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

THE ADVICE THAT FAMILIES NEED WEDNESDAY AND SATURDAY

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WORKING TOGETHER Rev. Gustavo Martínez International President of the WMM

And Elisha said unto her: What shall I do for thee? Tell me, what hast thou in the house? And she said: Thine handmaid hath not anything in the house, save a pot of oil. Then he said: Go, borrow thee vessels abroad of all thy neighbours, even empty vessels; borrow not a few. And when thou art come in, thou shalt shut the door upon thee and upon thy sons, and shalt pour out into all those vessels, and thou shalt set aside that which is full. So she went from him, and shut the door upon her and upon her sons, who brought the vessels to her; and she poured out. 2 Kings 4:2-5

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he family’s teamwork catches my attention. The children were bringing empty vessels and the mother was filling them up with oil. After the vessels were filled with oil, she was putting them to the side while receiving a new empty vessel. This action continued as long as there was oil. This amazing experience changed the mind of this woman and her children. They did not perceive things as in the past anymore; their lives changed. The day God touched us, our life changed. We stopped behaving as we did in the past. Even our way of dressing changed. We changed completely. When God touches somebody’s life, there are miracles, there is salvation, he is saved. It is highly important to work in teams, because every one of us has a different skill. The mother, as the team’s leader, had to fill the vessels with oil; her older children were in charge of bringing the biggest vessels; and her younger children helped her with things they could according to

their age. The Bible says we have received different talents: some people serve, some administer, some preach, some speak languages, some perform miracles; everybody takes part in a team according to their skills. To work as a team it is important to perform the job we can do best. The little finger cannot say, “I am not part of the body, because I cannot be the arm”. The hand cannot stop doing its job, because it thinks that it should be the head. Every part of the body performs a job when it is necessary, according to their skills and the places they belong to, thereby benefiting the entire body. Only in that way, the body can be a unity. In order to work as a unity, people have to coordinate and make agreements. Dear brothers and sisters, the Psalmist said, “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!” Where people work as a team, “for there the Lord commands blessings, even life for evermore” (Psalms 133:1, 3) l

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GENDER IDEOLOGY Two prestigious physicians from the Johns Hopkins University and Hospital published a rigorous review of 500 scientific studies that refute the postulates of gender ideology. The findings of the study are categorical.

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On Tuesday, November 29, the Declaration of Lima was

signed in defense of children and Christian principles in schools and against gender ideology. The document states that Peruvian Christian people (represented by their leaders) oppose any kind of imposition of gender ideology on children through the implementation of the new school curriculum 2017. The act collected signatures of citizens from all over the country over the following days. Among the signatories were the Colombian pro-life MP Angela Hernandez, the Peruvian Congressman Julio Rosas and the mayor of Lima, Luis Castañeda Lossio. The ceremony was organized by the Peruvian Coordination Pro Family Agency (Conapfam).

SEXUAL ORIENTATION The understanding of sexual orientation as an innate, biologically fixed property of human beings — the idea that people are “born that way” — is not supported by scientific evidence. While there is evidence that biological factors such as genes and hormones are associated with sexual behaviors and attractions, there are no compelling causal biological explanations for human sexual orientation. While minor differences in the brain structures and brain activity between homosexual and heterosexual individuals have been identified by researchers, such neurobiological findings do not demonstrate whether these differences are innate or are the result of environmental and psychological factors. Longitudinal studies of adolescents suggest that sexual orientation may be quite fluid over the life course for some people, with one study estimates that as many as 80% of male adolescents who report same-sex attractions no longer do so as adults. Compared to heterosexuals, non-heterosexuals are about two to three times as likely to have experienced childhood sexual abuse. SEXUALITY, MENTAL HEALTH AND STRESS Compared to the general population, nonheterosexual subpopulations are at an elevated risk for a variety of adverse health and mental health outcomes. Members of the non-heterosexual pop-

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he New Atlantis: A Journal of Technology and Society published in its 50th number a special report titled “Sexuality and Gender: Findings from the Biological, Psychological and Social Sciences,” which reviews more than 500 recent scientific studies on sexual orientation, the correlation between sexual orientation and mental health, and the nature and problematic of transgender identification. This report presents a careful summary and an up-to-date explanation of research (from the biological, psychological and social sciences) related to sexual orientation and gender identity. These are some of the results.

ulation are estimated to have about 1.5 times higher risk of experiencing anxiety disorders than members of the heterosexual population, as well as roughly double the risk of depression, 1.5 times the risk of substance abuse, and nearly 2.5 times the risk of suicide. Members of the transgender population are also at higher risk of a variety of mental health problems compared to members of the non-transgender popu-


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lation. Especially alarmingly, the rate of lifetime suicide attempts across all ages of transgender individuals is estimated at 41%, compared to under 5% in the overall U.S. population. There is evidence, albeit limited, that social stressors such as discrimination and stigma contribute to the elevated risk of poor mental health outcomes for nonheterosexual and transgender populations. More high-quality longitudinal studies are

necessary for the “social stress model” to be a useful tool for understanding public health concerns. GENDER IDENTITY The hypothesis that gender identity is an innate, fixed property of human beings that is independent of biological sex — that a person might be “a man trapped in a woman’s body” or “a woman trapped in a man’s body” — is not supported by scientific evidence.

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According to a recent estimate, about 0.6% of U.S. adults identify as a gender that does not correspond to their biological sex. Studies comparing the brain structures of transgender and non-transgender individuals have demonstrated weak correlations between brain structure and cross-gender identification. These correlations do not provide any evidence for a neurobiological basis for cross-gender identification. Compared to the general population, adults who have undergone sex-reassignment surgery continue to have a higher risk of experiencing poor mental health outcomes. One study found that, compared to controls, sex-reassigned individuals were about 5 times more likely to

attempt suicide and about 19 times more likely to die by suicide. Children are a special case when addressing transgender issues. Only a minority of children who experience crossgender identification will continue to do so into adolescence or adulthood. There is little scientific evidence for the therapeutic value of interventions that delay puberty or modify the secondary sex characteristics of adolescents, although some children may have improved psychological well-being if they are encouraged and supported in their cross-gender identification. There is no evidence that all children who express gender-atypical thoughts or behavior should be encouraged to become transgender.


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Studies comparing the brain structures of transgender and nontransgender individuals have demonstrated weak correlations between brain structure and cross-gender identification. These correlations do not provide any evidence for a neurobiological basis for cross-gender identification. CONCLUSIONS For questions that are easier to study empirically, however, such as those concerning the rates of mental health outcomes for identifiable subpopulations of sexual minorities, the research does offer some clear answers: these subpopulations show higher rates of depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and suicide compared to the general population. One hypothesis, the social stress model — which posits that stigma, prejudice, and discrimination are the primary causes of higher rates of poor mental health outcomes for these subpopulations — is frequently cited as a way to explain this disparity. While non-heterosexual and transgender individuals are often subject to social stressors and discrimination,

SEXUAL IDENTITY SEXUAL IDENTITY DEVELOPMENT is a complex process that begins at conception but becomes key during pregnancy and life experiences after birth. There are many factors, and many combinations of these, that may lead to confusion, but tradition in most societies insists on cataloging each individual by the appearance of their genitals. Some studies indicate that sexual identity is fixed in early childhood (not beyond 2 or 3 years old) and it thereafter is immutable. This conclusion is usually drawn by asking transsexual people when they realized for the first time that the sexual identity assigned to them by society did not match the sexual identity with which they identified themselves.

science has not shown that these factors alone account for the entirety, or even a majority, of the health disparity between non-heterosexual and transgender subpopulations and the general population. Some of the most widely held views

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about sexual orientation, such as the “born that way” hypothesis, simply are not supported by science. The literature in this area does describe a small ensemble of biological differences between non-heterosexuals and heterosexuals, but those biological differences are not sufficient

to predict sexual orientation, the ultimate test of any scientific finding. The strongest statement that science offers to explain sexual orientation is that some biological factors appear, to an unknown extent, to predispose some individuals to a non-heterosexual orientation. The suggestion that we are “born that way” is more complex in the case of gender identity. In one sense, the evidence that we are born with a given gender seems well supported by direct observation: males overwhelmingly identify as men and females as women. The fact that children are (with a few exceptions of intersex individuals) born either biologically male or female is beyond debate. The biological sexes play complementary roles in reproduction, and there are a number of population-level average physiological and psychological differences between the sexes. However, while biological sex is an innate feature of human beings, gender identity


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is a more elusive concept. In reviewing the scientific literature, we find that almost nothing is well understood when we seek biological explanations for what causes some individuals to state that their gender does not match their biological sex. Yet despite the scientific uncertainty, drastic interventions are prescribed and delivered to patients identifying, or identified, as transgender. This is especially troubling when the patients receiving these interventions are children. No one can determine the gender identity of a two-yearold. We have reservations about how well scientists understand what it even means for a child to have a developed sense of his or her gender, but notwithstanding that issue, we are deeply alarmed that these therapies, treatments, and surgeries seem disproportionate to the severity of the distress being experienced by these young people, and are at any rate premature since the majority of children who identify as the gender opposite their biological sex will not continue to do so as adults. THE AUTHORS The authors of the study are two first-level scientists. Dr. Lawrence S. Mayer is a psychiatrist, epidemiologist and mathematician. He is a scholar in residence in the Department of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University and a professor of statistics and biostatistics at Arizona State University. He has also held professional or faculty appointments at prestigious institutions as Princeton University and the Mayo Clinic. Dr. Paul R. McHugh attended Harvard and is considered the most important American psychiatrist of the last half century. For 25 years, he was psychiatryin-chief at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he also served as medical director for a five years. Between 2002 and 2009, he was a member of the Advisory Council on Bioethics of the President of the United States. “This report was written for the general public and for mental health professionals in order to draw attention to — and offer some scientific insight about — the mental health issues faced by LGBT popula-

tions.” explains Dr. Mayer in the preface. “It arose from a request from Paul R. McHugh, M.D., the former chief of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Hospital and one of the leading psychiatrists in the world. Dr. McHugh requested that I review a monograph he and colleagues had drafted on subjects related to sexual orientation and identity; my original assignment was to guarantee the accuracy of statistical inferences and to review additional sources. In the months that followed, I closely read over five hundred scientific articles on these topics and perused hundreds more,” declares Dr. Mayer. “I was alarmed to learn that the LGBT community bears a disproportionate rate of mental health problems compared to the population as a whole,” he added. “As my interest grew, I explored research across a variety of scientific fields, including epidemiology, genetics, endocrinology, psychiatry, neuroscience, embryology, and pediatrics. I also reviewed many of the academic empirical studies done in the social sciences including psychology, sociology, political science, economics, and gender studies. I agreed to take over as lead author, rewriting, reorganizing, and expanding the text. I support every sentence in this report, without reservation and without prejudice regarding any political or philosophical debates. This report is about science and medicine, nothing more and nothing less,” he finally explains. He concludes by dedicating the study to the LGBT community, “which bears a disproportionate rate of mental health problems compared to the population as a whole”, and then he adds that, “We must find ways to relieve their suffering.” And, “above all”, he dedicates the study “to children struggling with their sexuality and gender,” because “The notion that a two-year-old, having expressed thoughts or behaviors identified with the opposite sex, can be labeled for life as transgender has absolutely no support in science. Indeed, it is iniquitous to believe that all children who have gender-atypical thoughts or behavior at some point in their development, particularly before puberty, should be encouraged to become transgender” l

One study found that, compared to controls, sex-reassigned individuals were about 5 times more likely to attempt suicide and about 19 times more likely to die by suicide.

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8 Points that D the Gender Ideology a The American College of Pediatricians, led by Michelle A. Crettella (president), Quentin Van Meter (vice president) and supported by Paul McHugh, former psychiatrist in chief at Johns Hopkins Hospital, has conducted a research on the dangers of transsexuality and gender ideology, focusing on the false child transsexuality. This research is entirely based on scientific and biological information; from the beginning of the research, it is stated that ideologies do not take part in any scientific document. This report urges educators and legislators to reject all policies that condition children to accept as normal a life of chemical and surgical impersonation of the opposite sex.

The final research will be published at the end of summer; however, doctors have revealed 8 fundamental points, on which the research is based. With the title “Gender Ideology Harms Children”, the American College of Pediatricians dismantles, step by step, child transsexuality, condemning the “regularization” of transsexuality in schools and policies as if it were good and healthy.

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Human sexuality is an objective biological binary trait: “XY” and “XX” are genetic markers of somebody that is healthy—not genetic markers of somebody with a disorder. The norm for human design is to be conceived either male or female. Human sexuality is binary by design with the obvious purpose being the reproduction and flourishing of our species. This principle is self-evident.

The disorders of sex development (DSDs), including testicular feminization and congenital adrenal hyperplasia, are all medically identifiable deviations from the sexual binary norm, and are rightly recognized as disorders of human design.

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No one is born with a gender. Everyone is born with a biological sex. Gender (an awareness and sense of oneself as male or female) is a sociological and psychological concept; not an objective biological one. No one is born with an awareness of themselves as male or female; this awareness develops over time and, like all developmental processes, may be derailed by a child’s subjective perceptions, relationships, and adverse experiences from infancy forward. People who identify as “feeling like the opposite sex” or “somewhere in between” do not comprise a third sex. They remain biological men or biological women.

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A person’s belief that he or she is something they are not is, at best, a sign of confused thinking. When an otherwise healthy biological boy believes he is a girl, or an otherwise healthy biological girl believes she is a boy, there is a psychological problem—not physical—and it should be treated as such. These children suffer from gender dysphoria. Gender dysphoria (GD), is a recognized mental disorder in the most recent edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association (DSM-V).

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Puberty is not a disease and puberty-blocking hormones can be dangerous. Reversible or not, puberty- blocking hormones induce a state of disease—the absence of puberty—and inhibit growth and fertility in a previously biologically healthy child.

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According to the DSM-V, previously mentioned, 98% of gender confused boys and 88% of gender confused girls eventually accept their biological sex after puberty.

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Children who use puberty blockers to impersonate the opposite sex will require cross-sex hormones in late adolescence. Using cross-sex hormones (testosterone and estrogen) causes dangerous health risks such as to high blood pressure, blood clots, stroke, and cancer.

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Rates of suicide are nearly twenty times greater among adults who use cross-sex hormones and undergo sex reassignment surgery. Even in Sweden, which is one of the countries in favor of inclusion and regularization of the gender ideology, the number of suicides is increasing. What compassionate and reasonable person would condemn young children to this fate knowing that after puberty 88% of girls and 98% of boys will eventually accept reality and achieve a state of mental and physical health?

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Conditioning children into believing a lifetime of chemical and surgical impersonation of the opposite sex is normal and healthful is child abuse. Endorsing gender ideology as normal via public education and legal policies will confuse children and parents, leading more children to present to “gender clinics� where they will be given puberty-blocking drugs.

Many children could choose a lifetime of carcinogenic and toxic cross-sex hormones, which will harm their health, and undergo unnecessary surgical mutilation of their perfectly healthy body parts, which they will regret later.

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TRUMP’S KEY In light of the outcome of the United States presidential election 2016, it seems that many voters did not care that Donald Trump had referred to women in an obscene way in the past or that he had faced allegations of sexual abuse during his campaign. There would be other reasons for his election.

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provider of reproductive services in the country that performed more than 300,000 abortion procedures between 2013 and 2014. The tycoon’s proposals were very much liked by many Evangelical Chris-


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ductive rights, and has rejected efforts to ban abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, as in the case of some states.

tians, Catholics and Mormons, whose religions totally reject abortion. As a result, 81% of white non-Hispanic Evangelical Christians and 60% of white non-Hispanic Catholics voted for him, according to figures from the Pew Research Center. “Part of his appeal was that he spoke actively of his opposition to abortion. We are accustomed to politicians not talking about the issues that matter to us,” said Charmaine Yoest, religious adviser of former Republican President Ronald Reagan. Hillary Clinton, on the other hand, has always been clear in her support to Planned Parenthood and women’s repro-

A MATTER OF TRADITION Traditionally, most white Evangelical Christians and Catholics vote for the Republican candidate in the presidential polls. In the same way that Jews, Hispanic Catholics and those who do not identify with a specific religion vote more for the Democratic Party. However, in the last four presidential elections, the support from such religious groups had not been as strong as the one Trump got this year. The result took more than one Evangelical Christian pastor by surprise, as they had called not to vote for the Republican after the scandal of sexual accusations that involved him during his campaign. It should be taken into account, however, what several Evangelical Christian and Catholic publications had stated in opinion articles: that it was very difficult, if not impossible, to support a candidate who favored abortion. This is a non-negotiable point for anti-abortionists. Although it seemed like a lost target audience to Clinton, an analysis from the

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New York Times pointed out, among the errors of the candidate, the fact that she rejected opportunities to attract white Catholics. When she was offered a lecture at the University of Notre Dame, an Indiana Catholic institution, “Mrs. Clinton’s campaign refused, explaining to the organizers that white Catholics were not the audience she needed to spend time reaching out to,” the newspaper reported. Meanwhile, Republicans sought to attract millions of Evangelical voters who had not voted in 2012, according to Johnny Moore, a member of Donald Trump’s Evangelical executive committee. “Even before he was the candidate, our idea was to call about 25 million evangelicals to vote,” Moore said. To Joshua DuBois, spiritual adviser to US President Barack Obama, obtaining Evangelical support could be problematic for the democrats. “They are voters who focus on their personal religious values as well as on public policy issues,” he added. ABORTION IS NOT THE ONLY REASON There are those who argue that Trump’s stance against abortion was not the main reason why white Catholics and Evangelical Christians voted for him. The promise of an economic rescue of rural and industrial states, for example, may have determined the vote of part of

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that electorate, US publication The Atlantic informed. This could have happened in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Ohio, majority white Christian states and in which Trump obtained key victories. In others, issues such as gender intervened. MIKE PENCE: THE KEY The election of Mike Pence as vice presidential candidate boosted Trump among white, conservative Evangelicals and Catholics, according to several articles of specialized publications. While Trump himself supported the right to abort until 2000, when he said he had changed his mind, Pence Indiana’s current governor has always been a conservative politician and had introduced several anti-abortion measures when he was a congressman in 2011. Last March, in fact, he signed one of the most restrictive anti-abortion bills in the country to ban the procedure based on fetal disability, gender or race. Trump followed the same path during his campaign, and he once suggested that abortions should be subject to “some sort of punishment.” He then clarified that he had referred to the medical staff who practice the procedure. Voters who backed his speech hope that the president-elect will honor the promise


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that the US government will represent the family’s traditional values. A few days after winning, this seemed to be his decision. In his first interview as president-elect, Trump confirmed that the justice to be appointed to the Supreme Court would be

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Exiles in Miami and the US government surely are going to put pressure on the Cuban political change, but Cubans on the island are far more concerned about making it through their daily lives than fighting for a political transition.

THE CUBA LEFT BY CASTRO

Changes will take time to reach the streets of Cuba, despite the fact that the socialist model opens inevitably to the market after the death of Fidel Castro.

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especially the hypothetical political opening towards democracy, including the existence of other political parties. A country cannot be transformed without a democratic system of freedoms. Raul knows this, so he will take great care not to give concessions that could jeopardize the supremacy of the single party. Fidel left, but the ideas remain, those that as he said in one of his last appearances would survive him. It remains to be seen whether History will


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absolve him, as he predicted in his famous self-defense speech in 1953 after the assault on the Moncada barracks, or condemn him. Cuba is largely a republic of privileges on which thousands of public bureaucrats and those from the Communist Party of Cuba support their future, the survival of their prerogatives and the maintenance of the status quo. And this is precisely the biggest obstacle to the progress of any economic and political reform to be promoted by Raul Castro, his collaborators and his successors. Exiles in Miami and the US government surely are going to put pressure on the Cuban political change, but Cubans on the island are far more concerned about making it through their daily lives than fighting for a political transition. It is evident that the demand for freedom is huge, but the task is not easy, especially since there is no organized or minimally articulated opposition. In any case, no one wants or is been able to deny that, for better or for worse, the death

of Fidel Castro has meant the death of one of the most important historical figures of the twentieth century the century in which capitalism and commercial imperialism was fought against, while equality and communism was fought for, even if sometimes they did more harm than good. Donald Trump’s coming to power as President of the United States will not help foster the concessions made by Obama to Castroism or, in this case, to the post-Castroism incarnated in Raul Castro. Those who attribute to the younger Castro a nature more open to dialogue than his late brother’s are wrong. Raul now inherits the island that Fidel built in his image and likeness. Young and not so young people claim freedom to be able to convey their ideas and have basics such as internet access. The island without Fidel Castro will not be now very different from the one since his retirement a decade ago, even if the death represents a general shock that saddens some and rejoice others l December 2016 / Impacto evangelistic

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BRONCHIAL ASTHMA It is a chronic inflammatory disease of the airways characterized by bronchial hyperresponsiveness to a variety of stimuli and a variable degree of airway obstruction.

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sthma is one of the major chronic noncommunicable diseases. Some 235 million people around the world currently suffer from asthma, especially children. The strongest risk factors for developing asthma are inhaled substances and particles that may provoke allergic reactions or irritate the airways. Medication can control asthma. Avoiding asthma triggers can also reduce the severity of asthma. Appropriate treatment can enable people to enjoy a good quality of life (WHO). SYMPTOMS Asthma is characterized by recurrent attacks of breathlessness and wheezing, which vary in severity from person to person. The attacks may last minutes or even hours and symptoms may occur several times in a day or week, and for some people become worse during physical activity or at night. Recurrent asthma symptoms frequently cause sleeplessness, daytime fatigue, reduced activity levels and school and work absenteeism. Asthma has a relatively low fatality rate compared to other chronic diseases, but it is a relatively disabling disease. If under-diagnosed and under-treated, it creates substantial burden to individuals and families and often restricts individuals’ physical activities. CAUSES They are not completely understood. The

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strongest risk factors are a combination of genetic predisposition with environmental exposure to inhaled substances and particles that may provoke allergic reactions or irritate the airways, such as: • Indoor allergens (for example, house dust in bedding, carpets and stuffed furniture, pollution and pet dander). • Outdoor allergens (such as pollens and mold) • Irritant substances (such as tobacco smoke). • Chemical irritants in the workplace. • Infections, mainly viral • Air pollution • Other triggers: cold air, extreme emotional arousal (fear, anger), physical exercise. • Certain medications can trigger asthma attacks: aspirin, non-steroid antiinflammatory drugs (diclofenac, ibuprofen, etc.) and beta-blockers (which are used to treat high blood pressure, heart conditions and migraine, such as atenolol, acebutolol, etc.) Asthma is often associated with allergic diseases such as allergic rhinitis, nasal polyps, and allergic dermatitis; and is also found in patients with obesity. The diagnosis of asthma can be very simple when the attacks have all their characteristics (respiratory difficulty, wheezing, prolonged breathing phase, intercostal retractions, distress, fatigue, irritability), but also very difficult, especially in mild crisis or in children, in whom sudden and recurrent cough is a usual symptom after eating. Asthma cannot be cured, but it can be controlled; the intensity and frequency of asthma attacks usually decrease as individuals grow up. This disease is highly controllable and patients can enjoy a


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good quality of life. The treatment comprises three fundamental aspects: 1. Surveillance: to map the magnitude, frequency and severity of the problem. 2. Primary prevention: to know and reduce exposure to the determinants that trigger the asthma attack. 3. Medication and medical control: to improve access to medicines and periodic monitoring of patients. The most common primary drug is salbutamol, in an inhaler.

Asthma, if medically treated and controlled, has a good prognosis and patients can lead a normal life. However, it should be noted that there is a form of severe asthma whose symptomatic picture that does not revert with usual medication and whose manifestations are severe and may even compromise the sensorium. These cases require urgent care and hospitalization, and many patients are treated in intensive care units as they have a higher risk of complication and death. Asthma attacks are one of the most prevalent ER situations in the world l

(*) Internist, Master in Management and Public Policy Source: WHO, Washington Manual of Medical Therapeutics.

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THE NAMES OF CHRIST The Names of Christ examines the many denominations given to the Son of God in the Holy Scriptures. With direct and simple language, the book was written by Christian authors Thomas Corwin Horton and Charles Hurlburt.

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hat God is “glory” or “excellence” beyond our understanding, none can deny. But do our hearts look up to Him today in humble, earnest worship, and know the truth, and speak the truth “You are my Glory?” Our safety lies in the fact that He possesses us. Our deepest, holiest joy comes only when we humbly say in the hour of secret worship, “You are mine.” Oh, Lord my Glory, be Thou my shield this day. My head shall lift up to the heavens to Your majesty and I shall hold my head high because of Your mighty protection. Amen. This book examines the many denominations given to the Son of God in the Holy Scriptures. The Names of Christ is an extremely valuable resource to better understand the glory, majesty and power of the Savior. Written by Thomas Corwin Horton and Charles Hurlburt, renowned evangelical authors of the 20th century, the book, according to its editor James S. Bell, helps to see Jesus Christ in all His splendor, frankness and complexity. No life can be lived for God in these days without terrific conflict. Foes within and foes without assail each saint continuously. Principalities and powers are arrayed against the child of God who seeks to serve his Master. We have no might with which to meet “this great host that comes out against us,” but Jehovah, Might in Battle, is our Savior, our Intercessor, our

No life can be lived for God in these days without terrific conflict. Foes within and foes without assail each saint continu­ously. Principalities and powers are ar­rayed against the child of God who seeks to serve his Master. We have no might with which to meet “this great host that comes out against us,” but Jehovah, Might in Battle, is our Savior, our Intercessor, our Elder Brother, our everpres­ent Friend. MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 24 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia

Elder Brother, our ever-present Friend. I must fight if I would win; increase my courage, Lord, and save me from the massive array of foes. Protect me from all evil and harm and fill me with Y o u r H o l y Spirit. Amen. THE WONDROUS LIGHT The book by Horton and Hurlburt is not only a very well structured and rigorous interpretation of the names of Christ included in the Bible, but also a devotional guide that can be used daily by Christians to deepen their inclination, love and faithfulness to the Creator. In addition, it provides each name with a context that enlighten its meaning in each passage. Jesus was and is the “Light of Israel.” He is also the “Light of life” and the “Light of men,” a “Light to lighten the world.” But the “Light of Israel” was “to burn and devour thorns and briers.” Dear child of God, are you bringing the useless branch-


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es, the unpleasant, unlovely things of your life into the Light of His presence that they may be consumed? Some day, the shining of His presence will destroy the very advocate of evil. Shall we not submit our lives to that Wondrous Light and ask Him to consume all evil in us? O Lord, Your presence is both light and fire within us. May it burn even more brightly and create a clear reflection of Your majesty. Amen. Lily of the Valleys, Bright and Morning Star, Rose of Sharon, Author and Finisher of Faith, Jehovah the Lord, Friend

of Sinners, Son of Man, King of Kings, Rock of Israel, Light of the Nations, Lion of the Tribe of Judah, Son of Abraham, Emmanuel, Good Master, Author of Faith, Nazarene and Heir of All Things are some of the over 300 biblical denominations given to Christ and masterfully explained by Horton and Hurlburt. Some day, God grant it may be soon, “His feet shall stand upon the Mount of Olives” and all the Earth shall know that He is king. Can any flight of swift imagination exceed that picture? Through all the strife of nations, all the pride and rivalry of kings, what peace, what glory, what undreamed of wonders shall be seen when

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He, the “King of kings,” shall reign “over all the Earth.” Does that day not draw you mightily? Does not the Spirit-given cry fill all your soul “Even so, come, Lord Jesus?” Even today, Lord, we know You rule over the whole earth. Rule in the deepest places of our hearts for Your glory. Amen. I WAS BORN FOR THIS Thomas Corwin Horton, who died on February 28, 1932, served God through a prolific intellectual work that turned him into one of the most emblematic evangelical writers of his time. Minister of God, Horton preached the Word in Minneapolis, St. Paul, Philadelphia and Dallas, and was editor of the Christian publication The King’s Business from 1920 to 1925. Likewise, Thomas C. Horton founded the Bible Institute of Los Angeles. Our Lord Jesus Christ was a clear sign to Israel. The prophecies had long before made evident that Israel was to be tested when the Messiah came. Some would believe him and follow him. Some would reject and crucify him. When Pilate asked our Lord, “Are You a King?” his answer was, “To his end I was born, and for this cause came I into the world.” Poor Pilate, he had his evidence, but would not accept it. Where is he? The Sign has been given to our land, also. Where are the multitudes? The same old story will be told again and again, but many will not accept them. O Lord, have compassion upon this poor land. Inspire Your servants to be brave and true in sounding the alarm. By Your grace call many to Your kingdom. Amen. Charles Hurlburt, a tenacious missionary who died in 1936, presided over the Pennsylvania Bible Institute (now Cairn University) and was one of the founders of the Africa Inland Mission, a Christian organization created in 1895 to evangelize the people of Africa and the islands in the Indian Ocean. He is said to have persuaded the Belgian Government to allow the Word to be spread in Congo. The Lord is credited with glory because He is the creator of all things. He made the worlds and says, “All the Father has is mine.” Unlimited power and un-

limited possessions are His, and we also belong to Him. Praise God, what a revelation we have of Him! He purchased us with His own priceless blood. We are dear to Him as the apple of His eye. He will never leave us nor forsake us. We belong to the “Heir of all things.” Our needs will be supplied, then, for we are heirs of God and joint heirs with Jesus Christ. Let us keep our heads erect and our eyes turned heavenward. O blessed Heir of All Things, take us under Your wings today. May we be gloriously happy in communion with You. Amen. Together with The Names of God and The Names of the Holy Spirit, The Names of Christ make up a trilogy of great impact. It contains an index of the biblical references used in the book to allows a deeper study of each name included by Thomas Corwin

The Lord is credited with glory be­cause He is the creator of all things. He made the worlds and says, “All the Father has is mine.” Unlimited power and un­limited possessions are His, and we also belong to Him. Praise God, what a rev­elation we have of Him! He purchased us with His own priceless blood. We are dear to Him as the apple of His eye. He will never leave us nor forsake us. We belong to the “Heir of all things.” Our needs will be supplied, then, for we are heirs of God and joint heirs with Jesus Christ. Horton and Charles Hurlburt. Structured in biblical order, the work reviews the footsteps of Christ from the fall in Genesis to the heavenly city of Revelation. When this wonderful high priest, this Lamb of God without blemish, had finished His priestly offering for sin, sat down at the right hand of God in heaven. We can still see him, the eternal Christ, with his wounded hands and feet bearing witness of His individuality and immutable personality. One day, He shall descend from the heavenly heights and every eye shall see Him. His voice will resonate like the voice of an archangel. He comes for you and for me. Wonder of wonders! Our faith in His finished work has sealed us forever to Him. O Lord, You who are higher than the heavens, we give You all praise and wait with glad hearts for Your coming. Amen l December 2016 / Impacto evangelistic

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GOD OF OUR FATHERS, WHOSE ALMIGHTY HAND

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in a special worship that he held on July 4, 1876. “God of Our Fathers, Whose Almighty Hand” was sent in 1892 anonymously by Daniel to the General Convention of the Episcopal Church to be evaluated by the group in charge of choosing the official hymn of the congregation. He agreed to


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GOD OF OUR FATHERS, WHOSE ALMIGHTY HAND 1 God of our fathers, whose almighty hand Leads forth in beauty all the starry band Of shining worlds in splendor through the skies Our grateful songs before Thy throne arise. 2 Thy love divine hath led us in the past, In this free land by Thee our lot is cast, Be Thou our Ruler, Guardian, Guide and Stay, Thy Word our law, Thy paths our chosen way. 3 From war’s alarms, from deadly pestilence, Be Thy strong arm our ever sure defense; Thy true religion in our hearts increase, Thy bounteous goodness nourish us in peace. 4 Refresh Thy people on their toilsome way, Lead us from night to never ending day; Fill all our lives with love and grace divine, And glory, laud, and praise be ever Thine.

reveal his name if the song was chosen. After a thorough analysis of Roberts’ verses, the committee chose and included the song in the hymnal of the Episcopal Church of that year. Roberts was born on November 5, 1841 in New York and raised in a Christian home. After high chool, he attended the Kenyon College of Ohio and joined the Episcopal Church. Then, Daniel participated in the American civil war as a member of a regiment that came from the Great Lakes. In 1865, 24-year-old Daniel was appointed deacon after his service in the Union, which encouraged the abolition of slavery. After becoming a full-time servant of Jesus Christ, Daniel Crane Roberts was ordained a pastor of the Lord in 1866 and appointed as the head of the church

of Brandon. He also served as vicar in a temple in Concord, in New Hampshire, where he remained for 30 years. There, in the northeast of the U.S., Roberts gained recognition and became an active member of different religious organizations. About his victorious hymn, inspired by Christ’s grace, Daniel once commented that he prayed and asked the Lord to guide him to write a commemorative song for the centenary of the independence of his country. As regards the importance of his work, he stated, “My little hymn had a flattering official recognition that I did not expected. Nevertheless, I would rather like the Lord to be praised for love, for His infinite love to humankind.” Daniel Crane Roberts died on October 31, 1907 in Concord. He served Jesus Christ until the end of his days and always prided himself of being the modest pastor from a countryside church, only known within his small world. But his name was constantly associated to the hymn that he created, in which the Lord is portrayed as a heavenly king who can do anything. He could not avoid the fame that he gained thanks to the song that speaks of our protective and loyal God l December 2016 / Impacto evangelistic

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THE CONQUEROR OF AFRICA

Robert Moffat, who devoted 53 years of his life to evangelize South Africa, was a man of God that preached his Word in a jungle full of dangers. Eugene Myers

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day, the party comes to a “water hole,” but not a drop of water is to be found! The heat is terrific but they continue the trek through a wilderness where not a blade of green grass and scarcely a bush is to be seen. The next day the temperature


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is 118º in the shade but there is no shade! The supply of water carried in the cart has been exhausted. Tormented by thirst and frantic because the deep sand burns their hoofs like a red hot stove, most of the oxen break loose and rush madly toward the mountains. One of the black men goes in pursuit, but returns about midnight, fleeing from lions and crying for water. Digging frantically, they find a tiny spring and secure partial relief for their thirst. But with the food supply practically exhausted and the water supply less than a trickle, Robert sends two men with the remaining oxen in search of supplies. Soon they are lost to sight in a cloud of dust. Three days later Robert realizes that his situation is perilous in the extreme. The most precious article in this vast region — he murmurs to himself — is not gold or diamonds, but water. For lack of water the people perish, vegetation dies, and the land becomes a barren waste. Surely God has promised something far better than this. Picking up

his Bible, he turns to a very familiar and favorite chapter, Isaiah 35, which declares, “The wilderness and solitary place shall be glad ... the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose ... for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert!” GOD’S GARDENER This remarkable young man, who after three days of torment in the desert was finally rescued, was Robert Moffat. He was born on December 21, 1795, in East Lothian — a locality in Scotland closely bound up with the memory of the great John Knox and the sainted George Wishart, who was taken thence by night to be burned at the stake for his faith. After several years of schooling and after running away to sea where he had many thrilling

This remarkable young man, who after three days of torment in the desert was finally rescued, was Robert Moffat. He was born on December 21, 1795, in East Lothian a locality in Scotland closely bound up with the memory of the great John Knox and the sainted George Wishart, who was taken thence by night to be burned at the stake for his faith. adventures, Robert was apprenticed at fourteen to learn the trade of gardener. And from this time until his death, August 10, 1883, at the age of 87, the story of his life is summed up in harvesting and teaching God’s Gospel. Robert Moffat was most fortunate in having parents who were devout Christians. When, just before his eighteenth birthday, he left his Scotch home to take a position as gardener at High Leigh in Cheshire, his mother insisted in walking with him to the Firth of Forth, where he was to take ship to England. With anxious concern over this son of hers who was faring forth into the world with an unconverted heart, she said: “Robert, I have one final request to make of you before we part. Will you promise me to read a chapter of God’s Word every morning and another every night?” When he agreed she continued, “Now I shall return home with a happy heart. O Robert, my son, read much in the New Testament, especially the blessed Gospels. If you pray in deep sincerity, our Lord will teach you and lead you to Himself.” Every evening Robert retired to his garden lodge and pondered over the Scriptures. One

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In the sanctuary of his soul, a Voice spoke: “Will you give up your plans for My plans? Are you willing to suffer that the heathen may be saved?” “Yes, Lord,” he said aloud, and henceforth he was consumed with one master passion to take the gospel to some faraway land of darkness.

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night, while he was reading Romans 3: 22-26, which refers to the justice of God through the faith in Jesus Christ, he was touched by the power of the Creator and became a new creature. On a certain lovely summer day toward sunset, Robert set out on foot for Warrington, a town about six miles away, to make a few purchases. Suddenly, on reaching Warrington, he found himself standing before a poster announcing a missionary meeting that would change the path of his life. Quickly his mind went back to the time when, along with his brothers and sisters, he used to sit before a roaring fire on winter nights listening to his mother tell exciting stories of Moravian missionaries taking the gospel to Greenland, the East Indies, and other distant places. COMMITED MISSIONARY In the sanctuary of his soul, a Voice spoke: “Will you give up your plans for My plans? Are you willing to suffer that the heathen may be saved?” “Yes, Lord,” he said aloud, and henceforth he was consumed with one master passion — to take the gospel to some far-away land of darkness. Some time later Robert went to Manchester and asked Rev. William Roby if he would assist him in securing an appointment under one of the missionary societies. This the earnest minister undertook to do, being much impressed by the young man’s qualities. Desiring to have him close at hand so that he might give him special instruction in preparation for a missionary career, he secured for Robert a position as gardener with Mr. James Smith of Dukenfield. On September 30, 1816, after many months of preparation, Moffat was accepted as missionary of the London Missionary Society and he was immediately sent to South Africa. Robert Moffat reached Cape Town, South Africa, January 13, 1817. After eight months devoted to language study, he set out for the interior in order to share the Word with the natives in their own language. The fruits of his devotion to the Work of God were borne soon: on January 26, 1818, he preached the Gospel to Jager Afrikaner, the most frightening and hated bandit of all South Africa. After looking the young missionary over and talking to him a few minutes, the chief seemed pleased and said to some women, “Build the missionary a house.” Here he lived in African simplicity, his food consisting principally of

milk and dried meat. Morning and evening Moffat held a preaching service and during the day opened a school, which soon numbered over a hundred children. It was not long before the chief himself began to attend the services regularly. The Scottish missionary attained the full conversion of the man to Christianity, together with his followers, which caused quite a stir in the society of Cape Town, amazed by the results of his evangelizing work. While in Cape Town, Moffat met two representatives of the London Missionary Society. Although greatly impressed by his work with Africaner’s tribe, they decided he should move to a larger field among the Bechwana tribes on the Kuruman river. FRUITFUL LIFE Supported by his wife, Mary Smith, Robert carried out a great Christianizing work that allowed him to make God known in South Africa and create an oasis of faith and fertility in the middle of the desert. In the 53 years there, Moffat developed skills in construction, carpentry, agriculture and literature. He made several missiwwonary trips in which he converted many people to Christianity. In addition, he fully translated the Holy Scriptures and The Pilgrim’s Progress into the Tswana language and published a series of missionary books. Moffat spent the last 12 years of his life preaching the Word of the Lord throughout England and speaking of the evangelization of Africa in order to light the interest of young Christians to become missionaries. He went twice before Queen Victoria to inform her of the advance of the Gospel in Africa. Robert, who devoted to following the instructions of Jesus Christ and spreading the Scriptures, died on August 9, 1883 in Leigh, a town located in the English county of Kent, where he spent the last days of his 87 years of existence. He was a remarkable man that came from a family that was materially poor but spiritually rich. Robert Moffat was used by the Lord to make an impact on Africa with his power and love. His full devotion to the missionary work is the greatest legacy left to the evangelical people. Known as Christ’s gardener, Moffat laid the foundations for the introduction of Christianity in Africa, which got deeper and wider thanks to the work of other men of the Almighty, such as the evangelist David Livingstone, who married his daughter Mary l


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MOISÉS, SAVED FROM EVIL His life was saved from death more than once since his birth. His mother’s family was involved in santeria and sorcery and offered him to Satan. As he suffered from poliomyelitis and other health issues, Moisés Cabrera is alive only by God’s grace. Marlo Pérez Foto: Archivo familiar

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oisés (“Moses,” in English) Cabrera is not the exiled prince who sent the ten plagues to Egypt and parted the Red Sea in order to save the Israelites from the Pharaoh. No, he is not the great biblical prophet remembered by generations for his heroic deeds in the name of the Almighty. Moisés Cabrera is a man of God of the 21st century, a Dominican Pastor who lives in the United States. Despite an evident physical deficiency in his legs, he has performed incredible wonders of healing in the name of the Lord. His name is a miracle.

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After those two years, his great-grandmother, who was also a “santera”, spirit traveled by the power of Satan to the room of Moisés. There, in a very well-known act of sorcery, she sucked from his left big toe all the blood out of his body. This happened as a result of all the deals that his mother had made with the spirits. Moisés was again on the brink of death. Continue reading––

SAVED FROM DEATH Juan Moisés Cabrera Solís has a wife and two children who fill his days with peace and happiness. 46-year-old Moisés does not fear adversities, as he experienced the power of the Lord even before his birth. The Lord snatched him out of the jaws of death and saved him from sorcery and poliomyelitis, which paralyzed him when he was a child. He has seen the power of God work in his life. Moisés tells how he was saved from death on March 8, 1970, when he was still in the womb of his mother, who was eight months pregnant. He does not believe in superstition, but he is sure that was the day chosen by the Creator to perform the greatest miracle on him. He brought him back to life after he died. That day, his mother, Miladis Solís, was taken to the ER of the hospital in the town of San Juan de la Maguana, in the Dominican Republic. She was given the most discouraging news to a mother: her first-born was dead inside due maybe to a disease that had not been detected in time. She was a well-known witch in the town, but she could not do anything to bring her child back to life. When his father Moisés Cabrera arrived, however, the power of God revealed itself in the least expected way.

The man, a building worker who became Christian just a few days before the event, prayed fervently for the life of his son. The miracle happened; suddenly, little Moisés regained color on his pale skin, moved his delicate hands and strove to breathe for the first time with a weak moan that became a crying that woke physicians and nurses up. They would tell each other, “It’s a miracle! It’s a miracle!” The baby that was born dead had come back to life. THE DESERT OF MOISÉS Moisés Cabrera is nowadays a renowned Pastor of the Worldwide Missionary Movement in New York, USA. As told to him

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by his paternal grandmother, after he recovered from that difficult moment, a new disease threatened his life and soul at the age of six months. A terrible fever forced him back to the hospital of San Juan de la Maguana, a poor city famous for its sorcerers and “santeros” (Santeria practitioners). After controlling his fever and stabilizing his body, tests detected that he had poliomyelitis. His parents, Moisés and Miladis, could not believe what was happening. Little Moisés, who came back to life after his birth, was again in danger.

After being healed by the Lord, thus becoming a testimony for hundreds of Dominicans, Moisés went to live to the United States with his father and his wife Olga. When he was 17 years old, he felt the call of the Lord and, at the age of 22, he devoted himself fully to the ministry as an evangelist and missionary, traveling and singing throughout many countries of America and the world.

POLIOMYELITIS In that decade, poliomyelitis (better known as “polio”) posed a mortal threat in many Caribbean and American countries. Even though it is no longer a mortal disease, during its peak in 1952, poliomyelitis caused the death of more than three thousand children only in the United States. Nevertheless, the massive vaccination of 1979 managed to control the disease. Polio was eradicated in 1991. In a very short time, polio affected his central nervous system, deformed his upper members and paralyzed his lower ones. Moisés’ fate was shattered. “Fever was so high that my body was permanently deformed. I ended up with one leg and one arm thinner than the others … Very few survive the disease, and it was a miracle I did,” he tells. WITHOUT A DROP OF BLOOD Many weeks after resorting to all types of healing through sorcery and santeria, his mother offered sacrifices to entities such as Yemoja, Shango or Baca (a man that takes the shape of an animal at night) to heal his son, but she only managed to cast a curse that reached his son two years later. After those two years, his great-grandmother, who was also a “santera”, spirit traveled by the power of Satan to the room of Moisés. There, in a very well-known act of sorcery, she sucked from his left big toe all the blood out of his body. This happened as a result of all the deals that his mother had made with the spirits. Moisés was again on the brink of death. “My

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mother and my great-grandmother practiced sorcery even before I was born… My great-grandmother transferred her powers to my mother,” he reveals. A few minutes later, her mother realized the state of Moisés, who experienced tachycardia due to a hypovolemic shock. When the child was taken to the ER, doctors provided him with the plasma that saved his life. “I had to stay in a hospital again. I had not a single drop of blood in my body and my mother offered me to those demons,” he says. KNOWING GOD’S LAW When his father knew about the new tragedy of his first-born, he took him away from his mother. Hhis Christian grandmother, Arcadia Disla, took care of him and they lived together in the city of Puerto Plata, in the north of the country. There, Moisés started a new life far from sorcery and Spiritism, but prostration and deformity limited his life. He was waiting for a miracle. “Everyone would mock me. I used to walk among the hills like a little four-legged animal or run as quickly as I could with the dogs or my friends to test who was the fastest… Everybody called me as ‘Naridandi Gorgojo’ (boy with big nose)… The enemy managed to erase my identity because he knew that God had a plan for me,” he recalls. THE MIRACLE OF MOISÉS Seven years later, Moisés was taken by his grandmother to a Christian worship in the city of Santiago de los Caballeros, where famous evangelist Yiye Ávila was preaching the Word of God. When they arrived to the arena and listened to his message of salvation, his grandmother told him that night God would make a miracle for him. Moisés prayed and God answered. “I remember that we were in the lower part of the steps and there was a steel ceiling above us. I felt that something went through the steel and into my head and I felt like fire burning my body. The power of God revealed right there: my arms got straight, the bones of my waist unbent and my body straightened up while my grandmother was squeezing my hand. The metal leg braces on my legs broke loose and

my legs were restored. I did not feel like crawling walking with my hands anymore,” he tells. Because of the miraculous healing and the surprise of his grandmother and the people around him, Moisés cried in excitement. As he tried to bend back to his previous position, his body pulled him up. The only things on the floor were now his crutches, his braces and the tears of joy for his healing. Moisés received his miracle. The Almighty told him, “You were created to walk on two legs!”

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“THE CHURCH IN VENEZUELA HAS NOT BEEN AFFECTED” In a country that is evidently affected by confrontation and crisis, as spread by the media, Rev. Ricardo Manrique Rincón continues to evangelize. The Lord protects His Work.

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he Venezuelan crisis prevented the National Convention 2016 from being held, but Supervisor Rev. Ricardo Manrique Rincón and the Church in general remain firm preaching the Word of God in Venezuela. How does the Church face the Venezuelan crisis? The situation in the country concerns economic, political and social issues. Venezuela is deeply affected and the situation worsens every, as confrontation comes from two opposite poles. There is uncertainty in the community about the future and how this will all end. Has the Church in Venezuela been affected? The Church in Venezuela has not been affected nor limited in its activities. We are able to preach the Gospel, as we can build churches and hold meetings or campaigns. We have just restricted some activities, such as mass events with no guarantees. In this way, we avoid eventual problems in mass activities, such as the National Convention 2016. We had to call it off as a precaution, because back then some threats announced a possible social outbreak. In which other ways does the Church preach the Word of God? The Church continues to preach, seizing every day and using all means given by God, such as television or radio. We make the most of them, as that is the im-

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portant mission commended by the Lord to us these days. God has spoken to us, encouraged us and told us that this is the time when He needs the most our help, so we take it to the streets, preach about Christ and perform activities such as campaigns and meetings. We also preach in military barracks and schools, as well as in hospitals. We preach while it is day, as stated in the Bible. Are there other types of problems in the country? There has been an increase in witchcraft, santeria and sorcery practices among the people, including important government and social elite members, who are involved with pagan beliefs and idols. A truly worrisome problem in our country. What is the current situation of the Work? I have been working with my wife as a Supervisor for 5 years now in Caracas, a city where we have lived for more than 30 years and where the Lord has allowed us to form 50 workers. Many of them work very hard as presbyters or officers of the country. Currently, we are across all the Venezuelan states, and 90% of our premises are duly registered as property of the Worldwide Missionary Movement. Very few are rented or leased. We have 600 facilities, among churches and white fields, 800 workers spread all over the country and almost 15 000 members l


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THE DIVINITY OF JESUS CHRIST “When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets. He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven” Matthew 16:13-17. Rev. Luis M. Ortiz

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n the village, there were different opinions about the person and identity of Christ, but they were all wrong and even malicious, like that of the Pharisees, who accused him of seditiousness to political authorities, and blasphemy to the religious authorities. The only right answer came from the lips of the apostle Peter, as given to him by divine revelation. This truth revealed by God establishes the divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ. SOME OPINIONS TODAY The Baha’i say that Christ was a manifestation of God. The Hare Krishna state that Christ was one of their gurus. Islamists claim that Christ was a prophet, but that Muhammad invalidated him. Hindus declare that Christ was one of many Messiahs and that his sufferings were like those of any other prophet. Rosicrucians state that Jesus is a reincarnated, enlightened man. Theosophists hold that Christ was a Master. Masons assert that Jesus of Nazareth was a man like us. Spiritualists say that Jesus was a notable Jewish medium. Jehovah’s Witnesses claim that Jesus was created like us. Unitarians or Jesus Only recognize the divinity of Christ, but reject that of the Father and the Holy Spirit. Mormons, the so-called Latter-day Saints, hold that Christ is a preexisting spirit, one of many gods. Christian Science asserts that Jesus Christ is not God. The Unity Church believes in the divinity of Jesus, but only in the sense that all humans share that divine potential. Transcendental Meditation says that Christ is an enlightened being. The Unification Church asserts that Christ was a failed messiah. Catholics sometimes place Christ in a secondary place in relation to Mary, whom they call the mother of God. Atheists say there is no MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 42 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia

God, so Jesus Christ is not His Son. Today, there are even men with minds so depraved that they present Christ in films as bohemian, fornicator, immoral and homosexual. THE ETERNAL EXISTENCE OF CHRIST The Bible clearly teaches about the eternal existence of Christ, from His historical manifestation in the manger of Bethlehem. We will mention only a few verses: The prophet Isaiah called him “Immanuel,” which means “God with us” (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23), and “The mighty God, The everlasting Father” (Isaiah 9:6). The prophet Micah called him “Ruler in Israel… from everlasting” (Micah 5:2). The apostle John describes him: “In the beginning was the Word (Christ), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God” (John. 1:1-2). The apostle Paul says that “all things were created by him [Christ,] and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist” (Colossians 1:16-17). He is also called “our great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ” (Titus 2:13). DIVINE TITLES Several of Christ’s titles firmly establish his divinity. We will only mention two of them: • Son of God. Just as the name ‘Son of Man’ conveys the human nature received from His mother Mary, the title ‘Son of God’ denotes His divine nature. The heavenly Father gave audible testimony that Christ is His Son on the day of His baptism in the Jordan River: “And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased” (Matthew 3:17). And on the Mount of Transfiguration, where three of his apostles


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Just as the name ‘Son of Man’ conveys the human nature received from His mother Mary, the title ‘Son of God’ denotes His divine nature. The heav­enly Father gave audible testimony that Christ is His Son on the day of His bap­tism in the Jordan River: “And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased” were present, “behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him” (Matthew 17:5). In the four Gospels and the book of Acts, Jesus Christ is called ‘Son of God’ about 60 times. And in the rest of the New Testament, about 50 times. • Lord. There is another title that clearly denotes his divinity: “Lord,” a title that belongs to God. The Hebrews apply it exclusively to God. In the four Gospels, Jesus Christ is called ‘Lord’ some 130 times. In

the book of the Acts of the Apostles, about 85 times. In the rest of the New Testament, around 150 times. These two titles, ‘Son of God’ and ‘Lord,’ proclaim the divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ around 470 times in the New Testament. And Christ Himself, aware of His identity, referred to Himself on many occasions as “Son of God” and “Lord.” Dear reader, why do you not make friends with the Son of God? Why do you not ask Him to forgive all your sins? Ask Him right now. Amen l December 2016 / Impacto evangelistic

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WHEN HUMILIATION BECOMES HUMILITY “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God but made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men, and being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” Philippians 2:5-8. Rev. Manuel Zúñiga

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umility comes up in us through humiliation. No one can be humble if they do not humble themselves first. The word ‘humiliation’ in Hebrew has four meanings: affliction, to be worked upon and wounded, to bow, and to be or become humble. Our Lord Jesus Christ is the best example of humiliation, because he was God but took the form of a man; he divested himself of his royal clothes to dress as a humble servant. God, in His eternal purpose, knowing that man was going to fail, decided to fulfill the plan He had drawn long before the foundation of the world for the redemption of the human race. God did not improvise a plan, but He has everything under His control, because He is sovereign. In the plan of salvation, the Word of God says: “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin” (2 Corinthians 5:21). Christ became sin for us, though he committed no sin, and no guile was found in his lips. Christ was our substitute, he took our place on the cross, and died for us to save us from eternal damnation. In heaven, the question arose: “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Jesus was aware of this mission and said, “Here am I; send me” (Isaiah 6:8). The Word says that he took the form of man and, in that condition, he humbled himself (Philippians 2:6-8.) Jesus was waiting for the time of his manifestation. At the age of 30, he went to the Jordan River, and John the Baptist presented him before all, saying, “Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world” (John 1:29). But when Jesus plunged into the waters and emerged, the voice of God the Father was heard saying, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased” (Matthew 3:17). Satan stirred persecutions and afflictions against the humanity of Jesus, attacking him in all aspects. Nevertheless, Jesus crossed the path of criticism, scorn, disappointment and loneliness; they called him scrounger, drunk, son of fornication, seditious, etc. The Lord did not answer any of the vituperations or insults, because he walked towards his mission and commission and could not stop to waste time. He casted all his concerns on the Father in his nights of prayer and vigil, and received

strength from on high to continue on his way. Jesus knew that his fight was not against humans but against the devil and death. The Bible says, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers…” (Ephesians 6:12.) Dear one, do not pay attention to the things that stop you, but focus on the vision that God has given you. Even if they call us false, scroungers, among other things, we should feel joyful that we are part of in the sufferings of the Lord. It is necessary to divest oneself, and he divested himself. I ask you, Have you divested youself? Jesus said, “And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me” (Matthew 10:38). You cannot expect to have a crown there in heav-

Our Lord Jesus Christ is the best exam­ple of humiliation, because he was God but took the form of a man; he divested himself of his royal clothes to dress as a humble ser­vant. God, in His eternal purpose, knowing that man was going to fail, decided to fulfill the plan He had drawn long before the foun­dation of the world for the redemption of the human race. en if you do not carry the cross on the Earth although some do not like to suffer. The Lord bore the yoke of sin. The Lord took our yoke and wants to change it for another one. James said, “Count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations” (James 1:2). The apostle Peter said, “... think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you” (1 Peter 4:12). He also said, “Wherein they [the world] think it strange that ye run not with them to the same excess of riot” (1 Peter 4:4). When you are humiliated or beaten, you must trust in God. Psalm 125 says, “They that trust in the Lord shall be as mount Zion…” Be what? Determined, brave, willing, all the good things God has. Dear reader, when humiliation begins to manifest in you and you embrace it, it will produce humility in your life. God does not want arrogant people. Jesus said, “Learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart” (Matthew 11:29). The humble know how to worship God, because they know that they are unworthy of such immense grace l December 2016 / Impacto evangelistic

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THE CHALLENGE OF DISCIPLESHIP “As they went in the way, a certain man said unto him, Lord, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest. And Jesus said unto him, Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head. And he said unto another, Follow me. But he said, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father. Jesus said unto him, Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou and preach the kingdom of God. And another also said, Lord, I will follow thee; but let me first go bid them farewell, which are at home at my house. And Jesus said unto him, no man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” Luke 9:57-62. Rev. Alberto Ortega

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disciple is a person who consciously and voluntarily accepts to be taught and molded by a master. Jesus was an expert, he knew how to choose and reproduce his own character in those who accepted to be shaped up under his authority and ministry. The passage above speaks of three people: two of them offered to follow him and one was called by the Lord. I. SUPERFICIAL ENTHUSIASM “A certain man said unto him, Lord, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest. And Jesus said unto him, Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head” (57-58). Matthew 8:16-18 describes certain details of discipleship. A scribe made the decision to follow him; the Lord was casting out demons, healing the sick, and this produced collective euphoria, admiration, sympathy, enthusiasm. The scribe made the proposal in this atmosphere. He did not see the cost of discipleship, but he only saw economic gain, fame. This is not uncommon; people do not see the cost of following Christ, as they take off their minds the hardship and the suffering, which results in failure. If the master has no pillow, the disciple has none either; there is no time or place for earthly comforts, only the matters of the kingdom of heaven are a priority. “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33). MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 46 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia

II. WRONG PRIORITY “Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father” (v. 59). It should be noted that this man was not at his father’s wake; it was customary in Israel for the unmarried son not to become independent unless he got married or his father died. This disciple asked the Lord to wait until he could fulfill the tradition. In life, there are two kinds of priorities: ours and that of the Lord. When we want to be disciples, there is only one priority: that of the Lord. In this case, although this man wanted to embrace the call, his answer was negative, as it was subject to his personal priority. This disciple said to the Lord: “Suffer me.” In the original, it means “free me from,” “set me free from,” that is to say, he saw discipleship as a bondage. Why? Because he was bound to a custom, a tradition, a convenience. The call of Christ is not incompatible with human responsibilities of husband or wife, father or mother, son or daughter;


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but it shakes the priorities resulting from mistaken compromises, human traditions or selfish reasoning. The call of Christ is made in the right moment, time and circumstances (“My times are in thy hand,” Psalm 31:15). When God calls, we must leave all other commitments behind. When this man said “suffer me,” Jesus answered: “Let the dead bury their dead.” But the man decided to remain and fulfill his priorities, and so he went to the company of the dead. Turning away from the call of Christ is to go back to death. III. INDECISION The response of this last disciple was, “I will follow thee; but let me first go bid them farewell, which are at home at my house” (61). This disciple had emotional bonds. The Lord was not forbidding him to say goodbye to his family, but this man was scared that he would not see his family again. Disciples cannot doubt God’s care and pro-

tection; many live in fear, as they have never experienced a life dependent on the living God. “For he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me” (Hebrew 13:5-6). Jesus answered, “No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God” (v. 62). God cares for those who put themselves in His hands, and even more, He blesses unconverted relatives through the believers who follow him. What will we do with the call of Christ? Let us accept the stone for a pillow, for Christ makes it soft for the obedient. Let us accept the burial of feelings, for Christ is the one who raises the dead. Let us accept the plow of responsibility, for the kingdom of the heavens offers us these opportunities. Those who can overcome these conditions will have a strong and booming discipleship; they will be victorious in Christ and with Christ l

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A quick report of the work that Worldwide Missionary Movement is making in America and throughout the world. The Holy Bible states: “And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple... And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved”. (Acts 2:46,47).

HAVE FAITH IN JESUS More than 700,000 brethren attended the 26th Annual Convention of the WMM in Peru. The event was shared with the world thanks to the coverage of Bethel Television, Bethel Radio and social networks.

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Bocanegra. The last two were the hosts. MESSAGE FROM GOD After the inauguration, one of the first messages was shared by Rev. José Soto, Vice President of the Work: “You Worship What You Do Not Know, We Worship What We Know,” based on John 4: 19. The next day, Rev. Henao spoke about “The Fruits of Faith in Jesus,” based on Matthew 5: 13-17. At the fifth evening service, Rev. Concepción, International Secretary and International Director of the

Elim Biblical Institute, presented the Word of the Lord through the message “Stillness Gives Knowledge of God,” based on Psalm 46: 10-11. APOCALYPSE. THE END IS COMING! Days before the 26th National Convention in Peru, the book Apocalypse. The End Is Coming!, written by Rev. Rodolfo González Cruz, International Officer of the Work, was presented. Likewise, the book was announced at one of the services of the Peruvian Convention and bought by hundreds of brethren. Continue reading––


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STUDENT CONGRESS AS PART OF THE CONVENTION “Have Faith in Jesus,” the First Congress of Christian Students in Peru brought together hundreds of university students from different parts of the country. The student meeting had two interesting expositions: “Gender Ideology” by Cristian Rosas and “Design or Coincidence”.by Creous Ramdath. Both speakers highlighted the importance the principles of the Word of the Lord within the academic life of young Peruvians.

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INTERNATIONAL ATTENDANCE In addition to the attendance of International Officers, there were also several Supervisors from other countries, such as Rev. Ciro Soto from Bolivia, Rev. Eugenio Masías from Ecuador, Rev. David Veramendi from Japan, and Rev. Enoc Ramos from Australia. In addition, brothers Samuel and Joseph Spurgeon came from India to be part of the event.

PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION “CAMPAIGNS OF FAITH” was the name of the photographic exhibition that Roberto Guerrero, photographer of the Impacto Evangelistic magazine, presented to the thousands of brothers and pastors at the San Marcos Stadium. The images exhibited are the fruit of the six years of labor done throughout Peru for the Work. International Officers looked round the exhibition and highlighted the quality of the photographs.

PROMOTION OF WORKERS On the morning of Saturday 26, the traditional Worker Promotion was held. 327 brothers were promoted to Lay Preachers, 265 to Licensed Preachers and 48 to Ordained Ministers. All of them were supported through the prayers of the National and International Officers of the WMM and the people of God. By the end of the event, on Sunday afternoon, thousands of Peruvian brothers went back home with the blessing of the Almighty and the promise to attend the 2017 edition l December 2016 / Impacto evangelistic

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ARISE, SHINE, FOR THY LIGHT IS COME The WMM in Belize held its 9th National Convention. The event consolidated the progress of the Work of God in Central America.

he Work of God in Central America is growing, and the 9th National Convention of the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Belize is proof. It was held from September 1 to September 4 at the Orange Walk Multipurpose Complex, located in northwestern Belize. The spiritual celebration took place under the motto “Arise”, based on Isaiah 60:1. On the first day, Rev. Álvaro Garavito, International Officer of the WMM and Missionary Supervisor in Central America, shared the good news. In his exposition of the Word, based on Genesis 13: 14-15, he said that “the MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 52 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia

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Lord wants us to live in victory, not defeat.” At the beginning of the second day, Rev. Elmer Sesem preached the Word of God through a message based on Ephesians 6: 1-10. Hours later, in the night service, Rev. Gustavo Chay, National Supervisor of the WMM in Guatemala, shared the message of the Lord entitled “Pre-

pare Your Sword”. On the third day, Rev. Juan Chamalé, a member of the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Belize, addressed the faithful and shared the message “Arise From The Spiritual Dream.” Later, at night, Rev. Alejandro Barrios preached the Word with a message called “Arise To Help Others.”

On the last day, Rev. Reinaldo Valenzuela, National Supervisor of the WMM in Belize, presented the local delegations, coming from the churches of Orange Talk Down, Indian Church, Trinidad and August Pine Ridge. Later, Pastor Garavito offered a biblical message titled “Eternal Path That Allows No Deviations” l December 2016 / Impacto evangelistic

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MEN FULL OF THE SPIRIT

The city of Trujillo Alto hosted the National Retreat of Men of the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Puerto Rico.

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mong prayers and praises to God, the National Retreat of Men of the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Puerto Rico was held from October 28 to October 30 in the temple of the city of Trujillo Alto. The event was led by Rev. Albert Rivera, President of the National Board of Officers of the WMM in Puerto Rico, and Rev. Carlos Guerra was its main preacher of the Word. On the first day of the National Retreat of Men, whose theme was “Men Full of the Spirit,” Pastor Guerra shared the message of MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 54 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia


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the Lord entitled “The Purpose of God,” based on Exodus 13: 17-21. In his speech, he used the life of the people of Israel to illustrate how God changes the direction of our

path to lead us towards His perfect will. At the opening of the second day, Pastor Albert Rivera, National Supervisor, presented the biblical

teaching “The Call of God,” based on Mark 16: 17-20. Hours later, in the afternoon, Rev. Guerra preached the Word of the Lord through a dissertation called “A Certain Disciple.” Based on Acts 9: 10-19, the preacher spoke about the will of the Creator and said that, “it is not time to be discouraged amid adversity.” Later, at night, Rev. Guerra shared a message he called “Today Is the day.” Based on Joshua 3: 5-8 and 13-16, the evangelist said that, “it is time to believe in God and combine faith with work. Tonight there will be liberation, healing and miracles.” On the last day, Pastor Carlos Guerra preached the Word of God once again. Based on 2 Timothy 4: 7-8, he held a speech entitled “Keeping the Faith,” in which he urged to keep the love towards the Lord l December 2016 / Impacto evangelistic

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HERE I AM, SEND ME The Worldwide Missionary Movement in Chile held its 20th National Convention with the presence of brothers from Argentina and Peru.

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ith the special attendance of Rev. Humberto Henao and Rev. Luis Meza Bocanegra, International Officers of the Work of God, the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Chile held, from October 28 to October 31, its 20th National Convention at the San Joaquín municipal gymnasium, in southern Santiago de Chile. During the inauguration of the Convention, whose theme was “Here I Am, Send Me,” Rev. Gerardo Martínez, National Supervisor of the Work in Chile and the Southern Cone, said that, “we pray nonstop so that the Lord visits this nation and raises many workers. The theme of the Convention will never leave the mind or the hearts of the many young and married people that God has called. We are praying for them to be awakened and anointed.” The spiritual celebration was also attended by Rev. Josué Ascarruz, Member of the Board of Na-

tional Officials of the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Peru, and Pastor José María López, guest preacher from Colombia. The servants of God, Henao, Meza, Ascarruz and López, shared the good news of the Lord with the brothers at the San Joaquín municipal gymnasium. The 20th National Conven-

tion of the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Chile gathered faithful from all over the Chilean territory and a group of sixty believers from Argentina and a delegation of brothers and pastors from Peru. The four days were broadcast live by Bethel Televisión, Bethel Radio and Koinonia Comunicaciones, the media of the WMM in Chile l December 2016 / Impacto evangelistic

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NOT BY MIGHT NOR BY POWER The Worldwide Missionary Movement in El Salvador gathered to thank God for the building of the Church in the municipality of Quelepa.

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Hosts,” served to make known the history of the church that now hosts fifty-five brothers and is led by husband and wife Juan García Soro and Blanca Parada García. These workers of the Lord arrived to the department of San Miguel in 2012 and promoted the construction of the temple. Guided by God, Juan García and Blanca Parada began praying

in early 2013 to have a property in which they could build a new temple of the WMM. Months later, Jesus Christ answered and allowed them to acquire a piece of land of more than one thousand square meters. And so the construction began, and two years later the church was built and hosted in March 2016 the National Convention of the WMM in El Salvador l


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The Worldwide Missionary Movement in El Salvador held a baptism by the Torola River, where fourteen new brothers descended into the waters.

The Work of God in El Salvador held a baptism on October 29 by the Torola River, one of the tourist attractions in eastern El Salvador.

Fourteen new brothers of the WMM descended into the baptismal waters. In the event, which took place in the department of San Miguel,

the fourteen baptized eleven from the church of Villa San Antonio and three from the congregation of Quelepa surrendered their lives to the Almighty and left evil behind before a large group of faithful of God. During the ceremony, Rev. Edwin Parada, National Supervisor of the Worldwide Missionary Movement in El Salvador, preached the Word of the Lord through a message titled “The Importance of Baptism.” In his presentation, Pastor Parada recalled that “who believes and is baptized will be saved.” After the baptism, the faithful who had a social lunch and listened to the good news of the Lord through Sister Teresa Pedraza, from Colombia l December 2016 / Impacto evangelistic

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WHAT ARE YOU THRISTY FOR?

Equatorial Guinea, a Spanish-speaking African nation, enjoyed the presence of the Lord in an event organized by the Work of God.

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he brothers from Zones 2 and 3 of the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Equatorial Guinea gathered from October 7 to 9 in the municipality of Nkumekieñ, where the Work of God held a United Confraternity. The event served to inform of the progress of the WMM in Africa. On the first day, Rev. Cornelio Esono Ndong, Presbyter of Zone 2, welcomed the Lord’s people, while Rev. Lorenzo Ndong shared the Word through a message titled “What Are You Thirsty For?” On the second day, Rev. Benjamín Engono Abuy shared the good news of Jesus Christ . The Lord’s servant offered a speech called “Dance and Praise in the Lord’s Church,” based on Psalms 150. MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 60 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia

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Dozens of young Australians were filled with the Holy Spirit in a glorious National Fellowship in the city of Adelaide. ith joy and unshakable trust in the blessing of the Lord, a glorious National Youth Fellowship was held in Adelaide. Rev. Enoc Ramos, Supervisor of

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I PRESS TOWARD THE MARK Belgium was shaken with the Word of the Lord. The capital of the European Union remains in victory.

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mid an atmosphere of glory and joy, the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Brussels celebrated the 11th Anniversary of the Church under the theme “Reaching Forth Unto Those Things Which Are Before, I Press Toward The Mark.” The event was held from September 9 to September 11 in the capital of the European Union. Congregations from Belgium, the Netherlands MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 62 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia

and Luxembourg gathered in this beautiful activity, which was also attended by Rev. Luis Valderrama, Assistant Supervisor of these churches. In the messages of each service, a missionary call was made in order to remind the Christian people that the Lord has opened a great door in Belgium to preach the Gospel through miracles and healings. This missionary call was a great blessing

and rekindled the evangelizing fire in believers. The Work in Brussels, which is led by Pastor Antonio Cruz and his wife, has raised a great army of spiritual warriors who keep doing the missionary work. Through their ministry, the Lord has arranged the media to spread His messages and all the activities carried out by the Work l


EVENTS

COME INTO MY HOUSE Japan held one of its best-attended evangelistic campaigns. The Lord blessed His people in the land of the Rising Sun.

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great Evangelistic Campaign gathered brothers and pastors near to the Church in Oppama on August 28 in the city of Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture. The activity took place under the theme “Come Into My House,” based on Luke 19: 5. The event was attended by Rev. Eraldo Hokama, pastor at the Church of Narita, and congregations from northern Japan, such as the churches of Saitama and Hashimoto. This glorious activity was led by Rev. Hokama, while Brother Fernando Kubota, from the host church read the Holy Scriptures. Later, Sister Yuuki Miyakoshi sang songs of praise and revival, and the congregation sang along in joy. Finally, the Supervisor of the country shared a

reflection about the Word of God, based on Haggai 1. In his speech, Rev. Veramendi encouraged the people to rebuild the Lord’s Church and to work for the nation of the Rising Sun. He

also exhorted the flock to come closer to the Creator in times of overwhelming trial and struggle on their souls. Many of the attendees surrendered their lives to the King of kings and Lord of lords l December 2016 / Impacto evangelistic

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Photos: Naidet Windster y Angelis Gonzalez

The WMM continues to consolidate the Work in Tilburg, the Netherlands, on its 18th Anniversary. A great spiritual fire was kindled from on high over the city.

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he municipality of Tilburg, located in the province of North Brabant, in the south of the Netherlands, was shaken with the preaching of the Lord’s Word on its 18th Anniversary of the Work there. The Christian event, whose theme was “Did I Not Say That If You Believe, You Will See The Glory Of God?” took place from October 21 to October 23. It was attended by brothers from the Church of Belgium and the Netherlands, some of whom preached the Gospel of Jesus Christ on the first day. One of them was the Pastor Antonio Cruz, from the host city, whose preaching was based on Psalms 139: 1-4. The next day, Pastor Stanley Martes, from the Dutch city of Almere, inspired his speech “The Ministry of Women” in John 11. In the afternoon, the speaker was Sister Amparo Martes, who shared the message the motto “Did I Not Say That If You Believe, You Will MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 64 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia

See The Glory Of God?” based on John 4: 47-53. On the last day, Pastor Abram Roggeband, from the city of Rotterdam, preached the Holy Scriptures based on Genesis 18: 9-14 through his message “Is There Anything Difficult For God?”

He said that, “There is nothing impossible for God. Sometimes He wants to bless us, but the enemy tries to avoid it; but the blessings of God will reach us if we persist like Daniel, who always looked for Him. We have to move God’s hands” l


Other Events

BRAZIL FELLOWSHIP IN PORTO VELHO

A fellowship was held from October 7 to October 9 in the city of Porto Velho, in the state of Rondonia, Brazil. There were days of impact for the congregation, which received the visit of Rev. James Delgado, from Peru. The event was led by Pastor Mateus Peña and attended by pastors from Manaos. In those days, they marched through the streets, with shocking testimonies that caught the attention of residents, some of whom even went to the night worship. On the first night, Pastor James Delgado shared the Word of God with power. By the end of the message, many went to the altar to reconcile to the Lord. The event was filled with power of the Holy Spirit, so a significant number of attendees, seeing the difference of this Work, decided to join our holy organization. Likewise, several workers received the call to assume the missionary work l

PARAGUAY

EVENTS

CURAÇAO

VIGIL IN ZONE 1 OF THE CAMPAIGN OF PRINCIPLES AND WMM On November 5, a precious VALUES vigil was held in Zone 1 of the Church of the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Paraguay, where the presence of God worked in a special way. At this fervent meeting, which was attended by the National Board, Sister Nidia Gómez shared the message of the Word of God; it deeply touched the heart if the attendees and strengthened the people of the Lord. After several hours of prayer, the people of God came out renewed and strengthened with the confidence that God will answer to their requests. Glory to God! l

From November 17 to November 20, an “Awareness Campaign on Principles and Values” was held in the Church of the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Curaçao under the theme “Adorning the Sound Doctrine” (Titus 2:10). On the first night, the speaker was Rev. Ricardo Manrique, Supervisor of the Work in Venezuela, with the theme “Withdraw a Stone’s Cast” (Luke 22:41). On the second night, Rev. Manrique shared once again a message entitled “The Palm Tree, Symbol of Sound Doctrine” (Psalm 92:12). On the third day, the Lord continued to speak through Rev. Ricardo Manrique with the topic “God Always Has a Man in Charge” (Acts 10: 1-8). On the last day, the teaching was about the city where the redeemed will live for eternity. Based on Revelation 21: 9-12, the speech that was called “A City We Have Never Seen.” l

MADAGASCAR GLORIOUS BAPTISM IN WATER

On October 18, a glorious Water Baptism took place in Madagascar, where three brothers descended into the waters. Sister Ismaela (God’s instrument in the Work in Madagascar) and her husband obtained this great victory. Rev. Alberto Ortega led this precious activity. After sharing the Bible teachings with the new members, three brothers decided to join the Church in this place. The Work of God continues to grow. Glory to God! l

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