The Herald “History in the Making” – Apostolic Assemlbly

The Herald “History in the Making” – Apostolic Assemlbly

herld Cover Covention Cover3Esteemed Bishops, Pastors, Brothers and Sisters, ¡Paz de Cristo!

The Apostolic Herald is the official publication of the Apostolic Assembly of the Faith in Christ Jesus. We would like to announce that the new Herald is now available in digital form for your viewing convenience. You can access it by following the link provided.

This Herald contains important articles and memorable photos of our convention held November 2016 in Long Beach, California. The memories that we experienced will be relived anew through this publication. The theme of the convention was United in the Power of the Holy Spirit. Our hope is that you will enjoy the articles as well as all the information provided.

United Expecting the King,
Bishop José G. Zúñiga
Secretary of Christian Education

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Department of Social Assistance has made efforts to help our brothers in Christ.

Department of Social Assistance has made efforts to help our brothers in Christ.

Praise the Lord Apostolic Assembly,

As the news rolls in day after day reminding us that the coming of Christ is soon, now more than ever, we must reach out into the world and shine as a beacon of light. Cries of desperation can be heard around the world as the earth trembles. During these desperate times the Department of Social Assistance has made efforts to help our brothers in Christ. At the moment, we are in Mexico with their leadership providing help and supplies to those affected by the tremendous earthquake that shook Mexico City only days ago. The catastrophe claimed the lives of over 200 civilians and caused years of structural damage to the city itself.

In Puerto Rico, the situation has only escalated because of the desperation that the inhabitants of the island have developed. The entire island is without power and citizens are forced to stay indoors in hot buildings with no air conditioning. The airports in Puerto Rico are barely functioning, and citizens are desperate to leave the island and begin their restoration process.

Unfortunately, our churches have been greatly affected by the category 4 hurricane that began on September 20th. We have sent over 450 lbs. of supplies and 3 generators to Puerto Rico to help members of the Apostolic Assembly in need. The situation is extremely challenging, but we will do everything in our power to make sure our pastors, their families, and their members are covered with our prayers and support.

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Bishop Steve Moran, Caribbean Region.

Bishop Steve Moran, Caribbean Region.

Esteemed Bishops, pastors and Apostolic Assembly brethren: ¡paz de Cristo! Please keep our congregations and people of Puerto Rico in your prayers and send your love offerings to help them, to our Headquarters. This is the last report from Bishop Steve Moran:
Here is the latest notice from our brothers in Puerto Rico. There is no electricity in all the island including none for our brethren. there is no water in many places neither for drinking or for bathing. There is scarcity of food and gasoline. Today one sister shared that she with her 4 children had gone to get water but when she went there none was to be found. No one has showered there for 7 days. She went to her house not knowing what to do when a man showed up giving her some milk, cookies and some other food(surely an angel as the Lord takes care of his own). This is the fruit of the fasting and prayers of everyone. Brother Rosado says that there a lives of 300 cars waiting for gas only to receive a gallon a piece. Bro Chan says that he was finally able to come down from the mountain where he lives but has not been able to find water or food. With the desperation the people have begun to steal food from the stores. The people are becoming agitated and desperate. Thank God that a few brethren were able to meet this past Sunday to celebrate a service of thanksgiving that God had kept them with live and health.
We are waiting for permission to go and distribute food and generators but our flights have been changed now 3 times. We pray that on Sunday we can finally go.
Bishop Steve Moran,
Caribbean Region.
FROM THE DESK OF THE PRESIDENT

FROM THE DESK OF THE PRESIDENT

People of the Lord, praise the Lord!

As you all know, we have been plagued with catastrophes of incredible proportions. Even experts in the field are surprised by everything that is happening. The Church knows that all this is part of the signs of the end time (Matthew 24), and that we must all be prepared.

On the other hand, we have many people who are suffering and as a people of the Lord, we must help them. We cannot sit still and do nothing in the face of these tragedies. The Church has always gone forward in the midst of the calamities of life, and now is when it should shine the most.

Therefore, I am calling for a general fast this Sunday, September 24, so that the peace of the Lord would fill the hearts of the brethren who are suffering the loss of loved ones, temples, houses, etc. I want all of them to feel the love and support of the brethren in all parts of the world. Also, on Sunday the 24th, I would like all the Churches of the Apostolic Assembly in the world to collect a love offering to help them.

I thank all those who have helped us with emergency offerings this year, may God bless you and help you cover your own expenses. Although you have already helped, we must understand that we have never experienced so many tragedies consecutively. That is why, once again, according to your ability, we ask you to help us to care for the brethren of Mexico and Puerto Rico.

All this that has happened during this year has led us to think about the creation of a National and International Emergency Committee (CENI) that will be immediately helping in future cases like these.

Dear Brothers, we must be united and face these tragedies. God is with us and we will soon tell the testimony of victory. My family and your servant withstood Hurricane Irma at our home. It was a unique experience, but your prayers and words of encouragement helped us enormously.

Now more than ever: United expecting the King!

Bishop J. Fortino

PUERTO RICO & MEXICO

PUERTO RICO & MEXICO

Esteemed Bishops, Pastors, Brothers, & Sisters, ¡Paz de Cristo!

We ask for your prayers for all our churches and people in:

1. México.
At 1:00 PM in the afternoon local time, Mexico’s central region, which includes the City of Mexico, and the states of Puebla, Morelos, Oaxaca, and Michoacan, suffered a strong 7.1 magnitude earthquake. More than 50 buildings collapsed and there are more than 100 reported dead by the authorities.

2. Puerto Rico.
Hurricane Maria is predicted to make landfall tomorrow Wednesday, September 20 in Puerto Rico, striking the island with winds of up to 165 miles per hour. Let us intercede for them, and our brethren in the Dominic Republic who will also be affected.

3. Aid continues to be provided in Texas and Florida, we shall inform you about any new development. God bless you all.

Fraternally in Christ Jesus,
Ismael Martín del Campo,
Bishop Vice President.

PRAYER FOR FLORIDA AND NEIGHBORING STATES

PRAYER FOR FLORIDA AND NEIGHBORING STATES

PRAYER FOR FLORIDA AND NEIGHBORING STATES

Esteemed Bishops, Pastors, brothers and sisters of our Apostolic Assembly, ¡Paz de Cristo!

1. We ask you all to unite in prayer asking for God’s protection over our Bishop President John Fortino, his family, and all our churches and pastors in Florida, Georgia, the Carolinas, and adjacent states. Hurricane Irma has already entered southern Florida.

2. We also inform you that Bishop Joseph Rodríguez has been appointed as Aid Coordinator for Florida and neighbor states. He is already in communication with all the bishops of the region.

3. Joyfully we inform you that our brothers in Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, and Mexico are safe and sound after hurricanes Irma, Katia, and the past earthquake. We thank God that only two of our temples have sustained minor damages.

Let us continue to pray for those who have lost loved ones in Texas, the Caribbean, and Mexico, and let us help in every way possible those who have lost their homes and jobs.

Fraternally in Christ,

Bishop Ismael Martín del Campo, Vice President.

PUERTO RICO & BISHOP ZARAGOZA’S HEALTH

PUERTO RICO & BISHOP ZARAGOZA’S HEALTH

Esteemed Bishops, Pastors, Brothers, & Sisters,

¡Paz de Cristo!

1. We share with you that Bishop Steve Moran,
Caribbean Regional Supervisor, has informed us that all our brothers and sisters in Puerto Rico are safe and in good health after the hurricane’s pass. Please continue to pray for them and we shall inform you soon about the temples.

2. We also continue to pray for our congregations
and the people in the Dominic Republic, Haiti, Cuba, and for all our churches in Florida.

3. We inform you that Bishop Misael Zaragoza (Southern
California District) is in a stable health condition and that he will probably be home very soon in National City, California. Please pray for him and his family.

Fraternally in Christ Jesus,

Bishop Ismael Martín del Campo, Vice President.

HURRICANE IRMA & PRAYER REQUESTS

HURRICANE IRMA & PRAYER REQUESTS

Esteemed pastors and members of our Apostolic Assembly,
¡Paz de Cristo!
On behalf of our Bishop President John Fortino, we ask for prayers from the whole Assembly in favor of the churches and inhabitants in:

1. Puerto Rico, Hurricane Irma arrives Wednesday.
2. Dominican Republic & Haiti: The hurricane arrives Thursday.
3. Florida and neighboring states: The hurricane probably arrives Saturday.

We continue to pray for our pastors and congregations in Texas. We thank God that the aid to our churches there has been both inspiring and constant. However, the needs continue there, especially for all those who have not been able to return to their jobs given Hurricane Harvey’s destruction.

In your prayers, we ask you to also include the congregations that have been suffering from the impact of all the wildfires taking place on the West Coast of the United States.

Finally, we inform you that the hurricane that struck Los Cabos, México, some days ago, only damaged the homes of two of our Apostolic families. At this moment the México Apostolic Assembly is providing them aid.

Let us keep in our prayers our Bishop President, his family, and his congregation.

Fraternally in Christ Jesus,
Ismael Martín del Campo,
Bishop Vice President.

HURRICANE HARVEY RELIEF

HURRICANE HARVEY RELIEF

Praise the Lord members of the Apostolic Assembly,
On August 25, Hurricane Harvey made its way through the Texas coast which caused historic flooding and destruction in more than 50 Texas state counties. So far, around 13,000,000 people have been affected by the hurricane, 30,000 have been displaced, and at least nine people have lost their lives. It is believed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency that as many as 450,000 individuals will feel the effects of this hurricane for years to come. Unfortunately, we have brothers and sisters in Christ who were also affected by the record high flooding; which has paralyzed the state of Texas. In these difficult and challenging times, it is our duty to extend a helping hand to our neighbors, so that the weight of this disaster can be lifted. Your donation will serve to benefit members of the Apostolic Assembly who have been left without a home, and many without food, water, and clothing. We ask that donations be collected in your local churches and sent to the Apostolic Assembly headquarters with “Texas Offering” in the memo.Alternatively, you can visit http://www.apostolicdsa.com/make-a-donation/ to make a donation online, or call Brother Moises Ramirez at (909) 987-3013 ext. 2626 to make a donation over the phone. An update will be provided after relief and aid has reached our pastors, churches, and many families. Thank you in advance for your kindness and generosity, and may the Lord bless you for your compassion and prayers.

“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was in prison and you visited me” Matthew 25:35-36

Obispo Joseph Rodríguez,
Secretario de Asistencia Social

United in the Power of the Holy Spirit – Presidents Theme 2016

United in the Power of the Holy Spirit – Presidents Theme 2016

THEME FOR 2016
United in the Power of the Holy Spirit

Acts 1:7 And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power. 8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

In preparing for the conferences for the 2015 Symposium – “The Word”, I observed something that caught my attention, and that is the Apostolics appearing on the theological scene in the late nineteenth century, those who received the revelation together with the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, decided to depart from the rest of the evangelical-protestant flock, for they remained firm and fast to the new illumination.

In spite of:
(1) Theological scarcity, not having access to the wealth of information at the time,
(2) Economic scarcity forcing them to work from sunrise to sunset, and
(3) The struggle for the new language and social status, which made the work of preaching and propagating the Gospel more difficult …

… They did not stop, they were not intimidated, nor did they think less of themselves, rather were encouraged to move forward, by the power of the Holy Spirit. That inner strength, propelled them to grow, to form Churches, to write the Constitution, to organize into districts, and this maintained them together. As the Church of Acts, they also relied on the Holy Spirit to fulfill the Great Commission.

The Lord Jesus Christ told the first century disciples to wait in Jerusalem until they were endowed with power from on high, and then they would spread the gospel to all parts of the world. But they would not do it alone, it would have been impossible to remember everything they had heard, so the Lord assured them that He would be with them until the end of the world, Matthew 28:20. They did not understand the message, because the crucifixion blurred vision of the future Church, until after the resurrection and the upper room, then all doubts were clarified. The Holy Spirit was to be “inside” them and help them to fulfill the mission.

• John 14:26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

• John 15:26 But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me: 27 And ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with me from the beginning.

• Juan 16: 12 I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. 13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. 14 He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you. 15 All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you.

As we saw, it would have been impossible to remember and write such profound truths after the years since they heard them from the Master. The Lord Jesus Christ appeared to Paul in Damascus and gave him private revelations, Galatians 1:11, 12, 15, 16. At the same time, He gave him the right to reproduce and write the information received, 1 Corinthians 2:13, 16; 2 Corinthians 2:17. The only way this would be carried out, was that the same Spirit who inspired the Holy Scriptures, also reminded them to them.

All of this information assists us to maybe understand the success of the Church of Acts and the success of the pioneers of the Apostolic Assembly. The challenges in both generations were monumental, the answer was simple yet powerful: the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the second floor of a modest house in Jerusalem (I century), and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in a modest renovated barn in Los Angeles, California (XIX Century). Only total dependence of The Sacred Text and the power of the Holy Spirit propelled the brand new Apostolics forward amid an extremely violent and turbulent theological sea. Dear brothers, I can definitely find no other explanation.

Because of this, next year, 2016, we will celebrate the One Hundred and Tenth (110th) Anniversary of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, and as spiritual children of these men and women, we have a moral obligation to continue and “maybe” finish what they started. I think my generation, your generation, our generation is the generation of the uplifting of the Church (rapture). We will not be waiting much longer, the prophecies are being fulfilled before our eyes, and …

• 2 Thessalonians 2:6 And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. 7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. 8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:

Onward Church, the best is yet to come … we must raise up high the Apostolic flag to show the cloud of witnesses of our first-century brothers, and our beloved pioneers that all their tears, suffering, shortages were not in vain. The theme of next year will be:

“United in the Power of the Holy Spirit”

I propose the following activities for 2016:

1. That the National Theme be used in all the Districts, Local Churches, National Camps, District Camps and international activities.
2. That the three national fasts be based on the National Theme.
3. That every Local Church have a crusade o friendship day of divine healing in 2016.
4. That more would pray for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in the Churches.
5. Speak throughout the year on:

• The Gifts of the Holy Spirit.
• The Fruit of the Holy Spirit.
• The Power of the Holy Spirit.
• Etc.

6. God willing, we will conclude all these activities in the International Convention in November 2016 with powerful sermons, prayer for the sick and prayer for the infilling of the Holy Spirit.

It is my request to God that a wave of the power of the Holy Spirit surprise us next year, everywhere there is an Apostolic Church, and awaken the missionary spirit.

For a Church with power,
Bishop J. Fortino

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