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December 2017 / Edition 767

How to prevent the love relationship from failing?

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Rev. Gustavo Martínez Presidente Internazionale del MMM

Jehoshaphat, descendant of David, king of Judah, faced one of the strongest attacks during his reign. The menace was the invasion of a large allied army, formed by Moabites, Ammonites and Edomites. They were old enemies of Israel who wanted to stop the progress of this village, which was blessed by God (2 Chronicles 20:1-13).

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he king Jehoshaphat had not provoked these armies. Not always problems arise because we have provoked them or because we have sinned. For many years, there was peace in the reign of Jehoshaphat but now a war was about to begin. This means difficulties will always appear; the enemy wants to provoke us, attack us or bother us. God’s Word teaches us we can receive bad news, despite everything is going fine. “Then there came some that told Jehoshaphat, saying, ‘There cometh a great multitude against thee from beyond the sea on this side Syria’… And Jehoshaphat feared…” (2 Chronicles 20:2-3). Jehoshaphat felt afraid, which is natural, but he also trusted God. God’s Word states, “And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the Lord, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah” (2 Chronicles 20:3). It does not matter how difficult is the problem, we cannot give up. Conflicts are an opportunity to discover what we

are made of, who we trust, who we ask for help in hard times, who we open our hearts to; they are an opportunity to seek God. “And Judah gathered themselves together, to ask help of the Lord: even out of all the cities of Judah they came to seek the Lord” (2 Chronicles 20:4). In some other time, such quantity of people would not have come from the different cities of Judah. They came to humiliate themselves before God and ask for His help, because their children, their women, their properties and their lives were in danger. They came voluntarily to prostrate themselves in order to worship God and ask Him to save them. Dear reader, do not worry about the plans against you, do not worry about the menaces, do not worry about what your enemy has conspired against you. You have God, the Almighty, on your side. He will prevent those things from reaching you. He will be your shield. He will guarantee your victory. Amen.

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s it possible for people to build a solid relationship until death do them part? How will they beat the odds? Will they build a close marriage or a path towards divorce, with the resulting equitable distribution, disputes over child custody and shattered dreams?

Dr. James Dobson (*)

My advice to young couples stands unchallenged: Don’t permit the possibility of divorce to enter your thinking. Even in moments of great conflict and discouragement, divorce is no solution. It merely substitutes a new set of miseries for the ones left behind. Guard your relationship against erosion as though you were defending your very lives. Yes, you can make it together. Not only can you survive, but you can keep your love alive if you give it priority in your system of values. It is true, of course, that the society in which we live actively mitigates against marital stability. There are dangers on all sides, and we must defend ourselves with all our energies. In fact, I think it would be healthy at this point to name the great marriage killers. Any one of the following evils can rip your relationship to shreds if given a place in your lives. Here is a list of them and comments for a few: Overcommitment and physical exhaustion. Beware of this danger. It is especially insidious for young couples who are trying to get started in a profession or in school. Do not try to go to college, work full-time, have a baby, manage a toddler, fix up a house and start a business at the same time. It sounds ridiculous, but many young couples do just that and are then surprised when their marriage falls apart. Why wouldn’t it? The only time they see each other is when they are worn out! It is especially dangerous to have the husband vastly overcommitted and the wife staying home with a preschooler. Her profound MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 6 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia

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loneliness builds discontent and depression, and we all know where that leads. You must reserve time for one another if you want to keep your love alive. Excessive credit and conflict over how money will be spent. We’ve said it before: Pay cash for consumable items or MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 8 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia

don’t buy. Don’t spend more for a house or car than you can afford, leaving too few resources for dating, short trips, baby-sitters, and so on. Allocate your funds with the wisdom of Solomon. Selfishness. There are two kinds of people in the world, the givers and the

takers. A marriage between two givers can be a beautiful thing. Friction is the order of the day, however, for a giver and a taker. But two takers can claw each other to pieces within a period of six weeks. In short, selfishness will devastate a marriage every time.


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men who expect more from their husbands than they are capable of delivering. The consequent disappointment is an emotional trap. Bring your expectations in line with reality. Space invaders. This killer will be difficult to describe or understand in such a brief context, but I’ll try. By space invaders, I am not referring to aliens from Mars. Rather, my concern is for those who violate the breathing room needed by their partners, quickly suffocating them and destroying the attraction between them. Jealousy is one way this phenomenon manifests itself. Another is low self-esteem which leads the insecure spouse to trample the territory of the other. Love must be free and it must be confident. Alcohol or substance abuse. These are killers, not only of marriages but of people. Avoid them like the plague. Pornography, gambling and other addictions. It should be obvious to everyone that the human personality is flawed. It has a tendency to get hooked on destructive behaviors, especially early in life. During an introductory stage, people think they can play with enticements such as pornography or gambling and

“Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it,” Psalm 127: 1. “Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock,” Matthew 7: 24.

Interference from in-laws. If either the husband or wife has not been fully emancipated from their parents, it is best not to live near them. Autonomy is difficult for some mothers (and fathers) to grant, and close proximity is built for trouble.

Unrealistic expectations. Some couples come into marriage anticipating rose-covered cottages, walks down primrose lanes, and uninterrupted joy. Counselor Jean Lush believes, and I agree, that this romantic illusion is particularly characteristic of American wo-

not get hurt. In actuality few walk away unaffected. For some, there is a weakness and vulnerability that is not known until too late. Then they become addicted to something that tears at the fabric of the family. This warning may seem foolish and even prudish to my readers, but I’ve made a 20-year study of those who wreck their lives. Their problems often begin in

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experimentation with a known evil and ultimately end in death or the death of a marriage. The restrictions and commandments of Scriptures were designed to protect us from evil. Though it is difficult to believe when we are young, “The wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). If we keep our lives clean and do not permit ourselves to toy with evil, the addictions which have ravaged humanity can never touch us. Sexual frustration, loneliness, low self-esteem, and the greener grass of infidelity. A deadly combination! Business failure. It does bad things to men, especially. Their agitation over financial reverses sometimes sublimates to anger within the family.

Do not try to go to college, work full-time, have a baby, manage a toddler, fix up a house and start a business at the same time. It sounds ridiculous, but many young couples do just that and are then surprised when their marriage falls apart.

Business success. It is almost as risky to succeed wildly as it is to fail miserably in business. The writer of Proverbs said, “Give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread” (Proverbs 30: 8). Those who profit handsomely sometimes become drunk with power and the lust for more! Wives and children are forgotten in the process. Getting married too young. Girls who marry between fourteen and seventeen years of age are more than twice as likely to divorce as those who marry at eighteen or nineteen years of age. Those who marry at eighteen or nineteen are 1.5 times as likely to divorce as those who marry in their twenties. The pressures of adolescence and the stress of early married life do not mix well. Finish the first before taking on the second. MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 10 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia


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These are the marriage killers I’ve seen most often. But in truth, the list is virtually limitless. All that is needed to grow the most vigorous weeds is a small crack in your sidewalk. If you are going to beat the odds and maintain an intimate long-term marriage, you must take the task seriously. The natural order of things will carry you away from one another, not bring you together. How will you beat the odds? How will you build a solid relationship that will last until death takes you across the great divide? How will you include yourselves among that dwindling number of older couples who have garnered a lifetime of happy memories and experiences? Even after 50 or 60 years, they still look to one another for encouragement MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 12 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia

We first suggest that newlyweds should establish and maintain a Christcentered home. Everything rests on that foundation. If a young husband and wife are deeply committed to Jesus Christ, they enjoy enormous advantages over the family with no spiritual dimension.

and understanding. Their children have grown up in a stable and loving environment and have no ugly scars or bitter memories to erase. Their grandchildren need not be told, delicately, why “Nana and Papa don’t live together anymore.”

Only love prevails. That is the way God intended it to be, and it is still possible for you to achieve. But there is no time to lose. Reinforce the river banks. Brace up the bulwarks. Bring in the dredges and deepen the bed. Keep the powerful cu-


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rrents in their proper channels. Only that measure of determination will preserve the love with which you began, and there is very little in life that competes with that priority. We first suggest that newlyweds

should establish and maintain a Christcentered home. Everything rests on that foundation. If a young husband and wife are deeply committed to Jesus Christ, they enjoy enormous advantages over the family with no spiritual dimension.

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Projection of single people for 2030 More products

Projection of single-person households for 2030

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Single people’s ecological footprint is less than that of family members by use (or generation) per capita:

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4 THINGS

YOU HAVE TO KNOW BEFORE MARRIAGE

YOUR PARTNER DOES NOT HAVE TO GIVE YOU A “HAPPY ENDING”

Happiness is built by both with love and effort.

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MARRIAGE IS GRATIFYING BUT HARD

It is important to love in both happy and painful situations.


Marriage in danger

Marriage is no longer part of young people’s life plans. The figures speak for themselves. Except for a small rise in 2014, the number of couples that decide to get married in the Civil Registry has decreased by 25% in the last ten years. This trend is even more pronounced in religious weddings, which have decreased by 52% between 2007 and 2013. The high number of breakups is another symptom of the crisis the institution is facing. Each year, seven of ten marriages break up..

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BEING HAPPY IS ALSO YOUR RESPONSIBILITY

Your happiness does not depend on your partner.

CHILDREN ARE THE GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT

No one can explain the joy they bring to families.

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he sinking of ARA San Juan, the Argentinian submarine, drew the attention of media around the world, which almost immediately recalled a similar tragedy that happened in 2000. In that accident, 118 people on board the “Kursk”, a Russian nuclear submarine, lost their lives.

During the last few weeks, many people remembered the tragedies related to submarines throughout the history. The most recent and moving one was that of the Russian nuclear submarine “Kursk”, equipped with 23 Granit cruise missiles, which for some time it was considered to be indestructible and was the pride of the Russian armed forces. The accident happened on August 12. The submarine dove in the Barents Sea while making maneuvers with the Russian Northern Fleet. It was the first important naval exercise in 10 years and the opportunity for Kremlin to make clear that they were able to respond potential threats. In those maneuvers, 30 ships and 3 submarines participated; one of them was Kursk, armed with 18 torpedoes and 23 cruise missiles. Unlike the Argentinian submarine, Kursk was quickly found. Two days after it sank, the Russian government informed the submarine was lying 108 meters below the surface and the possibilities to rescue the crew were little. Three days after the accident, a rescue operation took place, but it was postponed given the bad weather in the area. Meanwhile, the entire world stayed worried. The daily newspapers transmitted the testimonies of rescuers who told how they heard desperate knocks on the submarine’s metal wall coming from the inside, until there was nothing but silence. Moscow rejected the help offered by many countries that wanted to bring aid to the crew, until official sources admitted the crew had stopped giving signs of life. Only MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 16 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia

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then, Russia accepted help from NATO and started an international operation to rescue the submarine. On August 21, a Norwegian team of divers managed to open the porthole, which Russians were not able to open in eight days, and found out that Kursk, from the Northern Fleet, was completely flooded and there were no survivors. The autopsies performed on the bodies showed that at least 23 crew members had survived the explosion that sank the Kursk and carried it to the bottom of the sea. Therefore, they died due to suffocation and cold as the gelid waters from the Atlantic Ocean made the temperature drop. According to Russia’s General District Attorney’s Office, most part of the Kursk crew died due to the suffocation caused by the fire from the explosions, which basically affected all the submarine. In the first operation conducted three months after the tragedy, Russian and Norwegian divers rescued the bodies of twelve crew members that had taken refuge in the submarine’s ninth section. The other naval officers’ bodies were rescued when the submarine was refloated at the end of 2001. The causes of the accident are still unknown. Nevertheless, some hypothesis say that the Kursk crashed into a Second World War’s mine or one of the torpedoes was detonated by accident. Most researchers believe, however, that an incident in the nuclear reactors was the cause. The submarine remained more than fourteen months at the bottom of the sea and was refloated through a complicated operation for which the Russian government had to pay millions of dollars. In order to recover the submarine, the prow had to be cut off using a giant saw while the rest of the ship was drilled to put 26 cables with a diameter of 25 cm and a resistance of 900 tons. That is how the submarine could be brought to the surface. Finally, an official commission was formed to investigate the accident. The Kursk sank due to two successive explosions during the naval maneuvers. Foto: AFP

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cute appendicitis is the most common disease in surgery departments and is the first reason for abdomen interventions around the world. Below, there some tips to recognize this illness immediately and visit a specialist.

Walter Menchola Vásquez (*)

It is an inflammatory disease of the cecal appendix, which is located at the initial part of the large intestine, in a blind-ending tube. Its etiology is not known with certainty; however, it is known that an obstruction in the appendix can cause serious consequences. It can be caused by many factors and not every case needs surgical intervention, which, is for the most urgent ones. Acute appendicitis is more frequent in western societies. Its incidence figures have decreased in the last years for unknown reasons. In America, the incidence rate is 11 for every 10,000 people. It is more frequent in ages from 10 to 19 and under 30 years, with predominance in men. Its clinical condition is characterized by a fast evolution. The first and most important manifestation is abdominal pain, which appears in different ways, sometimes it is like a colic, and others like a stabbing pain. It generally appears in the periumbilical region, and migrates later to the right lower quadrant, showing symptoms like fever, and sometimes, nausea and vomits. It is highly important not to relieve the pain using medication, as the pain is the main diagnostic guide for doctors. This is important to mention, because it is a frequent mistake. The pain has three characteristics. First, the sudden onset of pain in a person whose health is generally good, and MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 18 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia

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APPENDICITIS who is in use of his/her physical capacities and looking for positions to relieve the pain. Second, the progressive increase of pain. The pain’s highest intensity occurs between 6 and 24 hours after the clinical condition started. The third characteristic is the migration of pain. The following three signs are simultaneous: pain in the right lower quadrant, stiffness

in the area and migration of pain, besides fever and general malaise. The acute appendicitis can be easily diagnosed, however, there are also clinical conditions difficult to determine due to their atypical presentations or by other factors that modify it. For example, when the patient has received analgesics, medicaments that disguise the symp-


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toms. The atypical clinical condition also happens in old people, children, people undergoing immunosuppression, patients with anatomical variations the appendix is located in the left lower quadrant or to the back, among other variations or in pregnant women, where the appendix moves to the superior part of the abdomen.

There are other diseases that may cause pain in the right lower quadrant; for instance, right basal pneumonia, vesicular problems, right-sided adnexitis, cramps, diverticulitis in old people, among others. The delay in the diagnosis is one of the main causes of perforations or complications of acute appendicitis. An initial observation of 6 hours

from the onset of the clinical condition is necessary. Its postponement to a time greater than 24 hours is reckless. Acute appendicitis can seem to be an urinary tract infection and even modify the urine exam, which would confuse the doctor at the beginning of exams; for this reason, the clinical condition is always necessary. One of the most common complications with the highest morbidity and mortality rate in these patients is the perforation of the appendix due to the inflammatory process, which in many cases can occur in the same area because of the action of the peritoneum (membrane that covers digestive organs) that prevent the spreading to the entire abdominal cavity (abdominal adhesions). However, in other cases, this is not possible for different reasons and the infection spreads around the abdominal cavity. This clinical condition is called diffuse peritonitis and is more serious, has complications and several consequences. The auxiliary exam required in these cases is the CT scan. A negative exam helps when there are doubts, although it may show no great changes in the initial stage of the disease. Then, an abdominal ultrasound exam is helpful depending on the experience of the ultrasound technician, given that the organ is not always visible. In case the acute appendicitis needs surgery, these exams are not necessary. They are only necessary in cases that are highly difficult to diagnose and during development stage of the clinical condition. In case of women in fertile age, their menstrual cycle must be taken into account and pelvic inflammatory diseases are to be dismissed. One last recommendation would be to take the patient to a hospital if the abdominal pain lasts more than 6 hours. Remember that analgesics should not be administered if they have not been prescribed by a doctor. (*) Médico internista, Mg. Gestión y Políticas Públicas.

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hose who have had a personal encounter with God carry in their heart the strong desire not only to adore and worship Him, but also to be useful to Him by helping others. Most of the people we meet every day are wounded, hurting, lonely or facing great difficulty.

Carmen Valencia

People with burdens on their shoulders need to be guided towards The One who has promised to take that weight off our shoulders and help us solve our problems no matter how difficult: “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11: 28). At the same time, we have the solemn duty to be a means of blessing for those around us: “Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ…” (Galatians 6: 2); “A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity” (Proverbs 17: 17) For example: “Only Luke is with me. Take Mark, and bring him with thee: for he is profitable to me for the ministry” (2 Timothy 4: 11). Luke was a great and trustworthy friend of the apostle Paul when his ministry was about to end, when everybody else had already left. We all need to be encouraged in tough times, when burden or pressure becomes overwhelming. Another example is Job and his friends ( Job 2: 11-13). Job was a just and righteous man who feared God and shunned evil, but he suffered like no other. He had a wife and ten children, MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 20 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia

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friend in need. “Job’s three friends… Came every one from his own place… For they had made an appointment together to come to mourn with him and to comfort him… For they saw that his grief was very great” ( Job 2: 11-13). These men were shocked and sat down with him on the ground for seven days and none spoke a word, as they saw that he was in great pain. If you want to help someone, the first step is to show interest, concern, consideration and effort. You must go and meet the person in need. • By feeling sorry for the other’s condition. Job’s friends cried with him because they felt his pain as theirs. In the same way, Jesus cried ( John 11: 35) when He visited Martha and Mary after Lazarus’ death because He cared about those around Him. Tearless men are heartless men. How sad it is to have no compassion! The men of God care not only about the Lord but also about the pain and condition of others. Take David, who fought to protect his people, or Paul, who was chained and stoned more than once because he wanted to save the souls of people and led the unfaithful to the Gospel.

If we want to help someone in need, another step is to make them lighter, to soothe their pain as much as possible and to not cause any more suffering because of our light words.

and was also very wealthy. While his children held copious feasts, he prayed and made offerings to the Lord for Him to forgive them had they sinned. But one day, he lost everything, even his health, his skin full of sore boils. However, he still had friends (Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar) who came to comfort him in his dire condition. They did both things right but also wrong.

I. HOW CAN WE HELP OTHERS? Which is the right way to do it? Taking Job’s friends as example, we will learn what to do and not to do in those circumstances. • By showing interest in the other’s condition. When Job’s friends knew about his misfortune, they came to be with him. They traveled awayfrom their comfort zone and went to meet their

• By identifying with the other’s condition. Job’s friends identified with his condition and shared his pain while sitting down with him. How necessary is to approach those who go through hard times: a visit to someone’s home, the hospital, jail. We must get out of our comfort zone and go where there is sadness and sorrow and identify with those who suffer.

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• By remaining silent. Job’s friends stayed with him seven days in silence. They just sat down with him and said no word. They kept him company. Sometimes, no matter how much we want to reach someone’s the heart, we feel bounded by our limited capacity to express sorrow through words. In those moments, God is the way, as some wounds only He can heal with His presence. Still, we can help with our silent company, while asking God to comfort that heart. In the end, it is not a matter of words; holding hands, a gesture, a look are worth a thousand words. • By listening. After that week of silence, Job spoke again. He wished he had never been born, he wished he was dead, and he even blamed God for his situation ( Job 3). His friends reacted to his words, but they should have listened more carefully. Instead of understanding and feeling the pain his words contained, they argued with him and turned his suffering into a theological debate. If we want to help others, we must learn to listen. A person who listens carefully does not answer to words but to feelings. They listen to the hidden message behind each word; people in need sometimes need to talk and someone to listen to them. • By not speaking lightly. Job blamed God, and his friends got so intellectually involved in his reasoning that they overlooked his painful situation and the hardship he was going through. If we want to help someone in need, another step is to make them lighter, to soothe their pain as much as possible and to not cause any more suffering because of our light words. When people undergo difficult times, they can say ugly things, but we cannot rush to judge or explain things to them. Logical explanations do not always relieve pain. Trying to understand others does not mean that we agree with all they say or do. God acts with mercy, He knows how to understand and help each person and He forgives words MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 22 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia

Not everyone can preach or teach, but we can all pray for those in need, for those who suffer. It may seem useless, but praying for others is the noblest, most powerful thing a Christian can do.

said while in pain. As Moses said, “Yet now, if thou wilt forgive their sin; and if not, blot me, I pray thee, out of thy book which thou hast written” (Exodus 32: 32). • By soothing the other’s pain. We must not become “miserable comforters,” as Job said to his friends. Instead of soothing his pain, they only made him feel worse. They would have done


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bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body” (Hebrews 13: 3).

better by doing what James teaches us in his letter: “Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath” ( James 1: 19). If we want to help others, we must let God make us instruments of comfort. Our duty is to offer support and hope through every word that leaves our mouth. A comforter is someone who

lends their strength to others: “We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves” (Romans 15: 1); “As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith” (Galatians 6: 10);“Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ” (Galatians 6: 2); “Remember them that are in

II. HOW CAN WE INSPIRE OTHERS? • Emotionally. With words of courage and hope. We must assure them that God loves them and is there for them. Knowing this is knowing there is a way out and sure victory. We sometimes forget the value of words. With some words or advice based on the Word of God, we have the power to heal, to encourage, to help, and to open the spiritual eyes of those who listen. “There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health” (Proverbs 12: 18). • Physically. With practical things. Sometimes people are is such a state that they cannot even find the strength to do the most basic everyday things. Practical things such as cooking, doing the laundry, making a favor, asking about someone’s day, holding a hand, giving a hug can work wonders for a person who suffers. • Spiritually. With our prayers. Saying a prayer to God or reading a part of the Gospel can be very helpful and reach where words cannot reach. Not everyone can preach or teach, but we can all pray for those in need, for those who suffer. It may seem useless, but praying for others is the noblest, most powerful thing a Christian can do. We must ask God to help us become a blessing to others, a support, an instrument of comfort and healing, a channel of wisdom for wounded souls. “The Lord God hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary: he wakeneth morning by morning, he wakeneth mine ear to hear as the learned” (Isaiah 50: 4). Only God can train our tongue to express words of grace to comfort those who are tired and heavy-laden.

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he book, written by Janet and Geoff Benge, recounts the life of preacher Lottie Moon, who devoted her life to the Lord and shared the good news in China in the 19th century.

Six-year-old Lottie Moon sat up straight in her front-row pew, barely daring to turn her head. She knew it would make her black ringlets bob, and that would attract attention. The silk sash on her pinafore was tied too tightly, and she cautiously took some extra deep breaths in a vain attempt to loosen it. Her starched collar pricked the back of her neck. She stopped short of scratching her neck, since that would be very bad manners. No, she would just have to sit still and endure the discomfort. Published in 2001 by YWAM Publishing, the book “Giving Her All for China,” by evangelical writers Janet and Geoff Benge, recounts the life of missionary Lottie Moon. It is part of the “Christian Heroes: Then and Now” series as a well-deserved tribute to the American preacher who devoted her life to the Almighty and preached the Gospel for 39 years in the south of China. Lottie asked to be baptized as soon as possible, and a baptismal service was arranged for the following evening. Before her baptism, Lottie addressed the congregation and told them why she was taking the step she was taking. In the Baptist church, this was the only time a woman was allowed to speak to a congregation that included men. Lottie assumed she would never have such an opportunity again, and so she took advantage of it. Lottie soon became one of the most influential Christians in the Albemarle Female Institute. She ran Bible studies and prayer meetings and attended church three times a week. MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 24 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia

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The Benge—writers with more than 30 years of experience spreading religious content—tell the actual story of servant Moon who, supported by her faith in the Lord, carried out an incredible evangelizing work in China in the 19th century. This story also reveals how the Creator rewards those who listen to His call. On September 28th, 1873, the “Costa Rica” set sail from Nagasaki for Shanghai,

China. The voyage should have taken only several days, except for the hurricane! The vicious storm struck without warning the first night out from Nagasaki. Lottie was already in bed in her topside cabin with the lamp turned out when the ship began to creak and roll ominously from side to side. Soon she could hear heavy objects crashing against the side of her cabin, bas-


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hing first against one wall and then against the other. Lottie stayed in her bunk and prayed feverishly. MISSIONARIES In “Giving Her All for China,” Geoff and Janet Benge show their will to rescue the life stories of believers who went down in history for their labor in favor of the Gospel. Both from New Zealand, they have written more than fifty books. Geoff holds a degree in History and Janet is a former elementary school teacher. As a team, they aim to make known the life of the most important missionaries. –Welcome back, Miss Moon,” yelled several of the schoolboys who were waiting outside the Hartwells’ house for Lottie. Lottie had finally made it back to Tengchow, a year to the day since she been reunited with her family at Viewmont. As she thought about it, Lottie realized that the Chinese Christians at Monument Street Church and the children in the school were also her family, and they were a family in need. In the year Lottie had been away, famine had broken out the region, and many peasants were starving to death. Lottie saw them everywhere: in the streets, begging at the market, and clamoring to get into the church. This book explores every detail of

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the evangelical deeds of Lottie Moon from her younger years. Throughout its 17 chapters, it tells about her countless sacrifices as a preacher. Born on December 12, 1840 and named Charlotte Digges Moon, she soon chose the missionary path and became one of the first female preachers in Chinese territory. It was July 1889, and Lottie was waiting anxiously in Tengchow for the arrival of her new assistant. Finally, one hot afternoon, a shentze pulled into the courtyard of the Little Crossroads, and Fannie Knight, a native of North Carolina, climbed out. Lottie could only imagine what Fannie must be thinking as she viewed her new surroundings. China was still a dangerous mission field, and Lottie prayed that Fannie would be the kind of

She was the only foreigner going into the war zone, as everyone else was fleeing. When she arrived at the hospital, a number of the workers wept openly. Casualties from both sides of the conflict were treated.

helper who could remain brave and joyful even while enduring difficult conditions. Soon the two of them would be headed for P’ingtu, where there was a steadily growing group of Christian converts.

In characteristic fashion, Lottie set straight to work. She could not hope to learn enough Japanese to the useful in evangelistic work right away, so she took a job teaching English at a commercial school. There was no set textbook for the class; each teacher chose his or her own reading material. Of course, Lottie chose the Bible. Within a few weeks, her brightest students were able to read passages of it to her. After they had read a passage, she explained its meaning to them as best she could. It wasn’t too long before three of the young men in Lottie’s class had become Christians. “Giving Her All for China” provides many details on the dangers faced by Lottie Moon in China. This missionary, who died on December 24, 1912, faced the plague, famine, the war against the Japanese, the Boxer Rebellion (an anti-foreign influence movement), and the Chinese Nationalist uprising that overthrew the Qing Dynasty. Without telling her fellow missionaries, Lottie made her way to Hwanghsien. She was the only foreigner going into the war zone, as everyone else was fleeing. When she arrived at the hospital, a number of the workers wept openly. At seventy-one, Lottie had risked her life to stand with them in crisis. For ten days Lottie lived and worked at the hospital. Casualties from both sides of the conflict were treated. Dr. Ayers and the other missionaries, hearing of what Lottie had done, became so worried about her and the hospital that they risked their own lives to return.

THE DANGERS In their book, Janet and Geoff Benge skillfully portrait all the missionary characteristics of Moon. They deftly wrote about her labor in the cities of P’ingtu and Tengchow, where she eagerly spread the good news and managed to infuse Christianity in the Chinese society. They also added details about the servant’s tenacity who overcame suffering with her faith in JesusChrist.

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roduct of the efforts of the British poet James Rowe and the American composer Howard E. Smith, the hymn states that God is the only one who is able to rescue humanity from evil and help people face the most complicated situations. As a result of the creativity of the English poet James Rowe and the musical talent of the American composer Howard E. Smith, the hymn “Love Lifted Me” is one of the most victorious Christian songs, as it is related to two biblical passages of the Saint Matthew Gospel, in which Jesus showed in the middle of the sea his affection for humanity and his absolute power over everything. First, the praise of Smith and Rowe refers to the moment when Jesus walked above the sea while preaching the Word in Galilee. This event, narrated in Matthew 14:22-33, appears splendidly in the first strophe of the song tacitly referring to the time God’s son saved the apostle Peter from drowning in the middle of a storm. The other story appearing in “Love Lifted Me”, published in 1912, is the moment in which Jesus of Nazareth calmed down a tempest. In the third strophe, Matthew 8:23-27 is implicitly mentioned. With great skill, the lyrics refer to the instant in which Christ rebuked the winds and the sea.

POWERFUL DUET Written in the American city of Saugatuck, the song was the product of the joined efforts of Rowe and Smith, who worked together to produce lyrics that transmit hope and faith. Rowe based on the Holy Scriptures to write the poem, while Smith, based on the words of the verses, created the tune, which has a particular lively style. Born in January 1, 1865, in the MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 28 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia

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Love lifted me 1 I was sinking deep in sin, far from the peaceful shore, Very deeply stained within, sinking to rise no more, But the Master of the sea heard my despairing cry, From the waters lifted me, now safe am I. Chorus Love lifted me! Love lifted me! When nothing else could help, Love lifted me! 2 All my heart to Him I give, ever to Him I’ll cling, In His blessed presence live, ever His praises sing, Love so mighty and so true, merits my soul’s best songs, Faithful, loving service, too, to Him belongs. 3 Souls in danger, look above, Jesus completely saves, He will lift you by His love, out of the angry waves; He’s the Master of the sea, billows His will obey, He your Savior wants to be, be saved today.

United Kingdom, Rowe was a prolific Gospel’s hymn writer. At the age of 25, after working for an English government, he emigrated to United States, where he developed his poetic work in favor of the Lord. His conviction, that help him put aside all misery and evil, led him to worship the Almighty and write around twenty thousand compo-

sitions. Smith, on the other hand, was born in July 16, 1863, in Connecticut. Loyal believer of the Savior, he served God as an organist in a Christian temple in his local community. Gifted with great hearing skills, this musician supported the dissemination of the Gospel until the very last day of his life, although his

hands ended up suffering from arthritis. “Love Lifted Me”, known in Spanish as “Su amor me levantó”, proclaims the redemption of sin by the Highest. In addition, it mentions the way believers should thank Jesus’ permanent love for humanity. Furthermore, it offers the path towards salvation for lost human beings who do not know the Word of Jehovah.

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issionary Dixon Edward Hoste laid the foundations of Christianity for 35 years. In early February 1885, he sailed away to China along with six students from the University of Cambridge. Wright Doyle

Dixon Edward Hoste was born in Brighton, England, July 23, 1861, the son of a Major-General in the Royal Artillery. His parents were both Godfearing Christians, who brought him up in a home filled with discipline, love, and saturation in the Scriptures. His mother’s knowledge of the Bible was deep and wide, her gift of teaching it outstanding. She emphasized God’s love for mankind as demonstrated in Christ, the need for repentance and faith, and commitment to whatever task God has called us to complete. They also inculcated in their children a warm interest in foreign missions, and a love for the Church Missionary Society. He went to school at Clifton College, where he excelled in his studies, including Greek, which he could read by the age of nine. At seventeen, he entered the Royal Military Academy at Woolwich, where he learned obedience, erect posture, precision and tidiness, and later, how to understand and lead men. Commissioned at eighteen as a lieutenant in his father’s regiment in the Royal Artillery, he lived an irreligious life, though sometimes slightly moved by his mother’s urgings to attend to spiritual things.

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PREACHER the impenitent and unbelieving. He knelt in submission to Jesus as Lord and he was filled with profound joy. After his conversion, he began to read the Bible voraciously, as if it were the only book in the world. A conviction also came over him that to share the Good News of salvation by faith in Jesus Christ was more important than any other activity. At first he wanted to resign his commission in the army, but his father wisely counseled him to wait and to pray for God’s leading, which he did. He was baptized and joined with other believers in preaching the gospel to people on the nearby beach. Soon he came into contact with other Christian friends. One of them was Montagu Beauchamp, a student at Cambridge, who introduced him to the literature of the China Inland Mission (CIM). He was struck by their simple faith in God to supply all needs, close identification with the Chinese people, commitment to the gospel while tolerating differences of opinion on secondary matters, and total dedication to the cause of bringing the gospel to the Chinese.

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After their arrival in China, Hoste was sent to Kuwu, where they intensified their language study. In the evenings, they would sit in the courtyard of their house, where crowds of curious citizens gathered, while the evangelist preached to them.

He overcome his doubts and applied to the CIM in February, 1884. Immediately Hudson Taylor advised him to gain experience in Christian work by helping with inquirers at the evangelistic meetings held by Dwight L. Moody. He also prepared himself by deliberately engaging in acts of self-denial and discipline, as well as continued Bible study and prayer. He sailed with the other six members of the so-called “Cambridge Seven,” of whom five were Cambridge men, followed by the prayers of thousands who had been moved by their willingness to give up the promise of success in England to bury themselves in faraway China. After their arrival in China, Hoste traveled with Stanley Smith and W.W. Cassels, with CIM veteran F.W. Baller as guide, to Shanxi, where a great work of God had been taking place in connection with the dramatic conversion and powerful ministry of Xi Shengmo (“Pastor Hsi”). Following a short stay in Pingyang, he and another young missionary, Mr. Key, were sent with a Chinese evangelist named Chang to Kuwu, a small city about fifty miles away, where they intensified their language study. In the evenings, they would sit in the courtyard of their house, where crowds of curious citizens gathered, while the evangelist preached to them. In the afternoons, they walked about distributing tracts and, as their Mandarin improved, sharing the gospel with all who would listen.


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In 1886, Hudson Taylor visited the work of the CIM and of Xi Shengmo in South Shanxi. Xi was clearly a man raised up by God for leadership among the Chinese, so Taylor held an ordination ceremony for him as pastor. CIM missionary Stanley Smith continued to work with Xi as his assistant; soon he asked Hoste to join him. Together, they visited the many places where groups of new believers had sprung up from Xi’s ministry. The next year, Smith moved to another city, leaving Hoste alone to work with Xi, who was facing the greatest crisis of his life. Several trusted co-

In 1929, at the height of the Great Depression, he and his fellow CIM directors boldly called for two hundred more workers, to join missionaries freed from pastoral responsibilities to carry the Good News to the thousands of stillunevangelized cities of China, as well as to the vast regions of Xinjiang and Tibet.

workers had turned against him, splitting the church and almost ruining the work of the opium refuges. At this time, Hoste knew that he must earn the trust of his Chinese colleague. He was convinced that for the Chinese church to grow, it must become entirely indigenous, with Chinese leaders. He committed himself to helping Xi realize his full potential. As an Englishman, he realized that he was the beneficiary of centuries of Christian teaching, and he knew that his duty was to impart biblical truth to Xi, even as he must learn from his colleague how the Chinese think and handle interpersonal relationships. Both Xi and Hoste knew that they must rely on God alone to change the hearts of men, so they spent much time MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 32 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia


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in prayer when conflicts and difficulties arose. They realized that the believers needed to exercise faith when persecution came. Those years at Hongdong saw not only steady church growth, but the development of a future leader. Naturally reserved and not at all gifted as a speaker, he even doubted whether he should ever have come to China. In the end, he saw that he must take his attention off himself and put onto Christ, who had clearly led him and who would work through his weaknesses. He fell in love with Gertrude Broomhall, the daughter of Hudson Taylor’s favorite sister, Amelia. They were married in Tianjin and returned a few days later to Hongdong. In 1896, his mind and body were so weary that he was sent home on furlough to England. Even after several months of rest in Britain, Hoste’s health had not returned, so Taylor sent him to Australia for more rest; there he was joined by his wife and son. When he had recovered, he was assigned to be Superintendent of the work in Henan. GENERAL DIRECTOR Hoste was in Shanghai when the storm of the Boxer Rebellion broke out in the summer of 1900, for Hudson Taylor, recuperating in Switzerland, had asked him to remain there to assist the Deputy Director, J.W. Stevenson. Taylor realized that he needed to appoint someone to succeed himself as General Director, and sent a message to Hoste and Stevenson that the former was Taylor’s choice. For the next thirtyfive years, he led the CIM through huge transitions and challenges. He decided that the CIM would accept no payment from the defeated Chinese government for loss of life or

property during the Boxer Rebellion, considering it far better to imitate the meekness of Christ. When Taylor died in 1905 many thought that the CIM would collapse, but Hoste provided steady, prayerful, and wise governance, quickly winning the confidence of missionaries, supporters, and other mission leaders as well. Many had benefitted greatly from his Bible teaching at conferences. He retained his early passion for evangelism, and would carry a handful of tracts with him on walks downtown in Shanghai or journeys into the countryside or around the world, and prayerfully gave these to people as he sensed God’s leading, tipping his hat courteously as he did so.

FINAL YEARS As in previous years as a missionary with Pastor Xi and Superintendent in Henan, he led by prayer, listening, example, and wise counsel. Constantly he reminded the missionaries that they were to serve the Chinese, not rule over them. In 1929, at the height of the Great Depression, he and his fellow CIM directors boldly called for two hundred more workers, to join missionaries freed from pastoral responsibilities to carry the Good News to the thousands of still-unevangelized cities of China, as well as to the vast regions of Xinjiang and Tibet. In 1935, Hoste handed over his position to G. W. Gibb. He and Gertie retired to a three-room apartment on the grounds of the CIM headquarters complex in Shanghai. The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor made them “enemy nationals” in an occupied land. He spent the last year of his life in a nursing home in London and died on May 11, 1946.

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uth was born in a Christian home, but in her youth she walked away from the Lord into a worldly life. When tragedy knocked at her door, she prayed and the mercy of God saved her little child from a terrible disease.

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Ruth Ester Castillo González was born in 1981 in a Christian home. In her youth, however, attracted by the worldly things, she went astray. At 19, she left her home to live with a young man she was crazy in love with. Blinded by passion, she changed everlasting happiness for a temporary feeling. She only left a simple note to her parents, Alejandro Castillo and Berta González, who lived in Vista Bella, in the district of Arraiján, Panama. It came as a surprise and a hard blow to her father, a pastor who was the first secretary of the Worldwide Missionary Movement (WMM) in Panama. Her mother burst into tears and prayed the Lord that He would keep her daughter safe and make her come around. Far from home, she thought everything would be a bed of roses, but soon problems arose. The jealousy of her partner, Abdiel Muñoz, made her realize that she had made a bad decision. But she would not look back, she was no longer the same, and coming back home would have meant to follow her father’s rules. “Not again,” she told herself. Difficulties piled up as she continued leading a dissolute life. Alcohol and nightclubs became an every night thing. Feeling lonely, she would cry and say a very simple prayer from when she was very young: “God, do not let my soul go astray.” MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 34 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia


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A year later, in 2001, Ruth got pregnant and had to drop out college. But the birth of her first child did not put an end to her problems at home. Things got worse as Abdiel’s jealousy was making their relationship fall apart. Their fights were so heated and common she thought of divorce. Mutual verbal abuse led them to couples therapy. Ruth would always cry, she felt chased by guilt and God’s absence in her heart. As a sinner, she thought that she would never have another chance with the Lord. She had failed her beloved ones but, although miserable, she chose to stay on the same path. On August 2, 2011, little Jafet Muñoz Castillo was born and brought light to their home.

CRUEL DISEASE The family welcomed with joy the arrival of the new member. Problems were not as frequent, and Ruth’s relationship with her husband started to improve, but happiness would not last long. One afternoon, the boy had such a high fever

Difficulties piled up as she continued leading a dissolute life. Alcohol and nightclubs became an every night thing. Feeling lonely, she would cry and say a very simple prayer from when she was very young: “God, do not let my soul go astray.”

that they took him to the ER. At first, he was diagnosed with a glandular infection. They gave him a bath and then sent him home with medicines. One night, the child cried his eyes out. The parents waited for the medication to take effect, but, even though his temperature went stable, the child was moving with difficulty. They immediately took him back to the Children’s Hospital, where they found out that the child was having convulsions. Little Jafet was hospitalized. A speMISSIONARY MOVEMENT 36 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia


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cialist stated that a bacteria could have caused the convulsions. Ruth was overwhelmed anguish and desperation as she did not understand what was going on. Her mother, who was keeping her company, tried to calm her down and prayed to the Lord for the quick recovery of the baby. Some hours later, the child was moved to another room and a physician examined his pupils. To everyone’s surprise, the doctor rushed out of the room and then back in it to inform them that he ordered to perform a head ultrasound on the child. The problem seemed to be more complicated than they thought and everybody was forced out of the room. Some said that the child would not resist long. Nobody would give Ruth any concrete diagnose, and she could only see doctors running one way to the other. She felt in her heart that something was wrong. With tears in her eyes, she looked for an answer, but did not find any. An evidently desperate nurse asked the doctors to hurry up and she showed Ruth the baby for just one second. Jafet seemed asleep and the nurse told her not to be worried if she saw him intubated because he would be sent to intensive care.

THE OLD PATH Those words were enough for Ruth to fear the worst. As she burst into tears, she thought: “I can’t do this anymore.” The woman felt like her world was collapsing before her eyes. Her father, who saw this, did not let despair take the best of her and asked her to talk with God. As the nurse said, the baby was intubated and sent to intensive care. “Your child has bacterial meningitis and it has affected not only the membranes around the brain, but the brain itself,” a doctor told her. The child was in a very delicate state and restrictions were very drastic: the parents could only see him for five minutes in the morning. Doctors had to study his case to discover what type of bacteria it was and give him an effective antibiotic.

When the mother approached one doctor to ask him if her child had hope, he said, “Ask God, only He knows.” Those words touched Ruth’s heart, who came back home with a deep sorrow. She kneeled and rendered her soul, heart and life to the Lord. She cried herself to sleep begging God for mercy. She thought for a moment that she did not deserve anything from God because she had left His path, but then she remembered His great mercy. She prayed fervently and promised, from the bottom of her heart, to serve Him. She begged for His forgiveness, asked for a miracle, and suddenly peace flooded in her, something difficult to explain. The following day, Ruth was a different person. She remembered songs from the past. In her way to the hospital, she sang “I Put My Faith in You, My Lord,” one of her favorite hymns. When she told about her reconciliation with

She thought for a moment that she did not deserve anything from God because she had left His path, but then she remembered His great mercy. She prayed fervently and promised, from the bottom of her heart, to serve Him. She begged for His forgiveness, asked for a miracle, and suddenly peace flooded in her, something difficult to explain.

the Lord to her parents, they felt happy despite the situation. They knew that there was no better hope than an inspired decision. They had prayed for Ruth since she left home and now they were praying for the baby’s health. Fasting and prayer chains were held for the child’s sake; a united church in Panama had learned about the situation and was waiting for God’s miracle. Jafet spent seven days in intensive care. It was hard for the mother to see his small body full of tubes and adhesives and all

swollen, but even harder was not to be able to see him at all; when hearing his mom’s voice, the child would become restless and suffocate. A MIRACLE OF THE LORD On the seventh day, the child was moved to another room and a doctor explained that the disease could have consequences. Ruth received some training and was told that the child could develop hydrocephalus, blindness, deafness, mutism or psychomotor problems, so he had to be constantly evaluated. Despite everything, the Lord was now her strength. Ruth would not let her drown in sorrow and would trust God until the end, whatever happened. Days passed and doctors would only talk about how bad the child’s condition was. One month later, they let him go home, but he had constant therapy sessions with a neurologist. Ruth’s faith was stronger every day. When she took her child to therapy, the nurses that took care of Jafet could not believe his quick recovery. After six months of therapy, he came back to the hospital. The doctor who had operated the child said, “If I hadn’t been the one who treated him, I would say that this is another.” Surprised by her words, she admired the greatness of the Lord. Six years have passed and Jafet is now a boy who smiles and plays and brings happiness wherever he goes. He has always been in God’s plans. He suffered no consequence of the disease and science still cannot explain his recovery. The little boy keeps growing and he has brought his parents closer to the Lord. They are now a happy family. Ruth keeps being loyal to the Lord and asserts: “Nothing is impossible to God.”

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“And the angel said unto them, ‘Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is CHRIST the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you: ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger’. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” (Luke 2:10-14)

Rev. Luis M. Ortiz

God is glorified with every dew drop on the grass in the morning, with every sunrise, with every flower showing its beauty and giving off its fragrance, with every little bird singing for the Creator, with every beam coming from the king of the astri which gives life, light and warmth. All the creation worships and glorifies God, as the Psalm 148 states. “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork” (Psalms 19:1). But, even if all the creation joins together in a gigantic symphony of praise, it would never be equal to the great canticle represented by the incarnation of God’s son. The heavenly army had never sung this before: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men” (Luke 2:14). There are more glory and melody in the pure birth of Jesus than in the creation of all the universe with all its galaxies, planets and stars. “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth” ( John 1:14). The apostle Paul, inspired by the Holy Spirit, says in a supreme and sublime exclamation, “And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 40 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia

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angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory”. (1 Timothy 3:16). Great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in flesh. The immense universe is filled with

mysteries. There is a mystery in every water drop: Why do two hydrogen atoms and an oxygen atom form a water molecule? Why do grasshoppers have two hundred seventy teeth in its body? How do earthworms have the

ability to grow another head if the first one is cut off? Why do horses raise their front legs first while cows raise their back legs? We could continue asking questions indefinitely; the only answer to them is that things follow the laws established by the Creator. God made Jacob more than one hundred questions and each one of them has a mystery for mankind. We are surrounded by mysteries, no one knows what electricity is exactly. We know how to drive it, how to use it in different ways, but nobody knows how to explain what it is. If it is like this in the physical world, which we see, touch and make use of, mysteries in the spiritual world and God’s kingdom are much greater and are beyond our understanding and control ( Job 38:19-24,31). Indisputably, great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in flesh. His conception, his pure birth, his life, his ministry, his doctrine, his sacrifice, his death, his expiation, his resurrection, his apparitions, his ascension, his second coming, all of this is filled with the great mystery of godliness. Every age of the world has had very important people, but Jesus is the only one who is present in all the ages. For us, God is Emmanuel, the Verb, God’s son, and is also Jesus, the son of a man, the Redeemer, servant, divine and human; his deity was real, his humanity was real, how can this be possible? Great is the mystery of godliness. Some people want to discover these divine mysteries by speculating and interpreting. We are not meant to understand or explain everything. The most famous scientists cannot understand or explain the mysteries of the physical world; the most knowledgeable theologists cannot understand or explain the mysteries of godliness either. A lot of these mysteries were revealed to the great apostle Paul (Romans 11:33-34). Great is the mystery of godliness. No wonder why the angels sang that morning, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men”.

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“…Then I went to Euphrates, and digged, and took the girdle from the place where I had hid it: and, behold, the girdle was marred, it was profitable for nothing… For as the girdle cleaveth to the loins of a man, so have I caused to cleave unto me the whole house of Israel and the whole house of Judah, saith the Lord; that they might be unto me for a people, and for a name, and for a praise, and for a glory: but they would not hear.” (Jeremiah 13:1-11)

Rev. Alberto Ortega

God used an analogy to talk to the prophet Jeremiah about the spiritual condition of Israel. The Lord compared the people to a linen belt that He had chosen to gird his loins, but then this belt broke when it was put near the Euphrates. Linen is a material made from a plant of the same name. It used to be cultivated beside the Nile river, in swampy and wet places. When the river overflew, it would bring clay soil that helped linen grow. The processing to obtain linen was arduous. First, stems were immersed in water to get rid of the resinous substance and to make the fermentation happen; the resulting fiber was separated from the cane to grind it, then it was spun like cotton. Hebrews had many names for linen. Linen is naturally white. In addition, this color is long-lasting and does not turn yellow over the years; external conditions do not affect it; it is unalterable and constant despite the circumstances surrounding it. The lives purified by the blood of Christ remain unalterable; they are not disturbed by proposals and positions; they are faithful, constant and without duplicity.

I. LINEN FOR GOD’S PURPOSES God used linen for the tabernacle (Exodus 26:1). Linen represented the holiness of God. In addition, God stipulated that linen would be used for sacerdotal MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 42 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia

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CLOSER TO GOD clothes (Exodus 28:39-40). In the description of the virtuous woman, linen is also part of her clothes, as it represents the moral purity of wives in this case. Finally, linen symbolizes the holiness and purity of the Church to be married to Christ (Revelation 19:8).

II. LINEN PROCESSING First, linen grows in swampy places; these places are natural deposits of stagnant water whose bottom is muddy. On the bank of the Nile river, there was not only a great quantity of mosquitos and poisonous snakes, but also dangerous crocodiles. The place where linen grows is unhealthy and dirty. Our Redeemer has come to take out the mud the evil and contemptible things of the world to put it on his loins. In order for linen to turn into God’s girdle, it has to undergo painful processes: 1) cutting, 2) mashing, and 3) spinning. 1) Cutting. People in charge of picking up linen had to put a sharp knife at the base of their rod in order to cut perfectly. Likewise, God possesses a tool that cuts vice and sins from the world. Our Lord has entered the marsh of the world using his redeeming blood and His word. (Hebrews 4:12). 2) Mashing. The cutting stage of linen is hard, but the second stage is even more painful. The linen cane is not used to spin, it is only necessary given that the fiber has to be taken out from it. In order to do this, the weavers had to punch the cane with heavy rocks. As the cane was mashed, the white fiber appeared that would be later used to make clothes. While the knife separated us from the marsh, the world and the sin, the rock separates us from ourselves, the cane around us. The cane surrounding us is our pride, vanity, arrogance; and its related to everything that is still inside

ourselves (our characteristics, personalities and temperament). Christ is the rock that raises or let us down (1 Peter 2:4-8). And is we do not leave that stone to punch us, years pass by and we become a problem for our home, our work and the church. Israel was being strongly punched by Egypt; that was the process through which slavery the cane would allow the brilliant white fiber of the priesthood to come out. 3) Spinning. After the mashing process, the third stage is conducted by using a wheel to spin linen. Linen turns from fiber to thread through a twisting technique. When it finally becomes a thread, it can be spun with other threads in the loom, thus making the fabric. When linen is spun, it loses individualism and forms together with other threads clothes. When we live in Christ, we lose our own will, our personal image, and we become anonymous.

III. THE PRIVILEGE OF LINEN When linen accepts these three processes is when it starts having benefits. God observed Egypt and notices his people was in swampy and painful places. Egypt was punching the cane of linen Israel, so that the linen belt could be created and God could wear it on his loins ( Jeremiah 13:11). God took Israel


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to make its people the representatives of His holiness.

IV. THE DANGER OF LINEN Linen is in danger when it is detached from God’s loins. Humbleness, suffering and ailments take us to a place filled with honor. However, arrogance and neglect will take us out of the loins of God. Not listening to the Word of God, advices, warnings and correc-

tions on time make us pay attention to the heart’s imagination. The Bible says, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” ( Jeremiah 17:9). God told Jeremiah to get detached from the belt and hide it. When we get detached from the loins of God, dissimulation and secrets start to appear. But then something hair-dressing happens, the swamp’s waters that used to nourish

it and help it become high-quality linen, it decomposes it now. The Word of God is clear and conclusive: “…behold, the girdle was marred, it was profitable for nothing.” ( Jeremiah 13:7). When God takes somebody out of His loins, we become useless. We lose devotion, we lose grace, we lose the Word, we lose our souls. Dear reader, why don’t you ask God to turn you into linen on His loins?

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“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 2:5)

Rev. Manuel Zúñiga

Among many facets of the mind in Jesus Christ and given that it is necessary to let this mind be in ourselves too, we will focus in humbleness, gentleness, communion and vision.

I. HUMBLENESS AND GENTLENESS One of the first pieces of advice our Lord left us is, “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls” (Matthew 11:29). Many times, God allows us to go through different circumstances, which help us to raise awareness about the existence or lack of those two virtues. The person who lacks temperance is proud and refuses to forgive and acknowledge his own mistakes. God says, “Though the Lord be high, yet hath he respect unto the lowly: but the proud he knoweth afar off ” (Psalms 138:6). A humble and gentle person serves God from his heart. And all those who are part of the body of Christ must be decided to serve God and go through a process of renunciation to themselves. It does not matter if we have a good career or a high social position, when we go through the door of the church we all need God. The Lord wants contrite hearts before Him. Jesus Christ came to earth to serve even though it implied he had to humble himself. In fact, he had to renounce to his divine glory, and abandon the heavens and the devotion of angels that He encouraged, in order to become incarnate as a man. In Philippians 2:6-8, such process is described: “…being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 44 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia

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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.” Certainly, “…great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the

flesh… That was the true light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not.” (1 Timothy 3:16; John 1:9-11). Our Lord not only left his throne, but he also chose a poor and humble young woman to give birth to him. He was born in a stable, he lived in a family of carpenters in Nazareth. Throughout his life, he borrowed everything: the uterus of Mary, the stable where he was born at, the donkey on which he made his triumphal entrance to Jerusalem, the room at which he celebrated the last dinner with his apostles, the tomb of Joseph of Arimathea where Jesus was buried. God’s son did not come to earth to make people serve him, but to be a servant; and as he was pure, saint and immaculate, he bonded with sinners and allowed those unworthy men to touch him and hug him. In addition, as he was a servant, he suffered a shameful death that Romans passed to the worst criminals: the cross. For these reasons, people of Israel could not believe the Messiah was such a humble person. Even when his ministry on earth reached its apogee, Jesus never stopped being humble. Crowds would go after

him and sometimes they even wanted to make him the king. It must have been flattering to see millions of people sitting at his feet for hours and listening to his teachings; however, He never let earthly achievements waver his mind and he never bragged about his virtues.

II. COMMUNION In regards to communion, people of God must also have the same mind in Christ. It is necessary for us to love each other, but love cannot happen if we do not love the one who saved us. “He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him…” ( John 14:21, 23-24). The Word of God must not be questioned but enjoyed. No one is capable of submitting to God without loving Him, because obedience cannot exist without love. People who do not love the Lord tend to rebel, revolt, protest, complain, fight. John 3:16 says: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life”. Dear brothers and sisters, God’s love for mankind is great and unconditional. Jesus Christ came to earth to reconcile the world with God and was obedient until his death (Phillippians 2:8). We must always bear in mind that love and obedience are inseparable and must live in the hearts of Christians. III. VISION What did encourage Christ to sacrifice himself in the cross of the calvary? The only vision Christ brought to this world was our sinful condition and the only possible solution to rescue men was his death. Furthermore, we shall follow his vision: the love for souls and the wish to obey the order of our Savior of going around the world and make new disciples in every nation. The salvation that we have received through His grace is to be shared by announcing it to those who surround us. Amen.

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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).

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he WMM in Madagascar held its 2nd National Fellowship with the special participation of missionary Carlos Guerra and delegations from different countries.

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The Worldwide Missionary Movement in Madagascar held its 2nd National Fellowship in Antananarivo, capital of Madagascar, from October 20 to October 22. It was attended by delegations of believers from different parts of the island, Curacao, Netherlands, Bonaire and Costa Rica.

Thanks to the protection of God, the activity was carried out despite the plague that has hit the largest island in Africa in recent times. The event of the Work of God took place under the motto “We Will Continue to Serve God with Responsibility,” and Rev. Carlos Guerra, National Supervisor of the WMM in


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Costa Rica, was a special guest. On the first day, Pastor Guerra shared the good news of the Creator through a preaching based on Psalm 115. The servant of God spoke about the four promises that the Almighty made to His church. Rev. Guerra said that, “God will help us, protect us, bless us and makes us grow.” Then, on the second day, two worships were held for the glory of the Lord. In the morning, missionary Guerra preached the Gospel through a message entitled “The Power of the Word of God.” Later, in the evening, Sister Suhé Ree-

nis, pastor of the church in Madagascar, shared the sermon “Giving Up to Move On.” On the last day, Rev. Guerra preached to the followers of the Lord once

again with the message “The Power of the Presence of God.” Based on Exodus 33:14, our brother talked about the missionary work done by the WMM worldwide.

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he WMM in Chile gathered faithful from Argentina, Bolivia, Uruguay, Paraguay, Brazil and Peru at its 21st National Convention held in Santiago. The San Joaquín municipal gymnasium, located in the city of Santiago de Chile, hosted the 21st National ConMISSIONARY MOVEMENT 48 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia

vention of the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Chile from October 26 to October 29. The event gathered a large number of faithful from Argentina, Bolivia, Uruguay, Paraguay, Brazil, Peru and Chile, who worshiped the Lord. The celebration of the WMM in Chile, led by Rev. Gerardo Martínez, National Supervisor of the Work in Chile, was attended by Rev. José Soto, International Vice President of the WMM; Rev.


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Luis Rivero, National Supervisor of the WMM in Paraguay; Rev. Mario Lima, National Supervisor of the WMM in Bolivia, and Rev. Ismael Parrado, National Supervisor of the WMW in Argentina. The Chilean attendees showed their faith in God from beginning to end, as well as their union with the faithful from the rest of the South America. Flags and costumes of the countries that attended the 21st National Convention of the WMM in Chile were part of the activity. At the meeting, held under the motto “Be Diligent in Planting and Digging New Wells� and broadcast by Koinonia Communicaciones, the followers of God showed their unconditional love and total dedication to the Lord. On the last day, at the promotion of workers, four were promoted to lay pastors, other four to licensed pastors, and one to ordained minister.

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ore than a million people marched in Ecuador under the “Don’t Messed with My Children” campaign to protest against the gender ideology that threatens the country. Dressed in white, more than a million Ecuadorians took the streets on October 14. They protested for their right to educate their children according to the moral values of the Christian faith and against the gender ideology that threatens to permeate the educational system after the MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 50 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia


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National Assembly of Ecuador began to discuss its inclusion. With a leading and decisive role, the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Ecuador participated in this multitudinous march that took the main streets of the most important cities of the country. Citizens showed their concern about these ideas that threaten the laws established by the Lord for humanity. Guayaquil, Quito, Cuenca, Santo Domingo, Machala, Durán, Portoviejo, Manta, Puyo and other major cities of

Ecuador were part of this group of people who fight against the government’s intention to include content with a gender approach in the curriculum map. The sea of people, united in the cry “Don’t Mess with My Children,” also demanded that no abortive substances be provided to minors. The demonstration was attended by believers, public servants, parents and worried people who were summoned through social networks and in Christian churches and temples. At the end of the march, in each city,

the participants read a manifesto demanding the termination of all ministerial agreements and administrative actions regarding education and health that impose and spread among children and adolescents ideas of gender ideology, sexual diversity and same-sex attraction. In addition, they called for the withdrawal from bills of any provisions imposing reproductive sexual health, surrogacy, sex change, embryo manipulation and gender promotion in children and adolescents.

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he Work of the Lord in Mauritius made a spiritual journey through the main temples of the WMM on the occasion of its most important annual meeting.

From October 25 to October 29, the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Mauritius held its 20th National Convention “Responsibility 2017” with an evangelistic journey through the main temples of the WMM on this island. The spiritual celebration began in the district of Pamplemousses, in the temple of Baie du Tombeau, which is led by sisters Millie Li Niang Sun and Anne Marie Larose, two faithful servants of the Lord who hosted the first part of the event. Then, on the second day, the Work of God visited the city of D’Épinay, also located in the district of Pamplemousses, gathering faithful from the congregations of the cities of Port Louis, Plaine de Papayes and Terre Rouge. The next three days, the event took place in the main temple of the WMM in the country, in Curepipe, a city located in Plaines Wilhems. Rev. Broveen Narsoo, leader of this church, hosted the core part of the event. Rev. Alberto Ortega, Missionary Supervisor of the WMM in Haiti, and rev. Carlos Guerra, National Supervisor of the WMM in Costa Rica, shared the Gospel of the Almighty with the believers. Likewise, the event was broadcast to the whole world by Bethel Television, the channel for the happiness of the family.

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he 9th Fellowship of Indigenous Peoples of the WMM in Bolivia gathered Aymara and Quechua faithful in the municipality of Betanzos.

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The 9th Fellowship of Indigenous Peoples, organized by the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Bolivia, brought together Aymara and Quechua members of the Work of the Lord in Betanzos. The event was held from October 13 to 15 at the stadium of the Juan Francisco Bohórquez School.

This meeting, called “A Family with Christ Is a Happy Family” served to strengthen the spiritual relationship of followers from indigenous South American communities with the Lord and to shows the advance of the Gospel among them. The event, held in two shifts, was at-


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tended by the Board of Officers of the WMM in Bolivia, led by Rev. Mario Lima, National Supervisor of the Work in Bolivia, and a great group of faithful from La Paz, Cochabamba, Sucre, Tarija and Oruro. At the beginning of the activities, Pastor Abraham Colque, from the church of Betanzos, led some songs and praises to the Lord in Quechua. Then, Rev. Lima, based on 1 Peter 3: 1-7, shared the Word of God. Later, at the beginning of the second day, Rev. Marcelo Valenzuela shared

the good news through a sermon based on Luke 10:38. In the afternoon, there was an evangelistic march through the streets of Betanzos. Finally, at night, Pastor Enrique Valenzuela evangelized the followers of the Creator. At the closing ceremony, Rev. Patricio Juri, head of the church of Villa Sebastián Pagador de Cochabamba, shared the message of the Almighty. Based on 1 Corinthians 3:16, the servant stressed, “Do not let your life be contaminated with things that are not suitable or edifying.”

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nary Movement in Belgium from October 13 to October 15. Under the motto “Go in this Your Might, Have Not I Sent You?” the event was attended by believers from Holland, England and Luxembourg. On the first day of the 6th National Fellowship, broadcast live on social networks and by the media of the Work of God, Rev. Enmanuel Garzón, Supervisor of Block C of Europe, shared the

Gospel of Jesus Christ. Later, at the second service, Rev. Roberto Riojas, pastor of the church in London, shared the good news of God to the faithful who arrived in Brussels. In his speech, the minister of the Almighty urged the people of the Lord to believe in His incomparable power and to rest in the excellence of His sovereignty. At the third service, Rev. David Echalar, Supervisor of Block B of Eu-


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rope, shared the message “True Happiness.� In his speech, the pastor, through a Bible study, talked about the times that God has blessed His people, and said that the heart of Christians have to feel happy at all times and place. Later, at the closing of the fellowship, Rev. Luis Valderrama, Presbyter of the Work in Belgium, delivered a missionary message based on the motto of the activity. The minister stressed that we have to serve Christ by trusting fully in the Lord and not in our own strength.

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he WMM in Italy shared the Gospel in the sixth most populated city of Italy at an event that was attended by a thousand people.

The Worldwide Missionary Movement in Italy had a day of faith in Genoa and several people accepted the Lord as their Savior. On October 8, an evangelistic campaign was held in Piazza Caricamento, a traditional square in Genoa, where the good news that Jesus Christ has for humanity were shared. The act of faith gathered around a thousand people and was organized by the members of the WMM in Italy. Songs and praises drew the attention of the Genoese. Under the protection of the Lord, the faithful of the Work of God evangelized those willing to listen to the Word of the Creator.

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In the central part of the evangelistic campaign, Rev. David Echalar, National Supervisor of the WMM in Italy, shared the message of the Most High and, bible in hand, said, “Let’s go back to God

because only He makes the man happy.” In this way, the WMM in Italy keeps fulfilling its mission of evangelizing the whole nation, which thanks to its work is taking more interest in the Lord.


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he WMM in Peru held an evangelization campaign in Piura that allowed to spread the Gospel. The Worldwide Missionary Movement in Peru held, on November 2, an evangelization campaign in the streets of Piura, a city near the border with Ecuador. The activity allowed to spread the Word of God among the inhabitants of this traditional Peruvian city. With the motto “I Love My Neighbor,” the members of the Work of the Lord took the main streets of Piura and shared the good news of the Savior. With musical instruments, balloons and speakers, the followers of Jesus Christ spread the Gospel. The march of the members of the WMM in Piura filled every corner of the city with Christian messages of salvation

and hope. Likewise, songs and praises to the Lord motivated the people of Piura to listen to the Word of God and receive a treatise with a message of salvation. At the end of the campaign, a great

number of people gathered in a children’s park, and Rev. Julio Vargas, Presbyter of Piura, shared a message of faith that encouraged some of those present to accept Christ as their Savior.

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he WMM in Honduras held its National Convention of Women and Pastors in San Pedro Sula. The Worldwide Missionary Movement in Honduras held its National Convention of Women and Pastors from October 17 to October 19 in Altiplano, a town located in San Pedro Sula. Under the motto “Women who Edify with Responsibility,” the event was attended by Rev. Gustavo Martínez, International President of the WMM, Rev. Álvaro Garavito, International Director of the Work of God, and missionary Carmen Valencia de Martínez. On the first day, Rev. Martínez, based on Psalm 119: 30-35, shared the message MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 60 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia

“When We Want God to Broaden Our Hearts.” In his speech, the WMM leader stressed that we must let God make our hearts larger. On the second day, missionary Carmen Valencia, based on Judges 4: 8, shared the message of the Lord. In her speech “You Are an Instrument of God for this Work,” the servant pointed out that women guided by the Lord do great things.

At the third service, Rev. Martínez shared the Word through the speech “Everyone Decides What to Do before God’s Voice.” Later, in the fourth service, Sister Valencia share the good news once again. Rev. Garavito was the main preacher of the fifth service. The servant, based on Matthew 6:33, talked about “The Most Important and Necessary Thing in Our Lives.”


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he Work of God in Denmark celebrated its third anniversary with a spiritual event that gathered faithful from many churches in the region of Scandinavia. With the presence of Rev. Carlos Contreras, Presbyter of the region of Scandinavia, the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Denmark celebrated its third anniversary on October 20 and October 21 at the Bredegade 16 temple, in Slagelse, a city located in Zealand. The spiritual celebration was held under the motto “I Shall Put My Spirit in You, And You Shall Live,” and was attended by brothers and sisters from the churches of Stockholm, Malmo and Finland. Rev. Morten Christensen, head

of the Work in Denmark, led the event with his wife, Jaqueline Romero. At the beginning of the event, Pastor Contreras urged believers to enjoy God’s love and keep His commandments through a message based on Mark

12:28, which was entitled “The Greatest Commandment.” At the end of the event, that gathered followers of Christ from all over Scandinavia, the message “Rise,” inspired by Acts 26:16, was shared.

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he WMM in Colombia received three new members, who joined the Work after fulfilling the sacrament established in the Holy Scriptures.

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Colombia held a baptism ceremony on October 16 in Cúcuta, capital city of Santander. A group of three believers sealed their union with God and their conversion to Christianity. At the event, organized by Zone 6 of the WMM in Colombia, our brothers talked about how the Work of the Lord has grown in Colombia and how the Gospel is gaining ground in South America. In addition, the attendees could witness the faith of the newly

members and their love for the Creator and His creation. Rev. José Esmero Mendoza, servant of the Almighty, led the worship in which the three new members of the WMM descended into the waters of the Peralonso River after being prepared and trained in the sound doctrine taught by the Work. They finally became new creatures of the Creator.


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n Houston, eighteen people joined the WMM in the United States after receiving the sacrament established by Jesus Christ.

As part of its mission to promote the sound doctrine throughout the most powerful country in the world, the Worldwide Missionary Movement in the United States held a baptism ceremony in Texas. Eighteen believers descended into the waters and chose to join the Lord’s flock after going through a rigorous period of preparation. The event took place on October 14

in Houston and was organized by Zone 9 of the WMM in the United States. It was led by Rev. Joel Reyes, leader of the Zone, who along with other pastors conducted the sacrament according to the Holy Scriptures. Around two hundred faithful of the Work of God witnessed how the new members of the WMM sealed their pact with the Creator by accepting Him as their Savior and committing to follow His Word. Also, the Almighty was worshiped with songs and praises that deeply touched the attendees.

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BELIZE Evangelism in Belmopan

Last October 1, the Worldwide Missionary Movement held an evangelistic celebration in the city of Belmopan, capital of Belize, where the Work of God does not yet have a temple. The WMM sent a group of Christians to carry the Word of the Lord to this Central American nation. With the support of the Almighty, the Worldwide Missionary Movement preached the Gospel on the streets and parks of Belmopan. In addition, he shared the good news door by door and sow the seed of Christianism among the citizens of Belize, who discovered the Holy Scriptures. The servants of the Almighty also prayed for the sick of Belmopan in a worship where Jesus Christ was present and showed all His power to the citizens of this place located in Central America.

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Vigil of Young People in San Miguel

Evangelistic Campaign in Mollerussa

With the participation of around one hundred people, the Worldwide Missionary Movement in El Salvador performed a vigil of young people last September 1 in the city of San Miguel, where the Work of the Lord showed its progress in the country. The believers, who come from Quelepa, Intipuca, El Tránsito and Villa San Antonio, heard the call of the Lord and joined in prayers for the WMM. First, five young believers, leaders of the different churches of El Salvador, preached the Gospel through a reflection named “Purity in an impure world”, which was based on 1 Timothy 4:12. Afterwards, sister Rubidia Gómez, wife of Reverend Edwin Parada, National Supervisor of the Worldwide Missionary Movement in El Salvador, talked about the “Biblical principles for an engagement”. The intervention of this servant, based on Genesis 24:17-21, drew the attention of the young public that felt satisfied and blessed by the Gospel. This event was broadcasted live by Radio Redención, the official radio station of the WMM in El Salvador.

Under the motto “The true happiness is in Jesus”, the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Spain carried out last October 7 an evangelistic campaign at the square of the City Hall No. 2 of Mollerusa, in the province of Lleida. The group of families attending this event discovered the Word of God. This worship counted on the participation of the Catalan believers Jesus Ángel and María Fe Agra, who preached about the privileges of Christianism. In addition, the members of WMM in Spain sang hymns and canticles that delighted all the ones who attended this activity to know more about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. In this occasion, the bearer of good news was Reverend Carlos Medina, National Supervisor of the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Spain and the Block A of Europe. He shared a preach based on John 12:35-36, which he named “A light in the family”.

PANAMA Anniversary of “Oasis de Santidad” Radio Station

Last August 10 to August 12, the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Panama celebrated the tenth anniversary of “Oasis de Santidad” radio station, which has the largest Christian audience in the Panamanian territory. This event was held in the central temple of 24 de Diciembre (corregimiento), under the motto “Sharing the water of life for ten years”. At the beginning of the spiritual party, which was led by Reverend Epifanio Asprilla, National Supervisor of the WMM in Panama, the servant Adaluz Simití, national president of women, talked about the topic “Where are you in the Work of the Lord?”. During her participation, she highlighted that the radio is an important media to share the message of salvation. In the second worship, Reverend Mariano Smith, priest of the Zone 2, was in charge of sharing the Gospel through a preach named “From a dream to reality”. In addition, “Maratónica 2017” was carried out for twenty-four hours in the radio station, where programmers and presenters gathered together to share a special programming for the tenth anniversary. Great leaders in Panama participated in the third worship: Reverend Melvín Bryam, National Officer of the WMM in Panama; Pastor Alberto Amador, priest of the Zone 6; and servant Ovidio Ríos, priest of the Zone 13. Furthermore, the preacher José Alcides Ramea, National Officer of the WMM in Panama, shared the Word of the Lord through a preach named “Dress as the chosen people of God”.


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NICARAGUA Retreat for Pastors and National Vigil

In the city of Granada, known as the Paris of Central America, the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Nicaragua celebrated a Retreat for Pastors and a National Vigil on the occasion of its National Convention held last October 30. A great quantity of pastors attended the event. Lord’s servants raised their voice to claim for the souls who are lost in a world without Christ. Additionally, they begged God for the National Convention of the WMM in Nicaragua. The event was graced with the presence of the Costa Rican Roger Matus, who was in charge of preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The National Board of the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Nicaragua also attended the activity.

PARAGUAY National Retreat for Women

With the participation of a great quantity of servants, the Worldwide Missionary Movement in Paraguay held its National Retreat for Women from last September 22 to September 24 under the motto “Women conquering a nation”. This activity was attended by missionaries, pastors, workers and sisters from different places of Paraguay, who praised the Almighty. In addition, the National Retreat for Women of the WMM in Paraguay counted on the participation of the missionary Maritza Montoya, servant of the Creator, who was in charge of preaching the Word of the Highest. After the intervention of the preacher Montoya, wife of the Reverend Gerardo Martinez, National Supervisor of the WMM in Chile, women of the WMM in Paraguay thanked the Lord for His love and kindness.

SRI LANKA 2nd National Convention

The Worldwide Missionary Movement in Sri Lanka celebrated its 2nd National Convention under the motto “Responsibility 2017”, from September 21 to September 23 in the city of Chenkalady in the Batticaloa District. In this activity, Reverend Samuel Mejía, Missionary Supervisor of the WMM in Asia, and Pastor Albert Rivera, National Supervisor of the WMM in Puerto Rico, announced the Word of the Lord. To close the event, workers were promoted: five brothers became laic preachers, and six preachers graduated. In addition, the National Board of the WMM in Sri Lanka was established, Pastor Thiruchelvam was designated National Priest, worker Ashok was promoted to Vice President, the servant Dinagaraham to Secretary, the preacher Kirty to Treasurer and the minister Paul to Spokesperson. In spite of the opposition against the Work of the Lord, around fifteen churches were established in Sri Lanka and the message of God is announced in many target places.

ISRAEL Missions Day

Under the motto “Working with responsibility”, the Worldwide Missionary Movement of Israel celebrated Missions Day last September 30 in the city of Ramla, located in the central district of Israel; this event was attended by a group of believers. In the event, people of God gathered together to fast, pray and intercede for the work performed by evangelic missionaries around the world for the benefit of lost souls. The Peruvian missionary Wilson Santillán Tafur was in charge of the preach which was based on Acts 1:8 and had as motto “Working in the vineyard of the Lord”.

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