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July 2016 / Edition 750

The historical tests are categorical

THE VALIDITY OF THE NEW TESTAMENT

OFFICIAL PUBLICATION

WORLDWIDE MISSIONARY MOVEMENT

LIFE STORIES

DEVOTIONAL

The rescue of Luis

The Greatness of Small Things

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THE MOST VALUABLE TREASURE IN LIFE IS TO SPEND TIME WITH FAMILY

THE PIECES OF ADVICE THAT FAMILIES NEED WEDNESDAYS AND SATURDAYS

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REMEMBER HOW THOU HAST RECEIVED Rev. Gustavo Martínez International President of the WMM

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

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n Revelations 3:3, the apostle John wrote to the Church of Sardis: “Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.” Jesus said, “I have not come to the world to condemn, I have come to save it, but my words shall judge you on the final day”. In other words, you cannot forget what you have heard from God; whether you want it or not, God’s Word will judge you, save you or condemn you. If you have obeyed, you will be blessed, justified and free from sin; but if you have been rebellious, the same Word will condemn you. For this reason, you should make sure that you do not forget where God has taken you out from. We must remember those who prayed for the Holy Gospel to reach our hearts, those looking after our spiritual growth. In 1 Thessalonians 5:12,

the apostle Paul asked for something: “And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you; and to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake…” We must remember and appreciate our pastors, and we should never forget them. It is important not to forget what God has done for us. The soul is the home of emotions, and if you are not careful, conceit may arise. In Psalms 103:2, David said to himself, “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits.” He praised God and recognized that it was not his strength, bravery or skills, but the power, mercy and grace of God. The worst thing that Christians can do is to forget God’s mercy and love for them. It would be like the ungrateful son who, after achieving some success in life, forgets about the mother who took nursed and raised him. Forgetting something like that means falling into the sin of ingratitude! l July 2016 / Impacto evangelistic

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WHAT DOES SCIENCE SAY ABOUT THE NEW TESTAMENT? The New Testament is the main historical source of information about Jesus. For that reason, many critics have attacked the reliability of biblical texts during the 19th and 20th centuries. There is a constant wave of accusations that seems to have no historical basis or has been dismissed by research and archaeological discoveries.

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y the twentieth century, archaeological discoveries had confirmed the accuracy of the New Testament manuscripts. Early papyri manuscripts (the John Rylands manuscript, AD 130; the Chester Beatty Papyru, AD 155; and the Bodmer Papyri, AD 200) bridged the gap between the time of Christ and existing manuscripts from later dates. Millar Burrows, for many years professor of biblical theology at Yale Divinity School, says: “Another result of comparing New Testament Greek with the language of the papyri [discoveries] is an increase of confidence in the accurate transmission of the text of the New Testament itself.” Such findings as these have increased scholarly MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 8 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia

confidence in the reliability of the Bible. William Albright, at one time the world’s foremost Biblical archaeologist, writes: “We can already say emphatically that there is no longer any solid basis for dating any book of the New Testament after about AD 80, two full generations before the date between 130 and 150 given by the more radical New Testament critics of today.” He reiterates this view in an interview for Christianity Today: “In my opinion, every book of the New Testament was written by a baptized Jew between the forties and the eighties of the first century AD.” Sir William Ramsay is regarded as one of the greatest archaeologists ever to have lived. He was a student of the German his-


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is a historian of the first rank…this author should be placed along with the very greatest of historians.” Because of the accuracy of the most minute detail, Ramsay finally conceded that Acts could not be a secondcentury document, but was rather a midfirst-century account. Many liberal scholars are being forced to consider earlier dates for the origination of the New Testament. Today the form critics, say that the material was passed by word of mouth until it was written down in the form of Gospels. Even though they now admit the period of transmission to be much shorter than previously believed, they still conclude that the Gospel accounts took on the forms of folk literature (legends, tales, myths and parables). I strongly believe we should test the historical reliability of the Scripture by the same rigorous criteria that we apply to all historical documents. Military historian Chancey Sanders lists and explains the three basic principles of historiography: the bibliographical test, the internal evidence test and the external evidence test.

torical school that taught that the Book of Acts was a product of the mid-second century AD and not the first century as it purports to be. After reading modern criticism about the Book of Acts, he became convinced that it was not a trustworthy account of the facts of that time (AD 50) and therefore was unworthy of consideration by a historian. So in his research on the history of Asia Minor, Ramsay paid little attention to the New Testament. His investigation, however, eventually compelled him to consider the writing of Luke. He observed the meticulous accuracy of the historical details, and his attitude towards the Book of Acts began to change. He was forced to conclude that “Luke

of the textual transmission by which ancient documents reach us from the past. In other words, since we do not have the original, we ask ourselves: How reliable are the copies we have if considered the number of existing manuscripts and time passed between the original version and the existing copy?

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The application of the bibliographical test to the New Testament confirms that it has more authority than any other classic literature when it comes to manuscripts. If we add that, during more than a century, it has been strongly criticized, we can conclude that an authentic version of the New Testament has BIBLIOGRAPHICAL TEST The bibliographical test is an examination been established.

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A. N. Sherwin-White, a classical historian, writes: “For Acts the confirmation of historicity is overwhelming. Any attempt to reject its basic historicity even in matters of detail must now appear absurd. Roman historians have long taken it for granted.”

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We can appreciate the great authority of the New Testament when compared with textual material from other remarkable old sources. Aristotle wrote Poetics by BC 343; nevertheless, the oldest copy available dates from AD 1100. That is, between the original version and the copy there is a gap of about 1400 years. Caesar wrote Commentaries on the Gallic War between BC 58 and 50. The authority of his work is based on nine or ten manuscripts written a thousand years after his death. In contrast, when we refer to the authority of the New Testament as manuscript, the amount of material is disconcerting. After the discoveries of old papyrus manuscripts

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that bridged the gap between the times of Christ and the first century, many more manuscripts came to light. Today, there are more than 20 thousand manuscript copies of the New Testament. Compare this with the 643 existing manuscripts of The Iliad, which is placed right after the New Testament when it comes to amount of manuscripts. J. Harold Greenlee, Greek scholar of the New Testament, asserts: “Since scholars accept as generally trustworthy the writings of the ancient classics even though the earliest MSS were written so long after the original writings and the number of extant MSS is in many instances so small, it is clear that the reliability of the text of the N.T. is likewise assured.”

The application of the bibliographical test to the New Testament confirms that it has more authority than any other classic literature when it comes to manuscripts. If we add that, during more than a century, it has been strongly criticized, we can conclude that an authentic version of the New Testament has been established. INTERNAL EVIDENCE The bibliographical test has only determined that the current text available is the one that was originally written. But it is still to be determined if the document is reliable and to which degree. This belongs to internal criticism, which is the second test established by C. Sanders concerning historiography.

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His disciples could not just simply share inaccurate data or maliciously manipulate facts, since they would have been immediately discovered by those wanting to expose them. It did not happen: one of the strengths of the first preaches by the Apostles was the confidence with which they appealed to the knowledge of the listening crowd. They did not just say: ‘We witnessed these things,’ but they also added: ‘As you yourselves also know’ (Acts 2: 22). If they had altered the events, the eventual hostile people in the public would have taught them a lesson.”

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In this regard, literary critics still follow the Aristotle’s dictum: “The benefit of the doubt is to be given to the document itself, not assigned by the critic to himself.” In other words, as summarized by John W. Montgomery: “one must listen to the claims of the document under analysis, and not assume fraud or error unless the author disqualifies himself by contradictions or known factual inaccuracies.” Louis R. Gottschalk, former professor of history at the University of Chicago, outlines his historical method in a guide that many use for historical research. There, he states that the writer’s or witness’ “capacity to tell the truth” is useful to the historian to determine the reliability, “even if the testimony of this ‘capacity’ belonged to a document obtained by force or fraud, or by any other means deemed blameworthy, or is based on referential testimonies or comes from an witness of interest.” This “capacity to tell the truth” is closely related to the geographical and chronological proximity of the witness to the events. The manuscripts of the New Testament about the life and lessons of Jesus were written by men who were eyewitnesses of the actual events and lessons of Christ, or by people who heard those stories from direct eyewitnesses. Luke 1: 1-3: “Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us, even as they delivered them unto us, which from the beginning were eyewitnesses, and ministers of the word; it seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write unto thee in order, most excellent Theophilus.” John 19: 35: “And he that saw it bare record, and his record is true: and he knoweth that he saith true, that ye might believe.” Luke 3: 1: “Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judaea, and Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of Ituraea and of the region of Trachonitis, and Lysanias the tetrarch of Abilene…” This proximity to the written events is a very effective way to determine the accuracy of the memories of a witness. Nonetheless, historians also deal with eyewitness

that lie conscious or unconsciously, even if they have been close to the event or are competent to tell the truth. The information about Jesus offered by the New Testament was known while those living in the time of Christ were alive. These people could really confirm or deny the accuracy of the events. To defend their argument in favor of the Gospel, the Apostles used the commonly known events about Jesus, even when facing their most ruthless opponents. They did not only say: “Behold, we saw this”, or “We heard that…” but they also snapped the challenge back and said right in the face of their most severe critics: “And you also know about these things…” or “You have seen it; you also know about this.” You must be careful if you say to your opponents: “You know about this,” because if it is not right or accurate, it will be immediately rejected and thrown in your face. Concerning the value of the original source of the documents of the New Testament, F. F. Bruce states: “Primitive preachers had to deal with not only friendly witnesses, but also people that were less willing to help, even if they knew about the most important events regarding the ministry and death of Jesus. His disciples could not just simply share inaccurate data or maliciously manipulate facts, since they would have been immediately discovered by those wanting to expose them. It did not happen: one of the strengths of the first preaches by the Apostles was the confidence with which they appealed to the knowledge of the listening crowd. They did not just say: ‘We witnessed these things,’ but they also added: ‘As you yourselves also know’ (Acts 2: 22). If they had altered the events, the eventual hostile people in the public would have taught them a lesson.” Ernesto Trenchard taught exegesis for fifty years in Spain and his pastoral work set a precedent. His books on this subject are well-known in Latin America. About the excerpts of Acts 2: 22 and 26: 26-29, he remarks the strong consequences of the work of Jesus in circles that were clearly not Christian: “… the main characteristics of the ministry of Jesus were well-known because of the recurrent testimony of many witnesses that were both in his favor and against Him. A man named ‘Jesus the Na-


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zarene’ lived among them in the narrow territorial limits of Palestine, where He performed an extraordinary ministry. His miracles were undeniable and it was mentioned in the conversations of thousands of Jew homes and meeting points. He states that these works were the ‘credentials’ that God gave Him to prove to everyone that he had a divine mission.” EXTERNAL EVIDENCE The third historical test refers to external evidences. Here, we discuss if other historical material confirms or denies the internal testimony of the documents. In other words, which are the existing sources, outside the literature analyzed, that prove the accuracy, reliability and authenticity of the information? Gottschalk argues: “Conformity or agreement with other known historical [geographic] or scientific facts is often the decisive test of evidence, whether of one or more of the witnesses.” Two friends of the apostle John confirmed the internal evidence of the reports. The historian Eusebius preserves the manuscripts of Papias, archbishop of Hierapolis (AD 130): “The Elder [Apostle John] used to say: Mark, in his capacity as Peter’s interpreter, wrote down accurately as many things as he recalled from memory—though not in an ordered form—of the things either said or done by the Lord… Consequently Mark did nothing wrong when he wrote down some individual items just as he related them from memory. For he made it his one concern not to omit anything he had heard or to falsify anything. ” Irenaeus, bishop of Lyon, wrote: “Matthew published his Gospel among the Hebrews (Jews) in their own language, while Peter and Paul were preaching and founding the church in Rome. After their departure (or death, which a solid tradition places during the time of Nero’s persecution in 64), Mark, the disciple and interpreter of Peter, also transmitted to us in writing those things which Peter had preached; and Luke, the attendant of Paul, recorded in a book the Gospel which Paul had declared. Afterwards, John, the disciple of the Lord, who also reclined on his bosom (referring to John: 13:25; 21:20), published his Gospel, while staying at Ephesus, in Asia.”

Archaeology frequently provides powerful external testimony. It contributes to the criticism of the Bible, but not in inspiration or revelation, but in the accuracy of the reported events. The archaeologist Joseph Free writes: “Archaeology has confirmed countless passages which have been rejected by critics as unhistorical or contradictory to known facts.” F. F. Bruce states: “Where it was suspected that Luke was inaccurate, and the accuracy has been vindicated (thanks to) the evidence of some inscription (external evidence), we can truthfully state that archaeology has confirmed the data of the New Testament.” A. N. Sherwin-White, a classical historian, writes: “For Acts the confirmation of historicity is overwhelming. Any attempt to reject its basic historicity even in matters of detail must now appear absurd. Roman historians have long taken it for granted.” After my personal attempt to annihilate the historicity and validity of the Holy Scriptures, I finally came to the conclusion that it is historically reliable. If someone wants to dismiss the Bible for considering it unreliable in this sense, they will have to dismiss most old literature. One of the problems that I constantly face is the intention of many to apply certain tests to secular literature but a different test model to the Bible. We must apply the same test to both secular and religious literature. Once we do so, we can say: ‘The Bible is reliable and its testimony about Jesus is true’ ” l July 2016 / Impacto evangelistic

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The New Testament was written some years after the death of Jesus. The exact dates are not documented. By observing the historical events on the text and

studying the writing and language that the authors of the Gospel used, scholars and bible researchers can estimate the dates in which the New Testament was written.

The New Testament has

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Santiago (40-45)

30 DESCENT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

General letters

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27 books

CRUCIFIXION AND RESURRECTION OF JESUS

A WALK THROUGH THE NEW TESTAMENT

Matthew and Acts each of them with 28 chapters.

Jesus begins his ministry (26)

Birth of Jesus (5-4)

Jesus in the temple at the age of 12 (8)

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Ascension of Jesus (30)

Peter preaches to Gentiles (37-38)

Conversion of Saul (34)

PAUL BEGINS HIS MISSIONARY JOURNEYS

The longest books of the New Testament are


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The dating of the New Testament's writings can reflect the opinion of a scholar about Christian theology. In general, traditionalists and Christians debate about the dates. Non-Christian scholars tend to put dates that are

Galatians

2 Thessalonians

Council in Jerusalem (48 - 49)

Philemon

REVELATIONS (95)

1-3 JOHN (85-95)

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2 PETER JUDAS (64-67) Martyrdom of Paul and Peter in Rome (67)

JOHN (89-95)

FALL OF JERUSALEM AND THE TEMPLE

Paul imprisoned in Caesarea (59)

3rd journey of the missionary Paul (52-57)

Titus

LUKE- ACTS (62)

1 TIMOTHY TITUS (63-64)

EPHESIANS PHILIPPIANS COLOSSIANS PHILEMON(62)

ROMANS (57)

2 CORINTHIANS (56) MATTHEW (55-65)

GALATIANS (54) (487) 1 CORINTHIANS (54) MARK (53-55)

Evangelic - History

2 THESSALONIANS 52

1 THESSALONIANS 51

Letters to Paul

2nd journey of the missionary Paul (49-51)

2 Timothy

EphesiansPhi-1 Timothy

1 PETER (62-63)

of the New Testament

lippians

1 Corinthians Colossians 2 Corinthians 1 Thessalonians

2 TIMOTHY (67)

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Romans

HEBREWS (60-70)

The apostle Paul wrote

subsequent to the life of Jesus, stating that the prophecies on the books were wirrten after the historical event had taken place. Most of the dates are approximate. The dates separated by hyphens indicate a reference time.

Paul in Rome (62)

The shortest book is

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THE EUROPEAN CONGRESS IS AROUND THE CORNER “Building the Kingdom of God in Uprightness” will be the motto of the Second European Congress. It will take place from August 10 to 14 in Madrid, Spain.

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he Second European Congress has aroused great expectations among thousands of brothers and sisters in the Old Continent and other parts of the world, who will attend this important spiritual event organized by the Worldwide Missionary Movement (WMM). The event, taking take place from August 10 to 14 at the Marriot Hotel Auditorium in Madrid, Spain, will welcome around three thousand people in its main hall and two thousand in two adjacent rooms; there, two MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 16 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia


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large projectors will show the course of the Second European Congress from beginning to end. The organizers of the event have confirmed the presence of international officers of the WMM, such as Rev. Gustavo Martinez Garavito, President of the Work; Rev. Jose Soto, Vice President and Supervisor of Europe; and Rev. David Echalar, Supervisor of Europe Block B. They will all be welcomed by the host and organizer of the event Rev. Carlos

Medina, Supervisor of Block A and Spain. The Congress will also be attended by a large delegation of supervisors, pastors, brothers and sisters from several countries, such as Peru –which has the biggest delegation–, Colombia, the United States, Panama and other nations that will join the fourteen European countries participating in the meeting. MOTTO OF THE CONGRESS “Building the Kingdom of God in Upright-

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ast May, a Bethel Television team travelled to the Old Continent to shoot different spots of the Second European Congress. They will be broadcasting from July 20 and there is no doubt that they will have a great impact on the attendees of the event, as well as on the people who will watch it on TV, computers or smartphones. Continue reading––

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ness” was the motto chosen by the international officers of the Work for the Second European Congress, inspired by 1 Corinthians 3:10: “According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.” The event will be livened up with special musicals by European brothers and sisters, who will show their zeal for God through praises in different languages. The message of God’s Word will crown each activity, to-

gether with the missionary service that will be carried out in one of the sessions. COMMITTEES OF THE EVENT Given the importance of the meeting that will gather the entire continent, it was decided to make up different committees: platform decoration, protocol and reception of participants, transportation, lodging, advertising and security of the event. Moreover, there will be ushers to keep the order inside the premises and carry out other tasks; they were trained months ago to guarantee the


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smooth development of the Christian event. There will be a press committee as well; it will be responsible for reporting the whole course of the event through a wide coverage on the Work’s website and social networks. LIVE BROADCAST The radio and TV broadcasting of the Second European Congress lies in the hands of Bethel Television. Thanks to a sophisticated telecommunication equipment, it will broadcast live all the activities of the spiri-

tual meeting through its HD signal, seven satellites and the Internet. Likewise, a group of brothers and sisters from the churches of Barcelona and Genoa–who are trained in communications–will attend the event taking place at the Marriot Hotel Auditorium in Madrid to offer invaluable support. In addition, several radio and TV broadcasting stations of the Worldwide Missionary Movement located in other parts of the world will transmit live the entire European Congress through different platforms l July 2016 / Impacto evangelistic

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THE CONSEQUENCES OF BREXIT Brexit is a portmanteau of the words “Britain” and “exit” and it refers to the exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union –the political and economic association formed by 28 countries. The event has shaken the global economy.

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rexit has been the most used word in almost every part of the world over the lasts months. The alternative, Bremain (“Britain” and “remain”), did not become popular, or reality for that matter. The United Kingdom became part of the then European Economic Community (ECC) in 1973, but when the Schengen Area –an area with a common visa policy including 26 countries that have abolished passport and border control– was created in 1985, it decided to stand on the sidelines. In 1993, UK also became part of the Single Market, which promotes the free movement of goods and people as if the states were one country. Nevertheless, it did not adopt the Euro, but kept its own currency: the pound sterling.

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THE REASONS Brexit promoters’ reasons are both old and new: the mistrust of Brussels’ political and

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leading power as headquarters of the European Union, the immigration control, the defense of national sovereignty, the British insular pride, the security challenges, among others. Prime Minister David Cameron wanted to stay in the EU, and so did 16 out of the 21 members of his Government; but the Conservative Party officially remained neutral. The Labour Party, the Scottish National Party (SNP), the Plaid Cymru (the Party of Wales) and the Liberal Party were also in favor of staying in the European Union. Those defending the Remain campaign argued that the United Kingdom benefits from being a member of the EU, because the country is able to sell goods and services to other countries more easily. In addition, they insisted on the fact that the arrival of immigrants –mostly youths wanting to work– favors the economic growth and supports the funding of public services and companies. Another argument was that Brexit would damage UK’s international status and that the country was much safer as part of the club rather than on its own. On the opposite side stood the UK Independence Party (UKIP) –that had obtained 13% of the votes in the last parliamentary elections–, almost half the members of the Conservative Party –including five members of the Government– and some Labor Party members. Those promoting Brexit held that remaining in the EU was an obstacle to the development of the United Kingdom, which gives much more than it gets, and that the European regulations –considered excessive by them– are prejudicial to British companies. They also want the United Kingdom to recover the entire control of its borders and reduce the number of foreigners arriving to the UK looking for jobs.


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THE CONSEQUENCES The Molotov cocktail triggered by the affirmative vote for Brexit, together with the new outbreak of the refugee crisis and the weakness of the Eurozone’s reforms, could mark the beginning of an inevitable decline of the Union as supranational political experiment. London, one of most important financial centers in the world, could lose more than one hundred thousand jobs, because Brexit would force companies to move to other cities of the Eurozone. Many English youths have pointed out that because of Brexit they have lost the right to live and work in 27 countries. A few hours after the referendum, the pound sterling fell -4% and -6% against the euro and dollar, respectively. The main European stock markets were affected as well. UK’s exit from the EU would not only affect the British financial system but also its industry. According to The Times, Brexit would mean uncertainty for companies, less trade with Europe and less jobs.

After the refugee problem and the Eurozone crisis, the exit of the United Kingdom would weaken the European Union even more, which would have to face the loss of one of the members that has defended the free market policies the most. The process towards the effective exit – that can last a few years– and the establishment of a new stable relationship will be long and uncertain and could negatively affect the European economies. An analyst has compared June 24 to a divorce. No one celebrates a separation, but people do celebrate marriage (union). The next day of the divorce, both parties are poorer. Where once they pay a house together, now each must pay more for their own smaller place; the same happens with bills, the car, holidays and other expenses. They pay more and have less. Separation has suddenly made them poor. This is currently happening to the UK and the EU. Separation impoverishes, even if British populists insist on the opposite l July 2016 / Impacto evangelistic

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VIOLENCE AND HEALTH Violence in general is unacceptable in relationships between human beings, especially when the victims of physical, psychological and verbal violence are children and women, to whom these damages could be irreversible.

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here is a generalized idea about violence; some people believe that it is an inevitable component of the human condition or a problem whose prevention concerns the criminal justice system, and the main role of the healthcare sector is to treat and rehabilitate victims. Thanks to the success of preventive measures in health problems related to behavior–such as cardiopathy, drugs consumption and AIDS–these assumptions have changed and it was proven that public health does help to eliminate the causes of

these complex conditions. No factor explains why one person behaves violently and somebody else does not; that is why, the study requires models that take into account social, cultural, economic, political and biological components (ecological model). The Global status report on violence prevention (2014) states that 475,000 people were murdered in 2012 and homicides became the third leading cause of death in the world among men from 15 to 44 years, even though the worldwide murder


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rate decreased 16% from 2000 to 2012. For each person who dies because of violence, many others are injured and suffer from different kinds of physical, sexual, reproductive and mental problems. For countries’ economies, violence represents an important burden of thousands of dollars, since they have to cover medical attention, police and judicial expenses, and they are affected by productivity loss. Women and children are the ones who undergo non-lethal violence more frequently. One of four boys has suffered physical maltreatment; one of four girls has been a victim of sexual abuses, and one of three women has been physically or sexua-

lly abused by her partner at some point in her life (WHO). It is important to face violence as an individual and social pathology, because its damages could be permanent and leave painful consequences to our families, the community and ourselves. One of the consequences that violence leaves in its victims is the tendency to get involved in risk behaviors, such as taking drugs and being promiscuous. In addition, it increases the leading causes of death, such as cancer, cardiovascular diseases, AIDS, car accidents, physical violence (homicides, domestic violence). Individual-focused strategies have proven to be effective and useful for preventing violence: enrichment programs for preschool children (from 3 to 5 years), preparation for daily life, social development programs for high-risk children, teenagers and young adults (from 6 to 18 years). There are also family-focused strategies: parents training programs (children’s development, non-violent educational discipline and abilities to solve family problems), encouragement of parents’ participation in children’s and teenager’s lives (to encourage an alliance between home and school), tutorial support (to establish bounds with high-risk young people). In addition, there are community programs: attention centers for children (to modify violent behaviors), programs for improving school environments (to optimize teaching methods, school policies, and safety for children). Public policies and strategies are not put aside: reduction of alcohol availability and alcohol abuse (taxes, prices, schedules, legal drinking age), restriction on the access to lethal and non-lethal weapons, reduction on the access to pest-control substances (people with depression or with suicidal tendency) and programs to support people at risk (women, children, elderly people). We can change this outlook. Violence is highly preventable if we encourage a culture of peace and good relations; let us start to change ourselves and our families. We cannot preach what we do not practice. We should always have in mind the following phrase: “Do not do unto others what you do not want others to do unto you ” l July 2016 / Impacto evangelistic

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CRISWELL GUIDEBOOK FOR PASTORS American reverend Wallie Amos Criswell wrote this practical guide based on biblical principles. The book provides clear and simple guidance to the ministers of the Lord with a neat and precise language.

The pastor is an organizer. He is a general who comes and goes watching how his officers and troops are acting. He is a corporate executive who is responsible for the growth and expansion of the company. With his staff and through it, he can study his people and use their skills and special gifts. Paul compared the church to a human body. Each member is different, but each member has a vital place in it. Some may teach, some may lead prayer meetings, some are good in matters of finance, some are good at planning meetings, some may be good preachers.

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he tools of the pastor are words. How he speaks them molds and shapes what he is seeking to accomplish just as certainly as does the brush in the hands of the painter creating his picture or a compass and trowel in the hands of a builder erecting a building. The life of the pastor is on his words (John 5:43, 47; 17:20; Proverbs 25:11). Words are the vehicles through which the pastor reaches, touches and blesses the lives of his listening congregation. The pastor must speak clearly, directing his prayers to the last member sitting in the last pew of the church. Criswell Guidebook for Pastors, written in 1980 by Rev. Wallie Amos Criswell, is a practical guide, firmly based on biblical principles. Created to provide simple and clear guidance to God’s ministers, this book is about the personal life of the pastor, the preparation of the preaching and evangelization, the management of the church, and the Christianizing work and pastoral ministry through useful and valuable teachings based on the Word of the Lord. The pastor is an organizer. He is a general who comes and goes watching how his officers and troops are acting. He is a corporate executive who is responsible for the growth and expansion of the company. With his staff and through it, he can study his people and use their skills and special gifts. Paul compared the church to a human body. Each member is different, but each member has a vital place in it. Some may teach, some may lead prayer meetings, some are good in matters of finance, some are good at planning meetings, some may be good preachers. In the prologue to the book, Pastor Wallie Amos Criswell sets out his thoughts on the intention of his book and says that

“what is written here cannot take the place of the personal experience of the pastor. He has to learn on his own. He has to try it by himself. But any pastor can benefit from the experience of others. It is with the hope that my fellow pastors may be blessed by my long journey on this path of service that these chapters are written.” Often, Christian life and Christian witness are compared with a war in the Scripture. Paul wrote to Timothy: “This charge I commit unto thee, son Timothy, according to the prophecies which went before on thee, that thou by them mightest war a good warfare; holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck”, (1 Tim. 1:18-19). In Ephesians 6: 11-17, the apostle describes the panoply of the Christian soldier. Evidently, Paul was aware, through his own experience, of the attacks the enemy of God. He himself had fought many good warefares for the Lord. WINNING SOULS Recognized in the US and in much of the world as one of the most renowned figures of contemporary Christianity, Rev. Criswell served God through a long missionary career throat lasted 82 years. Born on December 19, 1909, the minister of the Lord carried out, since his conversion in 1919, a persistent work to spread the good news through twenty-seven books in which the Lord’s Word meant everything. There is no a greater support ministry for the church, more necessary and more useful than its library. One of the miracles of God is the possibility of locking in immortal words the thoughts and deeds of the leaders of the glorious past. Even God revealed himself in the Word. We can hear Je-


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sus talk in a book. We can follow a sermon of Paul in a book. We can see John’s visions through a book. We are introduced to the true God in a book: “In the volume of the book it is written of me” (Hebrews 10:7). Divided into twenty-one chapters, Criswell Guidebook for Pastors contains topics such as the place of the pastor in Christ’s plan, the pastor in the pulpit, the pastor and his collaborators, the church organization, the funding of the church or the reward for a job well done. In line with his love for the Word, Pastor Wallie Amos

Criswell gave in each section recommendations based on the Holy Scriptures and showed, through pertinent pieces of advice, his more than fifty years of ministerial experience. The pastor is under the command of God to do the work of an evangelist (2 Timothy 4: 5). The evangelist, according to the word of Paul in Ephesians 4:11, is one of the gifts of the risen Christ to the Church. He is like an anointed minister of God among the apostles, prophets and pastors-teachers, called by God in the family


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of faith. But the work that the evangelist do in his itinerant ministry, the pastor has to do it in his pastoral ministry. If he fails do to so, he disrespects God. If he is faithful in this, he is faithful to God. There is no alternative. The pastor has to win souls for Jesus Christ. A LEADER WITH CONVICTION Written in a neat and precise style, the Pastor Criswell’s book is a fundamental compendium outlining the essentials of the pastoral work. Its clear biblical quotations,

rigorous doctrinal suggestions and easy-tofollow pieces of advice regarding the creed of God place it among the most relevant ministerial manuals of the 20th century. The accurate approach and elegant prose of the writer stand out in this compendium published by Broadman Press. The pastor has many opportunities to serve God and man. He has the opportunity to know Christ as his personal Savior and walk with him as a friend. He has the opportunity to rely on God to give the answers that every human needs. He has the opportunity to preach the wonderful and heavenly news of the Gospel. He has the opportunity to win people for Jesus. And he has the opportunity to minister as a pastor-counselor to meet the needs of the people. Every opportunity is a golden invitation from the courts of heaven to be a messenger of encouragement and salvation. In the final pages of Criswell Guidebook for Pastors, Rev. Criswell emphasizes that the Bible states that pastors have to lead a personal life that is a role model to follow for evangelical Christians. In that sense, the author, who died on January 10, 2002 at the age of 92, says that the apostle Paul is one of the greatest archetypes in the history of Christianity. He also points out that the leader of a flock must have a deep conviction that his work is guided by the Lord. The largest, the most refined and the most noble sermon that any pastor can never preach is his own example. No one can preach so loudly that he can turn off the example of his own life. To be powerfully and touchingly effective [voice], anyone who preaches has to embody the spiritual principles he proclaims in his own life. It is easier for people to see a sermon than to hear it. The Gospel according to you is the Gospel that most will follow, not that which is presented in a message or is written in a book. A good example is worth more than ten thousand speeches and long-winded explanations l

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MORE HOLINESS GIVE ME Escrito por el compositor estadounidense Philip Bliss, este himno reúne los rasgos básicos que debe tener todo buen creyente en Dios. La letra resume con contundencia la entrega al Señor.

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ublished in 1873, the hymn “More Holiness Give Me” describes the essential treats that a follower of Jesus Christ must have. Written by evangelical composer Philip Paul Bliss, the poem brings together a basic list of Christian features: faith, devotion, zeal, prudence, calm, determination, wisdom, strength, loyalty, humility, purity and holiness. The structure of the composition, divided into three stanzas, emphasizes the message through prayer. Philip Paul Bliss, born on July 9, 1838 in the state of Pennsylvania, is considered one of the most renowned Christian authors in the history of gospel music. Raised in a home where faith in God was permanent, Philip was taught the Word by his father, Isaac Bliss, who showed him the goodness of the gospel. His father also passed on to him his liking for Christian melodies and helped him develop his singing. Bliss, who spent much of his childhood in a humble hut made of logs, found his inspiration in the Holy Bible, which from early age became his bedside book. Concurrently, he made singing to the Lord a daily task. At the age of 10, while selling vegetables to help the weak economy of his family, he heard by chance a young woman playing the piano; this sealed his interest in Christian music. He was baptized in 1850 and, in his teens, worked to pay for school and music classes. It was a time of great sacrifice and physical effort; he first worked as assistant cook in a lumber camp and later as a sawmill worker. However, his unfailing faith in God always supported him and helped him bear all the physical hardships he endured for five years. MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 28 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia

In 1857, at the age of 19, Bliss met Professor John Griffin Towner, a renowned gospel singer at the time, and took his first vocal training sessions. From that moment on, his musical career took off and he became over time one of the most prolific creators of gospel music. William Bradbury, a prominent Christian composer, encouraged him to write poems for the Lord. Itinerant teacher, hardworking poet and close friend of Dwight Lyman Moody’s –with whom he founded an important musical society that promoted gospel music–, Philip Paul Bliss built a great reputation in the United States thanks to his compositions aimed to praise the Lord. However, his life ended abruptly on December 29, 1876 in the state of Ohio, when the train in which he was traveling with his wife, gospel songwriter Lucy Young, derailed on the waters of the Ashtabula River l


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MORE HOLINESS GIVE ME 1 More holiness give me, More striving within; More patience in suff'ring, More sorrow for sin; More faith in my Savior, More sense of His care. More joy in His service, More purpose in prayer. 2 More gratitude give me, More trust in the Lord; More pride in His glory, More hope in His word; More tears for His sorrows, More pain at His grief; More meekness in trial, More praise for relief. 3 More purity give me, More strength to o’ercome; More freedom from earth-stains, More longings for home; More fit for the kingdom, More used would I be; More blessed and holy, More, Savior, like Thee.

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THE MISSIONARY SMITH Smith Wigglesworth served God faithfully for eight decades. His greatest joy was to see the Word of God confirmed through signs and wonders thanks to the faith of people. A tireless preacher. Roberts Liardon

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ealing the sick was just one of the amazing aspects of the ministry of Smith Wigglesworth. Through his missionary life, this servant of God gave “faith” a new meaning. It is claimed that his certainty in the Lord was unflinching and sometimes ruthless, but it is also said that he had a special anointing for teaching and a clear sense of compassion, whose fruits were countless salvations and miracles during his ministry. Son of John and Martha Wigglesworth, Smith was born on June 8, 1859, in the small English village of Menston, in the county of Yorkshire. His family was very poor and endured countless hardships. Therefore, when he was just six years old, he began working tearing turnips in a field near his house. A year later, he worked with his father at a sawmill. During this time, he began researching about the Lord. Although his parents were not Christians, Smith always sought God. He was not taught to pray at home, but he always investigated on his own. In that regard, his grandmother, a faithful believer in the Lord, took him to the temple, as soon as she could, and enabled him to know the good news. In the house of God, at the age of eight, he understood what Jesus had done for humanity and immediately became a Christian. FISHER OF SOULS Wigglesworth immediately became a fisher of souls. The first person he won for Christ was his own mother. Then, at the age of thirdteen, he moved to Bradford City, in the Pennines, where he continued attending the house of the Lord. Then, his spiritual life took on a new meaning and he began to yearn for the Spirit of God. Although he could not read, he

never left his house without carrying a New Testament in his pocket. At the age of sixteen, when he was working at the sawmill, he met a man of God who taught him the trade of plumber. While they were working together, this man also taught him the meaning and importance of baptism by immersion. Eager to keep the commandments of the Word, he obeyed cheerfully and was baptized soon after. Also during this time he learned about the second coming of Jesus Christ. Believing that the Lord would help him with everything, Wigglesworth began his ministry. In 1877, he went to the house of a plumber to ask for a job. The man said he did not need assistants, so Smith thanked him, apologized and left. However, the man called him and said “There is something different in you. I think I cannot let you go” and he hired him. After a period of much work activity, Wigglesworth decided to move to Liverpool. With the power of God resting firmly on him, he began to evangelize children, to preach the Gospel, driven by his desire to help them. Hundreds of them came to the port where he shared the Word. Dirty and hungry, these children came and Wigglesworth took care of them all. Although he had a good income, he never spent it on himself, but used it to clothe and feed his young friends. One of the great supports of the spiritual life of Smith Wigglesworth was his wife, Mary Jane Featherstone. She was a woman of strong faith and evangelical preacher. She shared with him her love for the Lord and her passion for missionary life. Mary Jane became his wife on May 2, 1882, at the age of twenty-two. Alongside her, he learned to

One of the biggest pains in the life of Wigglesworth occurred on January 1, 1913. While he was waiting at the train station to leave for Scotland, he received devastating news. Mary Jane had collapsed because of a heart attack while performing her ministerial duties. He immediately ran to her side and rebuked death, and her spirit returned, but only for a short time. Then the Lord told him, “I want to take her home with me now.”

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Wigglesworth immediately became a fisher of souls. The first person he won for Christ was his own mother. Then, at the age of 13, he moved to Bradford City, in the Pennines, where he continued attending the house of the Lord. Then, his spiritual life took on a new meaning and he began to yearn for the Spirit of God. Although he could not read, he never left his house without carrying a New Testament in his pocket.

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read and strengthened his faith in God. They formed a Christian couple that was very committed to the things of the Lord. MAN OF PRAYER The first personal experience of Wigglesworth with health occurred in the early 20th century. He had suffered from hemorrhoids since his youth, so a minister prayed to God and asked Him for help to restore his health. Until that moment, Smith had used salts every day, but feeling totally sure of the will of the Lord, he stopped using them and soon discovered he was completely healthy. In 1907, there was another turning point in his life. He had heard that a group of people in the city of Sunderland had been baptized in the Holy Spirit and spoke in tongues. Then, he decided to see this phenomenon and went to that city, where he contacted the pastor Alexander Boddy. After arriving, he spent four days before the Lord waiting to speak in other tongues, without result. Then, when Wigglesworth was about to return home, the wife of the Rev. Boddy, sister Mary, placed her hands and made a brief prayer but full of power. It was at that moment that the glory of God was present in his life through a vision of the empty cross. Moved to tears, Smith finally opened his mouth and began to speak in other languages. The local newspaper, the Sunderland Daily Echo, broke the news, with a detailed account. During the days that followed, Smith developed the habit of praying and fasting. Soon, he began to receive, in his house, letters from throughout the country, begging him to pray for the sick. He answered as many requests he could, and sometimes, after arriving by train to a city, he took a bicycle and pedaled over fifteen kilometers to reach some afflicted person. One of the biggest pains in the life of Wigglesworth occurred on January 1, 1913. While he was waiting at the train station to leave for Scotland, he received devastating news. Mary Jane had collapsed because of a heart attack while performing her ministerial duties. He immediately ran to her side and rebuked death, and her spirit returned, but only for a short time. Then the Lord told him, “I want to take her home with me now.”

TIRELESS MISSIONARY Smith immediately began ministering throughout England. Although it was extremely unusual for the British press to publish articles on religious news, the Daily Mirror published a note on its cover, with respect to the evangelizing work of Wigglesworth. Since it was the most widely circulated newspaper in the UK, hundreds of people began to look for him to know the Word of God. He had an incredible revelation on the subject of faith and his teaching about it attracted the masses. Wigglesworth took Hebrews 11: 6 very seriously. He personally believed it was impossible to please God without faith. Therefore, he incorporated this belief in every area of his spiritual life, including the works of the Holy Spirit. It was enough that the slightest breath of the Spirit came upon him for him to shut himself in a room and stay alone with


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God. He was moved by compassion, he received prayer requests from all over the world. In 1920, in Sweden, one of the countries he visited thanks to his evangelizing work, doctors and local authorities believed they could limit his ministry and barred him to lay hands on people. But this did not bother him. He knew that God responded to the faith and not to methods. After the meeting, Smith told those present to think that they would be healed, while he prayed. The faithful were cured instantly. Although the eyes of Wigglesworth had seen many miracles and instant healings, he did not receive these miracles. In 1930, when he was 70 years old, his health deteriorated. He prayed, but received no relief, so he went to see a doctor, who after get some x-rays gave him a diagnosis of a severe case of kidney stones in an advanced stage. His only hope was an operation, since, according to the doctor, if he continued in this painful stage, he would die.

After hearing the diagnosis, Smith told the doctor: “The God who created this body is the one who can heal it. No knife will cut me while I live.� Instantly, the doctor was worried and discouraged by such a response, but Smith, before leaving, assured him that he will soon know that he was healthy, because he was confident that this suffering would end soon; however, he lived six long and painful years. In 1932, Smith asked God for fifteen years more to serve Him. The Lord gave him what he asked for, and during that period he visited much of Europe, South Africa and the United States. His greatest joy was to see the Word confirmed with signs and wonders, and through the faith of the people. Its main goal was that people see Christ, not Smith Wigglesworth. On March 12, 1947, in the middle of a service, he died and went to meet the Lord l July 2016 / Impacto evangelistic

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THE LIGHT THAT RESCUED LUIS FROM DARKNESS He made a pact with the devil, sought success and easy money, and attempted suicide. Luis Sanabria Gutierrez forgot his Christian formation after he was devoured by his desire to make money. It looked like a one-way road, but he was saved by God, because He never abandons. Marlo Pérez Foto: Samuel Rivera y Archivo familiar

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hile waiting for midnight to give in his soul to the Santa Muerte (Sacred Death), Luis met the head of a well-known modeling agency in Asuncion, capital of Paraguay, and other strangers to drink mate and talk about their pact with the devil and the changes they would suffer forever. Luis was completely nervous and was not sure of what he was doing, but his desire for having as much fame and fortune as those successful entrepreneurs pushed him to do so. When it was time for the pact, he gave a pack of black candles, cigarettes, sugar, oil, cane extract and a sheet of paper to the head of the agency, who was wearing a black cloak. As the hour approached, they entered a room where a small altar was visible desMISSIONARY MOVEMENT 36 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia


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pite the darkness. Then, they mixed the substances and lit three candles that illuminated the well-known inverted pentagram, symbol of Satanism and black magic. At midnight, the satanic priest led Luis to begin the ritual. A soon as they began to invoke the demonic spirit, Luis wrote seven times their full names on a blank sheet of paper, and sealed his fate. When Luis finished, the occultist put some oil and sugar on his hands, and then he said the steps to invoke the Santa Muerte. When the devil appeared, Luis poured the cane extract in a glass and offered it up to the spirit. Then, with the cigarettes he had bought, he introduced himself to the Santa Muerte as her new server. He repeated these

steps seven times since that was the tradition of black magic. At the end of the session and with some unease, Luis left the room with a huge weight on his shoulders. He felt an uncomfortable remorse that pricked his heart for having made a satanic pact despite knowing the Word of God. From that day on, his soul belonged to the devil. FAR AWAY FROM THE GOSPEL Luis Enrique Sanabria Gutierrez was born on August 10, 1988, in Asuncion. He knew the Gospel since he was very young. His sisters, his parents and him used to attend an evangelical church in that city. His devotion to the Lord was evident given that he had an

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Luis was broke at the age of twentyfour. At that time, his father –who was based in Argentina with his mother and his sisters– introduced him to a prosperous businessman who led him to establish a satanic pact that sealed his fate. This man of Arabic features, who said his name was Eduardo, owned a prestigious modeling agency in Paraguay and held much power in the world of beauty. However, no one suspected that beneath his neat attire there was a dark character disciple of the Santa Muerte.

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active participation. He attended meetings and wrote down messages from his pastor to preach them someday on streets and squares. However, some time after, the indifference of his father, who never committed to the Lord, drove him away from the path to salvation. When he was about to turn ten years old, Luis began isolating himself from other children, both on his neighborhood and at school. Much of the day he drew demons on his working folder, which alarmed parents and teachers. Later, his behavior worsened and he began torturing cats, whom he drew their nails, eyes and kill without remorse. Luis began to show his cruelest side. “It was the only way I had to vent his sorrows”, he recalls. Several years later, living in his house became much rougher and Luis became a rebellious and stubborn young man who was carried away by marijuana and alcohol. His father kicked him out of the house several times, especially when he made an attempt on the life of his mother. WITCHCRAFT AND MISERY At the age of fifteen, he met Juan, a boy who lived on his neighborhood and introduced him to the world of heavy metal. Nemesis, Ghost and Iron Maiden became clay idols which opened the gates of hell. “This friend was a strange metalhead who did not dress in black or make up his eyes. He was a normal guy, but when he was drunk, he spoke in satanic tongue”, he mentions. Soon, several of his friends who practiced Umbanda witchcraft took him to an abandoned house to invoke spirits. Several minutes later, the demons Pomba Gira, Exu and others appeared and entered the bodies of several of them. Luis could not believe what he was seeing and hearing. When he was twenty-two years old, possessed by jealousy, he attacked Nicol, one of his wives. Without the slightest scruple, he drove a piece of glass into her abdomen and then in the bathroom of his room, he gave her fierce blows. One of Nicol’s nieces sought a witch to hurt him, but Luis paid 100,000 guaraníes to another sorceress to defend himself. “Nevertheless, I was really afraid because I believed in God and knew His Word, but at that time I did not know what I was doing,” he says.

Later, his life overflowed when he attempted suicide with an overdose of cocaine. Nicol, the woman he assaulted, found him unconscious and rushed him to the Emergency Medical Hospital, where he had a gastric lavage and was saved. After he awakened, Nicol got back together with him out of pity. It did not take long for them to end their stormy relationship. Then, Luis started to drink beer and became a heavy smoker. Alcohol and tobacco caused him chronic liver disease which prostrated him in bed. Since then, misery and several debts overwhelmed him. AGENCY OF DEMONS Luis was broke at the age of twenty-four. At that time, his father –who was based in Argentina with his mother and his sisters– introduced him to a prosperous businessman who led him to establish a satanic pact that sealed his fate. This man of Arabic features, who said his name was Eduardo, owned a prestigious modeling agency in Paraguay and held much power in the world of beauty. However, no one suspected that beneath his neat attire there was a dark character disciple of the Santa Muerte. “He always wearing nice clothes and told me once that his partners were engaged in fertilizer counterfeiting, which generated a lot of money. He also said that he had several Audis, yachts and large fortunes in Argentina... He started the same way as me, with nothing more than a mattress”, he says. Luis began working with him in early 2012 and surrounded himself with a circle of friends who waisted money on all kinds of luxuries and eccentricities. After winning their trust in parties and meetings, they revealed to him that the Santa Muerte had filled their coffers in exchange for their soul. Although at one point he was troubled, Luis was willing to make that pact. “When he finished doing so, the employer had to make another satanic pact with a woman from the agency, with whom he had unnatural sex before the altar of the devil. He would give all his soul to her,” relates Luis. RETURNING TO THE LORD When Luis signed his sentence, he felt a heavy weight on his shoulders and the satanic priest gave him a salt stone amulet to protect


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himself. The next day, his guilty conscience and his knowledge of the Scriptures made him approach Eduardo, the spiritual guru, to desist from the pact, but he was shocked with his answer: “Do not think about that. You can congregate at any church that is Protestant, evangelical or Catholic, because Satan is in all of them”, emphasized the businessman. After insisting, Luis fled the scene because he did not want to be back at the diabolical altar. In desperation, the word “suicide” resounded on his mind. “The thoughts of suicide came to my head. I had an internal fight with myself and the devil who got into my mind... It was very disturbing, because I thought I was going crazy”, he says. And when he believed he would not re-

sist any more, he recalled one of his Christian aunts and looked for her to help him out of the hell where he had fallen. He did not find her, but met with pastors who in his childhood had preached the Word of the Lord to him; he immediately confessed that he had surrendered himself to the devil and was tormented by suffering. Since that time, the whole congregation, through prayers and fasting, recovered the lost soul of Luis, who surrendered to the Gospel in October 2012 at a youth retreat organized by the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Paraguay. Although the devil tried many times to take him out of the way of the Lord, Luis, now twenty-seven years old, still clings to Him. He never abandoned him, and helped him to become a new man l July 2016 / Impacto evangelistic

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“WHEN WE HAVE GOD WITH US, WE ARE COMPLETE” Being a women is a great privilege; what God has placed in each of us is unique, says Sister Carmen Valencia de Martinez, wife of Rev. Gustavo Martinez Garavito. Her missionary work has contributed to the growth of the Work.

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ister Carmen Valencia de Martinez has traveled the world with her husband Rev. Gustavo Martinez Garavito, President of the Worldwide Missionary Movement. To her, the most important thing is to be faithful to God and bring the message of salvation to others. What does the Worldwide Missionary Movement mean to you? It is a shelter that God has built for these last days, in which thousands and thousands of souls take shelter. Over time, we have seen the overwhelming advance of the Work in all continents where God is constantly calling workers and souls in need. How do you support your husband in the Work? I think that one of the ways in which a wife supports her husband is through constant prayer –morning, noon and night–, so that God keeps him and gives him wisdom and the right words, not only for people in need, but also for the precious body of workers that the Lord has raised in the Work. But not only prayer; we must also fulfill our responsibility as wives and mothers, with the ministries, talents and gifts that God has given us. How did the idea of your book Agua para el sediento come about? Ever since I converted, I felt in my heart the desire to read and study the Word. As God gave me the great privilege of preaching, I began to keep those drafts. Over time, I felt that it was time to share them with others, until one day my husband said, “I think that you should share these drafts ...” I took those

words as the confirmation that I was waiting from God. That is how I came up with the idea of writing the first volume of Agua para el sediento. Do you have other books in mind? Yes, I plan to write other books related to the wife of the pastor, the children of the pastor and children in general. I have always felt a special bent to the family, so I just ask God to let me do it. What does Impacto Evangelistic mean for the Work? It is God’s message to the world and the mission He has given to the Work of the Worldwide Missionary Movement from its beginning. Having a magazine like Impacto Evangelistic on our hands is wonderful. This magazine is an instrument of God for saving souls and calling many believers to ministry, because by reading every message, article or testimony, the seed is sown in those men and women of God. What message would you give to all women of God? Sisters, being a woman is a privilege that God has given us. What God has placed in us is incomparable. The woman who puts herself in the hands of God becomes His tool, because when a woman loves, she loves truly and gives herself completely and without reservation. You do not need to be an exceptionally gifted woman to be useful to God. You just need to tell Him: “Count on me. I want to serve you,” because when we are chosen by God, we are equipped to win, because when we have God with us, we are complete l

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THE GREATNESS OF SMALL THINGS “For who hath despised the day of small things? for they shall rejoice....” Zechariah 4:10. Rev. Luis M. Ortiz

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he prophet Zechariah talks about small things, forgetting that God has always used the small. No wonder why the Word of God says., “But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; and base MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 42 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia

things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: That no flesh should glory in his presence” (1 Corinthians 1:27). • Man expected the Messiah to be born in a palace; God sent him to be born in a manger.


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• Man expected the Messiah to be born to noble people; God sent him to be born to humble villagers. • Man expected the Messiah to be a famous general; God sent him as a humble carpenter. • Man expected the Messiah to free humankind from the political yoke; God sent him to free humankind from spiritual yoke. • Man expected the initiation of the Messiah to take place in a formal ceremony in a magnificent temple; God sent him to make his initiation on the banks of the muddy Jordan River. • Man expected the Messiah to graduate from the University of Jerusalem; God sent him to overcome temptation in the wilderness. • Man expected the Messiah to harangue the crowds and sow hatred against the enemies; God sent him to talk about beatitudes and the law of love of neighbor. • Man expected the Messiah to be a conqueror of human realms; God sent him to be a conqueror of hearts.

• Man expected the Messiah to surround himself with rich and aristocratic figures; God sent him to surround himself with publicans, fishermen and poor people. • Man expected the Messiah to be a grand master who entertained the intellect; God sent him to be the Great Savior who converted the heart. • Man expected the Messiah to be a great religious hierarch; God sent him to be a humble preacher of good news. • Man expected the Messiah to set his offices in a comfortable temple or palace; God sent him to travel the dusty roads having no place to lay his head on. • Man expected the Messiah to condemn all gentiles and pagan nations that did not share his race or creed; God sent him to save everyone. • Man expected an exclusivist and sectarian Messiah; God sent him to not discriminate. • Man expected the Messiah to die as a great patrician; God sent him to die as a vile criminal. The pride, arrogance and vanity of man leads him astray and distorts everything. The pride of Lucifer made him get lost and deranged. The religious and sectarian pride of Jonah led him in the opposite direction to which God had sent him; nothing mattered to him, not even the thousands of souls that could get lost. God had to stop the prophet’s arrogance and vanity and then he exclaimed, “They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy” (Jonah 2:8). Dear brother, when you feel incapable, God makes you capable. When you feel small, God raises you up. When you feel useless, God makes you useful. When you feel vile and despised, God makes you worthy and appreciated. When you discover that you have nothing, God gives you in abundance. When you think that you can do nothing, God makes you powerful. You know, God resists the proud and gives grace to the humble. Beloved, you can be used in the hands of God in a wonderful way. Give your life, your talents, your time and everything you have in the hands of God l

When you feel small, God raises you up. When you feel useless, God makes you useful. When you feel vile and despised, God makes you worthy and appreciated. When you discover that you have nothing, God gives you in abundance. When you think that you can do nothing, God makes you powerful.

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THE DANGERS OF FAME “Then all the people of Judah took Uzziah, who was sixteen years old, and made him king in the room of his father Amaziah...And he did that which was right in the sight of the Lord,” 2 Chronicles 26:1-4. Rev. Manuel Zúñiga

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owadays there is a terrible race to be famous. When fame begins to reach the lives of people, however, some become proud and forget where they come from. King Solomon was wise and rich, as no one back in his time. When he sat on his throne, nobody could interrupt him unless called by him; when he called someone, they had to approach and leave by taking a bow, without looking directly at him. One day, his mother, Bathsheba, interrupted without being called and without a bow. When he saw her, Solomon came down from his throne and met her with reverence, since she was not just anyone, but his mother. Many people let themselves be caught by fame and they do not even want to receive their own mother. God has blessed some people with houses, cars, profession, titles, bank accounts and good clothes. After receiving these blessings, however, they begin to change. They are no longer the same, they do not speak as they used to, they are now proud and haughty, they look down on those who do not share their success –a success that God in His mercy has given them– and they even consider ignorant those who do not think like them. It is fulfilled in them what God’s Word teaches: “Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall” (Proverbs 16:18). Seeking God gives us divine guidance, inspiration and anointing. Those driving a car do not release the wheel, because otherwise the car would run off road. This is why we need a driver that gets us to our destination. Air currents divert aircrafts, sea currents divert boats, and the devil diverts believers from their way and holiness. Therefore, we should seek the Lord, because He gives us the best direction for our lives. The only one who knows the way to MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 44 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia

heaven is the Holy Spirit, and that is why God left it here on Earth, so it can guide us toward justice and truth, “... so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed” (Hebrews 12:13). The book of Isaiah tells us that this is a way of holiness, so


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that not even fools can err (Isaiah 35:8). It is not a way of much knowing, but a way of much obeying. Those who seek God’s with their heart will prosper spiritually, morally and materially. We must be very clear about one thing. We did not deserve God’s sacrifice, but we did deserve His condemnation. God was not obliged to save us, because He did not make us sinners, but man made himself sinful. The immense love of God for humanity led him to do so. John 3:16 talks about the ineffable love of God: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” Jesus justified the publican who was praying in the temple, because he was on his knees, crying

out to God with humility and invoking God’s mercy: “God, have mercy on me, a sinner” (Luke 18:13). All that we own and enjoy we have it by God’s grace and immense love; as the Word says, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God” (Ephesians 2:8). Uzziah became proud, because he had great engineers and he was the first to design lances and manufacture stonethrowing machines. God gave Uzziah prosperity and fame, but he began to mistrust God because the devil made him believe that he was popular, famous. When this happens, we are so busy that we find no time to pray or go to church. 2 Chronicles 26:16 says, “But after Uzziah became powerful, his pride led to his downfall...” Christ, however, gave us a true example of what it is to live in integrity. His fame spread everywhere, but he remained humble, teaching us that we can be famous and remain in God in integrity and humility. Beloved, we must know that the glory and honor belong only to God. Amen l

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WHAT IS YOUR NAME? “And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day... And he said unto him, What is thy name? And he said, Jacob. And he said unto him, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed...” Genesis 32:24-30.

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acob was son of Isaac and Rebecca and twin brother of Esau; but as he was born after him, he was considered younger (Genesis 25:21-26). However, before both were born, God had said that “the elder shall serve the younger” (v. 23). Jacob did not wait for divine intervention, but he was prepared to use any scheme and scam to get what he wanted. Isaac was old and almost blind, so Rebekah persuaded Jacob to pretend to be Esau by wearing his brother’s clothes and covering his neck and hands with skins of kids of goats, as Esau was much hairier than Jacob. Thus, he would get Isaac’s blessing for the firstborn. When Esau discovered what Jacob had done, he bitterly regretted being deprived of his right and decided to kill his brother once his father died (Genesis 27:1-41). “Jacob” means ‘impostor’, ‘deceiver.’ But Jacob was willing to change, so left his family behind, went away with God and did not need anyone to accompany or encourage him. “And he rose up that night, and took his two wives, and his two women servants, and his eleven sons, and passed over the ford Jabbok. And he took them, and sent them over the brook, and sent over that he had. And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day.” (Genesis 32: 22-24). “And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day.” 32:24). “And the hollow of Jacob’s thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him” (Genesis 32:25-26). Imagine the pain; but Jacob ignored it, he was looking for something else, he was looking for a special touch of God. “And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 46 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia

except thou bless me” (Genesis 32:26). Jacob wanted the blessing to come. “And he said unto him, What is thy name? And he said, Jacob” (Genesis 32:27). What is your name? Perhaps it is CRITICAL, because you like putting people down, badmouthing, questioning everything. If you are not the same, what changed you and why are you different? What is your name? Maybe it is INDIFFERENT, because you are unconcerned, you are no longer the same; you used to be committed, self-sacrificing, hard working. But it is not time to be indifferent, it is time to come together, to try harder. Now your name is BACKBITER, because you gossip, you talk. What a shame! Now your name is WORDLY, because you like the world a little too much; you are letting the world in and the world is taking over. Now you are called LIBERAL, because you love liberalism. It is not time to change for worse, it is time to change for better. What is your name? This Work bears a name of holiness, purity, sacrifice, effort, consecration, search of God, sound doctrine, clean testimony. We cannot change our name, we cannot be called otherwise. This rising outburst of apostasy must meet a barrier in us, in this Work, so that we stop its advance on this Earth and avoid contamination. What is your name? You have noticed a negative change in your life, that you are no longer the same, that you do not burn like before, that your spiritual life has turned off, that you are now called COLD-HEARTED. The demands of Work, conflicts, struggles, trials and problems can produce a standstill and a chan-


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ge of course. What is your name? DISCOURAGED. Perhaps your character, personality, attitude or actions have reached the point of discouragement. “And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me. And he said unto him, What is thy name? And he said, Jacob. And he said unto him, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed.� (Genesis 32:26-28).

That problematic, cheating, deceiving, fake Jacob who meant trouble for years surrendered at the feet of the Lord, and now he comes renewed, with a new life and a new name given by God. What is your name? Is not here the One that has blessed, has given you prosperity, has seen you change and can make a change in your life? Is not here the One who can renew you, give you a new name and a different life from now on? He is here. Beloved, let there be a change in your life today. Let God transform you and you will be a new person. God bless you! l July 2016 / Impacto evangelistic

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Un informe somero de la labor que desarrolla la Obra del Movimiento Misionero Mundial por los caminos de América y alrededor del mundo. La Santa Biblia nos dice: “Y perseverando unánimes cada día en el templo… Y el Señor añadía cada día a la Iglesia los que habían de ser salvos”. Hechos 2:46, 47.

PANAMA IN THE HANDS OF THE LORD The Worldwide Missionary Movement in Panama celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Temple in the province of Darien.

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ith the special participation of Rev. Jose Arturo Soto, International Vice President of the Worldwide Missionary Movement, the Work of God in Panama celebrated on May 28-29 the 40th anniversary of the Church in the province of Darien, near the border with Colombia. The celebration was held in the facilities of the Marcos Alarcon Technical Institute, in the town of Meteti. Reverends Jose Soto, Melvin Bryam and Epifanio Asprilla, National Supervisor of the Work in Panama, preached the Word of the Lord during the event aimed at pastors, workers and brothers from different Panamanian provinces that gathered to celebrate God’s presence in Darien. MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 48 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia


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A special mention has to be given to Rev. Soto, who shared the closing message and made a review of the history of the Temple that he founded 40 years ago. During his intervention, Pastor Soto revealed that he arrived to this place thanks to the invitation of a believer that worked in the construction of the local highroad, who encouraged him to take the Word of God. Then, the servant of the Lord received the support of men of faith like Melvin Bryam and Ricardo Chen, who in those days had recently taken the ways of the Gospel, and established the temple that is nowadays one of the most emblematic of the WMM in Panama l July 2016 / Impacto evangelistic

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FIRM AGAINST ENEMY ATTACKS

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The Regional Fellowship of Zone South of the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Chile took place in the region of Los Rios.

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he Regional Fellowship of Zone South of the Lord’s Work in Chile was held on April 29 and April 30 in the region of Los Ríos. The event was led by Rev. Gerardo Martinez, National Supervisor of the WMM in Chile, and attended

by delegations of faithful from the cities of Temuco, Lautaro, Villarrica, Panguipulli, Osorno and Chiloe island, where the Worldwide Missionary Movement is present. On the opening day of the fellowship, held in the temple of the

WMM of the city of Valdivia, the main preacher was Pastor Martinez, who shared a message based on Hebrews 2: 1-4. In his preaching of the Word of God, called “Dangers Faced by Believers and the Infallible Resources of God,” the servant of the Lord exhorted Christians to avoid falling into evil and be careful about their spiritual life. On the second day of event, at the facilities of the Austral University, Rev. Martinez preached once again to the believers gathered in the region of Los Rios. In the morning, the National Supervisor of the WMM in Chile talked about the return of Moses to Egypt by order of Jehovah, based on Exodus 4: 18-26. Then, at night, he shared the message “The Firm Position of Christians Against the Attacks of the Enemy” l July 2016 / Impacto evangelistic

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THE TRUE HAPPINESS The Worldwide Missionary Movement in Bolivia held its Second National Fellowship for the Family in the province of Pando.

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he Second National Fellowship for the Family was held by the Work of God in Bolivia from April 29 to May 1 in the town of Cobija, located in the department of Pando, near the borders with Peru and Brazil. The event, attended by hundreds of brothers coming from different parts of Bolivia and Peru, focused on the importance of marriage, children and faith in the Lord. Broadcast by the radio stations of the WMM in Bolivia, the fellowship shared several messages by Rev. Ciro Alfonso Soto Ortiz, National Supervisor of the Work of the Lord in Bolivia, and by pastors Marcelo


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Valenzuela, Mario Lima Vacaflor, Enrique Valenzuela and Edgar Cary, Presbyter of the WMM in Cusco. They all preached the Word of God and urged the faithful to remain in the Lord. The event, in which several secular people surrendered to God, was attended by Paola Terrazas Justiniano, Vice Governor of the province of Pando; she said that Bolivia celebrates the National Day of Families every May 15 since 2014. In addition, Christian families had the opportunity to nourish on the Gospel and learn ways to face daily problems under the precepts of Christianity l July 2016 / Impacto evangelistic

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GOOD NEWS OF SALVATION The Worldwide Missionary Movement in El Salvador held several evangelistic activities on the occasion of Rev. Alvaro Garavito’s visit.

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to reaffirm the active presence of the most important Spanish-speaking evangelical organization in the world. Pastor Garavito, who came to El Salvador to visit the many temples, led on May 26 a meeting to assess the missionary work; it brought together the leaders of the Work es-

tablished in this country. The next day, the servant of God held a fasting day in San Marcos, one of the ten municipalities of Gran San Salvador, where the WMM is winning the battle against evil. Subsequently, on May 28, Garavito, along with other pastors and brothers of the WMM in El Salva-

dor, preached the Word of the Lord in the park of San Jose, located in the heart of the city of San Salvador, where a large group of believers and secular people gathered. A day later, the WMM group went to the park of Colon de Santa Ana, where Pastor Garavito shared the Gospel once again l July 2016 / Impacto evangelistic

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CHRIST BREAKS THE CHAINS The WMM in Mexico held its National Retreat for Pastors with the mass attendance of ministers of the Lord.

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astors from the states of Monterrey, Chihuahua, Sinaloa, Nayarit, Veracruz, San Luis de Potosi, Tlaxcala, Puebla, Oaxaca and Chiapas attended from April 5 to April 8 the National Retreat for Pastors, organized by the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Mexico and held at the Central Church of God’s Work in the country. Rev. Alvaro Garavito, International Officer of the Worldwide Missionary Movement, preached the Gospel during the four days of the event. On the first day, Pastor Garavito shared the message “The Difference between the Child and Slave.” Then, on the second day, the servant of the Lord shared the speech “Christ Broke my Chains”. On the third day, Rev. Garavito preached the good news through a speech based on Acts 5:1-5 and called “What Is Your Heart Full of?” A day later, by the end of the National Retreat for Pastors of the WMM in Mexico, the International Officer of the Work shared the message “Our Reasons and Deeds Will Be Judged Before the Tribunal of Christ” l

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LIVING IN UPRIGHTNESS The Worldwide Missionary Movement in the United States held its Second Regional Fellowship of Zone 5 in New Jersey.

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he Second Regional Fellowship of Zone 5 of the Worldwide Missionary Movement in the United States took place on April 15-16 in Perth Amboy, NJ. The event, led by Rev. Arturo Hernandez, National

Supervisor of the Work in the USA, gathered five hundred believers from the churches in Northeastern US. During the spiritual celebration, held under the motto “Uprightness,� the good news were preached to the

people thirsty for the Lord. On the opening day, Pastor Hernandez shared the Word and spoke about the need for uprightness in the life of the followers of God. On the second day, the National Supervisor of the WMM in the USA shared the Gospel once again. Many people were restored and healed during the event. In addition, details about the progress of the Work in one of the most ethnically diverse nations in the world were revealed. In an atmosphere of faith, those who gathered in Perth Amboy showed their love and devotion to God through praise, songs and prayers full of the presence of the Lord l July 2016 / Impacto evangelistic

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THE GLORY CONTINUES

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With the presence of 350 believers, the WMM in Spain celebrated the ninth anniversary of the Youth Society of the central temple in Barcelona.

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he members of the Youth Society of the WMM central church in Barcelona had an unforgettable experience during the celebration of its ninth anniversary on April 15-16. Under the motto “The Glory Continues,” the event was characterized by the unction and fervor shown by the people of the Lord in the capital of the autonomous community of Catalonia. Morten Christensen, who is the current pastor in the WMM temple in the city of Malmo, in southern SweMISSIONARY MOVEMENT 60 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia


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den, preached the Word of the Lord. In his speech, the minister of the Worldwide Missionary Movement spoke about the importance of the communion with God and the love of Jesus Christ toward our neighbor. In addition, Christensen highlighted the missionary work of the Work in Spain. During the two days of celebration, members of the Youth Society of the central church in Barcelona showed their dedication and love for God. Followers of the Lord from the churches of Girona, Mollerusa, Terrace, L’Hospitalet and Reus also worshiped the King of kings and knew about the work done by the WMM in Spain. About 350 believers answered the call of the temple in Barcelona l July 2016 / Impacto evangelistic

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The Worldwide Missionary Movement in Japan held its 16th National Convention in the city of Narita.

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he 16th National Convention of the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Japan was held from May 3 to May 5 in the city of Narita. The event was attended by Rev. Jose Arturo Soto, International Vice President of the Work of God, and Ruben Concepcion, International Secretary of the WMM, together with MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 62 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia

hundreds of brothers from different churches established in the Land of the Rising Sun. The convention, led by Rev. David Veramendi Takaeda, National Supervisor of the WMM in Japan, was opened by Rev. Concepción, who shared the message “A New Beginning.” In his message based on

Joel 2: 28-29, the Lord’s servant said that adversity serves the purposes of God. Then, during the second service, Rev. Soto shared the good news of God through the message “The Crisis of Commitment,” based on Exodus 8: 25-29. In the third service, Pastor Concepcion preached once again and


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offered a message based on Exodus 15: 22-27; he said that in times of trouble we must cry out to God. Later, in the fourth service, Pastor Soto shared the Word of God through the speech “Let´s Seek Balance,” based on Luke 10: 38-42. On the last day of the 16th National Convention of the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Japan, Rev. Concepcion gave the message “God calls.” During the preaching of the servant of the Lord, inspired by the missionary conference written in 1987 by Rev. Luis M. Ortiz, he urged to listen to the call of the Lord l July 2016 / Impacto evangelistic

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The Worldwide Missionary Movement in Puerto Rico held its Retreat Camp for Children in the town of Cidra.

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he Worldwide Missionary Movement in Puerto Rico held, from June 6 to June 8, the Retreat Camp for Children at the Ebenezer Campsite, located in the town of Cidra, in the mountainous central region of Puerto Rico. On the first day, led by Rev. Albert Rivera, National Supervisor of the WMM in Puerto Rico, Sister Elizabeth Maldonado, leader of children of Zone 4 on the so-called Lamb Island, preached the Word of God. On the second day, in the morning, the children had a day of fasting and prayer. Then they listened to the message entitled “I Want to Know Who the Holy Spirit Is,” focused on some aspects of Christian faith. Later, at night, Sister Zoraida Gines shared the good news. The Retreat Camp for Children MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 64 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia

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ARGENTINA OPENING OF NEW ANNEX IN BECCAR

Supported by God Almighty, the Worldwide Missionary Movement opened on April 2 a new annex in Juan B. Justo 727, Beccar, located in Northern Buenos Aires, Argentina. Brother Juan Herrera and his wife Miriam Trujillo will be in charge of the place. Rev. Ismael, National Supervisor of the WMM in Argentina, shared the message of the Word of the Lord. Many people surrendered to Christ. Thanks to God, the Work in Argentina is growing and establishing more and more congregations. To God be all the glory! l

NETHERLANDS EVANGELISTIC WORSHIP IN AMSTERDAM

On May 30, a beautiful Evangelistic Worship was held in the Church of the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Amsterdam. The event was attended by Rev. David Echalar, National Supervisor in Italy, who shared the message of God entitled “Problems in the Church,” based on the letters 1 and 2 of Timothy. After the preaching, the attendees came to the altar with tears in their eyes to surrender to the Lord. This event was held with the support of the different churches and pastors in the Netherlands. Glory to God. We thank all the brothers on behalf of the local pastor Sergio Veizaga l

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WOMEN FELLOWSHIP IN GENEVA

MISSIONARY TRIP AND WATER BAPTISM

From April 29 to May 1, the 8th Women Fellowship was held in the ICC Building, Geneva. The theme of the activity was “Women Who Witness the Victory.” The event was attended by international delegations from Italy, France, Sweden and others. Among the participants were Jimmy Ramirez, pastor and host of the event, and his wife, as well as members from the cities of Geneva, Languenthal, Basel, Zurich, Lausanne, among others. They shared messages such as “Outstanding Women” (Exodus 15:1), “If Your Desires Do Not Die, What Will You See?” (Matthew 28: 6), “Women Are Drivers and Encouragers in the Family” (Luke 7: 3), and “Women Who Witness the Victory” (Song of Songs 2:15) l

Rev. Hugo Lope, Presbyter of Zone North and Treasurer of the Work in Italy, his wife Sister Lizet Arias de Lope, and a group of brothers made a mission trip to Israel from May 11 to May 14. In the first service, Rev. Lope shared his preaching “Women of War,” in which he gave a teaching that touched the hearts of the attendees and encouraged the people to continue fighting the good fight of faith. Thursday 12 was a special day, because five brothers from different congregations were baptized in the Jordan River. The delegation also visited Nazareth (House of Joseph, Mary and Jesus), the synagogue where Jesus read Isaiah 61, the Mount of Precipitation, the Mount of Beatitudes, among other places. Let us not stop praying for our brothers, for Israel and for the Work, that with effort and dedication continues to bear fruit l

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LETTERS TO US... cartas@impactoevangelistico.net LUIS A. LÓPEZ I can’t stop thanking God for the blessing and privilege of feeling part of the ministry of this Work. I always receive the magazine and really enjoy reading its edifying messages. I also feel happy every time I see the pictures of activities carried out here in Puerto Rico and in other faraway places such as India. From Mayaguez, Puerto Rico.

MARCH 3-6 Convention in Comayagua, Honduras (arrival in San Pedro de Sula) 10-13 Convention in Australia (Sidney) 23-27 Convention in Guatemala (Guatemala City) 30-3 (APRIL) Convention in the Guianas, Trinidad and Martinique (Georgetown, Guyana)

God bless you. I’m filled with joy to see how the Work grows thanks to the Lord’s blessing. In Christ, we are more than conquerors! From Maracaibo, Venezuela.

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MAY 3-5 Convention in Japan (Narita, Chiba Ken) 26-29 Convention in India (Tamil Nadu, South India)

God bless you. For thirty years now, I’ve been receiving this magazine and reading about the miracles and wonders that the Lord has made through this ministry. This magazine has been my Bible School. From Spring Valley, California, USA.

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