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The Value of “Philippians”
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Today’s education makes the mistake of removing it
THE MARGINALIZATION OF
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PAYING ATTENTION TO THE VOICE OF THE LORD
Rev. Gustavo Martínez International President of the WMM
“He that is of God heareth God's words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God.” John 8:47
e must not let our minds be fi-
confusion. God’s voice is the light we
lled with different concepts or
beliefs when we already turned to God
We should focus and pay attention to
and His word is part of us; we know what
God’s voice. For example, in Matthew
we should or should not do. For this rea-
7:24-29, two builders heard how to build
son, we should not hear any other voice;
their houses, but only one followed
we should separate ourselves from those
God’s sayings and built his house upon
voices; we must not allow people to con-
a rock; when the crisis came, the house
fuse us. Sometimes we are walking on
endured. Unfortunately, the other man
the right path and someone comes and
did not follow all the instructions and
whispers in our ears and makes us feel
he did not build the house upon a rock,
confused. That person gives us some
therefore, after the floods came, he had
bad advice to confuse us and to stop us
nothing but ruins.
from completing our projects.
We have to learn who to hear and
That is why it is so important to know
how to hear. The prophet Samuel said
who to hear and ask for help. Sheep
to Saul: “Hath the Lord as great delight
know the voice of their shepherd, the
in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in
voice of the Lord. It does not matter how
obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold,
many voices are around you, you will
to obey is better than sacrifice, and to
only recognize God’s voice, since you
hearken than the fat of rams” (1 Samuel
are close to Him and you cannot be mis-
15:22). For this reason, our ears must
taken about it. There are many people
pay attention. We should be in places
wanting to imitate the voice of God, but
where we can only hear God’s voice and
His voice is unique and does not bring
where He can appear. Amen l
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THE MARGINALIZATION OF THE BIBLE Many educators are trying to remove God and the Bible from education. It comes as no surprise that biblical principles and morals are not considered mandatory. David Jeremiah (*)
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It is very easy for Christians who are committed to being submissive to leaders to be lured into thinking that our leader’s lukewarmness toward the Bible is the example they should follow. If civil authorities decide to marginalize the Word of God, Christians have to give themselves a wakeup call. Even though my leaders in my culture want to marginalize God’s Word, I am responsible as a steward of God to uphold his Word.
he so-called New England Primer was first published between 1687 and 1690, and it was based on another book entitled The Protestant Tutor. It contained spiritual guidelines and teachings for children, all founded on biblical principles. It was said about this book: “It is the single most influential Christian textbook in history; most scholars agree that most, if not all, of the American Founding Fathers were taught to read and write using the New England Primer.” This first primer was widely used in the 18th and 19th centuries, but was gradually replaced by another series known as the McGuffey Readers several volumes about basic alphabet and reading skills for children. It was produced by a man named William Mcafee, born at the beginning of the 19th century and raised in the state of Ohio within a devoted Christian family. He had an excellent education and was hired to write four reading books for elementary students. These books were published in 1837, and his brother added two more volumes in the 1840s. Millions of American children learned to read with them. The original editions of the McGuffey Readers presented learning from a biblical foundation and used its lessons to reinforce biblical principles of morality and life, but after the death of William Mcafee in 1873, his readers un-
derwent a radical revision. America was changing into a pluralist society, a melting pot of religions and worldviews, and the six volumes of the readers, plus the primers and spelling books, were made totally secular. Then came modern 20th century education, under the influence of John Dewey, the father of progressive American education. Dewey was born in 1859 and died in 1952. He was a psychologist and a philosopher who was most responsible for how American children are educated today. The results are obvious. MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 8 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE In 1920s and 1930s, American education changed from the didactic transfer of knowledge to the modern view that experience is what drives the acquisition of knowledge. God said, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge…” (Hosea 4: 6). Israel was not destroyed for delivering knowledge, but for abandoning it. The people perish not because they elevated knowledge, but because they elevated experience over knowledge, and Jesus rebuked the religious leaders for taking away the key of knowledge (Luke 11: 52).
The correct relationship between knowledge and experience is set forth clearly in the book of Deuteronomy: “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart. And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they
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shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates” (Deuteronomy 6: 4-9). The Scriptures state: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction” (Proverbs 1: 7). In the modern education system, especially at college, didactic education is a thing of the past. The modern way of teaching states that people must learn through experience without being told what the truth is, that they must be given lots of information instead and figure it out on their own. To teach people what the truth is you must never do in the modern educational setting. Nowadays, it is almost impossible to
read the Bible at school. The Bible has been downgraded. From being a rule of faith and practice, the Bible became a relic of history, a cultural icon used to illustrate the narrowmindedness of people who founded that nation. But there is something more worrisome. If somewhere between 75 % and 85 % of Americans identify themselves as Christians, how could the Bible be marginalized in the life of this nation? What would make some people willing to give their lives to preserve and spread the Bible? And what has changed in today’s church that so many are willing to distance themselves from the Bible, willing to allow the Bible to become marginalized in their church, even in
Nowadays, in the United States, it is almost impossible to read the Bible at school. The Bible has been downgraded. From being a rule of faith and practice, the Bible became a relic of history, a cultural icon used to illustrate the narrowmindedness of people who founded that nation.
their own lives? Here we present some reasons that explain why we see the Bible moving out of the center place even in the churches that many of us are acquainted with: 1. The example of leaders and authorities. When it comes to civil or government authorities, Christians are to be submissive to them, as we read in Romans 13: 1-7 and 1 Peter 2: 13-17, but how far does that go? Until recent years, most citizens were at least familiar with the Bible friendly history of America’s founding. The original pilgrim founders came to the new world in search of religious freedom, a principle robustly embraced by the framers of the constitution. In
other words, for the first 200 years of our history, it was easy to be a Christian in America, but things have drastically changed. The Bible is no longer quoted or referenced in the halls of government or education, as it was in the beginning. It is very easy for Christians who are committed to being submissive to leaders to be lured into thinking that our leader’s lukewarmness toward the Bible is the example they should follow. If civil authorities decide to marginalize the Word of God, Christians have to give themselves a wakeup call. Even though my leaders in my culture want to marginalize God’s Word, I am responsible as a steward of God to uphold his Word. 2. The price of loyalty. Many Chris-
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The main concern is that the entertainment culture, with its emphasis on talk show hosts, attention spans, the latest in high tech wizardry and gimmickry can leave precious little time on a Sunday morning for the teaching and preaching of the Word of God.
tians in repressive nations are risking their lives today for the privilege of having one page or even one small portion of the Bible. Those who are loyal to the Word of God may pay a price. They may be mocked or ridiculed or they may even suffer physically. A Christian who attends a city council meeting and expresses their strong biblical conviction may be laughed at; a Christian teenager who takes their Bible for an after school Bible study may be ridiculed by his peers; a Christian legislator who rises to present a bill and argues from a biblical perspective may be accused of violating Church-State MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 12 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
separation; any or all of these Christians may be labeled as religious fanatics. For some, the pressure is just too strong, the price to pay is too high. 3. The fear of the shame. Many Christians today are afraid or ashamed to be identified as followers of Christ because of the intellectual credibility one might lose for being a Bible believer. Peter states, “Be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear” (1 Peter 3: 15). Jesus has strong words for those who are ashamed of the Word of God: “For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and
of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed...” (Luke 9: 26). 4. The fear of offense. If America has a new religion, surely it must be the religion of tolerance. Tolerance says that all religions deserve equal respect. No problem there, but post-modernism essentially says that all religions are equally valid and true since life and history had no central story, no central script by which all other stories are measured. This can very confusing, very guilt inducing to any Christian who was grown up in this pluralist soup that we have been living in over the last several decades. Jesus said, “I am the way, the
truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14: 6). Nowadays, we have become fearful of offending any who might not agree with us. If a preacher is afraid to say what the Bible says about heaven and hell for fear of offending some wealthy donors, or if the Christian politician is afraid to identify himself with the truth of the Bible for fear of losing votes, those people have agreed with our culture that the Bible is offensive and should be moved to the edge of the discussion. But the Bible is offensive only to those who are offended by its message. “For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God” (1 Corinthians 1: 18). 5. The fear of competition. The main concern is that the entertainment culture, with its emphasis on talk show hosts, attention spans, the latest in high tech wizardry and gimmickry can leave precious little time on a Sunday morning for the teaching and preaching of the Word of God. In Acts 2: 42, the very first item on the list that characterized the assembly of the first churches in Jerusalem was the steadfastness in the Apostles’ doctrine. Nowadays, it is up to us to make the Word of God a priority in the life of the church, from children’s Sunday school to adult classes and every home group. There is no reason for not duplicating what appear to have been the pattern of the early church: the careful reading and explaining of the Apostles’ letters as they circulated through the new churches in the first century. Today we call it expository preaching, but it is nothing more than taking followers of Jesus through the same Apostles’ doctrine that the early church learned and watching believers grow in that environment. The Bible is being marginalized in our culture and our churches. From a cultural perspective, simple observation proves it. We see it in the halls of government, education, business. There are exceptions, of course l
The Bible is being marginalized in our culture and our churches. From a cultural perspective, simple observation proves it. We see it in the halls of government, education, business. There are exceptions, of course.
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Isaiah 8: 3
From spoken languages in the world,
2900 have at least
is the longest name in the Bible.
one book of the Bible. The Earth is described as spherical in the Bible before this was discovered. Many centuries before it was proved that the earth was round, this was already writte in the Bible . Isaiah 40:22 (KJV) states: “It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in”. Note the phrase “circle of the earth”. The best-selling book of all time
About 5 or 6 trillion copies were sold. Approximately 50 Bibles are sold every minute around the world. But it is also one of the most stolen things in the world.
260 years later
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The Bible exists since the year 443 BC, when the 39 books of Hebrews were completed.
In 1384, John Wycliffe, who was an English pastor, professor of the Oxford University, translator and expert in philosophy, translated the Bible to English for the ﬁrst time.
The Bible in English was written by hand almost entirely.
One of the greatest inventions in history was the ﬁrst printing press. This is possibly the reason why the Bible can be found easily nowadays. Johannes Gutenberg was the inventor of the ﬁrst printing press in 1455.
The Printing Press
The first Bible in English
260 years later, the Greek New Testament was completed. From that moment on, the Bible suffered many changes. These changes were done to correct history facts and to make it comprehensible to different nations.
L'origine du mot « Bible » Il vient du grec et signiﬁe « les livres ».
1455 The ﬁrst book to be printed was Gutenberg’s Bible. It was printed in Latin and faultlessly designed.
What is the original language? The Old Testament was originally written in Hebrew and the New Testament in Greek.
There is + de 240 939 430
The first name that God gave was not “Eve”. The ﬁrst name God gave was Sarah, the wife of Abraham. Genesis 17:15 states: “And God said unto Abraham, As for Sarai thy wife, thou shalt not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall her name be.”
devices that have downloaded an App to read the Bible. The Apps offer more than 1300
The oldest and most read book in the world
It is one of the oldest books to be published in the world. The production of the modern Bible has suffered many changes throughout history.
New Accession to the Crown
The Queen Elizabeth from England died and left the Crown to King Kames in 1603. Citizens felt safe with Queen Elizabeth and were afraid of the next coronation.
Presentation of the Bible
As James found a place in Monarchy, he was confronted by many political and religious associations; one of them promoted the idea of translating the Bible to the language they spoke back then.
eople do not have the entire Bible in their native language; of them do have the New Testament at their disposal and others only some parts of the Bible, or at least the translation is being made.
La version du Roi Jacques
In the world
King James assigned this task to the 50 most recognized experts in language nationwide and set the rules to avoid any kind of mistake in the translation. This great feat was made in 1511.
It has survived wars, divisions, rises and falls of many governments. The Bible has resisted over time.
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WHY DID COLOMBIA VOTE NO?
The Colombian Government thought that the “YES” would win, but they did not consider the evangelical minority of about 10 million people. Halinisky Sanchez Meneses (*)
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most Colombians. There are, however, more than just Catholics in the country. At the dawn of the republic, General Santander intended to promote Protestantism; in 1825, English missionaries even tried to create a public policy concerning literacy, but Catholicism quickly stifled the initiative. Throughout history, the other Christians the Evangelicals, who gathered in different groups despite their similarities and differences entered the Colombian territory on several occasions. We know that the Baptist Church of San Andrés, which dates back to 1847, was the first evangelical temple in Colombia.
ne of the most common mistakes of governments concerning the Christian community is assuming that it is homogeneous. Christianity is heterogeneous. Christians are Catholics, Protestants, Mennonites, Evangelicals, Orthodox, etc. Colombia was colonized by Roman Catholicism; everybody knows the story. For better or for worse, Catholicism shaped the public morals and ethics of
WHO ARE THE EVANGELICALS? In the past, Roman Catholicism described Evangelicals as heretics and enemies of the sacrosanct Roman Church. Communists accused them of being imperialism agents, and the creole elite, which has governed for more than 200 years, has considered them ignorant, backward, stupid and religious fanatics. This minority kept increasing quietly in the countryside and among the Colombian working classes with their unique world view and interpretation of the Scriptures. They were fiercely persecuted by the Catholics under the auspices
Christians are neither uribist nor stupid, backward or ignorant, as the Government assumes. This prideful and stubborn behavior made the Government believe that they could win the plebiscite without a minority that has ten million votes.
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There is shameful discrimination among the Colombian minorities. Elite minorities, such as the LGBT, have all the guarantees, support and assistance of the Government. The other minorities, such as Evangelicals, Jews, Gypsies, Muslims and Afro-Latin Americans are second-class and the governing elite treats them as such.
of the confessional constitution of 1886 and cruelly murdered by Marxist guerrillas across the national territory. It should be noted that Colombia is ranked 46th in the worldwide ranking of countries that persecute Christians, according to the Protestant press. Even though there are no official statistics, it is known that hundreds of pastors are murdered by groups outside the law in Colombia. This suffering population is victimized over and over again by invisibilization and historical bullying. They were politically recognized for the first time in 1990, in the Constituent Assembly where different members were elected to guarantee the freedom of religion as a fundamental right. Thanks to this new constitutional reality, many evangelical churches increased exponentially and they are now one of the fastest growing minorities. Official data show that about 10 million Colombians consider themselves Evangelical Christians. Evangelicals have inflexible moral principles such as the respect for life, the value of monogamous, heterosexual families, personal freedom, private property, community solidarity and freedom of religion. Due to this population of respectable citizens, President Santos lost the plebiscite by which he tried to legitimize his peace treaty with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). Christians are neither uribist nor stupid, backward or ignorant, as the Government assumes. This prideful and stubborn behavior made the Government believe
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that they could win the plebiscite without a minority that has ten million votes. On August 11, 2016, through mass marches, Evangelicals sent a clear message to the Government of Santos: We will not accept a peace treaty that questions our monogamous and heterosexual vision of a family. We exist, listen to us! But President Santos, drunk with power, underestimated them. As if that was not enough, he implemented the gender ideology under the euphemism of ‘gender context.’ Did Juan Manuel Santos and the FARC truly believe that Evangelicals would vote for a
treaty that mentions LGBT movements 140 times within public policy, while Evangelicals are not mentioned once? There is shameful discrimination among the Colombian minorities. Elite minorities, such as the LGBT, have all the guarantees, support and assistance of the Government. The other minorities, such as Evangelicals, Jews, Gypsies, Muslims and Afro-Latin Americans are secondclass and the governing elite treats them as such. President Santos was told more than once not to run the risk with such a low approval to a mechanism of citizen par-
ticipation. He underestimated the 10 million Evangelicals and bet on “Colombia Diversa.” The Bogota elite keeps thinking that we are a secular society, but we are not: we are a rural, working-class, conservative, culturally Christian (even if not always with actions) country. The Government surrounded itself with Claudia López, Armando Benedetti and Gina Parody, but they are not enough to pacify the country. Ten million tattered, backward, fanatic and medieval Evangelicals also have an ID card and know very well how to use it. This was proved on October 2, 2016 l
(*) Taken from the website www.las2orillas.co
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ever is the increase of body temperature above normal values and it is accompanied by a fast heart and respiratory rate as a reaction of the organism to some disease, generally infectious. Normal body temperature ranges from 36 °C to 37 °C. We can talk about fever when body temperature is higher than 38 °C, but if it rises below that value we speak of febricula, a low-grade fever. Body temperature is usually at its lowest at 6 a.m. and at its highest between 4 and 6 p.m. The average body temperature in adults is 36.8 ± 0.4 °C. In children, it may fluctuate during the day at the highest levels, while in the elderly the ability to generate high body temperatures is reduced. Fever above 38 °C or accompanied by other symptoms must be treated, particularly in the case of very high temperatures (> 39 °C) or febrile seizures in children, pregnant women and people with heart, respiratory or brain diseases. In the case of mild fever, treatment shows no clear benefits and in many cases may hide important information for medical diagnosis. Our body keeps a constant temperature thanks to a thermoregulatory center located in the brain (hypothalamus). When, for some reason, the thermoregulatory center establishes a temperature higher than normal, fever and other symptoms occur. The increase of temperature in the brain produces many phenomena in our body: chills (muscle contractures), contraction of blood vessels (paleness), cold sensation, general malaise or enervation. Hormone release from glands such as the thyroid and the adrenal also occur; they command our body to increase the metabolism and body temperature and, as a result, blood vessels dilate, the person turns red and sweaty, heart and respiratory rate increase and body temperature rises. Fever as such is not a disease, but the symptom of a disease. In most cases, it is related to infections, but there are many other causes that may produce it, such as inflammatory disorders, autoimmune diseases, neoplasms, etc. However, we must first rule out its association with an infectious disease such as viral, which are the most frequent.
THE DREADED FEVER The fever as such is not a disease, but the symptom of a disease. In most cases, it is related to infections, but there are many other causes that may produce it.
Walter Menchola Vásquez
Temperature is usually measured with a clinical thermometer, with a scale graduated from 34 °C to 42 °C. Mercury is generally used in the bulb of the thermometer, as it is a liquid metal that rises in the stem from body heat. The time required to take the temperature is three minutes. There are countries that have banned the use of mercury thermometers due to the possibility of accidents and the toxicity of this metal. In cases of fever, besides lowering the temperature, it is important to take it three times a day, because the information obtained will be extremely valuable to guide the doctor in the diagnosis. Before taking an oral temperature, wait for 30 minutes after eating and make sure that the thermometer is clean and the mercury level is below 34 °C; otherwise, it will be necessary to shake the thermometer down. Place the bulb of the thermometer under the tongue and keep lips closed for 3 to 5 minutes. In children, it is advisable to use a digital or electronic thermometer or, in case of using a mercury thermometer, take the temperature from the armpit. To take the axillary temperature, fix the thermometer in the underarm and place the arm and forearm on the chest, then wait between 3 to 5 minutes.
One of the symptoms that alarm most parents is the presence of very high fever in their children, who in some cases may even convulse. When the child or adult has high fever (> 39 °C), remember first not to wrap them up. Take their clothes off and make sure the room is cool; otherwise, their temperature will increase. Body loses heat through radiation, conduction and sweating, and all these physical phenomena occur with intensity and speed when the body surface is not covered (without clothes) and comes in contact with the environment. We may also apply cloths soaked in saline solution or water on the body; warm water is better, as it is less aggressive than cold water. Alcohol offers no advantage, as it results in the vaporization of the liquid. Wet cloths can be applied to head, thorax and abdomen. This should be combined with massages to induce vasodilation. Immersion in ice-cold baths is applied only in severe cases of fever (42 °C) that may compromise the person’s life, and as a last resort. Other alternative are cooling blankets, which should be removed when temperatures reach 37.7 °C to avoid skin vasoconstriction. These measures should be accompanied by the use of antipyretic drugs, which take time to take effect. Acetaminophen is the drug of choice in children and must be administered according to age and weight. It should be also remembered that the decrease in temperature will produce chills, so the patient should be moderately covered. In addition, the patient must drink plenty of water, stay in a cool environment and rest. Consult your doctor if the temperature does not decrease within 24 hours l
Walter Menchola Vásquez, Internist and Master in Management and Public Policy Reference: Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine; Guyton, Medical Physiology.
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THE IMPORTANCE OF MISSIONARY WORK The Worldwide Missionary Movement celebrated the Mission Day on September 24 under the theme “The Voice We Are Passionate about Is the Love for Souls.” On this important day, Rev. Gustavo Martínez, President of the Work, sent an important message.
e are aware that missionary work is very important and noble, but we also need to spend a little more time supporting this task, by preaching, encouraging workers, and so on. The Work of the Lord needs this valuable contribution and our prayer and intercession. It is our duty to present the Lord Jesus Christ as the only means of salvation for mankind. In the world, many voices have proclaimed themselves Christs, prophets or bearers of a message that can help humanity; but it is not true, because no gospel that can bring salvation and eternal life, but the pure Gospel that the Lord Jesus Christ left to humanity. The Church’s main purpose is to share the good news of salvation, hope and solution to the spiritual problem of each soul. Therefore, the presentation of the Gospel must be a priority for Christians, despite opposition, philosophies and any other circumstance that may arise trying to keep us quiet. God ordered the Church to provide spiritually for all the people in the world: “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved,” says the Lord. We are a community, a people who has understood that our reason for living is evangelistic and missionary. That is the main reason why the Church exists on Earth. It must preach and proclaim the message of the good news on a local, national and global basis. This Word cannot be contained between four walls or in a city. This Gospel must be spread because humanity requires and MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 22 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
needs forgiveness and salvation. The Lord’s church must live fully committed to using all the resources that the Lord has made available to it, and to putting all its strength and energy under the direction of the Spirit, in order to preach while it is day, because at night work cannot be done. We are a people called to serve the Lord. This is our reason, our commitment. It is not an option, but part of our gratitude and duty as an existing Church; we cannot be silent but we have to proclaim the virtues of the One who called us out of the darkness into His marvelous light. Missionary work is not just a thing. It is something that the Church must carry on with and out. It is its main and most important task to be performed on Earth. How could we, as a Church, remain calm and enjoy comfort and an apparent peace, if there is fight all over? How should this work be done when the crowds are like wayward, shepherdless sheep? Keeping the message to ourselves, instead of sharing it is a very serious crime against those who are still in dense darkness and spiritual ignorance. Matthew reveals that Christ traveled all the provinces and was in contact with all the people who came from different regions. Christ could see the deep need in each heart, as he saw it in that Samaritan woman. Avoiding the responsibility of preaching the Gospel in season and out of season is like postponing the blessing to thousands of people. Today we have to prepare our heart l
We are a community, a people who has understood that our reason for living is evangelistic and missionary. That is the main reason why the Church exists on Earth. It must preach and proclaim the message of the good news on a local, national and global basis. This Word cannot be contained between four walls or in a city.
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PHILIPPIANS The book, by writer William Hendriksen, contains commentaries that were scrupulously and carefully outlined by its author on the epistle of the apostle Paul.
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he search for tranquility is on, and is on in a big way. In order to obtain peace of mind, Americans are swallowing tons of tranquilizers. In addition to drugs, there are tranquilizing books. These have become best sellers overnight, single additions running into the hundreds of thousands. Such peacefulizers may do more harm than good. If anyone wants to know how to obtain true peace of heart and mind, they must turn to the
Epistle to the Philippians where this is written. “Philippians,” by evangelical writer William Hendriksen, contains a series of commentaries based on the Holy Scriptures. They were scrupulously and carefully written by the author on the epistle of the apostle Paul. The valuations and opinions of Hendriksen, who took into account archaeological discoveries for its publication, are organized in such a way that they can meet the theological needs and answer the questions of both pastors and believers. We cannot make the most of the study of the Epistle to the Philippians without a knowledge of the history and geography of Philippi. The city of Philippi, founded by Philip, was about ten miles inland from the Gulf of Neapolis (present-day Kavala), northeast of the island of Thassos in the Aegean Sea. To reach Philippi by sea, it was necessary to enter the port called Neapolis (“new city”, like many other Greek colonies) and later renamed Christopolis, probably because it was there where Paul arrived carrying the gospel of Christ. Divided into two main parts, William Hendriksen’s book includes a complete introduction that addresses Philippians’ historical context, date, authorship, purpose and theme. It also contains a draft showing the organic structure of the Epistle to the Philippians. Likewise, in all his commentaries, the author provides a fresh and reliable translation from the original Greek. Written with erudition and simplicity at the same time, the book is a work tool for the global evangelical community.
Philippians belongs to a group of four epistles Colossians, Philemon, Ephesians, and Philippians that are commonly known as the “epistles of captivity.” In them, Paul writes for the first time as a prisoner. As we read these letters, we note how profoundly affected the writer was by his imprisonment.
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William Hendriksen, an exegete with a long career, sets out his vision on the writings of the apostle Paul in his book “Philippians.” In this respect, he emphasizes in his commentaries that, “When writing or preaching, the character of the message will be affected by the preacher’s opinion of his readers or listeners. There will be a difference whether you consider them righteous or great sinners...”
BIBLE STUDY In his second missionary journey (50-51 to 53-54 AD), Paul, accompanied by Silas and Timothy, reached Troas, a city in the southern part of what is believed to be the site of ancient Troy. Although Troas is now a desolate ruin, in the time of the apostle it was one of the most important ports of Asia. The ship on which they made the journey had to pass very close to the Hellespont on its direct route to the island of Samothrace. The next day, the group arrived at Neapolis, the port of Philippi, where their fast journey of only two days ended. From Neapolis, the missionaries continued on foot to Philippi. “Philippians,” which was first published by Baker Book House in 1962, offers practical and doctrinal considerations that will help God’s ministers in the preparation of their preaching and will also contribute to the Bible study of believers. In addition, this book addresses several problems of more specialized character through critical notes. Thus, a complete and adequate treatment of this Bible book of the New Testament is assured. One day, when Paul was in prison, he received a pleasant visit. The visitor was Epaphroditus, one of the leaders of the church of Philippi, who had been sent to Paul as delegate from that church. He brought with him a generous donation from the Philippians. If he made the trip by land, he must have crossed a distance comparable to the one between New York and Chicago. Anyway, whether by sea or land, he had to travel over 800 miles. However, because of the radical difference between their means of transport and ours today, it took the messenger of Philippi much longer than it would take us now. William Hendriksen, a well-known evangelical scholar and famous writer of commentaries on the Scriptures, authored a series of publications that addressed half of the New Testament books. Born on November 18, 1900, Hendriksen has been described as one of the leading and most respected commentators of the Bible. In his long existence, until his death on January 12, 1982, he served the Lord through a ministry that combined evangelization with written communication. FROM PRISON Philippians belongs to a group of four epist-
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les Colossians, Philemon, Ephesians, and Philippians that are commonly known as the “epistles of captivity.” In them, Paul writes for the first time as a prisoner. As we read these letters, we note how profoundly affected the writer was by his imprisonment. However, he is not discouraged. Is he not the prisoner of Christ Jesus, whose magnificence he speaks about in this letter and in Colossians and Ephesians? It is clear, therefore, that Colossians, Philemon, and Ephesians belong to the same group, and were probably given to their respective addressees by the same person, Tychicus. Hendriksen, born in the Netherlands, stated in his writing on Philippians, “The structure of the letters found in the New Testament is different from the one used today. Our letters end with the name of the sender, whereas in the times of Paul it was at the beginning. It is necessary to emphasize that this was the model used in the cultured society of the days of Paul. The apostle simply poured his Christian message into the conventional molds, a fact that is evident in Philippians.” PAUL’S HAND To the question “Who wrote Philippians?” we can easily answer: the apostle Paul. We read, indeed, that Timothy was associated with him. “Paul and Timothy, servants of
Jesus Christ, to all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi,” but from the fact that Paul expresses himself in the first-person singular throughout the entire epistle, it becomes evident that He bears full responsibility. So it was not Timothy the writer, but Paul. Scholars in general, over the centuries, have always regarded this letter as a genuine product of Paul’s mind and quill. William Hendriksen, an exegete with a long career, sets out his vision on the writings of the apostle Paul in his book “Philippians.” In this respect, he emphasizes in his commentaries that, “When writing or preaching, the character of the message will be affected by the preacher’s opinion of his readers or listeners. There will be a difference whether you consider them righteous
or great sinners. Paul avoids both sides. He regards his addressees as people in Christ (“the saints in Christ”).” There have been repeated efforts to make a methodical scheme of Philippians by establishing a central theme with its corresponding subdivisions. Many topics have been suggested; for example, the mind of Christ, the joy of Paul in Christ, and so on. But such subjects either lack peculiarity or err on the side of exclusivism. The truth is that here we have a genuine letter from the apostle Paul to his beloved church in Philippi. The writer moves from one subject to another as we do today when we write to our friends. What joins these points together is not this or that theme, but the Holy Spirit l October 2016 / Impacto evangelístico
HE TOUCHED ME With simple words and a powerful message, Bill Gaither’s song is a hymn that talks about the transforming power that the Lord displayed in his earthly life.
oming from a word widely used in the New Testament (“touch”), the song “He has touched me” is the perfect praise of the saving and redemptive work of Jesus Christ. Written by American singer and songwriter William J. Gaither in 1964, the evangelical ode was born after Rev. Dale Oldham, pioneer of religious broadcasting, prompted Gaither to write a song about the transforming power displayed by the Lord in his earthly life. With simple words and a powerful message, the composition of William Gaither, known in the evangelical world as Bill, was performed by renowned singer Doug Oldham, son of Rev. Dale Oldham and member of the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. Later, after having a great impact on the Christian community of the United States, it was recorded by the “Bill Gaither Trio,” composed of William, his wife Gloria and Michael English. Bill Gaither, who was born on March 28, 1936 in the city of Alexandria, is one
HE TOUCHED ME 1 Shackled by a heavy burden, 'Neath a load of guilt and shame. Then the hand of Jesus touched me, And now I am no longer the same. REFRAIN He touched me, Oh He touched me, And oh the joy that floods my soul! Something happened and now I know, He touched me and made me whole. 2 Since I met this blessed Savior, Since He cleansed and made me whole, I will never cease to praise Him, I'll shout it while eternity rolls. MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 28 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
of the most relevant figures in contemporary gospel music. He is the author of about seven hundred evangelical hymns and his work for the spread of the Gospel worldwide is widely valued in all five continents. In addition, along with his wife Gloria, writer and lecturer, he is responsible for the emergence and consolidation of countless gospel singers. Awarded in 2000 as the Christian Songwriter of the Century by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), Gaither began his musical ministry in 1956 with his brothers Mary Ann and Danny, with whom he formed a gospel trio. Later, in 1981, he created a quartet of great repercussion, which he called “The Gaither Vocal Band.” In 1991, he came up with a series of live concerts called “Homecomings,” which were well received around the world. The efforts made by Bill Gaither to encourage the spread of the Word have been greatly rewarded by the Lord. As a man of faith deeply committed to the Gospel, Gaither has been a member of the Gospel Music Hall of Fame since 1982. He was also winner of five Grammy awards and twenty-eight Dove awards created by the American “Gospel Music Association” and he holds a doctorate from the Indiana Wesleyan University. “He Touched Me”, an hymn that is popular still today, has been covered by many gospel bands and singers. Among them are singers such as Jimmy Durante, Connie Smith, Steven Curtis Chapman, Tom Netherton, Tennessee Ernie Ford, J. D. Sumner, and band such as The Blackwood Brothers, The Cathedral Quartet, The Statesmen Quartet, The Jordanaires and Planetshakers l
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THE MISSIONARY REUBEN Reuben Archer Torrey, American evangelist, went through a mundane stage, which he overcame until becoming a recognized preacher and a great diffuser of Christianity in Europe, Asia and Oceania. Ed Reese
Reuben Archer Torrey heard evangelist Dwight L. Moody internationally recognized in the nineteenth century preach. He motiva ted him to further deepen his studies of the Holy Scriptures. Torrey, along with his classmates, consulted with Moody on how to win people to Christ, and he replied, “Go at it! That’s the best way to learn!” MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 30 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
merican Reuben Archer Torrey’s life story is an example of the transforming power of the faith in God. Under the Lord’s purpose, Torrey became a renowned Christian educator, a diligent minister of Jesus Christ, a tireless preacher of the Gospel and a famous author of many works in favor of the spread of the good news. As a man of prayer, he was also a punctilious researcher of the Holy Scriptures and an exceptional soul-winner. His life, dedicated to the cause of God, is fully associated with the Creator. Torrey, born on January 28, 1856 in the city of Hoboken, was raised within an evangelical family. In his childhood, his parents, Elizabeth, an unconditional believer, and Reuben, a New York banker, taught him the basic principles of Christianity. With them, he also learned the value of prayer and respect for the Lord’s day. His family moved to Brooklyn when he was three and, seven years later, they moved again to a 200acre country home amid the uplands of New York State. Determined to be a lawyer by profession, Reuben Archer Torrey joined Yale University in 1871. Captivated by the mundane, his life went through a dark period where he turned away from God and was shipwrecked in the waters of evil. Influenced by the wrongdoing, his mind easily learned to move between earthly pleasures and luxuries. Alienated from any Christian goal in his early years at Yale, Torrey was known for being an expert dancer and a student
fascinated by gambling, social gatherings and any kind of pleasure. REDEEMED BELIEVER When Torrey’s life seemed to be stuck on the wrong path, one night in 1875, he dreamed his mother came to him asking him to preach the Gospel. His melancholy increased and had a sudden impulse to commit suicide. Uncontrolled, he hurried to the bathroom and looked for a razor or any other sharp instrument to hurt himself. However, he did
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not fulfill his objective. At that very moment, his mother, who was miles away, was pulled out of her bed by a divine power to pray for her son. Moments later, still upset, Reuben was gripped by a desire to talk to the Lord. He knelt and asked Jesus Christ to come into his heart. With a trembling but powerful voice he said, “Oh, God, deliver me from this burden… I’ll even preach.” Then, he returned to his room with a soothing peace settling over his
mind and his future plans were settled. Later, with his faith in God restored, he made a public profession of faith in the Yale chapel and embraced the good news. After his repentance, Torrey insisted on sharing his testimony with all the people who crossed his path and was soon recognized as a servant capable of inspiring great change among the lost sheep. In addition, he entered the Yale Divinity School to become a minister of
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the Lord. His first steps into the evangelical service were nervous and fearful, but, guided by Jesus Christ, he was able to speak about God and hold countless sermons to his classmates. While still a seminarian, Reuben Archer Torrey heard evangelist Dwight L. Moody internationally recognized in the nineteenth century preach. He motivated him to further deepen his studies of the Holy Scriptures. Torrey, along with his classmates, consulted with Moody on how to win people to Christ, and he replied, “Go at it! That’s the best way to learn!” Based on this advice, Reuben began to evangelize through biblical passages. Analyzing works by preacher Charles Finney also helped him in his work. BRILLIANT PASTOR Torrey was ordained a pastor in 1878 after completing his studies at the Yale Divinity School. He then took over a Christian temple in the village of Garrtsville, Ohio, where he remained until 1882. Some time later, he traveled to Germany to perfect his theological knowledge. There, he studied at the universities of Leipzig and Erlangen and emerged as a diligent student. As a man of broad faith, he became a sworn enemy of false doctrines and strengthened his traditional beliefs based on the Bible. In 1883, upon returning to the United States, Reuben took the reins of a church in Minneapolis, which under his supervision became a permanent source of salvation. Later, in 1887, he took charge of another temple in Minnesota where he also bore great fruits. At that time, by the hand of the Lord, Torrey experienced a remarkable spiritual growth that led him to master the Scriptures and perform a fruitful evangelizing work. Preacher Moody heard about him and invited him, in 1889, to become superintendent of the Moody Bible Institute of Chicago. In the emblematic Christian school founded by Rev. Moody, Torrey laid the foundations of contemporary theo-
logical formation and became one of its most notable leaders thanks to his efforts to spread the Gospel. After the death of Pastor Moody on December 22, 1899, he was automatically considered his ideal successor. Like Elisha, Reuben took the post left by his mentor and stood up as a meticulous preacher of the Holy Scriptures. He also awakened in Chicago a wave of faith and prayer that spread throughout the United States. In 1902, after thinking and rethinking about the possibility of God using him as a revival instrument, Reuben Archer contacted singer Charles M. Alexander, a former student from the Moody Bible Institute, to bring the Gospel to Oceania. The one-month trip led Torrey to preach in 50 different temples in Australia. After touching the Australian territory with the good news, he spent six months traveling across Tasmania and New Zealand, which fell at God’s feet as well. Later, Reuben carried on with his missionary journey and successfully preached the Word of the Lord in India, England, Ireland, Wales, China and Japan. It should be noted that, before returning home at the end of 1905, he had shared the creed of Christ with more than one million people, and had succeed in making more than 70 thousand nonbelievers surrender to God. Then, his desire to initiate a religious revival in North America led him to travel across the United States and Canada between 1906 and 1907. In 1911, he came back to Europe to talk about the Lord once again. In possession of a brilliant mind, Reuben Archer Torrey wrote forty religious books and practical writings on the Holy Spirit, prayer, salvation, soul winning and evangelism. At the age of 72, Torrey who was above all an evangelist committed to the cause of God that had preached the Gospel all around the world died on October 26, 1928 at his home in the city of Asheville. Outstanding in all the ways he served the Lord, Reuben gave his life to win souls for Christ’s flock l
After the death of Pastor Moody on December 22, 1899, he was automatically considered his ideal successor. Like Elisha, Reuben took the post left by his mentor and stood up as a meticulous preacher of the Holy Scriptures. He also awakened in Chicago a wave of faith and prayer that spread throughout the United States.
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FERNANDO’S STRENGTH Aggressive, obsessed with his body and trapped by alcohol, Fernando Mendoza Barreno chose licentiousness and violence as his lifestyle. He thought he would have it all with bodybuilding, but he was wrong. His need for happiness led him to the Lord. Marlo Pérez Photo: Allison Alcantara y Archivo familiar
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arly in the morning, Fernando drives to school dozens of schoolchildren from the Peruvian capital. The parents of these little ones have complete trust in this man who led once a life of excessive aggressiveness, bodybuilding and no control. Deep down, though, within his muscles, was a soul in need of the presence of God. THE HYPERACTIVE CHILD Fernando Mendoza Barreno, born in May 1966 in Lima, Peru, was a very hyperactive child. His parents, Víctor Mendoza and Amelia Barreno, had no control over him, and his precocious MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 36 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
behavior got him into a lot of trouble at school and in the neighborhood; he would always be back home all beaten up and bloody. “I would always do things that put my life in danger, like climbing trees or light poles, and not weight the consequences,” says Fernando. Fernando was diagnosed with a personality disorder, and so he was given dozens of pills to control his aggressiveness. At the age of eight, he channeled his impulses towards sports and stood out in small cycling championships in the city. A little self-help book also allowed him to stay out of trouble.
After some period on more medication, 18-year-old Fernando went back to his old ways. He got involved in another street fight and was reported for biting a man’s ear. The assault almost took him to jail, but the district attorney on duty was aware of his disorder and helped him get out of the trouble.
As a teenager, however, his violent temperament emerged and Fernando was nicknamed ‘Lobo’ (Wolf) for his excessive sagacity and strength when fighting. He was always picking up fights with other men. “When I was a teenager, I had a fight with a man I did not know was a policeman. This got me into a lot of trouble ... I was also reported for assaults,” he says. After some period on more medica-
tion, 18-year-old Fernando went back to his old ways. He got involved in another street fight and was reported for biting a man’s ear. The assault almost took him to jail, but the district attorney on duty was aware of his disorder and helped him get out of the trouble. THE BODYBUILDER After one year of blows and scars all over his face and head, Fernando was invited
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by a friend of his to a gym. Bodybuilding grabbed his attention, and he decided to gain muscle and be stronger than any other man. His diet also helped him improve his unkind behavior. “Thanks to bodybuilding I was on a diet and wanted order in my life. I wanted to stop the aggressiveness,” says Fernando. With no other purpose but to feel good about himself, ‘Wolf’ liked being stared at by girls and feared by those who had once confronted him. At that time, a coach asked him to join a group of young bodybuilders who competed in city tournaments and championships. THE BIG WINNER After several months of hard training, he was full of muscles and vigor and was able to compete with other bodybuilders from the city and the whole
In the mid-nineties, his first child was born, but new problems overwhelmed the new family. Fernando started living the life of a single man; he would leave his wife at home and party, get drunk and do drugs. The ‘Wolf’ was howling again in fierceness and violence. country. His dedication made him win several medals and stand above other competitors. His ego was about to burst. “When I started bodybuilding, I stopped taking my medication. My aggressiveness was back and so were my problems with other people,” he says. At the peak of popularity, Fernando was surrounded by girls and women who wanted to seduce him. However, a young girl named Gloria Cubas was the only woman who had caught his eye since he was a teen. “I won medals for the first and second place. I also won cups at several bodybuilding tournaments. That kept me out of trouble and jail for some time,” he says. As he gained fame in many competitions in Lima and provinces, his photographs were displayed in well-known gyms of the capital as a clear example of perseverance and care of the body. Nobody could imagine the real personality of Fernando. “I felt strong and more MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 38 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
aggressive, ready to fight with anyone. I wanted to solve everything with violence. That was me”, he says. With inflated ego and a body marked by exercises, Fernando took his Rottweiler dog called ‘Bush,’ in order to frighten his neighbors. Several weeks later he took him to different discotheques of his area, to release him and to cause excesses and confusion in the building. “The dog ran throughout the disco. For me that was fine and I had fun,” he says. BROKEN FAMILY When he started a relationship with his now-wife, 25-year-old Fernando turned away from bodybuilding to help her in a family business in the largest commercial emporium in Peru and South America: Gamarra. Good luck smiled down on them as they ventured into the making of garments and wedding dresses. “I did not get married because my mother-in-law did not want me as a sonin-law, as I made my living as a bodybuilder and had no permanent job. I did not finish my career in psychology and administration at university,” he confesses. As they gained financial solvency, Fernando and Gloria moved in together and set up a small but profitable garment shop. “I felt fulfilled, because I had money, a house and a new-model car, but my life was the same. I wanted to be happy, but could not,” he recognizes. WOLF IN SHEEP’S CLOTHING In the mid-nineties, his first child was born, but new problems overwhelmed the new family. Fernando started living the life of a single man; he would leave his wife at home and party, get drunk and do drugs. The ‘Wolf’ was howling again in fierceness and violence. “I liked showing off my shirtless body to be admired. I was very vain. That’s why I met many girls,” he says. At the end of the twentieth century and the beginning of the new millennium, his family broke to the point of separation. However, God talked to Fernando through a brother of the WMM
who spoke to him about the Lord. After some financial problems, Fernando was reported once again for being involved in street fighting and a dramatic car accident from which he came out miraculously uninjured. However, another report drowned him in despair after purchasing a property through an extinct banking agency of the nineties. As if it was not enough, the Peruvian Anti-corruption Police implicated him in a well-known case of corruption, which linked him to a front man of the Government back then. “It was a lesson from God, because I was very proud and arrogant,” he recognizes. Having only two weeks to submit evidence of his innocence so as not to
lose their home, Fernando and his wife sought the support of the Christian brother, without imagining that they would convert to the Gospel in one of the churches of the Worldwide Missionary Movement in the district of San Juan de Miraflores. They got married in 2001 and have been, ever since, members of the mother church in Lima, Peru. “By having an experience with God, I knew the truth and felt His presence. My soul was in such a need of God,” he says. Currently, Fernando drives a school bus. Despite his aggressive past, parents trust him. He, in great kindness and patience, and with his Christian radio on, preaches with conviction the Word of God to schoolchildren l October 2016 / Impacto evangelístico
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“WE WANT TO HOST ANOTHER WORLD CONGRESS” Panama hosted the last WMM World Congress. The experience allowed the consolidation of the Work in that country. Now, the Work in that country hopes to be chosen again venue for the World Congress 2020.
ev. Epifanio Asprilla Girón, National Supervisor of Panama, hopes to host again the next WMM World Congress 2020. In the meantime, he and the Panamanian faithful bend their knees and declare it by faith. What were the results of the World Congress of the Work in Panama? First, we thank God for giving us the opportunity to hold the last World Congress for the 50 years of the Work. It took place here, because Panama is located in one of the most privileged regions by its geographical position and its direct access to other countries. In addition, our people are very warm and companies here have supported us in organizing the last World Congress of the Work. It was a very glorious atmosphere. What experiences did the last Congress leave to Panama? Thanks to God’s grace, I converted in 1985. It has been 31 years in the Work now and I have been ever since part of many congresses; it is my pleasure to participate as part of the organizing committee or the event’s team. Holding the last World Congress for the 50 years of the Work was a great blessing for me, especially because I had the opportunity to grow in different aspects and organize the logistics. Since the Congress in 1987, the work has been very hard. We also held world congresses in 2000, 2007 and 2013, and dealing with people with
different characters, habits and customs is a very hard work. It was not easy, but we did our best. In your opinion, what other country is prepared to hold a World Congress? Another congress will be held in 2020, and countries such as Peru, Colombia, Costa Rica or the United States are ready to host it; but we are praying for it to be held again in Panama. By that time, the 50th anniversary of our Work will take place, and we yearn for another World Congress so that everyone can celebrate with us. It will be hard work and a new generation will lead it. Did the event strengthen your country? I believe that the event helped the organizing group to mature. We made a beautiful team. Our conventions, confraternities and activities are now easier to organize, because there are mature people that know all the logistics and are capable of making it happen. How has the Work in Panama grown after the last congress? Before taking over the supervision in February this year, we did a general evaluation of the Work. Currently, we have about 83 churches, 12 presbyteries, 342 workers and more than 200 white fields, many of which have their own temple and preaching area. The aim for this year is to double the number, thus reaching more than 170 churches l
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GOD’S CARE “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” 1 Peter 5:7.
Rev. Luis M. Ortiz
hose who do not dwell in the shelter of the Highest surrender to alcoholism, drugs, all kinds of vices and excesses; and that is why every day 3,000 people in the world turn to suicide, and more than 450 million people suffer from diseases and mental disorders. Christians, amid the greatest adversity, cast all their anxiety on the Lord because He cares for us. God cares for His children with food and clothing. The Lord says, “Consider
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the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feedeth them: how much more are ye better than the fowls? … Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. If then God so clothe the grass, which is to day in the field, and to morrow is cast into the oven; how much more will he clothe you, O ye of little faith?” (Luke 12:24-29).
God care for the vast universe. It is said that our Solar System, which is like a small island in the vast universe, is 20 billion km in diameter; that our galaxy called Milky Way, to which our Solar System belongs, contains about 400 billion stars which are suns and each one of them has its own family of planets; and that the nearest star is 26 trillion miles away. It is estimated that there are 100-200 billion galaxies like the Milky Way, which would mean that in the vast universe there are 30 billion trillion stars and suns. Extraordinary! God cares for and sustains a so inconceivably vast universe (Hebrews 1: 3; 11: 3), and at the same time He cares for and defends his little ones, his followers. He said, “Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God? But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows” (Luke 12:6-7); he also said: “And whosoever shall offend one of these little ones that believe in me, it is better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were cast into the sea” (Mark 9:42). God says through prophet Zechariah: “For he that toucheth you toucheth the apple of his eye” (Zechariah 2:8). Beloved, in God’s infinite capacity, power, love and care towards us, nothing in us goes unnoticed for Him. The Psalmist said, “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.” (Psalm 23:1). And Paul stated, “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19). Thus, when the arrogant devil emerged,
the humble Christ came to grind his head. And now, thanks to Christ, for every fall, there is rising. For sin, there is forgiveness. When a Cain emerges, an Abel rises up. For each flood, God provides an ark. For every storm, there is a rainbow. When there is a rebel Nimrod, there is also an obedient Abraham. For captivity, there is liberation. For each Pharaoh, there is a Moses. For each Red Sea, there is an open way. For every desert, there is an oasis. For thirst and hunger, there is divine provision. In the darkness of lies, the truth shines brighter. For each Jordan River, there is a fearless Joshua. For each Jericho, there is a victory march. When Midianites arise, God lifts a Gideon. For every wayward Ahab, God has an ardent Elijah. For crafty Philistines, there is always a courageous Samson. For every clever Haman, there is a Mordecai. For each furnace of fire, there is a heavenly visitor. For each trench of lions, there is a snout-closing hand. For every adulterous Herod, there is a denouncing Baptist. For every Jude who sells, there is a John who loves. For every traitor, there are many faithful. For every dishonest worker, there are many honest workers. For each sharp thorn, there is a fragrant flower. For each hard clod, there is a raindrop. For every pain, there is relief. For each disease, there is healing. For every tear, there is comfort. For every demon, there are many angels. For each cross, there is a crown. For all the occupied graves, there is an empty tomb. “What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all…” (Rom. 8:31-39). How grateful we ought to be for God’s care and faithfulness towards us! We live in a convulsing world, but God takes care of His own. And when the scourge of the Antichrist, the Great Tribulation and the judgments of God upon this world begin, God has promised to spare His followers such disasters and cataclysms: “Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.” (Revelation 3:10). How grateful we ought to be for God’s care and faithfulness towards us! l
For every Jude who sells, there is a John who loves. For every traitor, there are many faithful. For every dishonest worker, there are many honest workers. For each sharp thorn, there is a fragrant flower. For each hard clod, there is a raindrop. For every pain, there is relief. For each disease, there is healing. For every tear, there is comfort. For every demon, there are many angels. For each cross, there is a crown. For all the occupied graves, there is an empty tomb.
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ONLY THE VIOLENT ARE WORTHY OF HEAVEN “And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.” Matthew 11:12. Rev. José Arturo Soto
he message of the kingdom of heaven is a violent medicine. The Gospel of Matthew says, “The kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.” This passage talks about us a positive kind of violence, against the forces of evil, against the usurper who is on Earth and is called Satan, who through different means and resources continues destroying humanity. Any fair and noble activity on Earth can be developed on just and spiritual principles governed by the fear of God. No one should think that by keeping these principles they would no longer be a good worker or professional. The devil wants to instill corruption in all social strata, regardless of people’s MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 44 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
education, financial resources, wealth or even religion (as religion is not the solution that humanity needs). What is the weapon of the Church? “The gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth…” (Romans 1:16). History has proved that when people embrace the true faith in God Almighty, they are positively transformed. For example, between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries in Europe, whole nations embraced the Gospel and society was transformed. At the time, brothels closed, as customers were scarce; bars closed, as there were no longer people thirsty for alcohol; centers of corruption and depravity closed, as there were no libertines, and people found other ways to have fun other than sin. Judges rested, and judicial and legal systems entered a time of peace and tranquility. It is said that even donkeys could understand that there was a change in society, as they were not punished or beaten as before. The Gospel is transformative; it “is the power of God.” The Gospel of Christ is not a political movement; politics has its place in human schemes. God gives us the power to watch, observe, analyze and choose. Politics are a good thing, but cannot solve the spiritual problem of humanity; only one can do it, He who said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6). Someone came to Jesus and asked him, “Lord, are there few that be saved?” (Luke 13:23). God looked at him and said, “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat, because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” (Matthew 7:13-14). God told his disciples, “No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God” (Luke 9:62). He also said, “Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or parents, or brethren, or wife, or children, for the kingdom of
God’s sake” (Luke 18:29). Those are the violent who take the kingdom by force and stay with Him. As Levi, i.e. Matthew, whom the Lord called when he was the chief among the publicans (tax collectors). Picture him, perhaps at a rustic office by the street, watching those who had to pay taxes to Rome; maybe charging more to keep some money for himself, which was why he was rich and hated by the Jewish people. When Jesus passed by, He looked at him “and said unto him, Follow me” (Luke 5:27b). And that word was like a drill that got into the heart of Matthew; imagine the struggle that took place within him. Jesus was expecting an immediate answer, and so Levi could not resist, his will broke in a thousand pieces. The Bible says, “And he left all, rose up, and followed him” (Luke 5:28).
The Gospel of Christ is not a political movement; politics has its place in human schemes. God gives us the power to watch, observe, analyze and choose. Politics are a good thing, but cannot solve the spiritual problem of humanity; only one can do it, He who said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” Others like “Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. And they straightway left their nets, and followed him” (Matthew 4:1820). There is the Lord waiting; when He calls there is no choice, we must obey because that is the path of victory. Beloved brothers, God calls you to make a decision, God wants you to do it now, for yourself and your family. As the Bible says: “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house” (Acts 16:31). Beloved brothers, do you want to bring blessings to your home? Accept Jesus Christ as your only and sufficient Savior l October 2016 / Impacto evangelístico
THE DIVINE BOOK “How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth! Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way. Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” Psalm 119:103-105. Matilde Ortiz Román
he Bible was written by forty authors, among pastors, doctors, priests, prophets, apostles, poets, kings, etc. Despite being written by different authors and in different times, its books do not contradict each other, but they all have a theme in common: “A SAVIOR CHOSEN BY GOD.” It is the only book that talks about different subjects. The Bible could be compared to a Palace. Its hallway, GENESIS. Its museum of victory, EXODUS. Its legislative chambers, LEVITICUS and DEUTERONOMY. Its room of census, NUMBERS. Its royal chamber, KINGS and CHRONICALS. Its hall of music, PSALMS. Its hall of weapons and trophies, JOSHUA and JUDGES. The BIBLE is SAFE like Noah’s Ark. SWEET like honey. SHARP like the sword of Gideon. HARMONIOUS like David’s harp. SCENTED like the rose of Sharon. IMMACULATE like the lily of the valleys. CARING like the pastor of Psalm 23. ANOINTED like the oil of anointing. REJUVENATING like the dew of Hermon. POWERFUL like the mantle of Elijah. VIRTUOUS like the rod of Moses. HOSPITABLE like the room of the woman from Shunem. PROTECTIVE like the walls built by Nehemiah. INVINCIBLE like Mordecai. COZY like the cave of Adullam. SHINING like MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 46 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
the sun of justice of Malachi. PERSECUTION FIREPROOF like young Hebrews. STRAIGHTFORWARD like the Proverbs. ACCURATE like the arc of David. FRIENDLY like the friendship of Jonathan. REFRESHING like the wells of Isaac. VISIONARY like the pillow of Jacob. VARIEGATED like the coat of Joseph. PROVIDENTIAL like the basket of Moses. ENDLESS like the pot of oil. INDESTRUCTIBLE like the bush of Sinai. FRUITFUL like the sheaves of Ruth.
The BIBLE is as VAST as the sea. As HIGH as the sky. As INFINITE as the horizon. As CLEAR as the aurora. As BRIGHT as the Sun. As DIAPHANOUS as the bright star. As PERFUMED as the lily. As BEAUTIFUL as the moon. As PRECIOUS as gold. As SWEET as honey. As FRESH as the water of the spring. As HARD as a rock. The BIBLE has traveled every way, crossed every border, sailed every ocean, climbed every mountain, entered every home, spoken every language. It has traveled across deserts, roads, forests, desolate regions, large rivers, by land and sea, opening its treasures of gold, incense and myrrh. The BIBLE becomes a map to the traveler, light to the road, stick to the walker, compass to the pilot, sword to the soldier, rule to the Christian, mine to the explorer, water to the thirsty, bread to the hungry and milk to the perishing. The BI-
BLE is the Word of God; it began before the light and will remain when there is no night. It began in a garden and will continue in a city. It began a morning followed by a night and will go on until the eternal day without night. It began with the Alpha and will continue until the Omega. It opens with the cry “Be the light” and closes with the cry “Be the life.” In it, there are tears, sobs, hatred, love, doubt, fear, humility, repentance, rebellion and all human passions, but above all there are the great passion and compassion of the love of God. It has witnessed many civilizations come and go and great empires fall, but it remains standing. Its main symbols are A CRIB, A CROSS and AN EMPTY TOMB. It has been my everything. It has guided, led and strengthened me when I had no support from men. It has been like a solid rock in the middle of the sea; safe, strong, unwavering. Christ and His Word are my everything. Other than that, there is only vanity and nonsense. May Christ become bigger and I become smaller. When stars go pale or dark, the brightness of those who have truly taught the Word will shine like perpetual suns l
The BIBLE has traveled every way, crossed every border, sailed every ocean, climbed every mountain, entered every home, spoken every language. It has traveled across deserts, roads, forests, desolate regions, large rivers, by land and sea, opening its treasures of gold, incense and myrrh.
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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).
SOWING THE PRECIOUS SEED A missionary trip allowed Supervisors and International Officers of the Work to visit India and Nepal and learn about the progress of the WMM in this part of the world. MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 48 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
ust before the 13th National Convention of India held from May 26 to 29, a special committee composed of Rev. Samuel Mejía, Missionary Supervisor of Asia, Rev. Humberto Henao, International Officer, and Rev. Carlos Guerra, Supervisor of Costa Rica traveled to the Asian giant to participate in this celebration and
make a missionary trip through India and Nepal. The journey began on Monday, May 23, in the city of Tamil Nadu, where the 13th National Convention India brought together thousands of Indians under one only God. In the meeting, important representatives of the Work preached the Word of the Lord and gathered
information about the 320 churches of the WMM in India, which is led by Rev. Sam Jacob. They also prayed for the hundreds of souls in the event and the forty new workers who surrendered at the convention. After the Christian event in the second most populated country in the world, the servants of the Lord Continue reading–– October 2016 / Impacto evangelístico
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bid farewell to the city and headed to different places to preach the Gospel of the Kingdom. Rev. Samuel Mejía went to Sri Lanka, while Rev. Henao and Guerra visited some churches in the Indian cities of Chennai, Patna and New Delhi and then travel to the neighboring Nepal. In the historical Nepal, birthplace of Buddhism, they were surprised by the 107-109 °F of the Asian territory. The high temperatures did not stopped them from visiting and sharing with hundreds of brothers and residents; Pastor Eappen (Patna) was the Hindi interpreter l October 2016 / Impacto evangelístico
UPRIGHTNESS, A CONDITION TO GO TO HEAVEN The 21st National Convention of Africa was held with a great attendance of brothers. A report on the progress of the Work in African countries was also presented.
ith the presence of brothers Rómulo and Clemente Vergara, the 21st National Convention of Africa was held from August 18 to August 20 in the city of Bata, Equatorial Guinea. The event began with a message by Rev. Clemente Vergara, Supervisor of Africa: “The Altar of God Is My Refuge, My Contact with God.” The next day, Rev. Rómulo Vergara, International Officer of the Work, shared the Word of God with a message entitled “Uprightness, an Essential Virtue in the Man of God.” In the following service, a small report was presented on the progress of the Work in Equatorial Guinea, Ghana, Ivory Coast and Congo. Subsequently, a delegation of Christian women marched around the sport center singing praises. Then, Rev. Clemente Vergara shared the Word of the Lord based on John 6: 60-63. At night, the evangelistic service was led by the youth of the church and by Pastor Jaime Siale, Vice President of the Youth Society, who brought the message “Youth in the Fire.” The next day, after some powerful testimonies, Rev. Edelmiro Ivina preached “Jehovah Is Saint.” In the closing service, the chorus from the churches of Zone 1 sang a spiritual song called “There Is Victory in the Name of Jesus.” Then, Rev. Rómulo Vergara shared the last message of the Christian event, broadcast to the World by Bethel Television l MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 52 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
Photos: Beatriz Andeme
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PRAY FOR THE PEACE IN ISRAEL Missionary Hugo Lope brought the good news of the Lord to the Holy Land and urged to continue fighting the battle of faith. MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 54 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
he people of Israel learned about the great things that the Work of God is doing for the spreading of Christianity thanks to the missionary visit of Rev. Hugo Lope, National Treasurer of the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Italy. He traveled, along with a group of brothers, to the Holy Land from May 11 to May 14 to talk about the Good News of the Lord. After his arrival in Israel, Pastor Lope, along with his wife Lizet Arias de Lope, shared the Gospel through a sermon entitled “Women of War.” In his speech, Rev. Lope urged Israeli believers to continue fighting the good fight of faith. The servant of the Lord also offered words of strength to the attendees and talked about the power of God. On his second day in Israel, Pastor Lope baptized five brothers in the waters of the Jordan River. Then, he made a tour around the main points of the Holy Land, in-
cluding the city of Nazareth, where Jesus grew, the Mount of Beatitudes and the Mount Precipice. By the end of his missionary visit, Rev. Hugo Lope recommended the members of the Work of God not to stop praying for the people of Israel. He also said that, with the Lordâ€™s help, the Gospel will triumph in the Holy Land l October 2016 / Impacto evangelĂstico
A FIRE BURNING IN MY HEART
nder the theme “There Was in My Heart a Burning Fire,” based on Jeremiah 20:9, the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Chile held its National Youth and Pastor Fellowship from July 22 to July 24 at the central church of Santiago. The spiritual celebration, led by Rev. Gerardo Martínez, National Supervisor of the WMM in Chile, and his wife Maritza de Martínez, was attended by Pastor Luis Rivera, Supervisor of the WMM in Paraguay, and his wife Deysi de Rivera, MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 56 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
Photos: Habacuc Vas Nolas, Jennifer Quechuyante
The city of Santiago was the place chosen for the National Youth and Pastor Fellowship of the WMM in Chile. A great spiritual celebration.
who shared the Word of God. From day one, the presence of the Holy Spirit flooded the temple of the WMM in Santiago de Chile. On the first day of the National Youth and Pastor Fellowship, Rev. Luis Rivera shared the good news. On the second day, Sister Deysi de Rivera preached the Gospel
through a message entitled “Recovering what we lost.” Later that day, Rev. Rivera announced the Word of Jesus Christ through the message “The Call of God.” On the last day, a missionary service was held in the morning. In it, Pastor Rivera evangelized the people of the Lord once again through
a speech entitled “Here I Am, Send Me.” At night, the spiritual celebration came to an end through the preaching “Endued with the Power from on High,” by Rev. Luis Rivera. The National Youth and Pastor Fellowship of the WMM in Chile was broadcast by Koinonia Radio and Koinonia TV l October 2016 / Impacto evangelístico
IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER, THE SON AND THE HOLY SPIRIT The Central Zone of the WMM in Spain held a mass baptism in the city of Avila. The new members of the Work descended into the waters and sealed their union with God.
ollowing the commission of the Lord to announce the Gospel and bring His new disciples into the waters of baptism, the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Spain held a special day of baptisms in the city of Avila on July 16. The activity, organized by the Central Zone of the WMM in Spain, was led by Rev. Juan Castaño and Rev. Paul Núñez. In Avila, both ministers of the Lord carried out the sacrament established by Jesus Christ. During the ceremony, a group of eighteen brothers made public their decision to die to the world and live for Christ. Between songs and praises to the Lord, the new members of the Work descended into the waters and MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 58 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
Photos: Keila Zavaleta
sealed their union with God. The event held in Ávila was supported by the different churches in the Central Zone of the WMM in Spain.
Under the protection of Jesus Christ, the event of the Work of the Lord ended with reighteen new followers of the Gospel l
GO AND MAKE DISCIPLES OF ALL NATIONS The North Zone of the WMM in Spain held baptisms in the city of Lleida. The atmosphere was full of joy.
Foto: Ernesto Mori
he North Zone of the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Spain held on July 23 a baptism in the city of Lleida, in the waters of the Fluviá River. 25 brothers were baptized and became new members of the Lord’s flock. Before about 400 believers from the churches in Pamplona, Girona, Lleida and Barcelona, the group of new believers of Jesus Christ descended into the baptismal waters. In the ceremony, the atmosphere was full of joy, praises and worship of the Lord. Likewise, the members of the WMM in Spain testified about the power of God in their lives.
The event ended with a preaching after which four souls, touched by the Gospel, surrendered their
lives to the Lord and join the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Spain l October 2016 / Impacto evangelístico
WHO WILL WE GO TO?
Photos: Eliezer Martínez
The Worldwide Missionary Movement in Uruguay held the Fellowship of North Zone in Bella Unión.
he Fellowship of North Zone of the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Uruguay was held from August 13 to August 14 in the city of Bella Unión, located in the Uruguayan department of Artigas. The event was held under the theme “Who Will We Go To?” and gathered a big group of brothers from the Work of God. The spiritual activity organized by Pastor Fabio Emerson Mosquera, a Colombian missionary whose ministry is in Uruguay with his wife brought together brothers from more than a dozen temples who worshipped God and listened to His Word. On the first day of the event, an evangelistic march was held through the main arteries of the city of Bella Unión. In the Christian mobilization, MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 60 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
supported by the city authorities, members of the Lord’s Work displayed several banners with evangelical messages and shared the good news. After the march to proclaim the name of Jesus Christ, an open-air worship was held in which Pastor Alfonso Martínez, National Supervisor of the WMM in Uruguay, preached the Word and urged the faithful to pray without fainting and attend the house of God. One day later, the Lord made it possible that the Fellowship of North Zone of the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Uruguay ended in a magnificent way. Pastor Martínez, based on Luke 1:17, preached the Gospel and challenged the attendees to serve God with all their heart l October 2016 / Impacto evangelístico
LIVING TOGETHER IN HARMONY The WMM in Venezuela held the District Fellowship of Zone 13 in the city of Puerto La Cruz.
he Worldwide Missionary Movement in Venezuela held, from May 19 to May 21, the District Fellowship of Zone 13 in Puerto La Cruz, a port city located in the state of Anzoátegui, for the joy of the members of the Work of God in Venezuela who were fed with the Word of the Lord. The District Fellowship, which is part of the evangelical work of the MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 62 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia
WWM, was attended by Rev. Rómulo Vergara, International Officer, who took the opportunity to evangelize the Venezuelan people, who are going through hours of tribulation. The event was also attended by Rev. Ricardo Manrique, National Supervisor of the Work in Venezuela, and reverends Gregorio Muñoz, Celedonio Chiquillo, Antonio Vacca and
Miguel Villamizar, members of the Board of Officers of the WMM in Venezuela. The District Fellowship of Zone 13 was organized by Pastor Reinaldo Díaz, local leader of the WMM. Together with his family and a group of pastors, he held a brilliant spiritual celebration in which God was worshiped and the Gospel was shared l
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AMSTERDAM CAN DO IT
With an encouraging theme, the church in the capital of the Netherlands celebrated its 10th anniversary with delegations from other European countries.
Photos: Frank Frederich
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he Church of the Worldwide Missionary Movement in the Netherlands celebrated its 10th anniversary from September 1 to September 4. The event was held in the city of Amsterdam and was attended by a large number of men of God who came from the neighboring Belgium, Switzerland and Italy. Pastor Sergio Veizaga and the entire congregation of the Work named the event “Amsterdam Can Do It” (Philippians 4:13), which served as motivation for all the attendees. From the beginning to the end, the congregation in the city prepared several musical activities and praises to the Lord. In the message of the Word of the Lord, Rev. Galo Fiori and Rev. Ramón Ortega, National Officers of Italy, provided the spiritual manna l
CANADA ANNIVERSARY OF THE CHURCH IN CALGARY
The Church in Calgary celebrated its 10th anniversary on August 27 and 28. Rev. Moisés Cabrera, along with his family and part of the congregation, traveled for twelve hours from Seattle to participate in the great event. It was also was attended by brothers from the city of Edmonton. The Lord visited His people in a powerful way and many souls were blessed through the preaching and testimonies. Glory to God!
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC GLORIOUS YOUTH CONVENTION
The 32th National Youth Convention of the WMM in the Dominican Republic was held from July 21 to July 23 under the theme “To His Feet.” In three days of glory, the Lord visited and touched the lives of hundreds of young people who gathered in great expectation. The youth worshiped, prayed, praised, shivered and let God work in their lives. Several bands and singers of the Lord took part in the activity as well. Brother Alejandro González, from Puerto Rico, shared the Word and was used by God in a very precious way. During preaching, there were glorious times of worship and blessing. In every call to the altar, the people were ready to be endued with power from on high. Glory to God!
ARGENTINA BEAUTIFUL WOMEN FELLOWSHIP
The Women Fellowship of the WMM in Argentina was held on August 15 in the city of Buenos Aires. The spiritual celebration brought together different women from the provinces of Buenos Aires: Claypole, Ciudad Evita, Merlo, Bahía Blanca, Daireaux, Villa Celina, Florencio Varela and Dock Sud, among others. There were more than three hundred women praising and blessing the name of the Lord Jesus. The event was carried out under the theme “Virtuous Woman,” by Sister Martha de Parrado, wife of National Supervisor Ismael Enrique Parrado.
MEXICO YOUTH CAMP IN NUEVO LEÓN
The youth of Zone 4 enjoyed a Youth Camp under the theme “Brave Youth” in Los Ramones, Nuevo León, from August 5 to August 6. The activity was attended by Presbyter Antonio Carlos García Leal and his wife Norma Leticia Leal de García, as well as pastors from Monterrey and Nuevo Leon. The event was attended by ten young people from Cadereyta Jiménez, seven from Monterrey, two from Benito Juárez, and one from Reynosa. In total, twenty young brothers and sisters went to seek the presence of God. The first day, the Word of God was shared by Sister Norma Leticia Leal de García through a message entitled “The Prodigal Son,” based on Luke 15: 11-23. The second day, Pastor Ysidro Bello Fariña preached the Word of God with the theme “How far do you want to go”, based on Joshua 1: 9.
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LETTERS TO US... firstname.lastname@example.org CARLOS RUBÉN BASTIDAS God bless you, brothers of Impacto Evangelistic. Go ahead and may the Lord continue to guide you in the publication of the magazine. Ever since the first time I read it, I loved it and I’ll continue buying it to see the wonders that God works in so many lives. With Christ, we are more than conquerors. From La Villegas, Ecuador.
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God bless richly all the team of Impacto Evangelistic. This important magazine let us know about the actions of the Work in the entire world. I thank my Lord for being part of this beautiful church raised for the last times. You are in our prayers. I send you a fraternal embrace. From Formosa, Argentina.
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I can’t stop thanking God for the blessing and privilege of feeling part of the ministry of this Work. I always receive the magazine and really enjoy reading its edifying messages. I also feel happy every time I see the pictures of activities carried out here in Puerto Rico and in other faraway places such as India. From Mayaguez, Puerto Rico.
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GLOBAL AGENDA 2016
The content of the Impacto Evangelistic magazine is very impressive. That is why I’ve approached God, so that He forgives all my sins and writes my name in the Book of Life. I thank you for giving us the good news and a message of peace and joy. God bless you today and always. From Puerto Rico.
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October 2016 / Impacto evangelĂstico
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