Page 1

www.impactoevangelistico.net

evangelistic

THE MAGAZINE THAT EDIFIES YOUR LIFE

November 2016 / Edition 754

LIFE STORIES

The Salvation of the Kovacs

LITERATURE

The Victor Journey through the Bible

DEVOTIONAL

The harbingers of Armageddon

OFFICIAL PUBLICATION

WORLDWIDE MISSIONARY MOVEMENT

The Tragedy of Child Marriage

UNNATURAL

WEDDINGS

November 2016 / Impacto evangelistic

1


BEING FREE IS NOT FOR COWARDS

BRAVE BASED IN REAL EVENTS

Learn more about it in: MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 2 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia


EDITORIAL

THOU HAST BEEN FAITHFUL OVER A FEW THINGS Rev. Gustavo Martínez International President of the WMM

“His lord said unto him: Well done, thou good and faithful servant, thou hast been faithful over a few things; I will make thee ruler over many things; enter thou into the joy of thy lord". Matthew 25:21.

D

o not despise what you believe to

advantage of things because we think

be little, because those things will

they are not worth it, we become useless

be very big in the hands of God. In the

even though we could be useful; the Lord

Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14-

distributes things according to people’s

30), it is stated that the man who received

skills. The man could have managed the

five talents worked and produced more;

talent, which was a considerable amount

the man who received two also worked

of gold, but instead he decided to bury it.

and produced; but the one who received

Therefore, in Matthew 25:27, the Lord

only one did not work. The one with one

said: “Thou oughtest therefore to have

talent thought it was not fair; he declares

put my money to the exchangers, and

that he did not do anything because he

then at my coming I should have recei-

was afraid and believed that his Lord was

ved mine own with usury.” At least the

unfair and was used to take what he had

man should have deposited the money

not sown.

in the bank, instead of burying it. He did

God delivers things in the hands of

not want to work, he did not want to pro-

men so we can do something in favor of

duce for God; he felt envy, he was filled

His Work. Nevertheless, sometimes we

with bitterness, resentment, prejudice and

see and perceive things differently. Some-

several other feelings that built a barrier

times we see what others are doing and

around him stopped him from serving

have received, instead of seeing what we

God and using what God had given him.

have. For that reason, the Lord takes the

I don’t know how many things God

talent from the man with one talent and

has given you or if you use or value them.

gives it to the man who had ten talents

I don’t know if you are aware of what you

and had won another ten.

have received and if you want to multiply

When we work on divine things, we

your talent. I don’t know if you are filled

acquire skills, we widen our vision and

with envy, jealousy, resentment or preju-

knowledge, we widen the ministry and we

dice; or if you say you are learning but

make ourselves capable to receive more.

you never learn. If so, you have to admit

But when we do not work and do not take

it now. God bless you l November 2016 / Impacto evangelistic

3


www.impactoevangelistico.net

evangelistic Founder Director: Rev. Luis M. Ortiz November 2016 / Edition N° 754 (USPS 012-850) OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE WORLDWIDE MISSIONARY MOVEMENT The World-Wide Missionary Movement, Inc. is a non-profit church with a vision to plant new churches in the United States of America and its territories, and also with a missionary vision to plant new churches wherever God opens new doors all over the World. PUBLISHED MONTHLY BY Movimiento Misionero Mundial, Inc World-Wide Missionary Movement, Inc San Juan, Puerto Rico Washington, D.C. Periodicals Postage Paid at San Juan, Puerto Rico 00936

POSTMASTER: send address changes to Impacto Evangelístico P.O. BOX 363644 San Juan, Puerto Rico 00936-3644 Phone (787) 761-8806; 761-8805; 761-8903

INTERNATIONAL BOARD MEMBERS OF WMM INC. Rev. Gustavo Martínez President Rev. José Soto Vice President Rev. Rubén Concepción Secretary Rev. Rodolfo González Treasurer Rev. Álvaro Garavito Director Rev. Margaro Figueroa Director Rev. Rómulo Vergara Director Rev. Humberto Henao Director Rev. Luis Meza Director CHURCHES ESTABLISHED IN: Germany Argentina Aruba Australia Austria Belgium Belize Bolivia Bonaire Brasil Cameroon Canadá Chile Colombia Congo Ivory Coast Costa Rica Curacao Dinamarca Ecuador El Salvador Spain United States The Philippines Finland France

Gabón Ghana Guatemala Equatorial Guinea French Guiana Guyana Inglesa Haití Holland Honduras India England St. Andres Island (Col.) Saint Martin Island Island of Mauritius Rodrigues Island Canaries Islands (Spain) Hawaiian Islands (U.S.A.) Israel Italy Jamaica Japan Kuwait Madagascar

Malaysa México Myanmar Nicaragua Nigeria Oman Panamá Paraguay Peru Portugal Puerto Rico Dominican Republic Romania Sri Lanka Sweden Switzerland South Africa Surinam Trinidad and Tobago Ukranian Uruguay Venezuela

Legal deposit made on the National Library of Peru Nº 2011-02530 Christian Pentecostal Church-Worldwide Missionary Movement: Av. 28 de Julio 1781 - Lima 13 - Peru Printout: Quad/Graphics Perú S.A. Av. Los Frutales 344 - Lima 03 - Peru MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 4 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia

The Worldwide Missionary Movement is a religious nonprofit organization duly registered in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and in the federal capital, Washington DC, with headquarters in both cities and in every state of the United States and other countries where we have established missionary Works. Important The offerings and donations in cash, equipment, real estate and bequests by will, in the benefit of the Worldwide Missionary Movement, Inc.’s Work, are deductible from the income tax, and receipts issued by the WMM are recognized by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) of the Federal Government of the United States of America and of the Free Associated State of Puerto Rico. n

Visit our website Obtain uplifting information about God’s Work and keep up with the latest news. A customized access from anywhere in the world: www. impactoevangelistico.net n

If you wish Write to us at our postal address: Worldwide Missionary Movement, Inc. PO Box 363644 San Juan, P. R. 00936-3644 n

Copyright © 2009 Impacto Evangelistic Movimiento Misionero Mundial, Inc. (World-Wide Missionary Movement, Inc.) All content of this magazine and each subsequent edition are duly registered at the Library of Congress, Washington, DC USA. All rights reserved. Total or partial reproduction in any form and translation into other languages without prior permission of the Director are prohibited. Under international copyright agreements, they are crimes punishable by law. n

Doctrinal Statement The Worldwide Missionary Movement adheres to the fundamental doctrines of Scripture, such as: n

• The inspiration of the Holy Scriptures: 2 Timothy 3:15-17, 2 Peter 1:19-21. • The Adorable Godhead in Three Persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit: Matthew 3:16-17, 17: 1-5; 28:19, John 17: 5, 24, 26, 16:32, 14:16, 23, 18:5, 6, 2 Peter 1:17,18; Revelation 5. • Salvation by Faith in Christ: Luke 24:47, John 3:16, Romans 10:13, Titus 2:11, 3:5-7. • The New Birth: John 3:3, 1 Peter 1:23, 1 John 3:9. • Justification by Faith: Romans 5:1, Titus 3:7. • Water Baptism by Inmersion, as commanded by Christ: Matthew 28:19, Acts 8:36-39. • The Baptism in the Holy Spirit subsequent to salvation, speaking in tongues according to: Luke 24:49, Acts 1:4, 8, 2:4. • Divine Healing: Isaiah 53:4, Matthew 8:16, 17, Mark 16:18, James 5:14, 15. • The Gifts of the Holy Spirit: 1 Corinthians 12:1-11. • The Fruits of the Holy Spirit: Galatians 5:22-26. • Sanctification: 1 Thessalonians 4:3, 5:23, Hebrews 12:14, 1 Peter 1:15, 16, 1 John 2:6. • Ministry and Evangelization: Mark 16:15-20, Romans 10:15. • Tithing and Maintenance of the Work: Genesis 14:20, 28:22, Leviticus 27:30, Numbers 18:21-26, Malachi 3:7-10, Matthew 10:10; 23:23. • The Rapture of the Church: Romans 8:23, 1 Corinthians 15:5152, 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17. • The Second Coming of Christ: Zechariah 14:1-9, Matthew 24:30, 31; 2 Thessalonians 1:7, Titus 2:13, Jude 14, 15. • The Millennial Kingdom: Isaiah 2:1-4, 11:5-10, Zechariah 9:10, Revelation 19:20, 20:3-10. • New Heavens and New Earth: Isaiah 65:17, 66:22, 2 Peter 3:13, Revelation 21:1.


SUMMARY Search us in:

www.facebook.com/impactoevangelistico

Cover note. The tragedy of child marriage. Computer graphics. Child marriage in the world. International. The day hackers attacked the Internet. Science. Junk DNA. Health. Gastrointestinal infections. Literature. The Victor journey through the Bible. Music. O Love that will not let me go. Heroes of faith. Smith, the globetrotter. Heroes of faitha. The salvation of the Kovacs. Interview. “In Central America, we have moved forward�. Devotionals. Events. Upright as Christ. Letters.

6

14 16

18 22

24 28

3034 40

42-47

48-65 66 November 2016 / Impacto evangelistic

5


THE TRAGEDY OF CHILD MARRIAGE Child marriage violates human rights, whether it concerns boys or girls. It is undoubtedly the most widespread way of sexual abuse and exploitation of girls.

MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 6 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia


Photo: Stephanie Sinclair y AFP

COVER NOTE

November 2016 / Impacto evangelistic

7


C

hild marriage is the formal or informal union involving at least one minor. It is the reality of thousands of children in some parts of the world, but girls are especially affected by the situation. Based on statistics, one out of three women aged 20 to 24 in developing countries got married when they were children. Child marriage is more common in Southern Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa, but there are big differences in prevalence among the countries of the same region. Data from 47 countries show that the average age for the first marriage is gradually MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 8 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia

increasing, but this improvement is mainly limited to high-income families. The pace of change remains slow. While 48% of women aged between 45 and 49 got married before turning 18, the proportion has only decreased to 35% of women aged 20 to 24. THE CAUSES The main causes of child marriage vary from region to region and from community to community, but they usually focus on the control over girl sexuality. In some countries, such as Tanzania, many young women are forced to get married after


they get pregnant. In other countries, such as Bangladesh, parents hurry their daughters into marriage to avoid the risk of sexual harassment. A common factor is that most girls economically dependent, with almost no autonomy or support, and pressured by social conventions share the feeling that they have no other option but to meet the wishes of their parents. Discrimination conventions and traditions, stating that girls must live with the husband’s family, while boys must stay with their parents to provide for them, contribute to the perception of girls being considered an economic

Lack of access to quality education is another influential factor. When schools are too far away or expensive, or commute too dangerous, families usually take their daughters out of school, or girls drop out on their own initiative, which makes them more prone to get married. Continue reading––

Photo: AFP

Photo: AFP

COVER NOTE

November 2016 / Impacto evangelistic

9


Photo: Stephanie Sinclair y AFP

COMMONLY AFFECTED ZONES CHILD MARRIAGE is a common practice in Sub-Saharan Africa and Southern Asia, but marriage during or immediately after puberty is common in the Middle East, Northern Africa and other regions of Asia. There are also areas in Western and Eastern Africa and Southern Asia where marriage before puberty is not rare. It is difficult to know the exact number of child marriages, since many of them are not registered or official. However, there is data obtained out of surveys from 100 countries.

Continue reading––

MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 10 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia

burden and boys a long-term investment. Lack of access to quality education is another influential factor. When schools are too far away or expensive, or commute too dangerous, families usually take their daughters out of school, or girls drop out on their own initiative, which makes them more prone to get married. Even if schools are accessible, the absence of teachers and bad-quality education can make feel both the parents and their daughters that studying is not worth the time nor the expense. There are also cases of girls that do not attend school as they are expected to work whether at home or as paid labor from a very young age. Many girls and their families mention poverty and dowry as another factor that pushes them into getting married. The stress of having “another mouth to feed” rushes the decisions of some parents to marry their

daughters while they are still very young. In Bangladesh, where parents of young women pay a dowry to the groom, the younger the girl, the lower the dowry, which makes some poor families believe that if they do not marry their daughters soon, they will never be able to do it. Meanwhile, in South Sudan, the family of the bride receives a dowry from the groom: cattle, important economic assets or money. Many girls have almost no access to information, whether on how women get pregnant or on prenatal services or emergency obstetric care. As a result, child marriage is closely related to premature and risky maternity. Environmental factors also play an important role. Poor families living in high risk natural disaster areas, even as a result of climate change, such as Bangladesh, state that the inseContinue reading––


Photo: Stephanie Sinclair y AFP

COVER NOTE

Photo: AFP

Many girls have almost no access to information, whether on how women get pregnant or on prenatal services or emergency obstetric care. As a result, child marriage is closely related to premature and risky maternity.

November 2016 / Impacto evangelistic

11


Continue reading––

curity resulting from these problems is a factor that compels them to marry their daughters at a very young age. For example, the flooding of crops or the loss of fertile land may aggravate family’s poverty; therefore, parents claim to

Armed conflicts also increase the risk of girls becoming the target of child marriage and other abuses. Forced marriage involving girls is a devastating war tactic used by extremists such as the Islamic State (IS) and Nigerian Boko Haram. MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 12 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia

feel forced to hurry the marriage of a daughter due to natural disasters or in anticipation of one. THE CONSEQUENCES Evidence shows that young girls that get married abandon official education and get pregnant. Maternal deaths related to pregnancy and birth are an important component of mortality of girls aged 15 to 19 worldwide, which accounts for 70 000 deaths a year. If a mother is less than 18, there is a 60% more chance that she may lose her baby du-


COVER NOTE

WITHOUT FUTURE

Photo: Stephanie Sinclair y AFP

CHILD MARRIAGE may have very pernicious consequences for girls: Withdrawal from education: Once they are married, girls tend to leave school. Health problems: Premature pregnancy increases the rate of infant and maternal mortality. Teenagers are also more vulnerable to the contagion of STIs such as HIV/SIDA Mistreatment: Common in child marriages. Furthermore, young girls that refuse to marry or choose a partner for marriage against their parents’ will are often punished or even murdered by their own families. This is known as “honor killing.�

ring their first year, when compared to a mother aged 19 or more. Even if the baby survives, they have more probabilities of being underweight at birth, suffering malnutrition or having a late physical and cognitive development. Underage wives run the risk of suffering violent actions, abuse and exploitation. Child marriage frequently causes the separation from family and friends, as well as lack of freedom to participate in community activities, which could lead to important consequences on the mental health and physical welfare of girls.

According to data from 2013, 74% of new HIV infections among African adolescents happens to girls, many of them within the context of marriage. Domestic violence by the husband or the in laws is another risk. This includes psychological, physical and sexual violence, such as marital rape. Even though not all child marriages are marked by domestic violence, the risk increases when there is a big age gap between the girl and her husband. Many countries do not punish violence within marriage, even if it is a crime. Young brides have almost no chance to look for help. In short, limited information on their rights, lack of access to services (especially legal aid and emergency shelters), laws on discriminatory divorce, inheritance and custody, and the rejection of their own families can trap many girls in abusive marriages with no possible way out. Armed conflicts also increase the risk of girls becoming the target of child marriage and other abuses. Forced marriage involving girls is a devastating war tactic used by extremists such as the Islamic State (IS) and Nigerian Boko Haram. Many Yazidi girls in Iraq tell heartbreaking stories about how they were kidnapped and separated from their families to be later sold as sexual slaves. A young woman who managed to escape recalls how she was taken to a wedding hall with 60 other girls and women; IS soldiers told them to forget about their relatives, as they would marry them and have their children. Child marriage may also result in forced labor, slavery, prostitution and violence against the victims. Since sexual relations cannot be avoided, underage wives run dangerous health risks, such as premature pregnancy, STIs and HIV/AIDS l November 2016 / Impacto evangelistic

13


CHILD MARRIAGE IN THE WORLD One of three girls gets married before turning 18 years old, and one of nine, before 15. This practice takes away their right to receive

education and exposes them to dangers as teenage pregnancies, early labors, HIV, sexual and domestic violence.

The child marriage

or early marriage is the one that affects minors.

The child marriage is one of the main challenges in relation to human rights and development. In Latin American, almost

1 5 of

girls gets married before turning 18 years old.

Most of the victims

are little girls

who are deprived of the rights that would help them improve their lives: health, education and safety.

Child marriage has different causes

HUMANITARIAN CRISIS

ROOTED TRADITIONS

LOW EDUCATION LEVEL

POVERTY

HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 14 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia


To end this detrimental practice,

effective interventions

based on good coordinations—should be implemented: A legal environment and appropriate policies (the minimum age to marry should be raised to 18 years). Community demonstration to change social rules. Facilitate the access to secondary education.

Programs that offer benefits to families (loans, subsidies, scholarships, fund transfer, conditional cash transfer) Resources for married girls and for those who are at risk of early marriages (education, information, support networks)

Child marriage is an

enormous enormous

14 million girls Each year,

ARE FORCED

Approximately

140 million girls might suffer until 2020.

140 million

to get married before turning 18 years old.

Child marriage affects girls from all over the world, but it is more common in Asian and African countries.

700 million More than

married women around the world got married when they were still girls.

250 million

of them had not turned 15 years old when they got married.

Given the lack of data of many countries, the exact number of child marriages is not known. The countries with the highest rates of child marriage are: –Dominican Republic (37%) –Brazil (36%) –Mexico (23%) and the countries of Central America such as: –Nicaragua (41%) –Honduras (34%) –Guatemala (30%) November 2016 / Impacto evangelistic

15


THE DAY HACKERS ATTACKED THE INTERNET On Friday, October 21, half of the internet stopped working in the world. People tried to use their favorite apps without success. The attack lasted three hours.

A

group of hackers attacked the servers of DYN, one of the most important companies in the world that offers domain services. The servers of DYN work as consoles to connect internet traffic. DYN issued a press release to announce that the event was caused by a cybernetic attack made by hackers and that they were able to fix it three hours later. According the Reuters agency, some of the largest Internet companies such as Twitter, Pfizer, Visa, Netflix and SoundCloud were affected; therefore, their MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 16 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia

users could not enter their web pages during the attack. Domain servers are key elements in the infrastructure of Internet, since they transform domains into IP addresses so that users can connect. The attack started around 11:00 GMT and “affected mainly the East Coast of United States, some countries of Europe, Central America and South America”, stated the company. The American government will investigate the attacks that affected big companies as Twitter, Spotify, Github or


Photo: AFP

Photo: AFP

SCIENCE

The New York Times. The web services department of Amazon.com Inc., one of the largest companies of the Internet, also reported a failure that was solved that Friday afternoon. During the three hours that services did not work, followers of the different web pages complained. Although the problem was solved, the pages still presented some interruptions. The White House spokesman, Josh Earnest, confirmed that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was monitoring the situation and was going to in-

vestigate thoroughly the attacks, which he called malicious; nevertheless, he did not mention the origin of them. To attack, hackers overcharged websites with traffic so they collapse. Hours later, the New World Hacking group claim the attack as theirs. In several tweets and on their website, the group said it wanted to test its power before Russian hackers. Despite this version, many believe the origin of the attack is still unknown. THE WORLD WITHOUT INTERNET What would happen if Internet entirely collapses? The most basic services as text messages or voice mails that need internet would not be available. People would not have access to social networks nor their services. It would not be possible to send quick e-mails and most of the tools we use to stay in communication with relatives, friends and colleagues would simply disappear. If this extreme idea is applied into a situation as extreme, even telephone lines could stop working, since they are also part of Internet’s infrastructure. A world without internet would seem very weird to us at the moment l November 2016 / Impacto evangelistic

17


Photo: AFP

JUNK DNA Sometimes, ideological prejudice may hinder scientific research in its search of the truth. This seems to be the case of the so-called “junk DNA” and the evolutionist worldview.

F

rom an evolutionist perspective, it was claimed until four or five years ago that there was a lot of useless junk in the genome of living beings, including ours. It was said to be the fossil remains of a functional past that has become useless today. Richard Dawkins stated forty years ago in his famous book The Selfish Gene, “The true ‘purpose’ of DNA is to survive, no more and no less. The simplest way to explain the surplus DNA is to suppose that it is a parasite, or at best a harmless but useless passenger, hitching a ride in the survival machines created by the other DNA.” MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 18 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia

Thirty years later, still supporting that same line of thinking, he challenged the upholders of Intelligent Design asking that, if there was a Creator God, why He would degrade our genome with untranslatable pseudogenes or repetitive junk DNA. He even said in 2009 that over 90% of the human genome was useless and, even if it was not there, we could live just fine. Darkins was certainly not the only one who thought that way. Other great biologists, such as Francis Crick, Nobel Prize for his identification of the structure of DNA, and Leslie Orgel, renowned researcher of the origin of life, agreed that


SCIENCE

it would be irrational to keep insisting in finding obsessively a role to junk DNA. Nevertheless, things started to change in 2012. Many researchers started to tone down their opinions and accepted the possibility that this junk DNA could play after all some important role in the cell. What started this change? The release of the results of ENCODE, a joint research project involving many scientists from different institutions. ENCODE is an acronym that stands for “Encyclopedia of DNA Elements.” Their conclusions are very clear and disproved the theory of junk DNA. It was like a bomb exploding all over molecular biology laboratories worldwide, filling the walls with multicolor posters stating that at least 80% of DNA has fundamental biochemical functions. What is DNA? The famous macromolecule of life, the deoxyribonucleic acid, looks like a spiral staircase; its handrails made of a large framework of phosphoric acid and sugar (deoxyribose), and its steps comparable to four nitrogenous bases (adenine, thymine, cytosine and guanine) that pair up. If the entire DNA in the 46 chromosomes of the human cells nucleus spread out and was combined together, it would be approximately one or two meters high. It is incredible that this entire DNA fits in a little ball (the nucleus) that is a hundredth of a millimeter wide. It is like introducing a thread of the height of the Everest in a golf ball. An amazing and accurate work! If a scale model of the DNA was to be made, with the different base steps having 25 cm each, that stair would be 75 million kilometers long. That is, more or less, the average distance between the Earth and Mars (considering the variation produced by orbits). All of this gives us an idea of the great length of the molecule that humans inherit from their parents. Three billion bases from our mother and the same amount from our father join during fertilization to form our unique genome. That inherited patrimony is like a very simple alphabet consisting of only 4 letters: A, T, C and G. Nevertheless, it contains the

information necessary to make us who we are. Geneticists knew since the 20th century that there are basically two types of DNA within the nucleus of cells, both of them closely related to each other. One is considered “good,” as its function is known: it contains the information necessary to produce (encode) proteins. As it is known, they allow us to breath, eat, eliminate waste, procreate and perform all those activities that are typical of living beings. THE “BAD” DNA The other DNA is the bad guy because no relevant function is attributed to it. It does not encode proteins, so it was considered genetic waste and was contemptuously called “junk DNA.” From a Darwinist perspective, it was assumed that if it did not have any genes capable of forming proteins, then it was completely useless. It was there, in our genome, as a vestige of old DNA that maybe had some function in the evolutionary past, but none today. But when the sequencing of human genome was completed (the order of the nitrogenous bases) in 2001, it was discovered that more than 98% of our DNA was precisely within the category of the so-called junk genes that produce no proteins. Therefore, only 2% contained the genes necessary for protein production. Until then, most of what was known about genetics was based on that small 2%. But it was incredible and, to some extent, suspicious. To make myself clear, it was like having a car factory with one hundred employees, where only two people worked assembling cars while the other ninety-eight just sit there with their arms crossed, staring at the other two mechanics while doing nothing. A truly unbelievable scenario. If it was genetic “junk”, then why would natural selection pay the functional cost of preserving 98% of waste? A human adult has between 50 and 70 trillion cells that split many times to produce daughter cells. Every time a cell duplicates, it must copy first its entire DNA. This division implies such great

If it was genetic “junk”, then why would natural selection pay the functional cost of preserving 9 % of waste?

Continue reading–– November 2016 / Impacto evangelistic

19


work and energy cost for cells that dragging genetic junk along would be just pointless. Then, why is there such an amount of useless nucleic acid? The isolation theory stating that junk DNA was only useful to isolate and protect the most valuable protein-generation genes was an attempt of an answer, but is it the only role of noncoding DNA? When the complexity of human beings is compared to that of the rest of living beings, it is confirmed that the number of useful genes is insufficient to give an explanation. Anatomical, physiological, intellectual, behavioral and spiritual differences cannot be clarified with genes. Humans have almost the same amount of protein-generating genes as a nematode, which is a simple microscopic worm, or a small fruit fly: only 20 000. However, worms or flies do not build cities, make cantatas, write books, build sculptures or play tennis. What is the molecular reason for our biological singularity? When comparing DNA of people with that of worms or flies, there is a big difference, not in the structure or the complexity of genes, but precisely the amount of junk DNA. What separates us from inferior animals is the size of this supposedly useless genome. We have an extraordinary proportion of noncoding DNA (98% of the total). Is that the key of our complexity? Does it have any overlooked fundamental functions? Part of the solution lies in a genetic phenomenon named ‘splicing,’ which uses junk DNA to make human cells more capable of generating a greater diversity of proteins from just one gene than inferior organisms. But this is only the tip of the iceberg. THE DISCOVERY Thanks to ENCODE Project, we know now that even if junk DNA does not encode proteins, it does many other different things necessary for the wellfunctioning of cells. The 98 operators of the car factory from the analogy above are not at all inactive.

MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 20 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia

Photo: AFP

Continue reading––

It is true they do not assembly cars, but they conduct many other tasks to make the factory work well. Activities such as obtaining financing, keeping accounts, promoting cars, processing employees’ wages, cleaning facilities and toilets, selling cars, and so on. The same happens with junk DNA in our genome, and new functions are constantly discovered. Even though it does not generate proteins, it performs important structural (it prevents DNA from unraveling or getting damaged by


SCIENCE

Supporters of Intelligent Design believe that there is a Creator God that has designed us based on a wise plan, so it was logical to expect that 98% of our DNA would be of use and definitely not junk. And that was precisely the discovery.

wrapping or repairing it) or functional (it forms RNA that “adjusts” the management of the genome as if it was a “switch” that connects and disconnects genes) activities. Many geneticists believe that even if there may be some repetitive genes with no function, most of the junk DNA is undoubtedly the source of human biological complexity. Nevertheless, not all evolutionists have embraces the discoveries of ENCODE. Many disregard them and keep supporting the theory of junk

DNA, as they are not willing to admit that they were wrong for one hundred years. Accepting the results would mean to confess that their materialist and evolutionary biology was based on a big mistake. Supporters of Intelligent Design believe that there is a Creator God that has designed us based on a wise plan, so it was logical to expect that 98% of our DNA would be of use and definitely not junk. And that was precisely the discovery l

(*) Internist, Master in Management and Public Policy

November 2016 / Impacto evangelistic

21


GASTROINTESTINAL INFECTIONS It is one of the main health problems in children and the second most frequent cause of death in children under five. Walter Menchola Vásquez

A

cute gastrointestinal infections are caused by viruses, parasites or bacteria, and its main symptom is diarrhea, that is, three or more loose and watery stools per day. Frequent solid and pasty bowel movements are not considered diarrhea. Acute diarrheal disease (ADD) occurs more frequently in summer. Heat favors the spread of the germs that cause diarrhea, food decomposes more easily, and people are more exposed to the consumption of infected foods and beverages.

Drink safe water. If you do not have tap water, dissolve 2 drops of bleach (called chlorine, sodium hypochlorite or lye in other countries) per liter of water or boil it for three minutes to drink, wash your hands or teeth, cook or wash vegetables and fruits. MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 22 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia

HOW DOES IT OCCUR? It results from the intake of food and water contaminated by germs, usually by the fecal-oral route; hands contaminated with fecaloid remains work as transmission agents. Other sources of infection are decomposed foods, especially in summer; for example, dressings such as mayonnaise should be stored in the refrigerator at low temperature. Another common cause is viral infections, especially in winter; they are transmitted in crowded places such as schools and day care centers. In children, dehydration is measured on a scale of 1 to 3: 1. Mild dehydration: no signs or symptoms 2. Moderate dehydration: a. Thirst. b. Child’s behavior: irritable, whiny, restless c. Skin: loss of elasticity, “skin turgor” d. Sunken eyes 3. Severe dehydration: a. The symptoms above but stronger b. Drowsiness or partial or total loss of consciousness c. No urination

d. Cold limbs, pale skin e. Increased heart and respiratory rate f. Low or undetectable blood pressure REHYDRATION Mild or moderate hydration may be treated with oral rehydration salts (ORS) or homemade rehydration solutions. Each sachet comes with directions. In the case of homemade ORS, dissolve 1 teaspoon of salt and 8 teaspoons of sugar in 1 liter of boiled water and make the patient drink frequently, as recommended by the World Health Organization. If the child or adult does not tolerate the ORS or has severe dehydration, they must be rehydrated intravenously in a medical establishment and be monitored permanently. The child must not stop drinking milk despite the ADD; just dilute the milk a little bit. If the child is being breastfed, breastfeeding must not be interrupted. PREVENTION The infectious agents that cause ADD are nearly twenty and are transmitted by the fecal-oral route, by contaminated hands or objects or by the ingestion of infected water. Prevention is simple: drink safe water. If you do not have tap water, dissolve 2 drops of bleach (called chlorine, sodium hypochlorite or lye in other countries) per liter of water or boil it for three minutes to drink, wash your hands or teeth, cook or wash vegetables and fruits. Always wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water after using the bathroom or changing diapers, and before eating or handling food. Wash fruits and vegetables with safe water. In case of fresh salads, leave the vege-


MEASURES TO PREVENT Prolong breastfeeding Keep hands clean (of both children and adults caring for them) Wash baby bottles Use toilets or latrines Discard disposable diapers in tightly closed bags Discard fecal matter from cloth diapers in bathrooms or latrines, and wash diapers thoroughly with soap and water

Photo: AFP

tables soaking in a bowl with safe water for ten minutes and then rinse with safe running water. Eat only hygienically prepared cooked or fried foods. Do not eat raw fish or seafood from street vendors. Keep food well covered and refrigerated, since microorganisms can be transported by insects or by dust, and multiply quickly, especially in times of heat. Feed your baby with breast milk during the first six months. Among the many advantages of breast milk is the provision of defenses against gastrointestinal infections. Wash baby bottles thoroughly, as they are an excellent breeding ground for bacteria that cause diarrhea. Thus, it is important to remove any remaining food in them, wash them with safe water and dish soap/detergent. It is also advisable to sterilize them periodically by boiling them in a container with plenty of safe water for about five minutes.

Photo: AFP

Photo: AFP

HEALTH

WHAT TO DO? Consult a physician or go to a health center as soon as possible Drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration In case of babies and young children, do not interrupt breastfeeding l

(*) Internist doctor, Master in Politics and Public Management. Source: World Health Organization, Peruvian Ministry of Health.

November 2016 / Impacto evangelistic

23


THE VICTOR JOURNEY THROUGH THE BIBLE The book written by Victor Gilbert Beers shows us the Holy Scriptures through its main stories with backgrounds and illustrations.

N

o one knows the exact location of the Garden of Eden, but the Bible offers a clue. It tells of a river that flowed out of the garden and divided into four branches. Two of them, the Tigris and the Euphrates, flow through the modern countries of Syria, Iraq and Turkey. The other two branches are called the Pishon and Gihon, and their location remains a mystery today. Most scholars believe that the Garden of Eden was located somewhere near the head of the Persian Gulf, at the junction of the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers. No trace of the beautiful garden has been found and some think that it withered. Described as an extraordinary way to approach the Scriptures, the book The Victor Journey through the Bible presents 237 stories from Christian sacred texts together background information in word and picture. Created by evangelical author Victor Gilbert Beers, who wrote more than 140 books, this is the ideal tool to understand passages and key moments in the Old and New Testament. One boy born as a slave was Moses, whom Pharaoh’s daughter adopted and raised as a prince. But Moses killed an Egyptian taskmaster and fled to Midian,

Beers’s book offers a visual exploration of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. In this regard, Tyndale House Publishers stated that, “every library, home, church, and school will want this complete reference work on its shelves. It will enrich Sunday School lesson preparation, Bible storytelling, family devotions, and Bible study.” MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 24 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia

where he married a shepherdess named Zipporah. For the next 40 years, Moses lived in Midian as shepherd until the Lord spoke to him from a burning bush and ordered him to return to Egypt and lead His people from their slavery. Moses reluctantly returned. Through him, the Lord worked 10 mighty miracles, 10 plagues on the land of Israel. THE LAND OF ISRAEL T h e Victor Journey through the Bible contains endless references, more than 400 pages of photographs, drawings, maps and charts, and about 100 images of objects and monuments of Bible times. It also includes dozens of detailed maps, scores of reconstructions and diagrams


LITERATURE

and images of over 50 archaeological discoveries. Furthermore, it has an accurate index providing specific information on every story. When the Israelites set out to conquer

the Promised Land, they had many victories. But they could not take all of the land, so they were forced to live with the Canaanites. In time, they absorbed many of their heathen ways, especially by the

Continue reading–– November 2016 / Impacto evangelistic

25


Continue reading––

MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 26 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia


LITERATURE

time of the Judges. Israel then was far from the Lord. Judges arose to lead the nation, and a few were strong, such as Deborah and Gideon. Other were weak. Samson was physically strong but morally weak. As an easy-to-read bibliographical resource, Beers’s book offers a visual exploration of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. In this regard, Tyndale House Publishers stated that, “every library, home, church, and school will want this complete reference work on its shelves. It will enrich Sunday School lesson preparation, Bible storytelling, family devotions, and Bible study.” Caesar Augustus, emperor of the entire Roman world, ordered a census to be taken. In Palestine, the Jews were to return to their ancestral homes, which for both. Mary and Joseph was in Bethlehem, in Judea. Leaving Nazareth near the time when Mary was to have her baby, they traveled south to Bethlehem, where their ancestor King David had lived as a lad. But they arrived too late in the day to find lodging, so they were forced to stay in the stable with the animals. That night, Mary gave birth to her baby, who was already named Jesus by the angel Gabriel. Victor Gilbert Beers Doctor of Theology specialized in biblical subjects and a renowned author in the Christian publishing industry, awarded with dozens of prize wrote The Victor Journey through the Bible after nine trips to the Holy Land and a patient research that included the rescue of unprecedented graphical material. With a whole life devoted to encourage people to read the Holy Scriptures, Beers organized his book in stories to present the most relevant biblical events. Jesus was very busy one day in Galilee. He had just returned from a journey during which he taught and healed many people, when some religious leaders accused him of working for Satan. Some of them demanded a miracle to show that He was the Son of God. Jesus refused, as He knew that no miracle would convince them. One day, His mother and brothers came to take Him back to Nazareth, but He refused to go. The He taught using parables, including a parable about a sower.

STORY BY STORY Divided into 103 stories from the Old Testament and 134 from the New Testament, The Victor Journey through the Bible defines its objectives in the foreword, where it states that it is a new and important reference work. It also states that “as far as we know, there has never been an organized manual of the stories of the Bible. The Victor Journey through the Bible has achieved it after the reading of the Scriptures story by story while contributing with background information and illustrations for the almost 250 biblical stories.” Jesus went with His disciples to Gethsemane, a garden among olive trees on the Mount of Olives. While He prayed until the early morning hours, Judas came with a band of men to capture Him. Jesus was taken before the high priests Annas and Caiaphas, and the council, for trial… Pilate was frightened, so he sent Jesus to Herod Antipas… Herod sent Jesus back to Pilate, where the leaders of the people pressured Pilate into sentencing Jesus to die by crucifixion. Among the main stories in the book by Beers are: Creation, Cain and Abel, Abraham Offers Isaac, Joseph Is Sold as a Slave, Moses Is Born, The Plagues, The Exodus, David and Goliath, Solomon Builds the Temple, The Story of Jonah, The Story of Job, Jesus Is Born, The Miracle of Fish, Choosing the Twelve, Jesus Feeds 5000, Jesus Raises Lazarus, The Last Supper, Jesus Is Sentenced to Death, Pentecost, Paul at Corinth, and The Seven Churches. After Paul had presented his case to King Agrippa, who was actually Herod Agrippa II, son of Herod Agrippa I, he appealed to have his case heard by Caesar. Paul had already spent two years in prison at Caesarea, and he believed he would have a fair hearing in Rome. Under Roman law, a Roman citizen who appealed to Caesar had to be sent to Caesar to be judged. Paul was placed on a ship sailing from Caesarea, then transferred to another ship at Myra, a city of Cilicia, which is in present-day Turkey. But sailing was slow because of contrary winds l

The Victor Journey through the Bible defines its objectives in the foreword, where it states that it is a new and important reference work. It also states that “as far as we know, there has never been an organized manual of the stories of the Bible. The Victor Journey through the Bible has achieved it after the reading of the Scriptures story by story while contributing with background information and illustrations for the almost 250 biblical stories.”

November 2016 / Impacto evangelistic

27


O LOVE THAT WILL NOT LET ME GO

Hymn by preacher George Matheson, dictated as he stated by an inner voice. It speaks of God’s love for His followers even in moments of greatest pain.

I

nspired by a painful memory of its author, the hymn “O Love That Will Not Let Me Go” portrays the Lord’s love for His followers, even in the toughest siMISSIONARY MOVEMENT 28 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia

tuations of earthly existence. On the afternoon of June 6, 1882, in the Scottish village of Innellan, George Matheson soothed his sorrow through God’s love and com-


MUSIC

posed, in only five minutes, the most famous poem of his brief but impressive musical career. Known as ‘The blind preacher,’ as he lost his sight at the age of 20, Matheson

describes in his song the main benefits of the love that never abandons humanity: the love of God. The preacher, born on March 27, 1842, once said that the lyrics of “O Love That Will Not Let Me Go” was dictated by “an inner voice.” The servant of Christ also said that he never modified nor corrected his composition. Matheson, Doctor of Divinity from the University of Edinburgh, wrote his most famous composition hours before the wedding of one of his sisters. The pastor himself explained that something happened to him, something that only he knew O LOVE THAT WILL about and caused him great suffering. The NOT LET ME GO musical composition was the result of such pain, which had to do with a young 1 O Love that will not let me go, woman to whom he had been engaged and I rest my weary soul in thee; who left him due to his blindness. I give thee back the life I owe, Matheson, the eldest son of a couple That in thine ocean depths its flow of followers, served the Lord even though May richer, fuller be. he had suffered from many eye problems 2 since he was very young. Optimistic and O Light that foll’west all my way, cheerful, George did not get discouraged I yield my flick’ring torch to thee; easily and, against all odds, he studied at My heart restores its borrowed ray, the Glasgow Academy, the third best high That in thy sunshine’s blaze its day school in Scotland, and at the University of May brighter, fairer be. Glasgow, where he graduated in classics, 3 logic and philosophy. Then, supported by O Joy that seekest me through pain, his sisters, he majored in history and theoI cannot close my heart to thee; logy at the University of Edinburgh. I trace the rainbow through the rain, George Matheson, who would spend And feel the promise is not vain, his mornings studying and his afternoons That morn shall tearless be. in visits and counseling, was ordained a 4 pastor on June 13, 1866. Six months later, O Cross that liftest up my head, he was appointed assistant to Rev. John I dare not ask to fly from thee; Ross MacDuff, author of several Christian I lay in dust life’s glory dead, books of great acceptance, at Sandyford And from the ground there blossoms red Life that shall endless be. Church. Then, influenced by MacDuff, Matheson also became a very successful writer. Later, on April 8, 1868, he was put in charge of the Innellan Temple. George Matheson, who passed away on August 28, 1906 in Edinburgh, overcame all the physical and emotional difficulties he had to face in his 64 years of life thanks to his faith in God. Author of a single volume of Christian verses, called Sacred Songs, he always had the certainty that the light of the Lord would lead him to the right path. By the end of his days, he wrote, “Teach me the glory of my cross, show me that I have climbed to Thee by the path of pain” l November 2016 / Impacto evangelistic

29


SMITH, THE GLOBETROTTER Missionary Rodney Smith, born to gypsy parents, lived to spread the Gospel around the world. His evangelizing work led him to preach the Word of God in Africa, Oceania, Europe and North America. Ed Reese

MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 30 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia


HEROES OF FAITH

R

odney Smith was, perhaps, the bestloved evangelist of all time. When he would give his life story, the crowds who came to listen to him would generally fill up halls and auditoriums. His journeys across the Atlantic Ocean were so numerous that historians cannot agree on the exact number. Rodney was born on March 31, 1860 in a Romani bender tent in Epping Forest, six miles northeast of London, and he never attended school. His family made a living selling baskets, tinware and clothespegs. His father, Cornelius Smith, and his mother, Mary Welch, had a vardo that they called home. Cornelius was in and out of jail for various offenses, usually because he could not afford to pay his fines. Here that he first heard the Gospel from the lips of a prison chaplain. Then he tried to explain to his dying wife what he heard. Rodney was still a small lad when his mother died from smallpox. A Christian song that she had heard sung twenty years earlier about Jesus came back to her, comforting her as she passed on. The dying words of Mary Welch were, “I believe. Cornelius, be a good father to my children. I know God will take care of my children.” God did take care of Rodney and his siblings, as they grew up under the stern eye of Cornelius. They all went into Christian service. NEW FATHER Following his wife’s death, Cornelius met, one day, his brothers Woodlock and Bartholomew, and found they too hungered after God. At a tavern at the end of town, they stopped and talked to the woman innkeeper about God. She told them that she had something that could be useful

to them and ran upstairs to find a copy of ‘Pilgrim’s Progress.’ After the reading, the Smith brothers decided that the Gospel was what they wanted for the rest of their lives. Later, Cornelius was invited to a Christian meeting, which he attended with all his children. As the people sang the words, “I do believe, I will that Jesus died for me,” he fell to the floor unconscious. Soon he jumped up and said, “I am converted! Children, God has made a new man of me. You have a new father!” Rodney ran out of the church thinking his father had gone crazy. Cornelius Smith formed an evangelistic team together with his brothers who had also fallen at God’s feet and preached the gospel incessantly from1873. The “Converted Gypsies” were used in a wonderful way by the Lord to spread the good news in England. Soon after Cornelius’ conversion, Christmas came, and Rodney and his five siblings asked their father, “What are we going to have tomorrow?” The father sadly replied, “I do not know, my children.” The cupboard was empty. Falling on his knees, he prayed, then told his children that God would provide. At that very moment, a missionary knocked on the door of the Smiths’ van, “I have come to tell you that the Lord will provide.” Then he told them that three legs of mutton and other groceries awaited them.

Rodney's conversion, for which his father always prayed, happened when he was sixteen years old as a result of a combination of things. The witness of his father, the hearing of Ira Sankey’s singing, the visit to the home of John Bunyan in Bedford, among other events, contributed to Rodney’s decision to follow the Gospel of God. Standing at the foot of the statue of Bunyan, Smith vowed he would live for the CONVERSION Rodney’s conversion, for which his father Lord. always prayed, happened when he was sixteen years old as a result of a combination of things. The witness of his father, the hearing of Ira Sankey’s singing, the visit to the home of John Bunyan in Bedford, among other events, contributed to Rodney’s decision to follow the Gospel of God. Standing at the foot of the statue of Bunyan, Smith vowed he would live for the Lord. On November 17, 1876, Rodney Smith visited an evangelical temple in which pastor George Warner invited believers to manifest their faith. After listening to him, he went up to the pulpit and surrendered to the Lord. Hours later, he rushed home

Continue reading–– November 2016 / Impacto evangelistic

31


Continue reading––

In 1906, the Gypsy preacher conducted fifty meetings in Boston, which convened more than 100 thousand people. Between 1908 and 1909, he went to France, and then, between 1911 and 1912, he returned to the United States. During World War I, as Europe was in flames, he shared the Word in France, often visiting the front lines, during three and a half years. His tenacious work for Christianity earned him an acknowledgment of King George VI, who appointed him a member of the Order of the British Empire.

MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 32 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia

to tell his father that he had been converted. Then he got a Bible and a dictionary and began to study the Word. Such was his commitment that one day he assured that, sooner or later, he would preach the Gospel because God had called him. Known as “The Young Evangelical Gypsy,” Rodney began sharing the good news as soon as he learned to read and write. With enthusiasm, he stood in the middle of the road and spoke of God to the members of his community. Smith was discovered as a potential instrument of God by missionary William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army, at a Christian convention. On June 25, 1877, after accepting Booth’s invitation, he joined the flourishing English congregation in which he remained until 1882. GLOBETROTTER AND MISSIONARY Married on December 17, 1879 to Annie Pennock, Smith achieved his first great triumph for Christ in the town of Chatam, where he converted more than two hundred people in nine months. Then, in 1881, he went to the city of Hull, where his name soon became associated with God. He eventually came to the city of Hanley, which was also taken for the Lord. During his stay in the Salvation Army, Rodney won more than 23,000 souls and his gatherings would congregate more than 1,500 people. In 1883, as an independent preacher, Rodney crossed the border for the first time to bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ to Sweden. Then, between 1886 and 1888, he traveled around England and Wales, and achieved great things for Christian faith. On January 18, 1889, he traveled to the United States to evangelize the Americans. Brooklyn, Boston and San Francisco were all touched by his preaching. Upon his return to England, by the end of 1889, he visited, Bible in hand, a large number of gypsy encampments. In 1891, back in America, Rodney Smith led a revival that covered with the Word of God the cities of New York and New Jersey. Later, in 1892, he traveled to Scotland and began a permanent evangelizing work with the Gypsy people. Then he took his third trip to the States and led

once again a spiritual awakening that was spread by various written media. Later, from September 1893 to January 1894, he stirred the city of Glasgow with the Gospel. On May 22, 1894, Rodney arrived in Australia and began a successful missionary campaign that took him to Adelaide, Melbourne, and Sydney. Then, on his way home, he took the Word to America for the fourth time. Later, on January 1, 1896, after working in London, Manchester, Edinburgh, and Swansea, he made his fifth missionary trip to the United States. Recognized as one of the greatest evangelists in the world, he once again gained thousands of souls for the cause of God. One of the crowning moments of Smith’s missionary life was his trip to South Africa in 1904, where he remained for six months. At the end of his stay in the country known as ‘The Rainbow Nation,’ the missionary had evangelized more than 300,000 people. Likewise, it is affirmed that, through his messages, he managed the conversion of 18,000 South Africans who gave themselves to God after listening to him at the meetings he organized on his African tour. In 1906, the Gypsy preacher conducted fifty meetings in Boston, which convened more than 100 thousand people. Between 1908 and 1909, he went to France, and then, between 1911 and 1912, he returned to the United States. During World War I, as Europe was in flames, he shared the Word in France, often visiting the front lines, during three and a half years. His tenacious work for Christianity earned him an acknowledgment of King George VI, who appointed him a member of the Order of the British Empire. Rodney Smith, who died on August 4, 1947 of a heart attack, spent the last two decades of his life further expanding the Gospel. In 1926, he made his second trip around the world and brought the Word of God to Australia and New Zealand. Likewise, in his last days of life, he repeatedly visited the United States and enlarged his harvest of converts. He also preached the Gospel of the Lord at Epping Forest, near the place where he was born, and helped hundreds of Gypsies convert l


HEROES OF FAITH Continuar leyendo––

November 2016 / Impacto evangelistic

33


MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 34 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia


LIFE STORIES

THE SALVATION OF THE KOVACS Stephan y Lourdes Kovacs, una pareja de vida exagerada que transitó por los peores vicios antes de conocerse. Dos seres humanos atormentados, hasta que Dios permitió su encuentro y logró liberarlos de un mundo lleno de excesos. Marlo Pérez Foto: Keila Zabaleta y Archivo familiar

November 2016 / Impacto evangelistic

35


I

n mid-2009, Stephan Kovacs used to visit different nightclubs in the city of Salez, Switzerland, to sell drugs and marijuana to dozens of young people who, like him, were trapped by the vice. That is when he met Lourdes, an ex-dancer who made her living in some nightclubs of the city. It was love at first sight. Lourdes and Stephan Kovacs are a married couple like any other. She is from the Dominican Republic and he is from Austria, countries of different cultures. Lourdes Martinez was born in February 1974 in Santo Domingo, and her father’s problems with alcohol haunted her ever since she was a child. As if it was not enough, she would always see him and his lovers pass by near her house. “Before he left us, my father began to mistreat my mother; his lovers would insult my mother when they passed by her,” she recalls. Drunk and jealous, one day her father chased her mother down with an ax. Lourdes, who was the eldest of the daughters, could not believe her eyes. After a while, a new scandal shook her home when she learned that her father got an old friend of her mother pregnant. Lourdes’ mother took a knife and almost beheaded the woman. “I grew up haunted by all that and became very shy... I promised that I would not be like my mother, who put up with my father,” Lourdes says. MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 36 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia

Family issues ended when she was 16 and her aunt contacted her to travel to Switzerland and seek new directions. Because she was a minor, she left to the European country illegally. Her stay was not so pleasant, as she had to work soon as a dancer in several nightclubs in Lucerne and Zurich. “Because of vanity, I wanted to get the things I had never had, as it had happened to my aunts and cousins who tra-


LIFE STORIES

After several months dancing in Swiss nightclubs, Lourdes met an entrepreneur who asked her to leave her job and marry him. After promising everlasting love, they got married in 2001, but their relationship ended five years later. Lourdes believed that she had lost everything, and suicidal thoughts overpowered her.

veled before me,” she says. FIRST VICES Meanwhile, in Austria, a neighboring country, was Stephan Kovacs, born in 1984 in a well-established family. His parents, Josef and Ruth Kovacs, taught him values and virtues, but everything changed when he turned 8 and started smoking cigarettes with his friends. Although this had no

immediate consequences, it planted little seeds that, years later, would drag him to other bad habits. “I would run away from home with my friends and we would go on a train to other villages to smoke,” recalls Stephan. Later, his parents sent him to a boarding school in Bregenz, a city bordering Switzerland. There, he studied for the next eight years of his life, a period in which he met

Continue reading–– November 2016 / Impacto evangelistic

37


Stephan’s rebelliousness grew stronger. At the age of 13, he escaped from school and lived in the streets of the Austrian city with some friends. In a home shelter, they began to bond with marijuana, ecstasy and all kinds of intoxicating drinks that prompted them to sell these substances to dozens of young people in the city. Crime was part of his new street life.

Continue reading––

several neo-Nazi young people who chased foreign students. Stephan never though that several years later he would marry a Dominican immigrant. BACK IN SHAME After several months dancing in Swiss nightclubs, Lourdes met an entrepreneur who asked her to leave her job and marry him. After promising everlasting love, they got married in 2001, but their relationship ended five years later. Lourdes believed that she had lost everything, and suicidal thoughts overpowered her. Back in Switzerland, she resumed her old job, until she met a Hungarian who got her pregnant. A few years later, that relationship ended and Lourdes was evicted

MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 38 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia

from the foreigner’s home together with her son. Her mother and her country welcomed her with open arms. DRUG SELLER Stephan’s rebelliousness grew stronger. At the age of 13, he escaped from school and lived in the streets of the Austrian city with some friends. In a home shelter, they began to bond with marijuana, ecstasy and all kinds of intoxicating drinks that prompted them to sell these substances to dozens of young people in the city. Crime was part of his new street life. By that time, he came back to school, but due to his indiscipline, he was expelled without any option to reintegrate. After that, he crossed the border to Switzerland


LIFE STORIES

on the packages, he became one of the most wanted by the police. “I sold a lot of drugs. Not like the big ones in Colombia, but I did sell many kilograms of drugs; that is how I survived for several years,” he says. Stephan crossed the border into Switzerland on foot to avoid raising more suspicions. When he settled in the city of Salez, he resumed his dissolute life, selling drugs and getting involved with crime and prostitution. Under these circumstances he met Lourdes. LOURDES AND THE GOSPEL On her return to the Dominican Republic, Lourdes was surprised to learn that the Word of God had flowed in her mother’s house, thanks to one of her younger sisters, who had become a Christian many years before. “My mother received several Christian pastors, evangelists and missionaries in her house. Thank God, my mother’s house thrived, to the point that everyone wanted to pray there and feel the presence of the Lord...” she says. In 2005, while listening to the Word of God, Lourdes heared the revelation of a pastor who saw in his dreams a tragic and decayed life for her if she did not surrender to the Lord. “I felt the touch of the Lord when the pastor told me that, because I felt empty and that nothing could fill my heart... From that moment I wanted to serve the Lord,” Lourdes recalls. and stayed in Zurich, where he worked in a factory of auto parts. When his narcotic addiction increased, one day Stephan suffered a nervous breakdown and began to shake violently. The girl who was with him that night had a bad scare. “Usually you take one pill, but, addicted as I was, I took one pill after another while working in the factory... I could have died from an overdose,” confesses Stephan. At the age of 22, he contacted some of his friends from Holland and Germany, and traveled to Spain to stock up on narcotics to take to Switzerland. Antinarcotics authorities in this country noticed the presence of one of his accomplices and inspected the merchandise he was carrying. Upon discovering the pseudonym of ‘Kovacs’ printed

UNITED BY GOD In 2009, while living in Salez, Switzerland, Lourdes and Stephan met at a party. They fell in love at first sight and hit it off, but some uncertainty was always in the air, especially when Lourdes learned about her fiancé’s drug business. A year later, Lourdes recalled the words of that man of God back in 2005 and the desire to serve God grew in her again. She devoted herself to prayer. When a group of believers announced the Gospel, she believed by faith. After two months, Stephan also believed. In 2011, they got married and joined the church of the Worldwide Missionary Movement in the city. Both are sure that God united them from two places so distant to serve Him l November 2016 / Impacto evangelistic

39


MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 40 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia


INTERVIEW

“IN CENTRAL AMERICA, WE HAVE MOVED FORWARD” Rev. Álvaro Enrique Garavito, with total perseverance, has achieved a greater presence of the Work in Central American countries.

A

fter 31 years as Supervisor of Guatemala, Rev. Álvaro Enrique Garavito, International Officer of the Work, tells us about his new role as a Missionary Supervisor in Central America and Mexico, and hints at the possibility of a Central American congress. Since when were you the Supervisor of Guatemala and how was your work? It all began in 1985, when the Lord brought me to Guatemala as a missionary to resume the Work. 31 years have passed. In 2015, another pastor, who is one of my spiritual children, became Supervisor of the Work here in Guatemala, as I was appointed Supervisor of Central America and Mexico three years ago. Which Central American countries do you supervise and what progress has been made? We began to work three years ago, and thanks to God’s mercy, in Central America we have moved forward in several directions, such as the Work’s restructuring and planning. We hold a National Retreat during the Convention in Guatemala, and three months after we meet again with pastors for three more days. The first day we meet and talk about the organization and administration of the Work, and the other two days we fast, pray and study the Word with questions and answers of pastors from each country. This has been done in Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Belize and Guatemala the countries that I supervise.

What kind of problems do you find in Central America and how does the Work deal with them? There is a lot of violence, and that is why we have a dynamic prayer program. We cannot establish many churches, because they are extorted, as have been some of our pastors; but God has protected us although we have churches in which there is much violence. We also face difficulties with gangs; in some neighborhoods with white fields people cannot walk more than three blocks. We form groups and white fields very close to each other, and so the Work grows. Do you long for a Central American Congress? Yes, we hope for a Central American Congress, but the President of the Work, Rev. Gustavo Martínez, has the last word about how and when this event will be held. We might meet at the beginning of 2017 and obtain some clearer answers on this issue. Has the Work held a Central American Congress before? Yes, in 1986. I had been in Guatemala for a year when the Ortiz brothers decided to hold a congress here. There were twelve members in our new church, but the conference was held with all representatives and reached about 140 attendees from all countries. In 2010, a Central American Congress was held in Costa Rica, and then in other countries, but not every five years, for many reasons. We hope in the Lord for a Central American Congress l

November 2016 / Impacto evangelistic

41


THE HARBINGERS OF ARMAGEDDON “And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared. And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty… And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.” Revelation 16:12-16. Rev. Luis M. Ortiz

A

rmageddon is the valley at the foot of Mount Carmel and the scenario of terrible slaughters in the days of the judges and the kings of Israel. But Armageddon is mentioned again in the book of Revelation as the place where God will gather all his enemies to destroy them. “To gather them MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 42 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia

to the battle of that great day of God Almighty… And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon” (Revelation 16:14, 16). The prophet Isaiah talks about such day: “Come near, ye nations, to hear… For the indignation of the Lord is upon


DEVOTIONAL

all nations, and his fury upon all their armies: he hath utterly destroyed them, he hath delivered them to the slaughter. Their slain also shall be cast out, and their stink shall come up out of their carcases” (Isaiah 34:1-3). The apostle John also describes that day in his visions of the Apocalypse: “And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God. And the winepress was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs” (Revelation 14:19-20). The historian Josephus says that when the Romans, commanded by General Titus, destroyed Jerusalem in 70 AD, all that remained was the Western Wall; the blood that flowed through the streets put out fires in many houses. But no previous slaughter throughout human history can be compared to the one of Armageddon, as it will be the most devastating. The river of human blood in the valley of Armageddon will go up to the horse bridles by the space of about two hundred miles. All the armies of the world, deceived by Satan and evil spirits, will be gathered in this valley for the great battle of Armageddon. This concentration of armies will aim to wipe out Israel. We are now witnessing the harbingers of Armageddon. Despite the peace negotiations between Israel and the Arab countries, some of them, the descendants of Ishmael, want to annihilate and exterminate Israel. They are supported by Russia, as prophesized in the Bible, which describes Russia as the king of the North (Ezekiel 38:15). They are also backed by China, as stated in the Bible, which says that the Euphrates, which flows from the mountains

of Turkey over more than 1700 miles, will dry up and serve as way to the eastern armies to gather at Armageddon (Revelation 16:12). We must set our eyes on Israel. The people of Israel is God’s prophetic clock. The scenario is being prepared. The main figures are taking their positions for the great battle of Armageddon For those who study and believe the Bible, these events come as no surprise. We read about it in the Bible every day, and when they come true, we praise God for the faithful fulfillment of His prophetic Word. When these armies from all over the world meet at Armageddon and the destruction of Israel is imminent, Israel will cry out to God for his true Messiah and our Lord Jesus Christ will appear in the clouds. He will be recognized by the Israelites as the Messiah who will free them of their enemies, and so the glorious Second Coming of Christ to this world in a visible, literal and corporeal way will take place. “Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen” (Revelation 1:7). Beloved, seven years before Armageddon and the Second Coming of Christ, however, the Rapture of the true Church of Jesus Christ will take place, composed of all those washed by the blood of Christ “of all nations, kindreds, people and tongues” (Revelation 7:9.) According to Bible prophecy that may be fulfilled at any time, the Lord will unexpectedly come to the ungodly “like a thief in the night,” but to the Church He will come as a bridegroom walking down the aisle. We Christians are waiting for the Lord. We are alert, ready, prepared, vigilant, expectant, awake, engaged in his Work and winning souls for the Kingdom of Heaven. And before this series of world events, our Master’s words echo in our ears with music of glory: “And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh” (Luke 21:28). The sooner the better! Come, Lord Jesus! l November 2016 / Impacto evangelistic

43


WHEN YOU CANNOT SLEEP

“On that night could not the king sleep, and he commanded to bring the book of records of the chronicles; and they were read before the king.” Esther 6:1. Rev. José Arturo Soto

T

he Persian King Ahasuerus ruled his empire at its zenith and scattered the people of God in 125 provinces. One night, this king could not sleep; it was no coincidence. A desire to read the chronicles of his town grew in him; these chronicles recorded important events of the kingdom. God had put this feeling in the heart of King Ahasuerus. When Queen Vashti decided not to appear at the royal banquet, thus defying the order of King Ahasuerus, her deposition was immediate. God made the decision to put on the queen’s throne a young Jewish woman named Esther. Something negative happened, though. Haman was appointed vizier, a position of great importance. He was proud and wanted everyone to kneel before him. But Mordecai, Esther’s adoptive father, stood firm and refused to kneel before Haman (Esther 3:2). Haman became angry and decided to kill Mordecai and all the Jewish people. When he consulted with the astrologers, they told him that the stars and odds were in his favor. Haman went before King Ahasuerus and told him that there was a people scattered in his kingdom that did not contribute, but was unproductive and did not deserve to live. He offered to pay ten thousand talents of silver to destroy the Jews. King Ahasuerus, who knew nothing about this people, answered him: “The silver is given to thee, the people also, to do with them as it seemeth good to thee” (Esther 3:11.) Haman announced that on the thirteenth day of the twelfth month the whole people of Israel would be exterminated and their property, expropriated. It was an irrevocable command (Esther 3:12, 15). It was then when God made the king unable to sleep. “And it was found written, that Mordecai had told of Bigthana and Teresh, two of the king’s chamberlains, the keepers of the door, who sought to lay hand on the king MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 44 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia

Ahasuerus” (Esther 6:2). When King Ahasuerus asked if Mordecai had been rewarded for his actions, they replied that nothing had been done. At that very moment Haman came to the palace (Est. 6: 6.) Thinking that the king was talking about him, Haman asked for the maximum honor that could be given to someone in the Persian kingdom. “And Haman answered the king, For the man whom the king delighteth to honour, Let the royal apparel be brought which the king useth to wear, and the horse that the king rideth upon, and the crown royal which is set upon his head. And let this apparel and horse be delivered to the hand of one of the king’s most noble princes, that they may array the man withal whom the king delighteth to honour, and bring him on horseback through the street of the city, and proclaim before him, Thus shall it be done to the man whom the king delighteth to honour” (Esther 6:7-9.) Haman came to hang Mordecai, but the king told him to go where Mordecai was and do with him all that he had said (Acts 6:10). Haman had to proclaim throughout the city that Mordecai was the man honored by the king. When he returned home, his wife told him, “If Mordecai be of the seed of the Jews, before whom thou hast begun to fall, thou shalt not prevail against him, but shalt


DEVOTIONAL

surely fall before him” (Esther 6:13). Esther resorted to prayer and fasting and sought the invitation in God. He gave her grace in the eyes of Ahasuerus, who said, “What wilt thou, queen Esther? and what is thy request? it shall be even given thee to the half of the kingdom” (Esther 5:3). Esther begged him to go to a banquet she had prepared. There, Ahasuerus asked once again, “What is thy petition? and it shall be granted thee: and what is thy request? even to the half of the kingdom it shall be performed” (Esther 5:6.) She asked him to come with Haman to another banquet (Esther 5:7-8.) In this new banquet, the king once again asked Ester what she wanted. Finally, she asked him to be spared, as she and her people had been condemned to extermination

(Esther 7: 1-4). “Then the king Ahasuerus answered and said unto Esther the queen, Who is he, and where is he, that durst presume in his heart to do so? And Esther said, The adversary and enemy is this wicked Haman. Then Haman was afraid before the king and the queen.” (Esther 7:5-6). In his wrath, the king left. Meanwhile, Haman prostrated himself before Esther to beg her to spare him. When Ahasuerus entered, and saw him fallen on the bed of the queen, he cried indignantly, “Will he force the queen also before me in the house?” (Esther 7:8.) The king’s guards covered his head, took him and hung him in the same gallows Haman had prepared for Mordecai. When you cannot sleep, a process of triumph for the people of God begins! l November 2016 / Impacto evangelistic

45


THE FULFILLMENT OF THE VISION “Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee. And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing. And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.” Genesis 12:1-3. Rev. Samuel Mejía

W

hat does “vision” mean? Vision is a certain goal that God puts before our eyes. In this vision, God clearly defines his expectations: both what He intends to do with our lives and what He expects from us. To illustrate this message, we will use as example the life of the patriarch Abraham and analyze the steps taken by this man of faith. I. COMMUNION AND OBEDIENCE In the first place, God showed Abraham a vision and spoke directly to him, ordering him to leave Ur of the Chaldeans (Genesis 12: 1). This means that Abraham had a deep communion with God and, therefore, God dealt with him individually. Abraham’s first vision was general, global. God gave him a set of guidelines to reach future promises. In obedience to God, Abraham left his possessions and privileges in the land of the Chaldeans, and left for Canaan. That is the first step to take to fulfill God’s purposes in our lives: to obey any kind of demand or sacrifice that God requires from us. During his journey through the land of Canaan, Abraham had a second powerful encounter with God. He made him another promise: “Unto thy seed will I give this land” (Genesis 12:7). Such promise included something missing in the first general vision (Genesis 12: 1-3). When we take the step of obedience, the Lord gives us a more concrete and individualized vision of the plans He has for us. II. RIGHT OF WRONGS Despite having received the two visions above, Abraham made many mistakes. In Genesis 12:10, we see Abraham worried about the hunger on Earth, so he decided, MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 46 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia

without consulting God, to go to Egypt. As if it was not enough, he lied about his wife, whom he claimed to be his sister. The Pharaoh heard his subjects praise the beauty of Sarah, and gave her gifts such as cows, sheep, servants, slaves and so on. So the next step for the fulfillment of the vision consists both in recognizing our wrongs and being willing to right them. Abraham reconsidered and made up for his conduct (Genesis 13: 3-4). III. PHYSICAL CONTACT WITH THE OBJECT OF THE VISION God reveals to Abraham an additional detail of the vision he had for him: “Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward. For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever… Arise, walk through the land in the length of it and in the breadth of it; for I will give it unto thee” (Genesis 13:14-17). God commanded Abraham to go through the land of Canaan, to have physical contact with the land that He had given him. So if God tells a person that He will use them as a preacher, the vision will not be fulfilled unless they begin to preach in their own neighborhood or at their doorstep. IV. MEETING WITH THE HIGH PRIEST Genesis 14 talks about four kings who became allies to war against the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. Because of Lot, Abraham armed his servants and went to fight against those kings to rescue his nephew. After the victory, Abraham had a meeting with a man whom he did not know: Melchizedek,


DEVOTIONAL

king of Salem and priest of the Most High God (Genesis 14: 18-20). The priest blessed him, and Abraham gave him the tithe of all that he had. Those who know God in His true dimension do not leave room for fear. After the battle, Abraham knew God as the Most High God. V. DEATH OF THE VISION “Verily, verily, I say unto you, except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit� (John 12:24). This is the most

painful, difficult and delicate step of all, that is, let the vision die. When Moses went to visit his brothers, he received the divine vision concerning his role as liberator. When he saw the Egyptian foreman beating a Hebrew, he decided to kill him and hide him in the sand. However, he was reported and had to flee to the land of Midian. Four decades later, Moses saw a burning bush. When he approached, God commanded him to take off his shoes because it was a holy place. Moses obeyed and fell down before God. God called him and ordered him to bring the people out of Israel. Moses gave different excuses so as not to obey the call, so this raises some questions: What happened to what he had experienced and felt forty years before? Why was he willing back then to free the people, but now refused to do so? Because the vision had died in him. It is necessary that the vision die in us. Why? So that our heart breaks when we find out that it is dead, so that God can rekindle it with the burning bush. The vision rises in the desert, on holy and divine ground. On that day, the vision of freedom rised again for Moses l November 2016 / Impacto evangelistic

47


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).

UPRIGHT AS CHRIST

Photos: Alberto Ortega

The Work of the WMW held a glorious event in Haiti, which gathered hundreds of people despite the natural disasters.

D

ays of glorious blessing were experienced before, during and after the celebration of the 21st National Convention of the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Haiti. One of the most awaited events on the Caribbean island. This glorious Christian activity was held from August 25 to 28 under the theme “Upright as Christ,” in one of the areas most affected by the devastating hurricanes. The event was organized with the help of the Misión de Luz Baptist Church, which provided its facilities in Carrefour, south MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 48 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia


EVENTS

of the metropolitan area of Port-auPrince. Before the beginning of the celebrations, seventeen churches and white fields came from all over the country to be part of the Convention from the first to the last day. These delegations represented six out of the ten departments in which the Caribbean island is organized. Despite the acute economic crisis affecting the vast majority of the Haitian population, 500 to 600 followers attended the 21st National Continue reading–– November 2016 / Impacto evangelistic

49


MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 50 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia


EVENTS

Continue reading––

Convention of the WMM, both day and night. For instance, the Church in Yati gave a great lesson of faith. In this region in western Haiti, all its inhabitants depend exclusively on agriculture, but this year they have lost their crops because of water scarcity. Despite their difficulties, 136 brothers of different ages came to praise the Lord, proving that there is no reason not to do so. INTERNATIONAL OFFICERS During the 21st National Convention of the WMM in Haiti, the Lord spoke and blessed all His people through the ministration of His Word. Among

the speakers were International Officer Rev. Humberto Henao, National Officer Rev. Lemete Zephyr; and Missionary Supervisor in Haiti Rev. Alberto Ortega, who exhorted the followers to be vigilant, to deepen the transforming vision and to remain united according to the will of the Lord. After each preaching of the Word, the people went to the altar to pay tribute and glory to God. On the morning of Saturday 27, the rewarding Meeting of Workers was held, while the rest of the attendees were fasting under the leadership of the ladies. At the meeting, two topics were discussed: the construction of the Convention Center of the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Haiti and the project of a university of the Work in this Caribbean country. The 21st National Convention of the Work ended on Sunday evening with a powerful missionary service in which several of our brothers were called to the missionary work. At the closing ceremony, plaques of

honor and gratitude were presented to International Officer Rev. Humberto Henao for his constant search for the Lord, the leadership shown in the Work in Haiti and his financial support. Rev. Alberto Ortega, missionary in Haiti, was decorated for his effective leadership, and National Supervisor Rev. Jean Joseph Preval, for his dedication, integrity and humility in the Work. Hallelujah! HAITI AND THE HURRICANES Haiti, as well as other Caribbean and Central American countries, suffers from time to time the consequences of the devastating hurricanes that pass through its lands. Among the most significant hurricanes are Sandy in 2012 and Matthew in October 2016. The latter, in addition to killing hundreds, displacing thousands and leaving a heartbreaking panorama, attracted the attention of the world because of a photograph (taken from the space) in which a cadaveric face can be seen l November 2016 / Impacto evangelistic

51


UPRIGHTNESS OF THE HEART The Dominican Republic, the second largest country in the Caribbean, held its 46th National Convention with hundreds of souls saved and preachers promoted to serve the Lord.

ith the anointing of the Almighty, the Work in the Dominican Republic held another edition of its National Convention, which took place from October 13 to October 15 at the Mahanaim Convention Center, in the municipality of Santo Domingo Oeste. The event, with the theme “Uprightness of the Heart,” was attended by Rev. Gustavo Martínez, International President of the WMM; Rev. Ruben Concepción, International Secretary, and his wife Magalis Báez; International Officials Rev. Luis Meza Bocanegra and Rev. Margaro Figueroa, and his wife Edith FiMISSIONARY MOVEMENT 52 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia

Photos: Grabaciones Impacto

W


EVENTS

gueroa. It was also attended by Rev. Arturo Hernández, Supervisor of the United States, and a beautiful delegation from the US and Puerto Rico. At the inauguration, the President of the Work preached the Word of the Lord based on Isaiah 26: 7 10 and urged the Church not to settle, but to

learn who God is through His Word, because “those who have a true relationship with God can understand what it is to live in uprightness and transparency.” PROMOTION OF WORKERS In the second service of the 46th Na-

tional Convention of the Dominican Republic, International Officer Rev. Margaro Figueroa shared the message “The Perils of Leadership,” based on 1 Corinthians 9:27. “Faithfulness and humility are qualities that leaders must possess for the grace of God to accompany them,” said the preacher. Later on, 14 brothers were promoted to Lay Preachers, 5 Lay Preachers to Licensed Preachers, and 11 Licensed Preachers to Ordained Ministers. After the services, Rev. Luis Meza Bocanegra, Supervisor of Peru and International Officer, brought the Word of God based on Numbers 14: “When Complaining Becomes Sin.” According to the message, complaining becomes sin when the will and plans of God are questioned. The following day, Saturday, October 15, the powerful ministry of the Word of God was conducted by Sister Edith Figueroa, based on 1 Kings 17:14. She emphasized that exploits and miracles are performed in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Glory be to God! l November 2016 / Impacto evangelistic

53


WORKING WHILE IT IS DAY The 9th National Confraternity of the Work was held in Canada and broadcast live. From the city of Montreal, the world was touched by the Word of the Lord.

T

he 9th National Fellowship of Canada, attended by Rev. Gustavo Martínez Garavito, President of the Worldwide Missionary Movement, was held from October 7 to October 9 in the city of Montreal. The event, developed under the theme “Working While It is Day” (John 9: 4), was also attended by delegations who came from different parts of that North American country some after a four-day trip by car. God visited this beautiful activity MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 54 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia


EVENTS

in a very powerful way, and many lives were restored and renewed by the power of the Holy Spirit. Among the attendees at the spiritual activity were National Supervisor Rev. Arturo Hernández and his beloved wife Sister Lourdes de Hernández, International President of the Work Rev. Gustavo Martínez Garavito and his beloved wife Carmen Valencia de Martínez. They were used by the Lord in the exposition of His Word, and urged everyo-

ne to continue honoring the theme of this glorious event. PRESENCE OF GOD On the first night, the Lord spoke through our International President, who shared the message entitled “Arise, God Keeps Going” (Joshua 1: 1-2) On the second night, the Lord used Sister Carmen Valencia de Martínez with the speech “No Experience Is an Excuse to Be Stuck” (Deuteronomy 1: 6). And on

the last great day, the International President of the Work shared “God’s Grace And Generosity Have No Limits” (Matthew 20: 1-16). Given the importance of the 9th National Confraternity in the largest country in North America, Bethel Televisión, Peniel TV, Volvamos a Dios and other media broadcast live the spiritual activity, which attracted the attention of thousands of people. Internet and social networks also contributed to sharing this global event l November 2016 / Impacto evangelistic

55


AND YOU WILL KNOW THE TRUTH For three consecutive days, Rev. Samuel Mejía, Missionary Supervisor of Asia, preached the Word of the Lord in Barcelona and promoted an evangelistic campaign.

ith good advertising on the web, social networks and traditional media, the Work of the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Spain held a powerful Evangelistic Campaign in its Central Temple in Barcelona. Dozens of Spanish came to listen to the Word of the Lord. The event, which took place from August 19 to August 21, was attended by Rev. Carlos Medina, Supervisor of Spain, and Rev. Samuel Mejía, Missionary Supervisor in Asia. They shared the Holy Scriptures with the brothers and guests in the house of God. MESSAGE OF THE LORD In one of his messages, the Colombian missionary preached about faith and said, “We work with the Word. MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 56 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia

Photos: Sara Calderón

W

It does not matter if you listened to it yesterday; if you listen to the same Word today, it works today, it makes you carry on and feel good, because

it is our food, our fuel,” he said. Later, the Colombian preacher shared his experience regarding the obedience to the Word of the Lord


EVENTS

and the call he received from Him: “When I started preaching, people would welcome me. But when they began to tell me their problems, I could not bear it, and the blessing ended there. When I came back home, I would cry, telling God that

I had not been called, that I was not good for that,” said Rev. Mejía. The following day, he shared another message based on Psalm 126, which tells the story of the people of Israel: “Every people that has served God has had its time

and experience to learn to know the Lord. You and I will be, live and act according to our knowledge of the Lord,” he said. In his message “Great Things the Lord Has Done for Us,” Rev. Mejía explained the different characteristics of the Lord’s Church: “Even though we are in the same place receiving the Word from the same pastor, our behavior is different. While some claim to have received a great blessing or to be available for God, others may ask to be left alone, not to be sent somewhere else because they will be eaten by the lions... Therefore, each will have their own experience according to how much they know God,” he said. Days before, the same congregation held another Evangelistic Campaign in its facilities. Pastor José Arturo Medina, missionary from French Guiana, shared the Word of the Lord l November 2016 / Impacto evangelistic

57


TO ALL THE THIRSTY, COME TO THE WATERS

For three days, the Word of God was shared in the state of Guanajuato, Mexico, where many lives were filled by the Lord Jesus Christ.

T

he Church of Valtierrilla, in the municipality of Salamanca, located in the state of Guanajuato, held an Evangelistic Campaign from June 17 to June 19 in the La Teja Convention Center. The event was attended by AleMISSIONARY MOVEMENT 58 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia

jandro Roblero, National Supervisor of the WMM; Francisco Mejía, National Secretary; Dariel Rojas, Presbyter of Zone II; and pastors Elmer Morán, Francisco Domínguez, Manuel Patlán and Abner Garavito (preacher during

the three days of campaign). “An Honorable Sentence” was the message that Pastor Abner Garavito shared on the first night of the evangelistic activity. Based on Joshua 9: 3, the servant of God told how God saved


EVENTS

his life and gave him salvation. On the second night, based on Deuteronomy 13:17, he brought the message “Do Not Be As Those Cursed,” in which he emphasized that those who fulfill the commandments of God will

reach the blessing. On the last day of the great activity, the pastor shared the message entitled “Jehovah, Our Righteousness,” based on Jeremiah 23: 5. He said that anyone can say what is right, but only God

can justify through the blood of Christ; only in this way we can enjoy a life full of peace, joy and happiness. God continue to use Sister Yajaira Mendoza and the beloved Church that she leads l November 2016 / Impacto evangelistic

59


JESUS CHRIST, YOUR ONLY HOPE Following a Great Evangelistic Campaign, hundreds of people from the Manrique Santa Inés neighborhood, in the city of Medellin, accepted Christ in their hearts.

I

n one of the poorest areas of the city of Medellín, the Central Church of the Worldwide Missionary Movement held an Evangelistic Campaign for the salvation of thousands of people. At the event, held on September 17 and 18, the main task of the Work and its members was developed: sharing the truth of Christ, based on the biblical passage, “Go into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature” (Mark 16: 15-18). This spiritual event was promoted weeks before by the Esperanza de Vida group; they also led an evangelization march in every corner of the Manrique Santa Inés neighborhood. Both services were attended by the children of the Church, who for MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 60 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia

the first time participated in this kind of activity and shared with other kids of the community the wonders of the Lord, which many of them did not know about. All Christian children were a clear example that a childhood in the will of God is possible.

By the end of the event, many souls answered to the call through the voices of the people of God, who carried the news of salvation. A significant number of people accepted Christ in their hearts and many were saved l


EVENTS

GOD KEEPS CALLING Blessing and missionary experiences in Colombian indigenous communities were exhibited in the Church of Grenoble, France.

T

he Work of God in Grenoble, France, held two special services on August 15 and 16, on the occasion of the visit of Pastors Eduard Sánchez Mosquera and Martha Medrano Rada. They are missionaries in the indigenous communities of Mitú, in the department of Vaupés, in southeastern Colombia. During these two days, the Lord manifested Himself and blessed His Church. The missionaries shared their testimonies about the call to the Work among the indigenous peoples and the experiences that the Almighty has given them in those lands. Later on, they emphasized the importance of obeying the Lord’s call to serve a world in crisis. “The Lord requires workers,” said the missionaries. The message of the Lord, based on 1 Samuel 3, used as example the experience of the people of Israel when God called it to Egypt, as well as its disobedience to His commandments. By the end of the message, the Church in the city of Grenoble was strengthened in faith, teaching, forgiveness and reconciliation with the Lord; in addition, the spirit of unity in the Church was consolidated. The glory be to the name of the Lord! l

November 2016 / Impacto evangelistic

61


GO AND MAKE DISCIPLES OF ALL THE NATIONS The city of Komaki in Japan witnessed the public testimony of three brothers who went into the baptismal waters, as commanded by the Lord.

T

he pouring rain and the typhoons could not prevent the brothers of the churches of the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Japan from coming together and witnessing a glorious Water Baptism. The event was held on Sunday, September 18, in the green valley of the Meiji Miura River, in the city of Komaki. The bad weather was diminished by the praises and joy of the attendees. In this atmosphere, National Supervisor of the Work, Rev. David Veramendi Takeda, along with pastors Rildo Cueto, Eraldo Hokama and Andrés Marchan, baptized the new members of the body of Christ in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Brothers Mario Moromisato, Liliana Nakamurakare and Karin KoMISSIONARY MOVEMENT 62 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia

hama will never forget this day; they made public their decision to follow Jesus Christ by descending into the baptismal waters to start a new life based on the Gospel. Afterwards, all the attendeeds filled the Temple of Komaki to render

a beautiful worship to God. Pastor David Veramendi shared the powerful Word, based on Acts 6, which talks about Stephen and his courage to preach about Jesus. This should set an example for every believer who wants to grow in the ways of God l


EVENTS

THEY THAT SOW IN TEARS SHALL REAP IN JOY The city of Perth, Australia, held a glorious Evangelistic Campaign with the indispensable help of the Lord. The results were precious.

T

he Work of the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Australia held a glorious Evangelistic Campaign in the city of Perth, in Western Australia. The beautiful event of the Work of the Lord took place outdoors at Kings Park, in Perth, an important city visi-

ted by thousands of tourists who come from all over the world to see its beaches and surroundings. The Christian event was attended by pastors from the churches of Dianella, Melville and Nedlands, in Western Australia, as well as National Supervisor Rev. Enoc Ramos Chumpitaz

and his beloved wife, Mary Cerdรกn. In spite of the strong winds and rains at this time of year, the Work of the Worldwide Missionary Movement held this glorious Evangelistic Campaign without major obstacles. Thanks to God, because He is the owner of everything l November 2016 / Impacto evangelistic

63


SEARCH THE SCRIPTURES Elim Bible Institute’s teachers that will attend the regional headquarters received training in El Salvador.

A

s part of their theological and pedagogical training, teachers at the Elim Bible Institute in El Salvador were trained in August. The graduation ceremony was attended by 25 people, including 16 teachers. Training was led by Patricia Vargas, Director of Elim Central America; Pastor Fabián Méndez and Pastor Carlos Elizon, from Costa Rica; and Pastor Silvio Colomer, Officer of the Work, from Nicaragua. They are part MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 64 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia

of the faculty at the International Elim Bible Institute. The intensive training course was held from August 1 to August 5 at the temple of the WMM in Quelepa, San Miguel, in eastern El Salvador. The following subjects were taught: Christology, Ecclesiastical Administration, Biblical Exegesis, Elaboration of Paragraphs and Essays, Pedagogical Mediation and Evolution. This effort aimed to train the group

of teachers that will attend the regional offices of the Elim Bible Institute in El Salvador. The graduation ceremony took place in the Plan del Pino Temple, in the city of Delgado, San Salvador. A National Youth Fellowship was also held before the graduation. Topics such as “Courtship with Purpose,” “When God Calls” and “Youth in the Battle” were discussed. It was a very impressive and edifying activity for young people l


Other Events

ARGENTINA ANNIVERSARY OF THE CHURCH IN CORDOBA

The Church of the WMM in Cordoba, Argentina (Presbytery 5) celebrated its 8th anniversary from August 26 to August 28. The event was organized by Presbyter Ramón Encina and led by Sister Mabel Seco, head of the local church. Thirteen years ago, the work began with Brother Eduardo and his wife Mabel, who would preach at home, in garages, under the trees, facing many difficulties. After four years of hard work, God allowed them to build a worship room. Unfortunately, one month later, the Lord called His servant to His presence after a terrible cancer. With little experience, his wife, Mabel Seco, took over the church and obeyed the command of her Lord, along with her five small children. Today we have a temple 25 blocks away from downtown Cordoba, and six white fields in different neighborhoods. We work in the prison of men and have with new projects to reach more lives for Christ l

URUGUAY FELLOWSHIP OF ZONE 2

The Fellowship of Zone 2 of the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Uruguay was held on September 11, in the city of Ecilda Paullier, in the department of San José. Brothers from the churches in the departments of Durazno and Cerro Largo (Zone 2) and from Montevideo and Canelones participated in the glorious event that took place under the theme “Expanding the Vision.” Local pastor Freddy Pérez, along with the congregation, welcomed all delegations and began the worship to the Lord with songs and hymns. The message of the Word of God was brought by Rev. Alfonso Martínez, National Supervisor of the WMM in Uruguay, with the theme “When Evil Seems Good” (2 Kings 4: 38-44). The Lord touched many hearts. By the end of the service, a march was held through the streets of the city to preach the message of salvation l

EVENTS

VENEZUELA JOINING FORCES

All the churches of the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Venezuela gathered in the great United Confraternity, held on June 18 in the different zones in which the country is divided. With worships and adoration, they raised a flag of victory and thanked the Lord for listening to the prayers of their children and for the great wonders that He will do for His people, for the Work and for the souls in the country. The activity took place in each zone and was attended by all the presbyters of the Work in Venezuela and by the National Supervisor of the WMM Rev. Ricardo Manrique. He said that the people of God will write many wonderful pages in the history of the nation. The glory of God manifested itself in a special way, and the pastors of the Church of Zone 1 committed themselves to dedicate one day of prayer and fasting in favor of Venezuela l

ITALY YOUTH FELLOWSHIP IN LIVORNO

On June 11, the Youth Confraternity of the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Italy was held in the Church of Livorno, led by Pastor José Lumi. It was attended by the Central Church of Firenze and Bologna. God spoke to all the young people through the message shared by Rev. Luis Valderrama, Presbyter of the south central zone. Based on Ecclesiastes 12: 1, he urged the attendees not to forget God and His Word. It was a very special day in the hands of the Lord, because the youth received a beautiful touch from God; many of them renewed vows with the Lord. Glory to God! l

November 2016 / Impacto evangelistic

65


LETTERS TO US... cartas@impactoevangelistico.net ROBERTO MARTÍNEZ Fraternal greetings. I was just reading the message by Rev. Luis M. Ortiz, “The Indispensable Christ.” Mr. Ortiz was an authentic apostle in this Christian era, a guardian, a defender of the sound doctrine, a true pastor, a passionate evangelist, a great master and a genuine founder of churches beyond his borders, with wonders, signs and miracles. Congratulations for the magazine. From Dominican Republic.

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

I’ve been reading the magazine for a few months now and the experience has been rewarding and full of blessings. It’s great spiritual nourishment, I’ve read and learned interesting things about the missionary work. Glory be to God! From Villavicencio, department of Meta, Colombia.

APRIL MAY 3-5 Convention in Japan (Narita, Chiba Ken) 26-29 Convention in India (Tamil Nadu, South India) JUNE 23-26 Convention in Brazil (Manaus) 30-3 (JULY) Convention in Bolivia (La Paz)

PEDRO GUTIERREZ

RAMÓN SANTIAGO

ANA PALOMINO Thank God for such a beautiful work. It is fuel for the soul what I find in the messages published in the Impacto Evangelistic magazine. God bless you and help you always. From Lima, Peru.

I want to thank the Lord for allowing me to take some time to write to your successful and multifold ministry. I have been reading the Impacto Evangelistic magazine for many years now and I pray for its vision. I have been praying and contributing since 1984 because I want the Movement to reach the whole world. I have received all the magazines. Thank you for keeping me on the mailing list. I will continue praying and helping until the Lord allows it. From New York, USA.

pacto Evangelistic magazine. I’m immensely grateful for your work. I had never read such an informative Christian magazine, so full of blessing, as those stories and examples of brothers in the faith. Thank you so much for your work. Working in the Lord Jesus is not in vain. From New York, USA.

EZEQUÍAS GARCÍA

JORGE GABRIEL GUERRERO

I belong to another denomination in the city of Cordoba. I want to greet the brothers who make this magazine, which is much more than just a magazine; it has converted countless people to Christ. Blessings. From Córdoba, Argentina.

LYDIA ANTOSANTI God bless you, dear brothers, for your wonderful Im-

JANUARY 1-4 National Convention in Puerto Rico 11-18 National Convention in Colombia (Medellín) FEBRUARY 5-7 Convention in Paraguay (Itagua) 5-9 Convention in Panamá 11-14 Convention in Argentina

LINA MARÍA TAUTIVA

Go forward with the beautiful message of salvation and hold up the sound doctrine that has always characterized the Work and this magazine, which is a great blessing. God bless you greatly. Go forward in Christ. From Cali, Colombia.

GLOBAL AGENDA 2016

I had the pleasure of receiving the Impacto Evangelistic magazine; its evangelistic information made such an impact on my life. I thank God for this opportunity, my family and I are grateful for this material. We’d like to continue receiving it, as it contains topics of great importance for the spreading of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. From Bane, Cuba.

JULY 6-9 6-9 12-15 21-24

Convention in Costa Rica (San José) Convention in Netherlands Antilles (Bonaire) Convention in Virginia, United States (Woodbridge) Convention in Mexico (Puebla)

AUGUST 10-14 II European Congress (Madrid) 11-14 Convention in Haiti (Puerto Príncipe) 18-21 Convention in Africa (Guinea Ecuatorial) 23-27 Convention in Venezuela (Barquisimeto) 25-28 Convention in Ecuador (Guayaquil) 25-28 Convention in Belize SEPTEMBER Saturday 24 Mission World Day OCTOBER 7-9 National Fellowship in Canada 13-15 Convention in Dominican Republic 14-16 Convention in Mauritius 17-19 Convention in Madagascar 28-31 Campaign in Chile (Santiago) NOVEMBER 3-6 Convention in El Salvador 3-6 Convention in Uruguay (Montevideo) 15-20 Convention in Peru (Lima) 24-27 Convention in Nicaragua DECEMBER

You can download the free QR code reader from these platforms: n Past events n Future events

evangelistic

MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 66 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia

Founder Director: Rev. Luis M. Ortiz Editorial board: Rev. Luis Meza Bocanegra, Jacqueline Rovira, Samuel Martínez, Rev. Andrés Espejo Editorial coordinator: Rev. Julián Morón General editor: Víctor Tipe Sánchez Editor: Jaime Tipe Sánchez Graphic editor: Roberto Guerrero Graphic design: Adolfo Zubietta Writers: Johan Pérez Landeo, Marlo Pérez. Designers: Lesly Sánchez, Jorge Cisneros. Web master and Infographics: Julio de la Cruz. Illustration: Pablo Vilca. Transcription: Yomi Solórzano. Community manager: Juan Becerra, Denisse Barrientos. Distribution: Javier Arotinco.


Eat portions of different fruits and vegetables will avoid heart diseases.

TUESDAY AND THURSDAY 11 H - PE

Bethel Television, the Worldwide Missionary Movement channel, broadcasts the Word of God’s message through cultural and educational programs from Lima - Peru to the world by 6 satellites and the Internet.

November 2016 / Impacto evangelistic

67


REACH THE IMPOSSIBLE!

FROM NOVEMBER to

19:00-21:00 Free entry SALVATION, FREEDOM AND DIVINE SAFETY

26TH NATIONAL CONVENTION PERÙ 2016

MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 68 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia

754_English  

Magazine Evangelistic Impact Edition November 2016 English language