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February 2016 / Edition 745
The Saving Voice
WORLDWIDE MISSIONARY MOVEMENT
In the Sweet By-and-By EVENTS
The Glorious Convention of Colombia
Whatâ€™s in the deep web?
THE HIDDEN FACE OF THE
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With Rev. Gustavo From Monday to Sunday 8am MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 2 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
FAITHFUL TO PROCLAIM THE MESSAGE Rev. Gustavo Martínez International President of the WMM
“The hand of the Lord was upon me, and carried me out in the spirit of the Lord...” Ezekiel 37: 1
he hand of the Lord was
If God’s hand is not upon us, then
upon me” (Ezekiel 37:1).
He is not the one who sent us and we
The real qualification for
have not been called. We will only
the ministry of the prophet Ezekiel
care for our comfort and benefit, we
was that the hand of the Lord was
will only heighten our image and
upon him. The qualification for the
make others admire us.
ministry is not a degree from a Bible
If we are convinced and aware
school or university (in divinity or
that He has called us, however, we
theology), nor a credential or position,
will go as far as we must go. Only
or any other title shown on the wall of
God sends and reveals the message
our house. The real qualification for
to every prophet or chosen man.
the ministry is God’s hand upon us.
Much of today’s preaching is
Walking under the anointing of
academic, eloquent and rhetorical,
God means hearing, following and
without the power of God that can
obeying His voice. It means that we
change, as it lacks the fire and the
have given Him our lives, allowing
presence of the Holy Spirit. Only
the Lord to lead us and put us in diffi-
anointed preaching can change lives
cult, arid places where others have
and have an impact on nations, “for
failed. We do not go on our behalf,
the word of God is quick, and powerful,
but on the behalf of the Almighty.
and sharper than any twoedged sword,
That hand upon us will open doors,
piercing even to the dividing asunder of
create life where there is none, let it
soul… and is a discerner of the thoughts
rain where it has not rained and make
and intents of the heart” (Hebrews
darkness disappear, as only light can.
4:12). Amen l
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6. Cover. The Hidden Face of the Internet.
14. Infography. What is the Deep Web? 16. International. Europa Must Go Back to God. 18. Well-being. Meat Consumption. 21. Facts. The Our Father of David Bowie. 22. Facts. Facts That You Did Not Know About Charles Spurgeon. 24. Literature. Josephus, the Essential Writings. 28. Music. In the Sweet By-and-By. 30. Heroes of faith. The “Doctor” Who Served God.
44. Devotional. Seeking God’s Blessing. 46. Devotional. Work Is a Blessing. 48. Event. “God Wants Uprightness in Man”.
34. Testimony. The Saving Voice.
56. Event. “We Have to Be Upright, Honest and Righteous”.
40. Interview. “We Need a Revival in India”.
62. Event. God, send rain.
42. Devotional. Marriage in Heaven.
64. Event. Call Unto Me And I Will Answer.
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THE HIDDEN FACE OF THE INTERNET Most common users ignore that the Internet is like an iceberg of which they only can see the visible part. There is a big part that is hidden or submerged, which is known as ‘deep web’ or ‘invisible web.’ Those almost unknown web pages represent about 95 percent of the Internet.
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Estimations based on the extrapolation of a study from the University of California, in Berkeley, speculate that the deep web must now have about 91 000 terabytes and that it is 500 times bigger than the surface web.
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ew people talk about the deep web, and even fewer know what it is about. Many think that everything can be found on the public net thanks to Google, and some even say that, “if you can’t find it on Google, it doesn’t exist.” The truth is they are wrong. Hundreds of millions of users see the “nice side” of the Internet every day, but the dark side of the net of nets is beyond what they can see, or better said, beyond what most people know. Some experts illustrate the Internet as a huge iceberg; everybody sees its top, but its biggest part is submerged and can only be seen by those who know how to browse with special tools. Consequently, the Internet is not only what we know, but also what we do not know about it. There is a lot of information that we cannot find on regular browsers and that usually remains hidden from the ordinary public. There is much useful information, but it is also full of danger to be avoided no matter what. The deep web is not small, but just the opposite. In year 2000, it represented 45 times the information on the surface web, although that number has obviously changed nowadays because of the growth of phenomena such as social networks, blogs and even Google. Today, Google, the world’s most famous search engine, is a giant that brings to light much more material than it used to in 2000, so those numbers are not updated. Nevertheless, it is true that the deep web still occupies an enormous space on the Internet that remains hidden. In 2010, it was estimated that the information on the deep web was about 7 500 terabytes, which is equivalent to 550 thousand millions of individual documents approximately, and that there were more than 200 000 websites. Estimations based on the extrapolation of a study from the University of California, in Berkeley, speculate that the deep web must now have about 91 000 terabytes and that it is 500 times bigger than the surface web. The deep web consists of all those webpages that search engines such as Google, Yahoo, Bing, etc., cannot find. This is possible as many websites or documents are designed to remain hidden from those en-
gines. That means that people who create these websites do not want them to be public or easy to find. Many of these webpages need a password. The deep web makes use of all kinds of tools to maintain the anonymity. Some parts are technically inaccessible through regular means, making them a safe place for cybercriminals or individuals to provide legal and illegal services. They use complex encryptions that protect the user from traffic analysis, being anonymity their
main inspiration. WHAT DOES IT CONTAIN? What does the deep web contain? What can be found there and why its creators do not want the information to be easy to find? A big part of the information on the deep web are databases that their creators want to keep away from search engines. Although the use of the deep web is not exclusively illegal, there is a great presence of illegality. David Sancho, threat research-
er at Trend Micro, states that the deep web is out of control. Experts give several pieces of information that raise suspicion about the impact of illegal activities on this kind of web pages. It is believed that 32% of the goods merchandized on several online stores have a connection with cannabis and drug dealing. There are even opportunities to break the law. For 5 900 dollars, the American citizenship can be obtained in a deep web site specialized in providing passports.
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Many users –inform the experts– take advantage of the web circumstances to do money laundering, buy and sell passwords, sell illegal passports or leak government information, as it happened with the famous Wikileaks. It is a small universe almost unexplored. Another important part of the deep web includes information about organizations such as the NASA, the FBI or the CIA. Data about meteorology, economy, MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 10 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
etc., may also be found there. Taking into account the characteristics of the deep web, there is also information on criminal activities such as drug dealing, pornography, pedophilia, selling and manufacture of guns, etc. This information is a serious danger for users. It should be pointed out that the deep web is invaded with hackers who attack users by surprise and cause terrible damage that may even Continue reading––
The deep web makes use of all kinds of tools to maintain the anonymity. Some parts are technically inaccessible through regular means, making them a safe place for cybercriminals or individuals to provide legal and illegal services.
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The Internet is like an iceberg. Most people only see the visible tip, but there is a huge part of it submerged. Hence the name “Deep Web.”
destroy the hard disk or infect it with unknown viruses. LAYERS OF THE INTERNET It is said that the Internet is divided into seven layers. Below the general characteristics and contents of each layer: Layer 0: The one that everybody knows and where there are webpages that can be found by search engines such as Google, Yahoo and others.
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Layer 1: It contains little-known websites that people can access rather easily. They say that they are mostly forums and small independent websites with not so usual contents. Layer 2: In this layer, there are even less known websites. The material that can be obtained here has doubtful morality. Layer 3: It contains darker and more dangerous websites. There is weird, disturbing and useless content like websites
Layer 6: Only those who have great knowledge about informatics have access to this layer. All the encryption changes constantly and the access passwords are so long that are almost impossible to decode. Layer 7: In this layer, everything is black and full of binary codes. The contents are unknown, but they are supposed to include secrets guarded zealously for several decades. Very few people in the world have access to this layer.
abandoned for years. Layer 4: From this layer down, real hackers abound. It contains encrypted governmental pages, laws to be approved and state secrets about scientific experiments from the last four decades. Layer 5: The most hidden military secrets are here. In this layer, absolutely confidential information and other highly reserved topics are exchanged. Some people refer to this layer as ‘Marianas Web.’
ALWAYS ON THE ALERT Fortunately, this kind of websites constitute a low percentage of the deep web, but it is important to be on the alert in order to avoid at all costs the access of underage children to this information. The access of a minor to the deep web is not usual, because it is difficult to set up the computer in order to surf, or better said, “dive” in this hidden part of the Internet. All the existing material on the deep web is not easily accessible, since it is necessary to use a proxy server. In order to browse the deep web correctly, it is necessary to have an advanced knowledge in informatics, much advanced than usual, therefore it is unlikely that a child may have access to it. However, it may awaken interest in teenagers who would like to enter the hidden world. In this case, it is very important to talk to them and warn them about the dangers of these websites. Teens interested in getting in the deep web are likely to do it behind their parent’s or teacher’s back. However, if they are used to using responsibly the ICT (information and communication technology), they will be safe while diving in that hidden part of the Internet. In that sense, education and awareness on the possible risks of the Internet is fundamental. It will not hurt to talk to them about the deep web, if necessary. Like pretty much everything, the deep web can be useful in many cases, as it contains a great quantity of interesting information that is impossible to find in the surface web. Before getting into this hidden web, however, it is essential to know the lines that no one should ever cross and how to react before dangerous situations l
In order to browse the deep web correctly, it is necessary to have an advanced knowledge in informatics, much advanced than usual, therefore it is unlikely that a child may have access to it. However, it may awaken interest in teenagers who would like to enter the hidden world. In this case, it is very important to talk to them and warn them about the dangers of these websites.
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WHAT IS THE DEEP WEB?
When using any of the search engines, we only catch information from the surface of the WORLD WIDE WEB. The Deep Web is an Internet space hidden from the usual search engines and where you can find all kinds of content, almost all illegal.
To produce results, most search engines roam the web. These engines follow links to index sites.
aliexpress.com apple.com aliexpress.com
These networks capture less than 1% of the contents of the web. Search engines overlook large amounts of data.
amazon.com samsung.com aliexpress.com
There are also independent documents and webpages hidden behind private networks, such as journal articles.
is the approximate amount of information found on the Deep Web.
on the Deep Web
of the digital universe sites on the Deep Web are protected by passwords.
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Are the most popular browsers or search engines on the web.
It is estimated that
of all Internet content is on the Deep Web.
Public Web Only
It is like throwing a net and drag it on the surface of the sea to capture information.
of web content is available to the public through search engines like Google.
youtube.com impactoevangelistico.net elpais.es harvard.edu
The most hidden section on the web is TOR, accessible only with special software that makes your location anonymous.
It is a digital currency used for most transactions on the Deep Web and is beyond bank control.
When asking a question to the database, a single page is generated. This page does not appear on the surface of the indexable web.
(*) 1TB = 1000GB = 1000 000MB = 1000 000 000KB = 1000 000 000 000B.
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EUROPA MUST GO BACK TO GOD German Chancellor Angela Merkel is the daughter of a pastor and has never hidden her faith. In a recent conference at the University of Bern, Switzerland, she was asked about the “danger” that Muslim immigrants represent for Europe and her answer took many by surprise.
erman Chancellor Angela Merkel took everyone by surprise by saying: “Please go to church every once in a while, or become a tad more versed in the Bible.” She said that Europeans needed to deal again with their roots and reconnect with God and the Bible to overcome the current crisis of immigration, which has religious contours. “European Christians must be brave, know their faith better, have unshakable biblical foundations and attend church once in a while”, she stated. In addition, she said that people should not be afraid or hostile towards the refugees, clearly referring to some “defensive” reactions that she has observed in her country. “Cultures that are marked by fear will not conquer their future. Fear has never been a good advisor”, she stated according to the publication of Evangelical Focus. She made these statements during an interview at the University of Bern, Switzerland, when she was asked about the danger of the Islamization of Europe, after the arrival of thousands of Syrian refugees. As it has been widely informed, Germany is the main destination of thousands of refugees who escape from wars in the Middle East and Africa. “Islamic terror in unfortunately a phenomenon operating predominantly in Syria…, we can’t just sit here and say this is a phenomenon that has nothing to do with us, because those are people, sometimes very young people, who grew up in our countries,” she added.
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Merkel declared that Europe must solve the refugee crisis with equality and solidarity, and that Germany is willing to accept more asylum-seekers than its partners, given its size and strong economy. The German Chancellor spoke about the Christian identity that helped forge the European values. “I have to be very honest. We all have the opportunity and freedom to have our religion, to practice it, and to believe in it. I would like to see more people who have the courage to say ‘I am a Christian believer’. And more people who have the courage to enter into a dialogue”, Merkel said. She also urged those people who have withdrawn from their faith to attend church now and then and develop biblical foundations. The German government is deeply involved in finding a solution to the refugee crisis. However, the German chancellor wanted to let people know that there is no reason to be afraid of Islam. She made an appeal for dialogue and stated that we must “deal again with our roots and know them better”. Germany hosted over 800 thousand refugees in 2015, four times the number of refugees in 2014. The government says that it could take in until 500 thousand refugees per year in the following years. In the several campaigns against the inclusion of all foreign refugees into the country, the main argument is that many jihadists and soldiers of extremist groups are arriving disguised as immigrants l
“I have to be very honest. We all have the opportunity and freedom to have our religion, to practice it, and to believe in it. I would like to see more people who have the courage to say ‘I am a Christian believer’.”
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MEAT CONSUMPTION A report from the World Health Organization took the world by surprise not so long ago. It was about the consumption of red and processed meat and their relation to cancer. These two products may seem similar, but they are actually quite different. Walter Menchola Vásquez (*)
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et us begin with some basic concepts to understand what this is all about. What is red meat? It is meat obtained from mammals, including cows, calves, pigs, lambs, goats and others, which is used for human consumption because of its great contribution of high-quality animal proteins and iron. It is named after its red color, which is characteristic of myoglobin. This kind of meat also has a high cholesterol content. White meat, however, does not come from mammals, but poultry, and has high protein content and low fat content. What is processed meat? It refers to meat that has been transformed by humans through different processes: salting,
prepare lists of carcinogenic, autogenous and teratogenic substances. The IARC classifies substances in three big groups: Group 1 are carcinogenic to humans; Group 2 are probably carcinogenic, and it subdivides in 2A highly carcinogenic and 2B possibly carcinogenic to humans; and Group 3 are not carcinogenic.
curing, fermentation, smoking, or other processes to enhance flavor or improve preservation. Most processed meats contain pork or beef, for example: sausages, ham, bacon, jerked beef, corned beef, canned meat, meat-based sauces, etc. Determining that a substance is carcinogenic for human being involves significant difficulties, given that many factors intervene in the onset of cancer as well as in the development of the natural history of this illness. Nowadays, there are tests that help determining if a substance is carcinogenic or not. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the European Economic Community
WHO’S RESEARCH On Monday, October 26, 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) – the most important health agency of the United Nations – announced through the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) that consumption of processed meat “may” cause cancer to human beings, which means that it is carcinogenic like tobacco and other products that probably cause cancer. In addition, it was stated that red meat could also be carcinogenic. This news took the entire world by surprise, as these kind of products are highly consumed by big part of the world population. The research was based on a thorough review of the accumulated scientific literature, with more than 800 different studies on cancer done by 22 scientists from 10 countries who were convened by the IARC. After analyzing and finding evidence, they classified red meats as probably carcinogenic for humans (Group 2A). This association was observed mainly for colorectal cancer, but association were also seen for pancreatic cancer and prostate cancer. It should be pointed out that this classification is based on limited evidence, which means that it comes from epidemiological studies and not experimental ones, since it is forbidden to make experiments on humans. It also should be noted that other explanations cannot be dismissed. Nevertheless, a positive relation between the consumption of red meats and the development of colorectal cancer has been found. In the case of processed meat, however, the study concludes that it is carcinogenic for humans (Group 1), and that its consumption causes colorectal cancer (IARC) when eaten frequently and in high amounts. Continue reading––
(*) Internist, Master in Public Policy and Management
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The category implies that there is enough evidence of carcinogenicity, which means that there are convincing evidence that the agent causes cancer. However, these results should be treated with caution, as it points out the evidence but not the direct relation to cancer. A positive relation to colorectal cancer was found. THE RISKS The risk of suffering from cancer depends on the quantity and frequency of processed meat consumption. A data analysis from 10 studies estimates that every 50 grams of processed meat eaten daily increases the risk of colorectal cancer by about 18 % (IARC). What does it mean? If I eat 50 grams of processed meat once in my life, will I develop cancer? No, the study does not say that. It says that if you eat more than 50 grams of any processed meat frequently for many years and you are genetically predisposed, you will probably develop colorectal cancer (18 %). The risk of cancer in case of red meat consumption is more difficult to estimate, because the evidence showing that red meat causes cancer is not as solid as in the case of processed meat. In the case of processed meat, everything indicates that something negative occurs during the transformation process of meat, which generates carcinogenic chemical substances, such as NOC (N-nitroso compound) or PAH (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon). Cooking at high temperatures or with food in direct contact with flames or hot surfaces, as in barbecuing or pan-frying, would produce more of certain types of carcinogenic chemicals. The Global Burden of Disease estimates that around 34 thousand deaths from cancer per year are caused by diets with high amounts of processed meat, while a million deaths in the world are due to the cancer produced by tobacco, 600 thousand are due to alcohol consumption, and more than 200 thousand are due to air pollution. The World Health Organization points out that the main causes of death between 2000 and 2012 were ischemic heart disease, cerebrovascular accident (stroke, brain hemorrhage), chronic obstructive lung disease (COPD), lower respiratory
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infections, lung cancer, AIDS, diarrhea, diabetes mellitus, car accidents and hypertension. To sum up, non-communicable diseases, also known as chronic diseases – especially, cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes mellitus and COPD – are responsible for almost 70% of deaths worldwide. According to WHO, 14 million of new cancer cases were reported in 2012. Among men, the five most common type of cancer were lung, prostate, colorectal, stomach and liver cancer; while among women the most frequent were breast, colorectal, lung, cervical and stomach cancer. The most common risk factors (30 %) were high body mass index (overweight or obese people), low intake of vegetables and fruits, little physical activity, and tobacco or alcohol consumption. It is expected that the number of cancer cases around the world will double in the next years. It should be noted that what was revealed is the “risk” or probability of a person suffering from cancer due to processed meat consumption. These risks are expressed in a relative way (percentages, rates) and not in an absolute way (numbers: 450, etc.). WHO has stated that if a person eats 50 grams or more of processed meat, they have 18 % more risk (relative number) of suffering from colorectal cancer. For this reason, each country should establish the absolute risk according to the number of cases of colorectal cancer. The percentage does not mean that there is a direct relation between the intake of processed meat and colorectal cancer, but it only means that the risk is 0.18 times higher, if 1 represented the probability of developing colorectal cancer. It is recommended to consume processed meat moderately and not so frequently. Regarding red meat consumption, although there is no evident relation to cancer, it is related to other diseases, such as ischemic heart disease, which is the first cause of death in the world. That is why it is advisable to restrict its frequent intake, eat white meat instead, or cook it avoiding barbecue grill and fried food. Remember the old saying: “Poison is in everything, and no thing is without poison. The dosage makes it either a poison or a remedy” l
THE OUR FATHER OF DAVID BOWIE What we believe or say at some point in our lives is one thing, but coming face to face with death is another. That changes it all. Jaime Fernández
verybody was surprised. The hundreds of millions of people who were watching the concert on TV could not believe what they were hearing. By the end of his performance at the Freddie Mercury tribute concert (the singer of Queen who died from AIDS), David Bowie said the Lord’s Prayer. Practically everyone at the stadium repeated each word with him. Later, David explained that his reaction was instinctive and that those were the first words that crossed his mind when thinking about his friend’s death. Many times the need of God appears in the hardest moments, and we all turn to Him when death comes. It does not matter if we are atheistic, agnostic, Buddhist or practice transcendental meditation or some other thing, because when we do not know where to go, we all end up searching for God. It is as if there was something written inside of us saying that God is there, that He listens to us and that He is the only one who can help us. What we believe or say at some point in our lives is one thing, but coming face to face with death is another. That changes it all. Did you know that some people even get bothered when others talk about their Creator? I remember that in the Oscars 2005, all nominees received a letter in which they were asked not to mention God… If we make God “disappear” from our existence, there will come the time when we will not know what to do, when nothing will help or satisfy us. We will feel completely alone and eternity will be a burden too heavy to support by ourselves. The most interesting thing of all is
that, in spite of people’s attempts and the media’s efforts, God is still there. In fact, more and more people look for Him every day, more and more people know that He is there and He is the only one that can make real sense of life. That is exactly what will happen in the future. God announced it thousands of years ago: “Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord” l
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FACTS THAT YOU DID NOT KNOW ABOUT CHARLES SPURGEON January 31, 2016 marks the 124th anniversary of the death of great preacher Charles Haddon Spurgeon. In his memory, we bring some facts that you may not know about him. • One woman was converted through reading a single page of one of Spurgeon’s sermons wrapped around some butter she had bought. • Spurgeon read The Pilgrim’s Progress at age 6 and went on to read it over 100 times. MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 22 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
• The New Park Street Pulpit and The Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit, the collected sermons of Spurgeon during his ministry with that congregation, fill 63 volumes. The sermons’ 20–25 million words are equivalent to the 27 volumes
of the ninth edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica. The series stands as the largest set of books by a single author in the history of Christianity. • Spurgeon’s mother had 17 children, nine of whom died in infancy. • When Charles Spurgeon was only 10 years old, a visiting missionary, Richard Knill, said that the young Spurgeon would one day preach the gospel to thousands and would preach in Rowland Hill’s chapel, the largest Dissenting church in London. His words were fulfilled. • Spurgeon’s personal library contained 12,000 volumes—1,000 printed before 1700. (The library, 5,103 volumes at the time of its auction, is now housed at William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri.) • Before he was 20, Spurgeon had preached over 600 times. • Spurgeon drew to his services Prime Minister W. E. Gladstone, members of the royal family, Members of Parliament as well as author John Ruskin, Florence Nightingale, and General James Garfield, later president of the United States. • Spurgeon typically read 6 books per week and could remember what he had read—and where—even years later. • Spurgeon once addressed an audience of 23,654 without a microphone or any mechanical amplification. • Spurgeon began a pastors’ college that trained nearly 900 students during his lifetime—and it continues today. • In 1865, Spurgeon’s sermons sold 25,000 copies every week. They were translated into more than 20 languages. • At least 3 of Spurgeon’s works (including the multi-volume Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit series) have sold more than 1,000,000 copies. One of these, All of Grace, was the first book ever published by Moody Press (formerly the Bible Institute Colportage Association) and is still its all-time bestseller. • During his lifetime, Spurgeon is estimated to have preached to 10,000,000 people. • Spurgeon once said he counted 8 sets of thoughts that passed through his mind at
the same time while he was preaching. • Testing the acoustics in the vast Agricultural Hall, Spurgeon shouted, “Behold the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world.” A worker high in the rafters of the building heard this and became converted to Christ as a result. • Susannah Thompson, Spurgeon’s wife, became an invalid at age 33 and could seldom attend her husband’s services after that. • Spurgeon insisted that his congregation’s new building, the Metropolitan Tabernacle, employ Greek architecture because the New Testament was written in Greek. This one decision has greatly influenced subsequent church architecture throughout the world. • For an average sermon, Spurgeon took no more than one page of notes into the pulpit, yet he spoke at a rate of 140 words per minute for 40 minutes. • The only time that Spurgeon wore clerical garb was when he visited Geneva and preached in Calvin’s pulpit. • Spurgeon met often with Hudson Taylor, the well-known missionary to China, and with George Müller, the orphanage founder. • Spurgeon had two children—twin sons—and both became preachers. Thomas succeeded his father as pastor of the Tabernacle, and Charles, Jr., took charge of the orphanage his father had founded. • Spurgeon’s wife, Susannah, called him Tirshatha (a title used of the Judean governor under the Persian empire), meaning “Your Excellency.” • Spurgeon often worked 18 hours a day. Famous explorer and missionary David Livingstone once asked him, “How do you manage to do two men’s work in a single day?” Spurgeon replied, “You have forgotten that there are two of us.” • Occasionally Spurgeon asked members of his congregation not to attend the next Sunday’s service, so that newcomers might find a seat. During one 1879 service, the regular congregation left so that newcomers waiting outside might get in; the building immediately filled again l
For an average sermon, Spurgeon took no more than one page of notes into the pulpit, yet he spoke at a rate of 140 words per minute for 40 minutes.
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THE ESSENTIAL WRITINGS Paul Maier’s book summarizes the history of the Jews. It sheds light on the Old and New Testament.
In its second part, Maier’s book addresses in eight chapters the most essential part of another of Josephus’ works: “The Jewish Wars.” Printed in Greek between years 77 and 78, this book, written originally in Aramaic, takes us to the events that took place between the Maccabees rebellion and the last Roman military actions in Judea.
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hose who write histories are prompted by various motives. This work was undertaken not to display literary skill, win fame, or please the powerful, but, as a participant in some of the events, I intended to refute those whose writings were falsifying the truth and to benefit those ignorant of important affairs. This narrative will cover our entire ancient history: the origin of Jews, the fortunes that overtook them, the great Lawgiver who taught them piety and virtue, and all their wars through long ages before their final conflict with Rome. The main appeal of “Josephus, the Essential Writings” is the great amount of information on the biblical times and on the most noted Jews mentioned in the Holy Scriptures. Written by Dr. Paul L. Maier, renowned Christian historian, this book is a complete translation of the basic texts of Flavius Josephus, distinguished Jewish Pharisee chronicler who contributed with his books to revealing the initial stages in the history of Israel. After the death of Joseph and his brothers, the Israelites, as their descendants were now called, flourished in Egypt. Meanwhile, the Egyptians, forgetful of the benefits they had received from Joseph, began to envy the prosperity and happiness of the children of Israel. The kingdom had passed to another dynasty, and they became very cruel to the Israelites, forcing them to cut numerous canals from the river, build walls around their cities, and erect pyramid after pyramid. They spent 400 years enduring these afflictions. Eventually, they suffered a still greater cruelty. Maier’s illustrated edition contains
eighty-three photographs, twelve maps, five charts of genealogies and dynasties, marginal dates of important biblical events, a thorough index and a select bibliography. In addition, it offers a detailed condensation of two of Josephus’ great books –“Antiquities of the Jews” and “The Jewish Wars”– as a chronological, literary and understandable whole. The main passages are presented word by word. The 40 years of wandering had almost come to an end, only 30 days were left. Moses felt –on God’s prompting– that it was time for him to die. So he appointed Joshua to be his successor, both as commander of the armies and as prophet to receive the messages of God. God had indicated Moses that this was the man of His choice. Then Moses called together an assembly near the Jordan at Abile and delivered many words of wisdom to them, and well as laws for their government. On one of the following days, he recited a poem he had composed in hexameter that contained predictions of future events. Paul L. Maier, at the beginning of his book published in the United States in 1988, assures that, “If Josephus had not existed, all our biblical dictionaries and comments would be substantially smaller. His writings are simply essential to any scholar of the Scriptures.” Likewise, he says that, “Apart from the Bible itself, Josephus is the most important historical source to understand the entire biblical era, and, regarding some characters in the New Testament, it is an even more complete source.” David had just returned to Ziklag on the same day the Philistine victory. On the Continue reading––
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third day after the fight, the man who killed Saul at his bidding arrived at Ziklag, his clothes torn and ashes on his head. He told David that the Hebrews were defeated and tens of thousands of them killed, including Saul and his sons. To prove that, he produced the crown and the bracelet and gave them to David. David tore his garments, weeping and lamenting all that day. His grief was increased by the memory of Jonathan, his dearest friend who had saved his life. With precision and accuracy, “Josephus, the Essential Writings” shows in the first place the summary of the book
“Antiquities of the Jews” throughout nineteen chapters. Released between the years 93 and 94 A.D., Josephus’ ambitious book tells the story of the Jewish people, from creation until the war with Rome. In this regard, Maier declares, “The narrative shows the antiquity, the sublimity and reasonableness of the Jewish culture and beliefs.” Alexander left the kingdom to Alexandra, his wife, who was loved by the multitude, since they thought she had opposed the cruel measures of her husband. She had two sons by Alexander: Hyrcanus, the elder, whom she made high because
he was lethargic and incompetent, and Aristobulus, whom she confined to private life because he was a hothead. Alexandra favored the Pharisees, the Jewish sect most strict in the observance of the laws. They became the real rulers of the nation, although Alexandra managed with great wisdom, doubling the military and intimidating neighboring rulers. In its second part, Maier’s book addresses in eight chapters the most essential part of another of Josephus’ works: “The Jewish Wars.” Printed in Greek between years 77 and 78, this book, written origi-
nally in Aramaic, takes us to the events that took place between the Maccabees rebellion and the last Roman military actions in Judea. “Josephus, the Essential Writings” is one of the few existing sources of knowledge about the First Jewish-Roman War. Famine now raged in the city, and the rebels took all the food they could find in a house-to-house search, while the poor starved to death by the thousands. People gave all their wealth for a little measure of wheat, and hid to eat it hastily and in secret so it would not be taken from them. Women would snatch the food from their husbands, children from fathers, and mothers from the very mouths of infants. Many of the rich were put to death by Simon and John, while the sufferings of the people were so fearful that they can hardly be told, and no other city ever endured such miseries. Born on May 31, 1931 and author of sixteen books about the history of Christianity, Paul L. Maier provided with “Josephus, the Essential Writings” an essential material that preserves the core of Josephus’ works. Maier, a former professor of ancient history at the Western Michigan University, sought to spread these writings, because, in his opinion, they are not just crucial to understand the first century after the birth of Jesus, but are as well a religious literature fascinating in itself. Caesar ordered the entire city and the temple smashed to the ground, leaving only the tallest of the towers standing –Phasael, Hippicus and Mariamne– and part of the western wall to show posterity the strong defenses which had yielded to the Romans. He now gathered his army in order to commend them for their achievements and confer rewards on those who had particularly distinguished themselves. A high tribunal was erected in the center of the camp, and Titus mounted it with his principal officers. He thanked the army for their magnificent efforts and praised them for their obedience and courage l February 2016 / Impacto evangelistic
IN THE SWEET BY-AND-BY Famous Christian song written by Sanford Fillmore Bennett and set to music by Joseph Philbrick Webster. It gives a message on how good it is to stand by the Lord.
n the Sweet By-and-By,” composed unexpectedly in the 19th century, remains a banner of the Gospel with more than 148 years of history. It was written in 1867 by Christian poet Sanford Fillmore Bennett, author of over 100 evangelical songs, and set to music by composer Joseph Philbrick Webster, distinguished figure of the American gospel music. The melody has had a profound impact on people thanks to its moving message on how pleasant it is to stand by the Son of God. Bennett’s song, famous worldwide, was created during the visit of his colleague Webster. Writer Ira David Sankey, in his book “My life and the Story of the Gospel Hymns,” collects Bennett’s testimony: “He came into my place of busi-
IN THE SWEET BYAND-BY 1 There's a land that is fairer than day, And by faith we can see it afar; For the Father waits over the way To prepare us a dwelling place there. REFRAIN In the sweet by and by, We shall meet on that beautiful shore; In the sweet by and by, We shall meet on that beautiful shore. 2 We shall sing on that beautiful shore The melodious songs of the blessed; And our spirits shall sorrow no more, Not a sigh for the blessing of rest. 3 To our bountiful Father above, We will offer our tribute of praise For the glorious gift of His love And the blessings that hallow our days MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 28 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
ness... I said, “Webster, what is the matter now?” “It’s no matter,” he replied, “it will be all right by and by.” The idea of the hymn came me like a flash of sunlight, and I replied, “The Sweet By and By!”… I penned the words of the hymn as fast as I could write…Taking his violin, he played the melody and then jotted down the notes of the chorus.” Sanford Fillmore Bennett was born on June 21, 1836 in Eden, New York. He showed from an early age his faith in the Lord and skills for composition. When he was 14, he debuted as an author and published his first poems in a journal of the city of Waukegan. He attended the Waukegan Academy and the University of Michigan. Then, in 1860, he moved to Elkhorn, Wisconsin, and became associate editor of the journal “Elkhorn Independent.” Joseph Philbrick Webster was born on February 22, 1819. Like Bennett, he showed his love to God and his interest in Christian music since he was very little. Gifted with a great talent, he studied with renowned composers of the 19th century, such as Lowell Mason and George James Webb. Afterwards, with this knowledge, he made a great tour all over the East of the United States, showing his vocal skills. In 1859, he settled down in the city of Elkhorn, where he met Bennett. Included in countless hymnbooks and translated into many languages, the song “In the Sweet By-and-By” is one of the most-adapted gospel songs in the history of Christianity. Among the most famous singers that recorded this song are Elvis Presley, Louis Armstrong, Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson and Loretta Lynn. Similarly, this song was part of the sound-
track of the successful American movies such as “Sergeant York,” “Benny & Joon,” and “Django Unchained.” “In the Sweet By-and-By” was part of a song collection made by Webster and Bennett, entitled “The Ring of Seal” and released in the United States in 1868. Its main message is the possibility of redemption for those who have surrendered to the Lord. It also offers a message of hope thanks to the mercy of the Lord and the relief of his presence l February 2016 / Impacto evangelistic
THE “DOCTOR” WHO SERVED GOD John Graham Lake preached the Word of the Lord through a ministry based on amazing healings, abnegation, renunciation, sacrifice and a faith made of steel. Edgardo LLugdar
ew evangelists have been able to prove their healing gift like John Graham Lake, who did not need big halls, specific schedules, lights or a show. He would lay his hands on patients anywhere, anytime, without protocols, in the street, at church, in hospitals, in front of doctors, and amazing healings would take place. He was a Christian of indisputable testimony as well. When he became rich and successful, he sold everything and gave away his money to the poor to become a missionary, with less than one dollar in his pocket. Lake was born on March 18, 1870, in Ontario, Canada, in a large typical family composed by 18 members, who would later move to the American State of Michigan. His parents were strong, healthy and vigorous, but he and his siblings would suffer from several physical conditions. Furthermore, before he decided to devote his life to the Lord, John lost eight members of his family and one of his brothers spent 32 years as a disabled man. Doctors, nurses, hospitals, hearses, funerals, cemeteries, headstones and a house in permanent grief were all important part of his childhood and adolescence. John’s first encounter with the Word of the Lord was at the age of sixteen during an evangelist meeting. He immediately devoted his life to Jesus Christ and soon after began to congregate in a Christian church. From that moment on, he gave his burden MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 30 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
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to God and knew that He was the only one who could heal him, as he was constantly ill. One the diseases that most affected him in his youth was rheumatism. With his body deformed by the disease, he heard about the healing ministry of John Alexander Dowie, a famous Christian of the 19th century, and decided to visit Chicago so that they would pray for him. During the service, an old grey-haired man approached Lake and laid his hands on him. Immediately, the power of God went through John’s body, straightened his legs, and he could walk out to the street. After his healing, he took his disabled brother to Dowie’s home, where he was healed. Afterwards, he returned to Chicago with one of his sisters, who suffered from breast cancer. When they first arrived, she had doubts about it, but once she heard the Word of God, preached with such great power, her faith grew and she was healed. Her pain disappeared instantaneously and her biggest tumor fell down a few days later. MAN OF THE LORD In February 1893, John Lake married sister Jennie Stevens. The family was blessed with seven children. Two years later, however, Jennie was diagnosed with tuberculosis and heart failure. These illnesses became more and more serious, and in 1898, doctors told John that there was no hope. On April 28, 1898, he felt stronger after reading in the Holy Scriptures how Jesus had healed the sick. He met pastor Dowie to pray for his wife’s healing. Steven’s paralysis disappeared and her heart beating became normal again. God had saved her entirely. In 1901, Lake moved to Zion, Illinois, to be closer to John Alexander Dowie. Soon after, he was preaching at night, studying whenever he could, and working as a full-time manager in Dowie’s building during the day. In 1904, after acquiring some properties in Zion, he moved to Chicago after almost declaring bankruptcy. There he bought a seat in the city’s stock market, and by the following year, he had managed to obtain over one hundred and thirty thousand dollars and purchase properties for ninety thousand dollars. Soon after, he also became an expert in business consultancy. However, his life changed abruptly. Continue reading–– February 2016 / Impacto evangelistic
During the service, an old grey-haired man approached Lake and laid his hands on him. Immediately, the power of God went through John’s body, straightened his legs, and he could walk out to the street. After his healing, he took his disabled brother to Dowie’s home, where he was healed.
Based on the Bible, John developed a fruitful ministry, renowned for the many healings done by faith. Under God’s protection and thanks to a great daily work, the Church that he led experienced a great period of spiritual blessing for approximately four and a half years.
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As successful as he was, John began to feel great need of God. Such was his unstoppable impulse for the things of the Lord that he would leave his office, break down and cry out. One day, the glory of Jesus Christ came to his life through a powerful expression of faith. Lake spoke in unknown languages. After that, he preached the Word of God to thousands of people night after night and day after day. Furthermore, a new wonder took place in him. His nature became so sensitive that he was able to lay his hands on the sick and heal them. Later, in 1907, Lake’s wish to serve the Lord increased even more. In those days, overwhelmed by his desire to announce the good news, he decided to give up all his properties and donate them to propel Christianity. He devoted himself entirely to spreading the Gospel and became fully dependent on God. In those days, he also met pastor William Seymour, leader of the revival that took place in Azusa Street, and approached the Pentecostal movement. His friendship with reverend Seymour was very close and even declared about him that, “I do not believe that any man in modern times had a more wonderful deluge of God in his life than God gave that dear fellow.” EVANGELISTIC WORK One year later, while he was preaching the Word of God in northern Illinois, John Graham Lake felt these words from within, “You shall go to Africa.” It did not take much for God’s command to come true. On April 1, 1908, he left the United States to Johannesburg, the largest and most populated city in South Africa, along with his wife, his seven children and missionary Thomas Hezmalhalch, with the purpose of propelling Christianity. Supported by Hezmalhalch, Lake started his evangelistic work on May 25, 1908 in Doornfontein, a suburb in Johannesburg. Soon enough, he had planted the seed of the Gospel and transformed the lives of thousands of non-converted.
Based on the Bible, John developed a fruitful ministry, renowned for the many healings done by faith. Under God’s protection and thanks to a great daily work, the Church that he led experienced a great period of spiritual blessing for approximately four and a half years. However, on February 1, 1913, Lake returned to the United States after training around twelve hundred preachers, establishing six hundred and twenty five churches, and harvesting over one hundred thousand new followers that converted to Christianity after hearing him preach about the Holy Scriptures. Back in the States, Lake settled in Spokane, a city located in the State of Washington, where he founded a congregation that drew the attention of people all over the world, as God healed many sick people in it. In May 1920, he moved to Portland, the biggest city in Oregon, where he began another similar Evangelist church and healing ministry. In 1924, John’s work in favor of God led him to become an outstanding man
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of faith that, due to his uncountable healings, became known as “Doctor” Lake. Likewise, his ministry allowed the opening of forty temples in the United States and Canada. Weakened, tired and almost blind, John Graham Lake returned to Spokane in 1931 at the age of sixty-one. There he “talked” with God and asked him not to take away his sight so that he could continue spreading the
truth inside the Holy Scriptures. The Lord granted his request. Four years later, in early September 1935, he suffered a stroke that kept him unconscious for two weeks. After struggling with his disease, he left this world for the kingdom of the Lord on September 16. Today, over eighty years after his passing, his story remains a guide for the Christian world l February 2016 / Impacto evangelistic
THE SAVING VOICE He believed that no one in his family loved him because of his constant epileptic seizures. That is why he decided to kill himself, but a powerful voice saved him and took him to the path of salvation.
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he figure of a man showed up in the dark of night. He was zigzagging on the edge of a road with slow and weak movements, as if he was about to collapse. The young man, tormented by constant suffering, had decided to commit suicide by throwing himself under their wheels of an oncoming vehicle. It was midnight in this desolate place by the Panamericana Norte Highway, near the city of Chiclayo, Peru. Jimmy Coronel, 21, was submerged in the swamp of endless anguish, and thought that the only way to end his suffering was death. However, minutes passed by and no vehicle appeared until he suddenly heard a powerful but gentle voice. - Don’t do it, Jimmy, don’t do it.
The impact of the providential call was such that he immediately regained lucidity and walked away from the road, while his body suffered a strange shudder. He felt as if something heavy and gloomy had left his body, setting him free.
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The impact of the providential call was such that he immediately regained lucidity and walked away from the road, while his body suffered a strange shudder. He felt as if something heavy and gloomy had left his body, setting him free. He did not understand what was happening; he just knew that he had to stay away from that dark place. He sneaked his way back into his house so that no one could see him; it had been a while since he last went home. Inside, he heard the same heated discussions between his parents, but some words from his mother made him understand everything. - Let’s go find Jimmy! He’s my son! – she said desperately. Those words changed his life forever. Jimmy had believed for years that nobody loved him, but now, from his hideout, he could see how wrong he had been. His mother was desperate knowing that he had been lost for several days and, in the midst of her anguish, she wanted to go look for him. He went to his room and began to cry and ask God’s forgiveness for attempting suicide and thinking badly of his mother. Until that day, he had been sure that she hated him; he had had that impression since someone told that him that he was
an illegitimate child. THE BEGINNING OF MISFORTUNES His misfortunes began one morning of November 1979, when he was 11 years old. All of a sudden, he fell to the floor in his classroom, shaking, foaming at the mouth and hitting his head to bleed. The teacher and his classmates help him before something more serious could happen. Several minutes later, he woke up in the principal’s office with his mother by his side, crying over the injuries he had suffered. Several days later, he was diagnosed with epilepsy and condemned to live with periodic seizures, subsequent injuries and scars all over his body. After this misfortune, the relationship with parents and siblings began to crumble, especially when money became scarce. The situation reached its limit one year later, when one of their neighbors began to compare each child in the Coronel Rojas family with the light-skinned parents. - Jimmy is so ugly. He does not look
like anyone in the family. He seems adopted – she said in front of the child. On hearing these words, Jimmy shuddered and began to compare himself with
the whole family. The words were etched on his mind. He was never the same again and began to feel hatred against his brothers and mother and insult them for no reason. The differences with his family deep-
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In 1994, five years after the divine experience that cured him of epilepsy and dementia, Jimmy surrendered to the Gospel and devoted his life to God. He remade his life in the ways of the Lord.
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ened, as his parents seemed to be fond of all their children but him. STREET REMEDIES When he turned 15, Jimmy’s seizures became so frequent that he had to leave school. This meant a bother to his parents and siblings, as they had to care for him day and night. Without being able to study and with no other choice in life than taking big amounts of drugs, his parents tried on him all kinds of street remedies that, according to neighbors and friends, would end his ailments. They made him drink home concoctions and bitter herbs and take aromatic plant baths – common practices in this area of Peru – to cleanse him of the illness. His parents took him to Tucume – a city known for its shamans –, so that the best of its sorcerers could cure him of his disease and violent reactions. None of the treatments reduced his seizures, but increased his aggressiveness against all his brothers. When he regained his strength, he ran away from home to work in small jobs that did not demand great physical effort. Some days later, he was fired when he suffered a sudden seizure. - Go home, boy, you’re a good for nothing – he was told. One year later, he returned home and his parents made him drink bull’s blood – considered an infallible remedy against epilepsy. Jimmy would go every day to the city slaughterhouse to drink the blood of the beasts killed there. Things got worse later. Jimmy began to suffer from mental disorders and hallucinate terrifying characters visiting him day and night. In addition, he had intense headaches and pangs all over his body. No expert could find out what was wrong with him. Family discussions carried on, until one day, after an intense fight with his parents, Jimmy took a knife and went to his room to kill himself. However, when he tried to stab himself in the chest, a strange
force took the knife away and threw it to the ground. - I think it was God who did not want me to die – he recalls. SLEEPING IN THE DUMP In 1989, Jimmy’s behavior, now 21, crossed the line of coexistence with his parents and the few siblings who were still living at their parent’s house. In September, he left home and wandered through parks, squares and several highly dangerous areas, and ended up in the city dump. His parents and siblings went to look for him, while Jimmy was harassed by infernal voices ordering him to kill himself. One day he saw his own death under the wheels of a bus on the highway. The idea stuck in his mind. For this reason, he went to the Panamericana Norte Highway, ready to throw himself under the wheels of any oncoming vehicle. That is when he heard God’s voice making him desist.
His misfortunes began one morning of November 1979, when he was 11 years old. All of a sudden, he fell to the floor in his classroom, shaking, foaming at the mouth and hitting his head to bleed. The teacher and his classmates help him before something more serious could happen. - From the day of my liberation to my conversion, the devil did everything to make me look and go back to bad things. NEW LIFE In 1994, five years after the divine experience that cured him of epilepsy and dementia, Jimmy surrendered to the Gospel and devoted his life to God. He remade his life in the ways of the Lord, with Diana Jimenez Berru, whom he married in July 2014. She accompanies him in his pastoral journey in this Peruvian city, where many get surprised to see him recovered and preaching the Word of God. - Many think that reading the Bible drives people crazy and they’re wrong. I did not go crazy, but became stronger – he concludes l February 2016 / Impacto evangelistic
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“WE NEED A REVIVAL IN INDIA” Accompanied by an interpreter, current Supervisor of India Rev. Sam Jacob tells how the Work is making progress in the Asian country despite the enormous difficulties.
astor Sam Jacob knows that it is not easy to make progress in a country with different doctrines. However, he is willing to continue working to spread the Word in India in spite of the harassment by certain groups who profess other faiths. How is the Work making progress in India? When the Work began in 2003, people did not give us a warm welcome, because they saw the Worldwide Missionary Movement (WMM) in a different way, but little by little our God has gained ground. Now the Work has increased and we receive calls from people asking about it. We are currently working in 11 states in the country. Our goal is that all states are covered by the work of the WMM. How did the Work begin? Our first Church was on a mountain, but we realized that we could not reach other cities because of the distance. Now by the grace of our Lord, we have reached many cities in India. We are working in Chennai, Bangalore, Mumbai, New Delhi and soon in Calcutta. We want to see a revival in India to preparing Christ’s Church before his coming. Are there many doctrinal differences with other Christian churches? There are many Pentecostal churches
that follow the Word of God in India, but they do not accept our doctrine and pay no attention to it. We know that God brought the Worldwide Missionary Movement to India to declare the truth. The Work is a model for other churches, and proof of it is the support of other congregations that watch Bethel Television. Following the recent attacks in France, how are Muslims seen in India? We know very well that we cannot include all Muslims in these attacks, because there are good and bad people in Islam. I have traveled to Muslim countries and noticed that they are very good in their Islamist way of life. Many of them are very open to the Gospel despite their doctrine. Unfortunately, some are using it in a very bad way with terrorist attacks. Have you suffered harassment by Hindu extremists? Hindus are very good people, but in their doctrine there are many religious fanatics. They want all India to join them and that is why they fight Christianity, because they fear that it will grow even more. On one hand, they fear Islam, but also Christianity, because they know that we have the truth, and we know it because the Lord is adding thousands and thousands of people in all India to His church l
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MARRIAGE IN HEAVEN “Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.” Revelation 19:7-8. Rev. Luis M. Ortiz
ucifer became the dark father of lying, ruler of darkness (Isaiah 14:12; Ezekiel 28:17; John 8:44; Ephesians 6:12). He was cast away from heaven together with all the angels who followed him in his rebellion (Revelation 12:4). In heaven there was certainly a void. A void that was to be filled by a new lineage, as God was going to beget children and create a new birth and a new creature. This new man, as heir of God in His own likeness, would seat on the MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 42 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
throne, in heavenly places. God created the first Adam in His own image and likeness. When He saw that the first Adam was alone, “the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a help meet for him” (Genesis 2:18, 2123). This is how God made the first wedding in the world and the only one in the life of Adam. He said, “therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh” (Genesis 2:24).
In creating and joining together a man and a woman, God sought a godly seed (Malachi 2:15). Among His descendants, only those who believed in the coming last Adam, would become His children (1 John 5:1) and have rights of children, as heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ (Romans 8:17). Seed sprouted and race multiplied. “The fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman” (Galatians 4:4), the last Adam. This last Adam had to be a man to redeem men. However, he could not come directly from the first Adam, because he would have been another fallen man. He had to be God to be without sin, and thus save men from sin, but he could not come as God (Philippians 2:5-7). So the wonder of the miraculous conception in the womb of Virgin Mary by the Holy Spirit happened, the incarnation of the Word was
made, the son of God, the God-Man and last Adam, was born. Aware of what was happening, Satan tried to kill the last Adam since he was born, and then tried to tempt him (Hebrews 4:15). He waited for him to fail, as the first Adam had failed, but the snake was crushed. The last Adam was the head of a new race; he came to start the divine and spiritual process of begetting children for God and taking them to the glory (Hebrews 2:10). He climbed the Hill of Calvary, knowing that, just as the first Adam had been opened on the side to create his companion, he would also be opened on the side to create, from the source of crimson, pure, innocent, clean blood, the bride and wife of the last Adam: the Church. The bride has been through over two thousand years of trials and suffering. However, when our Lord Jesus Christ descends from heaven “with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God, the dead in Christ shall rise first. Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord” (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17). The wedding parade will continue from the clouds upward, and from celestial balconies, the amazed heavenly host will say, “Who is this that cometh out of the wilderness like pillars of smoke, perfumed with myrrh and frankincense, with all powders of the merchant?” (Song of Solomon 3:6). The wedding parade will continue rising, and again they will ask, “Who is she that looketh forth as the morning, fair as the moon, clear as the sun, and terrible as an army with banners?” (Song of Solomon 6:10). The wedding parade will still go up and they will still exclaim, “Who is this that cometh up from the wilderness, leaning upon her beloved?” (Song of Solomon 8:5). When the Groom comes in with the bride, that is, with the Church, a great voice of much people will say, “And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints” (Revelation 19:1-8). God is protective of the marriage of man, especially among Christians, because marriage represents and refers to the marriage between Christ and the Church, the mystical but real and wonderful union between Christ and the redeemed for eternity l February 2016 / Impacto evangelistic
SEEKING GOD’S BLESSING “Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. They answered him, We be Abraham’s seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free? Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever. If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed. I know that ye are Abraham’s seed; but ye seek to kill me, because my word hath no place in you. I speak that which I have seen with my Father: and ye do that which ye have seen with your father.” John 8:31-38. Rev. Gustavo Martínez
he Lord is presenting to the Jews the Word as the highest source of freedom. “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. They answered him, We be Abraham’s seed, and were never in bondage to any man… Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.” (John 8:32-34). The biggest slavery is spiritual slavery, and they were slaves to sin. Jesus tells them: “I know that ye are Abraham’s seed; but ye seek to kill me, because my word hath no place in you.” (John 8:37). There was no room for the Word. There was room for politics, religion, carnal entertainment, social gatherings, anything, but there was no place to receive the Word of God. They rejected God’s blessing. The crowds were very expectant and followed the Lord for fish and bread, some for miracles, and others to accuse him; but the word had no place in their hearts. Because if the Word really found a place in them, they would love him, they would be different. However, the problem was that they were full of world, materialism, religiosity, vanity. The Bible speaks of two blind. “And, behold, two blind men sitting by the way side, when they heard that Jesus passed by, cried out, saying, Have mercy on us, O Lord, thou son of David. And the multitude rebuked them, because they should hold their peace: but they cried the more, saying, Have mercy on us, O Lord, thou son of David. And Jesus stood still, and called them, and said, What will ye that I shall do unto you? They say unto him, Lord, that our eyes may be opened. So Jesus had compassion on them, and touched their eyes: and immediaMISSIONARY MOVEMENT 44 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
tely their eyes received sight, and they followed him.” (Mt. 20:30-34). The blind wanted to be blessed, to be touched by God, to see, and they were sure that something was going to happen. God wants to expand your vision, God wants you to grow. How much do you want to grow? Where do you want to go? How far do you want to go? Some want blessings but have no room, because there are things in their hearts that do not belong there. They must be removed if you want blessing, if you want to grow, if you want the power of God. The Bible also speaks of a widow. “Now there cried a certain woman…unto Elisha, saying, Thy servant my husband is dead…and the creditor is come to take unto him my two sons to be bondmen. And Elisha said unto her, What shall I do for thee? tell me, what hast thou in the house? And she said, Thine handmaid hath not anything in the house, save a pot of oil. Then he said, Go, borrow thee vessels abroad of all thy neighbours, even empty vessels; borrow not a few. And when thou art come in, thou shalt shut the door upon thee and upon thy sons, and shalt pour out into all those vessels, and thou shalt set aside that which is full. …when the vessels were full…” (2 Kings 4:1-7). Elisha said to the widow, “What shall I do for thee? Tell me, what hast thou in the house? And she said, Thine handmaid hath not anything in the house, save a pot of oil” and wants a big blessing. Do you want a big blessing? First, you have to go make room, open space. Borrow empty vessels from all your neighbors, not only a few; do not come with scarcity, do not come with limitations. If you are going to restrict yourself, stay home. Do you want to get
out of poverty? Do you want to get out of debts? Then make space where you are going to store the blessing, because what you are thinking of and longing for is great and you have nowhere to store it. In the days of Elisha, the Bible tells us that there was need for water in the army of Judah, Edom and Israel. Jehoshaphat King of Judah said, “Is there not here a prophet of the Lord that we may enquire of the Lord by him?” (2
Kings 3:11). Someone said, “Here’s Elisha” (v. 11). Through Elisha, the Lord said to prepare ponds, because it was going to rain. The Lord was going to send water, but if they did not have ponds, they would not have water to drink or for their cattle and beasts. So they began to make ponds and then all of a sudden it began to rain. The ponds were full, and the army, cattle, horses drank, they all drank and there was more than enough water. What a blessing! l February 2016 / Impacto evangelistic
WORK IS A BLESSING “Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work. But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God…” Exodus 20:9-10.
Rev. Rubén Concepción
here was a time in human history when work was considered a curse; to be more precise, in the days before the great Protestant Reformation. It was said that work was a scourge, a punishment imposed on the man as a result of the original sin, a means of discipline to curb evil ways. The only work considered worthy was that of the religious in monasteries. However, according to the divine order we find that the Eternal Creator works tirelessly. Jesus said, “My Father worketh hitherto, and I work” (John 5:17). The Scriptures present God as the creator of the universe, as the great manager of life, as the architect, engineer and first worker of His creation. Because God himself is the first worker of His creation, not only in the creative act, but also in the work of preservation and conservation, work cannot be considered a curse. When man and woman were created, the Father of the human family assigned a place to the man, the best on Earth. He also assigned a job to do: to take care of the garden and work it (“And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it”, Genesis 2:15). He was also commissioned by God to watch over the animal creation and name each species (“And out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof. And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field”, Genesis 2:19-20). In addition, He gave him authority over all earthly creation (“And God blessed them, and God said unto them, be fruitful, and multiply, MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 46 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to everything that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so”, Genesis. 1:28-30). Every human has a divine commission to fulfill in their short stay in this small world. The term ‘work’ covers everything we do with our talents in activities that result in the profit we use for our support and that of our families and the Work of God. Blessed be God who created us for work. We were created to be fruitful and productive (Genesis 1:28). The people of God is hardworking and first-class. The whole Bible shows us the culture of work as a blessing. Work improves the living conditions of the individual, the family, the community and the country. Two big branches of knowledge were in the hands of the first two men who were born in this creation: agriculture in the hands of Cain, the eldest son of Adam and Eve, and livestock farming in the hands of Abel, their youngest son. These two pioneers of work were successful and produced enough to thank the owner of the company, God, the Creator of the universe. They would bring offerings and sacrifices as gratitude. The whole Old Testament shows God’s people working. Noah was a great builder, farmer and stockbreeder. Abraham was a stockbreeder, farmer and trader. The Israelites were stockbreeders, farmers, artisans, builders, engineers and excellent managers. The culture of work is so rooted in the seed of Abraham that it is and has been an economic strength in the world, in every country and in all their history. Jesus said, “I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” (John 9:45). We must work while it is day, because the night will come and no one can work. Let us work for the Work, the lost souls and the Lord. Only then, we will receive the reward. Amen l February 2016 / Impacto evangelistic
A quick report of the work that Worldwide Missionary Movement is making in America and throughout the world. The Holy Bible states: “And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple... And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved”. (Acts 2:46,47).
“GOD WANTS UPRIGHTNESS IN MAN” For nine days, the National Convention of the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Colombia was held with a mass assistance.
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prightness begets detractors, envy, attacks, contempt and insults, but also brings reward and moves God’s mercy,” said Rev. Gustavo Martinez at the National Convention in Colombia, held from January 11 to 18, 2016 in La Macarena. “Many people have flaws, do not keep their word or promises and are always late, but those touched by God who practice uprightness become a stone in the shoe for all the hypocrites and unrighteous…”, added during his preaching before thousands of people of the Worldwide Missionary Movement (WMM). MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 50 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
In this first message, the President of the WMM referred to our motto 2016: “Uprightness, guarantee of relationship with God.” In his speech based on Psalm 25:11, he said: “God asks for uprightness in this Work, God has placed his hand and heart, saying: I want upright hearts, upright men and women, people who do not contaminate but dare to tell the world that it is possible to live in holiness.” On the other hand, Rev. Jose Soto, International Vice President of the Work, preached through a mesContinue reading–– February 2016 / Impacto evangelistic
sage entitled “The sticks and scales of God,” based on Daniel 5:17-31. In it, Prophet Daniel faced King Belsasar and reminded him how his father, King Nebuchadnezzar, was tested, and how his arrogance turned him into beast of the field, thus showing what was within his heart. “Scales are used to weigh, but when we talk about spiritual weight, what MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 52 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
God wants is uprightness in man... What I mean is that we do not know what is inside of men, but God does know, because we cannot fool him”, said Rev. Jose Soto. To fuel the hopes of the attendees, Rev. Soto said, “If something is unbalanced, if something is not in place, God will tip the scales in these days of convention. He will also weigh us up with the ruler of faith
that measures what we are and what we do.” PRAISES TO GOD In its second day, several musical groups such as the Elohim choir, the Joram band and the Joram orchestra entertained the spiritual celebration with songs and praises that approached the attendees to the Creator. Their musical contribution was cru-
cial during the event. One of the messages that left a mark in the Convention in Colombia was given by International Officer Rev. Romulo Vergara, who spoke of Mordecai’s righteousness and firmness in Esther 4. He showed the challenges presented to this man of God to strengthen the faith of the attendees. Continue reading–– February 2016 / Impacto evangelistic
Later, Rev. Ricardo Manrique, National Supervisor of Venezuela, preached the Holy Scriptures (Matthew 9: 16-17) with his message entitled “A Wake-Up Call in a Year of Uprightness.” On the fourth day, Rev. Rodolfo Gonzalez took the floor and sent a message entitled “Ask your Father and He Will Show You” (Deuteronomy 32: 3-7). North and South of Colombia The event was divided into two parts (North and South of Colombia) and attended by international officers of the Work and delegations from several countries such as Panama, Peru and Venezuela, among others. Thanks to its international signal, Bethel Television together with the team of Volvamos a Dios (Let’s Go Back to God) broadcast live the MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 54 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
WATER FOR THE THIRSTY WITHIN the celebrations for the National Convention of the WMM in Colombia, Sister Carmen Valencia used the opportunity to present the second part of his book “Water for the Thirsty.” It should be recalled that the first part of her work was launched at the World Congress Panama 2013.
incidences of this glorious event for the Work of God. On the eighth day, all the glory of the Lord was heard through the lips of International Officer Ruben Concepcion with a message entitled “God’s Goodness Standard and The Commitment of Believers with Him’ (Micah 6:8). Rev. Arturo Hernandez, Supervisor of the United States, preached the word as well with his message “Upright Man, Do Not Give In” (John 1: (43-47), which touched the hearts of everyone present. At the end of this international event, President of the Work Rev. Gustavo Martinez gave his last message entitled “Let’s Keep Our Spiritual Perfume” (Ecclesiastes 10:1), with which he closed the event and marked the lives of thousands of Colombian brothers and the whole world l February 2016 / Impacto evangelistic
“WE HAVE TO BE UPRIGHT, HONEST AND RIGHTEOUS” After the advent of the New Year, the Worldwide Missionary Movement (WMM) held its first convention in Puerto Rico, where the motto “Uprightness 2016” played an important role. MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 56 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
ustavo Martinez, President of the WMM, urged to follow the path of God with uprightness, transparency, honesty and integrity during his sermon at the first convention of the Work in Puerto Rico, where the motto “Uprightness 2016” played an important role. “Many give excuses for not being upright and honest by saying: I tried to do the right thing, but I saw that it would not work, so I decided to go with the flow, do what others do... Before God we have to be upright,
transparent, honest, righteous, both in public and in private,” said Rev. Martinez. The preaching was part of the messages given at the 49th National Convention in Puerto Rico, held on January 4-7 at the La Iglesia de Dios Convention Center, in the city of Caguas. His message, based on Psalm 25:11, was a faithful reflection of the motto “Uprightness, guarantee of relationship with God,” which was announced among the expectation of believers. The Puerto Rican people extolled
the wonders of the Lord during the devotional, then welcomed Rev. Santos Gomez, who came from the Dominican Republic to share the Word of God. During the message entitled “Uprightness guarantees life,” Rev. Gomez encouraged the congregation to be spiritually upright through biblical examples showing that those who submitted to the Creator’s will received many blessings. At night, Rev. Ruben Concepcion, International Officer, gave a message Continue reading–– February 2016 / Impacto evangelistic
titled “How Good It Is to Be a Christian” (Philippians 3: 7-16), where he said: “The only way to achieve victory is to keep uprightness of heart ... I want to continue walking in a straight line.” MEETINGS On the third day, the International Officers had a long meeting with all the ministerial body of the Work in the Caribbean country. Meanwhile, in the convention center, Jose Luis Vasquez, National Youth Leader, led a service in which also Rev. Rodolfo Cabrera, from Ecuador, preached Word of the Lord. His message entitled “Making Decisions” (Acts 11:24) urged young people to define their Continue reading–– MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 58 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
NEW NATIONAL BOARD AFTER THE FINAL speech of the event, Rev. Gustavo Martinez introduced the new National Board of Puerto Rico. It is composed by National Supervisor Rev. Albert Rivera, who takes the place of Rev. Luis Ayala â€“ Supervisor of the Work over the past seven years who will remain in the National Boardâ€“,Rev. Federico Cabrera Sandoval, Rev. Alberto Santana, Rev. Edgardo Santiago, Rev. Angel Cruz and Rev. Edgar J. de Jesus. New assistants and presbyters were also appointed: Pastor Juan Diaz (Assistant of Zone 1), Rev. Charlie Gonzalez and Hector de Leon (Presbyter and Assistant of Zone 4, respectively), Rev. Jose Jimenez (Priest of Zone 5), and Rev. Oscar Martinez (Priest of Zone 8) l
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decisions: “The men of faith made good decisions and young people today are defined by their decisions...” This day was also marked by the long-awaited missionary worship titled “Revive your Work, Lord.” Then, the leaders of the National Mission Department were introduced, and the groups to work in each presbytery in the country were assigned. MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 60 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
“Many give excuses for not being upright and honest by saying: I tried to do the right thing, but I saw that it would not work, so I decided to go with the flow, do what others do... Before God we have to be upright, transparent, honest, righteous, both in public and in private.”
Minutes later, Rev. Carlos Guerra talked about “The Blessings of the House of Aaron” (Psalm 115: 9). The peculiarity of this message was the interpretation into English by Rev. Albert Rivera for the millions of English-speaking viewers who watched the event thanks to the signal of Bethel Television. On the last day, Rev. Manuel Zuñiga preached through a message en-
titled “The Lord Has Kept You Back From Honor” (Numbers 24:11). Then, the promotion of works took place: four workers were promoted to lay preachers, two to licensed preachers and six to ordained ministers. At night, Rev. Jose Arturo Soto, Vice President of the Worldwide Missionary Movement, shared the last message of the event under the theme “Save Your Heart” (2 Chronicles 14: 1-7) l February 2016 / Impacto evangelistic
GOD, SEND RAIN The 13th National Convention of the Worldwide Missionary Movement (WMM) in Nicaragua was held in the department of Granada under the theme “God, send rain.”
he spiritual celebration was held from November 19 to November 22, 2015, and marked the beginning of new goals and objectives to achieve throughout 2016. The event, held at a sport center belonging to the Municipality of Granada, was attended by Rev. Alvaro Garavito, International Officer of the WMM, Missionary Supervisor of Central America and National MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 62 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
Supervisor of Guatemala. It was also attended by Rev. Alejandro Funes, National Supervisor of Honduras, Rev. Edwin Parada, Supervisor in El Salvador, and Panamanian pastors Rev. Epifanio Asprilla and Andres Jean-François. On the opening day, Rev. Alvaro Garavito shared a message entitled “Give And It Shall Be Given Unto You,” in which he told that we will
receive from God the blessing that we need. On the second day of the 13th National Convention of the WMM in Nicaragua, Rev. Epifanio Asprilla, Pastor in Panama, shared the Word of the Lord. Through a message focused on setting and meeting goals for the edification of the Church, he said that “God needs people who do not think about tomorrow, but people who act
now because tomorrow may be too late.” On the third day of the spiritual meeting, which was broadcast by Radio La Uncion, Pastor Alejandro Barrios, from Guatemala, held a speech entitled “The Role of the Church,” inspired by Matthew 16:18. Pastor Barrios said that “we must remember that God has given us the privilege of working together and we must not forget our responsibilities in the Church.” On the last day of the 13th National Convention of the WMM in Nicaragua, a promotion ceremony of workers was held. Rev. Alvaro Garavito, International Officer and Supervisor of Guatemala, conveyed the message of God Almighty through a speech titled “Seven Reasons Why Flesh Opposes The Spirit,” based on 2 Corinthians 5: 1-10 l February 2016 / Impacto evangelistic
CALL UNTO ME AND I WILL ANSWER Three days of fasting were held by the central Church of Barcelona. The brothers began the New Year in God’s hands.
n January 6, a fasting was held in the Church of the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Barcelona, Spain. A group of about 300 brothers attended the event to offer God three days of fasting and prayer, in an atmosphere of praise and thanksgiving. On the first day of fasting, Brother Jose Miguel Cuevas, President of Men, was the speaker of the Word of God in the morning service. The title of the message was “The Result of Poor Decisions.” Sister Suhe Reenis, missionary on MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 64 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
the island of Madagascar, also attended event and took part in the exposition of the Word of God in the second service. The title of the message was “Second Chance,” based on the story of the prodigal son in Luke 15:11. The second day of fasting carried on with a worship full of God’s presence. During the morning service, thanksgiving, testimonies, prayers and praises were given. The preacher was Brother Olman Reyes, who is part of the Church in Alicante. He spoke of “The Value of the Presence of God,” inspired by 1
Samuel 6: 11-12. In the evening service, Rev. Carlos Medina, National Supervisor of the Work in Spain, shared the Word of God under the title “You Will Come Out Victorious From The Burning Furnace,” based on Daniel 3:21-30. On the last day, fasting came with baptisms in the Holy Spirit, thanksgiving and new experiences. Finally, Rev. Carlos Medina presented the Word of God with a powerful message led by the Holy Spirit under the title “It’s Time to Call Unto God” l
ECUADOR BAPTISM IN WATER
On Saturday December 19, 2015, the Church in Guayaquil, Ecuador, held his second baptism in water. In this ceremony, 13 sisters and 7 brothers descended into the baptismal waters to join the Church of Christ in the city. The event began in the temple with a worship; then, the attendees went on a march to share the testimony of their true repentance and arrived to the facilities of the “Oconnor” pool. There, the ceremony took place in company of the congregation of the Church and under the guidance of their pastor, Rev. Eugenio Masias, National Supervisor of the Work in Ecuador l
URUGUAY WMM MEN RETREAT
The first Men Retreat was organized by Zone 1, led by Pastor Carlos Magallanes, and took place with great joy from November 21 to November 22, 2015. It was held at the Vida Abundante farm in the department of Canelones. They were two days of great unity and search of God’s presence. Friday night, the message of the Word of God was brought by Pastor Fabio Mosquera (Bella Unión), who talked about the men who served God and therefore stood out in the Word of God: strong men such as Joshua, brave men such as Moses, and patient and obedient men such as the Lord Jesus Christ. At the Sunday worship, the teaching of the Word of God was brought by Rev. Alfonso Martinez, National Supervisor of the WMM in Uruguay, under the theme “Men Chosen by God Bound in Chains”, based on the story of Samson, who after his fall was tied to a millstone by his enemies l
NATIONAL CONVENTION OF WOMEN
The 19th National Convention of Women of the WMM began on November 25, 2015 at Camp Chilibre, where thousands of sisters from all over the Panamanian territory gathered to praise and bless the Lord's name. “All the City of my People Knows that You Are a Virtuous Woman,” was the theme of this activity, based on Ruth 3:11. During the opening worship of this convention, a parade of delegations by presbyteries was held and leaders of the zones marched in the traditional costumes of their provinces. The event was attended by sisters Maria de Castillo and Sharon Campos Dixon, from the neighboring country of Costa Rica. In this first service, Sister Sharon Campos Dixon preached under the theme “Female Warriors” (Judges 4:1). During the second service, Rev. Eliseo Obando, National Officer, conducted the Bible study entitled “The Shadow of Fear” (Numbers 27:1-11), where he made a dramatic representation of the base text. During the third service of the convention, the message of the Word was shared by Sister Sharon Campos Dixon, who preached under the theme “Declare Your Blessing” (Joshua 10:1-14). In the fourth service, Sister Sheyla de Hernandez, who works in the province of Bocas del Toro, preached on the theme “How Much Are You Able To Love?” (Mark 14:3-9) l
The Church of the WMM in Cusco held on Monday, December 28, 2015, a Thanksgiving Service. It was attended by the white fields of Huancaro, San Jeronimo, Wimpillay, Independencia, Villa San Blas, El Condor, Picchu San Martin and El Mirador, by the Associations of Women, Men and Youth, and by Sunday School and Doctrine members. The faithful in Cusco thanked the Almighty God for the victories and the strength given, through testimonies, special activities and spiritual songs. Rev. Edgar Ccari Amanqui, Presbyter in the imperial city, shared God’s message with the attendees, based on Job 1. In his biblical speech, he encouraged believers to be honest and worship God in moments of adversity l
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THEY WRITE TO US... email@example.com CARLOS ESPINOZA God bless you. The publications of the magazine have helped me a lot. I have recently joined the Work and I have noticed that God is supporting my whole family and me. Keep up the Work in the Lord Jesus Christ. Monagas, Venezuela
MARCH 3-6 Convention in Comayagua, Honduras (arrival in San Pedro de Sula) 10-13 Convention in Australia (Sidney) 23-27 Convention in Guatemala (Guatemala City) 30-3 (APRIL) Convention in the Guianas, Trinidad and Martinique (Georgetown, Guyana)
Receive a fraternal greeting. I read, in a previous edition, the message of Rev. Luis M. Ortiz “The essential Christ.” I remember I heard this message when I was only 20 years old and the truth is that it is a message for our times. If there is a true apostle in this era of Christianity, that is Luis M. Ortiz. A paladin, a defender of the sound doctrine, a genuine church planter beyond his borders; with miracles, signs and wonders; a true pastor, a passionate evangelist and a formidable teacher. Dominican Republic
The content of the magazine Impacto Evangelistic is very moving. It is for this reason that I have come to God so that He forgives all my sins and writes my name in the Book of Life. Thus, I thank you for giving us the good news and give us a message of peace and joy. God bless you today and forever. Puerto Rico
ADRIANA RICO I thank God for Impacto Evangelistic magazine because it has been a great blessing for my life. I was speaking with my pastor and told him: “Every time I read the magazine I feel as if water spills over me in abundance and satiates this spiritual hunger”. May the God of heaven poured wisdom, judgement, creativity and everything you need upon you every day in order to continue the Work. Colombia
JORGE CRUZ God bless you. I want to thank you for the edifying information you provide through this magazine. Keep up the work because we are living in the end times and we need to reap what is already sown. May God continue to bless you. Puerto Rico
JANUARY 1-4 National Convention in Puerto Rico 11-18 National Convention in Colombia (Medellín) FEBRUARY 5-7 Convention in Paraguay (Itagua) 5-9 Convention in Panamá 11-14 Convention in Argentina
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BETSABÉ MARROQUÍN This magazine is a great blessing for all of us. Thank you very much. Guatemala
JOSÉ GUTIÉRREZ God bless you brothers. Thank you for your effort to keep this magazine for the blessing and edification of the people of God. United States of America
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Bethel Television, the Worldwide Missionary Movement channel, broadcasts the Word of Godâ€™s message through cultural and educational programs from Lima - Peru to the world by 6 satellites and the Internet. February 2016 / Impacto evangelistic
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