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WHY ARE THERE SO MANY

MASSACRES IN THE USA?

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ALWAYS REMEMBER THE LORD

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Rev. Gustavo Martínez International President of the WMM

“Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life: but teach them thy sons, and thy sons’ sons.” Deuteronomy 4:9.

G

od teaches us to store, to me-

in prison, he interpreted the dream of

morize, to remember and

the king’s cupbearer and told him: “But

to not forget what we have

think on me when it shall be well with

seen and heard about His wonders and

thee…” He forgot Joseph, but when

greatness.

there was need and crisis in Egypt, the

The apostle John writes to the

cupbearer remembered Joseph and told

Church of Sardis: “Remember therefore

the Pharaoh that there was a prisoner

how thou hast received and heard, and hold

named Joseph who could interpret the

fast, and repent...” (Revelation 3:3). Jesus

mysteries of God. Joseph was brought

said: “For I came not to judge the world,

before the Pharaoh and interpreted

but to save the world...the word that I

the Pharaoh’s dream, thus saving the

have spoken, the same shall judge him

people from the coming crisis. We need

in the last day. (John 12:47-48). In other

someone to keep us in mind and not

words, you cannot forget what you

forget us.

have heard from God. Whether you like

It is important not to forget what

it or not, the Word of God will judge

God has done for us. In Psalm 103:2,

you, will save you or will condemn you.

David said to himself: “Bless the Lord,

The Apostle Paul left some com-

O my soul, and forget not all his benefits.”

mand: “And we beseech you, brethren, to

The worst thing Christians could do

know them which labour among you, and

is to forget God’s mercy and love for

are over you in the Lord, and admonish

them. It would be like the ungrateful

you; and to esteem them very highly in love

son who, after achieving some success

for their work’s sake...” (1 Thessalonians

in life, forgets about the mother who

5:12). We must remember and consider

nursed and raised him. Forgetting so-

our pastors, let us not forget them.

mething like that means falling into the

In Genesis 40:14, when Joseph was

sin of ingratitude! l November 2015 / Impacto evangelistic

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WHY ARE THERE SO MANY MASSACRES IN THE USA? What is in the hearts of those who are violent against their fellow men? No peace for sure. A heart has no peace for several reasons: lack of love and faith in God, wounds, grudges, anger, rebellion, resentment, fear and, above all, loneliness. November 2015 / Impacto evangelistic

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The excessive media coverage has also become an incentive for these people to seek revenge and even become fleeting “stars”.

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ver the last two decades, many U.S. cities have been the scene of bloody massacres involving young people, teenagers and children, whose lives have been taken away in schools, colleges and universities for no apparent reason. After each incident, authorities and scientists have tried to explain these horrible events, but they do not seem to find specific reasons. This is, without a doubt, a phenomenon that leaves many unanswered questions: If there are unbalanced people worldwide, why do these massacres happen so often in the United States? More than half of this type of massacre occurring in the world are registered in this country. Usually, perpetrators are young people who feel excluded and find in the easy access to guns a way to let out their anger against the society that alienates them. This, combined with abuse, bullying and mental disorders, triggers in people, usually teenagers or young adults, the inability to endure extreme pressure, which ultimately leads to massacres. The excessive media coverage has also become an incentive for these people to seek revenge and even become fleeting “stars”. In societies in which they are given little media attention, cases of massacres are less frequent. Mike Males, a researcher at the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice in San Francisco, California, explains that “an individual feeling alienated, disrespected and rejected may explode causing the slaughter of innocent people.” Furthermore, psychologist Diego Castrillon says that there are several conditions that may easily cause imbalances in the psyche of people in countries such as the United States. “There is much isolation, people are very lonely and there is no intimacy with neighbors and coworkers, no emotional connections. That is their normal, but in reality it is harmful,” he explains. Although in most cases criminals are smart and high performance individuals, their peers tend to consider them losers, unattractive, weak and effeminate. In school communities where sporting prowess or academic success are valued, they face rejection. Rebuffed after trying to join groups of friends, they seek to draw attention and

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reverse their damaged images. Mass attacks are the last episode in a long drama: a search for acceptance and recognition. Previous actions failed miserably, but once they start talking about killing people, isolation can become inclusion. Suddenly, they have the attention they wished for. HUNGRY FOR SELF-ESTEEM On the other hand, the development and expansion of new technologies and the re-


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lentless approach to social networks have led to the emergence of a new profile in which criminals can be classified as “seekers of looks and recognition,” according to psychologist Bernando Stamateas. The expert says that the problem arises when information is shared without any social utility through the network, and privacy is only displayed in order to accumulate the stares of others. These people become compulsive seekers of self-esteem and social desirability.

This creates the illusion that self-esteem comes from the outside in, when it is just the other way. This type of more modern profile shares space with toxic people who have been always around throughout history: the envious (anguished by the achievements of others, only discrediting people calms his anxiety), the fault-finder (frustrated about certain aspects of his life, he lets it out by frustrating others) or the intriguer (uses other people to go against someone he cannot see, instead of dealing

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Society in general is decaying; there is a growing trend towards material things, debauchery, poor spiritual life, a growing rejection of moral values a​​ nd a growing indifference towards the teaching of the Word.

with the problem himself). DECAYING SOCIETY But there is backstage another component that is rarely discussed and has great impact on the repetition of events such as shootings and massacres. Society in general is decaying; there is a growing trend towards material things, debauchery, poor spiritual life, a growing rejection of moral

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values and a growing indifference towards the teaching of the Word. A U.S. analyst said: “We, as parents, are responsible for this phenomenon of violence affecting youth. I fear for the world in these times of so much freedom to access all sorts of carnal fun that fills the heart with the garbage in the world. Evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness and blas-


THE BLOODIEST Over the past two decades, there have been more than 62 similar tragedies, with a balance of more than 80 fatalities across thirty states. Twenty-five of these mass shootings have occurred since 2006. The following are the bloodiest. Newtown Shooting: On December 14, 2012, 20-year-old Adam Lanza killed twenty children under the age of six and six teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Before that, Lanza fired several shots at his mother. Sikh Temple Shooting: On August 5, 2012, Michael Page, a U.S. Army veteran, shot six people and wounded four others at the Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. He was shot down by the police. Theater Shooting: Just after midnight on July 20, 2012, 24-year-old James Holmes broke into the premiere of the new Batman film covered with a bulletproof vest and a gas mask and opened fire on the spectators in a theater in Aurora, a village on the outskirts of Colorado (Denver). The

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phemies come from the heart.� How is the heart filled with this garbage? Everything we see and hear enters the heart and combines with our way of seeing the world and reacting to what we are experiencing at all times. These killings, which cause human suffering, are the result of human sin. The world today is not how God created it and because of that, we are all vulnerable to the effects of sin in the world. Why does one person suffers and not the other? Why do disasters happen to some and not to others? Because there is sin in the world.

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young man killed 12 people and wounded 58 others. Fort Hood Shooting: On 5 November 2009, the U.S. Army Psychiatrist , Nidal Malik Hasan, shot indiscriminately at other military queuing to get vaccinated at the Texas base before going to Afghanistan. Hasan killed 13 army officers and wounded 32 others. Virginia Tech Shooting: On April 16,

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2007, Seung-Hui Cho, a student at this institute, killed 32 people and wounded 17 others in two separate shootings in a twohour period, before committing suicide. Although Cho had been diagnosed with anxiety disorder, he had no problem acquiring the weapons he used in the slaughter. Columbine High School Massacre: The Columbine (Colorado) massacre probably is the student killing that has caused the greatest impact on the U.S. On April 20, 1999, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, 17 and 18 years respectively, entered their institute and killed 12 students and a teacher before committing suicide. The slaughter was recorded by the security cameras of the school. University of Texas Shooting: The third deadliest U.S. tragedy took place on August 1, 1966. Charles Whitman, a student at the University of Texas, sat atop the university’s clock tower equipped with three telescopic sight rifles and two pistols and began firing indiscriminately. In the 90 minutes of shooting, Whitman killed 14 people and wounded 32 others. He had previously killed his wife and mother. Whitman was shot in the head by an officer. WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS Jesus came to this world to teach us how to live in peace. The best way to live in peace with one another is written in John 15:12, “This is my commandment, that ye love one another, as I have loved you.” No remedy against violence can be more effective than love, as love repels violence. We must not expect to be loved, but we must give love! Jesus was the greatest peacemaker. He did not expect to be loved, but He gave love although he received offenses. Why does humanity want peace and does not get it? Each person needs to give more love! Love purifies the heart, cleanses impurities such as anger and resentment, and kills all the moral and emotional pathogens hurting it. Jesus commands us to love our enemies. Jesus loved His enemies, He apologized to the Father for them. Loving those who love us has no merit, as the Word says, so let us start the year by committing ourselves to give love with eyes closed. l November 2015 / Impacto evangelistic

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Chronology of

iolence in the US - “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” Genesis 2: 7. - “Thou shalt not kill.” Exodus 20:13. - “I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live.” Deuteronomy 30:19. - These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, A heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.” Proverbs 6: 16-19. - “Ye have heard that it was said of them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment: But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.” Matthew 5: 21-22.  - “Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.” 1 John 3:15. - “Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.” Matthew 5: 43-45.

Omaha

December 5, 2007

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Aurora

July 20, 2012

Oakland

(University of Oikos) April 2, 2012

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Littleton

(Columbine) April 20, 1999

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December 24, 2008

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Killeen

October 16, 1991

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Seal Beach

October 12, 2011

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More than one death a day, 384 dead, 1163 injured. Those are the figures that portray the consequences of shootings in the United States in 2015 so far, according to Mass Shooting Tracker (MST). Until October 25, 2015, 183 mass shootings were reported in the U.S., with four or more people injured, according to information compiled by the website of this project, which is

Pennsylvania Family Drama (arson)

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Chattanooga, Tennessee 4 Marines dead in shooting at two military sites on July 16 Pennsylvania Family Drama

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based on public information. According to the U.S. Department of Justice and the Council on Foreign Relations, incidents involving firearms between 2001 and 2011 have caused 40 times more deaths than acts deemed “terrorist” by the authorities.

Misuri Asesino solitario, motivo desconocido Texas Gang shootout

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Red Lake

March 21, 2005

Newtown

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Binghamton April 3, 2009

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Manchester

August 3, 2010

Oak Creek

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August 5, 2012

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Washington DC

February 14, 2008

September 16, 2013

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Fort Hood

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November 5, 2009

Appomattox

January 20, 2010

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Blacksburg

(Virginia Tech) April 16, 2007

Kinston*

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March 10, 2009

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Atlanta

Carthage

July 29, 1999

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March 29, 2009

Charleston Charleston Miami

July 26, 2013

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THE THREAT OF

EL NIÑO The effects are just beginning to be felt in most parts of the world, but it is expected to be one of the three most powerful “Niño” in 65 years.

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l Niño is being felt around the world. Coastal regions from Alaska –in Northwest United States– to the Pacific Northwest in the U.S., as well as Japan, Korea and China are threatened by warmer winters. The southern U.S., parts of east Africa and western South America can get more rain, while drier conditions prevail across much of the western Pacific and parts of Brazil. The coming El Niño will be one of the strongest ever since 1950. It will dominate weather’s many twists and turns, and cause gyrations in everything from the price of Colombian coffee to the fate of cold-water fish., according to Bloomberg, the financial consulting firm in the United States. What is completely different from the last El Niño in 1997 is that the current phenomenon is occurring under new con-

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ditions, influenced by climate change and global warming. Fish species accustomed to cold waters, such as anchovies, will be forced to leave their habitats and head north or deeper waters. This, in turn, will negatively affect the birds that feed on these fish, as they will also have to abandon their hunting areas or otherwise starve. About 10 million poor people will suffer from hunger by 2016 due to droughts and heavy rains caused by El Niño, warned the international organization Oxfam, which performs humanitarian work in 90 countries. The most we can do is be prepared to face the effects of the phenomenon in due time. The warnings of meteorologists and a careful planning should help the agriculture-based economies to reduce the impact of El Niño and the financial damage and casualties. The predictions for South America, particularly Peru, are devastating in the agricultural sector, which directly affects the communities in the poorest areas, according to research by the international organization Lutheranian World Relief. As stated by the report, El Niño could affect Peru with heavy rains in the central and northern coast and freezing temperatures and drought in central Peru. The lack of rainfall has already caused droughts in parts of Venezuela and northern Colombia, where 20 departments have reported crop losses. Meanwhile, heavy rains are expected in the coastal areas of Ecuador, Peru and eastern lowlands of Bolivia. In addition, thousands of people in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador Continue reading–


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are still experiencing food shortages as a result of the current drought. According to the forecast of Drew Lerner, president of World Weather, coffee and cocoa producers will be affected on the Indonesian island of Java and in the province of South Sumatra. Moreover, the situation worsens in Singapore, New Guinea and Borneo, where intense fires occur due to the lack of rains caused by El Niño. DROUGHT OR RAIN? Drought in Kenya could lead to a decrea-

WHAT IS EL NIÑO? IT IS A PHENOMENON caused by the warming of the equatorial Pacific caused by weakening trade winds that normally push sun-warmed waters to the west. As a result, there is a reaction in the atmosphere that covers a large area. The name traces back hundreds of years to the coast of Peru, where fishermen noticed the Pacific Ocean sometimes warmed in late December, around Christmas. The last time there was an El Niño of similar magnitude to the current one, the record-setting event of 1997-1998, floods, fires, droughts and other calamities killed at least 30,000 people and caused $100 billion in damage. That time, the phenomenon caused climate chaos worldwide. During that period, heavy storms that hit the United States caused floods and landslides, while in Indonesia there was a severe drought that generated intense forest fires. Another powerful El Niño, in 1918-19, sank India into a brutal drought and probably contributed to the global flu pandemic. MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 18 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia

se of 10% in tea crop yield. At the same time, El Niño usually causes rains in eastern Africa. According to statistics from the Bureau of Meteorology of Australia, many of the phenomena produced since 1900 have caused severe drought in Australia. However, it is expected that heavy rains in California could improve the situation of the state, which has been affected by drought for 4 years. Although heavy rains would benefit California, they would also worsen the damage caused by citrus greening, a disease that threatens the harvest of oranges and arises from moist environments. According to the forecast of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, next year orange production in Florida will be reduced to its minimum over the last 52 years. The climate impact of El Niño around the world will continue into the early months of 2016, reaching its maximum intensity between November 2015 and January 2016. However, there is over 90% chance that El Niño will last throughout winter 2015-2016 in the northern hemisphere and 85% chance that it will last until the spring of 2016 l


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WILL ERDOGAN BE OVERTHROWN?

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hroughout this century, we have witnessed a new technique of coup d’etat that has rendered everything Curzio Malaparte wrote about it obsolete. In the so-called color revolutions in Eastern Europe and in the Arab Springs, the methodology has been always clear and easy to identify. First, popular demonstrations are organized from abroad, focusing on places that are easily accessible for Western media. During the first days, the frustrated of all kinds, from retirees to students, gather to vent their spleen on the most different issues in an emblematic urban enclave – never in the country or faraway places. A few weeks later, sometimes before, most get disappointed and go back home, but the world’s attention has been captured, and groups organized and financed from the outside devote to provoking the security forces. Sooner or later, troublemakers – which occasionally use violence – achieve their objective and the Government – dictatorial or not – swallows the bait and ends up using force against the demonstrators. At that point, the fate of the President is decided. It makes no difference whether we are in Georgia or in Lib-

ya, in Ukraine or in Egypt, in Syria or in Tunisia. A justification has already been established before the international public opinion to provoke a military intervention or a local coup with foreign help. Before anyone can react, democracy bombings are sweeping the country and reconstruction companies are signing substantial contracts. It has not always gone well, I must say. It turned out alright in a Serbia crushed for years. It partially worked in Georgia, Libya, Egypt and Ukraine. But it is ending up badly in Syria, where side effects include the emergence and development of the brutal Islamic State and a refugee crisis aimed towards a European Union that has been looking the other way for too many years. This weekend, a peaceful demonstration in Turkey ended in a bloodbath. Faced with such a situation and examining the century so far, I cannot help but wonder if the Government intends to ensure electoral victory, if it has been a tragic coincidence, or if the privileged minds that have been sowing instability and death for years seek now to overthrow the Turkish Government. It is hard not to fear that another door to desolation may have been opened l November 2015 / Impacto evangelistic

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WHAT IS A STROKE? What Is A Stroke? Cardiovascular diseases are currently the leading cause of death around the world, from high-income countries such as the United States to low- and middle-income countries such as India. Walter Menchola Vásquez (*)

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efore 1900, infectious diseases and malnutrition were the leading cause of death, while cardiovascular diseases represented less than 10%. Today, cardiovascular diseases account for 30% of deaths worldwide. However, this figure reaches 40% in high-income countries, while it is around 28% in low- and middle-income countries. Coronary artery disease accounts for nearly 50% of deaths from cardiovascular disease and, as a specific disease, it is the leading cause of death worldwide. Acute myocardial infarction (AMI) is its most characteristic manifestation. AMI is a true medical emergency. This disease is caused by the partial or complete blockage of a coronary artery, causing the decrease or sudden cessation of perfusion to heart muscle cells (myocardium). This generates cell damage/ death, producing a characteristic clinical picture and mild or severe sequels, including death. If the heart muscle is deprived of oxygen for too long, the local tissue dies and does not regenerate. Depending on the extent of the affected area, consequences for the heart can be very serious and even fatal. We must take into consideration that the heart is a biological pump responsible for pushing blood throughout the body. Heart rate ranges from 60 to 80 times per minute in a healthy adult, and so it does throughout a lifetime without a rest. The main cause of blockage of coronary arteries is atherosclerosis, the development of which is directly related to “risk factors” that have been fully identified and are highly preventable. Some of these factors are those concerning behavior, such as smoking (there are 1.2 bi-

llion people who still smoke around the world), diets high in calories, saturated animal fats and hydrogenated vegetable fats, and physical inactivity (in many countries, 25% of the population does no physical activity, especially in highincome countries). There are also metabolic risk factors that usually occur in conjunction with other risk factors. For instance, obesity, which is usually associated with hypertension, diabetes mellitus and hyperlipidemia. There are populations with 75% of adults who are overweight or obese. Hypertension, diabetes mellitus and lipid disorders are risk factors by themselves. All risk factors are highly preventable. According to Rosa Maria Lidon, President of the Working Group on Ischemic Heart Disease of the Spanish Society of Cardiology (ESC), this disease occurs when people reach middle age and affects both men and women. “In women, this disease appears about ten years later than in men and, therefore, the myth that women are not affected by ischemic heart disease is a lie.” This happens because the hormonal status of women gives them more protection against the risk of myocardial infarction, a situation that obviously does not occur in men. On the other hand, myocardial infarctions in young have increased worldwide. In many countries, this increase is related to drug use, particularly cocaine, even in small quantities. The most common symptom in people with AMI is a deep and visceral pain, which is described as constrictive and oppressive, and sometimes referred to as stabbing, burning, intense and lasting. It generally appears in the center of the


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chest, at the top and center of the abdomen. Sometimes it radiates to one or both arms, and less frequently to the back, neck or jaw. Many people, including doctors who have experienced it, have confused it with abdominal or dental discomfort. This symptom is usually accompanied by sweating, intense feeling of discomfort, cold, anxiety, shortness of breath, dizziness and feeling of impending doom; it does not go away with rest. It may occur without pain, usually in patients with diabetes mellitus. AMI treatment should be immediately.

The first step is aspirin intake to prevent or reduce the formation of clots in the arteries. The transfer of the patient to a specialized or emergency center should be as fast as possible, because time works against recovery and survival of the patient. The risk of heart attack can be prevented by controlling, minimizing or eliminating the risk factors, that is, living a healthy life: eating healthy food, controlling caloric and fat intake, doing simple exercises such as walking, managing stress, quitting smoking and avoiding alcohol abuse l November 2015 / Impacto evangelistic

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THE DAMAGE CAUSED BY PORNOGRAPHY Is the relentless invasion of pornographic images harmless as many people argue? Several studies provide the answer.

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espite what supporters say, pornography has serious repercussions on people’s sexual behavior as well as their view on sex. Researchers say that, “those exposed to pornography are more likely to develop abnormal sexual tendencies.” Some researchers also claim that constantly watching pornographic material may inhibit in people the desire of sexual intercourse with their partner and prevent satisfaction. If uncontrolled, the situation that starts out accidentally may eventually lead to increasingly hard and aberrant pornography, which sometimes brings about an abnormal sexual behavior. The addict may eventually attempt to live out his immoral fantasies inspired by pornography, with devastating consequences. Sex addiction occurs in a gradual and unnoticed way. The addict often denies his problem or refuses to face it, which usually ends in marital disagreement, sometimes in divorce, and occasionally in the breakup with close friendships. Statistics show that the largest consumers of pornography are boys aged between 12 and 17. A report states that, “In the world of pornography, there are no pregnant teens or STDs such as AIDS, leading to the wrong conclusion that those acts on the screen do not have negative consequences.” According to some researchers, exposure to pornography may also affect the normal development of the child’s brain. Based on certain observations of neurological nature, the instinctive response of the brain to erotic images and sounds indicates that watching pornography is a significant event from a biological point of view. It overrides informed consent, and it is harmful for the susceptible minds of children, MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 22 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia

as it endangers their understanding of reality and, as a result, their physical and mental health, well-being and pursuit of happiness. EFFECTS Pornography shapes attitudes and behavior in people. Its content is tempting, mainly because it is pure fantasy, and as such, it is more attractive than reality. “Those who watch pornography have unrealistic expectations, for which they often ruin their relationships,” stated some report. This addiction can destroy trust and sincerity, essential qualities in a marriage. Since pornography is often watched in secret, the person is forced to lie to their partner. When the latter finds out, they feel betrayed and wonder why they are no longer attractive for their partner. SPIRITUAL DAMAGE The person who covets may yearn so much that the satisfaction of their desire becomes the most important thing in life,


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overshadowing everything else. Pornography destroys mariage. The Apostle Peter, a married man, encouraged Christian husbands to honor their wives; otherwise, their prayers would be hindered (1 Peter 3:7). Would someone be treating his wife with honor if he watches in secret indecent images of other women? How would she feel if she knew about it? Does the consumer of pornography should expect God to listen to his prayers? Pornography undermines the determination of Christians to stay morally clean and chaste in the eyes of God. Pornography takes special advantage of women and children, degrades them and deprives them of their dignity and rights. Thus, those who watch it are participants and accomplices of such exploitation. BIBLICAL POINT OF VIEW The Bible says “For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world” (1 John 2:16).

P o r - nography definitely causes us to lust after the things of the flesh, which is lust of our eyes. Pornography definitely does not qualify as one of the things that we need to think about. “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things” (Philippians 4:8). Pornography is addictive (1 Corinthians 6:12; 2 Peter 2:19), destructive (Proverbs 6:25-28; Ezekiel 20:30; Ephesians 4:19), and leads to an increasing wickedness (Romans 6:19). To covet other people in our minds (the essence of pornography) is offensive to God (Matthew 5:28). When constant devotion to pornography characterizes the behavior of a person, such person is not holy (1 Corinthians 6:9) l November 2015 / Impacto evangelistic

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FROM SLAVE TO

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This book, by husband and wife Geoff and Janet Benge, is part of the series “Heroes of History.” It talks about the life of George Washington Carver, who guided by God became a brilliant man of science.

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A few days after his birth, he and his mother were kidnapped by a group of assailants. However, Moses Carver, their master, rescued him and, after the abolition of slavery, he and Susan, his wife, raised him as their own son. Later on, George moved to the city of Neosho, where he met husband and wife Mariah and Andy Watkins who welcomed him in their home. They showed him the good news of the Lord and he converted to Christianity.

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sickly baby lay in a roughhewn wooden box beside the feeble fire. His name was George, and his mother, Mary, gently rubbed ointment into his chest in an effort to ease his congestion and lessen the effects of whooping cough. As she rubbed in the ointment, she sang quietly to Jim, her two-year-old son lying on a straw mat on the dirt floor trying to go to sleep. She had just finished a lullaby when the door to the tiny slave hut where she lived suddenly burst open. Mary jumped to her feet, panic-stricken at the terror she saw reflected in her master’s eyes. “From Slave to Scientist,” a book by husband and wife Geoff and Janet Benge published in 2001 within the series “Heroes of History,” talks about the life of George Washington Carver. He was a leading figure in the history of modern Christianity and was dubbed as a “Black Leonardo” in a 1941 by “Time” magazine. Born around 1860, near the town of Diamond, George, guided by his faith in God, stood out for his great contributions to research and promotion of alternative crops for the benefit of poor farmers in the United States. It didn’t take George long to find out that the Watkinses not only went to church on Sunday but also lived the way the pastor said they should all the other days of the week. They were kind and hardworking, two traits that won them the respect of all the people in Neosho. Aunt Mariah gave George a special gift, a small, black leather-covered Bible. It was a good thing it was small, because George promised himself that he would take it with him wherever he went. Not only that, he also

promised that he would read it diligently for the rest of his life. He knew the Bible contained the answers to his questions about God. As a son of slaves, Carver faced hardship since he was born, as told in the book by the Benges. A few days after his birth, he and his mother were kidnapped by a group of assailants. However, Moses Carver, their master, rescued him and, after the abolition of slavery, he and Susan, his wife, raised him as their own son. Later on, George moved to the city of Neosho, where he met husband and wife Mariah


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and Andy Watkins who welcomed him in their home. They showed him the good news of the Lord and he converted to Christianity. PROTECTED BY THE LORD George Carver walked until he came to a church where he heard singing inside. He stood at the door of the church and listened, hoping the music would cheer his spirit. When the service was over, several of the women noticed him still standing out-

side. They soon gathered around George and asked him where he was from and what he was doing in Highland. George was too depressed to hide the truth, and he son found himself telling his story to these white women. Most of them became angry that the college would treat someone this way. Protected by the Lord, as the book

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“From Slave to Scientist” says, Caver attended a series of schools before earning his diploma at the Minneapolis High School in the state of Kansas. Then he tried to enter various colleges before being accepted at Highland University. When he arrived, however, he was rejected because of his race. In 1890, he began studying art and piano at Simpson University, in the state of Iowa, where teacher Etta Budd recognized his talent for plants and encouraged him to study botany at Iowa State University where he was the first black student. George sat for a long time looking at the words he had just written. He knew that if Booker T. Washington actually offered him the position he would take it. He also knew that such a decision would greatly change his life. George had never lived in the South, and he did not particularly want to. He had heard of the horrible things happening to black people down there. Lynchings were on the rise, and Jim Crow laws were quietly and efficiently eroding the rights black people had gained after the Civil War. The South seemed poised on the brink of racial warfare. In 1896, after earning respect and national recognition for his work in plant pathology and mycology, George Washington Carver was invited to lead the Agriculture Research Department of the Tuskegee Institute, later called Tuskegee University by its founder, Booker T. Washington. Carver accepted the position and remained there for 47 years, teaching former slaves farming techniques for self-sufficiency. Moreover, with the financial support from philanthropist Morris Ketchum Jesup, he designed a mobile school called “Jesup Wagon.” GOD AND SCIENCE It was Monday, February 15, 1904, and George Carver whistled quietly as he strolled to class. Today he was going to be doing what he loved most: teaching poor farmers how to do better for themselves. It was the first day of the “Short Course in Agriculture,” a study program specially designed to teach por farmers new farming techniques: how to plow using the latest

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angled tillers, how to test milk for its fat content, how to select and store the best seed, and ten ways to judge the quality of a cow. According to Janet and Geoff Benge, Carver always aimed to help poor farmers and breeders in the South working with poor soils. From 1915 to 1923, he focused on the research and experimentation of n e w


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uses for peanuts, sweet potatoes, soybeans, nuts and other crops. In addition, he developed an agricultural extension program in Alabama, founded an industrial research laboratory where he worked on the creation of hundreds of applications, and created an agricultural newsletter. His work was even recognized by President Theodore Roosevelt. George sat at his desk, tears brimming in his eyes. In front of him was a letter from Simpson College, the first college he had attended, and where he had spent a very happy year studying painting under Miss Budd. It all seemed so long ago now, over thirty-seven years, in fact. George was now sixty-four years old. Any letter from Simpson College would have been welcome, but George was particularly pleased to receive this one. It announced that the college had selected him to be awarded an honorary doctorate. George Washington Carver, who died on January 5, 1943, always thought that faith in God and science were compatible. In this regard, he testified on many occasions that no other way but his trust in the Lord allowed him to become an eminence of knowledge. Similarly, he put his hope in Christianity as the most appropriate means to break the barriers of racial disagreement and social stratification, ruling over North America in the early 20th century. Decades after his death, biographers and historians are still trying to sum up George Washington Carver’s long and eventful life. In the end, though, George probably said it best himself. In one of his last radio interviews, taped in his room at Tuskegee Institute, George said, “Why I should be so singly honored is more than I can figure out. I have just endeavored to do my little bit in the world as fast and as thoroughly as the Great Creator of all things gave me the light and strength� l

Caver attended a series of schools before earning his diploma at the Minneapolis High School in the state of Kansas. Then he tried to enter various colleges before being accepted at Highland University. When he arrived, however, he was rejected because of his race. In 1890, he began studying art and piano at Simpson University, in the state of Iowa, where teacher Etta Budd recognized his talent for plants and encouraged him to study botany at Iowa State University where he was the first black student.

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COME, WE THAT LOVE THE LORD Based on Revelation, this simple and emotional hymn committed to the truth lives on. It was written in 1707 by prolific Christian poet Isaac Watts.

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ecognized as the father of English hymnody, Isaac Watts was a theologian, logician and Christian author who wrote in 1707 a hymn about the land promised by the Lord and about a simple and direct Biblical truth: those who love God will reach the happiest home. With three hundred eight years old, Watts’s song, called “Come, We That Love The Lord” and set to music by Evangelical composer Robert Lowry in 1867, perfectly expresses the joy experienced by the children of Jesus Christ. Born in the city of Southampton on July 17, 1674, Watts grew up in a Christian home where his faith in God emerged since he was very young. Similarly,

COME, WE THAT LOVE THE LORD 1 Come, we that love the Lord, And let our joys be known; Join in a song with sweet accord, And thus surround the throne. REFRAIN We’re marching to Zion, Beautiful, beautiful Zion; We’re marching upward to Zion, The beautiful city of God. 2 Que callen los que a Dios no anhelen conocer, más canten todos a una voz, más canten todos a una voz, los hijos del gran Rey, los hijos del gran Rey. 3 Let those refuse to sing, Who never knew our God; But children of the heav’nly King May speak their joys abroad. 4 The men of grace have found Glory begun below; Celestial fruits on earthly ground From faith and hope may grow. MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 28 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia

his musical talent soon make his way while he was learning Latin, Greek and Hebrew. The first of eight children born to Isaac Watts and Elizabeth Taunton, he knew how to perfectly combine his dedication to the things of the Lord with his enormous capacity to build rhymes and texts. He witnessed the beginning of the industrial revolution and in 1790 he was admitted at the Newington Green Academy, located near London. Author of about seven hundred fifty Christian songs, Isaac Watts wrote his first real poems while he was successfully studying at the Newington Green Academy. After completing his studies, he returned to his father’s house in Southampton. There he spent two years deepening his knowledge about the life of the Lord and scrutinizing the Gospels. Later, in 1698, he began to preach the Word of God as assistant pastor in a congregation established in London where he helped preachers with their daily training. Watts, an accomplished religious leader and Christian poet, used his writing to praise the Lord. In “Come, We That Love The Lord,” he talks about one Christian task: sing fervently the devotion for the good news. Inspired by the Holy Scriptures, he built a simple but emotional text committed to the truth that lives on. Based on Revelation, this hymn describes the joy of the faithful in their earthly passage towards Zion. Isaac, who became one of the leading


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figures of gospel music, during his work for the cause of the Lord he also worked as a private teacher and, though usually disqualified by the official Church, he never ceased to proclaim his ideas concerning the sound doctrine. Besides being a poet, he was a renowned theologian and philosopher, author of numerous treaties, many of which became part of the mandatory literature in English universities. Isaac Watts died on November 25, 1748 and left a lasting legacy through his prolific contribution to Christian music. Encouraged to renew gospel music from a Biblical perspective, he came up with a new way of spreading the faith in God

through voice and emotion. As an evangelist convinced of the Lord’s message and a servant fully identified with the Word, he departed to Heaven knowing that in Zion he would enjoy divine grace l November 2015 / Impacto evangelistic

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TIRELESS EXPLORER David Livingstone, Scottish missionary, became renowned all over the world for his evangelizing mission in Africa for over thirty years, giving his own life away in the process. Eugene Myers

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avid Livingstone was one the greatest explorers in Africa, his name always associated with the salvation of souls and the service to God. Famous in England during the 19th century, Livingstone was a missionary with deep religious beliefs who ventured into an unknown continent where he preached the Word of God. However, he ended up fighting slavery and searching for the source of the Nile as well. He also devoted himself to offering medical care to native people and standing up for their rights against European colonists. Second son of the marriage between Neil Livingstone and Agnes Hunter, David was born on March 19, 1913 in the Scottish city of Blantyre. As a member of a poor family, he started to work at the age of 10 in a cotton factory for up to twelve hours a day. Simultaneously, thanks to the faith of his father, a tea seller and a persistent reader of religious books, David knew the good news and sound doctrine. In his free time, he would lap up the different books of his father on travels, missions and theology. One of those readings would definitely mark David’s life. It was an article by German missionary Karl Gutzlaff, in which the author encouraged American and British congregations to send missionaries to China. That is why he set the goal to go east and share the Gospel, and he managed to persuade his father that it would be useful to study medicine. One of his biographers asserts that, as he continued with his religious training, he collected for two years enough money to

enter Glasgow University in 1836, at the age of 23. ADVENTUROUS MISSIONARY The beginning of the First Opium War, on March 18, 1839, prevented David from fulfilling his dream, as the conflict involved the UK, Ireland and China. The London Missionary Society, that he had previously joined, suggested him to travel to the West Indies. Nevertheless, while he was in London, he met in 1840 missionary Robert Moffat, who lived in the Kuruman colony (modern-day South Africa) and convinced him that he was the right servant to head north Bechuanaland, where no believer had been before. On July 31, 1841, after a long journey of over seven months, Livingstone set foot for the first time on African land at the age of 28. There, he met the daughter of his spiritual master, Mary Moffat, with whom he established a solid friendship that, in 1844, turned into a marriage with four children. Furthermore, he founded in 1847 the mission of Kolobeng, thirty kilometers away from Gaborone, in modern-day Botswana, where he helped the people through his medical knowledge. Afterwards, in 1849, after an intense missionary labor during which he was attacked by a lion, he dared venture into unexplored lands.


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Together with British hunter William Cotton Oswell, David Livingstone started his first exploration journey, which took him to the desert of Kalahari. Travelling through jungles and savannahs in epic expeditions, he discovered the Ngami Lake in 1849, and two years later he made it to the Zambezi River and became the first European to explore its upper course. Between 1852 and 1854, he joined El Cabo and Luanda, Angola’s capital city, through a path across the African desert. On November 17, 1855, he reached “The Smoke that Thunders,” a spectacular waterfall called “MosioaTunya” by the local population, which he named Victoria Falls.

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Concerning other contemporary explorers, Livingstone had a clear advantage thanks to his personal skills and faith in God. As a tireless traveler, David would always carry a Bible on hand and little luggage, accompanied by his family and helped by a small group of servants. He also had the gift of showing tribe chiefs that he was not a threat. His journeys always had a threefold purpose: to preach the Gospel to natives, to stop the shameful slave trade and to find a route

to cross the continent from one coast to the other. DOCTOR LIVINGSTONE In December 1856, he experienced his moment of greatest recognition when he was welcomed back as a hero in London after sixteen years abroad. Welcomed with the highest honors by the British government, Queen Victoria appointed him as consul of Quelimane and chief of a British expedition organized to explo-


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re deeper in Central and Eastern Africa. Before returning to Africa, Livingstone used his popularity to publish in 1857 the book “Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa,” where he did not only spread his discoveries, but also revealed to the world the atrocities of inhuman slave trade. Back in Africa on March 10, 1858, Livingstone decided to navigate the lower course of the Zambezi to prove if it was navigable. As it was impossible for him

to do so due to the dangerous rapids that he encountered, he went upstream the Shire, one of the tributaries of the Zambezi. On that trip, he discovered the third biggest lake in the continent, the Nyasa (currently known as Malawi Lake). A year later, he repeated the result when he discovered Lake Chilwa while going upstream the Rovuma River. He settled on the shores of the Nyasa for four years and devoted himself to preaching the Gospel and giving medical attention to natives. Thanks to the financing of the Royal Geographical Society, David took up a new challenge in January 1866: the search for the Nile sources. The starting point was Zanzibar Island, in modernday Tanzania. There, he went through many difficulties: Most of his helpers deserted, his supplies and medicines were stolen, and he experienced health problems. Despite everything, he managed to discover Lakes Mwein and Baugweulu, as well as an unexplored river, and he reached the shores of Lake Tanganyika. As no one had had news of this great believer for over three years, the New York Herald organized in October 1869 an expedition led by journalist Henry Morton Stanley, who was requested to find out if Livingstone was living or dead. After a long journey, Stanley arrived on October 28, 1871 to the town of Ujiji, where he found the explorer and greeted him with the now immortal “Dr. Livingstone, I presume?” After that, they became good friends and explored Lake Tanganyika. But the journalist did not manage to get him back to Europe and they went separate ways in 1872. On May 1, 1873, overwhelmed by malaria and dysentery, David Livingstone died in a cabin near a town in modern-day Zambia. His loyal servants found him dead on his knees, as if he was praying. The United Kingdom claimed his body to pay the last respects and bury him at Westminster Abbey, where English kings and heroes are found. The embalmed body of Doctor Livingstone arrived in England in 1874 with a note saying, “You can have his body, but his heart belongs in Africa!” l

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Trained as a hitwoman and specialized in counterfeit and safes opening, Gloria Castiblanco Beltran committed all kinds of crimes and licentious excesses. She seemed to feel no remorse until she met the Lord and escaped from her spiritual misery.

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loria knew that someday someone would try to kill her for the dangerous life in crime she was leading, so she was always ready. Armed with her “best ally”, a .38 Smith & Wesson, she never thought that the very own weapon that had protected her so many times before would be fired against her and mark her forever. It was March 2002. Gloria, 25, was living in a luxurious and fully equipped apartment in the best zone of Bogota, in Colombia. One day, she heard someone MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 36 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia

knocking heavily on the door while she was sleeping. She went to the door and asked who was knocking that way. That is when Gloria heard the voice of one of her partners in crime from the gang “Los Marucas,” who asked her to let him in to talk about their next job in the city. When she opened the door, a strong push threw her on the floor and, unable to react, she was overpowered with a weapon. Her own partners were robbing her. After a short struggle, the one nicknamed “El Gato” took her to the bedroom and


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weapon and shot her, keeping his word of not letting her go alive. When they saw her lying on the floor over a puddle of blood flowing out of her head, both thugs left the apartment without suspecting that the fulminating shot had gone through her right maxilla and come out from behind her ear. She was not even seriously hurt. She pretended to be dead and, after waiting ten minutes for the thugs to leave, Gloria stood up feeling no pain, but swearing to seek revenge and kill those who made an attempt on her life. “The devil possessed my thoughts after that coward betrayal. Hatred and desire for revenge filled my mind…,” says Gloria. After seing the big wound on her head that could have killed her, she headed to the hospital located in Tunal, in Bogota. Once there, doctors and nurses were astonished to see her conscious and speaking as if nothing had happened. Miracle! Miracle! was heard in the aisles.

said, “We will have to kill you after all this. We know what you are capable of if we let you go.” Gloria saw how the very same men with whom she had just stolen in the Manrique district, in Medellin, took her part of the loot. “That day, I could fee death looming over me,” she said. Deadly injured When both criminals gathered all the money in a backpack, they told her off for being so naive as to trust them and open the door. “El Gato” took Gloria’s

CHILDHOOD DESTROYED Gloria Castiblanco Beltran was born on June 7, 1977 in Bogota, Colombia. When she was 5 years old, her parents decided to divorce and end with their 25 years of marriage. Gloria felt her heart breaking. She could not believe that the people she loved the most were now going different ways. After many years of cursing her situation and hiding behind her mother and her seven older siblings, Gloria grew to be elusive and rude. Despite that, she always aimed high. At the age of 16, she left home to fulfill her dream. “I left my mother’s house to live on my own and prove myself that I could be happy with no one’s help,” she says. Far from her mother, she moved to Las Ferias, northeast of the capital city, better known as “Pueblo Quieto” (Quiet Town), because of the high percentage of robberies and thefts. There, she made questionable friends, especially a girl who was raised in a family of criminals. At the beginning, Gloria felt no temptation, as she was devoted to her job as a seller in a small business, which gave her other opportunities thanks to her selling

When they saw her lying on the floor over a puddle of blood flowing out of her head, both thugs left the apartment without suspecting that the fulminating shot had gone through her right maxilla and come out from behind her ear. She was not even in serious pain. She pretended to be dead and, after waiting ten minutes for the thugs to leave, Gloria stood up feeling no pain, but swearing to seek revenge and kill those who made an attempt on her life.

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abilities. She also started to study child psychology at the National University of Colombia, perhaps to help kids that had suffered like her. TEMPTED BY CRIME However, after many months of sacrifice working and studying, Gloria dropped out of university. She got increasingly involved with lowlifes and learned all kinds of theft techniques, from stealing little wallets to robbing stores, apartments and luxurious cars. She also became a skillful counterfeiter of money, signatures, ID cards and passports, and a safe decoder. Finally, she was trained as a hitwoman. “Thanks God, the devil was never able to make me kill someone, even though I was trained to do so. I never wanted to. I never spent time in prison either,” she reveals. Once she was ready, she became a member of a gang named “Los Guardesnay”, which operated in small neighborhoods of the capital city. Gloria was nicknamed “Porcelana” (Porcelain) for her skillful execution of robberies and escapes. “I never let anyone know I was a member of many gangs in order to avoid problems with them or the authorities. I also avoided falling in love…,” she confesses.

Her theft skills helped her get into other gangs that spread terror in the capital city. To do so, she adopted many identities so as not to be identified by authorities and rival gangs. “Our criminal activities never stopped, we would even attend funeral wakes to gather and forge signatures and falsify credit cards of attendees while they were mourning,” she remembers. DOUBLE REVENGE After being wounded with the bullet that went through her head, Gloria underwent surgery and recovered in a matter of days. Then, she escaped from the hospital so as to avoid being identified and plan her revenge against the two thugs that had disfigured her face. After some weeks, Gloria – with a new identity – went unnoticed by friends and relatives and travelled to Ecuador, where partner in crime from other gangs welcomed her and worked with her. “Colombia, I will come back to settle scores!” she said to herself in the airplane. After a year in Quito, Gloria was de-

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ported to her homeland as an illegal. She settled in a border town near Ecuador and was asked to pass 5 million fake dollars as original ones, after which she would receive one-hundred thousand and an Italian passport to flee to Europe with no problems. With the money, Gloria wanted to go back to Colombia and get her revenge against the two thugs that made an attempt on her life and their families. I WAS NOT HAPPY Before executing her plan, she travelled to the city of Montañita, in Ecuador, to have fun in a five-day electronic music after party full of ecstasy. Nevertheless, while she was on the beach of Atacames, in the north part of the country, heading towards that party, she met two young Christians who asked her if she was happy. Gloria said yes defiantly without imagining that her answer would move her heart. Many days later, she tried to answer

the question, but she found a huge void within her. That is when she fell on the floor crying and asking God for forgiveness for all of her sins and for having no answer to that question. “As I was crying like a baby, I felt something invading me and my whole body trembled. Hatred and resentment got out of my heart and I confirmed that love truly exists and that it is in God,” Gloria remembers. After this divine experience, Gloria gave up on her revenge and all the illegal benefits obtained in Quito. A few months later, she looked for a church in the city of Esmeraldas, where she established. The Lord sent her to His Work with her husband Fernando Olmedo and their three little children, Esteban, Jemima and Josue. “All the drugs in the world or all my past actions have never made me feel as happy as the presence of the Lord in my life,” Gloria claims with a renewed life l November 2015 / Impacto evangelistic

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THE GOSPEL, THE ONLY SOLUTION “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth” Romans 1:16.

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hroughout human history, man has never faced such a complex, dangerous and alarming crisis as the one the world is suffering today. As a result, never before have been courage, prudence, sacrifice, morals, and spiritual strength so necessary as today to face the present situation in the world. The world has improved in all kinds of technological and scientific knowledge. Yes, the world has made huge progress in material values, but any intelligent and observant person has to admit that we have lost our spiritual values. Home, sweet home is in a precarious situation: parents divorced, respect oppressed, morality stripped and outraged, spirituality despised and ridiculed, eternity rejected and blasphemed. It is a general crisis that affects individuals, families, cities, nations, the whole world. It is a general crisis that affects politics, education, arts, science, morality; all areas and all human relations. In politics, the world is in crisis. There is constant danger of world war. Nuclear bombs are on the earth, on and in the seas, out in the space and, what is worse, they are in the mind, plans and hands of unscrupulous men who have no respect for human life. In education, the world is in crisis. The thought of God is being increasingly excluded in higher education and atheistic materialism is emphasized. In the arts, the world is in crisis. The crazier and more confusing paintings and murals get, the more merit they have. The more distorted and tackier (rude, vulgar or distasteful) music is, the more success and followers it has. In science, the world is in crisis. The more destructive the weapon that will blind millions of lives is, the more coveted and MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 40 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia

better stored it is for its timely use. In morals, the world is in crisis. The evil scourge of drugs, narcotics, marijuana and heroin that ruins and debases young people, and triggers this infernal wave of crimes and thefts, is another frightening aspect of the terrible moral crisis affecting the world. My friends, before these frightening facts and black realities, not everything is lost. In the world, there is a reserve, a force, a light that can successfully face this distressing crisis and all its frightening aspects and horrible consequences. Is it wealth? No. Man’s happiness does not lie in the riches he has. Is it education? No. Universities are most of the time centers of materialism and frustration.


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Is it philosophy? No. It is a maze with no exit. Is it the United Nations? No. They are too fragmented. Is it religions? No. There are many pagan and pseudo-Christian religions and none has been able to resolve the situation. And what is this reserve? What is this force? What is this light? What is this power? It is the powerful Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, which breaks down social, politic, economic and religious barriers and teaches us how to live like brothers. Therefore, “if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature” (2 Corinthians 5:17). And in Jesus Christ, “there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all” (Colossians 3:11). It is the powerful gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ the bright light shining in the thick darkness of sin and ignorance. It is the powerful gospel of our Lord Jesus, the powerful force that transforms lives, homes, cities, nations and the whole world. It is the powerful gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, the extraordinary reserve of moral and spiritual energy that enables individuals and peoples to live decent, clean and holy lives full of love and peace towards their fellow men. It is the powerful gospel of our Lord Jesus

Christ, the dynamic, creative, transforming and preserving strength the world needs. Money can help, education can help, politics can help, religion can help. Money helps materially, education helps intellectually, politics help socially, religion helps morally. But what really works in the person and the peoples is the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ that transcends the material dimension, eclipses the intellectual field, exceeds the social field, and absorbs moral. “For the word of God is quick, and powerful…” (Hebrews 4:12). The Gospel of Jesus Christ attacks the root of problems, removes evil and solves the spiritual issue of men, which is in fact what causes all other problems. No wonder our Lord Jesus Christ commanded, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature …” (Mark 16:15-16). The Gospel of Jesus Christ is unique, it is what the world needs to solve its problems and anxieties and to quell the suffocating crisis that ruins and destroys society. Doctors do a lot for humanity, so do scientists, philanthropists, politicians and teachers, but the one who does more for humanity is the faithful preacher of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He is God’s spokesman, the messenger of the good news of salvation, the channel, the driver of the most powerful and transcendental beneficial force in the world, the Gospel of Jesus Christ. In terms of salvation, true happiness and eternal life, when the doctor cannot do, the preacher can do. When the philanthropist does not have, the preacher does have. When the scientist does not know, the preacher does know. When the teachers does not understands, the preacher does understand. When the politician cannot solve, the preacher can solve. When people descend frustrated and empty-handed, the preacher ascends rewarded with hands full of the souls he has rescued and won for eternity and eternal happiness, which is what really matters. The world needs more of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, that is the power of God to save. Therefore, He needs more courageous preachers, more devoted pastors, more true missionaries, more honest evangelists, more faithful workers of God. Amen l

Money can help, education can help, politics can help, religion can help. Money helps materially, education helps intellectually, politics help socially, religion helps morally. But what really works in the person and the peoples is the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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MEMORIES MOTIVATE US POWERFULLY “And David was then in the hold, and the Philistines’ garrison was then at Bethlehem. And David longed, and said, Oh that one would give me drink of the water of the well of Bethlehem that is at the gate! And the three brake through the host of the Philistines, and drew water out of the well of Bethlehem, that was by the gate, and took it, and brought it to David: but David would not drink of it, but poured it out to the Lord. And said, My God forbid it me, that I should do this thing: shall I drink the blood of these men that have put their lives in jeopardy? Therefore he would not drink it. These things did these three mightiest” 1 Chronicles 11:16-19.

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Today, humanity cries out for the “water of life,” that is, Christ, because the so-called “churches” lack truth, integrity and anointing of the Holy Spirit. For this reason, God has raised this Work for the last days. The world desperately needs the Word of God, preached by consecrated men of testimony who had given everything up to serve God. The world is crying out so vehemently that it is necessary to bring “clean water.”

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ne of the great advantages humans have is memory. All things, good and bad, that happen in the course of our lives, from childhood to death, are stored in it. There is one thing that marks the life of a man: what was learned in childhood. Therefore the Bible says, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6). The Church is concerned about teaching the Word of God to all children. We firmly believe that there is a great potential in them that can be harnessed in favor of God. In many parts of the world, we see that many people are able to apply in adulthood what was learned at an early age. The moments recalled the most by 60 or 70-year-old people are those experienced in childhood. God has given man memory to retain the commands that He has instituted. God gives a command to the people of Israel: “Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life: but teach them thy sons, and thy sons’ sons” (Deuteronomy 4:9). “Beware that thou forget not the Lord thy God, in not keeping his commandments, and his judgments, and his statutes, which I command thee this day…” (Deuteronomy 8:11). When Christians, who have done some task for the Work, is proud and turns away from God, he begins to preach: “This is all my work. I have worked for twenty years with my strength and ability.” He forgets that he was nothing and God gave him

everything. The work was done because the grace of God allowed it. The apostle Paul says, “I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase” (1 Corinthians 3:6). The glory belongs to God, not to us. David said to himself, “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits” (Psalm 103:2). He exalted God and acknowledged that it was not his strength, courage or skill, but the power, mercy and grace of God. The verses above show that David was in the ghold cornered by the Philistines. He recalled the well of Bethlehem and said, “Oh that one would give me drink of the water of the well of Bethlehem, that is at the gate!” If you read 1 Samuel 16:24 and John 7:42, you will notice that David was born in Bethlehem, one of the smallest villages in Israel. He grew up, shepherded the sheep of his father and stayed there until God chose him and ordered his anointing. For this reason, he remembers the well and its crystal-clear waters; perhaps he used to quench his thirst at this well. When the three mightiest heard this, they broke into the camp of the Philistines and brought the water instantly, risking their lives for the desire of their leader. Today, humanity cries out for the “water of life,” that is, Christ, because the so-called “churches” lack truth, integrity and anointing of the Holy Spirit. For this reason, God has raised this Work for the last days. The world desperately needs the Word of God, preached by consecrated men of testimony who had given everything up to serve God.


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The world is crying out so vehemently that it is necessary to bring “clean water.” God spoke through the prophet Jeremiah, “For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water” (Jeremiah 2:13). David said, “My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God? “Me acuerdo de estas cosas, y derramó mi alma dentro de mí” (Psalm 42:2, 4). The three mightiest crossed enemy lines. They brought the water and, when they

offered it to David, he did not want to drink but said, “My God forbid it me, that I should do this thing: shall I drink the blood of these men that have put their lives in jeopardy?” (1 Chronicles 11:19). It was a large army encamped around, but these three wanted to please their leader. They crossed the opposite barrier and took the water. Do you know who crossed the barrier and came to sacrifice himself to give you water of eternal life? Christ! He is the source of living water, and invites everybody by saying, “If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink… out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water” (John 7:37-38) l November 2015 / Impacto evangelistic

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GREAT DOORS “For a great door and effectual is opened unto me, and there are many adversaries” 1 Corinthians 16:9. Rev. José Arturo Soto

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Persian and the Roman Empires, of which nothing but ruins remain. However, the Church is still triumphant. The enemy has not been and will not be able to defeat us, because God opens EFFECTUAL DOORS. FIRST DOOR The Church of the Lord moves in the perspective of three important doors. The first one is the door of the salvation of Christ. Jesus said, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved” (John 10:9). Christ is a great door, the first to be opened. However, going through that door involves conflict and trial, as being a Christian is not


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like living in the world, but pleasing God in everything. SECOND DOOR Christ asked his disciples, “Whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. And I say also unto thee, that thou art Peter, and upon this rock (upon this revelation, upon this truth, which millions of people will repeat and believe) I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:15-18). Prevailing means fighting. Some of these doors will rise: the door to drug addiction, the door to alcoholism, the door to corruption that now affects all social strata, the challenging and impregnable door to idolatry, and the door to immorality through which most go and get imprisoned when it closes. All these rise menacing, but the Lord has said: “The gates of hell shall not prevail.” We have the power of God to knock those doors down; and they will fall, because the Lord said, “They shall not prevail”. THIRD DOOR The third door is mentioned in Revelation 4: 1-2. John heard a voice like a trumpet and when he turned to see who was speaking, the voice said, “Come up hither,” and when he looked “Behold, a door was opened in heaven.” That door is great, we move toward it and nothing can prevent us from reaching this door that is open for us. When Jesus died on the cross, things happened in the invisible realm. The visible was his lacerated, bloody body. People around saw all the drama, but spiritual things were happening. That was part of God’s plan; therefore, we can say that the cross was a great door of victory, especially over Satan. Colossians 2:14-15 says, “… blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; and having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.” The devil was the emperor of death and hell, but when Christ died, he snatched the

keys to hell and death from him. Christ won as a man. What a winner! In Ephesus, the apostle Paul said, “For a great door and effectual is opened unto me, and there are many adversaries” (1 Corinthians 16:9). Effectual means that an effect is produced, a goal is met. Ephesus was a wicked city and a center of idolatry guarding the temple of Diana, a wonder of the ancient world. It was a majestic building supported by a hundred marble columns, each of them donated by an Eastern prince. It was a masterpiece where people gathered to worship. Diana was a representation of the goddess of fertility and the whole city worshiped her. She was so famous that she was talked about across the Roman Empire, as there was much superstition. Paul preached in the synagogue and school of one Tyrannus, so people started to convert and even burn their books of magic. Paul preached three years in Ephesus. It was not in his plans to stay there for long, he even sent some helpers to continue the way while he remained in Ephesus preaching. Paul said, “For a great door and effectual is opened unto me.” Opponents began to emerge. One of them named Demetrius thought: This man will ruin us, nobody will buy the statuettes of Diana. So he began to generate controversy, reminding people that the city of Ephesus was the guardian of Diana, the great goddess. Of course, he did not care about Diana, but money. People gathered at the amphitheater and cried for two hours: Great is Diana of the Ephesians! They sought Paul to kill him but did not find him, as he was hidden. Then they dragged some of his companions; there was a hostile environment. THE DOOR IS GREAT AND EFFECTUAL, AND THERE ARE MANY ADVERSARIES. The moment is near when we hear the powerful word: Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in” (Psalm 24:7). Heaven will answer unanimously: “Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle” (Psalm 24:8). But He will not go through them alone, but we will come along, as we are the fruit of what Christ achieved on the cross of Calvary l

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THE WORK MAKES PROGRESS IN ASIA In many parts of the world, being a Christian means putting at risk your own life and your family’s. The 11 most dangerous countries in the world for Christians are in the Middle East, Asia and Africa. Amid this conflictive situation, dozens of pastors from the Worldwide Missionary Movement (WMM) share the Word of God.

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he Work of the Worldwide Missionary Movement is making progress in Asia, although there is serious danger, such as the persecution of Christians. Rev. Samuel David Mejia has been Supervisor of the WMM in Asia for 4 years, but he has been travelling through the region for over ten years in order to minister and share God’s Word. How is the Work going in Asia? The Lord is doing special things. We are are now in countries that were not on the agenda. We are present in Philippines, India, Malaysia, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Oman and Kuwait. In other countries, such as Malaysia, that is entirely Muslim, we have two churches, but it is forbidden to preach in public, on the radio, on television, in newspapers article or in the main language of the country. So what are you doing in that situation? Our brothers are doing social work and making friends and, once there, they talk about the Gospel. We risk that someone may complain to the Government stating that we are trying to convince them to give up on Islam and convert to Christianity. In that case, those who share the Word could go to jail. Has someone gone to jail? Not in the country, but once we send to our church about 20 Impacto Evangelistic magazines in English and they were held at customs. The pastor had to respond before the Court why they were introducing Christian magazines in the country. Malaysia is a “liberal” Muslim country; Christian churches are allowed, but the conversion of Muslims to Christianity is not officially accepted. There is a huge restriction. That is the case of Malaysia, but what is the situation in other countries? In Myanmar, former Burma, which is Buddhist, we spoke this year with lawyers trying to register the Church of the WMM before the Government, but it was not possible. Christian churches are allowed, but they cannot be made official. It is difficult to obtain a register of legal status from the Government and, therefore, to purchase land on behalf of the Church. In Kuwait, a completely Muslim country located in the Persian Gulf, we have two churches. Once again, they allow Christian churches, but they cannot have properties. Restrictions may differ in these totally Muslim countries, MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 46 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia

by in the end they all try to limit the entry of the Gospel. Apart from the legal issue, are there any other obstacles? One of the strongest obstacles in Asia is the huge amount of native languages. It is very common to find different languages in one country. What we do is speak in English to find translators according to each region. For example, there are in India at least 29 official languages. What other difficulties is the Work facing to make progress in these countries? There are now several terrorist groups across the East such as the Islamic State, Boko Haram or Al Shabad. The operate in North Africa, but they have representatives in Asia threatening Christians. The most representative in central and eastern Asia are Al Qaeda and Isis. The problem is that not only these groups are persecuting. In India, two years ago, a totally anti-Christian Government came to power and the slogan of the Prime Minister during his campaign was: “India only for Indians.” What does this persecution mean in practice? In some parts, temples are stoned and there is physical violence. We have had our share of frights. For example, in the State of Orissa there was a persecution and we lost communication with our 19 pastors. Right now, a senior pastor is imprisoned in Orissa. He led a social program as we usually do in these countries and was accused by an anti-Christian group without any evidence that there was abuse of children. Boys and girls of this social work testified that he did not harm them, but they did not want to release him. Our supervisor in that zone was almost imprisoned this year. He had to appear before the Court for the case of this pastor arrested in Orissa and they used the opportunity to take him too and file criminal charges for children abuse and kidnapping. Fortunately, the Lord acted in his favor. One of the pastors in the area has a brother who is a major in the army. He helped him and managed to release him from jail. Do you know any other cases of violent persecution? In Nepal, before the earthquake, the main pastor of one of our five churches testified that, by the beginning of the year, a mob hunted down a pastor from another Evangelical Church in the capital. When they reached him, he was publicly burnt alive. l


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

EVANGELIZATION IN THE COLOMBIAN AMAZON Thanks to a trip across the Amazon rainforest, the Word of God was shared with the indigenous communities of Rio Vaupes, Santa Rosa, Yurupari and the town of Caruru.

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rom June 26 to July 3, Rev. Eduardo Sanchez Mosquera, pastor in the central church of the Worldwide Missionary Movement in the city of Mitu Vaupes, Colombia, went on a trip across the river of Vaupes in order to share the Gospel with a group of communities located along this important tributary of the Amazon. Protected by the Word, the Lord’s servant endured rain, heat and cold, accompanied by a group of twenty-one brothers of his church. The missionary expeditioners visited the community of Santa Rosa and Cachivera del Yurapari, a mythical stream of the Colombian rainforest. Pastor Sanchez arrived accompanied by indigenous pastors, leaders of the Central Church of Mitu Vaupes, Sunday school teachers, musicians, and young followers of Jesus Christ. They all shared the Word with ethnic tribes such as cubeos, dezanos, Guananos, piratapuyos, carapanas, sirianos, yuruti, tukanos, bara, among others. The missionary tour ended with

an evangelistic campaign held in the town of Caruru, which has about a thousand inhabitants and different coexisting ethnic groups from Vaupes and Guaviare. The activity was attended by settlers, traders, public servants, members of the security forces and different authorities. The event was also attended by the indigenous Christian community of Puerto Esperanza, which is part of the Worldwide Missionary Movement.

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FIFTH INTERNATIONAL MISSIONARY CONFERENCE IN BUCARAMANGA Brothers from the United States, Venezuela, Peru, Argentina, Trinidad and Tobago, Costa Rica and other American countries participated in this educational activity.

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raining to do missionary work with an emphasis on learning English, the importance of Christian faith, and resource management for the spiritual work, were some of the topics discussed during the Fifth International Missionary Conference organized by the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Colombia. The meeting, held in the city of Bucaramanga, took place from August 15 to August 17 and gathered through the Internet members of the Work of God. The organization aimed to raise awareness among brothers who have doubts about the missionary work. In that sense, the learning of English and the Work’s vision of bringing the Gospel to the entire world were both emphasized. The most important topics of the Fifth Conference were “The Role of Discipline in Missionary Work”, “The Importance of Unity in Missionary Work” and “Financial Management in the Development of Missionary Work”. Brothers from the United States, Venezuela, Peru, Argentina, Trinidad and Tobago, Costa Rica and other American countries participated in the three days of activity fully presented in English. However, language was not an impediment for members of the WMM to follow the presentations without major problems. Interpreters were hired to perform the simultaneous interpretation, which was broadcast by a radio system. The Fifth International Missionary Conference organized by the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Colombia was attended by pasMISSIONARY MOVEMENT 50 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia

tors Alexander Ortega, from Trinidad and Tobago, Nathanael Cooper, from Costa Rica, and Samuel David Mejía, Missionary Supervisor om Asia and pastor in the local WMM.

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RESISTING TEMPTATION The Worldwide Missionary Movement in Chile held its Regional Fellowship of Central Zone in the city of Rengo, aimed to amend our roads and doings.

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he Worldwide Missionary Movement in Chile held on September 18-19 its Regional Fellowship of Central Zone in Rengo, city of central Chile located 114 kilometers away from Santiago. The event, conducted in the facilities of the convention center of Liceo Bicentenario Oriente, was attended by over three hundred brothers from different churches in the regions of Metropolitana and Bernardo O’Higgins. Some of the prominent personalities who attended the Regional Fellowship of Central Zone of the WMM in Chile were Rev. Marcelo MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 52 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia

Quintana, from the town of San Bernardo; Rev. Abel Cabeza, from the city of Rengo; Rev. Owen Donoso, from the town of Cerrillos; Rev. Fernando Lopez, from Estacion Central; Rev. Carlos Held, from the town of San Ramon; Rev. Vidal Carreño, from the city of Rancagua; Pastor Alejandro Villalobos, from Santiago, and Pastor Juan Pizarro, from the town of San Bernardo. In its opening day, Rev. Vidal Carreno, who preaches the Gospel 84 kilometers away from Santiago, shared the Word of God. Based on James 1: 12-13, the speech was en-

titled “We Will Be Loyal To God By Resisting Temptation.” “Blessed is the man that endureth temptation,” said Pastor Carreno. Then, in the first part of the second day, the good news were preached by Sister Jenny Duarte who, based on 1 Samuel 17: 3-10, shared a message called “Disasters Faced By The Church Of Christ,” and by Pastor Alejandro Villalobos. By the end of the Regional Fellowship of Central Zone of the WMM in Chile, Rev. Marcelo Quintana shared the Word through a speech entitled “Amending our roads and doings” l


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RUN TOWARD THE ARMY The 24th National Youth Convention of the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Panama was attended by fifteen zones and supported by local officers.

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he Camp in Chilibre of the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Panama hosted on September 16-19 the 24th National Youth Convention of the Work of God. Under the theme “Run Toward the Army,” the activity of the WMM in Panama was led by Rev. Julio Klinger, National President of the Youth in Panama, and began with a parade of the fifteen attending zones. Rev. Carlos Guerra, pastor in La Valencia zone, in Costa Rica, shared the Word of God during the four days of the 24th National Youth Convention of the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Panama. The event was also attended by Rev. Jose Arturo Soto, International Vice President of the WMM, and Rev. Alcides Ramea, National Supervisor of the Work in Panama, who

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was supported by local officers. On the second day of the event, a workshop called “Gender ideology,” was conducted by Rev. Soto. Rev. Julio Torres, a biologist and pastor in God’s Work, along with Brother Luis Alberto Ramirez, a psychology and member of the Church in Panama, discussed about this topic from a psychological, psychosocial, biological and biblical point of view, as established by God in the Holy Scriptures. The following day, a Q&A session concerning “Gender ideology” was held. The activity was led by Rev. Ramea who, together with national officers of the WMM in Panama, priests and pastors, answered the questions of young people attending the 24th National Youth Convention of the Work established in Panama l


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GOD NEEDS YOU The Worldwide Missionary Movement in Puerto Rico celebrated the World Mission Day with an intense event of faith where the Lord was present.

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n September 26, the temple of the Lord’s Work in Trujillo Alto was the scenario of the celebrations for the World Mission Day. There, in the heart of Puerto Rico, the Worldwide Missionary Movement held an event attended by many brothers from the “Lamb Island” and by Pastor Marquiel Pena, from the Church of the WMM in Boston, who shared his experiences with the Puerto Rican faithful. The event began with a parade of the Works established in Puerto Rico as a way to validate the growth of the church in Central America. Then, before a breathtaking number of belieMISSIONARY MOVEMENT 56 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia


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vers filling up the church in Trujillo Alto, representatives of the Missions Department and the “Misiones en Marcha” project invited the attendees to join the missionary work. The exhortation, called “God needs you,” focused on the need for workers to cover the world with the Word. In the afternoon, Rev. Juan Casiano, pastor of one of the churches established in the town of Gurabo, sahred the good news of the Lord.

Supported by 1 Samuel 16: 1-3 and 2 Corinthians 12: 8-10, God’s servant shared a message entitled “When God says no, fill your horn with oil.” His teaching used as example the life of men of faith such as Moses, Samuel, David, Elijah and Paul, chosen by God to do a special job that even today is a source of inspiration in the international evangelical community. In his speech, Pastor Casino

reminded that, “The Lord said to Samuel: How long wilt thou mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel? fill thine horn with oil, and go, I will send thee to Jesse the Bethlehemite: for I have provided me a king among his sons.” Then, he said: “I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong” l November 2015 / Impacto evangelistic

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YOU WILL EDIFY THE WORK Haiti lived days of congregation with the Lord in the 20th National Convention. In Port au Prince, many brothers gathered to enjoy the announcement of the future construction of a convention center.

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au Prince, capital of Haiti, in the church led by Rev. Lemete Zephyr and Sister Sandra Zephyr. This spiritual event was attended by Rev.

Humberto Henao, Officer of the International Board, and Rev. Alberto Ortega, Missionary Supervisor in Haiti, who shared the Word of God.


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During the worships, which were broadcast live in Haiti through radio “Lumière”, Rev. Henao used the good news of the Lord to make an impact on the brothers at the temple of the WMM. In addition, Sister Morel from Savanette, and sister Preval and Dany from Saint Medard were promoted from lay preachers to licensed preachers. The 20th National Convention of the Worldwide Missionary Mo-

vement in Haiti served to visit the property that the WMM is acquiring in the town of Arcahaie. There, in the Gulf of Gonave, the Work will build a convention center for four thousand people over an area of thirteen thousand square meters. There will be administrative offices, conference rooms, bedrooms, kitchens and rooms for the Bible Institute of the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Haiti.

It was also recalled that the WMM in Haiti held in April its 18th Youth Convention. This celebration took place in the church of Rev. Jean Joseph Preval, National Supervisor, located in the town of Saint Medard. Young people from different parts of La Española island responded to the call made by the Work of God to glorify the love and power that the Lord gives to his followers l November 2015 / Impacto evangelistic

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LOYALTY FOR THE CONQUEST The Worldwide Missionary Movement in the U.S. held its Third Regional Fellowship in New York.

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he Worldwide Missionary Movement in the U.S. held its Third Regional Fellowship in Queens, New York, from September 3 to September 5. The spiritual celebration, held under the theme “Loyalty for the Conquest,” was attended by Rev. Gustavo Martinez, International President of the WMM, his wife Sister Carmen Valencia de Martinez, and a large number of faithful who came from different parts of US territory. The Third Regional Fellowship of the WMM in the U.S. stood out because God’s presence was evident from the very first moment and His Word made an impact on all the attendees. Rev. Martinez gave an outstanding speech to share the gospel with the Christian people in America. Likewise, Sister Valencia and other prominent leaders of God’s Work accurately conveyed the Lord’s message as well. In the opening service, Rev. Benito Green, pastor in the Church of Queens, analyzed Proverbs 20: 6. MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 60 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia

Other messages of great spiritual content were “Elements Needed for Revival”, “Preparations for the Conquest” and “Taking off the Veil of Ignorance” among others. The sound doctrine was spread in the Big Apple. By the end of the event, the local leaders showed their joy for the

moral and spiritual support given by Rev. Martinez and his wife on their visit in New York. Many servants of the Lord praised the preaching, teaching, advice and guidance offered by the leader of the Worldwide Missionary Movement. Many believers also testified that Pastor Martinez was powerfully used by the Lord l


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SEARCH THE SCRIPTURES The Worldwide Missionary Movement in Italy celebrated the graduation of the International Elim Bible Institute. The event was attended by about 140 brothers from different parts of Europe.

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n an atmosphere of absolute happiness, the WMM in Italy celebrated on August 1 the graduation of the International Elim Bible Institute (EBI) in the city of Genoa. During the ceremony, all attendees, united by faith, sang the verses of the official anthem of the EBI. Moments of gratitude, joy and unity were experienced. Rev. Juan CasiaMISSIONARY MOVEMENT 62 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia

no shared the message of the Lord and taught the difference between vision and knowledge, somthing that Christians should keep in mind to grow spiritually. The graduation represented a great blessing to the Italian people and a huge source of knowledge about the sound doctrine. Broadcast live on the website of the WMM

in Italy, the event was followed by brothers from different countries of the world. They did not miss one minute of the event in Genoa. Days earlier, on July 17, the theological school of the Worldwide Missionary Movement was inaugurated in the city of Genoa. The event was attended by a group of servants of God from Puerto Rico.


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Brother Roberto Cuadrado, member of the IBE faculty, preached the good news through a message entitled “Testifying what God has done in your life through the Word.� At the end of the service, Rev. Ramon Aponte, Director of the International Elim Bible Institute, stressed that this institution provides an opportunity not only to pastors, but also to leaders and brothers who have the desire to obtain theological knowledge in a short period of study. On July 20, the EBI organized an activity attended by about 140 brothers from different parts of Europe. In this opportunity, different topics were discussed by Brother Cuadrado, Rev. Casiano and Rev. Ramon Aponte l November 2015 / Impacto evangelistic

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Others Events

ECUADOR NEW ANNEX IN THE DISTRICT OF LA FORESTAL

On July 13, a first annex or white field was inaugurated in southern Quito, in the district of La Forestal. Three services were conducted outdoors the day before in different parts of the sector. For the glory of God, people responded in repentance to the call of salvation made in the exposition of the Word by pastor Mac Silva. After a powerful service outdoors along the main streets of the district, the first great special opening service was held on July 13. The Word of the Lord was given by Peruvian missionary pastor Mac Silva. Based on Luke 19:1-10, he stressed that people need not only material but also spiritual things such as peace, love, joy. As part of the opening ceremony, Brother Abel Rodriguez was introduced. He will be in charge of the annex, so he was entrusted to God. The Church responsible for the annex is the one in central Quito, where Mac Silva is the pastor l

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MEXICO RETREAT OF PASTORS IN SAN MIGUEL TEOTONGO

The Retreat of Pastors of Zone 1 was held on September 24-25 in the Church of San Miguel Teotongo, in Mexico D. F. The pastors in charge of this church are Helmer Moran and his wife Francisca Solorio de Moran. On the first day, in the morning, God ministered the pastors through prayers, rogations and the Word of God given by pastor and presbyter Francisco Mejia, under the theme “Think on these things” (Philippians 4:8-9). In the afternoon, Sister Palmira de Mejia was conveyed the Word with an speech entitled “Give no offense” (Matthew 18:6-9). On the second day, Pastor Adan Verdugo, presbyter of Zone 5 in the State of Chiapas, shared the message with the theme “Taking care of the Church” (1 Peter 5:1-5). After preaching the Word, some points were agreed on for the benefit of the Work in this zone. Finally, a glorious service was held and God ministered his people with every praise and the Word shared by Sister Carmela Cruz de Alcantara, with the theme “Be sure the Lord sees you this afternoon” (Luke 13:10-16) l

BELGIUM FOURTH NATIONAL FELLOWSHIP

From September 11 to September 13, under the theme “Hearts willing to fulfill the purposes of God” (Judges 5:16), the city of Antwerp hosted brothers from Germany, Netherlands, Italy, Luxembourg and Belgium. Together as one man, they glorified God Almighty through songs, worship and the powerful Word of God shared in the first service by Sister Jeaneth de Echalar through a speech entitled “Face the test properly.” On Saturday and Sunday, Rev. David Echalar, Assistant Supervisor of Block B in Europe, shared the message of the Holy Scripture based on encouragement, comfort and exhortation. God poured His Holy Spirit on the faithful. Pastor Echalar said that we have in our hands the key to success for Christian life: the Word of God. We simply have to use it, as there we will find the answer to every question we may have. In addition, we are called to work in unity to see greater things, because when the people of God is held together, no demon can interfere with the plans made by God l

COSTA RICA SECOND LEVEL OF TRAINING

The International Elim Bible Institute (IBE) has developed new training tools to increase the chance for pastors, workers and leaders to teach more efficiently in churches. Since 2014, teachers are being trained with teaching tools and techniques to share the Word of God. This year, the second level of training for teachers was offered from June 9 to June 19. This teaching was addressed to countries of the Work in Central America and Mexico. On this occasion, teachers Rev. Juan Casiano, Zuleyka Berríos, Yarelie Laboy and Eunice Lozada arrived from the Elim Bible Institute in Puerto Rico to develop second level courses. The above were accompanied by a group of teachers from Central America, among whom were Rev. Edwin Parada, Supervisor of El Salvador and IBE Director in that country, Brother Fabian Mendez, Brother Rafael Calderon, Dr. Patricia Vargas and Dr. Alberto Solis. For two weeks, from early morning until very late in the evening, teachers and students were immersed in the study of the Word of God. All attendees renewed their educational and spiritual background. The training ended on June 19 with a glorious graduation, in which Rev. Manuel Zuniga shared the Powerful Word of God. Since its foundation by Rev. Luis M. Ortiz, the IBE is making progress with its mission of spreading the precious seed of the Gospel to the ends of the Earth l


CHECKMATE

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At a gallery in Europe there is a painting titled Jaque Mate (Checkmate). On one side of a table is Satan, waiting for his turn to move. In front of him, a young man focused on the chess game, trembling and sweating. He seems almost defeated...

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famous Christian painter, who was also a chess enthusiast, painted one day a picture titled Jaque Mate (Checkmate). In it, there are two chess players sitting at a table one in front of the other. A believer on the right side and the devil on the left. The face of the devil is triumphant and you can almost hear his diabolical laugh, as he seems to have the Christian cornered. On the other hand, the believer, whose concern is written on his face, has both hands tightly clasped at the edge of the table, the knuckles of the fingers almost white with the strain and tension of the turning point. The gallery where the paint was to be exhibited did a lot of advertising. So when the gallery finally opened, the public began to crowd by the piece of art to gaze curiously. All of them, reading the title and watching the attitude of the characters, would shake their heads, as it seemed that the devil has defeated the Christian. Those who knew a thing or two about chess thought there was no exit strategy or possible move. Some felt sorry for the Christian, and others were outraged, because the devil had gotten away with it. However, a former chess champion showed up and observed the paint carefully. He did not pay much attention to the devil or the believer, but to the game of chess captured in the picture and to the title: Checkmate. After gazing at the chessboard for a few minutes, the expert found out something crucial: “Wait! This is a lie of the devil! The Christian is not

checkmated, as his king still has a move to make that will give him the victory!” Beloved brothers, the game is not over. There is still hope, our King of glory always has a possible move to checkmate the devil. Beloved brothers, it does not matter if the devil wants to make you believe you are “checkmated” ... ¡Our King of kings has always had and will have the last move! The only one being “checkmated” is Satan, because Christ has forever defeated him on the cross of Calvary. Absolutely nobody can stop the sovereign purposes of God for his people of Israel and His Church. Amen l November 2015 / Impacto evangelistic

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AUGUST 4-8 Convention in Venezuela 6-9 Convention in Mexico 6-9 Convention in Spain 12-15 Convention in Africa 12-16 Convention in Haiti 13-16 Convention in Italy 26-30 South American Congress in Guayaquil, Ecuador

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