere in order to give more careful thought to the truths of the Reformation. He also wanted time to study and digest the Greek New Testament. So he took a job back in Gloucestershire, working for the wealthy family of Sir John
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Walsh. During this time, he realized that England would never be evangelized using Latin Bibles. He came to see that “it was impossible to establish the lay people in any truth, except the Scripture were laid before their eyes in their mother tongue.” Local priests often came to dine at the Walsh manor, and Tyndale witnessed firsthand the appalling ignorance of the Roman clergy. During one meal, he fell into a heated argument with a Catholic clergyman, the latter asserting, “We had better be without God’s laws than the pope’s.” Tyndale
boldly responded: “I defy the pope and all his laws.” He then added these famous words: “If God spare my life ere many years, I will cause a boy that driveth the plough, shall know more of the Scripture than thou dost.” From this point forward, the ambitious task of translating the Bible into English was Tyndale’s driving mission.
TO LONDON WITH A PLAN In 1523, Tyndale traveled to London to seek official authorization for a translation project. He
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arranged to meet the bishop of London, Cuthbert Tunstall. Tyndale felt Tunstall would be open to his translation project, but he met resistance. Tunstall was determined to resist the spread of Luther’s ideas. He knew that an English Bible, accessible to the people, would promote Reformed teachings and challenge the Catholic Church. Tyndale soon realized that he would have to leave
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the country to accomplish his translation project. In April 1524, Tyndale, about age thirty, sailed to the Continent to launch his translation and publishing work. Tyndale would live in exile from England for the final twelve years of his life, a fugitive and outlaw. After arriving in Hamburg, Germany, it appears that Tyndale first journeyed to Wittenberg to be un-
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der the influence of Luther, who had thrown off the last vestiges of popish authority. Here Tyndale began the work of translating the New Testament from Greek into English. In August 1525, Tyndale traveled to Cologne, where he completed his first translation of the New Testament. In this bustling city, Tyndale found a printer, Peter Quentell, to publish his translation. He wanted the secrecy of the printing to be guarded at all costs, but the news about the project leaked. A bitter opponent of the Reformation, John Cochlaeus, overheard and immediately arranged for a raid on the press. However, Tyndale was forewarned; he gathered the printed leaves after only ten pages had been run and escaped into the night. He fled up the Rhine to the more Protestant-friendly city of Worms. In 1526, Tyndale found a printer, Peter Schoeffer, who agreed to complete the printing of his English New Testament. This was the first portion of the Scriptures to be translated into English from the Greek and to be mechanically printed. Some six thousand copies were printed in clear, common English. In spring 1526, Tyndale began to smuggle his English New Testaments into England in bales of cotton. By the summer of 1526, this underground circulation of Tyndale’s New Testament was known to church officials. Both the archbishop of Canterbury and the bishop of London were enraged. They attempted to destroy all the copies of Tyndale’s New Testament that they could find and declared it a serious crime to buy, sell, or even handle it. But these actions failed to stop the spread of Tyndale’s translation. On June 18, 1528, the archbishop of York, Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, dispatched three agents to the Continent to search aggressively for Tyndale. Wolsey also ordered John Hacket—the English ambassador to the Low Countries (the Netherlands)—to demand that the regent of the Low Countries authorize the arrest of Tyndale. But Tyndale withdrew to Marburg for safety.
TRANSLATING THE PENTATEUCH In September 1528, another attempt was launched to track Tyndale down. John West, a friar, was dispatched from England to the Continent to apprehend the fugitive and bring him back. West landed at Antwerp, dressed in civilian attire, and began hunting for Tyndale. He scoured the cities and interrogated printers. Sensing the pressure, Tyndale remained in Marburg. He spent the time teaching himself Hebrew, a language that had not been taught in the
English universities when Tyndale was a student. With this new skill, Tyndale began translating the Pentateuch from Hebrew into English. In 1529, Tyndale moved from Marburg to Antwerp. Under this new cover, he completed his translation of the five books of Moses, but he felt the danger was too great to stay in this large city. He realized that the Pentateuch must be printed elsewhere. So Tyndale boarded a ship to sail to the mouth of the Elbe River in Germany and then to Hamburg. But a severe storm struck the ship and it was wrecked off the coast of Holland. Tragically, his books, writings, and the Pentateuch translation were lost at sea. Tyndale eventually made his way to Hamburg. There he was received into the home of the von Emersons, a family with strong sympathies for the Reformation. In this protective environment, Tyndale undertook the laborious effort of retranslating the Pentateuch from the Hebrew language. This task took from March to December 1529. In January 1530, the five books of Moses in English were printed in Antwerp, then smuggled into England and distributed.
CAPTURE AND DEATH In early 1534, Tyndale moved into a house in Antwerp as the guest of Thomas Poyntz, a wealthy English merchant who was, according to Tyndale biographer David Daniell, “a good, shrewd, friend and loyal sympathizer.” Feeling secure, Tyndale set about the work of completing a revision of his New Testament translation. This second edition contained some four thousand changes and corrections from the 1526 edition. An unknown high official in the church—probably the bishop of London, John Stokesley—offered a certain Harry Phillips a large sum of money to travel to the Continent and find Tyndale. He arrived in Antwerp in early summer 1535 and began to make the necessary contacts among the English merchants. When he found Tyndale, he deviously established his friendship and won Tyndale’s trust. Then, one day he lured Tyndale into a narrow passage, where soldiers arrested him. Tyndale was imprisoned in the castle of Vilvoorde, six miles north of Brussels. There, Tyndale languished for nearly a year and a half as preparations were made for his trial. In August 1536, Tyndale at last stood trial. A long list of charges was drawn up against him and he was condemned as a heretic. Tyndale was executed on October 6, 1536. He was strangled, burned, and his body blown apart by gunpowder l
William Tyndale made an enormous contribution to the Reformation in England. One biographer, Brian Edwards, states that not only was Tyndale “the heart of the Reformation in England,” he “was the Reformation in England.”
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His threw his youth away drinking alcohol and using drugs. In times when El Salvador was a country bled by internal wars, Adan Huber Sosa Lemus ruled with his gang. It seemed like he was never to repent, but he bent his knees and surrendered.
ust at the thought of spending the rest of his life in a cloister to then officiate mass in a religion he never felt part of, 12 year-old Adam Huber Sosa Lemus did not think twice. That very day he rejected the offer to become the priest that his people expected him to be. Despite having everything settled to pursue ministerial studies, he withdrew in his rebelliousness without thinking that this would lead him to the world of drugs and alcohol. A world he only left when the Lord found him and showed him his true vocation, making him the Vice President of the Worldwide Missionary Movement in El Salvador.
LOST ADOLESCENCE In early 1980, a very young Adan –who preferred to be called Huber– spent his days like any other teenager his age in the city of Sonsonate, El Salvador. However, one day, his parents began to bombard him with the clerical preparation that would make him a respected priest in his town. Although one of his wealthy aunts was willing to finance his ministerial studies, Huber refused to attend the religious monastery, because he was not willing to change his youth for a priestly life. - I knew that it would not last long, because it was not for me, he says. Despite having a biblical name, Adan (Adam) always lived away from the church that his parents attended. At that age, he began going to nightclubs, where alcohol and narcotic substances such as marijuana and cocaine became part of his life. Street prostitution was the background each of his weekends in the Salvadoran city. Continue reading–– MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 34 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
Adan always lived away from the church that his parents attended. At that age, he began going to nightclubs, where alcohol and narcotic substances such as marijuana and cocaine became part of his life.
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- Back then, I tried all kinds of drugs and alcohol. I ruined my adolescence, he recalls. Without direction, gangsterism and crime gained ground in his life, ruining his studies and the future that his poor parents had envisioned for the second-to-last of their ten children. - People and my friends would call me “Gallo,” because of the gang name, my particular hairstyle, my baggy clothes, and especially because I was a womanizer, he says.
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ESCAPING DEATH In the 80´s, El Salvador and its neighboring countries were in the eye of the storm due to the civil and military uprisings that destabilized Central America. Part of this was the arms race that occurred in all countries of the region. As a result, young men and gangs, like Huber’s, were provided with a large amount of weapons that not only served to defend against the coup, but also to commit armed robbery and get away with it. When he was almost 15 years old, Huber and his gang were accused of raping two local girls, for which they had to face authorities and various enemies seeking revenge. After being released for lack of evidence, the whole gang was threatened with death through a series of attacks that killed them one by one. One of those attacks occurred when Huber won a choreography contest. In the very moment that he was performing his last step dance, a hail of bullets caused panic among those present. After protecting himself and controlling the situation, Huber and his companions discovered that the shots were aimed at him. Fortunately, no bullet touched him and no injuries were reported. “It was a warning!” some said. - I had fights with other gangs, so they tried to kill me more than once. But God saved
me, otherwise I would be dead like many of my friends and colleagues, he recalls.
EXILED FROM HIS TOWN 17 years old and a price put on his head, one day his father told Huber something he would never forget. - Son, I really do not know why you came to this world. I do not know how long you will be in this condition. Leave the house, you have to find a new life, a new horizon, said his father with tears of frustration on his face. Huber was sent by his father to San Salvador, so that his older siblings could straighten the life of the youngest son of the Sosa Lemus family. Upon reaching the town of Soyapango, in the metropolitan area of San Salvador, he decided to change his life and accept the first job that he was offered. However, his old habits emerged; he met new friends and started to use alcohol and drugs once again. - I could not control alcohol, because alcohol controlled me, he recalls. His wild life led Huber to prostitute himself and become a regular client to the prostitutes of the capital city. He always shunned having formal relationships. - When a girl was interested in me and asked me to go steady, I would always ran away
When he arrived at the Salvadoran capital, he decided to change his life and accept the first job that he was offered. However, his old habits emerged; he met new friends and started to use alcohol and drugs once again.
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from her... I was one of those people who never believed in marriage, because I just wanted some loose woman to satisfy my sexual desires, he tells.
DIVINE EXPERIENCES Although he had a disorderly behavior, 19-year-old Huber began to be visited by a Christian young man who would always invite him to church. Although he refused to go hundreds of times, he was already getting steeped in the Word of God. After a while, he listened to the gospel once again through the mouth of his cousin, known as “Gorron,” who was shot in his leg in a street fight. After having an experience with God and leaving the hospital, Gorron –Huber’s former misdeed buddy– tried to lead him to the Lord’s feet without success. However, this was only the beginning to feel the need to seek the Lord, especially when he started to read the Bible or the “black book,” as Huber called it. After reading the Scriptures, Huber fell asleep and dreamed that the Lord called him to His ways, but he could not understand. Later, he began to understand the Lord’s purpose when he dreamed of a huge eye watching him from heaven and following him wherever he went. This caused great fear in him when he woke up. - I did not even want to look up the sky, because I knew that God was watching all my life and all the filth in it ... God was dealing with me, he says. DEVOTED TO GOD In mid-1990s, when he was 22, Huber hoped to join some evangelical church, but parties and carnivals prevented him from doing so. One day, however, the songs and melodies of a congregation paralyzed him in the middle of the street and led him to the door of a temple where the Lord spoke to him three times, telling him: - My son, this is where I need you. Even though he felt attracted to this heavenly voice, his friends persuaded him to leave the temple and Huber returned to his binges and orgies. Some time later, the Christian young man visited him again and invited him to the
Church of the Worldwide Missionary Movement. This time, he was invited to visit a house, where he would listen to the message of an Australian preacher who was about to set off to the continent island. One week after visiting the house, located in the metropolitan area of San Salvador, Huber devoted himself to Christianity and a godly life, thus becoming a servant of God. - I fell on my knees asking the Lord for forgiveness and telling Him to govern my life from that moment on, because I had never known how to do it, he recalls. Although he never wanted to be a minister of the Gospel, a year later the Lord called him to the pastoral ministry through a prophecy. In 1995, he married Susana Ceron and had two daughters. In 1999, he started working as a pastor in the city of San Marcos. Then he was pastor in the city of Soyapango until 2007, when he was appointed Vice President of the National Board of the Worldwide Missionary Movement in his country. Nowadays, he is in charge of 15 congregations and four areas. Based on the experience acquired, pastor Huber Sosa understands that to be a true minister of the Gospel, there is no need to be an erudite, but to obey the Word of God l
One week after visiting the house, located in the metropolitan area of San Salvador, Huber devoted himself to Christianity and a godly life, thus becoming a servant of God. “I fell on my knees asking the Lord for forgiveness and telling Him to govern my life from that moment on, because I had never known how to do it,” he recalls.
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“They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him” Psalm 126:5-6.
Rev. Luis M. Ortiz
No company in the world deals with more obstacles than the Work of God. But no company in the world obtains more victories with eternal results than the Work of God. No task in the Work of God is as hindered, fought, persecuted, unrecognized and unrewarded as the missionary work in foreMISSIONARY MOVEMENT 40 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
ign lands. When someone says that they have been called to go to a foreign country, they are misunderstood, unloved, hampered, fought and persecuted. When they set off to the missionary field, leaving his home, his environment and his friends, they find themselves alone and for-
gotten, facing the toughest job without proper motivation, without adequate means, without necessary funds. They spend weeks eating poorly, without company, wearied by indifference, beset by nostalgia, hurt by ingratitude. When they return home, expecting to find encouragement and understanding, they realize that they have become a foreigner. They are relegated, seen with suspicion and mistrust, treated with disrespect and even considered a threat. • If they do nothing, they lack reaction. • If they do something, they overreact. • If they say nothing, they lack expression. • If they say something, they are not right. • If they come back young, they lose perception. • If they come back mature, they stand no chance. • If they come back old, they are sent to the firing line. All of these things mean disadvantages for the superficial, the opportunist and the ambitious, who despise and shun them. For the truest missionary, however, these disadvantages are glories, wealth and fortune, that he does not exchange for the positions or hierarchies of those who despise and harass him. The truest missionary cannot be otherwise. His life and actions revolve around this call and this passion. The truest missionary can take it all, but will not allow to be diverted from his divine vocation. The truest missionary is willing to give up on things, except for his call. The truest missionary knows that God has called him and that His call and ministry is above men and things. The truest missionary lives his mission, which “for necessity is laid upon him” (1 Corinthians 9:16), so he cannot avoid it or give it up. The truest missionary understands that the ultimate task of the Church is the evangelization of the world, so he dedicates and gives his life to that purpose. The truest missionary puts no other interest or relationship before the ultimate task of salvation of souls and the essential relationship with his Lord, whom he loves, serves and obeys. Because of these strong convictions and powerful reasons, the truest missionary cannot hide or remain silent. But his suffering are his glories, because “the disciple is not above His master, nor the servant above His lord” (Matthew 10:24). Like his Lord, he is also
judged and clothed in unhealthy criticism. He is spit at with offensive words, forced to carry the cross of disrepute and buried in the tomb of contempt and oblivion. But, just as his Master rose on the third day, the truest missionary rises every day, as he is judged, crucified and buried every day, thus fulfilling the words of another great missionary, the apostle Paul, who wrote, “We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body. For we which live are always delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh. So then death worketh in us, but life in you” (2 Corinthians 4:8-12).
The truest missionary cannot be otherwise. His life and actions revolve around this call and this passion. The truest missionary can take it all, but will not allow to be diverted from his divine vocation. The truest missionary is willing to give up on things, except for his call. The truest missionary knows that God has called him and that His call and ministry is above men and things. Therefore, the truest missionary rises every day with new life, new strength, new enthusiasm, new vision, new determination, giving that vision, strength and life to those whom he ministers. When Alexander the Great asked the Greek philosopher Diogenes, “Ask of me any boon you like.” He replied, “Stand out of my light.” The apostle Paul said, “But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ” (Philippians 3:7-8). The truest missionary follows in the footsteps of his Master and reflects his work with Psalm 126: 5-6, “They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him” l September 2015/ Impacto evangelistic
GOD’S PROTECTION “And we being exceedingly tossed with a tempest… But after long abstinence Paul… said, Sirs, ye should have hearkened unto me, and not have loosed… I exhort you to be of good cheer: for there shall be no loss of any man’s life...” Acts 27:18-26.
Rev. José Soto Benavides
aul preached to kings such as Agrippa, Festus and Felix, and in Caesar’s house, which means that he reached the highest strata of society of the time to deliver the message of God. Agrippa once said unto Paul, “Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian” (Acts 26:28), and Paul replied, “I would to God, that not only thou, but also all that hear me this day, were both almost, and altogether such as I am, except these bonds” (Acts 26:29). The Scriptures tell us that Paul was with more than 270 prisoners. Although he was treated courteously, especially by the first tribune, he was just another prisoner. Paul had chosen to go to Rome because of the lawsuit brought against him by the Jews, who had influence on the governors. First, Paul was embarked on a ship of Adramyttium that took him to the coast of Asia Minor. Then he boarded a ship of Alexandria to cross the Mediterranean Sea from this coast to Italy on a long trip. When they arrived to the coast, the centurion “gave him liberty to go unto his friends to refresh himself” (Acts 27:3). Although there was a group of people who attacked and rejected him, because Paul was a real whip against darkness and the devil, most people recognized Paul and his work and loved him. They sailed and the wind started to lash. They passed through Cyprus and Crete, the biggest Mediterranean islands, and managed to protect themselves from the storm looming over the sea. Hardly passing the island, they stayed a few days in Crete. Paul said that they should stay at The Fair Havens, as a storm was approaching, but the centurion “believed the master and the owner of the ship, more than those things which were spoken by Paul” (Acts 27:11). When they reached open sea, they encounMISSIONARY MOVEMENT 42 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
tered a tempestuous wind called Euroclydon. The wind and the storm threatened to destroy the ship, not for one or two days, but for fourteen. They could not see the stars or the sun, as they were harassed by a great storm. Paul turned to the Lord of life and said, “For there shall be no loss of any man’s life among you, but of the ship” (Acts 27:22). How sure he was! The ship was to be destroyed and lost, but everybody would be saved. He encouraged them, “For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve, saying, Fear not, Paul; thou must be brought before Caesar: and, lo, God hath given thee all them that sail with thee” (Acts 27:23-24). The soldiers had the mission to take the prisoners to Rome, even at the expense of their lives. If a soldier let a prisoner go, he had to pay with his life. So, when the soldiers realized that the prisoners could escape, they agreed to kill them all. Was Paul not a prisoner too? They were talking about killing the man of God. The centurion realized that the soldiers were planning something and immediately intervened. He forbade the attempt to kill them and allowed the prisoners to escape and save themselves. He did this to save Paul, as there was a threat of wicked men, people influenced by the devil, who rose up to kill the apostle Paul. The ship run aground on the island of Malta. The prisoners left the ship as they could, as winter is stronger in those places. Everyone got out of the ship trembling, so did Paul, but always trusting in God. Then they started a bonfire for people to warm up. Paul went to look for firewood, and a viper came out and caught his hand. He shook off the animal into the fire. The barbarians saw everything and said
Was Paul not a prisoner too? They talked about killing the man of God. The centurion realized the plot of the soldiers and immediately intervened. He forbade the prisoners this attempt and told them that each one would escape and be saved by their own means; but he did this to save Paul. This was a threat of wicked men, people influenced by the devil, who rose up to kill the apostle Paul. among themselves that there was no doubt that he was a murderer, because, having escaped the sea, vengeance would not let him live. They knew that he would swell and fall down dead. After a while, Paul was still warming up. Time passed and he did not die. Paul was sharing the blessings of God, warming up and happy because he was saved. Then they thought that he was a God. Paul explained the situation clearly and said that he was no God. He preached the Gospel, healed a few and a Work was established on that island. Beloved, the devil wanted to prevent the apostle Paul from fulfilling the plan of God.
Nature was merciless, the soldiers wanted to kill him, the devil used the viper to end his life, but nothing could prevent the blessing from staying on the island. When Paul came to Rome, he went to court and. while he was still a prisoner, they gave him a rented house and the Jews could do nothing against him. â€œAnd Paul dwelt two whole years in his own hired house, and received all that came in unto him, preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ, with all confidence, no man forbidding himâ€? (Acts 28:30-31). Glory to God! l September 2015/ Impacto evangelistic
IF YOU WILL OBEY MY VOICE INDEED “Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine” Exodus 19:5. Rev. Álvaro Garavito
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God puts conditions on all the thousands of promises that we find throughout the Holy Scriptures. If not before, the condition may come after the promise. There is no blessing without condition. God has the power in His hands. He is the owner of the heavens, the earth, the world, the gold, the silver and all that exists. God has the power to do as He pleases, but His promise is true, real and effective. For men, it is easy to promise, but when it comes to God, things definitely change (Ecclesiastes 5: 4-5). When God promises, the promise is fulfilled. If the Lord promises to fill a certain place, this promise will involve a condition and a commitment, as we will all enjoy that blessing. If we do not move, there is no promise. Therefore, the promises will not be fulfilled if we do not meet the condition. The Word begins with this sentence: “IF YE WILL OBEY MY VOICE INDEED.” Many churches, congregations and groups like listening to the nice music and praise at church, but when the time comes to listen to the Word of God, they stand up and leave. However, the Lord says, “If ye will obey my voice indeed.” If you diligently obey His voice, something will happen. If we keep His word and put it into practice, those promises will be fulfilled. Satan knows this and will always try to divert our attention. The commitment begins with the need and responsibility to listen to God’s voice. Whether it is an order, an exhortation or a rebuke, we must be willing to hear His voice. The Word says, “rebuke and exhort” (2 Timothy 4:2; Titus 2:15), but not everybody likes rebukes. The second condition is, “AND KEEP MY COVENANT”, that is, do what I tell you to do. There are people who chop the Word, removing
the condition and leaving only the blessing for them, saying things that God has not said. If you are willing to listen to the voice of God and do whatever He tells you, then His promise will be fulfilled in you. Do not worry about your enemies or their punishment, because the Lord will deal with them. Exodus 19:5 says, “Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant (there are two conditions), THEN YE SHALL BE A PECULIAR TREASURE UNTO ME ABOVE ALL PEOPLE: FOR ALL THE EARTH IS MINE (this is the promise).” Are you keeping the covenant? Or, are you just taking the promise like stealing something that does not belong to you? Because it belongs to us only when we fulfill the blessing. That is when we can say that we are His peculiar treasure. “And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the Lord thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth” (Deuteronomy 28:1). Here is a chain promise that God makes on many strong conditions. There are people who, having honored God, have joined a company as janitors and then become managers. People who, having honored and exalted God, haven begun cleaning toilets in a company and now are personnel managers with 40 or 50 people under their charge. God has placed them above others. “And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God.” (Deuteronomy 28:2). Many people have lost God’s blessing, because they show no interest in listening to God’s voice. They go to the temple to sleep, talk with others and even tell jokes while the preacher shares the message. Their body is there, but since they are not hearing, their mind is elsewhere and the Word of God cannot produce effects. When we listen to the Word, it produces faith and extraordinary effects. Those who do not listen to God, however, will not receive the blessing. When we are willing to listen, we are healed, rebuked, reprimanded, set free, confronted, freed and raised. The Lord sets the condition, “if ye will obey my voice indeed,” because He knows that the man who listens to Him will not stay the same. If you diligently obey the voice of God, something will happen. If we keep the Word, those promises will be fulfilled “and all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee” (Deuteronomy 28:2). Amen l
Many people have lost God’s blessing, because they show no interest in listening to God’s voice. They go to the temple to sleep, talk with others and even tell jokes while the preacher shares the message. Their body is there, but since they are not hearing, their mind is elsewhere and the Word of God cannot produce effects. When we listen to the Word, it produces faith and extraordinary effects. Those who do not listen to God, however, will not receive the blessing.
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THE BIBLE AND THE MEDIA The Scriptures show us that there will be a revolutionary change in mass communications on a global scale. It is an announcement for the last days.
he Bible tells us about a massive revolution in information technology and communication. It also talks about a pernicious culture of violence that seeks pleasure and has an insatiable desire for sex and greed, having influence on a global scale. In addition, it warns about the manipulation of public opinion through economic forces and political games that would result in the advent of a world government and a major religious machination.
INFORMATION EXPLOSION Although Daniel lived 600 years before Christ, God spoke to him about the level of global development that technology would reach. God inspired him to write these prophecies, but Daniel could not understand them entirely. “Seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased” (Daniel 12:4). Some estimate that knowledge accumulation doubles every 18 months. Anyone with Internet connection has access to great libraries. What does this knowledge explosion have to do with modern means of global communication? Behind knowledge explosion are the advances in media and the technological transformation that has made it possible. Without the means to quickly spread information to many people, knowledge explosion would have never occurred. The invention of the printing press, for example, allowed the proliferation of books, which became the main medium to spread knowledge in the eighteenth century, the “Age of Enlightenment.” Along with the advent of large-circulation newspapers in the nineteenth century, public education greatly increased the literacy rate, making possible the subsequent technological progress. Technological development in electronic communications took a leap forward in the twentieth century with radio, television, computers, satellites and the Internet, which brings all these technologies together MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 46 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
in a global network. There are two elements that allow us to instantly see and hear events and people anywhere in the world: the Internet and satellite telecommunications.
IMMEDIATE AVAILABILITY The Bible says that people of all nations will simultaneously see the death of two prophets of God in Jerusalem by a dictator called the Beast (Revelation 11: 3-7). “And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city… and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half…” (Rev. 11:8-12). These events will be broadcast live all over the world. SIGNS AND WONDERS However, before the appearance of these two witnesses, there will be two antagonists sent by Satan (the Antichrist and the false prophet) who will manipulate the media and dazzle the world, and many will believe that they are of divine origin. This religious leader “opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God” (2 Thessalonians 2:1, 4). Paul continues, “Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, and with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish…” (2 Thessalonians 2:9-12). Later, we are told that “he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men. And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast…” (Revelation 13:13-14). ABSORBING AMUSEMENT Paul wrote about another trend for the last days, in which the media would play a key role. He said, “For men shall be lovers of their own selves, co-
vetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God” (2 Timothy. 3:1-4). Each of these key features can be found in those television programs devoured by more than two billion people worldwide. Thirst for violence, self-exaltation, sex before marriage and indirect pleasure in the forbidden fruit without consequences, are the subjects of comedies, soap operas, dramas and talk shows that are morally equivalent to the fluid flowing through the sewers of human minds. The reason for such filth is simple: money. Research shows that antisocial behavior in children at school is directly related to the content of the television programs that they watch and the number
of hours that they spent watching television. In a survey, 35% of incarcerated violent criminals claimed to have obtained ideas for their crimes from television programs.
THE LAST DAYS Many people claim to believe in God, but they do not know who He is. The motivation of people in the last days would not be the development of noble character or love for the neighbor. Men, women and young people would be “lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God” (2 Timothy 3:4). All this is a sign that Christ’s return is very near. And everyone will see Him through electronic devices such as televisions, computers, tablets and mobile phones. “Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen” (Revelation 1:7) l September 2015/ Impacto evangelistic
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).
ALWAYS RELIABLE For three days, the Worldwide Missionary Movement in the United States held its 26th National Convention with the attendance of brothers and pastors.
he Worldwide Missionary Movement in the United States held on July 7-10 its 26th National Convention in the city of Marietta, Georgia. The theme was “Faithful MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 48 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
Servants, Always Reliable” and was attended by a large group of pastors and brothers who traveled from different parts of US territory. Rev. Arturo Hernandez, National Supervisor of
WMM in the United States, led the event and preached the word of Jesus Christ on the opening day. Sister Carmen de Martinez, wife of Rev. Gustavo Martinez, President
of the Board of Officers of the Work of God, preached the message on the second day. Based on 2 Corinthians 4: 7, the servant of the Almighty gave a speech entitled “What Has God Given You That Has Not Yet Been Revealed?” Carmen Martinez said that the most powerful nation in the world needs a divine vision. Later, on the third day, Rev. Humberto Henao, Director of the Board of Officers of the WMM, preached the biblical message through a speech entitled “Accepting The Challenges.” In his speech, pastor Henao, based on 1 Continue reading–– September 2015/ Impacto evangelistic
Kings 18: 1-18, emphasized that the Church of the Lord must not yield to sin. He also said that Christians must accept the challenges and succeed in the name of Jesus. On the same day, the workers and pastors meeting was held MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 50 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
and various issues about the WMM in America were discussed. In addition, on the third day of Convention, a service was performed by the women of the WMM; Sister Carmen de Martinez was the messenger of God. Based on Proverbs 23: 7, the
wife of Rev. Gustavo Martinez conveyed a message called “The Power of a Thought.” In her speech, she said that the followers of God should fill their minds with the Word of God to have a victorious life. On the fourth day, Rev. Hernandez shared the message of God
and said that great things are coming for the WMM in the US. The 26th National Convention of the Worldwide Missionary Movement in America ended with a day full of activities. First, the Promotion of Workers was held; twenty brothers were recognized as Lay Preachers, eleven
were promoted to Licensed Preachers and six were promoted to Ordained Ministers. Rev. Henao, who delivered a speech entitled “Antioch, a Missionary Church,” and Rev. Martinez, who developed the theme “Do Not Run, Submit and Wait Upon God,” shared the Lord’s message l September 2015/ Impacto evangelistic
GOD’S WILL The Youth National Convention of the WMM in Puerto Rico allowed the people to approach God during four glorious days with a good attendance of brothers. Under the theme “I Renounce”, based on Romans 12:2, the youth of the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Puerto Rico held from July 15 to July 18 its 40th National Convention. The event was held in the facilities of MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 52 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
the Convention Center of the Mission Board Church, located in the town of Dorado, where a great number of members of the Work gathered. On the opening day, Rev. Federico Cabrera, National Officer of the WMM in Puer-
to Rico, shared the Word and encouraged the people to cultivate every day their relationship with God. Then, on the second day of the convention, the young members were grouped according to ages in order to
receive biblical teachings. Sisters Yarelie Laboy and Elizabeth Peña, National Leader of Women of the WMM in Puerto Rico, shared their experiences and spoke about the power of Christ. Likewise, Rev. Benito Green, Presbyter of the WMM in the United States, conveyed the message of the Almighty and urged young people to shake Puerto Rico with the presence of God. During the third day, in the morning, the activities were focused on the missionary labor of the Work. There were different testimonies about the work made by the young members of the Work of the Lord. Then, at night, Rev. Green, based on Genesis 3:15, delivered a message through which he
recommended the audience to stand firm in times of spiritual warfare. Pastor Green added that followers of Jesus Christ will conquer with the spiritual weapons given to them. On the last day of the 40th National Youth Convention of the WMM in Puerto Rico, Sister Wanda Villarini presented the theme entitled “Renouncement is about conviction and faith.” The preacher taught about the life of Moses and spoke about his relationship with the Lord. At the closure of activities, Pastor Green preached again to the attendees through a message called “Strategies To Win Mental Battles,” and urged to beware of ruses and dissatisfaction l September 2015/ Impacto evangelistic
LET US DEFEND OUR PLACE With the attendance of over seven hundred brothers, the Worldwide Missionary Movement of Chile held its National Fellowship and Youth Fellowship.
n the city of Santiago, the Work of God in Chile held its National Fellowship and Youth Fellowship from July 17 to July 19. The event was attended by over seven hundred believers coming from different parts of Chile, who gathered at the central temple, located in the heart of the capital. The atmosphere that was full of MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 54 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
adoration and praise for the Almighty. The event was broadcast live through the waves of radio Koinonia and the signal of Koinonia TV Chile. The National Fellowship and Youth Fellowship of the WMM in Chile were also broadcast to the world by the stations that belong to the work of the Almighty. Some of them were Reden-
cion (El Salvador), Ebenezer con vida (Switzerland), Luz (Mexico), Remanente (Guatemala), Redentor (Argentina), Cristo Llego A Tiempo and Levántate Y Resplandece (Spain). Regarding the preaching of the Word of the Savior, the messages of Rev. Marcelo Quintana, National Secretary of the WMM in Chile, and
Sister Maritza Montoya, wife of Rev. Gerardo Martinez, National Supervisor of the Work in Chile, meant a great blessing for the attendees. On the first day of activities, Pastor Quintana delivered a message titled “Let Us Defend Our Place,” based on Acts 13:1. The following day, Missionary Montoya shared a message called “Taking the Little Foxes.” Another vibrant moment during
the event organized by the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Chile was the evangelistic parade in the streets of Santiago Centro, the oldest part of the Chilean capital. It was highly attended by the people of the Lord. Praises and songs by the brothers from the different churches of the WMM in Chile, were heard and served to bring a message of hope to the Chilean people, which do not know the power of God l September 2015/ Impacto evangelistic
HOW WILL I RECOVER WHAT I HAVE LOST? The WMM in Italy inaugurated the Elim Bible Institute in Genoa through a commemoration service. The sound doctrine is spreading in Europe.
nder the path traced by Pastor Luis M. Ortiz, founder of the Worldwide Missionary Movement, the Work in Italy had in mid-July two days full of the Lord’s presence in the city of Genoa, in Liguria. A special service opened the Elim Bible Institute (EBI). On the first day, the WMM in Italy held a commemoration service to inaugurate the institute. The event was MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 56 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
attended by reverends Ramón Aponte, Albert J. Rivera and Juan Casiano, by Brother Roberto Cuadrado and by servants from the Church in Puerto Rico. During the service, that took place in the temple of Genoa, Pastor Ramon Aponte, principal of the Elim Bible Institute in Puerto Rico, shared the Word of the Lord. In his message, entitled “How Will I Recover What I Have Lost?,” the minister encouraged
the followers of Christ to praise God even amid trials. Based on 1 Samuel, he also recommended to keep fighting the battle against evil with prayer, and said that we will recover what the enemy has taken from us. The following day, the Work in Italy solemnly opened the Elim Bible Institute, the theological school of the WMM, with a ceremony characterized by songs, praises and prayers by
the faithful who were present at the Church of Genoa. It should also be noted that the brothers arrived from Puerto Rico, representatives of the EBI, spoke about the proper administration and management of the educational institution promoted by the Work.
In the speech, Brother Roberto Cuadrado, member of the faculty of the Elim Bible Institute of Puerto Rico, shred the message of God. The worker of the Lord, through a message entitled “Bearing Witness To What God Has Done In Your
Life Through The Word,” shared the great things that the Lord’s mercy can do. Then, by the end of the activity, Rev. Aponte stressed that the EBI will give Christians from the peninsula all necessary theological knowledge l September 2015/ Impacto evangelistic
LET US NOT FORGET WHERE THE LORD TOOK US FROM In the community of Huaycan, located in eastern Lima, the WMM in Peru brought togetjer about two thousand and five hundred ministers of God in its National Pastors Retreat.
uring five days, from June 2 to June 6, God’s power was poured in the city of Lima, capital of Peru, where the Work of the Lord held its National Pastors Retreat. The event was attended by about two thousand and five hundred ministers and workers of the Almighty, who arrived from different parts of the large Peruvian territory. The event took place in the Church of the community of Huaycan, located in eastern Lima, and was led by Rev. Gustavo Martínez Garavito, President of the International Board of Officers of the Work. On the first day of the retreat, the opening message was delivered by Rev. Humberto Henao, Director of the International Board of Officers of the WMM, who gave a speech entitled “Loss of Judah,” based on Genesis 38:1-18. On the second day, Rev. Martinez, based on Judges 7:110, Psalm 39 and Deuteronomy 20:8, gave the good news of the Lord to the attendees. In his speech, pastor Martinez talked about the sound doctrine MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 58 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
taught by the Work through a message entitled “What God Looks In Each Of Us Will Be Decisive For Us To Follow His Purposes.” On the third day of the event, the President of the International Board of Officers of the WMM, preached
again the Word of the Almighty. On this occasion, the leader of the Work, based on Isaiah 51:1-2, presented the theme “Let Us Not Forget Where The Lord Took Us From”. A day later, on the fourth day, the presence of the Holy Spirit was evident once
again through an impressive speech delivered by Rev. Martinez. The minister, based on 2 Samuel 21:15-17, shared the message entitled “What Giant Are You Currently Fighting In Your Life?” Then, by the end of the fourth day, Rev. Rodolfo Gonzalez Cruz, International Officer of the WMM, showed his satisfaction with the blessings given by God to His servants. The message of Jesus was also shared by Rev. Henao. Then, on the fifth day, Rev. Henao addressed the audience to share again the teachings of Jesus Christ. In his message, based on 1 Timothy 3:1- 7 and entitled “Types of Leadership,” he encouraged all pastors and workers from Peru to stand firm in the Lord’s vineyard l September 2015/ Impacto evangelistic
GO OUT AND MAKE DISCIPLES The WMM in Spain made more disciples of the Lord in a ceremony held in Lleida. The event was attended by about three hundred Christians.
he Worldwide Missionary Movement in Spain held on July 18 a ceremony called “United Baptisms,” in the city of Lleida, located in the autonomous community of Catalonia. In it, over twenty brothers were baptized, making public their decision to live for Jesus Christ. Thus, the Work of God in Spain continues adding more followers of the Almighty. MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 60 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
The event, held under the mandate set by the Lord in Matthew 28:19, “Go out and make disciples,” was led by Rev. Carlos Medina, National Supervisor of the WMM in Spain, and Rev. Francisco de los Santos, National Secretary of the Work of the Almighty in Spain. Both servants led the baptism of the new members of the Worldwide Missionary Movement.
The event was also attended by about three hundred people, who came from different churches in the north of Spain to celebrate the growth of the Church through the incorporation of new members. Rev. Medina highlighted that the Worldwide Missionary Movement will not stop spreading the Word of God and making new disciples in all nations l
MEXICAN AND GUATEMALAN FAITHFUL TOGETHER The Worldwide Missionary Movement held a Fellowship in the city of Comalapa, bringing together brothers from both countries.
he city of Comalapa, located in the Mexican state of Chiapas, near the border with Guatemala, was the place chosen for a fellowship held on June 6 by the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Mexico. Guatemalan and Mexican brothers came together to worship the Lord. The event, characterized by the fraternity showed by them both, served to announce the good news of the Almighty. Brothers and pastors from Chiapas, along with faithful from Guatemala, had the opportunity to share different experiences in this evangelistic event, which dazzled thanks to the zeal shown in spreading the sound doctrine. It should be noted that the activity was also attended by a group of Guatemalan pastors, led by Minister Abraham Enriquez Perez, who came from the department of Huehuetenango.
With the presence of the Lord from beginning to end, the fellowship organized in Comalapa reached its highest point when the Word of Jesus Christ was shared. Rev. Abraham Enriquez
gave the message of God through a speech based on Philippians 4: 19-20. In his presentation, the servant of the Lord highlighted that â€œChrist can provide what we lackâ€? l September 2015/ Impacto evangelistic
YOU SHALL KNOW THE TRUTH The Work of God in Guatemala had an evangelistic day on the streets of the town of Joyabaj.
he streets of the traditional town of Joyabaj, located in the department of El Quiche, hosted last June 4 an exciting evangelistic event held by the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Guatemala. The spiritual activity, aimed at sharing the Word of God with the people from El Quiche, was attended by a large group of brothers from the church established in the town of Zacualpa. MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 62 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
In the morning, the brothers of the Lord’s Work walked through various streets of Joyabaj preaching the good news and the coming of the Lord. Inspired by John 8:32, which says “and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free,” the followers of Christ bore witness to the greatness of the Creator and encouraged the unconverted to seek the love of the Lord.
Then, in the afternoon, the WMM in Guatemala held an emotional fellowship with the attendance of the faithful from the towns of Chichicastenango, Santa Cruz del Quiche, Nebaj, La Pista, Zacualpa and Joyabaj. In this activity, Rev. Alejandro Barrios, Officer of the National Board of the WMM in Guatemala, shared God’s message, which he entitled “Working While It Is Day” l
HISTORICAL BAPTISM IN JAPAN The Work of the Lord in Asia baptized nineteen followers of Jesus Christ and celebrated the anniversary of the Church of Saitama and Hashimoto.
ast June 21 was a historic day for the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Japan, due to two events that took place in the city of Saitama and confirmed the commendable labor done by the Work of God in the
empire of the rising sun. In the first one, held by river Tonegawa, nineteen disciples of Christ descended into the baptismal waters. It should be noted that, in the 16 years that the WMM is in Japan, this
is the first time that a ceremony is held with such a significant number of baptized brothers. The list of new members of the WMM included four brothers from the city of Komaki, five sisters from the city of Hamamatsu, five from the city of Oppama, four brothers from the cities of Saitama and Hashimoto and two from the city of Narita. Then, in the second event, the sixth anniversary of the Church of Saitama and Hashimoto was celebrated with a moving worship. The event was attended by pastors David Veramendi Takeda, National Supervisor of the Work in Japan, Rildo Cueto, head of the Church of Saitama and Hashimoto, AndrĂŠs Marchan, head of the Church of Komaki, Eraldo Hokama, head of the Church of Narita, and Enrique Toyama, head of the Church of Hamamatsu l SSeptember eptember2015 2015// Impacto evangelistic
NATIONAL FELLOWSHIP IN SALTA
OPENING OF TEMPLE IN LA BOTA
The Argentinian people of the WMM had three days of glory and blessing at the premises of the Escuela Agraria in the city of Salta, in northwest Argentina. A glorious National Fellowship was held from July 10 to July 12. All churches in the country were invited, and so the event was attended by congregations and pastors who came from different provinces and cities such as Cordoba, Santa Fe, Corrientes, Chaco, Formosa, Santiago del Estero, San Juan, Mendoza, Chubut, Gran Buenos Aires and Capital Federal. Rev. Ismael E. Parrado, National Supervisor of the Work in Argentina, and members of the National Board were also present at the event. Rev. Pastor Gerardo Martinez, Missionary Supervisor in South America, was the preacher of the Word of God. Pastor Martinez reinforced once again the profound truths of the Scriptures and God powerfully supported each message. Rev. Ismael Parrado showed his appreciation and attributed all the glory to the Lord, reminding of the growth achieved by the Work l
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The opening of a temple in La Bota, Quito, Ecuador took place on June 26-27. The WMM and the local pastor, Rev. Custodio Mejia, organized this beautiful activity. The event was attended by Rev. Rodolfo Cabrera, Presbyter of Zone 1, Rev. Wilmer Santiana, National Officer of the Work, Pastor Liden Muñoz, brothers from Ambato and pastors and brothers from Quito. In the first service, Rev. Rodolfo Cabrera brought the message of God based on Ephesians 5:25. In his speech, he said that, ever since man was created, God has always wanted to have communion with him. In the second service, Rev. Rodolfo Cabrera brought the Word of God with the theme “The Teacher Is Here and Calling l
EQUATORIAL GUINEA FELLOWSHIP IN NCOLOMBONG
A Fellowship was held by Presbytery Zone 2 on July 3-5 in the Church of the WMM in Ncolombong, in the city of Bata, Equatorial Guinea. In this church, pastor Nze, presbyter of the zone, works together with his beloved wife Manuela. The theme was “With Christ, Everything Is Fine.” During the event, three souls were saved in a powerful way. The general choir, pastor of Ngolo and other brothers sang beautiful hymns. For the message, God used two workers, Francisca Yombo and Sister Manuela, wife of the presbyter. Pastor Nze preached on the last day. Benjamin Engono Abuy, pastor from Ngolo, promoted an offering for the construction of the host church. He also prayed for Brother Santos, who will go to the Work in the city of Akonibe l
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC YOUTH CONVENTION AND WORKERS RETREAT
The Church of the WMM in Dominican Republic held its National Youth Convention and Workers Retreat last July 23-25, under the theme “Marked by the Holy Spirit.” The event was full of glory and power of God and was widely attended. Before the first service of the convention, the youth was looking forward to the beginning of the celebration. The effort was rewarded by the Lord, as the glory of God was evident every day. The Lord baptized with the Holy Spirit and called many to consecration and ministry. From Puerto Rico, preacher Alejandro Gonzalez brought the Word of God at night. His messages were impressive. In each call, the youth surrendered, crying, loving and praising. Simultaneously, the first Workers Retreat of the year was held under the theme: “Pastors before the challenges of the 21st Century.” A good percentage of the clergy was present, led by Rev. Ruben Concepcion, National Supervisor and International Secretary of the WMM l
WHY DO JEWS AND ARABS ARE CONTINUALLY AT WAR? The history of the Arab-Israeli conflict has its origin in the biblical account stating that Israel has a right to exist as a nation in its own land given by God to the descendants of Jacob.
f there is an explicit biblical explanation for this animosity, it goes back to the times of Abraham. The Jews are the descendants of Isaac, Abraham’s son by his wife Sarah. The Arabs are descendants of Ishmael, Abraham’s son by his slave Hagar. Ishmael being the son of a slave woman (Genesis 16:1-6) and Isaac being the promised son who would inherit the promises made to Abraham (Genesis 21:1-3), obviously there would be some animosity between the two children. As a result of provocation against Ismael Isaac (Genesis 21:9), Sarah told Abraham to send away Hagar and Ishmael (Genesis 21:11-21). This caused the heart of Ishmael further contend against Isaac. An angel prophesied to Hagar that Ishmael would live in hostility toward all his brothers: “a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man’s hand against him” (Genesis 16:11-12). The religion of Islam, to which most Arabs is adherent, this hostility became deeper. The Qur’an contains somewhat contradictory instructions for Muslims regarding Jews. At one point, he instructs Muslims to treat Jews as brothers, but at another point, commands Muslims to attack Jews who refuse to convert to Islam. The Qur’an also introduces a conflict about which son of Abraham was truly the son of promise. The Hebrew Scriptures say it was Isaac. The Qur’an says it was Ishmael. The Qur’an teaches that it was Ishmael that Abraham almost sacrificed to the Lord, not Isaac (in contradiction to Genesis 22). This debate about who was the son of promise contributes to the hostility today. However, the ancient roots of hostility between Isaac and Ishmael does not explain all the hostility between Jews and Arabs today. In fact, for thousands of years in the history of the Middle East, Jews and Arabs lived in relative peace and indifference among themselves. The
primary cause of the hostility has a modern origin. After World War II, when the United Nations gave a portion of the land of Israel for the Jewish people, the land at the time was mainly inhabited by Arabs (the Palestinians). Most Arabs protested vehemently against the fact that the nation of Israel occupy that land. The Arab nations united and attacked Israel in an attempt to exterminate them from the Earth, but they were defeated by Israel. Since then, there has been great hostility between Israel and its Arab neighbors. If you look on a map, Israel is a small strip of land and is surrounded by much larger Arab nations, such as Jordan, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Egypt. Our view is that, biblically speaking, Israel has the right to exist as a nation in their own land - God gave the land of Israel to the descendants of Jacob, Abraham’s grandson. At the same time, we believe that Israel should seek peace and show respect for their Arab neighbors. Psalm 122:6 says, “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem! Be prosperous those who love you” l September 2015/ Impacto evangelistic
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