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BE CAREFUL NOT TO LOSE GOD’S PRESENCE Rev. Gustavo Martínez International President of the WMM
“And when Delilah saw that he had told her all his heart, she sent and called for the lords of the Philistines, saying, Come up this once, for he hath shewed me all his heart. Then the lords of the Philistines came up unto her, and brought money in their hand. And she made him sleep upon her knees; and she called for a man, and she caused him to shave off the seven locks of his head; and she began to afflict him, and his strength went from him. And she said, The Philistines be upon thee, Samson. And he awoke out of his sleep, and said, I will go out as at other times before, and shake myself. And he wist not that the Lord was departed from him.” Judges 16:18 -20.
believe that the biggest tragedy
rrenders to God with the help of the
in someone’s life is losing God’s
Holy Spirit. We do not know how to
presence, God’s glory, but the
pray, but the Holy Spirit helps and
saddest part is that they might not
strengthens us in times of interces-
even know it.
sion and humiliation, and allows us
Samson was a man called by God. He did well in the beginning, but af-
to know what people need (Romans 8: 26-27).
ter some time he went astray and got
Beloved, it is necessary to have a
entangled and carried away by his
heart sensitive to God’s will in order
passions. He started to do things as
to do things how and where He wants.
he pleased, to the point that walked
It is not possible to serve God if we do
away from God without even reali-
not surrender to Him. The Lord said,
zing it. The Bible contains what Sam-
“If any man will come after me, let him
son thought: “I will go out as at other
deny himself, and take up his cross, and
times before, and shake myself. And he
follow me” (Matthew 16:24). Only sub-
wist not that the Lord was departed from
mission to God leads us to victory,
him” (Judges 16:20). He did not realize
because God uses and will use people
in which moment God’s presence left
who are sensitive and obedient to His
will, regardless of their position or
When we start to preach, we feel insufficient and incapable. We even
status. Only those who are sensitive to the Spirit of God will triumph.
humiliate ourselves and feel like gi-
Dear brother, it does not matter if
ving up. For the Holy Spirit to help us
you are not a person of letters, you
see people’s needs and conditions, we
will triumph as long as you are sensi-
need to have a sensitive heart that su-
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WHEN ATHEISTS WOULD BE ANGRY Is Christianity responsible for most of the world's ills? That is the accusation of the new atheists, who claim that religion, especially Christianity, is the one to blame for all the ills of the world. David Jeremiah says that it is a very unfair accusation, considering that in less than a century atheist regimes have killed over 100 million people. Furthermore, he corrects the history revisionists who claim that religions poison the world.
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55% of people with post-graduate degrees (lawyers, doctors, dentists, and the like) believe in the Devil. 53% believe in Hell. 72% believe in miracles. Remember these are people with postgraduate educations. 78% of them believe in the survival of the soul after death. 60% believe in the virgin birth. And 64% believe in the resurrection of Christ. So do not tell me you have to be an idiot to be a believer.
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hen I write of the anger of the atheists, I am not primarily referring to the classic atheists such as Bertrand Russell, Jean-Paul Sartre, Karl Marx, and Sigmund Freud. The atheists I am writing about are the “New Atheists.” The term “new atheism” was first used by “Wired” magazine in November 2006 to describe the atheism espoused in books like Daniel Dennett’s “Breaking the Spell,” Richard Dawkins’s “The God Delusion,” Lewis Wolpert’s “Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast,” Victor Stenger’s “The Comprehensible Cosmos,” Sam Harris’s “The End of Faith,” and Christopher Hitchens’s “God Is Not Great.” As Antony Flew observed, “What was significant about these books was not their level of argument—which was modest, to put it mildly—but the level of visibility they received both as best sellers and as a “new” story discovered by the media. The chief target of these books is, without question, organized religion of any kind, time, or place. Paradoxically, the books themselves read like fundamentalist sermons. The authors, for the most part, sound like hellfireand-brimstone preachers warning us of dire retribution, even of apocalypse, if we do not repent of our wayward beliefs and associated practices.” Why such anger? How can people be so angry with God if they do not even believe in His existence? And why would the most angry among them feel so compelled to preach their anti-God religion with such evangelistic zeal?
FIRST REASON Atheists are angry because their arrogance is disgracing them. There is a story about four friends in DC that gathered on a sunny day in the main park to discuss some serious issues, to then take a vote on the right answer. Three of them were atheists, and the fourth, Chris (Christian) would lose every time they voted. When he got tired of the same result, he appealed to God, ‘Lord, please give us a sign that you exist.’ Suddenly, lightning struck the Washington Memorial. ‘You see?’ said Chris, but the three atheists insisted that natural causes could explain the phenomenon. Once again, Chris prayed, and this time the earth shook and a voice from heaven thundered: ‘He’s right.’
Chris asked triumphantly, ‘Do you believe now?’ One of the atheists shrugged and replied, ‘What does it matter, now it is just three against two!’ At the launch in 2010 of her satirical book The Loser Letters, Hoover Institution fellow Mary Eberstadt explained why she takes on the New Atheists, ‘Their movement has repeatedly assailed religious people as self-righteous, ignorant of history, and humorless; all the while remaining self-righteous, ignorant of history, and humorless itself to quite a remarkable degree.’ It’s hard to read their books or watch their interviews without concluding that the New Atheists think they are a lot smarter than the rest of us, and especially the rest of us who happen to be Christians. In the past, atheists attempted to mask their arrogance; now it is flaunted. The change occurred in 2003 when Daniel Dennett and Richard Dawkins decided that atheists needed a less offensive name. The term chosen to spruce up atheism was “bright.” A “Bright” was defined as someone who holds “a naturalistic worldview,” which is “free of supernatural and mystical elements.” Shortly after the term “Brights” was introduced, Steven Waldman responded with an NPR commentary: I’m not sure what the image buffers were aiming for, but the name “The Brights” succinctly conveys the
sense that this group thinks it’s more intelligent than everyone else. The rest of us would be “The Dims,” I suppose. In fact, two surveys earlier this year— one from Harris, and one from Gallup— indicate that even supernatural religious beliefs are held not only by most Americans, but by the majority of well-educated Americans. Listen to these numbers—55% of people with post-graduate degrees (lawyers, doctors, dentists, and the like) believe in the Devil. 53% believe in Hell. 72% believe in miracles. Remember these are people with post-graduate educations. 78% of them believe in the survival of the soul after death. 60% believe in the virgin birth. And 64% believe in the resurrection of Christ. So do not tell me you have to be an idiot to be a believer; these results show what most of us, Christians believers, believe. One of the clear messages of the Bible is the danger of pride. Pride was the original sin and has its place on God’s hate list (Proverbs 6:16-19) King Solomon warns, ‘Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall” (Proverbs 16:18.).
SECOND REASON Atheists are angry because their advocates are deserting them. Philosopher and former atheist Antony Flew set the agenda for modern. A 2004 Associated Press story describing Flew’s transformation carried this
headline: “Famous Atheist Now Believes in God.” The story went on to say, “A British philosophy professor who has been a leading champion of atheism for more than a half-century has changed his mind. He now believes in God.” Flew was adamant in maintaining that he had not become a Christian, but rather a “deist like Thomas Jefferson.” But simply changing from “no God” to “God” was enough to send shock waves through atheist camps. In his 2007 book, “There Is a God,” Flew discloses how his commitment to “follow the argument wherever it leads” led him to a belief in God as Creator. One reviewer described the book as “a most uncomfortable jolt to those who were once his fellow atheists.” The cover of Flew’s book tells the whole story. The title, “There Is No God,” has the word “No” crossed out and the word “A” inserted. While Flew did not come to believe in the God of the Bible, he concluded that atheism is not logically sustainable. Once thought to be the next C. S. Lewis, A. N. Wilson renounced his faith and spent years mocking Christianity. He recently returned to faith. The reason, he said in an interview with the British magazine “New Statesman,” was that atheists “are missing out on some very basic experiences of life.” While writing his biography of C. S. Lewis, he noticed similarities between himself and
In his 2007 book, “There Is a God,” Flew discloses how his commitment to “follow the argument wherever it leads” led him to a belief in God as Creator.
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his subject, such as a happy childhood shading into miserable boarding-school years and a rejection of boyhood faith on reaching maturity. But another parallel slowly dawned on him: Just as Lewis gradually became aware that his favorite authors were Christians, Wilson noticed a difference between the skeptical and the devout. Matthew Parris, a well-known British atheist, made the mistake of visiting Christian aid workers in Malawi, where he saw the power of the Gospel transforming them and others. Concerned with what he saw, he wrote that it “confounds my ideological beliefs, stubbornly refuses to fit my worldview, and has embarrassed my growing belief that there is no God.” While Peter Hitchens was never an outspoken advocate for the New Atheists, he was formerly an atheist and is the brother of the outspoken New Atheist Christopher
Hitchens. Peter Hitchens is a British journalist and author of the 2010 book “The Rage Against God.” At the age of fifteen, he set fire to his Bible on the playing field of his Cambridge boarding school and set out on a life of denying the existence of God. He attributes his return to faith to seeing socialism in practice during his years as a correspondent in Eastern Europe and in Moscow during the collapse of the Soviet Union. In his book, he describes what it was like for the Russian people who were living under the tyranny of godless Communism. In 1990 there were 6.46 million abortions in the USSR and only 4.85 million live births. For the average citizen, life was “lived at a dismally low level materially, ethically, and culturally.” He realized that he had been promoting a doctrine that had produced that social nightmare, and he was
forced to live in it. While he lived there, he saw the grisly results of a culture without God, and that changed something in his life that made him return to his faith.
THIRD REASON Atheists are angry because their arguments are dividing them. One of the New Atheists’ favorite arguments against Christianity is that religion is responsible for the majority of the evil and pain in the world. That argument was popularized by Christopher Hitchens’s book “God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything.” Alister McGrath summarizes the argument: “The faults of the world are to be laid at the door of backward-looking superstitions, which hold the world back from its rational and scientific destiny. Eliminate religion and the world will be a better place. Religion has led only to violence, intellectual dishonesty, oppression and social division.” In his book “How the Mind Works,” Steven Pinker echoes Hitchens: “Religions have given us stonings, witch-burnings, crusades, inquisitions, jihads, fatwas, suicide bombers, abortion-clinic gunmen, and mothers who drown their sons so they can be happily reunited in heaven. As Blaise Pascal wrote, ‘Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction.’.” In other words, they think that religion is to blame for everything. While there can be no doubt that some horrible things have been done in the name of religion— and one death that arises from a religious motivation is one death too many—the atheist argument that religion poisons everything is nothing less than revisionist history. In his book “What’s So Great About Christianity,” Dinesh D’Souza cites real facts to counter the atheists’ accusations. He concentrates specifically on the Crusades, the Inquisition, and the Salem witch trials. D’Souza’s voluminous research begins with the Crusades, which, according to the atheists, were supposedly responsible for the massacre of thousands. D’Souza reminds his readers that the Crusades were an attempt on the part of Christians to recover territory that had been taken from them by Islamic armies. “In the context of the his-
tory of warfare, there is no warrant for considering the Crusades a world historical crime of any sort. The Christians fought to defend themselves from foreign conquest, while the Muslims fought to continue conquering Christian lands.” When it comes to the Spanish Inquisition, D’Souza discovered that “the horrific images of the Inquisition are largely a myth
concocted first by the political enemies of Spain—mainly English writers who shaped our American understanding of that event—and later by the political enemies of religion.” Citing Henry Kamen’s book “The Spanish Inquisition: A Historical Revision,” D’Souza points out that the total number of people who were executed by Roman Catholic inquisitors for heresy was approximately two thousand. While this is not an insignificant number, it is important to remember that these deaths occurred over a period of 350 years. The Salem witch trials are the New Atheists’ best example of religiously motivated violence in America. Again, D’Souza’s research provides correctives to the accepted critical view: “How many people were killed in those trials? Thousands? Hundreds? Actually, fewer than twenty-five. Nineteen were sentenced to death, and a few others died in captivity.”
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FOURTH REASON Atheists are angry because their adversaries are defeating them. In his book “There Is a God,” Antony Flew tells how impressed he was with Israeli scientist Gerald Schroeder’s point-by-point refutation of what Flew called the “monkey theorem.” This theorem asserts that life could have arisen by chance, using the analogy of a multitude of monkeys banging away on computer keyboards until they eventually write a Shake-
spearean sonnet. Schroeder cites an experiment conducted by the British National Council of Arts: “A computer was placed in a cage with six monkeys. After one month of hammering away at it . . . the monkeys produced fifty typed pages—but not a single word . . . even though the shortest word in the English language is one letter (‘a’ or ‘I’). ‘A’ is a word only if there is a space on either side of it.” So what are the chances of getting a
FIFTH REASON Atheists are angry because their amnesia is discrediting them. In his book “The God Delusion,” Richard Dawkins writes, “There is not the smallest evidence . . . that atheism systematically influences people to do bad things . . . Individual atheists may do evil things but they don’t do evil things in the name of atheism.” Once again, I appeal to the research of Dinesh D’Souza, who gives an excellent analysis of the evils of atheism: “In the past hundred years or so, the most powerful atheist regimes—Communist Russia, Communist China, and Nazi Germany—have wiped out people in astronomical numbers. Stalin was responsible for around twenty million deaths. Mao Zedong’s regime a staggering seventy million deaths. Hitler comes in a distant third with around ten million murders, six million of them Jews. We have to realize that atheist regimes have in a single century murdered more than one hundred million people. Whatever the cause for why atheist regimes do what they do, the indisputable fact is that the religions of the world put together have in three thousand years not managed to kill anywhere near the number of people killed in the name of atheism in the past few decades.” It’s time to abandon the mindlessly repeated mantra that religious belief has been the main source of human conflict and violence. Atheism, not religion, is responsible for the worst mass murders in history. AND FINALLY Atheists are angry because their attrition is diminishing them. According to Alister McGrath, “Atheism is in trouble. Its future seems increasingly to lie in the private beliefs of individuals rather than in the great public domain it once regarded as its natural habitat… Atheist thinkers are more than happy to appear on the nation’s chat shows to promote their latest book. But they have failed to communicate a compelling vision of atheism that is capable of drawing and holding large numbers of people.” A “Christianity Today” magazine editorial, written two years after McGrath’s observations, noted that the “trouble” in athe-
ism continues: “The new atheistic rhetoric betrays panic, another sign of weakness. Atheism knows that it is losing both arguments and the global tide. Stories of the global vibrancy of religion are everywhere trumping the grand narrative of evolutionary progress. And the best philosophers are still taking the God-hypothesis seriously.” Dinesh D’Souza begins the first chapter of his book “What’s So Great About Christianity” by announcing that “God has come back to life.” And he concludes the chapter by saying that “Christianity is winning, and secularism is losing. The future is always unpredictable, but one trend seems clear. God is the future, and atheism is on its way out.” The late Tony Snow, broadcast journalist and former press secretary to President George W. Bush, agreed: “Atheists may be selling books, but they’re not making converts. Christianity is [making converts], especially in places and congregations that take Scripture seriously—and joyously.” For the last twenty-seven years, the “International Bulletin of Missionary Research” has issued a “Status of Global Mission” report that presents the state of Christianity worldwide compared to other major religions. Commenting on the 2011 report, author and social activist George Weigel writes, Compared to the world’s 2.3 billion Christians, there are 1.6 billion Muslims, 951 million Hindus, 486 million Buddhists, 458 million Chinese folk-religionists, and 137 million atheists, whose numbers have actually dropped over the past decade, despite the caterwauling of Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, and Co. One cluster of comparative growth statistics is striking: As of mid-2011, there will be an average of 80,000 new Christians per day (of whom 31,000 will be Catholics) and 79,000 new Muslims per day, but 300 fewer atheists every 24 hours Indeed, the continuing growth of Christianity as compared to the decline of atheism (in absolute numbers, and considering atheists as a percentage of total world population), suggests the possibility that the vitriolic character of the New Atheism may have something to do with the shrewder atheists’ fear that they’re losing, and the clock is running l
Dinesh D’Souza begins the first chapter of his book “What’s So Great About Christianity” by announcing that “God has come back to life.” And he concludes the chapter by saying that “Christianity is winning, and secularism is losing.”
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Statistics on atheism in the world A research reveals that more than 60 % of world’s population claim to be religious. An international ranking by countries is headed by Thailand, where 94 % of inhabitants consider themselves as believers, while the last country
on the list is China, with the highest number of atheists. The research also analyses the religiousness according to factors such as occupation and age.
“The fool hath said in his heart, there is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.” Psalm 14:1; 53:1
% World’s Population
Does not know
This term comes from the Greek Word átheos (a = without, theos = God). Therefore, atheists are those who live without God. The reasons why atheists do not recognize God are different. Atheism consists in breaking the relationship between men and God, which is two dimensional -relationship of God with men and viceversa-, in order to choose the reality of men’s mundanity.
Niego I absolutely deny the existence of a God.
I only believe that the sun will come out tomorrow.
I refuse to believe or to recognize the existence of one or more idols.
Religion by age Under the age of 25
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25 - 34 years
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More than 55 years
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Como parte del estudio titulado “Midiendo el Bienestar Nacional”, se entrevistó a 300 000 personas en el Reino Unido entre el 2012 y el 2015. De acuerdo con el estudio, con excepción de los hindúes, los cristianos son también más felices que otros grupos religiosos, incluyendo budistas, judíos y musulmanes.
It is important not to confuse atheists from agnostics. Atheists believe God does not exist, while agnostics consider that God’s existence cannot be proved or denied, which does not precisely mean that He exists. Atheists seem to support the agnostic position, but many atheists assume and defend their beliefs with so much intensity and unbreakable faith, just as religious people do, that there has always been strong controversies between both ideologies.
I do not believe in God, because I have no proof.
I don’t believe, but I don’t deny it either. But I do not deny His existence for the same reason.
Religion by type of occupation Full-time worker
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Does not know Atheists Not religious Religious 0
The most religious countries and the most atheist countries Atheists Not religious Thailand
practice the Christian religion, which represents a third part of the world’s estimated population.*
“But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” 1 Corinthians 2:14
*Statistics at the beginning of 2015
Christians are happier than atheists according to a British study
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A LAKE IN BOLIVIA EVAPORATED The entire area where the lake used to be has become a large desert. Only cracked soil is evidence that there was water once.
onitoring Earth’s surface every day, ESA’s Proba-V minisatellite has had a ringside seat as the second largest lake in Bolivia gradually dried up. Lake Poopo has now been declared fully evaporated. Three satellite photos, taken on April 27, 2014, July 20, 2015, and January 22, 2016, have confirmed the vanishing of the lake. Occupying a depression in the Altiplano mountains, the saline Lake Poopo has in the past spanned an area of 3000 square kilometers. But the lake’s shallow nature, with an average depth of just 3 meters, coupled with its arid highland surroundings, means that it is very sensitive to fluctuations in climate. Its official evaporation was declared last December. This is not the first time Lake Poopo has evaporated – the last time was in 1994 – but the fear is that any refilling might take many years, if it occurs at all. The reasons for its disappearance are complex and range from climate effects and bad use of the water resources to human activity, pollution and lack of attention to a disaster that people saw coming many years ago. The government analysis points out that El Niño phenomenon and the global warming MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 16 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
caused by industrialized countries are to blame for this event. Carlos Ortuño, Deputy Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation of Bolivia, quotes scientific facts stating that the minimum temperature has increased by 2.06° centigrade over the last 56 years and that El Niño has been responsible for droughts since October. The catastrophe had being announced years ago, and has had a great environmental, economic, social and political impact. It means the destruction of an entire ecosystem, the loss of hundreds of flora and fauna species, the disappearance of cultures caused by the exodus of communities that used to subsist on the lake, and the lack of effective actions to face the drought. According to experts on conservation, around 200 species of birds, fish, mammals, reptiles, plus a great variety of plants, disappeared along with the drought of Poopo. The Ministry of Environment and Water Resources confirmed the loss of a great quantity of unique species, although the exact number is still unknown; and official count is being considered l (With information of the newspapers El País, La Vanguardia and El Mundo)
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his disease is caused by a mosquitotransmitted virus of the Aedes genus. People infected with the virus often have mild fever, skin rash (exanthema) and eye irritation (conjunctivitis); these symptoms usually last from 2 to 7 days. There is currently no vaccine or specific treatment available. The best way to prevent the disease is to protect ourselves against the bites of mosquitoes. The Zika virus was first identified in 1947 in Uganda, Africa, in macaque monkeys. In 1952, the first human cases were detected in Uganda and the United Republic of Tanzania. This virus belongs to the Flavivirus family, which also includes the dengue and yellow fever viruses, transmitted by the same mosquito that can carry the chikungunya virus. This mosquito that transmits the Zika virus usually bites in the early morning and late afternoon. Since the discovery of Zika, only a few cases (14 cases) of infected patients have been reported in the world, until the explosive emergence of thousands of cases in 2013. The incubation period (the time from exposure to symptoms) of Zika virus disease is not clear, but is likely to be a few days (2 to 12 days). SYMPTOMS Symptoms are similar to those of other infections such as dengue and may be confused with them. They include fever, skin rashes, conjunctivitis, muscle and joint pain, malaise, and headache. These symptoms are usually mild and last for 2-7 days. Their mortality is low, although recently deaths have been reported due to neurological complications mainly. Transmission of the disease occurs through the bite of mosquitoes infected with this virus. These mosquitoes also transmit dengue, chikungunya and yellow fever. It is suspected that the virus came from French Polynesia to Brazil during an international canoe race, held in August 2014 (Didier Musso, Zika researcher). According to reports of the World Health Organization (WHO), a large outbreak occurred in French Polynesia in 2013, where 32 thousand cases were reported in a population of 270 thousand inhabitants. The first appearance in America was reported in EasMISSIONARY MOVEMENT 18 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
ZIKA VIRUS DISEASE Dozens of countries around the world are on health alert. A new epidemic threats the population: the Zika virus. Although it has been known for over 60 years, the disease had never reached expansion.
Walter Menchola Vásquez (*)
Symptoms are similar to those of other infections such as dengue and may be confused with them. They include fever, skin rashes, conjunctivitis, muscle and joint pain, malaise, and headache. These symptoms are usually mild and last for 2-7 days. Their mortality is low, although recently deaths have been reported due to neurological complications mainly.
ter Island (Chile) in 2014; later cases were reported in Brazil and Colombia (2015). Zika was considered a mild disease in places where 80% of those affected did not show any symptoms. However, things changed when neurological (Guillain-Barre syndrome) and autoimmune complications emerged, as well as an increase of microcephaly cases in newborns. WHO says more than 13 American countries have reported sporadic infections with Zika virus, which is evidence of its high capacity of spread. Recently, the United States has reported other form of transmission: by
sexual contact. It has also been reported that the virus has been found in saliva. If confirmed, it would mean that the virus has other forms of transmission and there would be a higher risk than originally estimated, since its control would imply difficulties. All this suggests that this virus is also found in human body fluids and that it can only be detected thanks to new diagnostic methods. If confirmed, blood supplies represent a potential risk, especially in countries where disease control has not been achieved. In short, the Zika virus can be transmit-
(*) Internist, Master in Public Policy and Management.
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WHO has issued an alert worldwide on the explosive spread of the virus and its possible association with congenital malformations in fetuses (microcephaly: small head) and neurological syndromes (Guillain-Barre).
ted through bites of infected mosquitoes, by blood, saliva, unprotected sex and placenta (mother/fetus). GLOBAL ALERT WHO has issued an alert worldwide on the explosive spread of the virus and its possible association with congenital malformations in fetuses (microcephaly: small head) and neurological syndromes (Guillain-Barre). The mosquito that transmits the virus is tiny, measuring just 7 mm, and dark with white markings. It breeds in very small resMISSIONARY MOVEMENT 20 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
ervoirs of water, both natural and artificial, where it lays its eggs. Eggs turn into larvae within 2 or 3 days and into adults within 7 days. Female mosquitoes, after feeding on blood, can lay up to 700 eggs in water containers such as pots, ornamental fountains, abandoned tires, sitting water, etc. (WHO). Adult mosquitoes live 3 weeks. They usually bite during the day, especially in the early morning and late afternoon, in ankles and elbows mainly. The females, which transmit the virus through their bites, become infected by sucking the blood of people infected with Zika. They also transmit dengue, chikungunya and yellow fever. It is very important to take into account that the “transmission occurs only when the mosquito infected with the virus bites a susceptible person. If the mosquito does not have the virus, transmission does not occur” (Dr. Jairo Andres Mendez Rico, OPS). TREATMENT There is no specific treatment for this disease, just as it happens with dengue, chikungunya and yellow fever. Treatment is symptomatic. It is recommended to rest, according to the general condition of the patient, drink plenty of water, and take paracetamol to relieve
pain and fever. There is currently no vaccine available, although scientist are working on it, as it is the most effective way to prevent the disease. For now, it is imperative to avoid mosquito bites, so it is recommended to remove all water container outdoors and, if necessary, use insecticides and larvicides, and protect the most susceptible areas (ankles, elbows, wrists, face) of the body using longsleeved clothing, pants and socks. There are clothes made with permethrin (topical scabicidal), which eliminates the mosquito. In addition, repellents must be used con-
sistently, as well as mosquito nets on doors, windows and beds. If a person is infected with the Zika virus, they must protect themselves from mosquito bites to prevent the cycle from repeating, abstain from sex for two weeks after their recovery, and avoid kissing and donating blood during this period. WHO has pointed out recently that the Zika epidemic constitutes a public health emergency, recommending everyone, especially women of childbearing age (15-45 years) and pregnant women, to obtain the best information available and the necessary materials to reduce the risk of exposure l March 2016 / Impacto evangelistic
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HOW DID CHRIST DIE? Jesus came to the world to save mankind from sin. He was the Son of God, but suffered like any other mortal when he was crucified, went through several pains and finally died. What were the causes for his earthly death?
he major pathophysiologic effect of crucifixion, beyond the excruciating pain, was a marked interference with normal respiration, particularly exhalation. The weight of the body, pulling down on the outstretched arms and shoulders, would tend to fix the intercostal muscles in an inhalation state and thereby hinder passive exhalation. Accordingly, exhalation was primarily diaphragmatic, and breathing was shallow. It is likely that this form of respiration would not suffice and that hypercarbia (CO2 retention) would soon result. The onset of muscle cramps or tetanic contractions, due to fatigue and hypercarbia, would hinder respiration even further. In order to breathe and catch air, Jesus had to rely on his feet, bend his arms and let himself go to produce exhalation. However, letting himself go must have caused him terrible pain throughout his body. Adequate exhalation required lifting the body by pushing up on the feet and by flexing the elbows and adducting the shoulders. However, this maneuver would place the entire weight of the body on the tarsals and would produce searing pain. Furthermore, flexion of the elbows would cause rotation of the wrists about the iron nails and cause fiery pain along the damaged median nerves. Lifting of the body would also painfully scrape the scourged back against the rough wooden stipes. As a result, each respiratory effort would become agonizing and tiring and lead eventually to asphyxia. Romans used to leave the bodies of the crucified hanging on the cross for
long hours, and they would sometimes enter into putrefaction or be devoured by beasts and birds of prey. Before Jesus died, the chief priests and their fellows in the Sanhedrin asked Pilate, according to Roman custom, to finish off the crucified by breaking their legs. This brutal operation is called in Latin ‘crurifragium’ (John 19: 31-37). The legs of the thieves were broken, but when the soldiers came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead, they decided not to hit him. However, one of them, just to be sure, gave him the so-called “coup de grace” and pierced his side with a spear. Given the blood and water that came out of the side, doctors state that either the pericardium (the membranous sac that surrounds the heart) or the right ventricle were pierced, that perhaps there was a posttraumatic hemopericardium, or that the bloodshed came from the pleura and pericardium. Hematidrosis (also called hemidrosis or hematohidrosis) is a very rare disorder in which a human sweats blood. It only occurs when the person suffers from a high level of stress, anxiety or weakness, for example, when approaching the moment of death. The reason is that blood vessels dilate to the point of rupture, causing bleeding into the epidermis layer close to the sweat glands. After that, the blood is mixed with sweat and come out through the pores of the skin. Some historians have suggested that Jesus experienced hematidrosis when he prayed in the garden of Gethsemane, as he knew that he would die soon (Luke 22:44) l
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PASSION FOR SOULS A classic of modern Christian literature and essential reading material. It urges to pay attention to the efforts and methods used in modern revivals.
t was in 1904. All Wales was aflame. The nation had drifted far from God. The spiritual conditions were low indeed. Church attendance was poor. And sin abounded on every side. Suddenly, like an unexpected tornado, the Spirit of God swept over the land. The Churches were crowded so that multitudes were unable to get in. Meetings lasted from ten in the morning until twelve at night. Three definite services were held each day. Evan Roberts was the human instrument, but there was very little preaching. Singing, testimony, and prayer, were the chief features. “The Passion for Souls” – the most powerful argument for revival, according to Canadian Pastor Jonathan Goforth – talks about the evangelization of the world from the perspective of Dr. Oswald J. Smith. He was a prolific Christian writer and author of thirty-five Christian books, who published “The Passion for Souls” in 1950. A man of faith, born on November 8, 1889, Smith urges through his work to pay attention to the efforts and methods used in modern revivals. Faith is the key that unlocks the door of God’s power. “By faith the walls of Jericho fell down.” And in revival work one of the indispensable prerequisites is a living, vital faith. “All things are possible to him that believeth.” The man who is to be used of the Lord will hear from heaven. God will give him a promise. Not the general promises of the Word that apply to so many of His children, but a definite, unMISSIONARY MOVEMENT 24 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
mistakable message direct to his own heart. Some familiar promise, it may be, will suddenly grip him in such a way that he will know God has spoken. Hence, if I would attempt new work for God let me ask myself first of all the question: “Have I a promise?” Reverend Smith, the late promoter of world evangelization, made “The Passion for Souls” an essential reading material for
Influenced by many of the greatest Christians of all time, such as John Wesley, Martin Luther, Charles H. Spurgeon, Dwight L. Moody and especially Charles G. Finney and David Brainerd, missionary Smith shows in the book his huge faith in the power of prayer to change unfavorable conditions and in the power of the Lord.
each Christian household. Written with lucidity, responsibility and strength, Smith’s work outlines the keys to establish a new spiritual revival led by the Holy Spirit. God, revival, evangelism in action, faith, conviction of sin and the Lord’s answer to this groaning world are some of the topics covered in “The Passion for Souls.” When I visited the Russian mission fields in Europe in 1924, 1929 and 1936, I saw God working with a power of revival.
People walked almost fifty kilometers (30 miles), or traveled by horses and chariots three hundred twenty-two kilometers (200 miles) to attend the meetings. The meetings lasted three hours or more and, in some cases, three daily services were held, and then people complained that they did not have enough. In one village, people gathered at their own meeting very early in the morning, even hours before the workers appear, thus four daily services
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were held. “The Passion for Souls” is divided into nineteen chapters that provide the particular and testimonial vision of Pastor Smith, composer of one thousand two hundred hymns, on the spread of the Gospel in the five continents. Enthusiastic missionary and responsible for spreading over twelve thousand sermons in eighty countries, Rev. Smith points out in his book that one condition for a successful revival is a perfect obedience to God. This is the twentieth century. Sinister forces are active. False religions abound everywhere. Nationalism is sweeping the Earth. Communism, the most powerful weapon ever forged by satanic wit, threatens to sweep Christianity. Civilization is at the mercy of atomic energy. I wish I could live to write in 2000 AD, but I will not be able to do so. But millions will, if Christ has not yet come; I will not be able to do so. I think the next fifty years will be the most significant in the history of mankind. Events of global consequences and reach are already throwing their shadows before them. “The Passion for Souls” – a book used by the Holy Spirit to exert a tremendous influence on the life and ministry of the most notorious evangelical Christians in the second half of the twentieth century – is a classic of modern Christian literature. With over sixty-five years and translated into a considerable number of languages, it is devoted to the reaffirmation of the cause of Jesus Christ and the promotion of His kingdom. Its influence within the international evangelical community is beyond question. The days of the early Church were days of revival. Nothing but revival will ever solve the problems of the world today! All over the world, there are those who are crying to God for another mighty manifestation of His power. Are those prayers going to be answered? Will revival come? And if it does, what will it be like? How much will it cost? Can we do anything to bring it about? Can the prayer of Psalm 85:6 be answered in our day and generation? Our eyes are on God. Only He can stoke his people.
Influenced by many of the greatest Christians of all time, such as John Wesley, Martin Luther, Charles H. Spurgeon, Dwight L. Moody and especially Charles G. Finney and David Brainerd, missionary Smith shows in the book his huge faith in the power of prayer to change unfavorable conditions and in the power of the Lord. Leader of over twenty international expeditions in which Christianity was promoted, this minister of God also explains in his book his great interest in missionary work. Charles G. Finney is regarded by the authorities in this field, both British and Americans, as the greatest evangelist of all time. Nobody has achieved so much in so little time. Nor such results had been achieved since the days of the Apostle Paul. No one who appreciates his reputation would never dream of questioning the work of Charles G. Finney. Therefore, when dealing with evangelism in action, we must first refer to the miraculous work of this great evangelist. The first thing to note about Finney is that, wherever he went, religion became the main topic of conversation. The work of Oswald J. Smith is also a personal declamation regarding the importance of evangelism. In this regard, in one of the passages of his work, the servant of the Lord says that, “the only hope of our time is a new manifestation of God’s power. Without revival, life as we know it must perish. We need to evangelize or become fossilized.” Also, in other passage, he indicates that “the shepherds who still believe in the Bible should be able to cooperate when it comes to evangelism.” There are four groups of people with whom you have to deal with in your evangelistic work. In fact, I often give a quadripartite invitation. First of all, there are the lost, then those who have turned back, then those who are not sure of their salvation and finally the defeated. These four groups are at each meeting, and should be invited, in a clear and definite way, to come unto the Lord Jesus Christ so that their need can be supplied. But these personal workers must receive instructions on how to deal with them, because it is the worker who has to diagnose the case l
The work of Oswald J. Smith is also a personal declamation regarding the importance of evangelism. In this regard, in one of the passages of his work, the servant of the Lord says that, “the only hope of our time is a new manifestation of God’s power. Without revival, life as we know it must perish. We need to evangelize or become fossilized.”
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LOW IN THE GRAVE HE LAY A hymn key to understanding the resurrection of Christ. It was composed by American songwriter Robert Lowry.
ung by the evangelical community around the world, mainly in Easter, the hymn “Low in the Grave He Lay” presents the resurrection of Jesus Christ with a simple, forceful and direct language. Created in 1874 by American composer Robert Lowry, author of about five hundred spiritual songs, this hymn is key to understanding the ultimate miracle of the Gospel, the event that supports the entire Christian faith: the return from the death of the Son of God. Lowry, born on March 12, 1826, created this song one night after fulfilling his pastoral work in the town of Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, where he pastored an evangelical congregation. In this regard, his biographers state that the poem was created by Reverend Low-
LOW IN THE GRAVE HE LAY 1 Low in the grave He lay, Jesus, my Savior, Waiting the coming day, Jesus, my Lord! REFRAIN Up from the grave He arose, With a mighty triumph o’er His foes, He arose a Victor from the dark domain, And He lives forever, with His saints to reign. He arose! He arose! Hallelujah! Christ arose! 2 Vainly they watch His bed, Jesus, my Savior; Vainly they seal the dead, Jesus, my Lord 3 Death cannot keep his Prey, Jesus, my Savior; He tore the bars away, Jesus, my Lord! MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 28 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
ry while studying the resurrection of Christ. Supported by the comments of the author himself, historians indicate that the text and melody of “Low in the Grave He Lay” were created quickly. Graduated with honors in Theology from the University of Lewisburg, in 1854, Robert Lowry was one of the most renowned Christian musicians of his time and a minister of God who stood out for his constant devotion to the study and research of the Scriptures. Lowry was a bright and charming speaker, according to American writer Kenneth Osbeck, and worked, between 1869 and 1875, as a professor of literature in the cloister where he lived during his formative stage and preached the Word in New York and New Jersey. The Word of God, the Bible and Christian music were the cardinal points guiding Lowry’s life. This servant of the Lord, who had the gift of clearing up the doubts of believers with his preaching, was hired in 1868 by the Biglow & Main Publishing Company to edit the book “Bright Jewels,” aimed at the Sunday schools of the time. Then he teamed up with Dr. William Howard Doane, a noted Christian songwriter, and published the work “Pure Gold,” which sold over a million copies. Advocate of the sound doctrine and the evangelical faith, Reverend Lowry never boasted about his fame, even though he became a leading figure of gospel music, and always sought to spread the good news. In this regard, he said once, “Music, with me has been a side issue... I would rather preach a gospel sermon to an appreciative audience than write a hymn. I have always looked upon myself as a preacher and felt a sort of depreciation when I began to be known more as a composer.”
“Nothing but the Blood,” “Shall We Gather at the River?” “How Can I Keep from Singing?” “What Can Wash Away My Sin” and “Low in the Grave He Lay” are some of the more popular hymns created by Robert Lowry. Over the years, he came to possess
one of the best music libraries in the United States and became a gospel music scholar. Tenacious worker of the Lord, who shared the Gospel for more than five uninterrupted decades, Lowry died on November 25, 1899 at the age of 74 l
Advocate of the sound doctrine and the evangelical faith, Reverend Lowry never boasted about his fame, even though he became a leading figure of gospel music, and always sought to spread the good news. March 2016 / Impacto evangelistic
INSTRUMENT OF GOD Recognized as the most heroic character in the history of Christianity in England, Henry Martyn did in India, in the early nineteenth century, a short but highly successful missionary work that made him an example of faith. John Hall
is missionary work was short but highly successful, and although he lived for only thirty-one years, his biographical sketch is one of the most widespread in the global evangelical environment. Born in England on February 18, 1781, Henry Martyn is recognized as the most heroic character in the history of Christianity in the UK. After reading the biography of missionary David Brainerd, the desire to bring the message of salvation to the people who had never been evangelized became the most fervent plan of his short life. FIRST STEPS Blessed by God, Martyn was raised in a family where the gospel was always present. His father, John, was a pious man who, by example, taught him the basic principles of Christian faith and led him to the path of service and love of neighbor. His three brothers also embraced the good news and were an essential part of his first steps in the creed of God. At the age of seven, he attended school in the town of Truro, southwest England, where he quickly showed a great talent for mathematics and reading. In 1797, at the age of sixteen, after high school, he joined St John’s College of the University of Cambridge to become a lawyer. At that famous university, alma mater of great followers of the Lord, he became a brilliant student with the best grades in his class. In 1801, his skills allowed him to earn the Smith’s Prize, an annual mathematics competition organized by the uniMISSIONARY MOVEMENT 30 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
versity. The next year, 1802, saw Martyn Fellow of his College and the winner of the first University prize for a Latin essay. Martyn’s life turned completely to the Christian faith in October 1802 when he listened, by accident, to preacher Charles Simeon talking about the evangelizing work carried out by missionary William Carey in India. He lost his strong interest for mathematics, began to devour the Bible and gradually joined the ways of the Lord. In this regard, on more than one occasion he revealed: “I achieved the biggest thing I longed for academically, but then I became disillusioned and realized that I was missing the most important thing in life: God.” SERVING THE LORD Influenced by Simeon, Henry studied the life of the pastor Brainerd, renowned American evangelist who preached the Word to the American Indians in the 18th century. He became an example of faith for Henry and motivated him to become an instrument of God. That is when he decided, without hesitation, to become a missionary and set himself the goal of spreading the Scriptures in India. On October 22, 1803, he was ordained deacon in the city of Ely, 129 kilometers away from London, and then recognized as a
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His zeal for the things of God, his commitment to the sound doctrine, and his courage and his passion for missionary work, still revalidate today the fruitful work he developed in India and Iran, where thousands were converted to Christianity through his preaching and translations.
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minister of the Lord. Faithful Servant of God, Martyn offered his services to the Church Missionary Society, a Christian global institution. However, a financial disaster deprived him of receiving the inheritance that his father had left him and thwarted his goal of serving the Lord outside England. Nevertheless, his desire to spread the good news was fulfilled and he worked as assistant to pastor Simeon in Cambridge for more than twenty months. On July 5, 1805, his goal of bringing the Word to India finally came true when he sailed to that country. Before embarking, Henry wrote, “Whether I live or die, let Christ be magnified by the ingathering of multitudes to Himself.” Once on board, sailing away from his country, he cried like a baby, anxious about abandoning his family and his girlfriend Lidia Grenfel. However, nothing could divert him from following the godly path. During the journey, he even undertook the task of sharing the Gospel with the crew. On January 8, 1806, he arrived at the Cape of Good Hope, a British colony in present-day South Africa and Namibia, where he saw the terrible consequences of war. NEAT WORK On April 22, 1806, after more than nine months of journey, Henry Martyn arrived at the port of Madras, present-day Chennai, from where he traveled to Calcutta. Upon arriving in India, the missionary was welcomed warmly by the few people who worked hard to sow the seeds of Christianity in South Asia. Settled near the city of Serampore, he endeavored to learn the local language and set himself the goal of translating the New Testament into Hindi. Then, in October of the same year, he moved to the city of Dinapur, where Martyn was pastor for about thirty months. During this time, he preached the Gospel with great zeal and renewed excitement. He stood out for his intellectual production in favor of Christianity. On February 24, 1807, he finished the translation of part of the Book of Common Prayer and, in March 1808, he finished the Hindi version of the New Testament. Lat-
er, in April 1809, he was sent to the city of Canwpur where he continued to evangelize. Endowed with unparalleled language skills, he quickly became fluent in Hindi. Guided by God, Henry Martyn also translated the New Testament into Urdu, a language spoken mainly in Pakistan and India, and into Persian, the official language of Iran. At the end of 1810, due to his poor health, he thought of taking a break from his missionary work and travel to Persia to review his Persian version of the Scripture and enjoy a more pleasant climate. On October 1 of the same year, he went to Calcutta, from where sailed to Bombay, on
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the Arabian Sea coast, on January 7, 1811. FINAL JOURNEY In Iran, Henry thoroughly revised his Persian translation of the New Testament. With the help of Sir Gore Ouseley, he presented it to the emperor of Persia who, after reading it, sent him a royal letter of appreciation. It was at this point that he fell victim to the fever and was forced to travel to Constantinople, with final destination England. However, on October 16, 1812, after crossing the Aras River in Armenia, he arrived in the Turkish city of Tokat, at the time undermined by the plague. There,
the disease affected him seriously and he died at the age of 31. After his death, Henry Martyn was recognized by the evangelical community in Great Britain and the rest of the world for his heroic work to spread the Word in India, which costed him his life while he was still young. His zeal for the things of God, his commitment to the sound doctrine, and his courage and his passion for missionary work, still revalidate today the fruitful work he developed in India and Iran, where thousands were converted to Christianity through his preaching and translations. Just like missionary Brainerd, he is a strong example of faith l March 2016 / Impacto evangelistic
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THE HOLY SPIRIT TOUCHED JESUS He lived into drugs and heavy metal for many years. It seemed like nothing could save him until he knew the Word of God. Then, everything changed for the Spanish. Marlo PĂŠrez Foto: Carlos Medina Moya y archivo familiar
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A pesar de los esfuerzos de su madre, el joven se dejó envolver por el heavy metal. Salía totalmente maquillado, como un demonio, al estilo de Brian Warner (Marilyn Manson), uno de sus mayores ídolos en aquel entonces, y no tenía empacho en pasear por las calles con el rostro totalmente embadurnado de cosmético negro (…)
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aving the name of the Savior did not mean anything to Jesus. From a very young age, he walked the dark path of heavy metal, wearing black clothes and makeup to look like his idols. He did not mind being stared at by those curious about his gloomy and untidy appearance, as he walked on the streets of Barcelona. He remained in the underworld for many years. He did not know that inside that somber atmosphere, full of sex, drugs and alcohol, the dark truth hidden behind that musical genre bound him and other to sorcery and black masses. Some time later, these practices brought him consequences. He was carried away by this infernal music in the early 90s, captivated by the raucous sounds of electric guitars and the highpitched, penetrating voices that are usual in this music genre, born in the United Kingdom and the United States in the mid-70s. Jesus changed his traditional 18-yearold clothes for extravagant, gloomy ones, printed with skulls, demons and images clearly related to the world of darkness. He was trying to look like his music idols of the moment: AC/DC, Metallica, Iron Maiden, Marilyn Manson, among others. However, he went from imitating their clothes to get more and more involved in the world of drugs and occultism. From the very first days in the underworld, he gave into vices. He started using cocaine and LSD, and had trouble sleeping because of violent nightmares and lascivious and lustful dreams, full of blood and death. A friend of his is into vice until today. In spite of his mother’s best efforts, Jesus let himself be dragged by heavy metal. He used to go out using tons of makeup, resembling a demon, just to look like Brian Warner (Marilyn Manson), one of his top idols back then. He did not feel ashamed of walking around the streets with his face completely covered in black makeup to attend his favorite band’s concerts. Jesus Angel Nuñez Yepes, born in 1973 in the city of Cuenca, Spain, used to have a terrible reputation in his neighborhood. The excessive use of cocaine and LSD not only damaged his body, but also the relationship with his mother and all his family. One year later, Jesus’s life turned around. He was called to join the army, in the head-
quarters of “Arsenal de Cartagena”, located in the Spanish city of Murcia. He was angry at the beginning, but soon found out that there were all kinds of hallucinogens and alcohol inside the military facilities. He stopped feeling lonely as he shared his addiction with his mates. However, he also had to face some violent situations. – One day, a veteran humiliated me in front of my friends… Some days later, I bought a dagger to stab him, but thanks to
God I didn’t do it– he remembers. HIS ADDICTIONS His excessive addiction to drugs originated in his childhood traumas. When he was only a couple months old, he moved with some relatives after his parents separated. After his mother met another man, she went away from his son. The family was broken and all the siblings were separated. He lived in his grandmother’s house during his first years and did not receive the
necessary care for a boy his age. He grew up watching TV shows and horror movies, which later caused him nightmares and spiritual struggles. That is how he started to know the world of darkness. When he was twelve years old, his mother took him to live in Barcelona, where he struggled with the mental instability of his drug-addict stepfather, who mistreated his mother and him. Three years later, his mother met a drug dealer –18 years younger than her– with whom they went to live in Santa
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A violent spirit was forcing him to harm himself. He dislocated his wrists several times, made superficial cuts on his skin, and put out cigarettes on his body without feeling any pain. His real pain was inside, in his soul.
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Coloma de Gramanet, one of the most dangerous suburbs in Barcelona. Jesus dropped out of school and gave into bad habits. He made a living by selling toilet paper and cleaning car glasses and used the money to buy wine, beer, hash or marijuana. He was so into his addictions that one day he had an alcoholic coma in the middle of the street. He survived miraculously. Nevertheless, this incident did not stop him. On the contrary, he kept getting closer to the abyss. That is when he joined the world of heavy metal and began using heroin and other drugs that killed several of his friends. As soon as he was discharged from the army, “Yeyu,” as he was called, wore black again and started attending heavy metal
places. Among outlandish noises and shadows, he got involved with a girl who was clearly unstable because of her excessive use of drugs. This woman, who considered herself bisexual, introduced him to the gay circles of Barcelona. After that, he met another girl, who was even more into the heave metal environment and led him to attend all kind of meetings and concerts, where voodoo, sorcery and black masses to Satan were performed. Once, he attended a concert, in which the leader of the metal music band threw a present to the crowd while he was invoking the Devil. The gift ended up in Jesus’ hands, but something inside made him reject it and throw it back to the band. The object hit the
times, made superficial cuts on his skin, and put out cigarettes on his body without feeling any pain. His real pain was inside, in his soul. After finally leaving that hell, disguised as health institution, Jesus returned to the streets. He was already 38 years old and started consuming alcohol and drugs again, although they caused him paranormal experiences. He was dying of loneliness, asking for help in silence, but no one was listening. His soul was dying, but he kept harming himself and doing drugs, while listening to hellish music. ENLIGHTENED BY GOD One day, in the middle of stinky dark alleys, Jesus felt that his head was about to explode. He had taken eleven grams of cocaine in two days and felt like the world was crashing down on him. So he cried out for help and God listened to him. – In that moment, I cried and cried, and I asked God to be able to love and be loved in return – he remembers. Halfway through 2010, Jesus started to work in the construction company of a Christian friend, who invited him incessantly to the house of God. After several weeks, he agreed to attend the church meetings. – The demons I had inside told me not to go – he recalls.
leader while he was singing. – I’m sure that God stepped in somehow. I can tell it now– he states. LAB RAT In 2003, Jesus started to suffer from psychiatric problems, such as paranoid personality disorder, manic depression, paranoid schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder, which led him to cut his own arms and burn his skin several times. As a result, he was confined in a mental institution. There, he received many experimental treatments that made him feel like a lab rat. A violent spirit was forcing him to harm himself. He dislocated his wrists several
In one of the meetings, he could not resist anymore and left the Christian temple never to return again. When he was passing through the entrance, one of the deacons, who had seen him coming in and out several times, invited him to have a sit once more, and promised him that the Holy Spirit would touch his heart at any moment. Some minutes later, he felt the presence of God, who cast out all the demons who had possessed him for more than twenty years.
When he was passing through the entrance, one of the deacons, who had seen him coming in and out several times, invited him to have a sit once more, and promised him that the Holy Spirit would touch his heart at any moment. Some minutes later, he felt the presence of God, who cast out all the demons who had possessed him for more than twenty years.
– I told God with all my strength: ‘I can’t do it alone, God, I can’t! Please, help me!’ And he helped me– he declares. From that moment on, the Lord changed his life and drove him away from heavy metal forever l March 2016 / Impacto evangelistic
“GOD CAN CONVERT GANG MEMBERS” The Worldwide Missionary Movement (WMM) in El Salvador makes efforts to help rehabilitate these people through the Word of the Lord.
he WMM in El Salvador has rescued some youngsters from gangs. The work is hard, but we are moving forward. Rev. Edwin Parada, National Supervisor of the Work in this country, speaks in detail about the challenges faced by the Worldwide Missionary Movement regarding this national issue, and the efforts to reach hundreds of gang members through the Word of God. What does the Church of the Lord do about the proliferation of gangs in El Salvador? Gangs have been a very serious problem for decades, with an important impact on society and national economy. The Church itself has been affected, since there are places where the brothers cannot be out after ten at night because it is dangerous. There are areas where we cannot send young men to preach, as they might be confused with gang members, and be wounded or killed. In these areas, we only send adults to share the Gospel. How many gangs are there in El Salvador? There are several, but the most important gangs are “Mara Salvatrucha” (MS) and “Barrio 18.” The most violent is MS though, because its members quarter or dismember people for revenge. Are there any gang members already rescued for Christ? A pastor told me recently that this boy left his gang, because he wanted to convert to Christ. To leave the gang, he had to go through a ritual in which he was beaten by thirty men for
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one minute. He was beaten up, but he crawled and barely escaped. Then he looked for us. This gang people told the brother that if he converted to Catholicism, they would kill him, and that if he accepted the Gospel, he had to be a faithful and devoted believer; otherwise, they would also kill him. Nowadays, he is still in the Church; unfortunately, he knows that if he goes astray, they might kill him. Even so, we praise God for this young man who was rescued from gangs. The Lord can convert any gang member. With all these problems, how does the Work of the WMM make progress? I have been a Supervisor for three years. In our early years, the Elim Bible Institute and an online radio were founded; other things were also created, such as the national agenda, that includes activities and fellowships for young people, women and men. In recent months, we have noticed growth in all our churches. How much has the Church of the Lord grown? There are 16 groups and we are all together about 600 people. It has been reported recently that, over the past two months, 25 people have come to the church. That is something we had not seen before. Over the last three years, we have built several temples. Another challenge is to go east, to the city of San Miguel, where there are three churches near the capital. There, we will found a congregation in the center of the capital of El Salvador, which would become the central Church l
Gangs have been a very serious problem for decades, with an important impact on society and national economy. The Church itself has been affected, since there are places where the brothers cannot be out after ten at night because it is dangerous.
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THE RESURRECTION “By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures. And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures… But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.” 1 Corinthians 15:2 4, 20 22. Rev. Luis M. Ortiz
Our Lord Jesus Christ rose from the dead with a glorified body. The glorified body is a body full of glory, and fully adapted to dwell in glory without any of the limitations of the human body, without blemish, pollution or filth.
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he Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ is the ultimate miracle of the Gospel. The apostles, especially the apostle Paul, announced and taught this great truth. The patriarch Job said: “Oh that my words were now written! Oh that they were printed in a book! That they were graven with an iron pen and lead in the rock forever! For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth. And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God: Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me.” (Job 19:23-27). According to historian Eusebius, the patriarch Job lived 600 years before the Flood, that is, about 1800 B.C. God places Job on equal footing with Noah and Daniel, and the apostle James refers to him as an example of patience. In the verse above, Job expresses the strong desire that his words be written. The specific words that he wanted to be recorded were, “For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth. And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God: Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me” (Job 19:2527). This patriarch of antiquity, who lived around 1800 B.C., had, by divine inspiration, a complete and wonderful vision of the resurrection of our Redeemer, as well as the resurrection of believers. By divine revelation, Job saw human and godly life united in the person of the Redeemer and saw the death and resurrection of the Redeemer, as well as the resurrection of believers in glorified bodies. The apostle Paul writes at length about the
resurrection and the nature of the resurrected body in the great resurrection chapter: 1 Corinthians 15. Our Lord Jesus Christ rose from the dead with a glorified body. The glorified body is a body full of glory, and fully adapted to dwell in glory without any of the limitations of the human body, without blemish, pollution or filth. The apostle Paul explains what the resurrected body is like: “But some man will say, How are the dead raised up? And with what body do they come? Thou fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened, except it die… So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption. It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power. It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body… And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly… And the dead shall be raised incorruptible… For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality” (1 Corinthians 15:35‑36, 42- 44, 49, 52-53). The body of the risen Christ is a real body, no spirit or ghost. In one of the many times that the risen Jesus appeared to the disciples, they got afraid, but Jesus told them: “Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have” (Luke 24:39). He had the appearance of a natural body, he had hands and feet and could be touched; however, he had a celestial, supernatural body beyond all physical limitations, an immortal body. The Bible says: “Christ dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him” (Romans 6:9). Saint Paul gives a strong statement that Christ raised, “But now is Christ risen from
He had the appearance of a natural body, he had hands and feet and could be touched; however, he had a celestial, supernatural body beyond all physical limitations, an immortal body.
the dead…” (1 Corinthians 15:20). “And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain” (1 Corinthians 15:14). Beloved, the personal experience of millions and millions of people transformed by the power of the resurrection of Christ, and the story of the millions of martyrs who have joyously given their lives awaiting resur-
rection, demonstrate over and over again that Christ is truly risen and that neither our preaching nor our faith have been in vain. The voices of millions and millions of Christians throughout the history of the Church have risen to heaven in worship and praise to God thanks to the atoning work, death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ l March 2016 / Impacto evangelistic
WHAT HAPPENED AND CAME FROM GETHSEMANE “Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done” Luke 22:42. Rev. Manuel Zúñiga
uke 22:39 says, “And he came out, and went, as he was wont, to the mount of Olives; and his disciples also followed him.” The Lord went to the garden of Gethsemane, across brook Kidron, at the foot of the Mount of Olives, and there he MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 44 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
prayed. Gethsemane means “oil press,” as the people of Gethsemane was in oil production, for domestic use and fuel. Although Jesus was the Son of God, he was also the Son of Man, and as a man, he had free will. He said, “The Son can do
nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do” (John 5:19). The Father took his son to the garden of Gethsemane. “Being in an agony he prayed more earnestly…” (Luke 22:44) and “…began to be sorrowful and very heavy” (Matthew 26:37). That heaviness began to affect his emotions and change God’s will. Jesus, overwhelmed by his humanity, said, “Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me…” (Matthew 26:39). In his prayer, he asked the Father if there was another way. As the difficult moment was coming, he began to feel that the weight on his shoulders was too heavy, that it was not going to be easy because he was the Son of Man. Jesus never acted like God, so in this situation he fought against the devil as a man. When Jesus said, “Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt” (Matthew 26:39), he was kneeling, terribly distressed, and even “his sweat was as it were great drops of blood” (Luke 22:44). Doctors say that when someone is under very strong suffering, their pores open in such a way that their capillary veins break and they sweat blood. However, in the end he said, “Nevertheless not as I will but as thou wilt,” because when you are on your knees confessing all your weaknesses and feelings to God, your victory is not sealed until you tell the Lord that His will be done. Luke 22:43 says, “And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him.” The Son went willingly to the cross of Calvary, and there, on the “Mount of the Skull,” the big fight happened. What fight? That of the roaring lion against the lion of the tribe of Judah. We all waited for the lion of the tribe of Judah to cry victory, and he did: “It is finished!” (John 19:30). Those words meant that he had defeated
the enemy, that he had crushed the other lion’s head, “and having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it” (Colossians 2:15). The Lord emerged victorious from the garden of Gethsemane; there, he confirmed his victory and was exalted because he accepted that the Father did His will. “And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name. That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth” (Philippians 2:8 -10). “Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared. Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered. And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him. Called of God a high priest after the order of Melchisedec” (Hebrews 5:7-10). “Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh. And having a high priest over the house of God. Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water” (Hebrews 10:19 -22). Jesus suffered and endured, and the Father gave him all authority. He said: “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth” (Matthew 28:18). “Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you” (Luke 10:19). “Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth” (John 9:31). Beloved, go to Gethsemane and, after being weighed, you will be in God’s will. Amen l
As the difficult moment was coming, he began to feel that the weight on his shoulders was too heavy, that it was not going to be easy because he was the Son of Man. Jesus never acted like God, so in this situation he fought against the devil as a man.
The Son went willingly to the cross of Calvary, and there, on the “Mount of the Skull,” the big fight happened. What fight? That of the roaring lion against the lion of the tribe of Judah. We all waited for the lion of the tribe of Judah to cry victory, and he did: “It is finished!”
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LET US SET OUR EYES ON THE LORD “But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work.” John 5:17 Rev. Alberto Ortega
Likewise, they accused Jesus of being an impostor to question his work, his messages, his miracles, and based on this, decide, from the point of view of the Mosaic law, to stop his work of evangelization and redemption of sinners.
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hat was the answer of our Lord Jesus Christ to those who tried to stop his work of salvation and redemption of mankind. The Work of God has always found the same opposition, the same antagonism and the same rivalry. Since the creation of the heavens, before the creation of the Earth and man, God has had to deal with the attempts of the Archangel Lucifer, who after his rebellion against God was called Satan, or enemy of God. In the Garden of Eden, when the man had already been created, the same situation and purpose repeated: to stop the Work of God. There is not enough time or space to list all the demon and human opposition that have been raised since the beginning of God’s purposes to the present day. When we listen to the testimonies of workers and missionaries in their fields of work, we find the same hostility found by our Lord Jesus Christ. The barriers are innumerable, the opposition is virulent and even violent, but what may seem surprising is that God does not eliminate nor suppress this resistance. Even his own Son, the Second Person of the Trinity, found himself among these same circumstances. The Apostle Paul wrote in his Epistle to the Hebrews, “For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.” (Hebrews 12:3). The word “contradiction” in the original Greek is “Anthology,” which means: objection, judicial dispute, dissension, enmity. Note that Jesus suffered this contradiction against himself; this means that those who opposed him were against what He was, i.e. his iden-
tity as the only-begotten son of God. Likewise, they accused Jesus of being an impostor to question his work, his messages, his miracles, and based on this, decide, from the point of view of the Mosaic law, to stop his work of evangelization and redemption of sinners. The key of the Apostle Paul’s words is to lead us, in the first place, to understand and accept that the opposition to the Work of God is something inevitable that even Lord Jesus Christ had to endure. There is, therefore, no possibility of changing this fact. Remember the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, “The disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his lord.” (Matthew 10:24).
In the second place, his words mean that, if we do not keep or consider this reality, we may faint in our minds until losing the resources of our spirit for the Lord and the Work of God. The spirit of service is not enough by itself, the desire to be faithful is not sufficient on its own, the longing for investing our life in the Work of God is no guarantee that we can resist the fainting in mind triggered by the opposition. If we are not aware of this reality, we will end up giving in to pressure. Finally, he says that all opposition can be overcome if we set our eyes on our Lord Jesus Christ, so that our spirit and desire to live and serve the Lord do not faint or lead us to faint in mind.
Such beautiful words! Which leads to discouragement is not the opposition of the devil or sinners, but our eyes not set on Christ. My brother, beloved worker of the Lord, what fails is not God or His power, but our eyes; they give us victory or defeat. Our Lord Jesus Christ never stopped setting his eyes on the Father: â€œMy Father worketh hitherto, and I work.â€? He remained victorious because he had his eyes on the Father. Beloved, are you living surrounded by opposition? Do you feel like you are about to faint in your mind? Look up to Jesus, recall the victory that He had despite all the opposition of the devil, demons and men, and cry your victory against all your opposition l
Which leads to discouragement is not the opposition of the devil or sinners, but our eyes not set on Christ. My brother, beloved worker of the Lord, what fails is not God or His power, but our eyes; they give us victory or defeat.
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A quick report of the work that Worldwide Missionary Movement is making in America and throughout the world. The Holy Bible states: “And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple... And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved”. (Acts 2:46,47).
“WE HAVE TO BE UPRIGHT AND LEARNED” For four days, thousands of brothers in Panama attended the 27th National Convention. Rev. Epifanio Asprilla was appointed as a new Supervisor. MOVEMENT MOVIMIENTOMISSIONARY MISIONERO MUNDIAL 48 WORLDWIDE America • Europa América Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
to His service needs to be perfect in the ministration of the Word of God. As ministers of worship, we must be upright and learned,” he stressed. GREAT OPENING Hours earlier, there was great expectation regarding the spiritual celebration, held at Arena Roberto Duran in Panama City, where Rev. Alcides Ramea, Supervisor in the Central American country, opened the event with the great parade of National Officers. Minutes later, the International Officers were welcomed. They were represented by Rev. José Soto, Vice President, Rev. Alvaro Garavito, Rev. Manuel Zuñiga and Rev. Ernesto Moreno, Supervisors of Costa Rica and Nicaragua, as well as dozens of presbyters, pastors, and brothers in general. The next day, from 9:30 in the morning, praises played an important role at the sports center. Rev. Zuñiga preached about “God’s Project for Salvation” (John 19:30). In the evening, Rev. Carlos Guerra shared his message entitled, “God Gives Power to Those who Stand in the Gap,” (Acts 14: 1-4; 2 Chronicles 20: 15-17).
od wants us to do a selfexamination, to realize if we are living in uprightness, as required by the Word of God,” said Rev. Alvaro Garavito, International Officer, during his preaching that opened the National Convention in Panama, held on February 6-9. Rev. Garavito, who is also Supervisor in Guatemala, shared the
theme “Only the Upright People Remain,” (1 Kings 19:10). “That who is not upright, is crooked or has deviation, and many ministers on the altar like deviation, so when they preach, they do not speak of worldliness, but they would rather sugarcoat the message. We have to do what is upright,” he said. “The person that God has called
YOUTH SERVICE On Monday, February 8, from very early in the morning, the Panamanian pastors were called together to the central church of Parque Lefevre for a meeting with Rev. Gustavo Martinez, President of the Worldwide Missionary Movement, and other International Officers. Meanwhile, a special service was held at Arena Roberto Duran for the young people. Rev. Marvin Cooper preached his message entitled, “The Funeral Was Called Off” (Luke 7:11-17). Hours later, International Officer Rev. Rodolfo Gonzales shared an extensive message based on Continue reading–– March 2016 / Impacto evangelistic
NEW SUPERVISOR IN PANAMA IN THE CLOSING SERVICE, Rev. Gustavo Martinez, President of the Work, and all the National and International Board recognized the work done by Rev. Alcides Ramea, National Supervisor of Panama from 2008 to 2016. In his place, Rev. Epifanio Asprilla was appointed as a new supervisor. On the closing day, Rev. Martinez promoted 17 new lay workers, 13 licensed pastors and 9 ordained ministers. Rev. Martinez announced the foundation of four new churches in the cities of Chati and La Aldea (province of Darién), El Limite La Capira (province of Panama Oeste), and Mata Ahogado in Anton Valley (province of Cocle).
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Deuteronomy 32:3: “We do not see God, but we listen to Him and feel Him... God is still doing wonders. God’s Word does not change, as the religions’ doctrines do. The Bible will not change,” he said. MISSIONARY SERVICE On the last day, the glory of God was present in the missionary service. Rev. Juan Castillo preached about “Fire on the Carmel” (1 Kings 18:36-39): “The fire of God is not excitement of the flesh or emotion, but faith, passion, compassion, vision... If there is no fire of God, how can we be upright? Fire declares everything and puts in evidence what is authentic” l March 2016 / Impacto evangelistic
YOUTH SEALED BY GOD The National Youth Convention of Costa Rica 2016 was attended by over 3200 young people.
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ev. Pablo Cesar Rueda addressed the audience at the great National Youth Convention of Costa Rica, entitled “A Generation With the Seal of God,” with these words: “God will open doors in Costa Rica; it will be God and you will know it is Him... Do not be afraid, because God will support you. It might seem crazy, when He tells you ‘Come,’ but you will see His glory.” “Are you going to leave the ship?” asked the preacher to the thousands of young people gathered at this national event, held on January 21-23 at the Rogelio Alvarado Cubero sports center in Guapiles, Costa Rica. Rev. Carlos Elizondo, National Youth President in the Central American country, led the event, where more than 3200 young people, coming from seven provinces, gathered for a meet-
ing with the Creator. The spiritual meeting was divided into four sections, from Thursday night, January 21, to Saturday morning, January 23. Then, Rev. Manuel Zuñiga, Supervisor of Costa Rica, introduced Rev. Pablo Cesar Rueda, who shared the Word of the Lord during the youth meeting, and his wife Vasti Esther Rueda (Colombia). In his first message, entitled “With Seal of God” (Psalm 139: 16), he focused on the need of having young people sealed with the Holy Spirit. SEALED BY GOD The next day, the event started early in the morning; prayers and pleas to the Almighty were heard all over the sports center. Later, Rev. Rueda preached about the “Blessing Seal” Continue reading–– March 2016 / Impacto evangelistic
(Genesis 32: 22-24); he said that the blessing seal requires brokenness, sacrifice and leaving behind those things that do not please the Lord. At night, the Colombian preacher, based on Matthew 14:29, which narrates the walk of Christ on the waters, shared a message entitled “You Stay in the Ship or Go After Something Better.” In his speech, he urged to leave the ship – as the Apostle Peter did – to experience something better with Christ. “The ship may sink any moment now, but Jesus will never sink,” he said. While Rev. Rueda was sharing his message, Rev. Manuel Zuñiga, National Supervisor of Costa Rica, received prophetic word from the Lord. He and all the attendees were filled with the grace of the Lord. MEDIA The media played an important role in the development of this event, which was broadcast by a cable company (channel 45 and 50 in the Central and Northern zone) and channels 105 and 412 in open and digital MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 54 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
signal. The radio and web platforms also served to the same purpose. CLOSURE The next day, after the songs and praises to our Creator, Rev. Pablo Cesar Rueda offered his last message at the sports center, crowded with thousands of young people from all Costa
Rica. In his speech, entitled “Get On Your Feet” (Ezekiel 2:1-2), he talked about the Lord’s call to the young people committed to the evangelizing vision. Minutes later, his speech resulted in a large number of broken youths at the altar, filled with the power of God and sealed to continue with the work of the Almighty l
BAPTISM IN COLOMBIA Glorious Baptisms of Zone 8 in the city of Rionegro, located in the department of Antioquia, in Colombia. 124 brothers went into the baptismal waters last December 8, 2015, in the “Canaan” country house owned by the Church of the Worldwide Missionary Movement, located in the municipality of Rionegro, Antioquia. The baptisms of Zone 8 were at-
tended by Rev. Gustavo Martinez Garavito, International President, and Rev. Roberto Estrada, Presbyter of Zone 8. After being taught about the Word of God and having received the sound doctrine, 124 brothers de-
scended into the waters, thus fulfilling the Lord’s command, and took a very important step in their lives. On that day, a wonderful worship was held. Some souls received and accepted our Lord Jesus Christ as their only and sufficient Savior l M March arch2016 2016//Impacto Impactoevangelistic evangelístic
FORMING RELIEFS The Meeting of Pastors in Italy took place from January 5 to January 7, 2016, under the theme “Forming Reliefs.” About 130 pastors from Italy and Block B of Europe gathered for this event.
ev. David Echalar, Deputy Supervisor of Block B of Europe and National Supervisor of the WMM in Italy, urged pastors to make firm decisions, stop being double standard, serve with upright hearts that bear good fruits, and not be carried away by the distractions that lead away from the Lord’s purposes. During the opening worship of the Meeting of Pastors in Italy, Rev. Echalar shared the message of the Word of God with the theme “Where Will You Stay? Egypt, in the desert or in Canaan?” It was a message from God to the ministers. In the second worship, Rev. Leonel Cedeño shared the message with MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 56 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
a study based on the meeting’s theme: “Forming Reliefs.” He talked about the goal, career and job that God has given each of His servants, and took as an example the life of some of the apostles, who went through pain and tribulation for the Lord and the Gospel, but remained faithful until death. In the third worship, Rev. Jimmy Ramirez continued to develop the theme “Forming Reliefs” and talked about the transience of life. He said that, one day, God will call us to His presence, and, therefore, we have to serve God completely. In the fourth worship, in the afternoon, Rev. Luis Valderrama shared a message of exhortation and encourage-
ment to the servants, talking about what it is like to live truly in the Lord and the mistakes that can be made when we do not do so. “Commitment to God is based on the guidance and direction of the Holy Spirit and not on emotions, which are misleading and distort the
truth of the Word,” he said. In the penultimate worship, Rev. Hugo Lope preached the theme “Establishing Authorities,” based on the book of Titus. “It is a challenge to have the responsibility of leading a ministry like the one entrusted to Titus, who was in
charge of forming men and women for battle. Today, the Lord has raised His children by giving them the privilege of being workers to preach His Word. That is not all, though, as they also have to go out and confront the enemy; they cannot be idle, but diligent in fasting, in
working for this Work,” he said. In the last service, Rev. David Echalar shared the message “If Anyone Wants Bishopric…” He highlighted that the Lord asks each of his chosen ones to cry out for the souls that are lost, to be always active and moving l March 2016 / Impacto evangelistic
“LET’S TAKE OUT FILTH AND CORRUPTION” Paraguay held its 17th National Convention of the WMM in the city of Itagua. They were three days full of God’s presence.
o attract God’s blessing, we need to take out filth, corruption and dirt. There can be no blessing in a house where sin is committed,” said Rev. Luis Meza Bocanegra, International Director of the WMM and National Supervisor in Peru, during the opening service of the 17th National Convention of Paraguay. “We have to take out the dirt for God to bring blessing. God is not where evil is done. There can be no blessing in a church where the pastor is an adulterer, a corrupt, a degenerate, a thief, a scamp, a con,” said Rev. Meza Bocanegra. MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 58 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
He shared a biblical message entitled “When Uprightness Is Not Real,” based on 2 Chronicles 32:24. The event, held from February 5 to February 7, took place in the “12 de octubre” convention center, located in the city of Itagua. The services were carried out in two shifts and had a mass participation. The event was attended by Rev. Gerardo Martinez Garavito, Missionary Supervisor of the WMM in South America and National Supervisor in Chile, Rev. Alberto Rivera, Supervisor of the WMM in Paraguay, and the
ministers of the Work of God in this country. In the second service, the Word of God was preacged by Rev. Gerardo Martinez who, based on 1 Samuel 14: 6-7, shared the theme “Serving Along With The Lord.” In the third service, some special songs were performed: “Me vuelves a tocar” (You touch me again), by a band from the city of Itagua of Km. 33, and “Como Zaqueo” (Like Zacchaeus), by the choir of girls from the city of Itagua of Km. 25, in Guarani language. The fourth service was conducted
on Sunday, February 7. In the morning, a missionary worship and the Promotion of Workers took place. Children and adults sang missionary songs, in which they emphasized the love and the call to the Work of God. In the Promotion of Workers, two of them were promoted to Lay Preachers and one to Ordained Minister. They will continue to work in the Lord’s vineyard. In this service, Rev. Luis Meza Bocanegra, International Director, shared the Word of God, with the theme “How Will They Listen Without Someone To Preach Them?” based on Romans 10: 9-15 l March 2016 / Impacto evangelistic
SERVING GOD FAITHFULLY The Pastors and Youth Convention in Guatemala had a huge impact on the attendees. Many of them were filled with the Holy Spirit.
he Worldwide Missionary Movement in Guatemala lived days of blessing from December 10 to December 13, 2015, at the Pastors and Youth Convention. The event was held at the “La Certeza” convention center under the theme “Ready to Serve God Faithfully.” The event was attended by delegations from Mexico, Honduras, El Salvador, among others, in a pleasant spiritual atmosphere, full of the blessings from the Almighty. Rev. Gustavo Martinez Garavito, President of the Work, his wife, Sister Carmen Valencia de Martinez, and MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 60 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
Supervisors from Central America and Mexico, joined the attendees as well. On Thursday, December 10, Rev. Martinez Garavito shared an edifying biblical message entitled
“The Lord Asks to Thrust Out from the Bank,” based on Luke 5:1-5. On Friday, December11, in the morning, Sister Carmen Valencia de Martinez shared the theme “Why Do You Ignore What There
Is of God in You?” based on 2 Corinthians 4: 7. At night, Rev. Gustavo Martinez preached the Word of God with the theme “The Danger of Sleep,” based on the book of Matthew 13: 24-30. On Saturday, December 12, in the morning, Sister Carmen Valencia de Martinez, shared the theme “Being Useful Wherever We Are,” based on 2 Kings 5: 2-3. At night, Rev. Gustavo preached the theme “Evangelization Plays an Essential Role in the Church,” based on Matthew 9: 35-38. In the last service of the event, on Sunday, December 13, Rev. Gustavo shared again “Evangelization Plays an Essential Role in the Church,” based on Matthew 9: 35-38. God’s presence descended upon His people, who were willing to receive what God had for their lives l March 2016 / Impacto evangelistic
IT IS TIME TO SURRENDER Glorious 18th National Convention for Youth in Marietta, Georgia, United States, was filled with God’s presence.
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he Worldwide Missionary Movement in the United States celebrated its great and beautiful 18th National Convention for Youth from November 24 to 27, in Marietta, located in the state of Georgia. The motto “It’s time to surrender” became reality in the Turner Chapel. These days were magnificent
for God’s people and they were filled with the Holy Spirit in such a spiritual and glorious environment. WMM’s churches from every part of the country gathered in the state of Georgia to celebrate the 18th National Conventional for Youth. Every zone made a representation, including the
new churches, which have been established through Vision USA. The convention began with glorious worships in the presence of God. The National Officers, headed by the National Supervisor Rev. Arturo Hernández, preached the God’s word during four days. The ministry was powerful thanks to the devotionals. Many zones participated in the praises, which was a blessing for the convention. The National Chorus that is being formed under the direction of the sister Denise Cerrato was very edifying. With great order and respect, God used them in a powerful way. The hymns were anointed and allowed God’s people to get closer to the presence of God. We thank God for the chorus and we pray for its development. The convention was a great blessing for all the attendees and those who followed it through TV and other means of communication l March 2016 / Impacto evangelistic
WALKING UPRIGHTLY The Church of the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Japan, the land of the rising sun, held on January 31 the First Fellowship of 2016 in the Church of Oppama.
rom 10 in the morning, brothers from the different churches in Japan took part in this spiritual event. It was attended by Rev. David Veramendi, National Supervisor of Japan, Pastor Rildo Cueto, from the Church of Saitama and Hashimoto, Pastor Eraldo Hokama, from the Church of Narita, Pastor Andres Marchan, from the Church of Komaki, and the people of God, gathered to worship and praise God in spirit and truth. The service began an hour later and was led by Pastor Rildo Cueto. Then, the Bible was read by Pastor Eraldo Hokama, the congregational hymns were sung by Sister Mary Oishi, and the choirs of revival were performed by Sister Yuuki Miyakoshi. God spoke to his people through Rev. David Veramendi, Peruvian missionary and National Supervisor of the Work in Japan, who shared the message, “The True Church of Christ,” based on Acts 4:32 In the message, God encouraged His people to serve the Lord in adversity and raise workers in Japan, as the need is huge in this country. All the brothers responded to the divine call and were renewed. The Holy Spirit visited His people in a special way. By the end of the worship, the pastor invited all the people of God to get ready for the great celebration to be held on May 3-5: the XVI National Convention in Japan. This MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 64 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
event will be a blessing to the Work and will be attended by International Officers and visitors from other countries l
FELLOWSHIP OF MEN
BAPTISM OF ZONE 1 IN CARACAS
The Fellowship of Men of Zone 1 was held under the theme “Should Such A Man As I Flee?” in the central Church of the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The event was led by Ismael Parrado, National Supervisor and pastor of the local church, and Rev. Joselin Jimenez, Presbyter of Zone 1. The Word of God was shared by the pastors who led the twoday event, held on January 8 and January 9, 2016. The event was attended by over 130 men from the churches of Buenos Aires and the metropolitan area l
On Saturday, February 6, the baptisms of Zone 1 took place in the pool of the YMCA, where 65 brothers descended into the baptismal waters. The baptism service was led by Rev. Faustino Ollarves, Presbyter of Zone 1, with a prayer to sanctify that place. Rev. Ricardo Manrique, National Supervisor of Venezuela, shared the Word of God based on Matthew 28: 19-20. He urged believers to remain faithful, and stressed that each of us has been called to be holy l
PERU 27TH ANNIVERSARY AND REGIONAL FELLOWSHIP
The 27th anniversary of the Work of the WMM in Moyobamba, San Martin, was held on Thursday, January 21. The message was delivered by Rev. Rodolfo Gonzalez Cruz, International Officer, with an attendance of 2500 people. On Friday, January 22, an evangelistic campaign was held at the closed Ayaymama stadium. On Saturday, January 23, at 11.30 am, a glorious baptism in water took place at the Citaracuy touristic center, where 137 brothers descended into the water. At night, more than 3500 brothers gathered at the Club Atletico Belen sports center to listen to Rev. Andres Espejo, who shared the Word l
PUERTO RICO FELLOWSHIP OF ZONE 3 IN TRUJILLO ALTO
The Fellowship of Zone 3 was held on February 13 to celebrate the 53th anniversary, under the theme “Under the Fire of the Holy Spirit.” The event took place at the Pentecost Metropolitan Center of the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Trujillo Alto. Rev. Angel Cruz talked about the places that the Work has reached with the powerful message of salvation, and urged to continue the missionary work in those countries that have not known the Lord yet. In the afternoon, Rev. Alberto Rivera, National Supervisor, shared the teaching of the Word under the theme, “The Work Needs Children of Consolation” l
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