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In different countries of the world, those who share the Gospel are in danger
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LET’S ASK COUNSEL AT THE MOUTH OF THE LORD Rev. Gustavo Martínez International President of the WMM
“And when the inhabitants of Gibeon heard what Joshua had done unto Jericho and to Ai, they did work wilily, and went and made as if they had been ambassadors, and took old sacks upon their asses, and wine bottles, old, and rent, and bound up; and old shoes and clouted upon their feet, and old garments upon them; and all the bread of their provision was dry and mouldy...And the men took of their victuals, and asked not counsel at the mouth of the Lord. And Joshua made peace with them, and made a league with them, to let them live...” Joshua 9:3-16.
affect our future. Joshua made a pact
about incomparable success,
with the Gibeonites before consulting
prosperity and victories, but
God or doing some research about them.
everything depended on his obedien-
He did everything on his own and the
ce. Joshua had to be obedient, faithful,
next day he realized that they had made
humble, and comply fully with the pur-
an alliance with the enemies that he was
poses that God had revealed to him.
to defeat next. He had to spare them,
What has God called us for? How long must we wait? Well, we just have to wait until God orders us to begin the march.
and the Gibeonites introduced dissension between the heads of the tribes. Therefore, my beloved, before rus-
Joshua had triumph and victory aga-
hing to speak or make decisions, howe-
inst his enemies assured, but only if he
ver insignificant, ask counsel of God. If
was obedient. However, he made a se-
we do, we will avoid trouble and, what
rious mistake and his testimony as a
is more, we will not be a bump in the
leader began to fall apart. When the Gi-
road of others. Sometimes, our impa-
beonites came, Joshua did not ask God
tience and the lack of a true spiritual life
for counsel, but took hasty decisions. If
or genuine relationship with God lead
Joshua had prayed, God would have re-
us straight to failure.
vealed to him that the Gibeonites were
God allows situations and appa-
enemies of the people of Israel. But Jos-
rently does nothing about them in order
hua thought that he could outsmart God
to test our patience and our degree of
and that it was not necessary to pray
spirituality, our cleanness and our loyal-
when something seemed obvious and
ty in his presence. So as to not fail, we
must acquire maturity and spirituality.
The decisions we make today will
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In many places worldwide, being a Christian means risking your own life and your family’s. The eleven most dangerous countries for Christians are in the Middle East, Asia and Africa. In fact, many pastors of the Worldwide Missionary Movement (WMM) have suffered some sort of harassment.
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orth Korea is in the first place of the 2015 list as the most dangerous country for Christians to live and this is its thirteenth consecutive year in the same position. The communist nation is atop due to its long history of arrests, tortures and murders of Christians. According to statistics made by Open Doors, a NGO that supports religious freedom, out of the 200 000 North Koreans at political prisons, 40 000-60 000 are Christians. The regime of Kim Jongun keeps mistreating his population with malnutrition, control of private life and persecution of all spiritual expression, except of course for the personality cult towards the dictator. “It is certainly not a shock that North Korea is No. 1 on the list of countries where Christians face the worst persecution. There is no other country in the world where Christians are persecuted in such a horrible and systematic manner. Three generations of a family are often thrown into prison when one member is incarcerated,” claimed Carl Moeller, president of Open Doors. In North Korea, some Christian prisoners are tortured and then released to warn their brothers and sisters or to be used as bait. North Korean Christians that managed to cross the border to the South have told the world about the unbreakable faith of the few Christians that still live there. The communist regime took everything away from them, but their deepest beliefs. IN OTHER COUNTRIES All over the world, one-hundred million Christians of all denominations suffer retaliation due to their beliefs, according to the World Watch List 2015 made by Open Doors. Over the last decade, many attacks have taken place against Christians in about seventy countries. As a result, Christians are the most persecuted group by religious causes. According to the ranking above, Somalia ranks second, as it did last year. Meanwhile, Iraq (3) and Syria (4) changed their positions, followed by Afghanistan (5). Sudan (6), Eritrea (9) and Nigeria (10) all entered
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the top ten. The seventh place belongs to Iran, and the eight goes to Pakistan. Open Doors information reveals that the Middle East is still one of the most violent zones in the world for Christians due to the abuse by the organization Islamic State and other terrorist groups. In Somalia, radical group Al-Shabad seeks to create a purely Islamic nation. The terrorist group joined Al-Qaeda, which intends to establish the Islamic law (sharia) in the whole country. In 2008, a video of Al-Shabab that was uploaded to the Internet showed the brutal and bloo-
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ALL WILL BE PERSECUTED
AROUND YEAR 70 AD, a well-known Jewish rabbi wrote a
letter to one of his closest disciples. His circumstances were difficult, since he was imprisoned in a roman dungeon and in a matter of days, maybe hours, he would be executed. What he was writing, then, was some kind of will. Some of his words were: “Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived” (2 Timothy 3: 12-13). As the reader may have figured out, it is Paul writing to Timothy. Unlike what many preach nowadays, Paul was aware that Christian life was NOT going to be a succession of prosperity, absence of difficulties and richness without experiencing any harm. Paul would have said that that kind of description was typical of someone deceiving and being deceived. All true Christians (no exceptions) will be persecuted. Whether at home, within the family, at work or in the political field, persecution is an undeniable part of Christian life simply because the world hates Jesus’ followers (John 15: 18-19; 17: 14) and enjoys making them suffer (John 16: 33). It cannot be otherwise, as the “prince” of the world is Satan himself, controlling everything with iron fist (1 John 5: 19). In a context where people surrender to self-satisfaction, many believers may ignore this reality and even deny it, but that is only burying their heads in the sand. During the 1st century, the Messiah died on the cross, but his Apostles did not have a better end. Maybe only John was not executed, but that did not save him from being sent to a concentration camp in Patmos, where he received the visions of Apocalypse (1: 9). By the end of the 1st century, persecution against Christians continued until emperor Trajan stopped it only to arrest and punish those Christians expressly accused. In less than 3 centuries, Christians suffered ten imperial general persecutions and many particular ones. By the beginning of the 5th century, an Edict of Toleration ended persecutions, but paganism immediately entered the core of Christianity. Among other consequences, this led to persecutions against those who wanted to return to the purity of the Bible. In 385 AD, a Spanish named Prisciliano became the first Christian executed by ecclesiastic authorities, adducing that he was an heretic when, in fact, he just revealed the deviations happening within Christianity. Over the following centuries, death was still the fate of those wanting to get close to the Bible and live according to its lessons. In the 13th century, the Waldensians (who committed the horrible sin of translating the Bible into the common language of people) were not only persecuted but led to the creation of the terrible Inquisition in Rome. Persecution against true Christians was ferocious. During the 14th century, Catholic authorities pursued the English Iollards, who spread the Scriptures in the common language to the people. In the 15th century, they burned reformer Jan Hus and declared a fierce war against the Hussites, who MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 10 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
insisted in following the Bible. In the 16th century, Inquisition bonfires were lit all over the Atlantic to annihilate those who decided not to obey the Pope but the Lord and His Scriptures. Only in that century and only in Spain, 2000 victims were burnt at the stake just for believing in the Bible. For the reader to understand this in a current context, the number would be equal to more than 100 000 people executed in the US. It was a high price to pay in blood and ashes for those who wanted to remain true to the Bible or, using Paul’s words, “live godly in Christ Jesus.” We do not have much space to explain what persecution of true Christians meant along the centuries. In SpanishAmerica, for instance, many can remember how the Catholic Church sent crowds to stone them, attack their temples or burn their Bibles and leaflets. They still remember, because it happened then and it is still happening now, too. Let us not forget the persecutions by Nazism (Hitler’s “personal prisoner” was a German Evangelical Pastor named Martin Niemoller), communism and Islam. And yet… And yet, there are two things to consider. The first is that this persecution situation, no matter how painful it may be, is natural and we should not forget it. Once, a theologist from the south of the US named Clarence Jordan was invited to preach in a congregation. One of the deacons insisted in showing him the cross that they have built before the church and talking about the money it had costed. Jordan listened patiently for some time and finally said, “Brother, this was bad business. In the 1st century, Christians had crosses for free.” Clarence Jordan was right. As Christians, we should accept that we will be persecuted to a greater or lesser extent. When we forget that reality and the cross becomes a simple ornament, then something is not working well. But there is triumph in persecution. Some years ago, Algeria, a Muslim country located in northern Africa, became the terrible scenario of a civil war between the army and Islamic terrorists. No one would have thought that there was any possibility (but dying) for Evangelical Christians. However, some time afterwards, Algerian believers started to preach the Gospel in Kabylia, a historical region where the revolution against France – the colonial power that dominated Algeria in the 19th century – took place fifty years ago. Evangelical Christians suffered (is there any other way?) persecution, but their neighbors started to convert by dozens, hundreds, thousands and tens of thousands. Nowadays, the increase of Evangelical Christians in Algeria was so relevant that the government has had to modify law to open churches. French TV made various reports about a phenomenon that is absolutely amazing from a simple human perspective. If we remember these two features of persecution, our judgment about many current situations will be more accurate and we will see more clearly the way we want to behave as disciples of Jesus l
dy decapitation of Mohammed Mansour, a young man aged 25 who worked for a humanitarian aid association. His crime: convert to Christianity in 2006. Al-Shabab (“youth” in Arab) is a fundamentalist movement created in 2006 after the defeat of the Islamic Courts Union (ICU) of Somalia to a coalition of the Transitional Federal Government. Also known as Harakat al-Shabaab alMujahideen, its objective is to establish the Wahhabi version of an Islamic State in Africa. On the other hand, over 70% of Christians living in Iraq have left the country since 2003. However, the exodus became increasingly faster when the Islamic State established in northern Iraq. According to defenders of Christian rights, there was an increase in the amount of cases of abuse against Christians during the last months
in Bagdad and other Iraqi cities. According to the NGO Baghdad Beituna (Bagdad Our Home, as translated in English), there have been more than 7000 violations against properties belonging to Iraqi Christians in Baghdad since 2003. In Syria, christianophobia is also increasing. In the northern shores, on the Turkish border, hundreds of families have had to leave their houses. Persecutions have risen in this zone: churches burned, houses looted, innocents killed or kidnapped. Fleeing seems to be the only solution for many Syrian Christians. Jihadists of the Islamic State, as other fundamentalist militia, relate Jesus’ religion to the “western enemy”, even when some of these communities have been living in the Middle East before the creation of Islam. Expelling, kidnapping or killing them is all part of the war to fight Christians.
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Media never say a word about the barbarian massacre daily suffered by Christians. While alawites and sunnists Muslims fight for power, Christians are the ones that suffer the most. In Nigeria, killings and burning of churches by Boko Haram are daily registered. The group still has the more than 200 teenage girl students (the majority Christians) taken hostages more than a year ago. International activists claim that these persecutions are getting worse in Sudan, Somalia, Central African Republic and some Yemen or Pakistan regions. “Jihadists consider that all Christians are apostates and impure, since they refused to convert to Islam 1400 years ago. They aim to destroy them. This is certainly a genocide to eradicate Christianity from the Middle East,” said Pascal Warda, former Iraqi minister and activist of human rights. THE UNITED NATIONS The United Nations took part in this conflict since the terrorist attacks of AlShabab on April 2, 2015 in Garissa, Kenya, where 147 young innocent university students were killed and 79 were injured. The UN strongly condemned all violations to human rights, especially when people die because of their religion. During a public speech, the UN remembered that religious freedom is a fundamental right and strongly rejected any violent or discriminatory act due to religion. They also expressed great concern over the abuse of religion by terrorists worldwide and the proliferation of acts of intolerance, repression and vio-
THE MASSACRE OF OREGON ON OCTOBER 1, A 26-YEAR-OLD man broke into the Umpqua community college in Oregon and killed 10 people, leaving 7 injured. The murderer, identified as Chris Harper Mercer, entered the school with three pistols and one semi-automatic rifle and asked the victims about their religion. Those who were Christians were shot on the head, according to various witnesses. Anastasia Boylan, one the injured during the attack, said that the murderer ordered the students to stand up and say if they were Christians. Relatives of the survivors confirmed that the author of this massacre had Christians as target. Roxy De La Torre, a journalist of Univision, declared: “He asked who were Christians and then shot them.”
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lence against Christians, mainly in some parts of the Arab world. WHY PERSECUTION? The answer is complex. There are many reasons to explain the causes of this persecution against Christians in this part of the world. The main reason are the regimes where Islam is the dominant religion. As Christians are a minority, they are perceived as vulnerable and easily manipulated groups. Another reason is the anti-violence reaction of Christian groups, which makes them easy targets. Examples of this attitude
have been evident throughout the history of Eastern Christians, characterized by the fidelity to the message of Jesus-Christ. According to the teachings of Jesus, Christians accept martyrdom as part of their faith: “Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake. And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another” (Matthew 24: 9-10). WMM PASTORS Pastors of the WMM also face serious problems. Once, 20 magazines of Impac-
to Evangelistic were sent to Malaysia and retained at Customs. The Pastor in charge had to answer before the court why they were introducing Christian magazines into the country, according to Samuel Mejia, Supervisor of the Work in Asia. In Myanmar, former Burma, which is Buddhist, we tried to register the church of the WMM before the government, but we could not. There, Christian churches are allowed but not permitted to become official. It is difficult to be registered as a legal entity before the government; therefore, it is not possible to buy a land on behalf of the church l Octobre 2015 / Impacto evangelistic
IN SOMALIA, CHRISTIANS ARE AUTOMATICALLY SENTENCED TO DEATH.
50 Countries in the World Where Being a Christian May Cost Your Life. NGO Open Doors released its World Watch List 2014, a detailed analysis of Christian persecution worldwide. For the thirteenth consecutive year, North Korea is ranked No. 1 in the list of 50.
1. North Korea
29. Sri Lanka
6. Saudi Arabia
34. Palestinian Territories
35. United Arab Emirates
16. Central African Republic
Christians persecuted in the world according to the Ciprofam Internacional report. .
Persecution of Christians occurs when: * Their right to religious freedom is denied * Conversion to Christianity is forbidden by threats from the government or extremist groups * They are forced to leave their homes and jobs for fear of violence * They are physically assaulted or killed because of their faith * They are imprisoned, interrogated and, in most cases, tortured for refusing to deny Jesus.
IN NORTH KOREA, IT IS PROHIBITED TO BE CHRISTIAN.
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in the Middle East “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of
if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. But all these things will they do unto you
God, and not of us. We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but
for my name's sake, because they know not him that sent me” John 15: 18-21. “Therefore I
not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; Always bearing
take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for
about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made
Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong” 2 Corinthians 12:10. “Blessed are they
manifest in our body. For we which live are always delivered unto death for Jesus' sake, that
which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are
the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh” 2 Corinthians 4: 7-11. “If
ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you
the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the
falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so
world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of
persecuted they the prophets which were before you” Matthew 5: 10-12. “But I say unto you,
the world, therefore the world hateth you. Remember the word that I said unto you, The
Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for
servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you;
them which despitefully use you, and persecute you” Matthew 5:44.
a Christian is martyred for their faith somewhere in the world.
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labor prisons in North Korea.
Christian leaders are imprisoned and convicted solely because of their faith in Christ.
AT LEAST 1,213 CHRISTIANS HAVE BEEN REPORTED KILLED IN SYRIA DURING 2013.
ACCORDING TO LOCAL SOURCES, EVERY TWO OR THREE DAYS A CHRISTIAN IS BEATEN, KIDNAPPED OR KILLED IN IRAQ.
Over 100 countries have received Syrian Christians fleeing war and religious persecution
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MIGRANT CRISIS The migrant crisis has created divergence between European countries on how to manage the large number of refugees, mostly people fleeing the war in Syria. Here are the main keys to understand this crisis.
ntil September 7, 2015, 381,412 refugees and migrants had crossed the Mediterranean Sea, and according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the number rises to 378,343 people, mostly from Syria, Afghanistan, Eritrea, Nigeria, Albania, Pakistan, Somalia, Iraq, Sudan, Gambia and Bangladesh. According to the IOM, 2,760 people have died in shipwrecks in the Mediterranean Sea during the first eight months of 2015, representing 73% of migrant deaths worldwide. Four million Syrians had fled since 2011, when the regime of Bashar al-Assad began the bloody confrontations with the rebels calling for his departure after eleven years in office. The civil war turned the country into fertile ground for the organi-
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zation Islamic State to install in the north. That is when the bombing of the anti-jihadi coalition started in Iraq and Syria. For all these reasons, four million Syrians, out of a population of over 23 million, decided to leave their land. Of those four million children, women and men, only Aylan Kurdi, 3, and his death portrayed in a photo, managed to awake the interest about a situation that has been happening for years. 1. How many migrants came to Europe this year? Since early 2015, half a million people came to Europe in search of international protection. Out of that number, 366,000 migrants arrived across the Mediterranean Sea, according to the latest UNHCR report. 2. Where did they came from and where did they go? Syrians, harassed by the violence in their country and the instability in neighboring countries, swell the number of migrants seeking a future in Europe. From January to July this year, 79,655 Syrians crossed the Mediterranean. Later came the Eritreans (26,657), who live under a dictatorship that subjects them to “systematic, widespread and flagrant violations of human rights,” the UN Human Rights Council announced in June. Meanwhile, 25,556 Afghans -burdened by political instability, insecurity and insurgent attacks - illegally crossed the Mediterranean in the first seven months of the year. Continue reading–
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3. Why has the number of migrants increased? The wars in Syria and Iraq are clearly the major drivers of migration to Europe. Syria’s neighbors have received three million refugees. An additional one million Syrian citizens are displaced within their own country. However, many migrants continue to make dangerous journeys from the Horn of Africa. Migrants are often brutalized by traffickers and must endure the sweltering desert heat and the political conflict currently plaguing Libya, where the main
starting point is found. Italian officials say that the war that has devastated Somalia has also caused many migrants, who are genuinely persecuted, to seek asylum in this country. In the case of Eritrea, it is believed that many of the migrants are young people fleeing military service, which has been described as “a kind of slavery.” Human rights groups say the situation in Eritrea is also deteriorated due to political repression. In Afghanistan, many continue to flee poverty and political persecution in the country, but also lethal attacks by Taliban
The only beneficiaries of the lack of a common European response are trafficking networks and people-smugglers, which are profiting from the desperation of people seeking safety.
insurgents and continuous and ferocious assaults by criminal gangs. There is a high number of Chechens fleeing the troubled North Caucasus region, affected by conflict and poverty. 4. Why do migrants die? So far in 2015, 2,500 people have died trying to cross the Mediterranean. Although the number of deaths varies in proportion to the increase of people seeking to flee to Europe, there is another factor behind this drama: the phenomenon of human traffickers.
5. What are the preferred routes to Europe? The Mediterranean and the Balkans are the most used routes. Syrians – the group that has traveled the most to Europe by irregular means – usually cross the Mediterranean from Libya, Egypt, or eastern Europe via Bulgaria and Greece, after passing through Turkey. In many cases, they then move to Hungary to reach Western Europe, specifically Austria, Germany and Sweden. In the late 1980’s, the first Africans migrants moved from Morocco to Europe through the Strait of Gibraltar. As controls improved, as in the case of the Melilla fence, “a movement seeking new routes” began, recalls Ceriani, who says that the Canary Islands became then the “fashion route” until it was displaced by the Mediterranean route. In addition, the number of people fleeing to Libya, Tunisia and Egypt has increased because of the conflict in Libya. Therefore, even those who had decided to live there are fleeing due to the current institutional chaos in the country. In recent years, the Balkans route has also become popular. Through this route, Hungary is the first country in the Schengen area to which migrants have access. 6. What is the difference between refugee and migrant? Refugees are people who flee conflict or persecution and seek protection in other countries. Refugees, protected by international law, should not be expelled or sent back to situations where their lives and liberty are at risk. Until they are granted the refugee status, migrants are asylum seekers. Migrants, meanwhile, choose to move to improve their lives, not because they are in danger. Unlike refugees, migrants continue to receive the protection of their government even when abroad. When they are displaced due to economic reasons, they are called economic immigrants l Octobre 2015 / Impacto evangelistic
THE QUALITY OF HEALTH SERVICES Health is an issue that is always present in people’s lives. As we face events that impact on it, we realize the importance of health. In the event of a contingency regarding our health, we require medical care and we face natural fears and uncertainties. To overcome them, we demand the best health care possible. However, what is this “best health care” about? How do we know that we receive quality care in health services?
Walter Menchola Vásquez (*)
(*)Internist, Master in Public Policy and Management.
There are many definitions of ‘quality.’ Edward Deming, quality guru, states that it is “customer satisfaction.” Joseph Juran, another expert in the subject, defines quality as “fitness for use.” These definitions apply to all types of goods and services industry. In 1991, the World Health Organization (WHO) indicated that “high-quality health care totally and clearly identifies health needs (education, prevention, treatment and maintenance of individuals or populations) and allocates human and other resources as timely and effectively as the current state of knowledge of health allows it.” This definition is closely related to two ways of approaching health and two dimensions. The first approach is linked to individual health, what we call ‘people’s health.’ The second approach focuses on community and population health, what we call ‘public health.’ In both approaches, the intervention of health professionals is classified into two dimensions. First, health prevention and promotion aimed at preventing people from getting sick by educating, promoting healthy behaviors and avoiding risk factors. It also involves the access to drinking water and drainage, vaccination programs and healthy environments, among others. This form of intervention is less expensive, highly effective and has yielded impressive results in people’s health, such as those achieved by
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vaccination programs. The second dimension involves diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of patients, i.e., recovery and rehabilitation medicine, which is more expensive, more used and more known by the population, but does not necessarily have the greatest impact on people’s health. So what are the needs of individuals? In matters of health, people’s perception about their health does not always match the perception of a professional. For example, a 60-year-old person with headaches presumes that this is due to high pressure and wants a cardiologist, so he goes to a public hospital. However, this is not possible because in hospitals, procedures such as blood pressure and hypertension diagnose can be done by general practitioners. When the patient is told that the headache is caused by stress, the user feels disappointed and doubts about the diagnosis accuracy. A person may be fully treated in his health need, but feel dissatisfied, as in the example above, and vice versa, he may leave fully satisfied without obtaining adequate medical care. A person’s assessment on the quality of health services may constantly change as he gets in contact with the different agents that take part in them. Health services have three quality components: a) the technical component: the application of science and
technology to the management of a personâ€™s health problem in order to obtain more benefits without increasing the risks; b) the interpersonal component: it is based on the relationship between people, which must follow the norms and values that govern the interaction of individuals in general and are modified by the ethical principles of the professional and the expectations and aspirations of each person; c) the comfort component, i.e., those elements in the user environment that provide a more comfortable service. (Donabedian). Several studies and researchers have proven that the quality of health services also depends on the circumstance of each person. For example, an anguished mother who comes to ER with her child, who is saved after being seriously injured due to a vehicle accident. When this mother arrives
â€œIs anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven.â€? James 5:14-15.
with her child, she does not notice the poor infrastructure, among other things. What she wants is for her child to be promptly treated and saved. For her, the quality of ER is related to the life of his child. A different situation occurs in the outpatients department, where there is no urgent need and users evaluate the whole service: access, waiting time, cleanliness, infrastructure, treatment of staff, physician intervention, among other aspects. The changes in the industry over the last 40 years have led to take into account the opinion of health care users, a fundamental aspect that must be a priority to improve the quality of their care. Any health center worthy of the name should conduct continuous surveys and take into account the needs of its users. In short, health quality means treating people as we would like them to treat us l Octobre 2015 / Impacto evangelistic
THE REFORM THAT DISRUPTED THE CHURCH AND THE WORLD In October, the world commemorates the Protestant Reformation, 498 years after Luther nailed his 95 theses at Wittenberg (Germany). An act that changed the course of history by boldly challenging the power of the papacy and the empire.
n October 31, 1517, Martin Luther publicly announced his thesis, and the impact was such that this date is set as the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. Luther changed the course of history by boldly challenging the power of the papacy and the empire, holding opposite views to the practice and regulations of the established religion, Roman Catholicism, as he considered them contrary to the contents of the Bible. The main evangelical doctrine that Luther adopted against the ritualistic system of penance was that salvation is by grace alone, not by works. The spark that moved the monk probably occurred in 1515, when Luther began to give lectures on the Epistle to the Romans, as he himself said later that it was in the first chapter of this epistle where he found the answer to his difficulties. A LONG STRUGGLE This answer did not come easily. It did not happen that one day Luther opened the Bible to the first chapter of Romans and discovered there that “the just will live by faith.” By his own account, the great discovery was preceded by a long struggle and bitter anguish, because Romans 1:17 begins by saying that “in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed.” According to this text, the gospel is the revelation of righteousness of God. He meditated day and night to understand the relationship between the two parts of the verse which, after stating that “in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed” concludes by saying that “the just will live by faith.” The answer that Luther found was surprising. In the letter to the Romans, the MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 22 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
“righteousness of God” does not refer, as traditional theology thinks, to the fact that God punishes sinners. It refers more to the fact that the “justice” of the just is not his work but a gift of God. His great discovery, though it gave him a new understanding of the gospel, did not immediately led him to protest against the way the Catholic Church understood Christian faith. On the contrary, our monk continued devoting himself to his teaching and pastoral work, and although there is evidence that he taught his new theology, he did not intend to contrast it with that taught by Catholicism. When he finally decided it was time to launch his challenge, he wrote ninety-five theses, which were to be the basis for an academic debate. In them, Luther attacked several fundamental principles of scholastic theology, and therefore he expected that the publication of these theses and the ensuing discussion would be an opportunity to make his discovery known to the rest of the Church. The controversy was greater than what Luther expected. What had happened was that, by attacking the sale of indulgences by John Teztel in Germany, Luther had dared, even unknowingly, to oppose the profit and the designs of several people much more powerful than him. THE NINETY-FIVE THESES Luther nailed his famous 95 theses on the door of the Wittenberg castle church. These thesis, written in Latin, did not intend to create a religious upheaval. Luther announced his thesis on the eve of the feast of All Saints, and its impact was such that this date, October 31, 1517, is often regarded as
the beginning of the Protestant Reformation and the reaffirmation that the Word God is the starting point and the final authority of the Church and all theology. Most historians agree that Luther submitted his theses to the Archbishop of Mainz, the Pope, some friends and other universities on that date. However, the theses were printed very soon, and before 1518, they were widely read throughout Europe. REACTION AND SCHISM Its impact surprised Luther himself. However, religious authorities hesitated to condemn Luther. He continued arguing with theologians who were in favor of the doctrines of Rome, for example, Johann Eck with whom he held the famous debate of Leipzig in 1519. The 95 theses were definitively condemned on June 15 by the Bull Exsurge Do-
When he finally decided it was time to launch his challenge, he wrote ninety-five theses, which were to be the basis for an academic debate. In them, Luther attacked several fundamental principles of scholastic theology, and therefore he expected that the publication of these theses and the ensuing discussion would be an opportunity to make his discovery known to the rest of the Church. mine issued by Pope Leo X. Luther, who was then in open conflict with the Catholic Church, was excommunicated at the beginning of the following year. Pope Leo X required Luther to retract at least 41 of his 95 theses, but the German monk, now famous throughout Europe, risked his life by rejecting this demand publicly in the Diet of Worms in 1521. This was the definitive step in what would become the Protestant Reformation l Octobre 2015 / Impacto evangelistic
Translated into over seventy languages, this book by English preacher Roy Hession is addressed to those who have humbled themselves before the Creator in that place where sins are washed away.
e want to be very simple in this matter of Revival. Revival is just the life of the Lord Jesus poured into human hearts. Jesus is always victorious. In heaven, they are praising Him all the time for His victory. Whatever may be our experience of failure and barrenness, He is never defeated. His power is boundless. And we, on our part, have only to get into a right relationship with Him, and we shall see His power being demonstrated in our hearts and lives and service, and victorious life will fill us and overflow through us to others. And that is Revival in its essence. In this book, British preacher Roy Hession shares his experience in the continuous revival resulting from his willingness to walk based on the Word of God and in close relationship with Him. Each line written by Hession is a challenge aimed to confront sin and evil. “The Calvary Road,” a book published in 1950 in England, is an invitation to develop passion for holiness, to please the Lord and to give yourself for others. In order to break our wills to His, God brings us to the foot of the Cross and there shows us what real brokenness is. We see those wounded Hands and Feet, that Face of Love crowned with thorns and we see the complete brokenness of the One who said, “Not my will, but Thine be done,” as He drank the bitter cup of our sin to its dregs. So the way to be broken is to look on Him and to realise it was our sin which nailed Him there. Then as we see the love and brokenness of the God who died in our place, our hearts will become strangely melted. “The Calvary Road” contains a vital message of the Almighty to his followers, which remains unshakeable over time. However, in MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 24 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
the opinion of the author, the truths expressed in its pages are in the heart of every spiritual awakening movement through which the Lord gives new life in times of spiritual aridity and need. Thousands of years ago, in the most beautiful Garden the world has ever known, lived a man and a woman. Formed in the likeness of their Creator, they lived solely to reveal Him to His creation and to each other and thus to glorify Him every moment of the day. Humbly they accepted the position of a creature with the Creator - that of complete submission and yieldedness to His will. Because they always submitted their wills to His, because they lived for Him and not for themselves, they were also completely submitted to each other. Thus in
Nothing is clearer from the New Testament than that the Lord Jesus expects us to take the low position of servants. This is not just an extra obligation, which we may or may not assume as we please. It is the very heart of that new relationship which the disciple is to take up to God and to his fellows.
that first home in that beautiful garden, there was absolute harmony, peace, love and oneness not only with God, but with each other. OUR POSITION AS SERVANTS Translated into over seventy languages and republished year after year, the book by English preacher Roy Hession, who was born in 1908, is addressed to those who have humbled them-
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selves before the Almighty in that place where sins are washed away. Furthermore, in the opinion of Hession, it means something special to those men and women today who would like to use its content, with the blessing of the Savior, to reach the cross and stand as candidates for revival through the confession of emptiness and failure. According to the New Testament, we are meant to care so much for the other man that we are willing to do all we can to remove from his eye the mote which is marring his vision and hindering his blessing. We are told to “admonish one another” and “exhort one another” and to “wash one another’s feet” and “to provoke one another to love and good works.” The love of Jesus poured out in us will make us want to help our brother in this way. What blessing may come to many others through our willingness humbly to challenge one another, as led by God. With ten books published throughout his 84 years of life, Roy Hession is one of the most famous Christian writers of modern times. Remembered for his iron faith in Jesus Christ, he was one of the most influential and effective preachers who evangelized the British territory after World War II. Involved for over forty years in the organization of conferences for Christian families in the UK, Hession constantly preached the value of repentance. Nothing is clearer from the New Testament than that the Lord Jesus expects us to take the low position of servants. This is not just an extra obligation, which we may or may not assume as we please. It is the very heart of that new relationship which the disciple is to take up to God and to his fellows, if he is to know fellowship with Christ and any degree of holiness in his life. When we understand the humbling and self-emptying that is involved in really being a servant, it becomes evident that only those who are prepared to live quite definitely under the shadow of Calvary, ever contemplating the humility and brokenness of the Lord Jesus for us, will be willing for that position. THE SAVING POWER This book, which has sold over a million
copies to date, emerged at the end of the forties, after Hession met a group of evangelical missionaries and leaders from Uganda, Rwanda and Kenya who had arrived in England to share with Christians their experiences on the revival that was happening in East Africa at the time. The influence of these servants of the Lord who spoke to him about repentance, evolved into this 65-year-old book. The message and challenge of Revival, which is coming to many of us these days, is searching in its utter simplicity. It is simply that there is only one thing in the world that can hinder the Christian’s walking in victorious fellowship with God and his being filled with the Holy Spirit - and that is sin in one form or another. There is only one thing in the world that can cleanse him from sin with all that that means of liberty and victory - and that is the power of the Blood of the Lord Jesus. It is, however, most important for us that we should see what it is that gives the Blood of Christ its mighty power with God on behalf of men, for then we shall understand the conditions on which its full power may be experienced in our lives. In August 1998, during an interview with Christian journalist David Mains, Hession spoke about “The Calvary Road” and vigorously said that, “Revival is not a green valley getting greener, but a valley full of dry bones being made to live again, and those bones to stand up a mighty army. Not a good Christian becoming a better Christian, but a man who is prepared to confess ‘Mine is a valley full of dry bones being made to live again.’” A man never comes to this position of brokenness, but God shows him the Divine Lamb on Calvary’s Cross, putting away his sin by the shedding of His Blood. The God who declares beforehand what we are, provides beforehand for our sin. Jesus was the Lamb slain for our sins from the foundation of the world. In Him, who bore them in meekness, my sins are finished. And as I, in true brokenness, confess them, and put my faith in His Blood, they are cleansed and gone. Peace with God then comes into my heart, fellowship with God is immediately restored, and I walk with Him in white l
It is simply that there is only one thing in the world that can hinder the Christian's walking in victorious fellowship with God and his being filled with the Holy Spirit - and that is sin in one form or another. There is only one thing in the world that can cleanse him from sin with all that that means of liberty and victory - and that is the power of the Blood of the Lord Jesus.
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JOYFULLY! Translated into many languages, the hymn of Johannes Daniel Falk is related in its current version to several biblical passages describing the birth of Jesus. It is a real world classic.
h How Joyfully,” a hymn of great impact worldwide and emblematic within Christian music, was created by German author Johannes Daniel Falk in 1816, after the death of four of his seven children as a result of a typhus epidemic. Focusing on the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, the song was written as the author wanted to eagerly share his faith in the Gospel and God’s love with the children of the orphanage that he led in the town of Weimar. Today, it is widely accepted around the world and sung in the five continents. Translated into many languages, including Spanish, English, French, Latin, Swedish and Norwegian, the song of Johannes Daniel Falk, who was born on October 28, 1768 in the city of Danzig, is related in its current version to several biblical passages describing the birth of Jesus. However, the original composition, written in German, describes the joy that Christmas, Easter and
O HOW JOYFULLY! 1 O how joyfully, o how blessedly, Comes the glory of Christmastime! To a world so lost in sin, Christ the Savior, enters in: Praise Him, praise Him Christians, evermore! 2 O how joyfully, o how blessedly, Comes the glory of Christmastime! Jesus, born in lowly stall, With His grace redeems us all: Praise Him, praise Him Christians, evermore! 3 O how joyfully, o how blessedly, Comes the glory of Christmastime! Hosts of angels from on high, Sing, rejoicing, in the sky: Praise Him, praise Him Christians, evermore! MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 28 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
Pentecost caused in its author. It was first published in 1819, three years after its creation, and became instantly popular. Son of a wig manufacturer who believed in the good news, Falk grew up in a poor home where God played a leading and indispensable role. Supported by his Christian faith, Johannes Daniel knew how to face his tough life. Overwhelmed by the financial problems at home, at age ten he had to support his father to earn the daily bread. Nonetheless, with a higherthan-average intelligence, he received an economic stipend in 1897 by the authorities of his town, which enabled him to study theology at the University of Halle. After his time at Halle, Johannes Daniel Falk settled in the city of Weimar, located on the banks of the river Ilm, where he quickly became a renowned man of letters and developed various philanthropic actions in favor of the most needy. As a man of great faith and solid Christian convictions, he took in many orphans, and along with other Christians he founded the “Society of Friends in Need.” This organization mainly aimed to provide basic education to parentless children and place them in appropriate families. In his work for the benefit of vulnerable children, Falk showed great trust in God as the center and purpose of all activity. His high evangelical ideals led him to write beautiful songs, like “O How Joyfully,” created in his daily work with the children he brought up in his house. Precursor of Christian educational societies, Johannes Daniel died on February 14, 1826 after about twenty years of work at the head of a missionary work contributing to the salvation of many souls l
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THE PILGRIM John Bunyan was one of the most emblematic figures of evangelical literature and one of the most significant Christians in the 17th century. After a spiritual struggle, he became an influential preacher in the UK.
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One day, a conversation between three Christian women in the city of Bedford caught his attention. As he got closer and heard them talking about things of God, His work in their hearts and the peace of reconciliation, he realized that the Gospel offered something that he had never known or experienced yet. The words of those women motivated him to change, abandon the pleasures of the world and seek the company of those who believed in Jesus Christ. MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 30 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
orn into a poor family, John Bunyan was a prominent preacher of the Word of God who contributed to extol the glory of God in his work “The Pilgrim’s Progress,” translated into over a hundred languages. He also emerged as one of the foremost defenders in the history of Christianity. John Bunyan was born on November 28, 1628, at Elstow, a little village about a mile south of Bedford in Bedfordshire, England. The life of the family was a severe struggle with poverty. Bunyan’s parents were able, nevertheless, to send him to school. In his own words, “It pleased God to put it into their hearts to put me to school, to learn me both to read and write.” The early life of John Bunyan was marked not only by needs but also by darkness. Among games and other activities for kids, he was “taken captive by the devil at his will, being filled with all unrighteousness,” and he had few equals for his years “both for cursing, swearing, lying, and blaspheming the holy name of God.” At the same time, he was “greatly afflicted and troubled with the thoughts of the fearful torments of hell-fire.” Already he had begun to dream dreams and see visions. SPIRITUAL STRUGGLE In his youth, after the death of his mother, Bunyan served in the army of the Parliament of England, in the city of Newport Pagnell, from 1644 to 1647. In addition, under the orders of Oliver Cromwell, British politician and military leader, he participated in the English Civil War where he witnessed a surprising event. In his spiritual autobiography published in 1666,
John revealed that when he was a soldier, he was sent to some place for guard duty. Ready to go, another soldier asked to take his place and while he was fulfilling the mission entrusted to Bunyan, he ended up dead due to a shot to the head. After leaving the army, probably in 1647 or 1648, Bunyan married, but no record of his marriage has yet been found, and both the Christian and the family name of his wife are unknown. It seems
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likely that she was not a native of Elstow. “This woman and I,” says Bunyan, “though we came together as poor as poor might be (not having so much household stuff as a dish or a spoon betwixt us both), yet this she had for her part, ‘The Plain Man’s Pathway to Heaven’ and ‘The Practice of Piety.’” By means of these books and the assistance of his wife, he recovered the art of reading, which he apparently had forgotten.
The four years following his marriage were the period of the intense spiritual struggles. However, he heard a sermon on the day of the Lord which impressed him greatly. In the afternoon of the same day, while he was gambling, thoughts about the coming judgment raced through his mind. He was terrified and heard a voice from heaven saying to him, “Wilt thou leave thy sins and go to heaven, or have thy sins and go to hell?” Then, the conviction that he
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was a great sinner crossed his conscience, thinking it was too late to seek forgiveness or heaven and feeling hopeless about his mundane existence. SOLDIER OF GOD Later on, he began to read the Bible and tried to reform his life, but relying solely on his own strength and ignoring the love and grace of Jesus Christ. However, one day, a conversation between three Christian women in the city of Bedford caught his attention. As he got closer and heard them talking about things of God, His work in their hearts and the peace of reconciliation, he realized that the Gospel offered something that he had never known or experienced yet. The words of those women motivated MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 32 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
him to change, abandon the pleasures of the world and seek the company of those who believed in Jesus Christ. Bunyan soon became one of the most critical Christians in England and began preaching heated messages in which he described, from his position as a lay preacher, his spiritual experiences. In 1658, his wife died and left him with four small children. A year later, he married a young evangelical woman named Elizabeth. By then, he was already respected as one of the most well-known servants of God in England. The highest echelons of the official clergy began to see him with suspicion and to fear ousting, as there was a proliferation of countless preachers lacking ordination.
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In 1660, after the restoration of the English monarchy, British believers were deprived of the right to freedom of religion and any form of congregation not following the guidelines established by the Anglican Church was declared illegal. John Bunyan, confident of the popular support, continue calling the followers of God to his proscribed preaching and was accused of promoting illegal gatherings and ended up imprisoned in Bedford. He remained there for twelve years, from 1660-1672, and during that time he managed to provide for his family weaving shoelaces in jail. POWERFUL WORK This prolonged period of confinement
allowed Bunyan to deepen his academic and spiritual formation. In prison, John read constantly the Bible and “Foxe’s Book of Martyrs” written by English theologian John Foxe, and after analyzing the contents and features of these two works, he began to write his first doctrinal writings, which were initially brochures. Then, in 1666, when he was still in prison, he concluded his first major book, a sort of spiritual autobiography that was published under the title “Grace Abounding To The Chief Of Sinners.” In 1672, the long imprisonment came to an end. Charles II., in his eagerness to benefit the Catholics, had suspended all the statutes against the Nonconformists. Bunyan received royal authority to preach and was called to the pastorate of the Bedford church, having been chosen for this office before his release. During these years, Bunyan enjoyed prosperity in his work, and his reputation extended as far as London, where great crowds gathered to hear him preach. However, in March 1675, John Bunyan returned to prison after the king invalidated the Declaration of Indulgence which he had endorsed. According to various Christian historians they were six months of confinement in Bedford prison. During this time, he began to write his famous book “The Pilgrim’s Progress,” an allegory of the pilgrimage of a soul in search of eternal salvation. Published in two parts, in 1678 and 1684, this work achieved immediate success among the English readers of the late 18th century, to the point that it was republished ten times and became the most read text in England. Besides its success in England, this great work of his literary production had a huge spread throughout Europe, which made John Bunyan one of the most renowned Christian and writers of his time. So he devoted himself to an active writing process, without neglecting his pastoral care towards his followers, which allowed him to write many theological treatises, sermons and even poems. In all his works he left an impressive autobiographical testimony of his search for God and truth. At the end of his earthly passage, a victim of pneumonia, he died in London on August 31, 1688 l
In prison, John read constantly the Bible and “Foxe’s Book of Martyrs” written by English theologian John Foxe, and after analyzing the contents and features of these two works, he began to write his first doctrinal writings, which were initially brochures. Then, in 1666, when he was still in prison, he concluded his first major book, a sort of spiritual autobiography that was published under the title “Grace Abounding To The Chief Of Sinners.”
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THE TRUE STRENGTH OF
JEFFERSON With no direction, Jefferson Vera Anchundia lived a life of drugs, alcohol and licentiousness. He took up bodybuilding seduced by the idea of improving his physique, but nothing could make him happy. As God never denies His forgiveness, He managed to save him.
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With his wife Noemi Matute, after the end of a dark period. Turned into a new person.
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During his times as a soldier and in the world of bodybuilding, thinking he was happy, but actually tormented.
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efferson impersonated vanity, arrogance, pride, haughtiness, promiscuity, frivolity, infidelity, selfishness and conceit. All that in one man. He was the definition of “mundane” and he proved it every day with his way of life. Until three years ago, Jefferson was a person that lived turning his back on God, astray in a world of darkness. Bodybuilding, hedonism, women, drugs, alcohol, fights and pleasures of the flesh were a central part of his life.
He was born on November 12, 1991 in the Ecuadorian city of Quevedo. Jefferson’s life was marked by the presence of perversity since he was a kid. Recalling his life implies recollecting an endless number of bitter memories that led him astray from the good path and the Lord. At home, he was raised together with his siblings Carlos, Leonardo and Esperanza, but they never listened to the good news. “I was raised in a home where the Word of God never existed. My pa-
The worst came on 2003, when his father retired from the army and spent all the money of his retirement. At that time, life stroke him in a way that completely led him towards darkness. Offended and resentful, Jefferson tried to heal his pain with alcohol. At the age of twelve, he started to get drunk and walk aimlessly on the streets. Blinded by sadness, his heart got full of pride, vanity and an endless desire for material things. “I became an alcoholic out of hatred and resentment towards my father. His relationship with my brothers and I were marked by machismo and insults. Even when I was helping my mother washing the dishes, he would yell at me: Put on a skirt, you little girl!” he remembers. As a teenager, led by his strong desire
rents, Carlos Vera and Jamilet Anchundia, believed in the Lord in their own way, but they were not Christians,” he said. HECTIC LIFE With memories still present in his mind, Jefferson explains that the first years of his life were troubled. Carlos, who was a soldier, was also an alcoholic and was always fighting with his mother Jamilet. Jefferson also remembers that his father would always insult and mistreat him.
of changing his behavior, he discovered freestyle wrestling thanks to a friend. However, he confesses that he actually started this sport as a means to stop being that skinny boy that his friends would always make fun of. He immediately got completely involved in wrestling. Full of a lethal fury, he went from the bottom to the top. His achievements came one after another. He was first chosen for the local, then for the provincial, and finally for the national team of frees-
Ignoring God, Jefferson served first in a fort of his city. However, as he wanted to move away from his family, he requested his transfer to Guayaquil and was sent to the quarters of Huancavilca. “Some soldiers were drug abusers, womanizers, violent and even compulsive gamblers. I became like them and, on the night of October 22, 2011, on my day off, I almost killed Kledis Macias, member of the WMM, because he dared to give advice to one of my girlfriends,” he said.
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tyle wrestling of Ecuador. “I decided to be successful to forget what had happened at home. I won lots of championships and I participated in international tournaments representing my country. In the circle I was called ‘Fatal’ by my stoutness. Thanks to my body, I could also date lots of women,” he says. WRONG PATH Before his eighteenth birthday, Vera, misguided by conceit and pride, turned his attention to bodybuilding. Because of his strong desire to increase his musculature, or his dark passion for vanity, he had no problem to start practicing with weights at gyms. Dazed by this world of illusion and mystery, he states that he got astray by the halo of superiority and exhibitionism of that environment. He also thought that with a body sculpted by training and perfected by anabolic steroids, he would become an irresistible Adonis for women. Now, almost six years later, he talks about those times with shame. Embarrassed and annoyed, he affirms that he attained certain degree of recognition as a bodybuilder and won some events. But he confesses that he was into alcohol and
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started to use marijuana and other illegal substances. “My degradation kept on increasing. As my body evolved, drugs caught me and I got drunk many times to the point of passing out,” he says. On September 26, 2011, the young man from Quevedo, who would sometimes worked as a stripper in bachelorette parties out of arrogance, had a reality check and enlisted in the army of his country. He declares that he was tired of his licentious existence and something within him told him that he would find there the peace that he did not have. Violent as a storm, ardent fan of giving a beating to anyone who dared cross his way, he just wanted to find the path of righteousness. He accepts that he did not find what he expected in the militia. Ignoring God, Jefferson served first in a fort of his city. However, as he wanted to move away from his family, he requested his transfer to Guayaquil and was sent to the quarters of Huancavilca. “Some soldiers were drug abusers, wo-
manizers, violent and even compulsive gamblers. I became like them and, on the night of October 22, 2011, on my day off, I almost killed Kledis Macias, member of the WMM, because he dared to give advice to one of my girlfriends,” he said. RENEWED MAN Turned into a selfish, opportunist and seducing person, Jefferson kept on the same vicious cycle until he heard the Word. He listened to the good news when he was in a difficult relationship with Noemi Matute after six months in the army. At the beginning, as he was still in the same sordid environment, he found it difficult to hear the Gospel. Even though he felt within a strong yearn for the truth, he avoided it over and over again hiding behind parties. He did not even care that Noemi got pregnant and left her. However, on January 23, 2012, when repentance cornered him, Jefferson heard of the birth of his first son and heard God ordering him to remake his life with
Noemi. “The Lord showed me the way to become a good person. I reunited with Noemi and my son Jefferson Gabriel and immediately started to look for a church to practice the faith I had discovered in me. This path led me to Javier Romero, from Quevedo, who took me to the Worldwide Missionary Movement and introduced me into the great job of the Work of God,” he says. Jefferson Vera Archundia devoted himself to the Lord on July 15, 2012 and was baptized on June 7, 2014. As a member of the WMM and under the protection of the sound doctrine, he experienced a radical change in his life. Thanks to Christianity, he is nowadays a good man that defeated evil. Together with God and supported by Noemi, whom he married on May 23, 2014, he also managed to convert his parents and make them members of the Work. He is a committed believer that tirelessly preaches the Word at Quevedo and always speaks about his spiritual renovation l Octobre 2015 / Impacto evangelistic
MOVING FORWARD WHILE IT IS DAY “I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work” John 9:4. Rev. Luis M. Ortiz
od’s clock is about to strike the final minute, the day of salvation is almost over, the shadows of the night of doom are coming. As the day is coming to an end, the task of the Church becomes increasingly urgent. The need of the crowds without Christ is pressing, we have to give ourselves entirely to the fulfillment of the great commission and bring the Gospel to everyone, even in the remotest place on earth (Mark 16:15). Every Christian has to take active part in this great task, which is the ultimate task of the Church. There is no place for indifference and meanness; inaction is inexcusable. Every Christian has to win souls. Each temple has to be a center of evangelism. Each congregation has to be a dynamic and unstoppable force against the forces of evil and bring the good news of salvation. At this crucial and final hour, this is not a task for the faint-hearted or the cowardly or the weak, but a heavy task to be fulfilled by the strong and the brave, because “the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force” (Matthew 11:12). To carry out this great task of world evangelization in the short time we have left, we must give priority to it. The fulfillment of this task has to be above everything and everyone. And when the great and the powerful do not do it, God uses the small and the weak. When the intellectuals and the scholars do not do it, God uses the unlearned and the illiterate. When the great orators do not do it, God uses the stutterers. When the Nicodemus hide in the night of their cowardice, God uses the Samaritan MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 40 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
in broad daylight. When the hierarchs and the theologians are indifferent, God uses the fishermen and the beginners. When the rich and the tycoons do not offer their riches to the spread of the Gospel, God uses the widows who give everything for this blessed Work. When the materialists devote themselves to increase properties and bank accounts, God uses the Barnabas who sell everything they have for the work of God. When the Gehazis in the Work seek prebend, comfort and riches, God uses the Zacchaeus to restore fourfold those things taken by false accusation for the Work of God. This Gospel must be proclaimed worldwide by those who love Christ with all their heart, those who serve the Lord and others without expecting reward or human recognition, those whose life revolves around the great need of souls and the fulfillment of the Great commission, those who do not overvalue their lives but put them at the service of God, those who give without reserve talents, time and money for the salvation of souls. They are the true witnesses of Christ, who keep the light burning, who are the salt of the earth, whom Christ needs, who are using the last rays of light. Those beneath them are caricatures of Christians, hidden lamps, tasteless salt, buried talents, idle workers, sleeping virgins, clouds without rain, trees without fruit, wandering stars, who deserved to be cast into outer darkness and receive a severe judgment: “Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels” (Matt. 25:41). That is the fate of those who do not strive for missionary work and world evangelization.
How will you present yourself before the Lord after having ignored the cries of souls at this crucial time? What excuses will you give to the Lord? There will be no excuses! The captain of a yacht wanted to win a prize at a regatta. In the middle of the regatta, someone told him that one of his sailors had fallen into the water; however, the yacht kept moving forward and he won the competition, but the sailor drowned. The captain said he had not
heard the warning, but in his conscience, he knew that he had not stopped the march of the yacht on purpose. Beset by conscience, he began to lose appetite and sleep, and soon he began to rely on painkillers and drugs. With his nerves on edge, he sought psychiatric help and ended up in an asylum. He spent all his time trying to save an imaginary castaway. A doctor said: If he had rescued the sailor, he would not be now on this fruitless effort day and night. Brother, even if you do not win the prize offered by family, school, university, government or council, do not ignore the souls who call for your help from the stormy sea of sin. We must move forward â€œwhile it is day: the night cometh, when no man can workâ€? (John 9:4). Let us move forward while it is day! Amen l
And when the great and the powerful do not do it, God uses the small and the weak. When the intellectuals and the scholars do not do it, God uses the unlearned and the illiterate. When the great orators do not do it, God uses the stutterers. When the Nicodemus hide in the night of their cowardice, God uses the Samaritan in broad daylight. When the hierarchs and the theologians are indifferent, God uses the fishermen and the beginners. Octobre 2015 / Impacto evangelistic
GOD’S WILL IS GREATER THAN HUMAN WHIMS AND PLANS “And when Balaam saw that it pleased the Lord to bless Israel, he went not, as at other times, to seek for enchantments, but he set his face toward the wilderness. And Balaam lifted up his eyes, and he saw Israel… Blessed is he that blesseth thee, and cursed is he that curseth thee.” Numbers 24:1-9. Rev. José Soto Benavides MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 42 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
alak was king of Moab, but his origin was beneath, as he was born from the relationship between Lot and his two daughters. From them, two peoples were born: Moab and Ammon (Genesis 19: 30-38). On the other hand, Balaam was a socalled prophet from Mesopotamia, in modern day Syria. He was hired by King Balak to curse the people of Israel. King Balak sent a delegation of important government people (Numbers 22:513), but then he is informed of Balaam’s refusal. As the king believed that every man has a price, he offered more (Numbers 22:15-17). “And Balaam answered and said... If Balak would give me his house full of silver and gold, I cannot go beyond the word of the Lord my God, to do less or more. Now therefore, I pray you, tarry ye also here this night, that I may know what the Lord will say unto me more” (Numbers 22:18-19). There is the problem: we believe that we can manipulate God’s will, that we can adjust God to our whims instead of adjusting ourselves to God’s demands. Peter warns of people like Balaam, “Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam… who loved the wages of unrighteousness; but was rebuked for his iniquity: the dumb ass speaking with man’s voice forbad the madness of the prophet” (2 Peter 2:15-16). Jude says that some “ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward” (Jude 1:11). And apostle John talks about “the doctrine of Balaam” (Revelation 2:14). Balaam was on his way to see Balak, but suddenly his ass started to behave strangely. When the ass saw the angel standing in a narrow place and that there was no way to turn, she fell down under Balaam (Numbers 22: 21-24). Angry as he was, the prophet did not understand what was happening and smote the ass once again and the ass talked to Balaam (Numbers 22:25-30). When the conversation dies, God opens Balaam’s eyes and he sees the angel with the sword, who tells him, “Wherefore hast thou smitten thine ass these three times? Behold, I went out to withstand thee, because thy way is perverse before me. And the ass saw me, and turned from me these three
times: unless she had turned from me, surely now also I had slain thee, and saved her alive” (Numbers 22:31-33). King Balak knew he could not attack Israel at a material level and so he called Balaam (Numbers 22: 6). Balaam came to curse and ended up blessing the people (Numbers 23: 7-10). Israel could not be cursed, because God had already blessed it (Genesis 12: 3). “And Balak said unto Balaam, What hast thou done unto me? I took thee to curse mine enemies, and, behold, thou hast blessed them altogether” (Numbers 23:11). Once again he was prompted to curse, but he blessed the people of Israel one more time (Numbers 23:13-24). The third time Balaam said, “I shall see him, but not now: I shall behold him, but not nigh: there shall come a STAR out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel, and shall smite the corners of Moab, and destroy all the children of Sheth” (Numbers 24:15-17). In this vision, he sees Israel in Canaan, its enemies defeated, and Israel enjoying the blessings in the Promised Land. Balaam wanted to go preach to get paid, but we know that the ministry has no price. It cannot be sold for political positions, earthly treasures, fame or glory. Balak tried to affect Israel but he did not succeed. But the devil put in Balaam an idea through money (sell the ministry). His doctrine: He told Balak that the women of Moab and Midian should invite the Israelites to their idolatrous feast. Once they were drunk, listening to loud music, the dividing line between the holy and the profane will divert, blend and fade and God would deal with them (Numbers 25:1; 31:16; 2 Peter 2:15; Revelation 2:14). The doctrine of Balaam is the mix-up of the world and the Church. The people of God is holy, separated from the world. So when the people mixed up, it was punished. Moses fought the last battle in Midian and defeated Moab. The kings of Midian and Balaam were killed, so this mad prophet ended badly. Beloved, God’s will is greater than human whims and plans, so we have to stay within the line that God has established. Amen l
But the devil put in Balaam an idea through money (sell the ministry). His doctrine: He told Balak that the women of Moab and Midian should invite the Israelites to their idolatrous feast. Once they were drunk, listening to loud music, the dividing line between the holy and the profane will divert, blend and fade and God would deal with them.
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POWER OVER THE WORKS OF DARKNESS “Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” Luke 10:19. Rev. Rodolfo González Cruz
Visions showed ships arriving full of demons and pastors moving through nations. As they moved forward, demonic delegations emerged trying to stop them; however, the missionaries kept moving. Then pastors, along with these demons, began to appear and tried to stop the Work of God, but the Work kept moving.
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ver 50 years ago at a convention in the city of Bayamo, Cuba, attended by Rev. Luis M. Ortiz, his wife Rebecca and a large number of pastors, the glory of God was manifested. Tongues of fire, visions and supernatural manifestations occurred in that place. God showed many brothers that the Work would extend worldwide. Visions showed ships arriving full of demons and pastors moving through nations. As they moved forward, demonic delegations emerged trying to stop them; however, the missionaries kept moving. Then, pastors, along with these demons, began to appear and tried to stop the Work of God, but the Work kept moving. The Scriptures say, “And the gates of hell shall not prevail against it (the Church)” (Matthew 16:18). During the ministry of our Lord, powers, principalities and demons did not stop. At that time, the religious leaders said about Jesus, “He hath a devil” (John 10:20), “by Beelzebub the prince of the devils” (Matthew 12:24), “thou art a Samaritan” (John 8:48). And call a Jew “Samaritan” was a tremendous humiliation. But who said this? The great leaders of the strongest religion at that time, who had the books of the law and invoked the name of God. The worst enemies, before and after Christ, are the religious leaders who, living a false and hypocritical religion full of demons, want to destroy the work of God. The apostle Paul said, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places” (Eph.
6:12). Our struggle is against satanic forces which, taking men, rise up to oppose the advance of the evangelization. Jesus warned that many people would show up dressed as sheep, but that they would be in fact ravening wolves: “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits… Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 7:15-16, 21). How will we recognize a true servant of God? How will we know if some denomination belongs to the true Church of Christ? The answer is, “Ye shall know them by their fruits” (Matthew 7:16). One night, Nicodemus came to Jesus and said, “Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him” (John 3:2). Jesus said, “And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils...” (Mark 16:17). He also said, “He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father” (John 14:12). God has given “the powers of the world to come,” supernatural powers (Hebrews 6:5). Jesus said, “Behold, I give unto you power… over all the power of the enemy…” (Luke 10:19). The only way to move people and nations is filling them with the Holy Spirit. As a 16 year old, I started to pray and received the Baptism in the Holy Spirit. I received the supernatural power to cast out demons and heal the sick by preaching. Some time ago, I traveled to Colombia and read a newspaper which said in big let-
ters “The Madman of Tolu was healed by a young pastor.” It was an 18-year-old man who began to pray for a madman who wandered the city every day. God spoke to him in dreams, visions and through His Word. The young man began to pray for this person for several days. Together with another boy, who was younger than him, he fasted, prayed and made vigils. One day, having fastened and prayed, God told him: Get up, today you are praying for the madman of Tolu. They went to the seashore and the man was sitting there. They told him: We have come for Jesus Christ to free you. He has told us that He will heal you. Laying their hands on him, they rebuked satanic powers and cast out evil spirits, and the man who had been crazy for 35 years became completely free from those chains. Then he went home, bathed and told his family: I am free! God is waiting for us to obey His commands and do His will and then He will manifest His power and glory through us. If that is not happening is because we do not live in holiness and obedience. The Scriptures say, “Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened” (Isaiah 59:1). The devil came “to steal, and to kill, and to destroy” (John 10:10), but “for this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil” (1 John. 3:8). Christ came to free the possessed, heal the sick and raise the dead (Luke 4:17-19). Beloved, make the decision to be full of the power of the Holy Spirit of God, and you will have authority over all the power of darkness. God bless you! l Octobre 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).
IN DEFENSE OF THE FAMILY The Worldwide Missionary Movement in Italy held its Sixth National Convention in Genoa. A real spiritual celebration attended by international officers of the Work. MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 46 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
n an atmosphere of great expectation, the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Italy held its Sixth National Convention on August 13-16 in Villa Imperiale, one of the oldest and most prestigious towns in the city. The event was attended by many brothers coming from different churches in Italia and the rest of the continent. Under the
theme “In Defense of the Family,” inspired by Psalm 127:1, the event served to renew faith in God and proclaim to the world that the Lord is the only one that can edify humanity and protect it from evil. The spiritual celebration of the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Italy was also attended by international leaders of the Work of God
who arrived in the city of Genoa – the sixth Italian city by population: Rev. Gustavo Martinez Garavito, International President of the WMM; Rev. Jose Soto Benavides, International Vice President; Rev. Rodolfo Gonzalez Cruz, International Treasurer; Rev. Arturo Hernandez, National Supervisor of the WMM in the USA and Canada, and sisters Carmen Valencia de Martinez and Rita Vasquez de Gonzalez. Brothers from different European churches were also present. The Sixth National Convention of the WMM in Italy started on August 13 with a special activity where Rev. Jose Soto delivered a message called “Results of a High Privilege”, based on 2 Timothy 4:2. He said that the main duty of the sons of God is to be prepared for any unexpected attack from the enemy. With a strong voice, and supported by the Scriptures, Pastor Soto stated that, “Christians must keep their armors on, without neglecting their consecration to the Lord; otherwise, it will cause heresies and divisions in the Church.” Then, on the morning of the second day, before the watchful eyes of the people of God, Rev. Arturo Hernandez gave the message of the Lord. In his speech entitled “The Demands of a Glorious Future,” he analyzed biblical passage Genesis 49:1-4 and the prophecy of Jacob about his children. Bible in hand, Pastor Hernandez stressed that “believers must appreciate the privileges that the Lord has given them; to keep them, sacrifice and humility of heart are required, without neglecting or giving up.” READY TO ACT Hours later, Rev. Gustavo Martinez took the floor and addressed the members of the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Villa Imperiale. Based on Esther 4:13-17, Pastor Martinez delivered a speech entitContinue reading– Octobre 2015 / Impacto evangelistic
led “Let’s Be Ready To Act In This Strategic Time That God Has Given Us.” He said that “mankind is at a critical moment and that is why we must be prepared to act in this strategic time, and say as Esther said: If I perish, I perish.” We must put aside comfort, and surrender our lives to the service of God, giving Him our youth, our health and our capabilities.” The next day, the fourth service of the Sixth National Convention of
the WMM in Italy was held on a rainy morning. Sister Carmen Valencia de Martinez, wife of Rev. Martinez, was the main speaker of the Word of God and conveyed a message entitled “The Power of Thought”. Based on Proverbs 23:7, the missionary stressed that “God has given mankind a perfect and pure mind that has been contaminated by the enemy through sin, using his evil means to turn humanity into his slave. The enemy attacks the mind, trying to challenge the authority of God.”
During the fifth service of the spiritual celebration of the WMM, Rev. Rodolfo González shared the word of God with the people of the Lord who gathered in Genoa. Full of emotion, Pastor Gonzalez gave a speech called “Empowered Evangelism” and talked about Biblical themes such as “A Sinful Nation” and “Call to True Repentance,” contained in Isaiah 1:2-20. In addition, in his participation, he said that “God has allowed the Gospel to be spread all over the world thanks to the technology and the media that He has put in the hands of His Church.” Then, at the closure, Rev. Carlos Medina, National Supervisor of the WMM in Spain and Supervisor of Continue reading– MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 48 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
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Block A of Europe, preached the Word of God through a message entitled “The Danger of a Family without Spiritual Vision.” Inspired in Genesis 13:10-11, Pastor Medina said that “each member of Christian families must grow and not give in to any offer of the enemy.” Likewise, 5 brothers were promoted to Lay Preachers, 11 to Licensed Preachers, and 7 to Ordained Ministers. In this promotion, 19 were Italian and 4 were from Block B l
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WHOM SHALL I MARRY? Attended by four hundred believers, the First European Youth Camp of the Worldwide Missionary Movement brought together delegations from Germany, Austria, Belgium, Spain, Holland, Italy, Sweden and Switzerland.
imed to find the presence of the Lord, the First European Youth Camp of the Worldwide Missionary Movement was held on July 10-12 in the Italian town of Arquata Scrivia, located in Piedmont, and was attended by over four hundred followers of God. With the theme “Whom shall I marry?,” inspired MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 52 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
by Genesis 24:14, the activity brought together delegations of young people from Germany, Austria, Belgium, Spain, Holland, Italy, Sweden and Switzerland, who rejoiced with the Word. At the opening of the event, Rev. Leonel Cedeño, National Officer of the WMM in Italy, shared the good news
of the Lord through a speech entitled: “Christian courtship.” Based on Genesis 24, Pastor Cedeño spoke about the importance of love between two people sharing the same faith. In this regard, he stated that “God has a certain time for courtship. In that sense, every young man of the WMM must meet the per-
fect will of the Lord and submit to it.” Another speaker of the Word of God was Rev. David Echalar, National Supervisor of the WMM in Italy and Supervisor of Block B of Europe, who spoke on the second day based on Daniel 2. With a strong voice, Pastor Echalar admonished young people who are away from
the Lord and urged them to leave pride behind to see the glory of Jesus Christ. In addition, he said that, “regardless of the difficult situations, the Lord will fulfill his purpose with Europe’s youth.” At the closure of the First European Youth Camp of the Worldwide Missionary Movement, Rev. Luis Valderrama,
National Secretary of the WMM in Italy, preached the word. Based on 1 Samuel 17, Pastor Valderrama stated that “young believers are daily exposed to numerous battles against different giant obstacles, such as vice, addiction, ties, etc., and only God has the absolute power to set them free” l Octobre 2015 / Impacto evangelistic
A PEOPLE THAT LOVES HOLINESS The Worldwide Missionary Movement in Mexico held its 13th National Convention in the city of Tapachula, where the Lord's people was cleansed of all filth.
he 13th National Convention of the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Mexico, held on August 6-9 in the premises of the Lienzo Charro lounge in the city of Tapachula, in Chiapas, served for God to manifest in the country. The event, which took place under the theme “God for us”, was led by International Directors of the WMM Alvaro Garavito and Luis Meza Bocanegra and by Rev. Alejandro Robledo, National Supervisor of the WMM in Mexico. MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 54 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
On the first day of the 13th National Convention of the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Mexico, attended by pastors and members of the WMM in Guatemala, Rev. Garavito preached the word of God. Based on Zechariah 3:1-8, Pastor Garavito said that the Lord’s people should be cleansed of filth. In addition, the servant of the Lord spoke about the high priest Joshua. Then, on the morning of the second
day of activities, Rev. Marlon Hernandez, Presbyter in Guatemala, conveyed the good news through a message called “The Concern For The Few Who Struggle To Keep Their Vestments White.” Hour later, in the evening, Pastor Luis Meza, based on 2 Peter 3:10, preached the Word of God and developed the theme “A People That Loves Holiness.” In the morning hours of the third day of the 13th National Convention of
the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Mexico, Rev. Garavito preached the Gospel once again to the people of the Lord with a message entitled “Suffering In Vain,” based on Galatians 3:34. Later, in the evening, Rev. Gustavo Chay, Assistant Supervisor and Presbyter in Guatemala, shared the message of God through a message called “The Result When We Do What God Commands Us.” The event ended with a missionary service and the promotion ceremony of workers, where eight brothers joined the ranks of the Ministry as Lay Preachers, 2 were promoted to Licensed Preachers and 2 to Ordained Ministers. The convention was broadcast by Bethel TV, Radio Luz, Radio Bethel, Radio Remanente from Guatemala and other media of the Work of the Lord l Octobre 2015 / Impacto evangelistic
OPEN SKIES The Worldwide Missionary Movement in Venezuela held, in the city of Barquisimeto, its 30th National Convention, where the good news of God were conveyed. The Worldwide Missionary Movement in Venezuela held on August 4-8 its 30th National Convention at the Arena Plaza stadium in the city of Barquisimeto. The event was attended by International Officers Jorge Henao, Margaro Figueroa and Ruben Concepcion. The event, called “Open Skies,” served to consoMISSIONARY MOVEMENT 56 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
lidate the union between God and his thousands of followers in Venezuela. At the opening service, Rev Ricardo Manrique, National Supervisor of the WMM in Venezuela, thanked the Lord for the great attendance at the Arena Plaza stadium. Then, Rev. Ruben Concepcion, International Officer of the WMM,
conveyed the good news of God based on Isaiah 62:1-4. His message, entitled “Loyalty To The Divine Proclamation,” talked about the demands involving the faith in the Lord. Later, on the second day of the 30th National Convention of the WMM in Venezuela, Rev. Marga-
ro Figueroa, International Officer of the WMM, preached the Word of God through a message entitled “Overcoming Fears.” Afterwards, Rev. Jorge Henao, International Officer of the WMM, delivered the message of the Lord called “Cities of Refuge,” based on Joshua 20:1-9. The following day, Rev. Ricardo Manrique preached the Word of the Lord. Based on 2 Kings 3:4-17, Pastor Manrique developed the theme “What To Do When Things Don’t Go Well” and said that one hand can damage the plan of God. Then, Rev. Manrique addressed the people of the Lord and share a message entitled “God Lifts Up The Lowly,”
based on Job 2:29-30, in which the talked about how the Lord exalted Job. On the morning of the second day of activities, Rev. Carlos Mendoza, Pastor of the WMM in Peru, shared the message of God. In his preaching, entitled “The Holy Spirit and the Sin” and based on Romans 7:1825, he stressed that young people have their own struggles. At night, another speaker of the Word of God was Rev. Henao. Based on Genesis
37:26, he gave a message called “It Doesn’t Matter Who You Are.” At the closure service, the promotion of workers was held: 41 brothers were promoted to Lay Preachers, 35 to Licensed Preachers and 19 to Ordained Ministers. Rev. Figueroa preached through a speech based on Exodus 18:13-14 and 17. In his presentation, entitled “Transfer of Responsibility,” he said that we are not masters of our destiny nor captains of our ship l Octobre 2015 / Impacto evangelistic
A CALL TO TOGETHERNESS The 20th National Convention of Africa, held in Equatorial Guinea, gathered the churches of the third largest continent in the world.
he Worldwide Missionary Movement held the 20th National Convention in Africa from August 5 to August 6, which was attended by delegations from various parts of the African continent. The event, marked by the presence of the Lord, took place at the NkuaNtoma Club, located in the city of Bata, in Equatorial Guinea. The 10th National Convention of Africa was attended by Rev. Romulo VerWORLDWIDE MISSIONARY MISIONEROMOVEMENT MUNDIAL 58 MOVIMIENTO America • Europa América Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
gara, International Officer of the WMM, Rev. Clemente Vergara, Missionary Supervisor of the West Indies and Africa, and Rev. Luis Ayala, National Supervisor in Puerto Rico. In an atmosphere of glory and unity, the spiritual celebration was the ideal opportunity to develop themes such as “The Importance Of The Holy Spirit,” “Togetherness,” “The Candlestick,” “The Loyalty of Job”, among others, who served to
nourish the people of God with the sound doctrine that drives the Work of God. During this convention, an African Women Board was designated, composed by six workers. The future construction of a temple in Equatorial Guinea was also delineated. Let’s pray for this continent of 54 countries, as we are in only 4 of them: Gabon, Ghana, Congo and Ivory Coast. To God be the glory! l
THE SOLUTION TO YOUR PROBLEMS IS IN CHRIST The Worldwide Missionary Movement held a Youth Fellowship in Equatorial Guinea, where people were urged to join the missionary work.
he city of Mongomo, in Equatorial Guinea, hosted the Youth Fellowship of the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Africa from last June 25 to June 28. This spiritual celebration, held under the theme “The Solution To Your Problems Is In Christ,” consolidated the presence of the WMM among young Equatorial Guineans and made it possible that the good news of God were sha-
red in this small African nation. The Youth Fellowship of the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Africa was led by Pastors Emilio Ndong from the temple of Mongomo, Paulino Nguema, priest of the Zone, and members of the Youth Board in the African continent. God’s presence was felt throughout the four days of activities, in which many lives were set free and restored by the Lord.
An important moment in the event of the WMM in Africa was when a young brother, named Santos, a member of the Work of God, was delivered to the Lord to wisely fulfill the pastoral mission entrusted to him in the city of Aconibe, in southeastern Equatorial Guinea, where the Worldwide Missionary Movement has established a temple this year l Octobre 2015 / Impacto evangelistic
YOUR FAITHFULNESS TESTED The Worldwide Missionary Movement in El Salvador held its National Youth Fellowship, attended by the brothers from Puerto Rico.
t was an intense day in which God made feel His power in El Salvador. The National Youth Fellowship of the Worldwide Missionary Movement in El Salvador, attended en masse by the people of the Lord, took place on August 1. It was an inexhaustible source of blessings in which the good news of Jesus Christ and the sound doctrine of the Work of God were spread. The event, organized by the WMM in El Salvador, included the intervention of four brothers of the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Puerto Rico: Pastors Edwin Torrez and Luis Gonzales, and brothers Carlos Jimenez, Leader of Men, and Jose Luis Vasquez, National President of the Youth of the WMM in Puerto Rico. Beside participating in the fellowship, they had the opportunity to visit several temples. During the spiritual celebraMISSIONARY MOVEMENT 60 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
tion, two worships took place as well. First, in the morning, the Lord spoke to his people through Pastor Edwin Torrez, who developed the theme “Your Faithfulness Tested,” based on Daniel 1: 8. Then, in the
afternoon, the speaker of the Word of God was Brother Jose Luis Vásquez, National President of the Youth of the WMM in Puerto Rico, who gave a speech called “You Are Chosen” l
GO INTO ALL THE WORLD AND PREACH THE GOSPEL A fellowship, in which several testimonies were shared, was held by the Worldwide Missionary Movement in the city of Ponce.
ponsored by the Brotherhood of Men in Action, the monthly fellowship of the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Puerto Rico turned on August 15 the city of Ponce, the second largest town on the ‘Lamb Island,’ into a door to heaven and the house of God. The spiritual celebration, characterized by countless expressions of faith, was organized by the churches of Zone 7 of the WMM in Puerto Rico. The event began with many testimonies that showed the power of God. In this regard, Pastor Luis Gonzalez testified about his experiences during his visit to the WMM in El Salvador. Then, Rev. Albert Rivera shared the works that the Lord is doing in Italy, where the servant of God taught about the sound doctrine. Likewise, Sister Yarelie Laboy talked about the training of workers and leaders that consistently takes place in Central America. In the afternoon, Rev. Margaro
Figueroa, International Director of the WMM, preached the Word of the Lord. In his message entitled “When The People Rebels,” Pastor Figueroa urged the followers of God to be
strong in their faith. Based on Exodus 32: 1, 8 and 17, he also stressed that “a bad decision brings curse to our lives, so we must be careful in every step of our way” l OOctubre ctobre2015 2015/ /Impacto Impactoevangelístico evangelistic
HE THAT BELIEVETH SHALL BE SAVED The WMM in Ecuador admitted fourteen new members who joined the Work of God after descending into the waters of baptism in Guayaquil. The waters of the pool at the Aguilas de Cristo Education Unit, in the city of Guayaquil, witnessed last July 25 the baptism of fourteen new members of the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Ecuador. The ceremony was led by Rev. Eugenio Masias, National Supervisor of the Work of God in Ecuador, and aimed to show that the Lord’s people is growing daily. MISIONEROMOVEMENT MUNDIAL WORLDWIDE MISSIONARY 62 MOVIMIENTO América America • Europa Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
Based on Mark 16:14-16, Pastor Masias addressed the faithful and saud that “to be baptized, one must first believe. You cannot be baptized without believing, as you must believe that Jesus is the way to heaven, to truth and to life.” The servant of God plunged into the waters of baptism five brothers and nine sisters who gave their lives to Jesus Christ and
promised to stand firm beside Him. The event was attended by a great number of believers from Zone 5 of the WMM in Ecuador. Likewise, Rev. Oswaldo Becerra, Presbyter of Zone 1, and Pastor Mac Silva, head of the church in downtown Quito in Zone 1, were also present. After the baptism, a special worship took place to thank God for allowing His Work to continue growing l
HE THAT BELIEVETH NOT SHALL BE DAMNED Twenty-two new brothers of the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Ecuador descended into the baptismal waters in the city of Quito.
This great ceremony was attended by most of the members of the Worldwide Missionary Movement in the city of Quito. It took place on August 1 by the pool of Amaguaña, near the San Pedro River, and served for twenty new disciples of the Lord to seal their union to God’s Work after descending into the waters of baptism and accepting the Gospel as the standard of their new lives.
At the ceremony, which was the first baptism held by the Church of Quito Centro, Pastor Mac Silva, head of the temple, stated that the newly converted were fourteen natives of Quito, seven brothers from the church of La Concordia and a young man from the temple in Riobamba. They fulfilled the sacrament established by God to be admitted within Christianity. Moments before the baptism, a
devotional was held and its main speaker was Rev. Eugenio Masias, National Supervisor of the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Ecuador. He preached the Word of the Lord and, based on Mark 16:1416 and Acts 8:32-38, he said, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned” l Octobre 2015 / Impacto evangelistic
PANAMA GLORIOUS YOUTH FELLOWSHIP
On Saturday, June 13, the youth of the Worldwide Missionary Movement in the Zone of Ruben, in eastern Panama, held a glorious United Youth Fellowship with different local congregations at the 24 de Diciembre Church. The devotional was led by the churches Llano de Jesus and 24 de Diciembre. The activity was attended by Rev. Epifanio Asprilla, Presbyter of Zone 1, Rev. Agustin Batista, local Presbyter, Rev. Julio Klinger, National Youth President, Sister Daisy Elid Soto, National Youth Vice President, and Brother Abraham Ruiz, National Member. A delegation of young members from the Zone of Gad also participated along with their leader, Brother Elias Spencer. The message of the Word of God was given by Rev. Julio Klinger, who preached the theme “I Will Not Change Or Sell Myself.” Congratulations to Brother Jacob Elington, leader of the Zone of Ruben, who was responsible for the organization and logistics of this worship that was a great blessing for the local youth. l
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MADAGASCAR OUTDOOR CAMPAIGNS
These glorious activities took place from June 14 to June 16 in Madagascar. Rev. Carlos Guerra, Pastor of the Work in Costa Rica, arrived on Sunday, June 14 to Andavamamba, where the second church is located. Here, a piece of land was rented and, in the cold outside, God’s message was shared; people came from everywhere to listen to the Word of God. Pastor Guerra was moved when he saw barefoot children without clothes in that terrible cold. On the second day in Andranomena, another outdoors activity was held. The brothers from Andavamamba were transported by bus to support this glorious campaign. On the third day, the activity continued in the town of Malagas. However, the bus never showed up to pick the brothers from Andavamamba, and some of them returned home. The sound was bad. A gang of young men interrupted the worship. The strong oppression of darkness could be felt. In the middle of the preaching, a drunken man arrived to disrupt the meeting. But God took control: the gang ended up listening to the message, and the drunken man ended up prostrating and weeping before the Lord l
PARAGUAY FELLOWSHIP IN CIUDAD DEL ESTE
The Work of the Worldwide Missionary Movement held, from August 6 to August 9, a glorious meeting with pastors and leaders from Paraguay in Ciudad del Este. Besides, powerful outdoor campaigns were conducted at night by pastor and evangelist Rev. Carlos Guerra from Costa Rica. Pastors and leaders came from all parts of the country, some of them had to travel up to 800 km. During these four days of evangelization, about two hundred people surrendered to Jesus Christ. This activity was characterized by a powerful outpouring of the Holy Spirit each day and night. The glory be to God! l
UNITED STATES WATER BAPTISM IN NEW YORK
On August 22, the Work of the WMM of Zone 6, which includes the states of New York and Pennsylvania, had a glorious day. As He does every year, the Lord allowed more than 60 brothers, mostly young, to go into the waters of baptism. The candidates came from the churches of Manhattan, Washington Heights, The Bronx, Newburgh, Yonkers, Spring Valley, Mount Carmel, Mount Kisco, Queens, Brooklyn, Long Island, Allentown and FarRockaway. This activity was held in the city of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and was led by Rev. Benito Green, Priest of the Work of the WMM in the states of New York and Pennsylvania and pastor of the Pentecostal Evangelistic Center of the WMM in the New York’s counties of Queens and Brooklyn. Besides the Presbyter of Zone 6, the event was also attended by Pastor Tomas Green from the Church of the WMM in Long Island, Pastor Ivan Coneo from the Church of the WMM in the Yonkers, Rev. Moises Cabrera from Manhattan, and workers of the Lord who assisted the baptized sisters l
THE ULTIMATE BIBLE The “Bible of the Bear,” the first complete version of the Scriptures translated into Spanish from the original languages, is still considered an important work in Spanish literature after 446 years.
ho could have imagined that the dream of two Hieronymite monks of translating the Bible into Spanish – for what they were persecuted and sentenced in absentia – would become the translation that changed the lives of millions of Spanish speakers. This pious desire began in the XVI century, in 1569, when the first complete translation of the Scriptures into Spanish was published. The first edition was known as the Bible of the Bear, and some years later, in 1602, the edition corresponding to its first review as the Bible of the Pitcher. The first publication was called the Bible of the Bear because of the emblem on its cover: a bear standing next to a tree, reaching a hive to drink the honey, logo of the Bavarian printer Mattias Apiarius. The image was used so as to avoid religious icons, because at the time any vernacular translation of the Scriptures was forbidden. The translation was made by Casiodoro Reina, a hieronymite and humanist monk from Seville, and the review was carried out by his fellow Cipriano de Valera. It is important to emphasize the literary value of Reina’s work, mainly for two reasons: first, the quality of its language, which makes it a monument of Latin American literature; and second, because of its extreme fidelity to the original text, as it collects the essential tone of the Hebrew traditions. For his part, Valera spent 20 years of his life reviewing the work of his fellow countryman and cloister mate. As a result, the version was published in 1602 and was called the Bible of the Pitcher, because on the cover the image of two men can be seen: one is planting a tree,
while the other waters with a pitcher. According to some experts, the illustration refers to 1 Corinthians 3: 6: “I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase”. It is also considered that it may refer to the fact that with the first edition (Bible of the Bear) made by Reina, the seed of the Word of our Lord had been planted and, with the revision of Valera, the seed was watered for the plant to grow and bear fruit. The review by Valera is one of the most admired by Protestant and also by those who do not belong to this interpretation of the Scriptures, but even so are impressed by its excellent quality. According to the printing note, between both editions – the Bible of the Bear and the Bible of the Pitcher – there is a gap of 33 years. However, ever since people came into contact with them, their lives were transformed. Samuel Escobar Aguirre, honorary president of the United Bible Societies and professor of Missiology at the Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania, highlights that the two publications took place in Europe in the XVI century, especially because the Protestant worship had as main theme the reading and explanation of the Bible. Moreover, the conversion was a challenge, because at that time very few people could read and write; during the Middle Ages that knowledge was restricted to the clergy and, in some cases, to the nobility. The Bible of the Bear was published in Basel, Switzerland on September 28, 1569. Today, it is still the most accepted translation by Christians. The first edition had 2,600 copies and, despite the obstacles for its sale in Europe at the time, it was sold out by 1596 l
According to the printing note, between both editions – the Bible of the Bear and the Bible of the Pitcher – there is a gap of 33 years. However, ever since people came into contact with them, their lives were transformed.
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