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September 2016 / Edition 752
The tempest Noé lived
The glory of being a missionary
Meeting filled with faith in Spain
Number of refugees is the highest in the history of the world
THE DRAMA OF MIGRANTS
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LEARNING TO DEPEND ON GOD Rev. Gustavo Martínez International President of the WMM
And the Lord said unto him: What is that in thine hand? And he said: A rod. And he said: Cast it on the ground. And he cast it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from before it. And the Lord said unto Moses: Put forth thine hand, and take it by the tail. And he put forth his hand, and caught it, and it became a rod in his hand. (Exodus 4:2-4)
f you thoroughly observe what
was, but He wanted to hear it from Mo-
you have, you would realize it is all
ses so that he knows that the rod had no
what you need to move forward, to find
value, it was just a piece of dried wood.
solutions, to take care of your family
And the Lord told him: “Cast it on the
and your house, to be a provider, and
ground. And he cast it on the ground,
to help others; in other words, God has
and it became a serpent; and Moses
given us things so that we feel we have
fled from before it. And the Lord said
nothing and feel we are the less privile-
unto Moses: Put forth thine hand, and
ged people in the world. For that reason,
take it by the tail. And he put forth his
the psalmist said: “When my father and
hand, and caught it, and it became a rod
my mother forsake me, then the Lord
in his hand” (Exodus 4:3-4). From that
will take me up” (Psalms 27:10). This
moment on, the rod did not belong to
phrase means that although men do not
Moses, but to God.
help you, God will; although our loved
God is saying that we should throw
ones abandon us, God will never leave
away what we have; we should get rid of
us. God invites us to depend on Him and
our possessions. As that young boy who
to move closer to Him in order to find
came to Jesus with some fish and bread.
the solutions to our problems.
He put the food on Jesus’ hands and it
Sometimes we get attached to
multiplied. If the food had stayed on the
things, as Moses to his rod, which he
boy’s hands, it would have remained the
considered as his faithful partner since
same. That is what it happens with any
he spent forty years in the desert with
gift of ability we have; as long as we do
it. “And the Lord said unto him: What
not offer it or recognize it is not ours,
is that in thine hand? And he said: A
our lives will not be useful for God. We
rod. And he said: Cast it on the ground”
should offer our lives to God and, only
(Exodus 4:2-3). The Lord knew what it
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THE ETERNAL EXODUS Western Europe is witnessing the intense drama of migration, a growing phenomenon to which no government have found a solution. The crisis worsens each year; UN figures show that nowadays one in every 122 people is a refugee.
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Since early 2011, the main reason for the acceleration has been the war in Syria, which has led to the largest displacement worldwide. In 2014, every day on average 42,500 people became refugees, asylum seekers or internally displaced, a four-fold increase in just four years.
llegal migration in the world means a huge problem to human development, as it is a socio-economic phenomenon exposing millions of people to denigration. A significant percentage of migrants become victims of exploitation, slavery and human trade; and the families of migrant-exporting countries become indefinitely broken. Illegal migrants in migrant-receiving countries face discrimination and xenophobia. Having an illegal status makes them more vulnerable to crimes that they do not report precisely because of their condition. What is more, they are unable to access basic services such as health and education, which further delays and impairs their development and quality of life. In June 2015, a report by UNHCR, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, showed that the displacement of population worldwide caused by wars, conflicts and persecution was at the highest level ever recorded and continues to increase rapidly. The UNHCR Global Trends report revealed a large increase in the number of people who have been forced to flee their homes. The number of people forcibly displaced at the end of 2014 had risen to a staggering 59.5 million, com-
pared to 51.2 million a year earlier and 37.5 million a decade ago. The increase since 2013 was the highest ever seen in a single year.
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MORE REFUGEES EACH YEAR Since early 2011, the main reason for the acceleration has been the war in Syria, which has led to the largest displacement worldwide. In 2014, every day on average 42,500 people became refugees, asylum seekers or internally displaced, a four-fold increase in just four years.
At the end of 2014, Syria had the largest number of displaced people within the country (7,6 million) and refugees (3,88 million). Afghanistan (2,59 million) and Somalia (1,1 million) are the next on the list of countries that generate more refugees. If all those people form one country, they would be part of the 24th country with more inhabitants in the world.
Globally, one in every 122 humans is now either a refugee, internally displaced or seeking asylum. If this were the population of a country, it would be the world’s 24th biggest. “We are witnessing a paradigm change, an unchecked slide into an era in which the scale of global forced displacement as well as the response required is now clearly dwarfing anything seen before,” said UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres. “It is terrifying that on the one hand there is more and
more impunity for those starting conflicts, and on the other there is seeming utter inability of the international community to work together to stop wars and build and preserve peace.” The UNHCR report detailed how in region after region, the number of refugees and internally displaced people is on the rise. In the past five years, at least 15 conflicts have erupted or reignited: eight in Africa (Côte d’Ivoire, Central African Republic, Libya, Mali, northeastern Nigeria, South Sudan, and this year
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in Burundi); three in the Middle East (Syria, Iraq, and Yemen); one in Europe (Ukraine) and three in Asia (Kyrgyzstan, and in several areas of Myanmar and Pakistan). Few of these crises have been resolved and most still generate new displacement. In 2014, only 126,800 refugees were able to return to their home countries, the lowest number in 31 years. Meanwhile, decades-old instability and conflict in Afghanistan, Somalia and elsewhere means that millions of people remain on the move or, as is increasingly common, stranded for years on the edge of society as long-term internally displaced or refugees. One of the most recent and highly visible consequences of the world’s conflicts and the terrible suffering they cause has been the dramatic growth in the numbers of refugees seeking safety through dangerous sea journeys, including on the Mediterranean, in the Gulf of Aden and Red Sea, and in Southeast Asia.
REFUGEES IN THE OLYMPIC GAMES The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has highlighted the results achieved in Rio de Janeiro by the first refugee team competing at the Olympics and has advocated the continuity of the initiative for the next Olympic cycles. Kelli T. Clements, previously Deputy Assistant Secretary of the UNHCR, met the refugee athletes and the leaders of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Rio de Janeiro and said that both entities will continue to work together to provide opportunities for the refugees. Clements also said that, although they did not win any medal, refugee athletes managed to catch the attention of the world toward the problem of millions of people who lose their homes and have to flee to other countries. The team, which claims to represent the 60 million refugees in the world, competed at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro under the IOC flag. The ten team members were chosen by the UNHCR from a list of 43 athletes who had competed back in their countries before leaving and had had outstanding results. The athletes chosen, who competed in three disciplines (athletics, judo and swimming), were from Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, South Sudan and Syria, and were welcomed as refugees in Belgium, Brazil, Germany, Kenya and Luxembourg. MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 10 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
MORE THAN HALF ARE CHILDREN The Global Trends report details that in 2014 alone, 13.9 million people became newly displaced, four times the number of the previous year. Worldwide there were 19.5 million refugees (up from 16.7 million in 2013), 38.2 million were displaced inside their own countries (up from 33.3 million in 2013), and 1.8 million people were awaiting the outcome of claims for asylum (against 1.2 million in 2013). Syria is the world’s biggest producer of both internally displaced people (7.6 million) and refugees (3.88 million at the end of 2014). Afghanistan (2.59 million) and Somalia (1.1 million) are the next biggest refugee source countries. Even amid such sharp growth in numbers, the global distribution of refugees remains heavily skewed away from wealthier nations and towards the less wealthy. Almost nine out of every 10 refugees (86 per cent) were in regions and countries considered economically less developed. A full quarter of all refugees were in countries ranking among the UN’s list of Least Developed nations.
Even amid such sharp growth in numbers, the global distribution of refugees remains heavily skewed away from wealthier nations and towards the less wealthy. Almost nine out of every 10 refugees (86 per cent) were in regions and countries considered economically less developed.
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EUROPE Conflict in Ukraine, a record 219,000 Mediterranean crossings, and the large number of Syrian refugees in Turkey – which in 2014 became the world’s top refugee-hosting nation with 1.59 million Syrian refugees at year’s end – brought increased public attention, both positive and negative, to questions to do with refugees. In the EU, the biggest volume of asylum applications was in Germany and Sweden. Overall, forced displacement numbers in Europe totalled 6.7 million at the end of the year, compared to 4.4 million at the end of 2013, and with the largest proportion of this being Syrians
in Turkey and Ukrainians in the Russian Federation.
THE FIRST MIGRATIONS At some point in the twentieth century BC, a tribe of shepherds left their home in the land of Ur, a village on the confluence of the Euphrates and Tigris rivers, to seek new pastures in the domains of the kings of Babylon. Royal soldiers had managed to push them off their land, and so they headed west in search of an unoccupied territory to settle down. This tribe of shepherds were the Jews. That is the first known migration. The Hebrews wandered all over the Middle East and, after many years of painful pilgrimage, they came to Egypt, where they lived for over five hundred years. The Jews, however, became slaves and were forced to build royal roads and pyramids. Since borders were guarded by Egyptian soldiers, it was impossible for them to escape. After many years of suffering, Moses freed his people from this miserable life and there was a new migration, this time in search of the Promised Land, as written in the Bible. MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 12 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA Syria’s ongoing war, with 7.6 million people displaced internally and 3.88 million people displaced into the surrounding region and beyond as refugees, has alone made the Middle East the world’s largest producer and host of forced displacement. Adding to the high totals from Syria was a new displacement of least 2.6 million people in Iraq and 309,000 newly displaced in Libya. SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA Africa’s numerous conflicts, including in Central African Republic, South Sudan, Somalia, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo and elsewhere, together produced immense forced displacement totals in 2014, on a scale only marginally
lower than in the Middle East. In all, sub-Saharan Africa saw 3.7 million refugees and 11.4 million internally displaced people, 4.5 million of whom were newly displaced in 2014. The 17 per cent overall increase excludes Nigeria, as methodology for counting internal displacement changed during 2014 and it could not be reliably calculated. Ethiopia replaced Kenya as the largest refugee-hosting country in Africa and the fifth largest worldwide. ASIA Long one of the world’s major displacement producing regions, the number of refugees and internally displaced people in Asia grew by 31 per cent in 2014 to 9 million people. Afghanistan, formerly the world’s leading refugee-producing country has now given up this sad title to Syria. Continuing displacement was also seen in and from Myanmar in 2014, including of
Rohingya from Rakhine state and in the Kachin and Northern Shan regions. Iran and Pakistan remained two of the world’s top four refugee hosting countries. AMERICAS The Americas also saw a rise in forced displacement. The number of Colombian refugees dropped by 36,300 to 360,300 over the year, although mainly because of a revision in the numbers of refugees reported by Venezuela. Colombia continued, nonetheless to have one of the world’s largest internally displaced populations, reported at 6 million people and with 137,000 Colombians being newly displaced during the year. With more people fleeing gang violence or other forms of persecution in Central America, the United States saw 36,800 more asylum claims than in 2013, representing growth of 44 per cent l
In 2014, only 126,800 refugees were able to return to their home countries, the lowest number in 31 years. One of the most recent and highly visible consequences of the world’s conflicts and the terrible suffering they cause has been the dramatic growth in the numbers of refugees seeking safety through dangerous sea journeys.
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Currently, half of refugees (53%) come from three countries:
TOTAL 59,5 million
Vietnam War ﬁnished « boat people »
38,2 million displaced people still living within their country 19,5 million refugees in other countries 1,8 million people seeking asylum
300 000 Returns after the ﬁnancial crisis in Ecuador
Asylum requests in the EU
1 255 640 asylum requests in the EU, which means 123% more than in 2014 Germany
441 800 5,4
174 435 17,7
156 110 16
85 505 10
83 245 1,4
70 570 1,1
43 035 38 990 2,5 3,5
United Kingdom Finland
38 370 0,6
32 150 5,9
20 825 3,7
20 165 14 600 2,8 0,3
11 370 1
10 255 0,3
3 270 0,7
2 360 4,2
1 695 3,9
2 105 2,5
1 235 0,1
1 225 0,1
Requests in 2015
Asylum seekers per xx each thousand inhabitants
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do m Fin lan d De nm ark Bu lga ria Sp ain Gre ece Po lan d Ire lan d Lux em bo urg Cy pru s Ma Cze lta ch Re pu bli c Ro ma nia Po rtu ga l Lat via Lit hu an ia Slo vak ia Slo ven ia Est on ia Cro ati a
rm an y Hu ng ary Sw ed en Au str ia Ita ly
MAIN WAVES OF IMMIGRATION 1945-2000
After the World War II ﬁnished—leaving 40 million displaced people—, the world knew many migration ﬂows.
Beginning of the 90’s
Beginning of 2000’s
War of former Yugoslavia Fall of communism (USSR, Albania)
Financial crisis in Ecuador
800 000 France
Morocco 260 000 Algeria
Tunisia 180 000
people ran away from the country
1 million Black Africa
Cape verde 15 500
São Tomé and Príncipe
former Soviet Union
with German ancestry
people ran away
400 000 between 1992 and 1995
Greece Number of people displaced by armed conflicts 6 600
At the end of 2015 (in thousands) 3 200 2 100
107 452 124 99 8
1 700 954 564 272 200 221 98 17 239 8 78 27 12
612 426644 44 50 35 62 6 6
Gu Mex EL atemico Sa a l Ho lvad a n o Co dur r lom as bi Pe a r Lib u ya Se Mal ne i g Ivo Ní al ry ger Co a To st Ni go Ca ge m ria er o Chon Co ad ng o Bu CA DR run R Co di Ug ngo an Ke da So Somnya ut a h S lia u Eth dan iop Su ia d Eg an Cy ypt pr M Tur us ac ke ed y o Bo nia Ko snia s Uk ovo r Ge aine Ar org Az me ia er ni ba a ija Ru n Le ss b ia Pa ano les n tin Sy e ria Af Ye Iraq gh m an en Pa istan kis tá n Sr Ind i L ia an Ba N ka ng ep la a M des l ya h n T m Ph hail ar ilip an d In pin Ne do es n w es Gu ia in ea
289 287 251 174
1 700 1 200 450 309 30
3 300 2 500 1 200 1 500
Sources: The Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC), NRC
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GOD BRINGS EDIFICATION AND INCREASE The Worldwide Missionary Movement held its Second European Congress in Spain. The event gathered around the Gospel more than 5,000 followers from the five continents. Media coverage increased the impact.
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“LET US BUILD AS TOLD”
REV. GUSTAVO MARTÍNEZ International President of the WMM
In order to have healthy, honest and just children that serve the Lord first, as well as the Church and the society, we need a family, as it is the basis and foundation of any society. It is important for them that we follow the Word, the direction and the parameters established in the Scriptures, so that they become honest children that honor and exalt the virtues of the One that has called us from darkness towards His admirable light. If we build based on our ideas, philosophies and particular revelations, as we please, as we believe, as we feel, and not based on the Word of God, it would be like building on a foundation of leaves, hay, wood or straw. The day of God’s appearance, the fire will reveal the work and only that remaining will be considered by the Lord. Therefore, let us build as told by God, as no one can put a foundation different from the one already established. The Word of God can melt the toughest heart and can destroy any smart argument. The Word is the lamp that lights up the road. The Word is like bread and living water. The Word nourishes and strengthens. The Word quenches our thirst. The Word gives life. The Word oxygenates. The Word is spirit, life and a double-edged sword. The Word comforts, guides, increases our vision and rekindles the spirit.
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he Second European Congress of the Worldwide Missionary Movement was held in Madrid, capital city of Spain. The Work of Jesus Christ gathered, from August 10 to August 14, more than 5,000 believers from the five continents at the feet of the Lord’s Gospel. The spiritual celebration took place at the Marriott Auditorium Hotel, in Madrid, and was presided over by the International Officers of the WMM. It became the Work of God’s most important international event in recent years. Under the motto “Building God’s Kingdom in Uprightness,” the WMM event began on the night of August 10 with a worship in which the power of the Lord and the purposes of Jesus Christ for all of his followers were highlighted. Based on 1 Corinthians 3: 1-9, Rev. Gustavo Martinez, International President of the WMM, preached the Word of God and stated that “neither is he that plants anything, neither he that waters, but God
that gives the increase.” On the morning of the second day, Rev. Ruben Concepcion, International Secretary of the WMM, shared the good news of Jesus Christ through a message entitled “The Edifier’s Character,” and said that “we must imitate the Lord’s qualities.” A few hours later, at night, Rev. Jose Arturo Soto, International Vice President of the Worldwide Missionary Movement, shared with the people of God a message entitled “The Trial of Our Work,” based on 1 Corinthians 3: 7-15. In the beginning of the third day of the Second European Congress, Rev. Humberto Henao, International Director of the WMM, shared a message based on 1 Corinthians 3: 10 and Hebrews 11: 10. In his speech, Pastor Soto stated that “God Needs Churches With Good Foundations.” Then, during the night worship, Rev. Rodolfo Gonzalez, International Treasurer of the WMM, spread the Gospel of the
“HE KNOWS HOW TO LEAD US FORWARD” REV. JOSÉ SOTO International Vice President of the WMM Within the framework of this Congress called “Building God’s Kingdom in Uprightness,” I would like to talk about “The Trial of Our Work” from a reverent perspective and based on the fear regarding the service to God, as we will have to appear before the Lord one day to give account of our actions. The Bible states very clearly that there will be different trials, and they must not be mistaken one for another. Each one will have an objective and will take place following criteria given by God, not by men. These criteria have three sources. The first one is creation, which is both a message of God and a criterion on which the trial of God will be based. There is a message within and every person will give account to the Lord for it. Another criterion is conscience. God will use human conscience as a criterion for His trial. Many people may not know the biblical principles of the Word, but everybody has a conscience, which is the principle-whispering voice of God deep within humans. This is how we know from antique times that stealing is wrong and that murderers do evil. The last criterion is the written Word, which God will use to judge human race and His people. If you want God to reward you one day, you must sing, play, preach or perform any action for the glory of Christ. If you do so, He will lead you forward.
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“THE FOOTPRINTS AND FOOTSTEPS OF CHRIST”
REV. RUBÉN CONCEPCIÓN International Secretary of the WMM
In this Second European Congress, we can see that the good seed of the Word has been sown and is now growing because someone paid the price. There is extraordinary evidence of edification here in Europe, the old continent, thanks to those brothers chosen by the Lord that came to build. We are building a better home. We are a big family and we are not building just anything; we are building God’s kingdom. Unfortunately, many want to build for their own sake; they yearn for fire, power and Elijah’s mantle, but not for the fruits of the Spirit. It is all right, every tree is known by its own fruit. This Congress is characterized by the edifying process of the Worldwide Missionary Movement. We all come from many different countries and cultures, but there is one God and one Spirit. We have been called to work for this Work, but not in order to spread the name of the WMM, but Christ, Lord of the WMM, Lord of the Church, Lord of the Work, and our Lord. I recall now our brothers Ortiz, Ciro, Monge in Central America, and Ruben Rosas; they were all sowers and builders. I am here now thanks to them, because I was trained by men with character who followed the model of Christ. We are in so many countries now, but we must not forget the character of our master, we must follow his footprints and footsteps.
“PREACHING IN SEASON AND OUT OF SEASON”
REV. RODOLFO GONZÁLEZ International Treasurer of the WMM
More than 2,000 years ago, our Lord clearly established the foundation. He prepared a group of disciples, whom He named Apostles, and then He prepared hundreds of other disciples to spread this foundation. We must spread these lessons, as they costed the life of the Master, the Lord of lords, the King of kings. Thanks to His very painful death, we obtained the foundation. He wanted us to live happily here during our lifetime, while waiting for our glorious future. Some of us know where we stand and understand that this is a wonderful foundation, good for any family. Those of us who have it try to teach these spiritual and moral foundations to other people, as they lead to success and triumph on this Earth where the Lord has let us live. There is only one Bible with this foundation, and it is available in every language. If you do not want to read it, do not, but it is preached in the Impacto Evangelistic magazine in seven languages and it is also spread in different media, the Internet and even by cellphone. God’s love gives everyone a chance to know His Word, His foundation. Do you know what that means? That the end is near. They might call us crazy because we always say that Christ is coming, but we must preach in season and out of season. If you have these foundations, you are well based on the Word of God.
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“CHAINS BREAK WHEREVER THE GOSPEL IS”
REV. RÓMULO VERGARA International Director of the WMM
The Bible states that the gates of Hades will not prevail against the Church of Christ. This kingdom is indestructible, permanent, everlasting, and no one can destroy it, beat it, take it down or end it because it is the kingdom of God, the kingdom of heaven, the kingdom of Christ. This kingdom is 2,000 years old and no one has been able to destroy it, stop it or knock it down. It prevails now more than ever, as we are in the last days. This kingdom moves forward with divine, spiritual weapons, with the power of the Holy Spirit, with the unction of the Holy Spirit, with the power of the Word, with the power of the Gospel. Wherever the Gospel is, chains break, and so do restrictions, evil yokes, vices and everything that is wicked within the heart of men. This power does not touch what is outside, but what is inside, the soul, the heart, the conscience, the spirit, cleansing and getting rid of everything that is useless in order to establish the peace and grace of God. Now, in these last times, in these last days, in the end of grace dispensation, the Lord needs an army filled with the glory of God, with the power of God and with the divine flame to bring and establish the kingdom there where the glory of His name has not yet arrived.
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Lord through a preaching entitled “The Foundation of Our Faith.” Later on, in the beginning of the nextto-last day of the event of the Work of God, a special service for pastors was held. This activity specially prepared to train missionaries and servants of God was opened by Rev. Martinez, who preached the message “Leadership Is a Position of Honor.” During his preaching, based on 1 Timothy 3: 8-16, the International President of the WMM emphasized that leaders must serve as an example with their words, behavior, love, spirit, faith and purity. Right after, Rev. Margaro Figueroa, International Director of the WMM, preached the Word with a speech based on Luke 15: 28-33 and continued with the special service for pastors. In his speech entitled “The Cost of a Good Edification,”
Pastor Figueroa asserted that “Christians must be guardians of the Work of God.” Afterwards, in the evening, Rev. Romulo Vergara, International Director of the Work, shared the message “Filled With the Holy Spirit to Build the Kingdom,” based on Acts 1: 8. The Second European Congress of the Worldwide Missionary Movement ended with a missionary march. Its crowning moment was the participation of Rev. Alvaro Garavito, International Director of the Work of God, who preached the Word with a message based on 1 Corinthians 3: 11-14 and entitled “Building in Uprightness to Keep Our Vision.” The spiritual celebration in Spain caught the attention of thousands of Christians all over the world thanks to the broadcast of Bethel Television.
“DOCTRINE IS THE PILLAR OF THE CHURCH”
REV. HUMBERTO HENAO International Director of the WMM
The man of God in this Work must be someone who studies the Holy Scriptures, and this is not optional. All men of God in the altar must have a private corner for prayer, a personal and intimate place to study the Word, not just in the church, but also at home. If God has called you for this, you must invest not only prayers and fasting, but your money, too. You must have a well-stocked library. Doctrine is the main pillar of any Church. A Church with no doctrine can be easily blown away by any adverse wind. This is why the Bible speaks much about the sound doctrine. The sound doctrine is not a concept, but the correct knowledge of the rules in a congregation. Nobody has the right to impose their personal criteria as if they were biblical doctrine. When it comes to our spiritual life, we must constantly verify the verticality of the Church; we must prevent it from tilting. Pastors must be vigilant to always keep it plumb so that it does not collapse, as collapse means tilt, and ruin may come. Those who aspire to a ministry must know that they will be exposed to the public eye in their personal, family and administrative activities, and basically every aspect of their lives. The price of being a minister is very high; just take a look at the letters of Titus and Timothy and you will see that the most demanding areas in a pastor’s life concern ethics and morals, not academic or theological knowledge.
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“THE PERSON WHO FEARS GOD WILL BE WELL” REV. MARGARO FIGUEROA International Director of the WMM
Those who become a member of this Work have no excuse to do things wrong, because they are given the Word in congresses and conventions, on Bethel TV; wherever you go in this Work, you will find but one Word, one message. This Work has spiritual, material and financial blessing, but it is given by God to move forward. We cannot all have our own different book; the Word of God is the main model. What we preach today on Bethel TV is the same we preach in Russia, Japan, Pakistan, and Australia, since there is only one Word, one model stated by God. Therefore, we have no room for the pride of artists, the pride of prominent preachers, the pride of great people. Do not allow your heart to be damaged, to be bitter, because it is very difficult to get rid of the root of bitterness. People start to complain, protest and badmouth the Work, the leaders, the Pastor and everybody, and that curses our homes, our marriages and becomes the legacy for our children. False doctrines and sects look for clients at churches and attract those who are lazy, those who do not like the Word, the doctrine, the offer, discipline and work. Those are the ones who attract religious sects and false doctrines, but the ones who fear God will be well.
“THE WORD IS PREACHED IN UPRIGHTNESS”
REV. ÁLVARO GARAVITO International Director of the WMM
A man or woman that has been truly saved, touched or purified by the blood of Christ has some treats inherent and inseparable to his/her soul. These elements were put within us by the Lord so that we bring His divine, eternal and powerful message to all the corners of the Earth and raise awareness in all souls and creatures, as it is written. The Word must be preached in uprightness, as uprightness does not twist, bend, deviate or divert from its purpose. The Lord has called us to perform a complete and perfect work on the Earth. But we cannot build just like that; the rules to build are stated in the Bible. If someone builds and edifies without uprightness, purity or holiness, they do it for their own sake, for their own interests. There are thousands of congregations in the world, leaders of different types and sizes, cherubs and laypeople, “great prophets” and people invisible to others, but none of them can put a foundation other than the one already established. What belongs to God remains, and not just until today or tomorrow, but for all eternity. Every man and woman who serves the Lord wants his/her work to remain for eternity. The worst thing that could happen to a preacher is that his/her work lasts for a lifetime only to disappear afterwards.
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IN FIVE CONTINENTS Thanks to the support of Avivamiento Producciones, the Spanish media of the WMM, the broadcast of the Second European Congress of the Work of God showed the blooming of the Gospel in Europe.
From the beginning of the event, Bethel Television displayed through HD images the faith and emotion of the believers that attended the spiritual event of the WMM. Bethel TV, the channel of the family, sent to Europe a group of technicians from South America who, along with the brothers of Avivamiento Producciones, were in charge of every detail of the media coverage during the five days of the Second European Congress of the WMM. Similarly, in Peru, where the main offi-
ces of the WMM TV channel are located, more than 30 collaborators worked double shift to ensure the normal broadcast of the event in the five continents. MISSIONARY MARCH Led by reverends Carlos Medina and David Echalar, supervisors of blocks A and B of the Work of God in Europe, the missionary march of the Second European Congress took place on the last day of the event. It was a touching activity that
showed the reverence and honor to God of the believers who came from different European countries that belong to the Work. Missionaries, reverends and pastors that preach the Word in Asia, Africa, Oceania, South America, Central America and North America marched past more than 2,000 believers that filled the conference room of the Madrid Marriott Auditorium Hotel. During the parade in honor of the Lord, there were representatives of all the delegations that came to Spain l September 2016 / Impacto evangelĂstico
THE DICTATORSHIP OF GOD LAW
What a degradation the true law has suffered! What a monster it has become! Even the mandate of nature is being twisted in its name.
ne of the tasks that Christians in the first centuries had to do was to dismantle the ideological mess that paganism had been creating over the centuries. Beliefs and explanations about the origin and functioning of the world came in the form of myths that, though fanciful and irrational, were spread everywhere in countless manifestations. Although they were very different from one another, they shared something: their idolatry. In the Roman Empire, there were many manifestations of idolatry and some of them were so ridiculous that Christian authors had no choice but to mock them. So did Augustine of Hippo when speaking of all the deities that Romans had created to describe the distribution of tasks in the process of growing wheat: “Therefore they set Proserpina over the germinating seeds; over the joints and knots of the stems, the god Nodotus; over the sheaths enfolding the ears, the goddess Voluntina; when the sheaths opened that the MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 26 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
spike might shoot forth, it was ascribed to the goddess Patelana; when the stems stood all equal with new ears, because the ancients described this equalizing by the term hostire, it was ascribed to the goddess Hostilina; when the grain was in flower, it was dedicated to the goddess Flora; when full of milk, to the god Lacturnus; when maturing, to the goddess Matuta; when the crop was runcated,—that is, removed from the soil,—to the goddess Runcina. Nor do I yet recount them all, for I am sick of all this, though it gives them no shame.” Of course, not all idolatrous manifestations were as dumb as that of the wheat; there were others sordid to the extreme, as the Christian author explains elsewhere in the same work: “I myself, when I was a young man, used sometimes to go to the sacrilegious entertainments and spectacles; I saw the priests raving in religious excitement, and heard the choristers; I took pleasure in the shameful games which were
celebrated in honor of gods and goddesses, of the virgin Coelestis, and Berecynthia, the mother of all the gods. And on the holy day consecrated to her purification, there were sung before her couch productions so obscene and filthy for the ear – I do not say of the mother of the gods, but of the mother of any senator or honest man. Even the mother of the foul-mouthed players would be ashamed... The lewd actions and filthy words with which these players honored the mother of the gods, in presence of a vast assemblage and audience of both sexes, they could not for very shame have rehearsed at home in presence of their own mothers.” Those depraved deities were the perfect excuse for the depraved customs pagans practiced. Divinities that they had invented, so it was a vicious circle: the diverted gods and their diverted manufacturers and worshipers approved each other. One of the divinities that is hegemonic in the current Western outlook is god Law. Which began as a
tool or means to protect any human being from the abuse and arbitrary actions of another, to define the inherent rights every person possesses, with the passage of time has become a deity which is invoked and appealed to in order to do, on its behalf, as one pleases. Thus, just like Romans with their endless bunch of gods and goddesses, the number of rights has increased to cover all the possible abominations under the invocation of god Law. Are you a man who wants to become a woman, or vice versa? Appeal to Law. Do you want to kill your offspring before they are born? Appeal to Law. Do you want your deviation to be an orientation? Appeal to Law. Do you want to be a parent without a spouse? Appeal to Law. Do you want your marriage against nature to be legal? Appeal to Law. Do you want to transgress at all costs? Appeal to Law. Do you want your will to be supreme? Appeal to Law. Do you want anyone denying those powers to be persecuted? Appeal to Law. God Law will protect you and prove you right by bullying and defeating those who dare to contradict you. Just like all the gods of paganism, god Law is also incoherent and irrational, since it gives to some what he denies others. To put it another way, it is favorable to the crooked and contrary to the right. Because if a boy appeals to Law in order to have a father and a mother, he is denied the right by Law, which protects their worshipers’ right to use that right instead. Or if someone appeals to Law so that only one legitimate marriage is recognized, Law denies the right, which nature itself has established. And if an unborn child appeals to Law so that their right to live is enforced, Law denies them the right and grants the right to decide only to the parents. It follows that god Law should change his name for another more in line with his character. God Raw, maybe? As he twists the straight and distorts the right, calling right what is distorted. God Law, which is actually Raw: our current favorite divinity. What a degradation the true law has suffered! What a monster it has become! When we turn our back on the true God of Law, Law becomes a god. The creation of aberrant gods was not exclusive to the ancient Romans l
Thus, just like Romans with their endless bunch of gods and goddesses, the number of rights has increased to cover all the possible abominations under the invocation of god Law. Are you a man who wants to become a woman, or vice versa? Appeal to Law. Do you want to kill your offspring before they are born? Appeal to Law. Do you want your deviation to be an orientation? Appeal to Law. Do you want to be a parent without a spouse? Appeal to Law.
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I SURRENDER ALL Hymn composed by Judson W. Van DeVenter as a sincere testimony of a man who served the Gospel with absolute passion.
ublished in 1896, the hymn “I Surrender All” shows the inner struggle experienced by its author, Christian composer Judson W. Van DeVenter, before surrendering completely to the service of the Lord. Born on December 5, 1855 in the United States, Van DeVenter created the song while hesitating between developing his musical talent in the secular world or devoting himself to preaching the Word of God full time. In the end, the artist, inspired by the Creator, decided to follow the path of the Gospel. W. Van DeVenter was raised in a farm near the village of Dundee, Michigan, and received the good news in his childhood and youth. Thanks to his remarkable musical talent, he graduated from Hillsdale College and became an art teacher. This man of faith always supported the cause of God and was a believer very committed to the growth of the church. After obtaining his degree at Hillsdale College, Judson W. Van DeVenter became a supervisor of art in the public schools of Sharon, Pennsylvania. He tried to combine his earthly existence with his love for the Lord in the best possible way. His efforts led him to become a versatile artist and a Christian of strong convictions. However, after five years his longing ended, as he realized that by God’s side he had everything MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 28 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
he needed to live happily. Author of countless hymns, Van DeVenter traveled around the United States, England and Scotland after surrendering to the power of the Lord. Along with his friend Winfield S. Weeden, author of the music to “I Surrender All,” he carried the message of God and emerged as a devoted preacher. In the final stage of his life, he taught at the Florida Bible Institute and had a radio program in which Christian music was promoted. In addition, his work for God helped thousands of people to turn their eyes to the Gospel. “I Surrender All,” Van DeVenter’s mas-
I SURRENDER ALL 1 All to Jesus, I surrender; All to Him I freely give; I will ever love and trust Him In His presence daily live. REFRAIN I surrender all, I surrender all; All to Thee, my bless'd Savior, I surrender all. 2 All to Jesus I surrender, Humbly at His feet I bow; Worldly pleasures all forsaken, Take me, Jesus, take me now. 3 All to Jesus I surrender, Make me, Savior, wholly Thine; Let me feel the Holy Spirit, Truly know that Thou art mine. 4 All to Jesus I surrender, Lord, I give myself to Thee; Fill me with Thy love and power, Let Thy blessing fall on me.
terpiece, became very well-known in the thirties. Then, in 1986, it became popular due to the cover by Deniece Williams, who was awarded a Grammy. This classic hymn has been recorded by Christian artists Kathy Troccoli, Michael W. Smith, Brian Littrell, Amy Grant, Ruben Studdard, Carman, CeCe Winans, among others. Judson W. Van DeVenter, who used his musical talent to worship God until the end
of his life, died on July 17, 1939 in the city of Temple Terrace. His submission to the Lord was so great that, before his death, he asked that the words “I Surrender All” be written in his graveyard. The phrase reflects the surrender that believers in God must experience and expresses the values that guided the footsteps of Van DeVenter. The song gives the testimony of a man who served the Gospel with passion l
5 All to Jesus I surrender, Now I feel the sacred flame; Oh, the joy of full salvation! Glory, glory, to His Name!
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NOTT’S WORD Recognized as one of the pioneers in the evangelization in Tahiti, in Oceania, Henry Nott stood out for his great trust in God and firm conviction to preach the message of the Lord among the heathen tribes of the island. Eugene Myers
Newcomer Henry Nott was a privileged witness of abominable acts. He found people who sacrificed defenseless children without compassion in honor of their pagan gods and witnessed with horror the burial of alive elderly men and sick people in pits especially dug to exterminate them. In addition, he was informed that no Tahitian girl over 12 years was virgin, and knew the aggressiveness of King Pomare, the most powerful man on the island. MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 30 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
n the shade of palm trees in Polynesia, in the late 18th century, a white man and a native were talking. The former was a missionary, the latter a heathen ruler. The white man and his fellow missionaries had been repeatedly threatened with death. Three of them, in fact, had been killed. Four others were assaulted, stripped and dragged into a stream to be drowned. Everyone wanted to flee the zone except one. This lonely but resolute believer was Henry Nott. Recognized as one of the pioneers in the evangelization of the archipelago of Tahiti, in the South Pacific Ocean, Nott came to Polynesia on March 5, 1797. Member of the London Missionary Society, he arrived there as part of a group of believers who had the task of spreading the Gospel in this overseas territory. Bricklayer by profession, he built the foundation of a Christian congregation which lasts until today. Man of faith, he preached the Word of God in Polynesia for more than four decades. Born in England in 1774, Henry was a man who, before arriving to Tahiti, stood out for his calm and pleasant temperament and strong religious beliefs. Bible in hand, and although he only received an elementary education in his early years, he excelled, in his youth, for his trust in God and his enthusiasm in sharing the good news of the Lord. He was one of the first members to join the London Missionary Society, an organization founded on September 22, 1795. OVERSEAS MISSIONARY Willing to serve God, Nott left England in September 1796, along with other evange-
lical missionaries. At that time, the island of Tahiti, his destination, was a land covered by war, savagery and death. Its population consisted of native Polynesians, who murdered at the slightest provocation and were decimated by venereal diseases. Amid this idyllic landscape, survivors of tribal conflicts used the skins of their enemies as trophies and surrendered themselves to idolatry. Near the southern end of the Pacific, at the seashore, newcomer Henry Nott was a privileged witness of abominable acts. He
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found people who sacrificed defenseless children without compassion in honor of their pagan gods and witnessed with horror the burial of alive elderly men and sick people in pits especially dug to exterminate them. In addition, he was informed that no Tahitian girl over 12 years was virgin, and knew the aggressiveness of King Pomare, the most powerful man on the island. After his arrival, Nott and his colleagues conducted the first evangelical service in Tahiti. Pomare and a huge crowd attended the meeting held on March 19, 1797. The
ruler said he had dreamed of the Bible and the arrival of the missionaries, and that he was eager to listen to the Word. Immediately, one of the servants read John 3:16 and spoke about Christian faith as he was translated by a Swedish sailor who lived on the island. Then the king made a gesture and said, “All right!” TENACIOUS PREACHER Promptly, Pomare gave his protection to missionaries and the archipelago’s largest home. Unifier of the people of Tahiti, the
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king found in the missionaries a powerful weapon to increase his prestige and a perfect way to consolidate his leadership. He also considered that, beyond religious matters, they could provide Western tools to his fiefdom. Following his permission, Henry and his brothers of faith were showered with great care and food in abundance. Led by the Gospel, Henry Nott tried to learn the Tahitian from the very beginning. While his companions suffered the rigors of a hostile environment, this servant of God quickly familiarized with the local language and seized every contact with the natives to assimilate their oral language. On August 16, 1801, by the grace of God, he became the first Christian to share a sermon in Tahitian. A year later, he spoke fluently the language of the place and was chosen to teach Tahitian language to new missionaries. Pomare, who died on September 3, 1803, became a very close friend of Nott and adopted him as his favorite preacher. Because of this proximity, the missionary made everything that was possible to draw the Tahitian monarch to the feet of God, but he could not break his will. From their talks, the minister of the Lord estimated that during his reign, which lasted about 30 years, about 2,000 people were sacrificed as offerings to their idols. Following the king’s death, his son Otu succeeded to the throne. Firm as a rock, Henry never faltered in his task of spreading the good news among the Tahitians. Neither internal wars, which broke with the accession of Otu, called Pomare II, nor the indifference of the local population and much less the repeated death threats he received from a group of pagans, could put an end to his passion for spreading the Gospel of the Lord. Even in 1810, after his companions fled for their lives, he remained alone in Tahiti as the sole defender of the cause of Jesus Christ. FRUITFUL WORK Convinced of the power of God, Henry Nott paid special attention to the conversion of Pomare II, a savage and violent individual, who unlike his father, surrendered to the Gospel. After listening to the Word, the new king began attending regularly the services presided over by the preacher.
With his help and encouragement, time later, a temple was built and inaugurated on July 25, 1813. The next day, driven by their ruler, 31 natives renounced idolatry and began to know the goodness of Christianity. On May 16, 1819, in the presence of 5,000 people, King Pomare II was baptized by Nott after accepting Christ as his Savior. That day, after more than two decades of tears and hardship, the missionary began to see the fruits of his tireless work in a ceremony full of great emotion. Over the next decade, hundreds of Tahitians became evangelicals and deepened their knowledge of the Word. Soon, some of them left to bring the Gospel to Bora Bora, Raiatea, Huahine and other islands of Polynesia. Henry, who trusted Jesus fully lived another day of triumph on December 18, 1835, because he finished translating the
Convinced of the power of God, Henry Nott paid special attention to the conversion of Pomare II, a savage and violent individual, who unlike his father, surrendered to the Gospel. After listening to the Word, the new king began attending regularly the services presided over by the preacher. With his help and encouragement, time later, a temple was built and inaugurated on July 25, 1813. The next day, driven by their ruler, 31 natives renounced idolatry and began to know the goodness of Christianity. Holy Scriptures into Tahitian after nearly three decades of hard work. Shortly thereafter, in 1836, he traveled to London to command the print version of the recently developed Bible. Later, on June 8, 1838, he was presented to Queen Victoria with the first copy of the Scriptures in Tahitian. This immense and lifetime effort, to Nott, was hailed by members of the English crown. Considered one of the giants of the Christian faith, Henry Nott heard the call of God on May 2, 1844 and went to his kingdom. On his last days on earth, Joseph Moore, one of his collaborators in his missionary labors, wrote that this minister of the Lord spoke much about salvation. He also said that the former bricklayer consecrated to Christ, who experienced untold suffering, never stopped repeating that “for God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish” l September 2016 / Impacto evangelístico
THE TEMPEST NOÉ LIVED According to his values, seduce and cheat on women was part of his routine; he did not considered those acts as inmoral. He played with people’s feelings and plans. He was put in jail for such licentious behavior. Noé Aurelio Bonzo Vera could have been devoured by flesh, but he was saved by the endless power of the Lord.
Marlo Pérez Foto: Damaris Samame y Archivo familiar
oé Aurelio Bonzo Vera was never a handsome man. His Andean features, typical of his country, Ecuador, and a height of 1.65 cm do not match the ideal male body image which dazzles and wins women’s hearts. Nevertheless, Noé learned to take advantage of his heredity: an eloquent way of speaking that drove many girls crazy and increase the number of his conquests. Noé (Noah in english), who cannot be compared to the biblical character that built the ark and protected the human species from the flood, was born on December 16th, 1975, in the city of Milagro, Ecuador. From his adolescence, he felt a strong de-
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sire of going to the brothels of the city in order to become a “man” before his friends and the traditional society. This behavior, considered typical for men, was part of a generation curse that, according to Noé, was inherited from his paternal grandfather, who had several women around him; unfortunately, his sin led him to committing suicide. “My grandfather was a ladies’ man. He always had women at his side. He slept with both single and married women, until he took a gun one day and shot himself in the head… Satan led him to suicide”, states Noé. Continue reading––
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LADIES’ MAN ON THE LOOSE Being experienced with the opposite sex and having turned eighteen years old, Noé created the way to approach to women taking advantage of his position as telephone token seller at the ground transportation station of his city. He wooed all minors and married women who came to him to buy tokens. “I made them fall in love with me right there… Many of those girls really believed me and they even spent their salary on beers, taxis and hotels for me”, declares Noé, who used to be called ‘Joel Ponce’ back then. MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 36 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
As he did not plan to get engaged or married, Noé got involved with a minor. When the father of the girl found out, he took a gun and almost killed him. “The father of that girl looked for me in the house of my mother to kill me. Fortunately, my Christian grandparents who were there at the time mentioned the blood of Christ and the bullet went in a different direction… I know it was God’s mercy that saved me from dying.” DECEITFUL WORDS Some other time, one of his many conquests asked him to settle down and marry
Being experienced with the opposite sex and having turned eighteen years old, Noé created the way to approach to women taking advantage of his position as telephone token seller at the ground transportation station of his city. He wooed all minors and married women who came to him to buy tokens. her. When Noé refused to that, the girl ran desperately towards the street and a truck almost ran over her, but–luckily–it stopped on time. “I want to die!” she screamed inconsolably at the driver. In the next failed relationship, his partner practiced witchcraft on him because he cheated on her. Consequently, he was seve-
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rely sick and medicine could not save him. His situation was so serious that he does not know how he overcame that painful part of his life. “When someone does not have Christ within the heart, evil spells do work, but if a person has Christ inside the heart, Jehovah’s angel hangs around those who feared him and protects them from all harm… There is no witchcraft or sorcery that can destroy a child of God”, says Noé. DEEP IN PROBLEMS In 1998, after becoming the manager of a family business dedicated to searching job opportunities in the city of Guayaquil, Noé continued playing around with girls. He used this source of income to conquer several young girls, which–at the end–resulted in problems with the law and imprisonment. “I never used a gun to force women to do something. I used to tell them I would marry and have children with them… But, after I had what I wanted, I told them that they were crazy and I would never marry them”, he declares. He went to jail for the first time when he sent a minor to the capital to work without the authorization or consent of her parents. This blunder put him behind the bars of Litoral penitentiary for infringing labor laws and exposing a minor to danger. Noe’s face and employment agency became well known around the local media. I believe that God wanted me to be arrested so that I could find Him. During the first day I was imprisoned, a boy came to me and preached the Word of God, but I did not change”, he reveals. After some weeks, Noé came out of jail, and returned to work and his obsession to be the womanizer of the block. A couple of months later, a client pressed charges against him for lousy services. A police officer of the area arrested him arbitrarily to revenge the affair he had once with his wife. PRISONER OF SIN As Noé was found guilty of a minor crime, he left jail in less than a week and carried on with his immoral acts. One year later, another detention damaged his image and MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 38 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
his enterprise. He had sent a young girl to other province to work, but after some days of her travel, she was declared lost since nobody had information about her. After the relatives of the missing girl sued the enterprise, Noé, his secretary– who was also his lover–and even his mom, who passed by that day, got arrested. When they were held in the headquarters of the National Police of Ecuador in Guayaquil, Noé cried out to the Lord and realized how powerful He was after He freed his mother. Noé decided to follow the path of the Gospel and return to God. Nevertheless,
He went to jail for the first time when he sent a minor to the capital to work without the authorization or consent of her parents. This blunder put him behind the bars of Litoral penitentiary for infringing labor laws and exposing a minor to danger. Noe’s face and employment agency became well-known around the local media.
some days afterwards, when he had recovered his freedom, he put aside his new integrity once again. “As soon as I moved away from the path of the Lord, I was arrested”, recalls Noé. After coming back to his old acts and amusing himself with other women that always waited for him outside prison, another trial put him in jail. This time he was accused of kidnapping and raping a 15-yearold girl. The prosecuting attorney requested to imprison the womanizer for fifteen years as well, but God arrived on time. “His parents invented that I kidnapped and raped her, but the girl confessed it was
not like they said… God performed a miracle; He saved me from jail in less than two months”, he remembers. When he was free, Noé understood that his life was too hazardous. He moved closer to God and surrender to Him sincerely on February 17th, 2000, at a Christian church of Guayaquil. In that sacred place, he met Santa Zevallos, the only woman whom he promised to love on an altar, and who walks with him together with their children, Noé and Enoc. “I used to be a Satan’s puppet. Walking on the path of the Lord is different, because Christians are different”, concludes Noé l
When he was free, Noé understood that his life was too hazardous. He moved closer to God and surrender to Him sincerely on February 17th, 2000, at a Christian church of Guayaquil. In that sacred place, he met Santa Zevallos, the only woman whom he promised to love on an altar and who walks with him together with their children, Noé and Enoc.
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“GOD REQUESTS US TO PREACH IN ENGLISH” Rev. Arturo Hernández, Supervisor of WMM in the United States for three years, tells us about the current situation of the Work in that country and his desire to reach more places preaching the Word of God.
eing aware of the risk that the next government of the United States represents, given that it may restrict the entrance of thousands of Latino immigrants, Rev. Arturo Hernandez trusts God to guide the expansion of the Work in that country, which has presence in each of the fifty states. How long have you been Supervisor of the WMM in the United States? Around three years, in which the Work has been developing continuously; although its development is not gigantic, it is stable and firm; our growth glorifies the Lord. Nowadays, we have great projects such as “Visión USA”, a project that has strengthened the bonds among pastors and especially priests. We started to preach in the states near the Work since in that way it’s easier to send a missionary. In how many cities is the Work of the WMM located? Currently, the Work is in fifty states. Hawaii is one of the most distant states where Work is located, as well as Alaska, where we have a TV program. In addition, we will open another Work soon. Does the majority of Church’ attendants continue to be Hispanic or did Americans join the Work? Americans are joining the Work of God; there are some churches where worships are only in English and also worships we interpret to English in order to reach Americans. We think that the best way of reaching this country is by sending missionaries that
speak English, because God requests us to preach in English and not only in Spanish. What programs is “Producciones Impacto” currently producing? “Peniel TV” is the new name of the former “Producciones Impacto”. We continue to produce more and more programs. Our objective is to reach all the country with good quality programs conducted by pastors. Is it possible to acquire a channel? That is the highest goal, although it requires a lot of time and money. We are currently trying to do our best with “Peniel Televisión”, presenting Christian education, biblical studies, sermons, worships, among other things that channels should include. Have you been in front of the cameras? I have. First, God allowed me to preach through a live radio station and, now, I participate in a TV program in the city of Michigan. Our program is called “Misión Evangelística”; it is broadcasted on the internet and TV to eight cities of the county. Does North America wish to have a worldwide congress? We already had a big congress in 1993, but we would like to have another one. Unfortunately, visa is a problem; it is not easy for our South American or Central American pastors to travel here. We only wish to have a congress soon. We are not conformists, but we are already happy with the conventions and the visits of foreign pastors l
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THE GLORY OF BEING A MISSIONARY “They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.” Psalms 126: 5-6 Rev. Luis M. Ortiz
The true missionary understands that the supreme task of the Church is the evangelization of the world; he must dedicate his life to that objective. The true missionary cannot put any of his interests or relationships ahead of the task of saving souls and his relationship with the Lord, who he loves, serves and obeys.
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o enterprise in the world faces as many obstacles as the Work of God. Nevertheless, it is also true that no other enterprise in the world achieves as many triumphs and victories with eternal results as the Work of God. The Missionary Work in foreign countries is the most challenging, the most persecuted, the less acknowledged and the less rewarded task. Ever since a missionary states that he has been called to carry out such task, he is misunderstood, unloved, persecuted and filled with obstacles. In order to carry out the missionary task, he leaves his home, his comfort zone, his friends; he feels all alone and forgotten facing the hardest work, without incentives, without the appropriate means, without the necessary funds. He does not eat for weeks, he does not count on the help of his usual friends; indifference tires him out, homesickness haunts him and ingratitude wounds him. When he goes back to his country, where he believes he will find some encouragement and empathy, he becomes a foreigner there; people have relegated him, they look at him with suspicion and mistrust, they treat him with no consideration, and he is even seen as a menace. If he does not do anything, then he does not have initiative; but if he does something, then he should not have done it so quickly. If he says nothing, then he does not know how to express himself; but if he says something, then he is not right about it. If he is still young when he comes back, then it is very likely that he lost his sight; if he is middle-aged, he should not be there anymore; if he is old, he should go to the grave. All those things, which a superficial, opportunist and greedy person consider as disadvantageous, mean glory, wealth and fortune for the true missionary. He would not change that glory, wealth and fortune for having the position or the hierarchy of those people who underestimate and bother him.
The true missionary cannot become nothing else; his life and activities revolve around his call and his passion. The true missionary can put up with everything, but he does not tolerate people who want him to quit his divine vocation. The true missionary is able to quit important things, but he will not quit his call. The true missionary knows that God called him, and his call and ministry are above all men and material things. The true missionary enjoys his mission, which is a “necessity laid upon him” (1 Corinthians 9:16) that he cannot govern or leave. The true missionary understands that the supreme task of the Church is the evangelization of the world; he must dedicate his life to that objective. The true missionary cannot put any of his interests or relationships ahead of the task of saving souls and his relationship with the Lord, who he loves, serves and obeys. Because of these firm and powerful convictions, the true missionary cannot hide or be still, he has to suffer, but his suffering will be his glory, since “the disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his lord” (Matthew 10:24). As his Lord, he is also judged critized with evil intentions and ofended with insults; he has to carry the cross of discredit, and he is buried in a grave next to scorn and oblivion. Fortunately, just like his Master that revive in the third day, the true missionary will revive every day, because people judge, crucify and bury him every day. What the apostle Paul, a great missionary, wrote about his mission is
true: “We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body… So then death worketh in us, but life in you.” (2 Corinthinas 4:8-12) For that reason the true missionary wakes up with a new life, new strength, new enthusiasm, new vision, new determination, and ready to share his virtues with those he ministers. When Alexander the Great asked the wise Greek Diogenes “What do you what from me?”, the answer was “Nothing, just stand out of my light”. The apostle Paul said: “But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ… for whom I
have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ” (Philippians 3: 7-8). For that reason, the true missionary who follows the steps of his Master, must say: “Little I care about wealth/ less I care about positions,/ in my soul there are no illusions/ of prestige and magnanimity./ Being flattered does not affect me/ lies do not upset me,/among people from the upper class/ everything gets damaged./ I have quit all material things/you can take them if you please,/ I prefer to be at God’s side / although he is crucified./ I will keep the glory,/ of the cross of the Nazarene,/ the rest does not belong to me/ it is scum for me./ Bishop, king or doctor?,/possess material wealth?,/ I prefer to that which is eternal/ like the glory of being a missionary!” l September 2016 / Impacto evangelístico
HEARING JESUS “And as they departed from Jericho, a great multitude followed him. And, behold, two blind men sitting by the way side, when they heard that Jesus passed by, cried out, saying: Have mercy on us, O Lord, thou son of David. And the multitude rebuked them, but they cried the more, saying: Have mercy on us, O Lord, thou son of David. And Jesus stood still, and called them, and said: What will ye that I shall do unto you? They say unto him: Lord, that our eyes may be opened. So Jesus had compassion on them, and touched their eyes: and immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed him.” Matthew 20:29-34. Rev. Alberto Ortega
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Two blind men, after hearing that Jesus was passing by, started to use what they had: their voice. They cried out for help. “And Jesus stood still, and called them, and said: What will ye that I shall do unto you?” (Matthew 20:32) The question that our beloved Savior Jesus Christ made to two blind men from Jericho was “What will ye that I shall do unto you?”. Those men used to live in the darkness. “The light of the body is the eye” (Matthew 6:22) and the lights of those blind men were irreparably damaged. It was not humanly possible to cure their lights; there was no medical treatment that could restore the light in their eyes; they had no hope to recover their sight. What else could people passing by Jericho do, but pity them and give them alms? Fortunately, Jesus passed by that place filled with desperation, with poverty, with no chances; the light came to the world of those men thanks to Jesus, the Creator of the body, the soul and the human spirit; he created men without flaws or defects In England, insurance companies managed to obtain a Government decree, which authorizes them to ask people for a genetic map if they wish to have an insurance policy. By analyzing the genetic map, it is possible to detect a genetic anomaly, an illness that does not appear in medical examinations, but it is present in the body and may develop in the future. If those blind men live in England today, insurance companies would not grant them a policy. That is only an inkling of what men in the 21st century are bringing to society (so terrifying!). Most of scientists—specialized in genetics—have confessed to be atheistic and try to repair life mistakes; they feel like
gods and have no idea that the real cause of many human sufferings—physical and moral—is the sin committed by Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. The entire humanity is suffering the awful consequence of living away from God; nevertheless, no scientist intends to correct human behavior or find the way to live as we did in the Garden of Eden: in harmony with God, the Almighty. Still Jesus passed by the place where the blind men were, since He is the restorer of spiritual and moral deformity that exist in human nature, and He is the only one who can help us recover the glorious communion with our God and Father. Jesus came to what was unrepairable, forgotten and in pain; those two blind men could not see but could hear. “When they heard that Jesus passed by…” (Matthew 20:30) they started to use what they had; God can act when we use what we have. Those blind men give us a very important lesson. First, they used their hearing; the Bible says that “faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17). Then, they went further than that, they cried out (Matthew 20:30) saying: “Have mercy on us, O Lord, thou son of David” (Matthew 20:30). Paul remind us: “For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation” (Romans. 10:10). How good it is to put your ears, heart and mouth at God’s disposal, because that is how Jesus ask us: “What will ye that I shall do unto you?” Jesus is passing by right next you while you are feel hopeless. Perhaps justice has sentenced you as guilty, medicine has declared you incurable, or you have heard several negative things about you; then, why
don’t you hear God right now? From your own path to Jericho, why don’t you cry out for help saying “Lord, have mercy on me!”. That is the only way to get the divine response, the restoration and victory. “So Jesus had compassion on them, and
touched their eyes: and immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed him.” (Matthew 10:34) Beloved, Jesus has not changes, he is still calling and asking you: “WHAT WILL YE THAT I SHALL DO UNTO YOU?” l September 2016 / Impacto evangelístico
DO TWO WALK TOGETHER UNLESS THEY HAVE AGREED TO DO SO? “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments; as the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the Lord commanded the blessing, even life for evermore.” Psalm 133: 1-3. Can two walk together, except they be agreed? Amos 3:3 Rev. Ramón L. Aponte
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f we want to be the people of God and walk at His side, we must agree with Him, especially about sin. God states in the Holy Scriptures without doubting that we all have sinned and chosen our own path (Psalm 14: 1-3). The first thing God asks us to do is regret over sins and change our path. We have been walking in the wrong direction, in the path of selfishness, where only “I” exists. We must turn and leave that wrong path, confess and abandon our sins, asking God for forgiveness and freedom. One type of regret, which could be described as religious, only tries to avoid punishment and not to suffer the consequences. We should go further than that until we reach a genuine regret. This kind of regret occurs when there is not only fear to punishment but also genuine sorrow for having sinned against the loving heavenly Father; there is compassionate pain because we offended Him, who loved us and helped us to reach forgiveness and purity. If we would like to walk at God’s side, we shall agree with Him about something else: Christ is the Lord. We should definitely consider him as our Redeemer and Savior. In the Holy Scriptures, it is frequently mentioned that “for whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Romans 10:13). In this biblical passage, two words stand out. One of them is saved and the other important word is Lord. We shall agree with God about Christ being the Lord. If we have been forgiven, if we are reborn, we shall not live this life as we please. God has redeemed and renewed us so that we accomplish His purposes. We will only feel real relief, peace and joy after we understand that Christ
is the Lord. The Holy Scriptures affirm that Christ bore our sins on the cross. “Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness…” (1 Peter 2:24). He made that sacrifice for the sake of every person of the world, nevertheless, it does not benefit those who do not know about it and have not changed morally and spiritually; in other words, only those who confess and leave all sins to receive Jesus Christ as the Lord and Savior will benefit from His sacrifice. The Holy Scriptures also mention that Christ did not only bear the sins from a couple of men, but from every man of the entire world, all the human race. To surrender wholeheartedly to God is equivalent to carry part of the cross and follow Him. The apostle Paul, after having experienced this feeling, says: “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me” (Galatians 2:20). Being part of the crucifixion is important to agree with God. The epistle to the Ephesians 5:18 demands us to “be filled with the Spirit”. The Spirit lies in all believers who have “born of the Spirit” (John 3:6), but we shall continue to fill ourselves with the Holy Spirit in order to strengthen our Christian nature and be like Christ. To baptize in the Holy Spirit, which is a powerful anointment, will help us to have a fruitful life. A beneficial study of the Bible from each of us would be the research of other ways, but we shall agree with God about them as well in order to walk unequivocally at His side. Amen l
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A quick report of the work that Worldwide Missionary Movement is making in America and throughout the world. The Holy Bible states: “And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple... And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved”. (Acts 2:46,47).
NOBODY SEPARATE YOU FROM THE LORD
The Work of God in the United States held its National Convention in Virginia with the attendance of over 3,500 believers. God is visiting the churches in North America.
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by Rev. Gustavo Martinez, International President of the WMM, international and national officers, priests, pastors and more than 3,500 American believers. The spiritual celebration took
place at the Hylton Memorial Chapel in Woodbridge and began with the Lord’s message given by Rev. Alvaro Garavito. His preaching, “The Greatness of Redemption,” led several attendees to reconcile with God.
Photos: PENIEL TV. USA
On the second day of activities, several pastors of the WMM in the USA attended the event to testify about the progress of the Work in America; they emphasized that workers are needed to help to preach the Word of God. Likewise, Rev. Luis Meza Bocanegra, International Officer, shared the good news of the Lord. At the opening of the penultimate day, Sister Lourdes de Hernandez, wife of Rev. Arturo Hernandez, National Supervisor of the Work in the US, shared words of encouragement and strength. In addition, Sister Car-
men Valencia de Martinez preached the Word of the Lord through the message “Break the Pitcher to See the Fire.” Hours later, in the evening worship, Rev. Gustavo Martinez talked to the members of the Worldwide Missionary Movement about the good news of God. Based on 2 Kings 4, the leader of the Work said: “No devil, no obstacle, no creditor, nothing and no one separate you from the Lord.” The last day of the 27th National Convention of the WMM in the Continue reading–– September 2016 / Impacto evangelístico
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United States began with a worship in which Sister Carmen Valencia de Martinez preached once again the Gospel of God. Later, Rev. Arturo Hernandez spoke about the growth of the Work and highlighted that there are currently 149 churches and 87 white fields in the US. The closing of the event was led by Rev. Jose Soto, International Vice President of the Worldwide Missionary Movement, who preached the Word of the Lord through the message “The Work of the Holy Spirit” l September 2016 / Impacto evangelístico
Pothos: Mónica López
BE STRONG IN THE BATTLE With the presence of five zones, the WMM in Mexico held its 14th National Convention. International officers attended the event.
nder the motto “Be Strong in the Battle,” the 14th National Convention of Mexico was held from July 28 to July 31, in San Lorenzo Almecatla, Puebla. The activity was attended by different international officers, such as Rev. Gustavo Martinez (International President of the Work), Rev. Ruben Concepcion, Rev. Margaro Figueroa, Rev. Alvaro Garavito, Rev. Arturo Hernandez (Supervisor in the United States) and other men of God from Peru and Guatemala. International Officer Rev. Ruben Concepcion opened this Christian activity after the first presentation, caMISSIONARY MOVEMENT 52 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
lled “Gilgal” (Joshua 5: 9). The other officers preached the Gospel as well, with topics such as “God Asks Us to Walk in Perfection” or “We Were No People.” Special services were held on Saturday and Sunday, such as a service for young people and a missionary service, in which 23 ministers were recognized and promoted (16 lay preachers, 6 licensed preachers and 1 ordained minister). At the closing of the activity, Rev. Margaro Figueroa shared his message: “When God calls: for what and whom” (Jeremiah 1: 4-10) l
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MY LEGACY Dozens of young Puerto Ricans lived three days of spiritual blessing during the National Convention aimed at the new members the WMM.
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nother edition of the National Youth Convention was held from July 7 to July 9 in the town of Trujillo Alto (La Finca), located in northeast Puerto Rico. Dozens of believers came from all over the island and received blessings from the Lord. This Christian activity, called “My Legacy,” gathered hundreds of young people in one place, along with several preachers, such as Brother Alejandro Gonzalez, Pastor Juan Jose Cotto and Rev. Jorge Alvarez. They shared different messages, such as “Untouchable Inheritance” and “Intimacy with God.” These to-
pics strengthened the many young attendees during the three days of Christian edification. One of the last messages was shared by Brother Alejandro Gonzalez, who shared the Word of the Lord based on Exodus 5: 9, 6: 2-3, 6-7. He urged the youth to keep their integrity and seek the presence of the Creator. By the end of the event, hundreds of young people were spiritually strengthened l September 2016 / Impacto evangelĂstico
GOD IS WRITING YOUR STORY
Nearly a dozen television channels and more than thirty radio stations in the Andean country broadcast the 17th National Convention of Bolivia.
ith an extraordinary march through the main streets of La Paz, a group of believers of the Worldwide Missionary Movement announced Christ in the 17th National Convention of Bolivia, held from June 30 to July 3. The event took place at the Julio Borelli stadium in the capital city, where hundreds of Bolivians received the blessings of the Almighty. The preaching of the Gospel was carried out by different International Officers. One of them was Rev. Humberto Henao, who shared the message “Rain is Coming” and urged the attendees to rain Almighty’s blessings. Another of the preachers, Rev. Romulo Vergara talk about maMISSIONARY MOVEMENT 56 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
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rriage in his preaching called “What Union Does.” On Saturday, July 2, a Pastors Meeting was held in the morning and a Worship of Communications in the evening, to encourage people to con-
tinue praying for new media for the Work. Sunday morning, a missionary service was held and 51 workers were promoted: 48 Lay Preachers, 1 Licensed Preacher and 2 Ordained Ministers l September 2016 / Impacto evangelístico
WORKING WHILE IT IS DAY
The National Fellowship of the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Argentina was held with great success in the city of Formosa. ith the attendance of faithful from Buenos Aires, Cordoba, Chubut, Salta, Mendoza, La Rioja, Santiago del Estero, Entre Rios, Corrientes and Catamarca, the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Argentina held its National Fellowship from July 15 to July 17 at the Estadio Cincuentenario, in the city of Formosa. In the National Fellowship of the WMM in Argentina, presided over by Rev. Ismael Parrado, Pastor Alejandro Valenzuela shared one of the most beautiful messages of the Lord. In his presentation, based on 1 Kings 8: 12-18, the servant spoke about the condition of our lives, what happens in the house of God and how we are to Him. Another important message was given by Sister Martha de Parrado, from the Church of Buenos Aires, who preached the Word of God through a message based on John 9: 4. The servant of the Lord encouraged the Christian community to use the opportunities offered by the Gospel l
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GREAT BATTLES AND GREAT VICTORIES
With the whole church of the WMM and pastors Enrique Centeno and Rosalba Merino, the 44th anniversary of the church of Bogota was celebrated.
f we could talk about all the wonders of God, surely the pages of the magazine would not be enough to describe the 44 years of the Church of the WMM in the city of Bogota. “It has been 44 years of battles, but also great victories”, was recalled on the anniversary of the congregation located in the 12 de Octubre neighborhood of the capital city. From this Work, missionaries and pastors have emerged, as well as great men and women of God, such as pastors Enrique Centeno and Rosalba Merino, who lead the Church. The sixth anniversary of Celestial Estereo was also celebrated. It is a media and a blessing for thousands of souls in Bogota and, thanks to the Internet, for the whole world l September 2016 / Impacto evangelístico
TRUE DIVINE EXPERIENCE More than a hundred people enjoyed the presence of God during a Fellowship Worship in the Central Church of Montevideo.
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eeking the Presence of God” was the motto chosen for the Fellowship Worship of Zone 1 that was held in the central church of the WMM in the Uruguayan capital. The phrase repeated by Rev. Alfonzo Martinez throughout the service. The activity took place on Sunday, July 17, in the neighborhood of La Union and was presided over by the Supervisor of the Work in Uruguay, who preached the Word of God and urged to seek a true divine experience. More than a hundred brothers from several departments and localities bordering the capital gathered in La Union and received great blessing l
WOMEN FULL OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Work of God in the Netherlands held its National Fellowship of Women in the city of Almere. The purpose was to long for and seek the glory of the Lord.
lmere, a municipality located in the heart of the Netherlands, hosted on July 2 the National Fellowship of Women of the Worldwide Missionary Movement. The event was attended by the Dutch members of the Lord’s Work and was developed under the motto “Women Full of the Holy Spirit.”
Sister Ruth Paisible, from the WMM in the Netherlands, opened the event with a message of gratitude for all the attendees. Then, during the morning service, Sister Ruth Mostacero, from Italy, shared the good news through a message based on Luke 7: 36-50. Hours later, in the afternoon,
Rev. Ramon Ortega, pastor of the church in Torino, shared the Word of God through a message based on Acts 1: 8. In his speech, he emphasized that the women of the Work have to long for and seek the power of God, be filled with the Holy Spirit and witness the glory of the Lord l September 2016 / Impacto evangelístico
SEEKING THE HEIGHTS
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The WMM in Italy held its 4th National Youth Camp in Gavi, with the attendance of more than three hundred faithful.
he new members of the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Italy lived three days of joy in the 4th National Youth Camp. It was held under the motto “Seeking the Heights” from July 8 to July 10. More than three hundred people attended the event to worship God in the town of Gavi. The event was led by the members of the Board of Officers of the MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 62 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
WMM in Italy, who shared the Word of the Lord. The three-day event was also attended by special delegations of brothers from England, Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Belgium. The 4th National Youth Camp of the Worldwide Mission Movement in Italy was broadcast live in all five continents by Bethel Television, the channel for the happiness of the family l
CHILE REGIONAL FELLOWSHIP OF CHILDREN
The First Regional Fellowship of Children in Santiago de Chile was held on July 16, under the motto “Knowing the Voice of God.” The event was attended by Pastor Owen Donoso and his wife Patricia Correa, from the municipality of Cerrillos, and Sister Jenni Duarte, from the municipality of San Bernardo. About eighty children, aged 3 to 9, from the municipalities of San Bernardo, Cerrillos, Yungay and Santiago Centro attended the regional meeting, too. They were taught the importance of recognizing God’s voice, through praises, dramas and a message by Sister Priscila Martinezthat touched their small hearts. Children belong to Christ! Glory to God! l
PARAGUAY ELIM INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE
It was almost two weeks of training, from June 28 to July 8, with more than fifty students. For this occasion, the following teachers came from Puerto Rico: Rev. Albert J. Rivera Ortiz (National Supervisor of the WMM in Puerto Rico), Rev. Juan E. Casiano Serrano; Rev. Jaime I. Rivera Rodriguez, Rev. Roberto Cuadrado Carrion and Sister Eunice Lozada Resto (secretary and professor of the Elim International Institute). Rev. Luis Rivera, National Supervisor of the WMM in Paraguay, was pleased with the visit of the teachers who brought edification and instruction to all the participants in this intensive Bible course l
SWITZERLAND EVANGELISTIC CAMPAIGN IN LAUSANNE
A glorious Evangelistic Campaign was held on June 18 in the city of Lausanne. It began with the topic “Arise, Take Up Thy Bed and Walk” (John 5: 8). The activity was attended by Sister Benila Zephyr de Boupin, from Haiti; Sister Ruth Sueiro, a missionary in Switzerland; Sister Rebeca Yamberla, from the city of Lausanne, and residents of the city of Geneva. They were two services full of the glory of God, one in the morning and the other in the evening. Sister Benila Zephyr de Boupin preached in the two services. The first topic was “Take Up Thy Bed and Walk,” based on John 5: 8. In the evening, she preached about the topic “The Plan of Salvation; Sin, the Consequences of Sin and the Diseases Brought by Sin,” based on Romans 5:12 l
INDIA MISSIONARY TRIP TO INDIA AND NEPAL
On May 23, reverends Samuel Mejia, Humberto Henao and Carlos Guerra went to India to attend the National Convention, which took place in Tamil Nadu, in the south of the country, from May 26 to May 29. The activity was attended by delegations from all the 320 churches in the country and forty new workers. After the event in India, Rev. Samuel Mejia visited the Work in Sri Lanka, while reverends Humberto Henao and Carlos Guerra visited some churches in Chennai, Patna and New Delhi. They then traveled to Nepal, crib of Buddhism. In spite of the high temperatures (42 and 44 °C) and the limitations of the villages, the Work of the WMM is firm and identified with the vision that God has given. We would like to thank Rev. Sam Jacob and his family for their care and hospitality, Pastor Eappen (Padna) for his company and interpretation into Hindi, and of course pastors Henao and Guerra for their contribution in India and Nepal l
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THE EROTICIZATION OF CHILDREN
Dangerous fashion of these times. Stark trade mechanisms invade the world of girls and boys showing them as merchandise and offering inappropriate and indecent products.
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xperts, psychologists, doctors, educators and consumer organizations have been complaining for years, but their complaint seems to be ignored by social and economic bodies: the eroticization of children is a trend known for two decades and, despite its gravity, it only gets worse and spreads into new fertile domains. The complaint made by Facua, a consumer organization, against supermarket chain Carrefour for marketing a bikini for girls with foam in the bra and advertising it through a hypersexualized minor has brought the matter to light for a few days and has caused widespread outrage. A similar garment was put on sale by textile chain Primark a few years ago, which following the scandal and a court order had to put the stock away in its warehouses. So this is not news, as these kind of situations tend to repeat in a loop that seems to be better embraced by a society that keeps promoting the sexual image of minors, especially girls. Child psychologists warn that they are facing more and more cases of girls depressed or anguished by their desire to adapt to the most sexualized western canons of beauty. They do not feel at ease with themselves because they do not have large breast or the ideal face shown in media and advertising campaigns. Childhood years seem to get shorter and, all of a sudden, concerns of girls resemble more those of teenagers.
In 2011, Vogue made a risky marketing move by posting a signature clothing photo shoot using girls dressed as if they were adult women, with excessive makeup, high heels and poses giving off sensuality. Critical voices from the media soon complained about the article, which was “a gift for pedophiles.” The same year, Moschino unleashed an anger week against the campaign of its perfume “Oh, Lola!” for which 17-yearold actress Dakota Fanning posed in a provoking and explicit way. She was holding between her legs the bottle of the essence, in a somewhat artificial and revealing way, leaving very little to the imagination. This is not, however, exclusive to just advertising. The new idols of children, launched from the world of music and TV shows, are girls that dress up like Shakira or Beyoncé, that are familiar with the concept of “sexy” and that show their emerging curves with pride. Singers and performers Miley Cyrus and Selena Gomez are paradigmatic examples. Both became popular thanks to Disney shows Hannah Montana and Wizards of Waverly Place, respectively. However, once their TV career was over, they decided to keep an image closely linked to fashion and beauty, going from girls to women with unusual anxiety. This was exacerbated by the problem that child stars often experience as they grow: eventual failure.
SEXUALIZED BY FASHION Scandals such as the one caused by the Carrefour bikini and its graphic campaign remind us of others. In 2007, the community of Madrid censured an Armani Junior campaign for “inciting sexual tourism.” In the photograph, two Asian girls in bikini were displaying their tiny bodies in haunting ambiguity.
THE DRASTIC TRANSITION OF MILEY CYRUS Miley Cyrus did not hesitate to pose nude for Vanity Fair. She was only 16 years old and the picture was a statement: sweet Hannah Montana was dead and buried. This was a sharp and oiled marketing move aimed to change her image under the prestigious baton of photographer An-
nie Leibovitz. The rejection of this new sensual and stripped Miley did not take long to come, but the singer got what she wanted: to jump to the top league of mass pop stars without touching the muddy waters of the transition from child to adult. Her case made Americans, true trend hunters, come up with the term â€œtweenâ€? to identify a new emerging market: boys and girls between 8 and 13, too old to be children, too young to be teenagers. This is the range most exposed to hypersexualization. Child beauty pageants, makeup packaged as candy, advertising campaigns with girls as adults, idols dressed with eroticism
and references in publications forcing women to be perfect interfere with the development of girls. They feel, from a young age, worried about how to be attractive to men, instead of how to enhance skills for their personal development. Likewise, these factors become the perfect reinforcement for sexist ideas of women being inferior to men and for linking the female image to a purpose of pleasure and mere decoration. The dust cloud stirred up by the Carrefour bikini shows that the issue is still in the air and that there seem to be no dikes containing a reality that has tarnished childhood, leaving children to their fate l
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