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The Book of Acts
Be of Good Cheer, I Have Overcome
There might be water scarcity in 20 years
ARE WE RUNNING OUT OF
FRESHWATER? April 2016 / Impacto evangelistic
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FAITH IS OBEDIENCE Rev. Gustavo Martínez International President of the WMM
“By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, of whom it was said, that in Isaac shall thy seed be called: Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure.” Hebrews 11: 17-19
hen God spoke to Abra-
They cannot feel threatened or frighte-
ham and said, “Sacrifice
ned; they cannot be melancholic or ca-
your son, the one you love
rry their heart on their sleeve. They are
the most” (Genesis 22), Abraham did
calm and quiet; they go wherever God
not hesitate, refuse, or say no. Neither
asks them to. To them, it is clear that it
did Abraham give himself away by
is the Almighty who asks for the sacri-
showing his wife, his servants or his
fice, who can raise from the dead and
son that he was going through some
work wonders. Nobody else is asking
kind of tribulation. None of them saw
for it -not an organization, not a sys-
him break, cry or grieve for his son.
tem- but God, who is above all things.
Sometimes we show our pain to move
Do you believe that God can save
others or touch the hearts of other pa-
you? Do you believe that God can heal
rents, but that does not happen with
you? Do you believe that God can do
men of God. The answer is in Romans
great things? Do you believe that God
4:18-21, which states that Abraham
can lift, anoint or fill you? Do you belie-
did not hesitate, but was totally con-
ve that God can lift you up during these
vinced that God was powerful enough
last days of moral and spiritual decline?
to fulfill what He had promised. Fur-
It does not matter if you do not see
thermore, Hebrews 11:17-19 says that
anything. If you look around and see
Abraham did not hesitate, because he
death, loneliness, hardship, sadness,
believed that God had the power to
ruin and opposition, it does not mat-
bring his son back from the ashes.
ter, because if God has sent you, you
Those who believe in the power of God cannot be lazy, weak, scared.
will fight together and the Lamb will destroy all that. Amen l April 2016 / Impacto evangelistic
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WATER IS SCARCE In the next two decades to come, water could be the biggest problem of humanity. It is said that the next geopolitical conflict would break out over this essential element, which is scarce although millions of people do not seem to be aware of it.
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It is feared that, by 2025, the demand for water – so necessary for human life– will become 56% higher than supply. Consequently, regions with many water resources could be harassed by those with less.
owadays, water scarcity is an issue that raises concern among scientists, technicians and politicians around the world. It is feared that, by 2025, the demand for water –so necessary for human life– will become 56% higher than supply. Consequently, regions with many water resources could be harassed by those with less. Water scarcity is one of the seven environmental issues presented in the Global Environment Outlook Report of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). A survey made to 200 scientists determined that water scarcity is the main problem of the new century, together with climate change. It could be said that we are reaching the limit of extracting freshwater from the earth’s surface, while consumption continues to increase. Springs, basins and creeks are rapidly becoming extinct; climate and soil are changing; there are floods, droughts and desertification. Under this outlook, human action is the most dangerous, as it causes drastic deforestation and water withdrawal from rivers through different engineer works such as canals and dams. Another great menace aggravating the
problem is the effect of climate change on the hydrological cycle and the availability of freshwater. Basically, shortage conditions in arid areas will get worse, as there will be less rainfall and greater evaporation.
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REVEALING NUMBERS Although 70% of the earth’s surface is covered with water, only 2.5% is freshwater, and the rest –97.5%– is salt water. About 70% of this freshwater is frozen in glaciers, and the rest is found as soil moisture or lies in deep underground aquifers not accessible to human use. What is more, less than 1% of freshwater resources in the world is available for consumption. Agriculture by irrigation is responsible for the consumption of approximately 70% of usable water, and this activity has increased by more than 60% since 1960. Nowadays, 20% of the population has
no access to safe water and 50% lacks sanitation. Africa and Western Asia are the most affected areas. In wealthy countries, the water problem affects nature conservation and economic growth possibilities, while in the south –besides all that– it is the direct cause of diarrhea, cholera and other diseases, which result in the death of 15 million children every year. In addition, pollution has a serious effect on the quality of freshwater meant for consumption. Many are the contaminating factors. In the first place, farming, which makes an uncontrollably use of toxic pesticides and fertilizers that cause carcinogenic diseases. In the second place, industrial pollution, which results in the release of heavy metals, organic matter and new toxic compounds (like PCB), and will increase by four by 2025. In the third and last place, urban pollution, which is produced specially in southern large cities and their shantytowns.
LET’S TAKE CARE OF WATER Given the importance of water, we must use it properly and sensibly in order to help the environment. The following are some small tasks we all can do: • Keep the faucet closed while soaping or brushing your teeth. • Do not wash your car with a hose, but with buckets instead. • Use only the necessary water in the toilet or sink. • Do not water the yard during high-heat hours, as water evaporates. • Do not use the toilet to get rid of garbage. • Share these pieces of advice with the children in your house.
Another big global issue is groundwater. It represents 97% of freshwater, in contrast to the tiny 0.015% of freshwater that can be collected. 33% of global population, especially in rural areas, depends on it; unfortunately, it is threaten by the groundwater pollution caused by the misuse of existing wells. Likewise, freshwater is not equally distributed nationwide and worldwide. For this reason, there are several conflicts over access to water, mainly international, but also national.
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THE CENTER OF CONFLICTS Water is one of the most important factors influencing eight conflicts around the world, according to hydrologist Carlos A. Fernandez. One of those is the conflict between Israel and Palestine. The Jewish state has control over the sources of water supply of the Jordan River and the aquifers of Gaza and Cis-
REDUCTION OF WATER CONSUMPTION There is a lot of work to do in order to reduce consumption in all fields. It is essential to improve irrigation systems in agriculture. The loss of freshwater in water distribution systems are obviously excessive. Awareness campaigns could reduce the use of domestic water. It is coherently necessary, but we must not fall for easiness, since it represents a very low percentage of global water consumption. However, recreational activities (fountains, yard watering, golf courses, amusement parks, etc.) account for the greatest part of urban consumption and are easy to reduce.
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jordan, given that rainfall is rare in the area. The country’s water policy is one geostrategic matter that is fundamental for its subsistence. The main water source in Egypt is the Nile, which originates in Ethiopia and laps part of Sudan. Around 2% of the Egyptian territory is arid, and the historic river has contributed to soil fertility. Egypt has maintained a mutual strategy with Sudan, the country through which the Nile enters the territory. Under a cooperation strategy, Egypt has built canals and dams to plan and share out the river flow, but Sudan has not finished some of the projects, resulting in damage to Egypt. For this reason, Egypt has threatened to take military actions, if it does not receive the agreed quantity of water. For their part, Turkey, Syria and Iraq also share a conflict over water. Turkey
is a great hydrological power thanks to the Atatürk Dam, one of the biggest reservoirs in the world, which allows collecting water and producing a significant quantity of energy. This dam has been at the center of conflict with Syria and Iraq because of the decrease of the river flow. In March 2000, the problem of water was about to provoke a war between Mozambique and Zimbabwe. The basin of the Zambezi River, located in southern Africa, was at the heart of the dispute. The large rivers of Western Africa begin to lose water flow and, as a result, the riverside countries have fallen into crisis. The Akosombo Dam in the Volta River created the largest artificial lake in the world and provided an immense waterfall to produce energy. Nevertheless, a big part of the land has been buried under the lake, and the intensive agricultural
activity has exhausted the adjacent soil. On top of that, more than 88,000 people have been forced to relocate and have lost their houses and main economic activities: fishing and farming. In Mali, the political instability adds up to the fight over access to water. The inhabitants depend on the Niger River for food and transport, but it is on the verge of an environmental catastrophe. In Nigeria, half the population lacks drinking water, and just as in other parts of the continent, many women have to walk several hours every day to obtain it. The three rivers that feed South China are highly contaminated, which causes damage to health and limits crop irrigation. North China harbors two thirds of the crop fields in the country, but only the fifth part of water resources. As water demand increases excessively in cities, industry
Its supposed abundance has given the impression that water is a cheap, inexhaustible resource – it used to be free in most regions. All of this has contributed to its waste without reservations.
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WATER IN HISTORY History shows that civilizations understood how important water is in order to assure humanity’s survival. This is the reason why settlements were established in places with water availability, such as rivers and lakes. Freshwater has been a vital factor for human activities and it will continue to be, since there is nothing that can replace it.
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Less than 1% of freshwater resources in the world is available for consumption. Agriculture by irrigation is responsible for the consumption of approximately 70% of usable water, and this activity has increased by more than 60% since 1960. Continue readingâ€“â€“
and agriculture, the soil is drying out. Water scarcity has generated tension between Bolivia and Chile over a small watercourse known as Silala River. This area is also very fragile and faces serious desertification problems caused by several factors, such as overgrazing and intensive agriculture. This situation contributes to the poverty in the area, which is the main reason for constant social problems. The Kaveri River is one of the largest in India. It flows into the Bay of Bengal and is considered by the Hindu as one of the seven sacred rivers; unfortunately, it has been affected by conflicts and cultural shocks. The bordering countries try to stop immigration in order to avoid the increase of water demand. WHAT TO DO? Its supposed abundance has given the impression that water is a cheap, inexhaustible resource â€“ it used to be free in most regions. All of this has contributed to its waste without reservations. Waste is constant in different human activities. For example, excessively generous irrigation that even floods soil, and the incalculable number of leaks in drinking water networks. Water scarcity threats three fundamental aspects of human well-being: food production, health, and political and social stability. There are many stances to face this serious problem. Some people think that water must be considered a marketable good (like corn and flour), while others defend the idea that it is a social good related to the right of life. Nevertheless, all stances must be consciously supported by the global population l April 2016 / Impacto evangelistic
1 8 million
In all the world, at least
people use a water source contaminated with feces.
“…the rivers of waters are dried up, and the fire hath devoured the pastures of the wilderness.” Joel 1:20
97% Around the world,
of water is salt water and not drinkable
The human population grows fast but the reserves of potable water do not. By 2030 the demand of water may exceed the reserves in almost 50%. We are on the edge of a global disaster. Earth is facing a serious water crisis which will get worse unless we start raising awareness about its proper consumption and how to make the most of it. The climate change, the increasing water scarcity, the growth of population, the demographic changes and the urbanization are coming challenges for the water supply systems. From now to 2025, half of the world’s population will be living in
areas affected by water scarcity. The reuse of wastewater for recovering water, nutriens or energy is becoming an important strategy. Countries are using wastewater increasingly for irrigation. In developing countries this represents 7% of irrigated land. While this practice if done inappropriately poses health risks, safe management of wastewater can yield multiple benefits, including the increase of food production. The following are the figures of the water situation in the world:
domestic and commercial consumption, and others
Use of freshwater
industry WORLDWIDE MISSIONARY MOVEMENT
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25% agricultural irrigation
of rivers in the world are contaminated
people die every year because of diseases related to water.
24.36 trillion liters of water are frozen in ice caps, glaciers, snow covers and permafrost.
10.55 trillions liters are in the subsoil because of filtration from the surface.
How much water do we have?
118 639 billions liters are found in lakes, rivers and bogs. This amount also includes the water in plants, animals abd atmosphere.
1 of 10 people in the world does not have access to water.
That person cannot drink water, wash his hands, wash his food or irrigate his crops.
of water is usable (drinkable)
842 000 About
people die each year of diarrhea, which is caused by unhealthy water.
of freshwater is frozen in glaciers.
of water in the earth.
of freshwater is is freshwater (it found on the surface can be consumed)
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WHY BELGIUM? Belgium is living a nightmare that it cannot escape. The country, that only two years ago was almost oblivious to usual security measures, has become one of the main targets of terrorism in Europe. Foto: AFP
few days after the arrest of Salah Abdeslam, author of the 11/13 Paris attacks, terror struck Brussels once again. The attack on the Jewish Museum in Brussels, in May 2014, was the first warning call. That is when Belgian authorities discovered that Europe’s capital was a terrorist target, and security was strengthened in strategic locations. The bombing, then performed by a French jihadist, was far from being an isolated episode. Following this episode, Belgium found out, with astonishment, that it was the EU country most affected by a new phenomenon: that of the so-called foreign fighters, including European men who left their MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 16 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
homes to join the Syrian war. With nearly 500 people who traveled to Iraq or Syria at some point, Belgium, with 11.2 million people, is one of the countries hosting more jihadists in Europe. The presence of radicalized groups in the country was not entirely new nor exclusive to Brussels. In September 2014, the authorities in Antwerp conducted a mega-trial against 46 founders and members of Sharia4Belgium, a terrorist organization responsible for recruiting and training young people who joined a conflict so alien to their everyday lives as the Syrian is. However, instead of reducing the threat, problems increased ever since.
The turning point of this important terrorist presence in Brussels was the 11/13 Paris attacks, that caused the death of 130 people. The investigation would soon reveal that the attacks had been largely planned in Brussels, orchestrated by young Europeans of Muslim descent. The epicenter was a neighborhood of strong Arab concentration that gained international relevance as a result. It is called Molenbeek, the hideout where Abdeslam was radicalized and eventually arrested. The district, a few minutes away from the historical center of Brussels, is connected to most of the attacks that have hit Europe in recent years, including the Madrid 3/11 bombings. Ever since the attacks in Paris, Brussels realized that it was a direct target of a massacre similar to that in the French capital. Evidence that something similar was being planned led the Belgian authorities to make an unprecedented decision last December: the subway, schools, shopping malls, sports facilities and other public places were
closed as precaution for several days. The worst happened on Tuesday, March 22. The big paradox—and cause for alarm to Belgian authorities—was that the attacks were carried out in the two most guarded Belgian locations since the 11/13: the Zaventem airport, the main in the country and one of the busiest in Europe, and the Schuman roundabout, where the main EU institutions are located. All these organizations (the European Commission, the European Council, the European Parliament, the diplomatic service) have increased security devices, including the presence of the military in the facilities. The same applies to the two subway stations of this central core: Maelbeek (which was also hit by the explosion on Tuesday) and Schuman. It will not be easy for the Belgian authorities to get rid of the stigma haunting them since the attacks in Paris: that the Belgian capital is a true cradle of jihadism, and that the terrorist threat has taken root behind the back of the country’s intelligence services l
(Taken from the Spanish newspaper El País)
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BREAST CANCER Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in both developed and developing countries. Its incidence is increasing worldwide due to the higher life expectancy, the growing urbanization and the adoption of Western lifestyles. Walter Menchola Vásquez (*)
reast cancer is a malignant tumor that starts from cells in the breast. Breast cancer occurs when these cells have the ability to invade surrounding healthy tissues or spread and grow into distant organs. Most cases occur in low-income countries, where the disease is often deMISSIONARY MOVEMENT 18 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
tected at a very advanced stage. There are two types: a) Ductal carcinoma, which is the most common (80%) and originates in the ducts that carry milk from the lobules to the nipple; and b) Lobular carcinoma, which begins in the milk-producing lobules. Risk factors for this cancer include
family history, which increases the risk by two or three, and BRCA1, BRCA2 and p53 genes mutations, which are highly associated with breast and ovarian cancer. Other risk factors are the exposure to ionizing radiation, the prolonged exposure to endogenous estrogens, the early onset of menstruation, the late onset of menopause, and the age at first birth. Similarly, hormone replacement may pose a risk associated with breast cancer, while breastfeeding has a protective effect against it (Lacey, 2009). It has also been reported that alcohol consumption, overweight, obesity and lack of physical activity cause 21% of all deaths of this type of cancer (Danei, 2005). Breast cancer is a serious disease. Nevertheless, it can be prevented and healed when diagnosed early. Early detection remains the cornerstone of breast cancer control. The early detection strategies recommended for low- and middle-income countries are based on the awareness of early symptoms and a clinical breast examination. On the other hand, mass screening of asymptomatic low-risk women through mammography is very expensive and recommended for countries with good health infrastructure that can afford its costs in the long term. Survival rates in breast cancer patients vary widely around the world: from 80% in North America, Sweden and Japan, to around 60% in middle-income countries and less than 40% in low-income countries (Coleman et al., 2008). Low survival rates observed in underdeveloped countries are explained mainly by the lack of early detection programs – which results in a high percentage of women seeking medical advice at a far advanced stage– and the lack of adequate diagnosis and treatment services. The chances of curing breast cancer at an early stage (cancer in situ) reach almost 100%; hence the importance of early detection, especially when performed at the age of highest incidence –women older than 50. There are two ways of early detection: (1) Raise awareness in the symptomatic population on the early symptoms to facilitate
WARNING SIGNS Symptoms of breast cancer include a lump or breast change: • Lump or thickening in or around the breast or armpit areas. • Change in the size or shape of breast. • Dimple or wrinkle in the skin of breast. • Nipple turning inward. • Fluid discharge from the nipple (not breast milk), especially if it is bloody. • Red, swollen or scaly skin in breast, nipple or areola (dark area surrounding the nipple). • Dimples in the breast similar to orange peel.
early diagnosis and treatment, and (2) Screening tests applied to the asymptomatic population to detect anomalies indicating cancer. The latter program requires expensive infrastructure and focuses on populations likely to acquire the disease. Breast cancer detection and diagnosis require careful examination of glands, as well as testing and diagnostic procedures. It is recommended that women older than 40 perform self-examination on a monthly basis in two ways: visual examination (mirror) to detect any abnormality, and an annual check-up by a physician. In the case of women from 20 to 39, medical examination is recommended every three years and selfexamination every month. Mammography has been proven effective in women aged between 50 and 69. Studies have shown that tumors one centimeter in diameter can be detected at an early stage without axillary node involvement (75 % of cases). It is recommended that women between 50 and 69 perform a mammography every two years; the benefit is limited in younger women or older than 74. In case of high-risk women (family history, BRCA mutation, radiation exposure), self-examination is recommended since age 18; medical testing twice a year since aged 25; and mammography with ultrasound or MRI alternately every six to twelve months since age 25, or 10 years before the youngest relative diagnosed with cancer. Finally, note that breast cancer is not a disease exclusive to women, as a very small percentage (less than 1%) of men can be also affected by it l
(*) Médico internista, magister en Políticas y Gestión Pública.
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GREAT MARCH FOR LIFE The large “March for Life” in Lima, Peru, gathered over 750 thousand people.
mong songs and cheers, over 750 thousand Peruvians marched through the main streets of Lima to protest against abortion in Lima’s March for Life 2016. The event, held on Saturday, March 12, brought together a large group of men, women and children in the Andean country with the sole purpose of defending human life. In the fourth annual edition, the march was full of enthusiasm because of the large number of participants and collaborators who were summoned by the social networks and media. The march began at 2 p.m. (local time) and proceeded through the Brasil Avenue and other streets of the capital city, and ended on the “Costa Verde”, where a platform had been built. Phrases such as “Life is Sacred,” “Our First Right: Life,” or “Yes to Life; No to Abortion” could be read on many colorful banners, expressing the feeling of over 750 thousand Peruvians participating in the march. Dozens of pro-life institutions, as well as political, cultural and civil personalities, participated in this call. There were representatives of the Catholic and Evangelical churches, Peruvian congressmen, presidential candidates and
One of the reasons that contributed to the success of this march was the unconditional support given by the national print and interactive media, television and radio, which had announced in advance all about the activity. MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 20 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
other politicians. It should be noted that, one day before the national march, the Peruvian Congress saluted all those who were to take part in Lima’s March for Life 2016. According to the organizers, this mass event aims to protect human life against acts such as the “Abortion Decriminalization”’ (filed in November 2015), which sought to minimize the first right of humankind: Life. This event also aims to honor the “Day of the Unborn Child,” held on March 25 each year. WMM PRESENT! The Worldwide Missionary Movement (WMM) in Peru was present in the “March for Life,” where thousands of brothers and pastors from the Peruvian capital and provinces joined the over 750 thousand pro-lifers in this event. One of the reasons that contributed to the success of this march was the unconditional support given by the national print and interactive media, television and radio, which had announced in advance all about the activity. During the event and the day after, all the media covered the march. Bethel TV was the only Christian media to broadcast live and bring all Christian people together. Thanks to the live interaction of digital media and social networks, the hashtags #MarchaPorLaVida (march for life) and #NuestroPrimerDerecho (our first right) went viral so fast that they became global trends on Facebook and Twitter l
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THE WORD AROUND THE WORLD
Impacto Evangelistic, the official magazine of the Worldwide Missionary Movement (WMM) has been bringing God's Word to the most distant corners of the Earth for 55 years.
Primera Edición 1961.
n January 1961, the first issue of Impacto Evangelistic was released under the inspiration of Luis M. Ortiz, thus becoming a milestone in the history of the Worldwide Missionary Movement (WMM) and giving a significant boost to the spread of the Sound Doctrine. It has been 55 years since that historic date, and the magazine keeps on circulating with good reception. Its contribution to evangelization has been highlighted on many occasions. Likewise, hundreds of people have been touched by God and have decided to follow the path of Christ after reading the articles of Impacto Evangelistic. Currently, the magazine is published on a monthly basis in six languages. The Spanish version is distributed in hard copies, while the magazine in other languages is available on the website: www.impactoevangelistico.net.. Over the last five years, more than seven million magazines have been distributed worldwide, and almost all editions are sold out. In addition, there are over 626 thousand followers on social networks who interact daily by making comments and sug-
gestions on published articles. Many historic, such as the one for the golden anniversary of the magazine and the Worldwide Missionary Movement, or the one with the cover “Thou shalt not lie with mankind as with womankind. It is an abomination,” which started a debate on homosexuality. Distributed in all five continents, Impacto Evangelistic will release its 750th edition within three months. With a recognized spirit of faith and sacrifice as the essence of the WMM, Impacto Evangelistic not only covers large institutional events, but also shares important evangelical messages that contribute every month to enlighten humanity with the Word of God. It has sections such as Life Stories, Interviews, Reports, Devotionals, Events, among others, always written with accuracy and professionalism, as they are an essential part of the current layout of the magazine. Over the last few years, the magazine has covered relevant events, such as the 9th World Congress in Panama, which merited a special issue, and the 5th South American Congress in Ecuador in August 2015. Next August, it will face the challenge of coverwww.impactoevangelistico.net
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ing the 2nd European Congress of the Work of the Lord in Spain. It will be done with the same effort and dedication, thus making the issue a must-have edition for sure. Established in January 1961 by Rev. Luis M. Ortiz, the magazine of the Worldwide Missionary Movement is going through new times in its work of bringing a message of salvation and hope to the world. Far from the black-and-white editions, but with the Christian identity intact, the magazine nowadays has a more graphic and dynamic layout. As an obvious reference to the Christian print media, the Bible is the
focus of its contents. Strengthened, invigorated and fortified by the Sound Doctrine, Impacto Evangelistic, through its edifying content, has made it possible for millions of families from all five continents to be evangelized, as planned by Pastor Ortiz 55 years ago in Puerto Rico. In the next months, Impacto Evangelistic will continue upgrading, both in content and graphic design, in order to keep up with the worldâ€™s best publications and meet the objective of spreading the Word of God to the world l www.impactoevangelistico.net
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THE BOOK OF ACTS Written by Stanley Horton, the book is proven useful to understand and bring back to life the exploits of the Lord resurrected by the Holy Spirit.
id Luke plan a third volume? Some say the word “former” [Acts 1] and the abrupt ending of the Book of Acts call for this. Luke may have planned one. However, his ministry may have been cut short by martyrdom, as Gregory of Nazianzen states; at least, Luke stayed with Paul when he was imprisoned for the second time and others deserted him to save themselves (2 Tim. 4:11). But the word “former” (or “first”, NASB) need not imply another volume. The content of Luke’s Gospel and the content of the Book of Acts complement each other perfectly. “The Book of Acts” explains clearly and lightly, with many notes and references, the nature, growth, life and raison d’être of the church. It was published in English in 1981 by Gospel Publishing House, and written by English theologian Stanley Monroe Horton, a well-known Pentecostal scholar who claimed that “no other book in the Bible is like it [the book of Acts].” While Peter and John were still speaking, priests (chief priests), the captain (the priest next in rank to the high priest) who commanded the temple guard of chosen Levites, and a group of their Sadducee supporters came upon them suddenly and unexpectedly. As verse 3 indicates, it was now evening (about sundown), and since the miracle took place around 3 P.M., Peter and John had continued to talk to the crowd about three hours. Undoubtedly they explained the full gospel further. In the introduction of his book, Reverend Horton, author of dozens of doctrine masterpieces, makes it clear that the MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 24 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
Bible does not show us history to satisfy our historical curiosity, but to teach us the truth. Likewise, he says that Acts shows that the existence of the church still revolves around the living Christ, who rose, ascended and sat at the right hand of God the Father to intercede. He also states that this part of the Scriptures reveals jubilant hope. Peter was right in believing he would need witnesses with him when he went to the house of Cornelius. He found it necessary to explain everything that happened there. The fact that Luke records this, repeating much of what was said in chapter 10, shows how important these events in Caesarea were. From them they learned that God would accept the Gentiles without circumcision, that is, without their becoming Jews. The repetition thus emphasizes that Christianity was not something just to add on to Judaism. Gentiles could come directly under the new covenant without coming first under the old covenant. According to Stanley Horton, born on May 6, 1916, the Book of Acts records what Jesus Christ continued to do and teach after his death through the Holy Spirit in the growing and spreading church. In that regard, Horton, fervent Pentecostal man of unbreakable faithfulness to the Bible, states in his book that “though Jesus is now in glory at the right hand of the Father’s throne, He is still doing His work in the present world.” After Paul, Silas, and Timothy left Philippi, they proceeded westward on the Via Egnatia. The next two towns of any size, each about a day’s journey apart, apparently had no Jewish syna-
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gogue; and so they pushed on to Thessalonica (one hundred miles from Philippi), “where there was a Jewish synagogue.” Still important today, Thessalonica was the most important city of ancient Macedonia. It was founded in 315 B.C. and named by Cassander, its founder, for his wife, who was a stepsister of Alexander the Great. The book by Stanley Monroe Hor-
ton, which covers the chapters of Acts, is divided into twenty-eight sections that discuss with biblical neatness the most important topics of the fifth part of the New Testament. The promise of the Holy Spirit, the Ascension, the life of the early Christians, the persecution of Peter and John, the seven chosen, the conversion of Saul, the choice of Timothy, the council in Jerusalem, the arrival of Paul in Rome, are some of the events described by Horton. An important factor in this spread of the Gospel in Roman Asia was the fact God did “extraordinary miracles through Paul.” The Greek really means the Lord made miracles an everyday occurrence. So powerfully was the Lord
working through Paul that people did not want to wait for him to minister to them in the lecture hall of Tyrannus. They would come to his workroom, where he was busy at his tentmaking and would carry off handkerchiefs (…) and work aprons that had been in contact with his body (his skin). These they laid upon the sick, who were then freed from their diseases. “The Book of Acts” glorifies God and promotes biblical principles. In its pages, we can see the flowing life and power of the resurrection of the Son of God. It
should be also noted that Horton points out in his work that the stories in Acts are condensed due to the limited amount of space available in the papyrus scrolls where they were originally written. In that sense, the author notes that “if we were to record the entire story (…), it would fill up several sets of books the size of the Encyclopedia Britannica.” Seven men who were accompanying Paul into Asia apparently took the ship as originally planned. They “went on ahead” of him to Troas and waited for him there. These seven were Sopater (…) of Berea, Aristarchus and Secundus of Thessalonica, Gaius of Derbe, and Timothy, and Tychicus and Trophimus of Asia (Ephesus). Many writers believe they were representatives of the churches that contributed to the offering for the poor among the Jerusalem Christians. They had the responsibility to see what was done with the money and report back to their home churches. Based on the Bible, “The Book of Acts” also indicates something that we should take into account: that, unlike many other books of the New Testament, Acts does not have a formal conclusion. Regarding this point, Stanley Monroe Horton states that “the abrupt ending is intentional. The book had to come to an end, just as that first generation had to come to an end. But the acts of the Risen Lord through the Holy Spirit did not end then.” When the crowd recognized Paul was speaking in Hebrew, they “became very quiet” (…). Paul then Paul proceeded to identify himself as a Jew born in Tarsus but brought up in Jerusalem under Gamaliel. That is, his schooling was under that famous rabbi. Gamaliel trained him with strict attention to every detail of the “law of our fathers” (the Law of Moses with the addition of all the traditions of the scribes and Pharisees). He was also a zealot, eagerly devoted to God, just as all his audience were (…). Clearly, Paul was not blaming them for beating him. Once, in his zeal for God, he would have done the same thing l
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THERE IS A FOUNTAIN FILLED WITH BLOOD Written by poet William Cowper and recognized as a masterful melody of gospel music of all time.
ritten in 1771 by English poet William Cowper, a renowned Christian from the 19th century, the song “There Is a Fountain Filled with Blood” is considered a masterful melody of gospel music of all time and contains a message of faith. The praise, first published in England in 1772 in a collection of psalms and hymns, focuses on the saving power of the blood of Jesus Christ and the restoring capacity of God’s love. Cowper, who was born on November 26, 1731 within a Christian family, com-
THERE IS A FOUNTAIN FILLED WITH BLOOD 1 There is a fountain filled with blood Drawn from Emmanuel’s veins; And sinners plunged beneath that flood Lose all their guilty stains. CORO The dying thief rejoiced to see That fountain in his day; And there may I, though vile as he, Wash all my sins away. 2 Dear dying Lamb, thy precious blood Shall never lose its power Till all the ransomed church of God Are saved, to sin no more. 3 For since by faith I saw the stream Thy flowing wounds supply Redeeming love has been my theme And shall be till I die. 4 When this poor lisping, stammering tongue Lies silent in the grave Then in a nobler, sweeter song I'll sing thy power to save MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 28 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
posed the song after overcoming a deep emotional depression that almost lead him to death. There is concrete evidence that the evangelical author, from his childhood and throughout much of his youth and adulthood, had to live a life full of troubles and regrets, such as the death of his mother, which was only restored by the Word of God. Recognized as the precursor of romantic poetry in the United Kingdom, he surrendered to the Lord in 1765 and, thanks to the Gospel, he left behind the grief and bitterness that overwhelmed him for more than three decades. His commitment to God and his interest in art led him to become one of the most popular poets of his time. Guided by his surrender to the Lord, Cowper created countless poems on different biblical topics. When Cowper was living in the city of Olney, he met in 1767 writer John Newton, author of famous hymn “Amazing Grace”, whom he joined to work in favor of the spreading of the Gospel through music. Both men of faith worked side by side for more than a decade and published in 1779 a collection of Christian songs called “Olney Hymns,” which had great influence in English evangelical poetry. Inspired by one of the final passages of the book of Zechariah, the song “There Is a Fountain Full of Blood” talks about one of the most significant biblical truths: the blood of Christ cleanses from sin and filth. Written in Olney, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, Cowper’s composition stands as a monument to the Lord’s grace, and it is still today, two hundred and forty-five years after its creation, an internationally known evangelical hymn. Called in his time the “best modern
poet,” William Cowper wrote not only poems but also many verses of social nature, which were widely welcomed in England. However, Cowper, who died on April 25, 1800, is honored today for his contribution to gospel music and his commendable work of evangelization for more than three decades. The hymn “There is a Fountain Full of Blood” holds a special place in the evangelical world as well l April 2016 / Impacto evangelistic
CELESTIAL SPRINTER Eric Liddell is one of the greatest evangelical heroes in the history of Christianity. A famous athlete who devoted himself to preaching the Word and did not hesitate to give his life for the cause of God. Patrick Thomson
n July 10, 1924, during the heats for the 400-meter race in the Paris Olympics, a tall, blond young man became the greatest sports figure in Scotland. Quick as a flash, this boy named Eric Liddell would be recognized ever since as a renowned Christian athlete who, after setting a new world record, claimed that his triumph was for the glory of God. Liddell’s story began in the Chinese city of Tianjin, on January 16, 1902, when Scottish missionary James Dunlop Liddell and his wife Mary had their second child whom they named Eric Henry. Eric was a happy child who would always hear about the Lord and knew the Gospel first and foremost. In 1907, he was sent, along with his brother Robert, to the School for the Sons of Missionaries, later called Eltham College, just outside London. During their years at Eltham, Robert and Eric studied mathematics, languages, science, English, Latin, geography and the Scriptures. At the age of twelve, he began to excel in school sports competitions, and one day he placed first in the high jump, long jump and 100-meter dash. Then, his natural talent catapulted him to the captaincy of his school’s cricket and rugby teams and he began to be recognized as the fastest young man in Scotland. MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 30 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
ATHLETE OF THE LORD In February 1921, he entered the University of Edinburgh, where he studied physics and chemistry. Amazingly, given his heavy academic schedule, taking part in his beloved sports did not occur to Eric at this time. But within a few weeks, a fellow classmate wheedled him into participating in the University Athletic Sports Day. There, he won the 100-meter race and joined the university’s track team. In April 1923, Eric Liddell, who earned the nickname of “The Flying
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Scotsman” and had a growing recognition in sports, received an invitation from the Glasgow Students’ Evangelistic Union to speak publicly about his Christian faith in a hardscrabble coal-mining town outside Edinburgh. During his presentation to eighty coal-miners, the athlete testified his love for God and said that he was sure that the Lord is everything. News spread rapidly that the Flying Scotsman had spoken publicly about his faith. Eric soon joined the evangelism group and began speaking with them in town after town. In addition, Eric became very interested in what came to be known as the Oxford Group –men from Oxford
University who urged Christians to surrender completely to God and maintain a robust devotional life. OLYMPIC FAITH Methodical athlete as he was, Eric won over the athletic scenario in the UK between 1921 and 1923. His victories in the 100, 200, and 400 meter were a usual occurrence during those years, and his supremacy was such that he was included in the British Olympic Team without major obstacles. Once there, he set himself the goal of taking part in the 1924 Summer Olympics; the critics expected him to win the gold medal.
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Methodical athlete as he was, Eric won over the athletic scenario in the UK between 1921 and 1923. His victories in the 100, 200, and 400 meter were a usual occurrence during those years, and his supremacy was such that he was included in the British Olympic Team without major obstacles.
However, Eric Liddell learned, by the end of 1923, that the prediction would not come true, because the heats for the 100-meter race would be held on a Sunday –a day for rest, worship and God. Still deeply regretting that he would not be able to run, Eric did not hesitate making and abiding by his decision. As far as he was concerned, Sunday was the Lord’s day –not a day for playing games, even the Olympic Games. When news of his decision became public, many Scots were aghast at his decision. They felt he had betrayed them. It was all an awful mess. But Eric had made up his mind. So in the end, with just six months to go before the Paris Games, he began training for the 400-meter race instead. On June 20, 1924, he took part in the Amateur Athletic Association Championship in London and nailed his place on the Britain’s Olympic Team by winning the 400-meter race. Already in Paris, according to eyewitnesses, a British masseur gave the Scot, before the heats for the 400-meter race, a note saying: “It says in the Old Book says, ‘Him that honours me I will honour.’ Wishing you the best of success always.” Hours later, in a great sports performance and against all odds, Eric won the race, obtained the gold medal and beat the world record with a time of 47.6 seconds. DEVOTED MISSIONARY After the 1924 Summer Olympics, Liddell decided in 1925 to follow in the footsteps of his parents and became a Christian missionary. He returned to China where he became professor of science at the Anglo-Chinese School in Tientsin. In addition to secular knowledge, Eric, who continued to run for his own pleasure, imparted Christian values and took over Sunday school. In addition, he helped stage evangelical plays and performed works of charity. On June 22, 1932, he was ordained a minister of God. Twenty months later, on March 26, 1934, he married Canadian Florence MacKenzie who, like him, was the daughter of missionaries. He and Florence, whom he met when
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he returned to China, had three children. However, on July 7, 1937, Liddell and her family were hit by the second SinoJapanese War. During this time, his life faced danger several times because of his evangelical work. After the outbreak of the Second World War, Liddell, amid the military conflict between the Republic of China and the Empire of Japan, joined in 1941 the work performed by a Christian mission in a poor Chinese region in which his brother Robert worked as a doctor. There, Ericâ€™s daily work was relentless. Later, in 1943, everything turned even harder, as he was sent to a prison camp in the city of Weifang, where he preached the Word of God. BRAVE END Imprisoned along with other missionaries, he showed on more than one occasion his commitment to the Lord and his great Christian values. He died on February 21, 1945 after writing a letter to his wife in which he revealed that he was about to suffer a nervous breakdown. Apparently, a brain tumor, made worse by the poor conditions of the prison camp, led him to death. His death was widely mourned in the UK. In 2008, during the Beijing Olympics, Chinese authorities revealed that Liddell was given the chance to leave the prison camp, thanks to an agreement between the Chinese Communists and the British government. However, this never happen, because Eric resigned to leave so that a pregnant woman could be released instead. The revelation of this final act of sacrifice touched the members of his family. Eric Liddell was buried in the garden behind the area of Japanese officials in the Weifang prison camp. His tomb was forgotten, until discovered in 1989 by engineer Charles Walker, who in those days was working in Hong Kong and was determined to find the remains of one of the greatest Christian heroes in the history of Scotland. He was a notable evangelical Christian who gave it all, even his life, for the kingdom of the Lord l
In 2008, during the Beijing Olympics, Chinese authorities revealed that Liddell was given the chance to leave the prison camp, thanks to an agreement between the Chinese Communists and the British government. However, this never happen, because Eric resigned to leave so that a pregnant woman could be released instead.
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CLOSE TO GOD IN THE BOLIVIAN PLATEAU He got involved in drugs since he was a teenager, when he was still a student. He was a drug user and dealer for years, was imprisoned three times, and attempted suicide twice. He tried to leave those ways more than once, but failed, until one day he knew the Word of God. Marlo PĂŠrez Foto: MMM Bolivia
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Many of his friends ended up as criminals, drug addicts or drug intoxicated. Limbert tried to escape this world and applied to the Universidad Tecnica de Oruro (UTO) to change his future. However, his efforts were in vain, as his strong drug addiction made him an unstable, reckless student.
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e tried cannabis for the first time at the age of thirteen, when he caught his elder brother and several of his friends using it. They offered him a pipe and he accepted. He smoked and felt a strange feeling that attracted him not only then, but also in the following days, weeks and months. Heriberto Limbert Arauco Pardo was born on July 7, 1969 in the Andean province of Ñuflo de Chaves, in the department of Santa Cruz, Bolivia. Since he was twelve years old, he and his brother were brought up by their grandmother, because their parents worked at a mine far away from the city. One year after his first experience with drugs, Limbert began the third grade of high school at the Colegio Nacional Mixto San Jose in the city of Oruro, and there he met a much older student who got him even more involved in the world of marijuana. This boy introduced him to a gang led by “Molleja,” some young man
who sold marijuana in schools, parks and squares of the Bolivian city. He was caught by the mafia network, and began dealing with this drug among his classmates to make some money. Later on, he spread his tentacles to other schools and contacted two friends to whom he offered the same job. He realized that it was easy to sell drugs to students, because they were drug addicts from good families. At the age of sixteen, he and several of his drug dealers were caught by the police with some marijuana pipes in pockets and backpacks. After being taken to the police station, one of his contacts obtained about two thousand bolivianos and they were released in less than a day. THE SCHOOL OF HARD KNOCKS When he finished school, he continued to be a drug dealer, for which he had to travel to the source of supply, in the region of Los Yungas, in northwest La Paz. There
After a while, with no hope of finding peace and happiness, Limbert tried to commit suicide by drug overdose. He snorted a huge amount of cocaine, but death did not answer to his desperate call.
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he was provided with large quantities of plants of cannabis, which he then distributed among thousands of young people in the Bolivian city. In these comings and goings, he met a man called ‘Kilin,’ who introduced him into other narcotic compounds such as cocaine paste and hallucinogens, which he began to overuse. Many of his friends ended up as criminals, drug addicts or drug intoxicated. Limbert tried to escape this world and applied to the Universidad Tecnica de Oruro (UTO) to change his future. However, his efforts were in vain, as his strong drug addiction made him an unstable, reckless student.
At the age of twenty-four, he changed his major to architecture, and he met several wealthy college students who were drug addicts like him. One year later, he transferred to economics and later on to anthropology, and he and a group of students were caught for the second time with several packages of marijuana and cocaine paste. Following the investigations, all of them were accused of selling drugs at the campus and handed over to the authorities. To their misfortune, the Legislative Assembly of Bolivia had recently approved Act No. 1008, which determined imprisonment for any person found with a minimal amount of drugs to be sold. The sentence included no prison benefits for the young man and his friends. After being imprisoned, he thought that was it for him. Fortunately, none of them was sent to narcotics. That was the first time he thought of the Lord and asked Him for help. A few days later, they all were acquitted mysteriously. After his release, he contacted a mafia that was into the counterfeit of US dollars, and so he started making counterfeit bills that he passed off as real in several malls in the city. That was when Limbert fell for the third time into the hands of the police. He spent several months in prison and, when he left, he went back to sell-
ing drugs at some city nightclub, where a large amount of underage girls offered sexual services. Every night he could feet a demonic presence, because Satanists rites, known as ‘koas,’ were held in it. - This place was a real den of perdition- he says. ENDING HIS LIFE After a while, with no hope of finding peace and happiness, Limbert tried to commit suicide by drug overdose. He snorted a huge amount of cocaine, but death did not answer to his desperate call. Another time, he tried to slit his wrists, but the voice of his grandmother came to his mind and reminded him that only cowards kill themselves. - I know it was God speaking to me through my grandmother- he confesses. After these suicide attempts, he returned to the nightclubs where he continued to sell drugs. There, many prostitutes and drug addicts tried to kill themselves by slashing his wrists or throwing himself from an upper floor. There was desperation and call for help in the faces of many people who came to this place. THE GIDEON BIBLE In 1998, Limbert tried to change his life
and started working as a taxi driver in the car that his father gave him. Time passed and one day a something happened. He was walking around the backyard when suddenly, he found the famous Gideon Bible. He picked it up and started reading it with great reverence. Up until then, no one had spoken to him about God. The Word of God hit him and after a few minutes he ended in tears. - It was the first time I felt so much peace- he says. From that moment, everything changed for this young man. A few months later, he sought a Christian church where he surrendered to Christianity and stripped himself of all his vices. Soon, he met Miriam Campos, whom he married and with whom he had five children: Jazzet, Berenice, Jemima, Sulamita and Areli. Currently, they all spread the Gospel in the autonomous town of San Julian, Bolivia l
En 1998, Limbert intentó cambiar su vida trabajando como taxista en el auto que su padre le ofreció y así transcurrió algún tiempo hasta que cierto día ocurrió un hecho fortuito. Estaba caminando por el patio de su casa cuando, de pronto, encontró la conocida Biblia de los Gedeones. La recogió y comenzó a leerla con mucha reverencia.
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“IMPACTO HAS HELPED A LOT IN BRAZIL” Rev. Henry Ramos Escobar, Supervisor in Brazil, is Colombian, but has a slight Portuguese accent while speaking. He has lived for several years in the country, where there are Christian churches of different denominations.
e has been a Supervisor for thirteen years and his biggest challenge was to give a boost to the Work of the Worldwide Missionary Movement (WMM) in Brazil. Rev. Henry Ramos Escobar remembers how it was at the beginning, and highlights the importance of Impacto Evangelistic and its contributions to the banishment of apostasy and religious traditions that have corrupted Evangelical churches in the largest South American country. How big is evangelization in Brazil? Brazil is one of the most evangelized countries in South America. There are mega churches, but also customs and traditions introduced by the G12, which destroyed many serious, trained churches and councils. Although today it is not the case, we are fighting against all that. How has Impacto Evangelistic helped the Work of the WMM in Brazil? In my opinion, Impacto Evangelistic has helped us a lot in Brazil. Ever since I became a Supervisor, we were given the opportunity and blessing of having the magazine at our disposal due to its low price. At the beginning, a package of magazines was sent to us. We used it to carry out the extensive work of evangelization, so that Brazil could know the Work of the Worldwide Missionary Movement. Although the magazine was published in Spanish, it had a great reception wherever we went, because many people wanted to read it. It was like a weapon given to us by God in
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order to introduce the Work in Manaus, the city where we started. What do you think about the current issues of Impacto Evangelistic? The magazine today is very professional and has great, edifying content. If we had the opportunity to get the magazine printed and translated into Portuguese, it would be such a wonderful weapon to fight the great apostasy existing in many churches in Brazil. How long has it been since you became a Supervisor and how much is the Work growing? I am Colombian and have been in the position since 2002; I found a Church on the verge of destruction, because it was facing many bad situations. My family and I started in the city of Manaus, capital of the State of Amazonas, where we carried on the work done by a Colombian missionary. Under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we are currently in eight States of the Brazilian Federation, which has 26 States and the federal district. How is the church composed and where are you located? The Church currently has about 700 brothers, 95% of which are Brazilians and the other 5% are immigrants from Peru, Colombia, Bolivia, etc. The Work officially has 41 churches and about 15 in the process of becoming churches. We also have eight white fields in the eight States where we are now: Sao Paulo, Rio Grande do Norte, Amazonas, Roraima, Rondonia, Para, Maranhao and Goias l
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APOSTOLIC EVANGELISM “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” Mark 16:15. Rev. Luis M. Ortiz
he task that Jesus Christ entrusted to His Church was to evangelize the world. God will not ask the Church to give an account of the social activities it has conducted, or the architectural taste of its temples, or the high academic level of its universities and ministers, or its political influence in the community through men in high government positions. The only task for which it will be accountable to the Lord is the evangelization of the world. At the beginning, the Church evangelized, in a little over thirty years, almost all the known world (Acts 19:10; 19:26). If so had been done now, the world would have been already evangelized fifty times. Yet not even once has the world been fully evangelized. If, at the beginning, Christians did it in spite of so many disadvantages, and today it has not been done with all the advantages there are, then we should ask ourselves how they did it and why we have not done it. In Acts, we find the Church Evangelism manual. 1. Prayer At the beginning, the foundation and support of the Church evangelism was not publicity, but privacy in prayer. “These all continued… in prayer and supplication” (Acts 1:14). Prayer was used for everything: to be baptized in the Holy Spirit, choose substitutes, persevere in the doctrine, have confidence and courage, minister with anointing, be kept in holiness, ask for divine protection, heal the sick, cast out demons, work wonders and miracles, ask for divine guidance, have vision, send workers, missionaries and evangelists, solve problems, maintain brotherly love. Today, many seek better methods of evangelization, but God looks for better men of prayer. 2. Personal Evangelism At the beginning, the Church evangelism took several shapes: evangelism in the temple, mass outdoor evangelism, door-to-door literaMISSIONARY MOVEMENT 42 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
ture evangelism and, specially, daily personto-person evangelism. Today there is much professional evangelism, but little personal evangelism. 3. The Power of the Holy Spirit At the beginning, the power of the Church evangelism was not political, intellectual power or the power of propaganda, but the power of the Holy Spirit. We see an active Holy Spirit, giving commandments, baptizing with power, talking, filling, providing, testifying, imparting wisdom, consoling, prophesying, presiding, deciding, choosing and sending missionaries, and leading evangelists. If, at the beginning, the power of the Holy Spirit gave the Church such glorious results, why do we not give up on human methods and systems, and seek the wonderful power of the Holy Spirit? 4. The message was Christ At the beginning, the message of evangelism was not a message of philosophy, intellectual persuasion, or promotion of a man. The message was Christ (Acts 5:42; 8:5), because only in Christ we receive salvation, freedom, forgiveness of sins, healing, baptism in the Holy Spirit, miraculous gifts, peace, justification, light and eternal life. What the world needs is not new, sensational topics, but the old theme of Christ with the fresh anointing of the Holy Spirit. Paul said, “For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” (1 Corinthians 2:2). 5. The Gifts of the Holy Spirit At the beginning, the team of the Church evangelism was made up of the nine gifts of the Holy Spirit recorded in 1 Corinthians 12. The evangelization of the world and the salvation of souls is a spiritual and supernatural task, and to perform it effectively, training and a supernatu-
At the beginning, the Church evangelized, in a little over thirty years, almost all the known world (Acts 19:10; 19:26). If so had been done now, the world would have been already evangelized fifty times. Yet not even once has the world been fully evangelized.
ral team are required. If, at the beginning, the supernatural and miraculous team of the gifts of the Holy Spirit gave the Church such glorious results, why do we not renounce merely human psychological, psychiatric, natural, mechanical, electronic systems, and look for the supernatural and miraculous team of the gifts of the Holy Spirit? 6. The authority of the Word of God, the name of Jesus Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit Finally, the authority exercised by the Church evangelism at the beginning, was not the authority of a religious hierarchy or some denomination or council, but the authority of the Word of God, the name of Jesus Christ, and the power of the Holy Spirit.
After the healing of the lame man, the Jerusalem council questioned Peter and John: “By what power, or by what name, have ye done this?” (Acts 4:7). In the reply of the apostles and the united prayer they rose to heaven we find the answer: “And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word, by stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus. And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost…” (Acts 4:29-31). Beloved, the only way today’s Church will be able to evangelize everyone in this, our generation, is the way the Church did it at the beginning l April 2016 / Impacto evangelistic
BE OF GOOD CHEER, I HAVE OVERCOME “Behold, the hour cometh, yea, is now come, that ye shall be scattered, every man to his own, and shall leave me alone: and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me. These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” John 16:32-33. Rev. Gustavo Martínez
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esus Christ came into the world to perfectly fulfill the plan of redemption. Through this sacrifice, God’s love and justice were satisfied, thus opening the doors of grace to anyone who wants to accept Him. VICTORY OVER THE DEVIL AND SIN The Bible describes the temptations that Christ faced during his retreat in the wilderness (Matthew 4: 1-11). However, He overcame Satan through the Word, citing biblical passages. “It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God” (Deuteronomy 8:3; Matthew 4:4). “It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God” (Deuteronomy 6:16; Matthew 4:7). “It is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve” (Deuteronomy 6:13; Matthew 4:10). Christ defeated the devil as a simple man (Hebrews 2: 14-15). Sin subjected us to bondage and no one, but God Himself, could set us free from its power (Romans 6: 16-18). During the dispensation of the law, the sin offering of atonement was imperfect. First, because it only covered sin; and second, because the offerors, before sacrificing on behalf of the people, had to offer up for their own sins. In contrast, although our Lord lived in a mortal body during His stay on earth, and was tempted in all aspects like any other human being, sin never ruled over him. This made His atoning sacrifice perfect, and enabled Him to cleanse us from sin and its damning power. Due to His merciful sacrifice, the throne of grace was opened for us, and we can approach God without fear, because He approached us first (Hebrews 4:16). As He experienced firsthand all the temptations that any man may face, the Lord can help us overcome sin (Hebrews 4:15). However, whosoever is born of God must refrain from sinning and keep himself (1 John 3:9; 5:18). VICTORY OVER DEATH The devil had enslaved humanity through sin and fear of death. However, Christ came to bring down empires and the powers of darkness, and publicly shamed them when He triumphed over them on the cross of Calvary (Colossians 2:15).
Through His resurrection, Christ destroyed the sting of death and snatched all power from the tomb. The Scriptures reveal that the sting of death was sin and that the power of sin laid in the law that condemned us. However, when Christ destroyed the power of sin on the cross of Calvary, death could no longer loom over us (1 Corinthians 15:54-57). The fear has been overcome in Christ, and therefore, when we come to Him, His perfect love destroys the fear that may invade us (1 John 4:17-18). VICTORY OVER SADNESS AND IGNORACE Before knowing that Jesus had risen, the disciples were in such a state of unimaginable prostration and sadness that, when Mary Magdalene came to announce the resurrection, they, busy weeping and wailing, did not believe her (Mark 16:11). Although Christ announced several times that he would die and rise on the third day, to the disciples the crucifixion had meant the end of their discipleship, and each of them returned home and their jobs. Christ appeared to them to restore their joy, and they rejoiced greatly. There is a misconception, according to which Christians walk along a path of roses and no sadness can touch them, because this would mean that God is no longer with them. However, this idea contradicts the words of the Lord Jesus Christ: “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). Moreover, Christ overcame not only sadness but also ignorance. After rising, He appeared to two disciples who were going to some village, our Savior rebuked them for their ignorance and disbelief: “O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken” (Luke 24:25). Thus, Christ turned to the Word to restore the joy that derives from faith. But when they told the other apostles, none believed them (Mark 16:12). When God wants to reveal Himself to someone, He always does it through the Scriptures. They produce faith, and faith leads us to Christ, breaking the unbelief of our heart (Romans 10:17) l
The devil had enslaved humanity through sin and fear of death. However, Christ came to bring down empires and the powers of darkness, and publicly shamed them when He triumphed over them on the cross of Calvary (Colossians 2:15).
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PENTECOST, THE BEGINNING OF REVIVAL
“Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.” John 16:13. Rev. José Arturo Soto Benavides
The Holy Spirit reveals Jesus Christ as Savior, and makes us aware of sin and judgment. Without it, we would never reach the feet of Christ. Once taken this first step of faith, the Holy Spirit edifies and reveals to us the mysteries of God. With it, we lead a life of triumphant faith and finish our course with joy (2 Timothy 4:7-8).
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he Church of Ephesus was very close to the heart of the apostle Paul; later on, Apollos would continue the work of this Church. However, when Paul returned to Ephesus to visit the brothers, he realized they were missing something, so he asked them: “Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost... And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied” (Acts 19:2, 6). After this event, a genuine revival came upon Ephesus and shook up the city (Acts. 19:8-20). 1. The Holy Spirit, the source of revelation The Epistle to the Ephesians repeats several times the phrase “in heavenly places” (Ephesians 1:3, 20; 2:6; 3:10). Paul wanted to highlight the importance of having our eyes on heaven. The victory of the Church is not evaluated bases on the crowds it attracts, the social work it does, the good influence it has in the corrupt world, or the wisdom of certain of its ministers with many diplomas, etc. These churches have their eyes on the world and work for the world, instead of working for the Kingdom of Heaven. The letter to the Ephesians contains two prayers of Paul (Ephesians 1:16-23; 3:1421). In both of them, the apostle asks God to reveal through the Holy Spirit all the heavenly truths to His people. The Lord Jesus Christ himself expressed this reality (John 16:13-15).
2. The Holy Spirit, the source of triumphant faith The attitude of the believer towards the Holy Spirit determines what kind of faith dwell in him: decayed faith or triumphant faith. The first one is dangerous because it leads to spiritual fatalism. The bad testimony is the result of this decayed or ill faith (Titus 1:10-14). The love for the world deteriorates faith and gradually destroys it. When faith is not healthy, we begin to pay attention to fables, stories and worldly doctrines that separate us from the true and triumphant faith. The love for money is also a virus that attacks and weakens faith. Decayed faith may lead us to deny true faith. The person who denies true faith is an apostate and is not holy (2 Timothy 3:8-9). These changes do not occur overnight, but they take months and even years to manifest. 3. The Holy Spirit, the source of power and hope The apostle John addresses and exhorts the Church of Ephesus on behalf of the Lord (Revelations 2:2-5). The Church of Ephesus had been long-suffering, hardworking, patient in trial, protective of God and His Word, brave and tenacious. However, God accused it of having given up on its first love, and asked it to repent to avoid its destruction. Before ascending to the Father, Christ commanded his disciples to preach the gospel all over the world, but first stay in Jerusalem to be clothed with power from on high (Acts 1:4-9). The Holy Spirit reveals Jesus
Christ as Savior, and makes us aware of sin and judgment. Without it, we would never reach the feet of Christ. Once taken this first step of faith, the Holy Spirit edifies and reveals to us the mysteries of God. With it, we lead a life of triumphant faith and finish our course with joy (2 Timothy 4:7-8). Beloved, the Holy Spirit is much more than speaking in tongues and working miracles. The Third Person of the Trinity wants to form us according to the stature of the fullness of Christ, and put on us the same mind that was in Jesus. We may lose everything and suffer the worst evils, but we will always raise our gaze toward heaven, toward the hope of glory, with the certainty that our Redeemer lives. We mean a lot to God. That is why the apostle prayed to God, “That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and
grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; and to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God” (Ephesians 3:17-18). Finally, the apostle wanted us to know the kind of power we have at our disposal, so that we know “What is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church” (Ephesians 1:19-22) l April 2016 / Impacto evangelistic
A quick report of the work that Worldwide Missionary Movement is making in America and throughout the world. The Holy Bible states: “And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple... And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved”. (Acts 2:46,47).
After celebrating the Holy Week, 2,468 brothers and sisters from Peru received the holy sacrament of baptism in Lima.
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were baptized under the blessing of the Almighty. On March 28, in the morning, the Christian sacrament was held at the Certse FAP recreational center, in the district of Lurin. 2,468 broth-
ers and sisters of the Lord’s Church –present in the 43 districts of the Peruvian capital– were baptized. The event was attended by International Officers Rev. Rodolfo Gonzalez, President of the Work in
TRANSMISSION TO THE WORLD The media platform of Bethel TV broadcast live the Christian sacrament held in Peru. The multimedia services of social networks allowed the interaction with thousands of followers around the world with the hashtag #Bautismo2016.
Peru, and Rev. Luis Meza, National Supervisor. In addition, National Officers and many pastors from several presbyteries supported the event and helped baptize the thousands of brothers and sisters. WORDS OF REFLECTION Based on Mark 16:16, Rev. Luis Meza talked about the need of conversion to be baptized and become a disciple of Christ, because the Gospel has bases and doctrines that are fundamental for Christianity. “If we overlook or ignore them, the Church would be like a building without columns and it would collapse, as many churches and councils have for leaving out the truth of God’s Word,” he claimed. Later on, he shared a personal testimony: “When I received the doctrine, every lesson was a treasure to me, and I really was looking forward to being baptized… God’s Word was getting into my heart and that made me feel good and happy.” Finally, the National Supervisor spoke about the biblical text and stated that, “baptism is an act of obedience to God’s Word. It is no rite or tradition; it is a symbolic act that has great spiritual meaning. You should know that it does not mean the end of your Christian life, but the beginning of it until Christ comes and takes us to His Holy presence. Hallelujah!” SACRED SACRAMENT Almost at noon, with the sun shining on the Peruvian Coast, hundreds Continue reading–– April 2016 / Impacto evangelistic
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of WMM members sang several hymns related to the Christian sacrament by the recreational center’s pool. Once in the pool, Rev. Gonzales started the baptism, and so thousands of brothers and sisters received the sacrament under the blessing of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, as provided by the Sacred Scriptures. After the mass activity, Rev. Gonzales broke because of the great number of people who were baptized and moved all the attendees. This event showed the huge acceptance that the Gospel has in Peru l
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THE NEW CHALLENGES OF GOD The Worldwide Missionary Movement (WMM) in Chile gathered over three hundred youths and teenagers from the north, south and center of the country.
rom Wednesday, February 17, to Saturday, February 20, the youth of the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Chile held its 5th National Retreat under the theme “Facing New Challenges in God.” The event was promoted and well received in social networks with the hashtag #yoaceptoeldesafio. Over 300 youths and teenagers from the north, south and center of the country gathered at the Ejercito de Salvacion premises, located in the province of Angostura in the city of Santiago. The event was also attended by Rev. Gerardo Martinez, National Supervisor of the Work in Chile and Missionary SuperMISSIONARY MOVEMENT 52 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
visor in South America, who was part of the organizing committee as well. Brother Juan Pizarro and Sister Sandra Nova were responsible for the management and coordination of the activity. The first service was held on Wednesday afternoon. “Rebelliousness and its Consequences” was the opening topic, shared by Colombian missionary Rev. Jose Vidal. Then, at night, the message of the Word was led by Pastor Jose Valencia, who addressed the audience with the topic “What Is Coming Will Be Better.” On Thursday, a day of fasting and prayer, Sister Maritza Martinez, wife of the National Supervisor, talked about “The Dangers of Pornography.” The
second lesson was given by Marcelo Quintana, National Secretary of the Work, who delivered a warning message entitled “Beware the Traps.” In the evening service, the Word was taught by Sister Sandra Nova, Colombian missionary who spoke about the topic “Do Not Make the Same Mistakes.” On Friday, Rev. Cesar Vargas, National Treasurer, taught and talked about this year’s theme; his message was entitled “Keeping Values and Uprightness.” After this first service, the leaders of all zones taught about “The Tribes of Israel in the Desert” through an outdoor activity. At night, Rev. Gerardo Martinez, based on Romans 8:28, shared the topic “Chosen for a Mission,” which
touched the hearts of all the youths and pastors gathered. To end a day full of God’s presence, a vigil was held until 1:30 am, and the Word of God continued to be taught. “What Prevents You from Serving God Has to Die” was the speech made by Pastor Aurelio Vazquez. The great National Youth Retreat ended on Saturday. Two subjects were presented, “Which Group Do You Belong?” by Pastor Martin Chia, and “Facing New Challenges” by Pastor Marcelo Perez. They were four days full of topics focused on the need of youth, where all those who accepted the great challenge felt the power and glory of God l April 2016 / Impacto evangelistic
READY TO SERVE WITH UPRIGHTNESS National Youth and Pastors Retreat of the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Uruguay, held on February 19-21 in El Monte camp, in Montevideo.
oung people from different parts of the country took part in the event, where the preaching of the Word of the Lord was revealing. On the first night, Pastor Daniel Lapaz shared a message based on the story and experiences of the brave Joseph. On the next day, Sister Evelyn Diaz gave a beautiful teaching on the clothing in young Christians. Then, in an outdoor activity, the young members learned to break their pride and leave all their burdens on the Lord’s hands, always guided by His will. In the evening of the second day, Pastor Freddy Perez preached the MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 54 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
Word of the Lord and warned the attendees against corruption, pornography and other perversions to which today’s youth is exposed. On Sunday, to end the retreat,
Sister Liliana Lopez taught the Word of God under the theme “Making vs. Understanding,” urging the youth to conduct their service in uprightness to the Lord l April 2016 / Impacto evangelistic
AND THEY WERE SAVED AND HEALED
Days of much blessing in the city of Maracaibo. God manifested Himself for the salvation and healing of many people.
rom January 26 to January 29, a great Evangelistic Campaign took place in the city of Maracaibo, in the State of Zulia. The guest speaker for the activity was Rev. Aris Solis, Vice President of the WMM in Colombia. The event was held in the facilities of MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 56 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
I.N.C.E Construcción, in the neighborhood of Los Olivos, and was attended by more than 400 pastors, who traveled to the land of the sun. Rev. Ricardo Manrique, National Supervisor of the Work in Venezuela, welcomed the attendees and invited them to
participate in the services held there. Rev. Aris Solis shared the Word, and God worked in a powerfully way through miracles and healings. On Monday 8 and Thursday 9, some youth retreats took place all over the country l
NEW SOLDIERS OF GOD
A group of 65 brothers descended into the baptismal waters of Zone 1 of the Worldwide Missionary Movement (WMM) in Venezuela.
he Worldwide Missionary Movement in Venezuela held on Saturday, February 6, the glorious baptism of Zone 1 at the YMCA pool in the city of Caracas. Early in the morning, a group of brothers gathered at the premises. The baptism was attended by relatives, brothers and pastors, as well as Rev. Ricardo Manrique, National Supervisor of the Work in Venezuela. The service, presided by Rev. Faustino Ollarves, Priest of Zone 1, began with a prayer of sanctification. Then, the chorus of “This is the Christ I preach” was sung. Rev. Ricardo Manrique shared the message of the Word of God based on Matthew 28: 19-20. In his speech, he shared the command, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing
them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost”, and urged every Christian to remain faithful.
Finally, 65 brothers descended into the baptismal waters among songs and praises, thus becoming the new soldiers of God l pril 2016 2016 // Impacto Impacto evangelistic evangelistic AApril
MEN FELLOWSHIP IN SWITZERLAND The 7th Men Fellowship was held from February 6 to February 7; hundreds of Swiss brothers renewed their faith before the Lord.
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he Work of the WMM in Switzerland held its 7th Men Fellowship, called “With Uprightness We Bless All Nations,” and attended by Rev. David Echalar, Assistant Supervisor in Europe (Block B). This event, held from February 6 to February 7 in the city of Zurich, brought together more than 240 attendees, including pastors and brothers from the cities of Geneva, Zurich, Langenthal, Ticino, Basel, Bern, Lausanne and white fields established in: Winterthur, Olten, Buchs, Solothurn and Luzerne. A small group of brothers from the neighboring country of Italy also attended the fellowship. They were represented by Rev. David Echalar and Rev. Ramon Ortega, who
preached the Word of God. In the early hours of Saturday 6, applauses and praises could be heard in the crowd, while Rev. Jimmy Ramirez preached a message entitled “Uprightness in the Service” (Proverbs 11: 3). “Uprightness in the service was showed when Abraham’s servant allowed Isaac to be blessed with the promise of our God, even though the promise was not for himself but for someone else,” he said. DRAMATIZATION In the afternoon, specials activities of praise and worship were conducted, along with a play entitled “The Great King of Kings, Jehovah”, which talked about the life of King David. Hours later, Rev. David Echalar preached about “The Rescue,” based on John 10:10. He said, “We cannot afford to lose this salvation. We cannot afford not to take what God Almighty has given us in our hearts.” Later on, he said, “We must be recognized as children of the King of kings, through constant prayer, fasting, watching, and clothed with the power of God ... By using the weapons that Christ has given us, we can stand after each attack of the enemy”. In the last service of the 7th Men Fellowship, the Lord’s message was given by Rev. Ramon Ortega. In his message, entitled “What Are Your Intentions in Coming Here?” (Acts 13:22 and Matthew 18: 21-35), he said, “What the Almighty wants is us to be humble, to recognize that the honor and glory are His. He wants us to become upright, because God knows that men fail, but He helps those who love Christ. Alleluia!” Finally, the pastors and hosts of the event, Elvis and Norma Chavez, from the Work in Zurich, thanked the attendees for their presence and for coming from throughout Switzerland and abroad l April 2016 / Impacto evangelistic
LET’S WORSHIP THE LORD Rev. Gustavo Martinez, International President of the WMM, visited Puerto Rico and held worships in Rio Grande and Comerio.
n an atmosphere of praise and singing, a glorious worship was held on Sunday, February 28, at the Church of the Worldwide Missionary Movement in the city of Rio Grande, Puerto Rico. The service was attended by Rev. Gustavo Martinez, International President of the WMM; his son Samuel Martinez; Rev. Luis Ayala, National Officer; Rev. Ruben Velazquez, Priest of Zone 2; and other pastors of the zone and their congregations. Based on Acts 27, Rev. Gustavo Martinez preached a message entitled “Why Do We Have Storm In Our Lives?” and referred to Paul’s last trip to Rome where he experienced many difficulties. “God reveals or anticipates things for our lives. He also teaches us to follow the His voice or that of whom He has called, even if this person is not expert in the field”, he said. IN COMERIO Another service took place on Sunday, February 28, with the presence of Rev. Gustavo Martinez in the town of Comerio. The biblical exhortation was shared by Rev. Martinez, who, based on GenMISSIONARY MOVEMENT 60 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
esis 26: 1-5, preached under the topic â€œFaithfulness to God Makes Us Heirs of Blessings.â€? He showed, through the life of Abraham, the results of faithfulness to God in a life in obedience. He urged not to change the pattern God has designed, to put aside our will and to perform the Work under the guidelines that the Lord has given. He also encouraged not to leave the place where God has put us, but to keep faith in the midst of battles and to wait in obedience to Him l April 2016 / Impacto evangelistic
AN ENCOUNTER WITH GOD The Worldwide Missionary Movement’s pastors from Block A of Europe held an important retreat in order to join forces to spread the Word of God.
n March 10, 11 and 12, the Worldwide Missionary Movement held a glorious Retreat of Pastors from Block A of Europe, in Madrid, Spain. The event was supported by pastors from the different countries of this block, and was attended by Rev. Jose Arturo Soto, Missionary Supervisor in Europe and International Vice-president of the Work, who MISSIONARY MOVEMENT MOVIMIENTO MISIONERO MUNDIAL 62 WORLDWIDE America América • Europe Europa • Oceanía • África • Asia
was the preacher of the event. In the first two worships, Rev. Soto shared a teaching divided into two parts. The first one was about the consequences of disobedience, and the second one about the vertical and horizontal obedience for the stability and growth of a ministry. Rev. David Echalar, National Supervisor in Italy, also preached God’s
Word on the second day, during the night service. He shared a teaching about the power of spoken blessings and the glory of God’s blessing on the obedient worker. On the last day of worship, in the fourth service, Rev. Jose A. Soto closed the event with a beautiful teaching entitled “The Importance of Conviction in Our Call” l
MESSAGE OF SALVATION IN FORMOSA Evangelistic campaign in Formosa, Argentina, which resulted in the conversion of many people. God keeps making His Church grow.
n January 15 and 17, the Church of the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Formosa, in north-east Argentina, held an Evangelistic Campaign. The guest preacher was missionary Martha de Parrado, wife of Rev. Ismael Parrado, National Supervisor. For the event, a school stadium was rented and crowded by the participants who, in spite of the high heat, decided to attend in order to listen to the message of salvation preached by the servant of the Lord. A young man came with important excoriations on his hands caused by an infection. However, the next day he showed up with no wounds and testified the health miracle worked on him.
More than 70 people went to the altar during those three days, so as to implore God’s mercy and the
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READY TO SERVE First graduation from the Elim Biblical Institute in El Salvador. 39 students graduated; some are workers and other leaders in local churches.
he Elim Biblical Institute in El Salvador has borne its first fruits. After an exhaustive training course of teachers in Honduras and Costa Rica, four offices of the Biblical Institute were opened in El Salvador. Santa Ana, San Marcos, Ostuma and San Miguel covered four zones in the country. On Saturday, January 30, the first graduation from the Elim Biblical Institute was celebrated in El Salvador. The beautiful event was held in the temple of the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Quelepa, located in the department of San Miguel. The event was attended by Patricia Vargas, from Costa Rica, who is the Director of the Elim Biblical Institute and organized the graduation ceremony. She trained the Board of National Officers to manage the Biblical Institute. MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 64 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
39 students graduated from the first level, some of them are workers and others are leaders in local churches. They are spreading and strengthening
the Work of the Lord in El Salvador. Rev. Edwin Parada, Director of the Institute, thanked God for the first graduation and the teachers for their effort l
COLOMBIA VIGIL IN PEREIRA
The vigil of Zone 12 of Eje Cafetero was held on December 24, 2015, at the Barrio Cuba stadium in the city of Pereira, Risaralda. Approximately 300 people, including pastors, brothers and church leaders, gathered in the zone to be blessed by God. Children and adults were filled with the Holy Spirit. God renewed many calls and activated faith. Many relatives and brothers of the churches became reconciled. Many were the promises given by God regarding what He is doing and will do with the Church in this times l
ECUADOR QUECHUAS JOIN THE WMM
A group of Quechua-speaking brothers joined the Work of the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Ecuador. Zone 2 of the Church in Caluma held a service on February 10, in Tingopamba, in the province of Bolivar. The Work there will be led by Sisters Tania Aguirre and Natalia Gonzalez. The activity started with the topic “Reaching New Roots.” Zone 2 of the Work of the WMM in Ecuador is growing and making missionary journeys. On this occasion, pastors and brothers from the Church in Caluma traveled to Quechua communities, which showed their desire and need of the Word of God l
PANAMA NEW CHURCH
The official appointment of the Church of the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Mata Ahogado, in the province of Panama Oeste, was held on March 3. Young worker Edwin Bonillas was appointed head pastor of the new Church. This service was attended by Rev. Epifanio Asprilla, National Supervisor in Panama, who shared the message of the Word of the Lord; Rev. Julio Klinger, National Youth Director; Rev. Carlos Zuniga, Priest of Zone 7; Rev. Alberto Amador, Priest of the Zone 6, among others. We thank God because the Lord’s Work continues moving forward in this area of Panama Oeste. We are praying for the new Work in the community of Mata Ahogado and young Edwin Bonilla, pastor of this new congregation l
BOLIVIA NATIONAL YOUTH CONVENTION
Under the theme “Jesus Gave Life to My Life,” the convention gathered the churches of the nine departments of Bolivia to receive something special from the Lord Jesus Christ. From January 14 to January 17, the 12th National Youth Convention of the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Bolivia was held at the Coliseo Universitario stadium in the city of Tarija. The event was organized by pastors Marcelo and Erika Valenzuela The guest preacher was Rev. Eugenio Masias. The Lord used him in a special way in each preaching and ministration to the people during these days. It was impressive to see the number of people who attended the event, and how, by the end of each preaching, some of them ran to the altar from the stands broken by the powerful Word of God l
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