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January 2016 / Edition 744

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TESTIMONY

The Healing of Julian MUSIC

Come to the Savior, Make No Delay DEVOTIONAL

Leaders Need Help

The import role played by parents in this task

THE EDUCATION

OF CHILDREN

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EDITORIAL

MAKE STRAIGHT PATHS Rev. Gustavo Martínez International President of the WMM

“And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed. Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord” Hebrews 12:13-14.

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e who are born again,

church, but only few people had remai-

who have been saved,

ned in righteousness and holiness and

who have a new life in Je-

had not defiled their white garments.

sus Christ, who have left evil behind,

In the history of the Church, there

must live in holiness and be found

has always been a group who remai-

worthy of the Lord. We who serve the

ned faithful and did not kiss Baal or

Lord Christ have to lay aside every

kneel before him. Elijah the Prophet

weight and sin besetting us, and run

once said, “and I, even I only, am left” (1

with patience the race that is set before

Kings 19:14), and God’s response was:

us, as commanded by God, as taught

“Yet I have left me seven thousand in Is-

by the Bible.

rael, all the knees which have not bowed

We also have to preach the message as given by God in his Word, so that

unto Baal, and every mouth which hath not kissed him.” (1 Kings 19:18).

those who listen, repent; so that those

Beloved, fix your life and right what

who go astray, move back to the right

is wrong, not to be held worthy in the

direction; so that mountains fall and

Church, but to be held worthy by the

valleys rise.

Lord and be found faithful on the day

We must know that there is a glorious hope and joy for the Church that lives righteously and walks in white.

that the Lord shall come. Dear reader, today is the day of salvation!

The Scripture says, “Thou hast a few na-

Beloved brother, leave tepidity and

mes even in Sardis which have not defiled

conformism, look to be right befo-

their garments; and they shall walk with

re God and live in holiness. The true

me in white: for they are worthy” (Reve-

Church says, “Come, Lord Jesus” (Reve-

lation 3:4). In Sardis, there was a large

lation 22:20) l

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• The inspiration of the Holy Scriptures: 2 Timothy 3:15-17, 2 Peter 1:1921. • The Adorable Godhead in Three Persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit: Matthew 3:16-17, 17: 1-5; 28:19, John 17: 5, 24, 26, 16:32, 14:16, 23, 18:5, 6, 2 Peter 1:17,18; Revelation 5. • Salvation by Faith in Christ: Luke 24:47, John 3:16, Romans 10:13, Titus 2:11, 3:5-7. • The New Birth: John 3:3, 1 Peter 1:23, 1 John 3:9. • Justification by Faith: Romans 5:1, Titus 3:7. • Water Baptism by Inmersion, as commanded by Christ: Matthew 28:19, Acts 8:36-39. • The Baptism in the Holy Spirit subsequent to salvation, speaking in tongues according to: Luke 24:49, Acts 1:4, 8, 2:4. • Divine Healing: Isaiah 53:4, Matthew 8:16, 17, Mark 16:18, James 5:14, 15. • The Gifts of the Holy Spirit: 1 Corinthians 12:1-11. • The Fruits of the Holy Spirit: Galatians 5:22-26. • Sanctification: 1 Thessalonians 4:3, 5:23, Hebrews 12:14, 1 Peter 1:15, 16, 1 John 2:6. • Ministry and Evangelization: Mark 16:15-20, Romans 10:15. • Tithing and Maintenance of the Work: Genesis 14:20, 28:22, Leviticus 27:30, Numbers 18:21-26, Malachi 3:7-10, Matthew 10:10; 23:23. • The Rapture of the Church: Romans 8:23, 1 Corinthians 15:5152, 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17. • The Second Coming of Christ: Zechariah 14:1-9, Matthew 24:30, 31; 2 Thessalonians 1:7, Titus 2:13, Jude 14, 15. • The Millennial Kingdom: Isaiah 2:1-4, 11:5-10, Zechariah 9:10, Revelation 19:20, 20:3-10. • New Heavens and New Earth: Isaiah 65:17, 66:22, 2 Peter 3:13, Revelation 21:1.


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6. Cover Note. The Education of Children.

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14. Infography. Education: it is very important since it changes lives and nations. 16. International. When We Lose the Fear of God. 18. Reflections. Uprightness, the motto 2016. 21. History. The Biggest Mass Suicide. 24. Literature. The Pentateuch. 28. Music. Come to the Savior, Make No Delay.

46. Interview. “The WMM Is Among the Mapuche People.

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30. Hero of faith A distinguished Christian.

48. Events. Firm and Faithful.

34. Life Stories. The Healing of Julian.

50. Events. Israel, People of the Lord.

40. Devotional. The Need of Intermediaries.

52. Events. Faithfulness in the Ministry.

42. Devotional. Leaders Need Help to Carry the Weight.

54. Events. United Until the Coming of Christ.

44. Devotional. The Dangers of Ignorance.

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56. Events. Women at the Service of God.

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THE EDUCATION OF CHILDREN Education is one the factors that most influence growth and progress in people and societies, both materially and spiritually. Besides providing knowledge, education enriches culture, values and every feature of human beings. In that sense, the involvement of parents is essential. James Dobson (*)

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Parents, if you have been absent from the life of your children, it is time to get involved. Your home is the school of life for them, and what you teach them there will remain in their minds for the rest of their days. If you have a disorganized life, repent today, reconcile with God and start paying attention to what really matters.

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uring an interview for “Christianity Today,” Dr. James Dobson stated, “The culture has totally changed. Girls today are growing up too fast; the influences of the entertainment industry have changed. Girls are experiencing a lot that their mothers and grandmothers never experienced. That age compression thrusts girls into the adolescent experience far too early and gets them thinking about sexuality at an early age and creates pressure. We are dealing with evidences of emotional turmoil, including eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia; 90 percent of those with eating disorders are girls, some of them as young as 5. Recently a clothing manufacturer finally took this product off the shelves: bikinis with padded bras for 7-year-olds. You also have cutting, piercing, and sexual aggression among elementary-school-age kids and early involvement in drugs and alcohol. Girls have now reached parity with boys in binge drinking, and there’s a high level of violence among girls. One out of three boys and girls is either a victim or a perpetrator of bullying. We’ve seen news recently about girls who hang themselves after being taunted. There has never been an easy time to raise kids, but it’s harder today.”

Parents, if living in your dream house or succeeding at work means to lose your children, you will regret it. We only have one chance to do it well. “And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart. And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up” (Deuteronomy 6: 6-7). When Dr. Dobson was asked, “How do you teach your daughter about healthy self-esteem while not training her to be self-focused?,” he replied, “Girls in


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their adolescent and middle-school years are going through puberty, and that, of course, brings about acne and gangly bodies. Those girls look at role models like Britney Spears, Paris Hilton, and Lindsay Lohan. If they dare be a little overweight—not even fat, but slightly overweight—they hear about it all day long. It tears into the heart and the worth of a girl who just wants to be a princess, who wants to be loved by somebody. if the father in that situation is not involved, if he doesn’t affirm her, love her, tell her she’s pretty, put his arm around her, and give her attention, she often looks for it elsewhere. The

only thing she has to bargain with is her sexuality, and she thinks she’ll be loved if she gives certain gifts of her sexuality. We know where that leads: He gets what he wants and dumps her, and she doesn’t get what she wants, which is love.” Parents, if you have been absent from the life of your children, it is time to get involved. Your home is the school of life for them, and what you teach them there will remain in their minds for the rest of their days. If you have a disorganized life, repent today, reconcile with God and start paying attention to what really matters. You cannot change the past, but with

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Decisions based on principles make us choose what is morally good instead of what is easy. Teach them how to develop values such as veracity, honesty, loyalty, responsibility, compassion, friendship, sacrifice, bravery, honor, faith, etc.

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God’s help, you can give your children the future that they deserve. This must be your main task as a parent. DECISION-MAKING The key to a happy family life is making good decisions, but not everybody has the innate ability to know what is best for them; in fact, many are predisposed to go in the opposite direction. Being brave, having a career or being aged does not help either by itself when making decisions. Living with people who know how to make good decisions is wise, but the ability is not contagious. Therefore, instil in your children this life skill as soon as possible (Proverbs 22: 6). TEACH THEM THE NEXT PRINCIPLES: 1) Decisions have consequences, good and bad. Circumstances do not rule

your life, decisions do. You maybe think that your children already know it, but it is much more probable that they do not. Due to all the changes that they experience, teenagers do not fully understand the cause-effect relationship, which is something that they actually start to comprehend by the end of adolescence. Asking them questions like “What were you thinking of when you did it?” will have the typical shrugging and blank stare as an answer. 2) There is always more than one option. Children usually feel powerless and disarmed when facing negative situations. They usually think in black or white, which means that things can only be good or bad. Help them understand that, even though it may be a contradictory (for them), they can still make good decisions in negative situations. Children with dichotomous mentality usually become pes-

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simistic, vulnerable adults easy to manipulate and prone to depression. However, if they know that they can always choose what is right, their lives will not be ruled by circumstances. Yard by yard, life may be hard, but inch by inch, life is a cinch. Your children must learn to reason in order to have a good life. Teach them how to ask themselves some questions when dealing with decisions, but do it with the right attitude: If you do it with a terrifying face, they will hide from you. HERE ARE SOME QUESTIONS: 1) What are my options? Analyze with them ideas and different options and make them write them down. Tell them that are no correct or incorrect answers and that every opinion or proposal is valid and will be considered. This strategy encourages them to be creative and think by themselves. MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 12 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia


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2) What are the advantages of each option? The goal is not to force them, but to make them realize the truth by themselves and accept it. This is achieved with patience and not pressure. Ask them to write a list of the advantages that they consider as the most important ones. 3) What are the disadvantages of each option? Children are very honest, which is something good, but they must also understand the divine law of reaping and sowing, also known as the law of cause and effect. Many adults have regrets that they could have avoided by using this law. Do not rant about how terrible the consequences of making bad decisions could be. On the contrary, teach your children to ask themselves, “Am I willing to accept the consequences? How is it going to affect me?” 4) Which moral values are at stake with this decision? Decisions based on principles make us choose what is morally good instead of what is easy. Teach them how to develop values such as veracity, honesty, loyalty, responsibility, compassion, friendship, sacrifice, bravery, honor, faith, etc. If your children are very young, simplify the process, but never miss a chance. Teach your children to ask themselves these two questions: 1) How will I feel later? There are two possibilities after making a decision: Dignity or shame, high or low self-esteem. Our actions will stay in the past, but the reasons behind them will keep shaping our future. “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life” (Proverbs 4: 23). Children that grow with high self-esteem are less prone to sexual promiscuity, drugs, alcoholism and antisocial or illegal behaviors. Self-esteem could never be attacked. Giving up to selfish options means to abandon our moral essence: The sacred soul that God gave to us. 2) What will my family and friends think of me if I make this decision? Succeeding in life means that other people respect and rely on you. Reputation is more valuable than money, even in the secular world. “A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold” (Proverbs

22: 1). If we make bad decisions, our bad reputation will damage our future forever. “He that deviseth to do evil shall be called a mischievous person” (Proverbs 24: 8). When you become infamous, it is very difficult to regain a good name (Proverbs 25: 10). Some mistaken decisions may result in benefits in the short term, but they cause serious damage and regrets in the long run. A person blessed by God must be “… sober, of good behavior, and blameless…” (1 Timothy 3: 2). Teach your children the following: 1) Is this a good time to make the decision? We usually regret lightly-made decisions. “… (There is) a time to keep silence, and a time to speak” (Ecclesiastes 3: 7). Bad decisions are made in certain situations due to the pressure of the moment, the influence of other people, mood changes or temporary emotions such as loneliness, etc. As situations change, feelings also change and our decisions become blurry. We can delay decisions to reduce or remove risks. Under pressure, children feel desperate and make premature decisions; but when they know that they can take their time, their reactions are wiser and they avoid future regrets. We must help them understand that God “… hath made everything beautiful in his time…” (Ecclesiastes 3: 11). This will give them the chance to assess well their options and allow God’s guidance. 2) If I were giving a piece of advice to a friend (boy or girl), would I suggest them the same? A change of perspective sometimes allows us to asses better our options. Children have a limited vision and overlook many possibilities when their feelings are at stake. Sometimes, adults impose their logical and rational way of thinking, but they find resistance in young people. One last thing. It is important to review the decision making process with your children in order to help them assess its efficiency. Talk about how they dealt with the specific situation and ask them how they felt with the result. If they are happy, congratulate them; if not, tell them: “I’m sorry, what do you think you can change next time?” Reward their success instead of judging their failures l

(*) Taken from the webpage www. devocionalescristianos.org

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Indicator of life quality in communities

30 % es el incremento del salis the salary raise of citizens in America Latina who graduate from secondary school or receive higher education. ario en la

44,6 % is the poverty incidence in many South-American countries when family members don’t have access t o education; 28,5 %, when they finish secondary school; 9 %, when they finish technical or professional studies; and 5,3 % when they follow postgraduate studies.

If a worker has received 6 years of formal education, he can reach an income 50 % higher than people who have not received education; if this person receives 12 years of education, the income would be 120- % higher; and if he studies 17 years, up to 200 %.

5 times The costs of literacy programs for adults are 5 times higher than the inversion needed for 4 years of secondary education appropriately delivered to oung people.

IT SAVES MOTHER’S AND CHILDREN’S LIVES The probability of a mother asking for medical assistance uring pregnancy and in labor increases 23 % if she had received education.

1 child with a mother who knows how to read has 50 % more chances of surviving the first five years of age. Each year of education reduces the probability of child mortality by 5 to 10 %.

IT REDUCES POVERTY

Men and women who have received education have more chances not only of getting a job, but also of obtaining job positions that offer safety, good working conditions and a dignified income.

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95%

MILLIONS

The income of workers with good reading and writing abilities is 95 % higher than the income of workers without these abilities.

5%

In Latin America, only the 5 % of workers without primary education get an employment contract, against the 47 % of workers who have attended secondary school and obtain a contract.

The reason why the best education systems in the world work correctly is –mainly- because school is only one of the gears of the education process.

Other important factors are the family and the society –of Lutheran tradition–where there is a high sense of responsibility and where people is valued “for their formation and not for their socioeconomic status”

“In Lutheran culture, people are saved when they read the Bible, because they reach God through the written Word.”

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Deaths from preventable causes n children under 5 years of age would reduce 15 %, if their parents had attended primary school. However, if they had received secondary education, the reduction would be of 49 %.

of people could get out of poverty if all students from low-income countries had –after graduating from school- basic competencies in reading and mathematics. That would mean a reduction of 12 % of the worldwide poverty.

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MORE YEAR

of education for family members in less-developed countries reduces by 25 % the chances of going back to poverty.


EDUCATION:

IT IS VERY IMPORTANT SINCE IT CHANGES LIVES AND NATIONS Education is one of the most influential factors in the material and spiritual progress of people and societies. Besides providing knowledge, education enriches culture, values and every characteristic of human beings. The higher the level of education someone has, the better life conditions he will get.

IT IS RELATED TO ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OF A COUNTRY

23% 1$ 1 0.7%

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higher is the income per capita of a country where its population receive equal education. invested in education turns into 10 or 15 dollars because of the economic growth of a country.

more year of education increases someone’s income up to 10 %.

is the increase of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of a country per additional year of education for its population.

DEMOGRAPHIC

85%

of the brain forms in the first years of life, especially in the first 3 years.

INDICATORS OF BIRTH AND MORTALITY RATES

59%

less teenage pregnancy in low-income countries, if all girls under 17 years had access to secondary school.

5,9

is the average number of children of a woman who has only attended primary school, in comparison with 2.5 children of women who have eceived secondary or higher education.

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WHEN WE LOSE THE FEAR OF GOD Recent scenes showing a paralyzed Brussels taken by the military and the police to stop an uncontrolled terrorist from repeating the slaughter in Paris, are a clear reflection of the situation in Europe. Wenceslao Calvo (*)

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and other EU institutions are located. There, the main political, social and economic matters that affect EU members and many other countries are discussed. Likewise, EU laws and guiding ideologies are the-


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re created to determine the path to be followed. The city also hosts NATO headquarters, a very powerful military macro-institution that could finish off even the strongest enemy. However, all such greatness was threatened by one man with a Kalashnikov or similar and a belt of explosives. Fear and psychosis overpowered not only the population but also the Belgian government, which has ordered exceptional measures unprecedented since World War II. Certainly, that terrorist is not alone; there must be an undetermined number of people with his same mindset living in Brussels. In any case, facts are there, and the panic provoked among the population, increased by the amplifying effect of media, has made possible what seemed impossible until then: to “kidnap” a city that represents a whole continent. A clear victory for the terrorist, his partners and his supporters, as they have cast serious doubts on security, the great Western value, and have humiliated its citizens, accustomed to taking so many things for granted. So powerful is the panic unleashed, that it can jeopardize what seemed safe and inexpugnable, confirming that it was not so safe and so inexpugnable! With just one isolated danger, a menace in the air, our life system collapses in spite of all the security measures taken, making our self-sufficiency and arrogance disappear in an instant. I think that the human panic experienced in Europe today is nothing but the result of having lost the fear of God long ago. Because of that loss, or deliberate rejection, we are reaping the bitter fruits produced by our spiritual void. Although, truth be told, we have filled that void with some convenient pseudospirituality adapted to our ideas and perversions, for which there are plenty of offers in the ideological market. One of them goes like this, “Bah! Fear of God is nothing but a fairytale made up by obscurantist priests long ago to keep people distracted with lies.” There is a big difference between the fear provoked by men and the fear that co-

mes from God. The first one is dreadful and destructive, as we have seen, not only because of the lethal impact on human lives, but also the harmful consequences on people’s minds and hearts, which remain trapped by the tyranny of panic. The second one is beneficial and protects our minds and hearts against fear. In fact, the fear of God is the antidote against the terror of men. Jesus said: “And I say unto you my friends, be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him.” The fear of God is source of wisdom, i.e., its origin and cause. Wisdom has nothing to do with scientific or technological knowledge; someone can be a consummate expert in molecular biology, but an incorrigible fool in life issues. Wisdom is the ability to know how to live in this world and this life, since we are only in transit to another world and another life. It is the understanding that we will have to give account of our actions before an impartial Judge, to whom no transgression expires. Wisdom means to use the lifesaver offered to us, before being sucked into the abyss by the frightening whirlwind that absorbes everything in its path. If I had to define the fear of God, I would say that it is to take Him seriously, which is to take His Word seriously, both His promises and warnings. The fear of God means not to rely on our prudence or self-sufficiency, but to rely and depend on Him. It consists in being aware of our limitations, knowing that during the ultimate trial we are nothing and we can do nothing. Having rejected the fear of God, Europe has been taken over by the terror of men; a terror that will not lessen but increase. However, for the remaining group that stays loyal to God there, there is an ancient exhortation: “Say ye not, A confederacy, to all them to whom this people shall say, A confederacy; neither fear ye their fear, nor be afraid. Sanctify the Lord of hosts himself; and let him be your fear, and let him be your dread” l

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UPRIGHTNESS, THE MOTTO 2016

Each year, the Worldwide Missionary Movement (WMM) adopts the motto that will rule the following twelve months. This year, Rev. Gustavo Martinez, President of the Work, chose the motto “Uprightness 2016, after a period of reflection. Rev. Gustavo Martínez

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ay the Almighty God and owner of this Work bless you; it is a privilege to be able to reach to you through this medium of communication. Along with my wife and children, I would like to greet all the International Board Members, supervisors, fellow ministers, and members in general, and each of their families, as well as friends of the Worldwide Missionary Movement who follow us around the world. Since the foundation of this Work, God has given a working motto every year, which functions as a guide for the labor that is done in the entire world. Every year, we had to wait for the first national conventions to know what the new motto was. However, now, thanks to


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the mercy of God, with the technology that the Lord has given us, we can present it to all, so that we can start enjoying, learning, and practicing the motto since the first day of January. This is not a political campaign, nor is it a human or personal promotion. We are using the mass media that God has given us to be able to bless His work worldwide, and in this way, be able to assist in the spreading of the gospel. Definitively, the only one who deserves all glory and honor is our God, because He is who indicates what the theme is. We cannot forget that this Work is His. Over the course of this year, some possible themes came to my heart, but after praying to God with sincerity about what His will was,

the Lord made me understand which one it was. Therefore, it is an honor for me to present the official working motto of the Worldwide Missionary Movement for the year 2016, based on 1 Chronicles 29: 17: “I know also, my God, that thou triest the heart, and hast pleasure in uprightness. As for me, in the uprightness of mine heart I have willingly offered all these things...” UPRIGHTNESS 2016: Guarantee of Communion with God! According to the dictionary, the word ‘uprightness’ is defined as “right reasoning or practical knowledge of what has to be said or done.” It is also defined as “character of that which is right and just in the sense of ethics and moral.” Uprightness is transparency of acts, thoughts, and words; it is related to matters of justice, neutrality or fairness, integrity, honesty, and equity. Therefore, an upright person acts correctly and straightforwardly, has nothing to hide, and is genuine and transparent in all they do. Uprightness will always be closely related to the truth. An upright person respects the truth and his or her neighbor, by rejecting hypocrisy, falsehood, deceit, machination and flattery. Uprightness is among God’s main qualities (Deuteronomy 32: 4). There are about 500 verses in the Holy Scriptures that address the topic of uprightness and justice. Uprightness depends exclusively on God, simply because He is upright. If this depended on man, its meaning would be relative and would be subject to the changes humanity constantly experiences. Remember what the Bibles says, “Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the Lord pondereth the hearts” (Proverbs 21: 2). God determines what is or what is not right. Uprightness is closely linked to God’s will. The great preacher Charles Finney, speaking about uprightness, said, “Righteousness is sustained in the human soul by the indwelling of Christ through faith, and in no other way. There can be no righteousness in man back of his heart, for nothing back of this can be voluntary; therefore, there can be no righteousness in the nature of man in the sense that implies praiseworthiness or virtue.” For this reason, he affirmed that men need to

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Submission, more than knowing how to follow commands, is an honoring attitude of the heart. In a given moment, a person might feel compelled to do something, either out of commitment or duty or simply because it is his or her responsibility; however, even though it is done, it is not done with a feeling of pleasure, nor with the desire or intention to honor.

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come closer to God to be able to achieve true uprightness. The Holy Scriptures make a special emphasis on uprightness. Uprightness is one of the elements that characterize the “man after God’s own heart.” This is one of the things that identifies the true believer and makes him different from others. King David is known as “the man after God’s own heart,” and the Scriptures highlight the uprightness of his heart. In the history of the kings of Israel and Judah, this is mentioned in various ways, setting it as an example of what is upright and the benefits that it has. This is of so much importance to God that the second time He appeared to Solomon, as He had done in Gibeon, He assured him that if he walked before Him as David his father had done, he would establish the throne of his kingdom upon Israel forever. How did David walk? In integrity of heart and in uprightness (justice), doing everything as he was commanded and keeping God’s statues and commandments (1 Kings 9: 1-6). The Bible teaches us that God is who knows and weighs the human heart; it is impossible to deceive Him, and everything that is done must be done with integrity and uprightness. Submission, more than knowing how to follow commands, is an honoring attitude of the heart. In a given moment, a person might feel compelled to do something, either out of commitment or duty or simply because it is his or her responsibility; however, even though it is done, it is not done with a feeling of pleasure, nor with the desire or intention to honor. When one loves, obeying and being submitted are not a burden but a gratifying attitude. The Holy Scriptures register the story of the reign of King Amaziah (2 Chronicles 25), a king who did that which was right but not with a perfect heart. His problem was the lack of integrity in his heart; he did that which was right because he knew what God’s commands were, yet his heart seemed to be far from pleasing Him. This king did many things that were good and advantageous for the people, but only because it was his responsibility. In 2 Kings 14, where this episode is also narrated, the biblical writer provides an important key. The Bible says, “And he did that which was right in the sight of the Lord, yet not like David his father…” This teaches us that there was no uprightness or integrity in his heart,

opposite to David, his father. It is very important to understand that everything that is done towards the Lord must be done, not only because it is right, but also because there is the desire to please, honor and exalt His name. It is not out of convenience or profit, but with uprightness of the heart. This is the reason why it is affirmed that uprightness is the truth in what is done, said, or thought; it is the truth in the personal relationship with God and the neighbor. Uprightness is one of the things being extinguished in the world today. Corruption and trickery have contaminated all social circles, from the most humble families to the elite of each country, and unfortunately, not even the church of God escapes from this reality. For many things to function well today, they have to be done incorrectly, using trickery, blackmail, bribery, and similar. Sadly, he who does things in a correct way always finds obstacles. However, as sons of God, we cannot follow the flow of this world, nor can we be conformed to this world. It is necessary to be transformed by the renewing of the mind (Romans 12: 2; Ephesians 2: 2), and to be characterized by being upright in everything. In order to make good social and family relationships, it is necessary to have values of trustworthiness, honesty, sincerity, and loyalty. Trustworthiness and honesty imply learning to be upright, to honor the word given, and not to speak lies. All these are impossible to teach without the knowledge and help from God. Fight for the family that God has given you; seek Him faithfully; and be an example of life to each member of your home; then things will start changing. Beloved fellow ministers, I encourage you to come closer and closer to the Lord every day. This is the only way to learn to live uprightly in this world. Remember the responsibility of being an example for the congregation where God has placed you. Remember that to God it is very significant to be able to do things with uprightness of the heart. Do not do them only because it is your responsibility, or because it is the command received, but delight in doing the will of the Lord with uprightness of the heart. May David’s prayer be a model to cry out to God and say, “Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness” (Psalms 143: 10) l


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THE BIGGEST MASS SUICIDE Last November 18 was the 35th anniversary of the biggest mass suicide known in the history of mankind. It took place in Jonestown in 1978, when 909 people were induced to drink cyanidepoisoned punch. The result of collective madness.

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et’s just be done with it. Let’s be done with the agony of it.” After false American pastor Jim Jones said these words, 918 people were killed on November 18, 1978 in a remote place of Guyana, in northwestern South America. The media covering the tragedy described it as the “biggest mass suicide in history.” But to others, like Laura Johnston Kohl, one of the survivors, it was a much more serious crime. “It was not mass suicide. People did not say they wanted to do it. It was mass murder,” Johnston Kohl told the BBC. But what happened on that November 18, causing such number of deaths, in-

cluding the murder of a congressman and three journalists? We should tell the story from its beginning: three years before, Jim Jones and the followers of the Peoples Temple decided to move from California to some hidden corner in the South American jungle.

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PEOPLES TEMPLE The Peoples Temple was a religious group founded in the 50s, tinged with secrecy and led by a striking character: Jim Jones. “As soon as I walked into the San Francisco temple, I was home,” said Tim Carter in a documentary that the American public

broadcaster PBS released 10 years ago. Jones founded the People’s Temple in the 50s in his hometown Indianapolis, Indiana, with the idea of establishing the socialist ideal pursued in those years in one single community where there were no boundaries of race or nationality. “I was in search of a place where you could fight for justice and a better world. So I joined People’s Temple,” recalled Johnston Kohl. But much of the appeal to capture members came from the seductive speech of Jones. “The choir was interracial and they used to sing this song - “Never heard a man speak like this man before. All the days of my life, ever since I been born, I never heard a man speak like this man before,” said Hue Fortson, a former People’s Temple member in dialogue with PBS. Fascination soon became loyalty, and loyalty turned into fanaticism. And it ended in idolatry. While Jones continued to recruit followers for his community – considered by some a cult –, his way of doing things garnered some enemies. First, he had to move from Indianapolis to San Francisco with his plethora of followers. But there, despite having the


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support of people like Harvey Milk, he decided again to take another path. In 1975, the path led to Guyana, a former British colony located next to Venezuela, where he decided to found a town in which people could live the ideal forged within the Peoples Temple. “We chose Guyana because they speak English and there were not going to be any immigration problems for those who wanted to join the project,” recalled Johnston Kohl. And everything seemed to fit: almost 900 followers traveled from California to Guyana. Houses were built and the new community was described by many of those who lived there as paradise. Jones had described it as “a socialist paradise” in many of the audios that were found at the scene after the tragedy. “Jonestown is a place dedicated to live for socialism, total economic and racial and social equality. We are here living communally,” is heard in a recording that was recovered by the FBI during the investigation. Community farms were created to provide for most of Jonestown’s needs and the things that they could not supply were brought from Georgetown, capital of Guyana, thanks to a trade agreement with the government. However, Jones’s behavior started to become erratic. More vigilant. WHITE NIGHTS According to the account of the investigations revealed by the FBI, Jones created what he called “White Nights,” in which suicide with cyanide and other substances was rehearsed. In those meetings, he began to accuse people of “traitors” and “capitalist pigs,” as a result of the CIA alleged threats against his “paradise.” “During such events, Jones would sometimes give the Jonestown members four choices: (1) attempt to flee to the Soviet Union; (2) commit “revolutionary suicide”; (3) stay in Jonestown and fight the purported attackers or (4) flee into the jungle,” revealed the FBI report. They were brainwashed. In October 1978, allegations of abuses in Jonestown reached the ears of Leo Ryan, Chamber representative for the

state of California, who decided to visit Jonestown. “With the impending visit, Jones began to speak in a fatalistic tone and his speech got more intense. He said that those who tried to go with Congressman Ryan were traitors,” said Johnston Kohl. This part of the story becomes blurry: according to the testimony of the few survivors, Congressman Ryan concluded his visit to Jonestown on November 18. Before leaving on a plane heading to Georgetown, he asked to join him those who wanted to go back to the United States. A few Peoples Temple members accepted the invitation and joined the entourage that included three journalists; however, halfway several of them put out some weapons and fired at Ryan and the others. They all died. MASS MURDER Jones’ sanity collapsed, or at least that is what several witnesses say. The leader sent for all members of the Jonestown community and reiterated that the threats against the paradise were real. A “death” revolution was necessary. “For God’s sake, let’s get on with it,” says Jones delirious in the recording. Then he threw the premonitory death sentence, “We’ve lived as no other people lived and loved. We’ve had as much of this world as you’re gonna get. Let’s just be done with it. Let’s be done with the agony of it.” Secretaries and nurses working in Jonestown delivered bottles filled with cyanide. People drank. They also made children and babies drink. More than 900 people fell dead in the huge wooden pavilion and its surroundings. When the media learned about the tragedy, it became known as the biggest mass suicide in history. “What about the children? They did not kill themselves. Children were taken away from their mothers and then they were told that they could not live without their babies,” said Johnston Kohl. “Now that I think about it, I realize that Jones was corrupted by power. The whole time we were in Guyana he had absolute control.” Jones was found dead too, but he had not been poisoned, but shot dead with a firing shotgun l January 2016 / Impacto evangelistic

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THE PENTATEUCH Written by Pablo Hoff, a missionary with more than 40 years of service in Latin America, this work encourages us to seek a deeper understanding of the Scriptures and provides a great spiritual stimulation.

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here is conclusive evidence of divine love in the fact that God revealed himself to the man, and this revelation was recorded in the Bible. Despite being born in the East and covered in the typical oriental language, symbolism and thinking, the Bible has a message for all mankind, regardless of race, culture or ability. It differs from other religious books in that it does not recount a divine manifestation to one man, but a progressive revelation rooted in the long history of one people. God revealed in certain moments of human history. Created to fully understand the New Testament, the book “The Pentateuch” contains valuable material for those who teach and preach the Christian faith. Written by Pastor Paul Hoff Becker, a preacher with more than four decades of evangelical work in South America, this book exposes the core of the five books written by the prophet Moses. Published in Spanish in 1978, the text lays emphasis on the sound doctrine while scrutinizing the initial part of the Holy Scriptures. Although Genesis is closely linked to the books of the Old Testament, it is even more related in some way to the New Testament. Some themes in Genesis do not reappear until they are discussed and interpreted in the New Testament. For example, the fall of man, the institution of marriage, the judgment of the flood, the righteousness that God imparts to the believer, the contrast between the son of the promise and that of the flesh, and the people of God as strangers and pilgrims. The book of Revelation, in particular, resumes the fulfillment of major issues started in Genesis. MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 24 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia

THE REDEEMER Written in a simple and direct style, “The Pentateuch” is the result of many lectures on the historical books of the Bible –Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy– that the author prepared to teach in Bible institutes and extension courses. With illustrations that reinforce their content, the introduction to the book


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Exodus is the vital link joining together the Pentateuch. The story of the Jews started in Genesis is here resumed in the same unique style, but emphasizing personal elements. The figure of God dominates most of Exodus. Themes addressed in Exodus such as the priestly system and the law of holiness are developed in Leviticus. The story of the march of Israel to the Promised Land, which constitutes most of Numbers, is first discussed in Exodus.

notes that more than three quarters of the Scriptures correspond to the Old Testament and that this part of the Bible deals with the preparation of the redeemer. The figure of God dominates the first chapter of the Bible. His name is mentioned thirty-five times in thirty-four verses. The term “God” is translated as “Elohim” in plural; however, when it refers to God, it

always uses a singular verb, which tells us that God is one. In Hebrew, the plural form sometimes express intensity or fullness. So the word Elohim indicates His majesty, infinite power and excellence. He fully possesses all the divine perfections. THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL Throughout the book, American missionary

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Numbers is one of the most human and saddest books of the Bible. It shows how the Jews failed to fulfill the ideals that God had proposed. They reached the edge of the Promised Land, but still had the behavior of a slave cowardly, dependent and unable to face the prospect of fighting. They lost the little faith they had and wanted to return to Egypt. Their pilgrimages began there and lasted thirty-eight years. However, Numbers only tells in detail the story of the first and last year, because the apostate in-between years had no permanent religious value.

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Hoff Becker makes some questions after addressing each issue of the Pentateuch, in order to consolidate the knowledge shared. In that sense, in the preface to his text he indicates that each lessons should be studied by previously reading the relevant parts of the Bible. He also notes that his questions aimed to help the reader elicit on his own spiritual riches from the Word of God. Exodus is the vital link joining together the Pentateuch. The story of the Jews started in Genesis is here resumed in the same unique style, but emphasizing personal elements. The figure of God dominates most of Exodus. Themes addressed in Exodus such as the priestly system and the law of holiness are developed in Leviticus. The story of the march of Israel to the Promised Land, which constitutes most of Numbers, is first discussed in Exodus. Finally, there is an Echo of both Numbers and Exodus in Deuteronomy. That is why Exodus is called the “Heart of the Pentateuch.” The Pentateuch, which tells the story and vicissitudes of the people of Israel, is according to Paul Hoff the foundation of the Bible and stands as an important tool to edify the followers of Jesus Christ. In this sense, the American evangelical writer –founder and president of the National Bible Institute of Chile– provides historical, archaeological and geographical data to help clarify the pillar of the Holy Scriptures and the Christian faith. Just as Exodus focuses on the communion that God offers to his people through His presence in the tabernacle, Leviticus presents the laws by which Israel would have to maintain this communion. The Lord wanted to teach his people, the Jews, how to reach saintliness. The word sanctification means to get away from evil and devote oneself to the service of God. It is a necessary condition to rejoice in the communion with God. The laws and institutions of Leviticus made the Israelites aware of their sinfulness and their need for divine mercy; at the same time, the sacrificial system taught them that God himself provided the means to atone for their sins and sanctify their lives. BELIEVE IN THE WORD Hoff, who made a long missionary career

in Bolivia, Argentina and Chile, countries throughout which he spread the Word of the Lord, divided his book into six parts and in each he analyzed the most relevant parts of the Pentateuch. Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph and Moses are some of the biblical characters included throughout the book that, adhered to the Scriptures, makes a review from the creation of the earth to the death of the man “saved from the waters.” Numbers is one of the most human and saddest books of the Bible. It shows how the Jews failed to fulfill the ideals that God had proposed. They reached the edge of the Promised Land, but still had the behavior of a slave - cowardly, dependent and unable to face the prospect of fighting. They lost the little faith they had and wanted to return to Egypt. Their pilgrimages began there and lasted thirty-eight years. However, Numbers only tells in detail the story of the first and last year, because the apostate in-between years had no permanent religious value. Reinforced with an appendix containing some of the theories on the creation by Christian scientists, the work of Rev. Paul Hoff Becker is part of the catalog of Vida, a publishing house specialized in Christian literature, and one of the seven books published by this servant of God. With over two decades of existence, “The Pentateuch” also encourages evangelical people to recourse to the Bible as an essential source of knowledge and never stop believing in the Word. Deuteronomy is much more than the simple repetition of the law. In this book, the privileges and responsibilities of the chosen people and their relationship with Jehovah are explained. Jehovah is the only God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations.” Israel is the chosen people of Jehovah under the pact he made with them at Sinai. Israel is a kingdom of priests and a holy nation. Israelites will inherit all the promises made to their fathers. Since Israel is the only people with whom the Lord has established a pact, they should revere and love Him. Because of the pact, Israel enjoyed the most sublime privileges l January 2016 / Impacto evangelistic

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COME TO THE SAVIOR, MAKE NO DELAY Hymn with a message of trust and optimism about the love of Jesus Christ. It was written by American poet George Frederick Root.

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omposed by American writer George Frederick Root, born on August 30, 1820, the song “Come to the Savior, make no delay” has a special place in the history of gospel music. Inspired by the Gospel according to St. Matthew (18:20), the ode gives hope about the calm that the Lord provides to those who accept to surrender to His power, and reinforces the faith in God. Based on the biblical passage, “for where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them,” the hymn, written in 1870, provides a message of trust and optimism about the love of Jesus Christ. With a clear and transparent message, George Root says in the lyrics that God is waiting for their chil-

COME TO THE SAVIOR, MAKE NO DELAY 1 Come to the Savior, make no delay Here in His Word He's shown us the way; Here in our midst He’s standing today, Tenderly saying, "Come!". CHORUS Joyful, joyful will the meeting be, When from sin our hearts are pure and free, And we shall gather, Savior, with Thee, In our eternal home. 2 "Suffer the children!" O hear His voice, Let ev'ry heart leap forth and rejoice, And let us freely make Him our choice: Do not delay, but come. 3 Think once again, He’s with us today Heed now His blest commands, and obey; Hear now His accents tenderly say, "Will you, my children, come?

dren and that He longs for the welfare of His flock. Root also reminds that we must listen to the Lord today, as tomorrow may be too late. Regarding the life of Root, much has been written. Born in a Christian home, George showed his interest in music almost since he opened his eyes. At the age of 13, he mastered the same number of musical instruments and it was clear that he would become a benchmark in gospel singing. Five years later, in the autumn of 1838, he moved to Boston, one of the oldest cities in the USA, where he took piano lessons and began to build a prestigious career. In 1945, after seven years of working at a church in Boston, George was hired as music professor at the Institute of New York for the Blind, entity created by philanthropist Samuel Wood. There he met poetess Fanny Crosby, one of the most prolific composers of gospel music, with whom he wrote around seventy secular songs between 1851 and 1857. Root’s musical growth was strengthened by a study trip that led him to visit the old continent in 1850. Back from Europe, Root began working with composer Lowell Mason, a leading figure in American gospel music, thanks to whom George worked as a music teacher at the Boston Academy of Music. George also became a benchmark in the American popular music and in 1859 moved to the “windy city” Chicago to work at the evangelical publishing house Root & Candy, owned by his older brother. Awarded the degree of Musical Doctor by the University of Chicago in 1872, George Frederick Root is part of the American Music Hall of Fame. His fertile existence ended on August 6, 1985 in Bailey Island, Maine, after many years at the service of the Lord l January 2016 / Impacto evangelistic

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A DISTINGUISHED CHRISTIAN Erasmus of Rotterdam, a fruitful and multifaceted evangelical scholar, was a major promoter of the faith in God during the transition between the Middle Ages and the modern world. José Fernández

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ert Geertsz, universally known as Erasmus of Rotterdam, was a Dutch poet, treatise writer, theologian and humanist born in Rotterdam on October 28, 1469. He was a prolific and multifaceted Christian scholar with a brilliant production and a powerful influence on the spiritual currents of his time; he also went down in history as one of the major promoters of faith during the Renaissance. His most audacious, original and outstanding contribution was his proposal to reform the Catholic Church, based on the examples of modesty and humility provided by the early Christians. FIRST STEPS In 1474, when he was five years old, he and his brother Peter attended the elementary school in Gouda, and one year later, he entered the school of the Brethren of the Common Life in Deventer, Netherlands. There he took his first Latin lessons and began to show his strong humanistic vocation, fueled by some teachers like Rodolphus Agricola, author of several celebrated treatises at the time. Between 1477 and 1478, he lived for several months in Utrecht and became a choir member in its temple.

Erasmus traveled to London in 1499 and there he listened to John Colet, an English theologian who was giving a talk about the life of Paul at the University of Oxford. Once the speech ended, Erasmus approached Colet and held a long conversation with him on how to make a true reading of the Bible. This deeply influenced his thinking. In 1500, he wrote one of his most successful works, “Adagia,” a collection of over 800 Greek and Roman traditional proverbs. The book had more than 60 editions. MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 30 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia

The death of his mother in 1484 hastened his abandonment of the school in Deventer and his immediate departure, along with his brother, to Gouda, where their education was entrusted to three religious preceptors. One year later, the future hero of faith moved to the school of Boisle-Duc, in which he remained for a short period of time, since a fast spread of the plague made him return to Gouda. There he fell seriously ill, suffering from high and frequent fever. Once recovered, he continued to study hard and prepare to serve God. In 1487, he entered a monastery in Steyn. From this time dates his first work, a spiritual treatise titled “Praise of Monastic Life,” which clearly showed his sincere religious vocation. As he was interested in literature, he read and studied major Latin Classics, which encouraged him to compose many poems in Latin, a language that he already mastered by then. GOD’S SCHOLAR In 1495, Erasmus of Rotterdam settled in Paris at the College of Montaigu, to study theology at the Sorbonne University, where he specialized in the analysis of biblical texts. In Paris, he befriended writer and theologian Robert Gauguin, under whose protection he was accepted into the main forums of Paris. One year later, he showed his interest in pedagogy, as a result of the particular lessons that he had been giving to earn a living. He also sought financial support to fund his publishing projects. Erasmus traveled to London in 1499 and there he listened to John Colet, an English theologian who was giving a talk about the life of Paul at the University of Oxford. Once the speech ended, Erasmus


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approached Colet and held a long conversation with him on how to make a true reading of the Bible. This deeply influenced his thinking. In 1500, he wrote one of his most successful works, “Adagia,” a collection of over 800 Greek and Roman traditional proverbs. The book had more than 60 editions. In England, Erasmus lectured on theology as tenured professor at the University of Cambridge, where he became friends for a lifetime: aforementioned John Colet, Thomas More, Thomas Linacre and John Fisher, men of great Christian humanism and a theology based on the Bible and the Fathers of the Church. At the same time, he was offered a lifelong job at Queen’s College; however, he refused and went to

Italy. In September 1506, the University of Turin awarded him the title of Doctor in theology. VAST WORK Erasmus continued to develop his knowledge of Greek and began to study Hebrew and Aramaic in Italy. Thanks to his contacts, he surrounded himself with famous people of his time who thought like him and rejected the abuses committed by the clergy of the traditional Church and ignorant monks. His fame gradually spread throughout Italy and his ideas on intellectual and religious elevation became known and discussed. In 1509, he wrote another of his important works,


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“The Praise of Folly,” which stood out for its harsh criticism against Catholicism. It is impossible to address, in a brief overview, all the vast and varied production of Erasmus of Rotterdam, whose work provided capital innovations especially at a religious level. It is, therefore, necessary to reduce the analysis of his texts to a brief argumentative review of those that had a higher incidence among writers, religious people and intellectuals of his time. For example, “The Handbook of the Christian Soldier,” published in 1503, which is

a compendium intended to inspire in the ignorant soldier a worthy Christian conscience in order to show him the way that leads to Jesus Christ. Erasmus became the visible head of a renewed current of faith in the Lord that denounced the abuses and relaxation of Catholics, and advocated the supremacy of certain values such as tolerance and peace at all costs. He also stood out for the philological edition of the Epistles of Jerome, who translated the Bible from Greek and Hebrew into Latin, and the Paraphrase of the New Testament, an approach to the European popular culture of the Gospel. Both works showed his desire to shed light on Christianity. Erasmus of Rotterdam was a great scholar that took part in the main academic forums around the world. He was as well a highly original writer who put his lucid and ironic wit and cleverness at the service of a reform in the church and the society, which would enable a return to the true spirit of Christianity lost in abstract scholastic formalism and degenerated by corrupt institutions and ecclesiastical ritualism. Although his ideas spread almost all over Europe, he had a painful life, aggravated by gout and rheumatism. At the end of his earthly days, Erasmus faced the political, cultural and religious events that happened one after the other in the Old Continent, with courage and without a pause in his intellectual work. Thus, after the arrival of the Turks to the gates of Vienna, he wrote “On the War Against the Turks” in 1530, and began to prepare a text in which he would leave as legacy his moral and theological ideas, “Ecclesiastes,” published in 1534 as a treatise on preaching. After this kind of theological legacy, Erasmus was still strong enough to continue working and write a final treaty, published in 1535 under the title “On the Purity of the Christian Church.” In early 1536, he fell seriously ill. Then, in early July, he felt so bad that he had to give up many activities, even reading. On July 12, the friends who surrounded his deathbed heard him exclaim, “O Jesus, have mercy! Lord, deliver me! Lord, have mercy upon me!” Then he commended himself to God in his mother tongue and left this world l

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From an early age, Julian Mayta Choque’s life was marked by pain. Victim of an accident when he was just a child, he developed chronic osteomyelitis. He took to drink to get over the pain and his parent’s indifference. In a world without light, he found the Lord.

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ulian never believed in miracles, but when he suffered a terrible accident at the age of nine, he turned to the saints and virgins that his family worshiped. Several years later and defeated by the disease, he turned to the true and only Lord of miracles. He healed and became a witness of His power. Julian Mayta Choque suffered an accident in 1991 when he was playing at great height in his school, located in the town of Copacabana, on the banks Lake Titicaca in Bolivia. Suddenly he slipped and fell on his left arm. The result: severe pain and several serious fractures. When he was taken to the Children’s Hospital of the city, doctors detected breaks and small pieces of bone spread into his muscles. Therefore, the specialists recommended his parents Rufino Mayta and Eugenia Choque to care for the health MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 36 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia

of the youngest of their four children. In addition, Julian had to undergo treatment and physical rehabilitation for one year. RESIGNED TO SUFFERING His parents took him out of school and forbade him to play with his neighborhood friends. This plunged him into a deep depression that isolated him from his family and killed his hope to live like a normal child. Being in absolute rest was his best chance to recover, but he could not understand. “They were very sad and devastating times, because I was a child that could not play, walk, sleep or do simple things like going to school... The disease kept him bedridden,” he recalls. One year after rehabilitation, his parents neglect Julian’s health and his fracture developed into chronic osteomyelitis,


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a bone infection caused by bacteria, fungi and other microorganisms. The disease weakened his muscles and huge ulcers and wounds sprouted. Once again, Julian resigned himself to living between pain and tears. “One day, the doctors asked my mother to amputate my arm or take me out of the country to restore my arm ... My mother and I left the hospital crying,” recalls Julian.

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One year after rehabilitation, his parents neglect Julian’s health and his fracture developed into chronic osteomyelitis, a bone infection caused by bacteria, fungi and other microorganisms. The disease weakened his muscles and huge ulcers and wounds sprouted. Once again, Julian resigned himself to living between pain and tears.

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Copacabana, to whom I turned the most, but they never healed me... We worshiped a lot of images because we did not know God’s Word that says that this is all idolatry,” he says. After another year of living between prayers, his parents neglected Julian’s health once again and his arm got worse. This caused him acute and excruciating pain and led him to prefer death rather than life.

“My parents never gave me affection, a hug or a kiss. That influenced my character and changed my life... I practically never knew love,” he says. THE KALLAWAYAS Sometime later, his parents turned to local sorcerers, better known as ‘Kallawayas’ (aborigines who inhabited the plains of Bolivia and Peru), who subjected him


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to their pagan rites and ceremonies. The deities were the ‘Pachamama’ and the ‘Apus’ of the region, to whom they turned for the healing of Julian. After several years of going from one hospital to another, his father –who was a prosperous merchant in the border of Bolivia and Peru– exhausted all his available resources and fell into despair and frustration. His lack of control led him to get drunk in bars and pubs, and release all his anger against his wife and family. Years later, Julian would go through the same situation. “The idolatry and worship we gave to these images changed the behavior of my father and mine,” he says. “BATOS LOCOS” In 1997, 14-year-old Julian still had the same ailments and difficulties. However, this did not prevent him from hanging out with his classmates and drinking alcohol to relieve his pain and forget his sorrows. That is when Julian joined the gang of the “Batos Locos” (Crazy Boys), a group of students who liked fighting against other schoolboys on the other side of the border, in the city of Yunguyo, in Peru. For this and other public disorders, Julian and many of them were chased after by the Peruvian police in this border city, where smuggling prevailed over justice. “When there were local saint festivities in Peru, we would cross the border to the Peruvian city and fight at parties and nightclubs,” he recalls. After a while, away from street violence, Julian, aged 18, worked selling alcohol at a local store. Later, he worked as a border agent in the city of Copacabana, which made it easier for him to enter Peru. “I was full of anger and frustration due to my illness... Although I was the youngest of my brothers, I was the most violent of all. I humiliated my whole family and my parents because I felt helpless and believed that they never suffered the way I did,” says Julian. In 2004, Julian was living in a populous district in the Peruvian capital, together with his only older sister and his Peruvian brother-in-law, who gave him the opportunity to work selling auto parts.

Much of his salary was wasted in parties and sprees. “While I was alone in Peru, the wounds on my left arm worsened. It was like living with a bullet lodged in my arm ... Eventually, I got used to dealing with the disease and pain; I would heal and bandage myself ...” he reveals. THE WAY TO THE GOSPEL In the middle of that year, Julian was visited by a pastor of a Christian church in the capital of Peru, who talked to him about the Lord and invited him to his congregation. After a few weeks, he felt the need of the Creator and attended the evangelical temple. “When I came to the house of the Lord and saw the brothers praising Him, I remembered Him and asked Him why He had not healed me,” he remembers crying. After the service, Julian surrendered to the Gospel. A few days later, he noticed a change in him and never again felt the need to drink alcohol to calm his sorrows. “Christ changed me and I never got drunk again,” he told all his friends. GOD, HEAL ME! Still wounded in his arm, Julian returned to his hometown in 2010 and started listening to the TV show by Rev. Rodolfo Gonzalez Cruz called “Hora de la Transformacion,” which was broadcast on a major television station at that time. This motivated him to cross the border of his country by bicycle and attend one of the churches of the Worldwide Missionary Movement in the province of Yunguyo, in Peru. After several months of listening to the messages of the servant of God, Bethel TV came to his town and broadcast one of the mass conventions held in Peru. He was in front of the TV screen when he kneeled down and asked the Lord to heal his arm. A few weeks later, his wounds began to dry up and his skin was restored, leaving a huge scar behind as proof of what God had done in him. “God healed me and ever since then I have been serving my Lord,” reveals Julian, transformed and released l

After several years of going from one hospital to another, his father –who was a prosperous merchant in the border of Bolivia and Peru– exhausted all his available resources and fell into despair and frustration. His lack of control led him to get drunk in bars and pubs, and release all his anger against his wife and family. Years later, Julian would go through the same situation.

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THE NEED OF INTERMEDIARIES “And I fell down before the Lord, as at the first, forty days and forty nights: I did neither eat bread, nor drink water, because of all your sins which ye sinned, in doing wickedly in the sight of the Lord, to provoke him to anger. For I was afraid of the anger and hot displeasure, wherewith the Lord was wroth against you to destroy you.” Deuteronomy 9:18-19.

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oses, this great man of God, was overwhelmed and worried because of the sin of the people and the imminent danger and punishment looming over them. This is why Moses fell down before Him for forty days, standing in the way of the threatening divine justice, until he reached his goal. Beloved, our infinite God will never cross over to punish and will never ignore a man kneeling down in humiliation, supplication and intercession on behalf of the people. That is the prayer that stops the arm of God to punish and that moves the arm of God to save. In the time of Moses, the people rejected God and a golden calf was made for worship. Today, as in the time of Moses, the vast majority of humanity has rejected God to worship other “golden calves.” “Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 40 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia

their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient...” (Romans 1:21-32). “Therefore thou art inexcusable, But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God; who will render to every man according to his deeds...” (Romans 2:1-9). God’s people, although spread throughout the world and attending different churches, can and should be one in Spirit, one in faith, one in the purpose of evangelizing the world. However, it cannot be united or combined in a super structure or organization, where biblical concepts, fundamental doctrines and Christian testimonies are sacrificed in favor of statistics. Under this condition, a large army of men and women of prayer and intercession needs to rise in order to stop the arm of God from pouring out his wrath, and move the arm of God to visit the world and the Church through the largest awakening in history. In the time of the great prophet Elijah, a prolonged drought devastated the country, so he decided to pray to God to send rain upon the Earth. The Prophet Elijah said to King Acab, “Get thee up, eat and drink...So Ahab went up to eat and to drink. And Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; and he cast himself down upon the earth, and put his face between his knees,” and began to pray and intercede (1 Kings 18:41-42). King Acab went up to eat and drink as


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king, but the true king in the situation was that great man of God, Elijah. In prayer, fasting and intercession, he cast himself down upon the earth with his face between his knees and moved the arm of God to open the windows of heaven and send pouring rain on the thirsty land. Nowadays, some have royal or ecclesiastical titles, some eat and drink like kings.

However, only those on their knees in prayer and intercession are the ones who truly move the arm of God to stop evil and promote good, missionary work and salvation of souls. These are the real kings to God, these are the real great people who have a place of honor in the eyes of God. Beloved, it is time to seek God, it is time to pray l January 2016 / Impacto evangelistic

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LEADERS NEED HELP TO CARRY THE WEIGHT “And Saul spake to Jonathan his son, and to all his servants, that they should kill David...And Jonathan spake good of David unto Saul his father, and said unto him: Let not the king sin against his servant, against David; because he hath not sinned against thee, and because his works have been to thee-ward very good: For he did put his life in his hand, and slew the Philistine, and the Lord wrought a great salvation for all Israel: And Saul hearkened unto the voice of Jonathan...And the evil spirit from the Lord was upon Saul... And Saul sought to smite David even to the wall with the javelin: but he slipped away out of Saul’s presence, and he smote the javelin into the wall: and David fled, and escaped that night. Saul also sent messengers unto David’s house, to watch him, and to slay him in the morning. So Michal let David down through a window: and he went, and fled, and escaped.” 1 Samuel 19:1-12. Rev. Gustavo Martínez

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ver since the beginning, God has raised men and women, giving them leadership, abilities and wisdom, and entrusting them with important missions. But God has also placed beside them supportive people, in order to help them in difficult times. Today, in times of great cruelty, materialistic generations and lovers of luxury and pleasure who, without love or affection, cannot recognize the glory of God, men and women have risen for every need, called to lead and carry out missions in some place in the world. These men and women that God has lifted up have people by their side who, out of loyalty and fidelity, become their squires, encouraging and helping them keep their testimony. One of the things that the leaders raised by God need is supportive, faithful people protecting them against dangers, bad intentions and fake lurking “brothers.” Friends and family should be the first to support the work of the leader. All those who are close to a servant of God must serve faithfully and not succumb to the devil, to attack or destroy. In the verses above, we see the attitude of Jonathan. He was the son of King Saul, immediate to the throne, and as such, he had enough reasons to collaborate with the death of David. Michal, MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 42 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia

his sister, wife of David and daughter of the king, could have also supported his father and killed David, but they both shared something: they loved David very much. Although their father was the king, they did not allied to harm David, because they knew that he was the chosen one, anointed and raised by God. They remained loyal and refused to cooperate with their father. That is loyalty, being a help and not a burden. In 1 Samuel 14:1-15, we learn about the action of another man: Jonathan’s armourbearer. After two years of reign of Saul, a war against the Philistines burst. The people of Israel was afraid, as the Philistines had cornered and disarmed them. Verse 6 says, “And Jonathan said to the young man that bare his armour, Come,


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and let us go over unto the garrison of these uncircumcised: it may be that the Lord will work for us: for there is no restraint to the Lord to save by many or by few.” Note the response of a real squire, a true collaborator willing to sacrifice, loyal to his Lord: “Do all that is in thine heart: turn thee; behold, I am with thee according to thy heart.” (v. 7). He did not refute, this man respected his leader in such a way that did not dare to give an excuse. “And Jonathan climbed up upon his hands and upon his feet, and his armourbearer after him: and they fell before Jonathan; and his armourbearer slew after him.” (v. 13). The armourbearer got his lord’s back and did not allowed anyone to attack him. It is the duty of the collaborator to protect his leader spiritually and morally, to pray for him, to pay attention to his needs, to stop anyone from hurting him, to be by his side, to support and encourage him to reach his goals, to provide unconditional support. This is his privilege l January 2016 / Impacto evangelístic

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THE DANGERS OF IGNORANCE Then said Saul unto his servants Seek me a woman that hath a familiar spirit, that I may go to her, and enquire of her. And his servants said to him, Behold, there is a woman that hath a familiar spirit at Endor. And Saul disguised himself, and put on other raiment, and he went, and two men with him, and they came to the woman by night: and he said, I pray thee, divine unto me by the familiar spirit, and bring me him up, whom I shall name unto thee. And the woman said unto him, Behold, thou knowest what Saul hath done, how he hath cut off those that have familiar spirits, and the wizards, out of the land: wherefore then layest thou a snare for my life, to cause me to die? And Saul sware to her by the Lord, saying, As the Lord liveth, there shall no punishment happen to thee for this thing.” 1 Samuel 28:7-10. Rev. Rodolfo González Cruz

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in means doing something against all the good things that God has made for our family, our neighbor and ourselves. Sin is also refusing to do good whenever we can do it. However, there are two types of sins: willful sins and ignorant sins. Many people hide behind ignorance after committing bad actions, but this excuse is valid only in part. Even if we did not know divine laws, God gave us conscience and the Holy Spirit to reprimand us before, during and after doing what is wrong. Despite being lost in the world, we have heard in our heads on more than one occasion that little voice saying, ‘Don’t do it’, have we not? Many people who do not know God or the Bible have been reprehended in their heart against committing some sin, have they not? Our creator gave us, in his infinite mercy and love, free will. This means that we are able to choose between good and evil, life and death, heaven and hell. We are free to do whatever we want: to obey or disobey His Word. God had chosen Saul to be the first King of Israel. Unlike other kings on Earth, his main responsibility was to lead the entire population to know the laws of God, so that his subjects did not sin out of ignorance. Saul knew the Scriptures very well, as evidenced by the fact that he elimina-

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ted all sorcerers and wizards among the people of Israel. God despises black or white magic, necromancy, witchcraft, magic spells, divination and all sins related to occult practices. “There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch. Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the Lord: and because of these abominations the Lord thy God doth drive them out from before thee. Thou shalt be perfect with the Lord thy God. For these nations, which thou shalt possess, hearkened unto observers of times, and unto diviners: but as for thee, the Lord thy God hath not suffered thee so to do.” (Deuteronomy 18:10-14). The person who turns to sorcerers was, and still is, cursed by God: “And the soul that turneth after such as have familiar spirits, and after wizards, to go a whoring after them, I will even set my face against that soul, and will cut him off from among his people.” (Leviticus 20:6). As for the sorcerer, God’s sentence is to kill him by stoning: “A man also or woman that hath a familiar spirit, or that is a wizard, shall surely be put to death: they shall stone them with stones: their blood shall be upon them.” (Leviticus 20:27; Exodus 22:18). God wanted the people to understand how severe it was to do this, and therefore condemned its practitioners to death.


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“THE WMM IS AMONG THE MAPUCHE PEOPLE” The Work in Chile expands beyond the cities and takes the Word to brothers from different ethnic groups. A permanent commitment to evangelization.

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astor Marcelo Quintana Garcia, National Secretary of the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Chile, shares the experience of evangelization of the Mapuche people. A work that may also rescue their ethnic dialect: Mapudungun. The Work is already among the Mapuche people? The WMM is already among the Mapuche peoples; in the South American Congress held in 2015 in Ecuador there was a couple of mapuche ancestry, they are children of ancestors from a lost time in Chile. Many of them have been relegated to the Chilean interior, but we can say that the WMM is already among this people, even though the “Mapuche blood” is known for being not so easy-going. What obstacles have you found to carry out the missionary work? As they are very attached to their traditions, culture and idiosyncrasy, it was a very difficult work of evangelization. However, there is a group of Mapuche brothers in other regions such as Los Lagos, Los Rios and Araucania, in southern Chile, where the Work has established churches, workers and experienced pastors. Do you preach to them in their native language? No, we are preaching only in Spanish, because those who know the dialect

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are brothers who have just joined us, so they are still getting steeped in the Word and doctrine. We hope that soon we will have brothers, workers and preachers who speak the mapuche language. In general, how is the Work doing in Chile? Thank God, the WMM has covered most of the fifteen regions in Chile. We are in eleven regions, which is a fairly significant representation, but the other four left are a challenge. What does the Work need to grow much more? We have seen some growth thanks to Bethel TV. There are brothers from Peru who are living in our country for work. They have learned to download the signal and establish this media, which has been a great boost. How old is the Work in Chile? We celebrated the 30th anniversary in 2015. The Work here had two stages. The first was in the early 1980s, when 3 sisters from Puerto Rico arrived and sowed the word. The second was in May 1985, when Rev. Gerardo Martinez Garavito arrived while he was still single. What is your experience in the Work? This year I had the blessing of turning 40 and most of my life I have served the Lord, since I was 16 and He saved me 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).

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he Worldwide Missionary Movement in Colombia held a Family Fellowship and Conference at the bandshell of the town of Mitu, capital of the department of Vaupes. The event was attended by fifty-five indigenous communities and twenty ethnic groups; the followers of the Lord arrived from different parts of the Colombian rainforest. The event, held from October 15 to October 18, 2015, was led by reverends Jorge Jurado and Evangelista Tavera, Officers of the National Board of the Work of God in Colombia. Thanks to it, the Lord revealed himself in the southeast of Colombia, near the border with Brazil, where the Word is shared every day through the truth of Jesus Christ. The evidence was the great reception that this spiritual celebration had. During the four days of the Family Fellowship and Conference, different activities were carried out to MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 48 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia

FIRM AND FAITHFUL The Work of the Lord held a Family Fellowship and Conference in the Colombian rainforest. Many had to travel for days to attend the call.

evangelize the people of Mitu. Seminars for leaders took place mornings, and at night reverends Jurado and Tavera preached the Word of God. Many local authorities and members of indigenous organizations of Vaupes also attended the event of the WMM. It is important to highlight that a

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ISRAEL, PEOPLE OF THE LORD

The Work of the Lord in the Holy Land held its 7th National Convention, attended by brothers from Italy, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands and Switzerland.

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he 7th National Convention of the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Israel was held in the land where Jesus Christ was born. Under the theme “Jesus is the Lord,” the event was attended by more than eighty Christian people. The services took place from November 25 to November 28, 2015 in Tel-Aviv, Beer-Sheva and Ramla, important cities in Israel where the WMM is present. Rev. David Echalar highlighted the unity and support provided by the churches from Block B in Europe. He was delighted to receive delegations and pastors from Zurich, Tilburg, Munich, Switzerland, Brussels, HamMISSIONARY MOVEMENT 50 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia


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burg, Berlin and Italy, which was represented by Rev. Hugo Lope, from the Church in Busto Arsizio, and Rev. Daniel Ortega, from the Church in Rome. The ministers of God, led by the Holy Spirit, reminded in their speeches the followers of Christ that it is extremely necessary to go through the different processes involved in the Gospel in order to be ready for the second coming of the Almighty. They also said that Christians must learn to wait for God’s time and never give up hope in the Lord and His plans. During the day, the participants of the 7th National Convention of the WMM in Israel toured several historical sites, where the son of God left uplifting teachings to his disciples. The activities planned by the organizers included a mass baptism ceremony in the waters of the Jordan River, and an outdoors evangelization day in the parks of Ramla l January 2016 / Impacto evangelistic

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FAITHFULNESS IN THE MINISTRY

The Worldwide Missionary Movement in Puerto Rico held its Workers and Leaders Retreat in the city of Trujillo Alto.

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rganized under the theme “Faithfulness in the Ministry,” the Workers and Leaders Retreat of the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Puerto Rico was the opportunity chosen by the Lord’s Work to complete the activities on the “Lamb Island.” The event was held at the main temple of the WMM in the city of Trujillo Alto and was attended by faithful coming from different parts of Puerto Rico. In the opening ceremony, which took place from December 3 to 5, 2015, there were countless signs of faith. Rev. Federico Cabrera, NaMISSIONARY MOVEMENT 52 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia


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tional Officer of the Work in Puerto Rico, preached the Word of the Lord through a speech entitled “Faithfulness to God.” Pastor Cabrera, based on Jeremiah 42: 1-6, said that “faithfulness is the decision to keep one position, despite all the difficulties that may arise in the way.” The second day began with prayers, tears and clamor in favor of

mankind. Then came the testimony of several workers about the miracles that God has been doing in Puerto Rico. In the afternoon, Rev. Dan Moyeno shared the biblical teaching “Faithfulness to the Authorities.” At night, Rev. Luis Ayala, National Supervisor of the WMM in Puerto Rico, conveyed the good news of the Lord. The Workers and Leaders Retreat

of the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Puerto Rico ended with a panel discussion in which Rev. Albert Rivera, Rev. Jaime Rivera and Sister Norma Santiago participated. The topic discussed was “Ministerial Ethics.” They talked about the importance of a good ministerial behavior in each worker and leader in the Lord’s Work l January 2016 / Impacto evangelistic

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UNITED UNTIL THE COMING OF CHRIST The Worldwide Missionary Movement in the USA held its First Regional Fellowship in Tacoma.

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hristians in the US states of California, Georgia, Michigan, Alabama and other parts of the country, gathered in the city of Tacoma, located in the state of Washington, to attend the First Regional Fellowship of the Worldwide Missionary Movement in the USA. The event allowed the Work of the Lord to continue MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 54 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia

spreading the Gospel in North America. Attended by Rev. Arturo Hernandez, National Supervisor of the WMM in the USA, the First Regional Fellowship, held from October 22 to 24, 2015, was the platform that allowed informing about the growth of God’s Work in Washington. In that


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sense, Pastor Moises Cabrera, head of the local Church, said that in this part of North America four churches and three white fields have been established. In the first worship, pastor and priest Walter Vargas shared God’s message about the Lord’s power. Then, in the first part of the second day, Pastor Leonel Velásquez preached the Word. Hours later, in the evening, Rev. Hernandez led a worship that allowed a large number of people to give their lives to God. On the third day of spiritual feast, Pastor Hernandez addressed the audience once again and was used as a powerful instrument to preach to the brothers of Tacoma. At the closing of the First Regional Fellowship of the Worldwide Missionary Movement in the USA, Pastor Juan Cabrera thanked God for the success of the event l January 2016 / Impacto evangelistic

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WOMEN AT THE SERVICE OF GOD The 9th National Fellowship of Women of the WMM in Italy gathered more than 1300 faithful of the Lord. A celebration of spirituality.

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he Worldwide Missionary Movement in Italy held its 9th National Fellowship of Women in the city of Genoa, capital of the Liguria region. On the opening day, Sister Lisseth de Lope shared the biblical message through a sermon entitled “What Is Your Purpose in Me?” in which she said that “the Lord will fulfill his purpose.” On the second day of the event, held from October 31 to November 1, 2015, Sister Angela Willems, from the Netherlands, shared the Word of God. Based on John 4:28,

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Sister Willems shared a message entitled “Leave here your waterpot,” touching the people of the Lord. Then, on the third day, Sister Ja-

neth de Echalar, wife of Rev. David Echalar, Supervisor of the WMM in Italy, gave God’s message. At the closing of the event orga-

nized by the Lord’s Work in Italy, Rev. Echalar was the main speaker and made a speech entitled “The Woman Left Her Waterpot and Went Her Way into the City.” In this presentation, based on John 4: 10, the servant of God spoke about the importance of living water. Excited, Pastor Echalar claimed that through living water we receive sanctification, purification and restoration to our lives. After Rev. Echalar’s message, Jesus Christ showed his power and allowed men and women who did not know his Word to surrender and be set free and strengthened by the presence of the Holy Spirit. The 9th National Fellowship of the WMM in Italy, attended by over 1300 faithful, confirmed the growth of God’s Work in Italy l January 2016 / Impacto evangelistic

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nder the motto “Loyalty,” the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Switzerland held from November 6 to 8, 2015 its 6th National Fellowship in the city of Geneva, near the border with France. It was attended by more than two hundred brothers coming from throughout Switzerland and Italy. In three days, the Work of God shared the Gospel with the evangelical people of this nation. MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 58 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia

THE LORD FORBID IT The 6th National Fellowship of the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Switzerland gathered more than two hundred brothers and a delegation from Italy.


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Led by Rev. Jimmy Ramirez, head of the WMM in Switzerland, the event began with the participation of Pastor David Echalar, Supervision Assistant in Block B of Europe, who preached a message called “Firmness to Take Care of Our Inheritance.” Based on 1 Kings 21: 3, Rev. Echalar stressed that we must be firm when taking care of the blessing that God has given to his followers.

On the second day, Rev. Ramirez shared the good news of the Lord through a message entitled “Loyalty,” based on 1 Kings 21: 3, about the story of Ahab and Naboth’s vineyard. “The Lord forbid it me, that I should give the inheritance of my fathers unto thee,” said Pastor Ramirez, who added that nothing cannot make us turn our back on the Lord. At the closing of the 6th National

Fellowship of the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Switzerland, Rev. Echalar, National Supervisor of the WMM in Italy, made a speech called “War.” The intervention of Pastor Echalar, based on Ephesians 6: 10-13, aimed to analyze the confrontation against evil. In that regard, he stressed that “we are the target of the enemy, but Jesus Christ is our defender” l January 2016 / Impacto evangelistic

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n the framework the Regional Fellowship of the South, taking place in the city of Arequipa under the theme “Happy families with God,” the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Peru held a thanksgiving service for the 24th anniversary of the Elim International Education Association and the 7th anniversary of the Elim Private Education Institution (IEP) of Arequipa. The commemorative event, held on September 17, 2015, was attended by Rev. Gustavo Martinez, International President of the Worldwide Missionary Movement; Rev. Gerardo Martinez, National Supervisor of the Work in Chile; Rev. Luis Meza Bocanegra, International Officer of the WMM; and Sister Carmen Valencia de Martinez. It was also attended by Rev. Josue Ascarruz, representative of the promotion team of the Elim IEP of Arequipa, who hosted the commemoration. During the ceremony, Rev. Gustavo Martinez said that the 21 schools established in Peru by the Elim International Education Association are the seeds planted for the training of future missionaries. In this regard, the servant of the Lord said that Christian education is being planted in the earth for eternity. In addition, the leader of the WMM made a remembrance of Sister Yolanda Porro, founder of the Elim International Education Association, and the project that God put in his heart. Similarly, Rev. Gerardo Martinez and Sister Carmen Valencia commented that the WMM in Peru is a pioneer congregation in promoting Christian education proposals and using mass communication media to spread the Gospel l MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 60 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia

THE SEED OF MISSIONARIES The WMM in Peru celebrated the 24th anniversary of the Elim International Education Association and the 7th anniversary of the Elim Private Education Institution (IEP) of Arequipa with the presence of international officers.


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WMM IN URUGUAY OPENS TEMPLE A temple was opened in Fraile Muerto, Cerro Largo. The gospel and the sound doctrine expand in Uruguay.

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he Worldwide Missionary Movement in Uruguay continues to grow in Uruguay. The Lord’s Work opened a new temple in the city of Fraile Muerto, located in the downtown area of the department of Cerro Largo. The opening was attended by different delegations of Uruguayan faithful. In a solemn ceremony, the new church was entrusted to Pastor Victor Silvera, who will have the mission to preach the Word of God in Fraile Muerto and turn the WMM into the main source of Christianity. In this regard, the minister of the Lord promised to spread the Gospel and lead his congregation under the sound doctrine. The inauguration, held on NovMISSIONARY MOVEMENT 62 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia

ember 29, 2015, was attended by delegations of brothers from the cities of Melo, Montevideo, Canelones and Durazno. In addition, Rev. Alfonso Martinez, National Supervisor of

the WMM in Uruguay, announced the good news of God and urged the brothers to serve the Lord and join the missionary work done by the Worldwide Missionary Movement l


IN THE FIELDS OF THE INDIAN OCEAN

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Alberto Ortega, Missionary Supervisor of the WMM in Haiti, visited Mauritius and Madagascar.

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s part of his evangelizing work, Rev. Alberto Ortega, Missionary Supervisor of the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Haiti, visited on October 21-26, 2015 Mauritius and Madagascar, located in the southern part of the Indian Ocean. The aim was to verify the progress of God’s Work on African islands. First, Rev. Ortega arrived to the city of D’Epinay, located in northwest Mauritius, where he held a worship and verified the growth of the Gospel. Then, on October 22, he visited the temple of the town of Baie du Tombeau, located northwest of the island, where he also noticed the progress of the Work of God. On October 23-24, he participated in the National Convention of the WMM in Mauritius, held in the city of Curepipe.

After the end of the spiritual feast, Pastor Ortega, along with Pastor Broveen Narsoo, set off to Madagascar to meet Sister Suhe Reenis, missionary of the local WMM, in the city of Antananarivo. Finally, on

October 25, the minister of the Lord attended a Women Retreat, held in the central temple of the community of Andranomena, and a day later he attended a service in the city of Andavamamba l January 2016 / Impacto evangelistic

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Others Events

SPAIN 2ND FELLOWSHIP SOUTH ZONE

The 2nd Fellowship of the South Zone of the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Spain was held last November 6-8, 2015, in the town of Rus, in the province of Jaen. The theme of the activity, “I Press Toward the Mark,” set the preaching line of God's Word during the three-day spiritual celebration, attended by nearly a hundred brothers coming from different churches of the Zone. On the opening day, Rev. Ovidio Romero, Presbyter of the South Zone in Spain and Pastor in the Church of Valencia, preached the word through a message entitled “To Reach the Goal, It Is Necessary...” (Philippians 3:13-14). On the second day, the word of God was shared under the following titles: “I Will Reach the Goal” (Philippians 3:13-14) and “Need and Diligence While We Walk” (Ephesians 5:15-Hebrews 2:1), by Pastor Josue Muñoz (Pastor in the Church of Martos, which hosted the activity) and Rev. Ovid Romero, respectively. The closing of this spiritual meeting was conducted by Rev. Wilfredo Alvarado (pastor of the Church in Sevilla), who gave a biblical message entitled “I will reach the goal no matter what” (2 Samuel 18:18-28) l

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DOMINICAN REPUBLIC NATIONAL CONVENTION OF THE WMM

The 45th National Convention was held from October 22 to 24, 2015 and was attended by international officers Rev. Ruben Concepcion, International Secretary and National Supervisor, Rev. Margaro Figueroa and Rev. Jorge Humberto Henao. The first message was shared by Rev. Concepcion, who urged the workers to accept the challenges and commitments ahead. On the second and third night, Rev. Henao followed the same line by urging the people to rely on divine help to conquer. The Lord's presence was felt in an extraordinary manner and many were filled with the Holy Spirit. On Friday morning, a worker promotion service was held. Fifteen new workers were recognized, two were promoted to licensed preachers and five became ministers. The message was brought by Rev. Margaro Figueroa. On Saturday, the meeting of workers was held while the youth were at the Convention Center. The closing took place on Saturday night with an atmosphere of glory l

MEXICO EVANGELISTIC CAMPAIGN IN NUEVO LEON

On Saturday, November 14, 2015, the Christian Pentecost Church of the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Cadereyta Jimenez, Nuevo Leon, held a campaign of salvation and a glorious celebration for the first anniversary of the White Field of Fomerrey, led by Guillermo Padilla and his wife Rosa Delia Carrion de Padilla. The event was attended by the Church in Matamoros and Pastor David de Leon, the Church in Reynosa and Sister Rosalba del Angel, the white field in the city of Benito Juarez and Salvador Barboza, the Church in Monterrey, the Church in Cadereyta and pastor and presbyter Carlos Garcia Leal. The word of God was shared by Pastor Carlos Garcia Leal, under the theme “In Christ Family is Blessing,” based on Genesis 12:3, a passage in which God tells Abraham that in him all families on the earth shall be blessed. To have a blessed family, we must be in Christ l

GHANA VISIT BY SUPERVISOR OF AFRICA

In November 2015, Rev. Clemente Vergara, Missionary Supervisor of the WMM in Africa, travelled directly from Spain to West Africa (Ghana and Ivory Coast), where he met Rev. Heriberto Bohoba, Member of the National Board coming from Central Africa. They both made a journey of inspection, awareness and contact for the Work of the WMM in these zones. Reception was very good, as the pastors in Ghana organized a welcome service and gave the Supervisor an embroidered map. During the services, young people were touched and accepted the Lord's call. Rev. Vergara continued his journey of inspection, travelling from Ghana to the Ivory Coast. Ghana and Ivory Coast border other African countries of large dimension. Let us pray and cooperate so that God extends his Work to every corner of Africa l


I WAS IN EVERY FIGHT

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ight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses. I give thee charge in the sight of God, who quickeneth all things, and before Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession; That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ: Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords; Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen.” 1 Timothy 6:12-16. Let us remember a general that was part of Napoleon’s troops. This man had lost parts of his body in battlefield. The story goes that Napoleon was on his horse reviewing his troops when he suddenly stopped before a man who had scars everywhere and had lost part of his body: a leg from the knee down –he had a piece of wood instead–, an eye; an

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ear. Napoleon stared at the man, the one-eyed man stared back and stood to attention. Napoleon pointed him with the sword and told him, “There was a terrible battle in Waterloo…” Hitting the stump against the ground, the man replied, “There I was.” Napoleon asked again, “And in the occupation of Normandy?” “There I was”, said the main once more. For every battle Napoleon asked about, the man would hit the piece of wood against the ground and say: “There I was”. He had marks on his body to prove it, evidence of all the battles he had fought. Napoleon got off his horse, decorated him and put him as an example. There he was arranged in line of battle, the one-eyed man with some fingers less and a foot lost, saying with satisfaction “I was in every fight.” Beloved brothers, how many of you will have the satisfaction to say “There I was,” when Christ calls you to his presence and asks you, “In fasting and prayer? In collaboration and offering? In evangelization, visitation, holiness and testimony?” Could you proudly say, “There I was, Lord, with your help”? l January 2016 / Impacto evangelistic

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