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Una Tierra realmente Feliz !!!

Esta es una descripción de un lugar verdaderamente feliz donde Jehová es Dios: " Sean nuestros hijos en su juventud como plantas bien crecidas, nuestra hijas como columnas labradas que adornan un palacio; nuestro graneros estén llenos de todo grano, nuestro ganado se multiplique a millares y diez millares en nuestros campos; nuestros bueyes sean fuertes para el trabajo, no tengamos brecha, ni que ir en cautiverio, ni grito de alarma en nuestras plazas.  ¡Bienaventurado el pueblo que tiene estas bendiciones!  ¡Bienaventurado el pueblo cuyo Dios es Jehová!" Salmos 144:12-15.



Hola hermano Carlos:
A continuacion le ofrezco de mis archivos correspondencia referente a los eventos de los dias 3 y 4 de diciembhre, 2005.  La mayor parte de esto, como puede observar, esta en ingles.  La carta enviada a mi familia en los Estados presenta algunos detalle sobre la reunion realizada en la Escuela Republica de Guatemala.  En esa ocasion se formo el comite nacional para la recuperacion de la iglesia con Victor Venegas como presidente.  Me eligieron a mi como encargado de comunicacion.  Se tomo la decision durante esa reunion de iniciar el proceso de transferir membresias a la Conferencia de Michigan.  Hicimos el trabajo de recoger los datos de las personas interesadas en tal arreglo y los nombres a dicha conferencia.  Ahi esa iniciativa murio despues de la intervencion negativa de varios niveles eclesiasticas. 
 
Bendiciones,
Mike

 mjlynchb@hotmail.com

 

 

 

December 3, 2005

Sabbath morning

This morning the Brasil church in Alajuela was packed.  Members gathered from various neighboring congregations: Lotes Solis, Barrio San Jose, Turrucares, Santa Barbara, San Ramon, Guadalupe de Alajuela, Tuetal Norte,  and perhaps other places.  On the platform accompanying Dr. Daniel Scarone were Pastors Victor Venegas andMoises Calderon, along with the church treasurer and two elders.  First elder, Danilo Soto, welcomed the visitors, which included a remarkable presence of union and mission personel who very rarely appear, but for some questionably strange coincidence decided to attend worship in the Brasil church today.  They included Otoniel Zelaya from the union, Ivan Montenegro, and Abraham Salgado.

Dr. Scarone's sermon was based on Judges 2, noting that after the death of Joshua and his generation others came to the fore in Israel who did not know Jehovah.  The children of Israel departed from the holy pathes.  They did not merely become secularized but rather they became fused into the surrounding world and the world about them became fused into them.  Dr. Scarone also remarked on the history of the Valdenses who once were valiant defenders of truth but eventually lost their identity and dwindled away to practically nothing.  The values and principles of God's people can be lost.  We must maintain our identity as Seventh-day Adventists, we must not allow ourselves to become fused into the world.  God's call to His last-days church is to uphold that light of truth.  Are we prepared to stand firm when a new generation of leaders comes along as happened following the deaths of Moses and Joshua?  The entire sermon was recorded.  Should there arise questions and criticisms from the leadership concerning Dr. Scarone's presentation reference can be made to the recording.

This afternoon there will be a meeting of coordinators of the elders council with others to continue discussions with Pastor Scarone.

Mike

 

Hola Norland, Wally y Minor:
Les extrañé esta mañana en el templo del Brasil.  Vino una pareja de la iglesia del Barrio San José pero no me di cuenta quienes eran porque no pude verlos entre mucha gente.  Danilo Soto dio bienvenida a las varias iglesias, llegaron de Lotes Solis, Turrucares, San Ramon, Santa Barbara, Tuetal Norte, y otras mas.  El mensaje del Dr. Scarone se grabó si quieren escucharlo.  Se basó en Jueces 2, como una nueva generación de líderes que no conocían a Jehová llegó a dirigir Israel despues de desaparecidos Moisés y Josué.  Mencionó la historia de los valdenses que habían sido valientes defensores de la verdad pero eventualmente perdieron su identidad y llegaron casi a desaparecer.  El punto central del sermón del Dr. Scarone fue la responsibilidad que tenemos de ser fieles a la luz que Dios nos ha dado aún cuando nuestros líderes no conocen a Jehová como sucedio en Israel.  No debemos perder nuestra identidad.  No debemos fusionarnos con el mundo como sucedió con Israel y con los valdenses.
En la plataforma estaban los pastores Victor Venegas, Moises Calderon, los ancianos de la iglesia y la tesorera.  Llegaron al culto varios curiosos de la unión y la misión: Otoniel Zelaya, Ivan Montenegro y Abraham Salgado.  Todavía no se como se desarrolló la reunión de anoche entre los 10 coordinadores y el Dr. Scarone, pero escucho que los consejos del visita les parecían correctos y  sabios.  Esta tarde va a haber otra reunión con Dr. Scarone, en la zona de Cartago.
Un fuerte abrazo,
Mike

 

December 4, 2005

Hola Profe.,

Acabo de leer tu mensaje hoy domingo en la tarde referente al
sermon del Pr. Scarone en la iglesia de el Brasil ayer sabado.

En realidad planeaba asistir a congregarme con los miembros
de mi iglesia como me ha sido usual todos los sabados, sin
embargo en realidad me atrasé bastante asi que decidí visitar
la iglesia de La Esperanza.

De cualquier forma, me siento muy satisfecho de que la iglesia
de el Brasil de Alajuela haya acogido a este grupo tan importante
de hermanos y que juntos esten luchando firmemente por el
bienestar de la iglesia.

Hoy, como tu lo sabes, estuvimos presentes en la reunion
laica en el auditorio de la escuela Guatemala.  Creo que
Dios ha manifestado nuevamente su preocupación y su
cuidado por su pueblo y que ha hecho sentir a muchos de
sus hijos la necesidad de trabajar juntos en hacer a su
iglesia volver al derrotero que El ha trazado.

Dios les bendiga a todos.

Saludos.

Walter.

December 4, 2005

Dear Mike:

 

Thank you for your report about Pr. Scarone's sermon. I'm saddened that colleagues of him came not to celebrate God, but to spy. What a paradox, church leaders spying on someone whose only motive is the well-being of the church. Doesn't it pose great similarities with what happened in Palestine 2000 years ago?

 

Edwin

 

 

Sunday, December 04, 2005

Dear Edwin,
Yes, it was repugnant to see spies from the local organization hovering about like buzzards Sabbath morning at the entry to the Brasil church as invited worshipers from various churches gathered.  These were the churches that accepted the invitation: Lotes Solis, Turrucares, San Ramon, Santa Barbara, Barrio San Jose, Tuetal Norte, Guadalupe de Alajuela, Fraijanes, and others.  Visitors were present from Panama and Austrailia. Abraham Salgado (mission footman) was on his cell phone with Transito Argueta (mission president) several times as the people were gathering for worship.  Ivan Montenegro (mission element) was also curiously present.   Danilo Soto (first-elder) told Salgado to please come into the church for worship and cease his spying activities at the entry.  Dr. Daniel Scarone, from the Michigan Conference, began his excellent sermon with a statement recalling the words of Jesus, "I have come NOT TO...."  Then he went on to invite any who might disagree with what he was going to present to feel free to come to him afterwards and express themselves, but if they chose to do that, they should come well prepared, because his material has already been published in recognized Adventist publications.  Nobody approached him afterwards with complaints; however we could see Otoniel Zelaya (union functionary) scurrying out rapidly at the conclusion.

The meeting yesterday evening was held in Tres Rios; it was the continuation of Daniel Scarone's Friday evening reflex ions to the leadership of the council of elders concerning questions of serious importance and his words of wisdom about options that churches and members can follow in the face of developments here.  The council members discussed specific procedures for the meeting to be held today, Sunday, in which delegates from invited churches all over the country will meet.  This meeting needs to be the focus of fervent prayer for God's hand to be over and to guide.  I plan to attend the meeting and to pray throughout it.  Who can tell what challenges from Satan might transpire, and what complications might be manifested, but the Lord is clearly in this historical advance and He will not depart or cease in His efforts to bring about the reformation and purification that is so truly needed in the management of His affairs in this church.

It is very heartening to see the combined talents, maturity, and dedication of the council of coordinators that has been formed.  They are struggling to do their work with responsibility and careful reasoning.  They have to face unknowns and attempt to define paths which they can recommend to the assembling body of local church representatives.  This is something new and unseen before, at least in this field, so it requires real courage, reliance on God, mutual confidence, flexibility, inner peace, and personal trust in the willingness of God to guide thoughts, words, and actions.  I am personally impressed with the clear reasoning and perception of those men.  There is strength of purpose and drive in them.  They cut to the chase and do not get overly side-tracked by secondary issues or mere story-telling.  They do not all see things the same way at times, but they attempt to support and appreciate the worth of each other's perspectives.  Let's be especially praying for those who will moderate the meeting today.  They have a weighty task upon them, perhaps more so than any others who will be present.

May God powerfully guide His people here today.
Mike

 

December 6, 2005

Dear Family and Friends,
I want to share with you some photos taken this past
Sunday at the meeting of the elders and church boards
from some 45 churches from around Costa Rica.  It was
an excellent gathering.  Dr. Daniel Scarone and Pastor
Victor Venegas spoke with inspiration and very
practical emphasis.  The council of elders presented
options for positive action to assure the "Recovery of
Our Church in Costa Rica" just as the banner stated on
the wall above the dais.  Clearly it is the objective
of this concerned gathering of representatives to
uphold the doctrines of the SDA church and to improve
the tarnished image of the denomination in this
country.  Corruption, conflict of interests, nepotism,
and self-enrichment at the expense of the church, as
seen among the organizational leaders, must be faced
squarely and brought to an end.  There is a very
positive determination on the part of the membership
to courageouly take their stand for reformation and
transparency in the future management of the
denominational organization.  Enough of the apostasy
and spiritual abuse our people are saying in Costa
Rica.  This voice will be heard in all of Central
America and will echo through out the world-wide
church.
 
Please pray with us for the honor of God's Adventist
church to be restored in this field.
Mike Lynch  
 
Muchas gracias Judith por estas fotos de la reunión
tan hermosa que tuvimos con el Dr. Scarone el domingo,
4 de diciembre, 2005.
Bendiciones,
Mike

 

December 4, 2005

 

Dear family,

Thanks for the letters.  Sunday is nearly over; it has been a big day with the national –level meeting which lasted from 9 this morning until 2:30 this afternoon.  We met at the gymnasium at the public school “Republica de Guatemala” here in Alajuela.  Actually, the meeting didn’t get started until a little after 10 as more and more people were arriving from distant places all over the country.  There were some 45 or more churches represented, the gym bleachers were full, and there was a very marked fervor.  Jorge Solano from Cartago had the opening prayer.   Dr. Scarone spoke for about an hour and his talk was very direct and to the point.  He took a strong stand against corruption, conflict of interests, and nepotism.  He made it clear that his position was to defend the doctrines of the SDA church and to back the efforts being made to recover the voice of the church in Costa Rica which has been denied it by an improper leadership system.  Above everything else, Dr. Scarone spoke about spiritual abuse basing his comments on Matthew 23:2, 3.  He did not hesitate to refer to “false authority” that has come to exercise sway.  He went on to offer practical counsel and encouragement to the church in Costa Rica.

 

Following Dr. Scarone, Pastor Victor Venegas, the author of the three documents I translated to English, also spoke for a considerable time, and his presentation was also excellent and very direct.  He did not hesitate to mention specific names of those leaders who have been practicing the Lord’s work improperly.  He clearly pointed out the apostasy seen in leadership here.  He gave documented examples and had first-hand witnesses give their testimonies before the assembly.  Three students of the “microwave” theology program testified about the situation they have had to bear and the baptisms of 4 and 5 year-old children, false baptisms, repeated baptisms of children to run up the statistics, and other spiritual and financial abuses that they have seen and were expected to participate in until they finally decided to quit the program.  Those young men spoke with tremendous impact; it was very evident that they spoke from their hearts.

 

Danilo Soto, first elder of the Brasil church in Alajuela, moderated the meeting.  He presented the recommendations that had been carefully studied by the committee of elected coordinators of the elder’s council.  Several options were mentioned such as the formation of a new conference, but the problem of its being subject to the corrupt union and division authorities made it seem undesirable.  There was the option of requesting the formation in Costa Rica of a field attached to the GC, but the fact that the Inter-American Division would still have a hand in the GC attached field makes that unacceptable.  There was also the option of becoming temporarily an extended field or a ministry under the guidance and supervision of the Michigan Conference.  That is clearly the preference of many churches here.  We were also offered the opportunity of requesting transfer of our membership to the Michigan conference.  I noticed that many people filled out the forms to take that step, I did the same.  Danilo Soto called for the members of the elder’s council to join him on the stage.  I had been advised just previous to that moment that they wanted me to be a part of the council as well, so I accepted. 

 

The meeting continued with a very significant time of questions and answers from the assembly.  Many were concerned about the way tithes and offerings should be handled.  Many members and some churches officially have already cut off giving their tithes and offerings to the local missions.  Recommendations were made concerning establishment of  custodies under the Michigan conference with auditing services.  There was also concern about how to meet the threat of seizure of churches and properties by the corrupt and vengeful leadership at the missions.  Clearly, it will be necessary to form a committee to deal with these legal aspects.  Much solidarity was expressed to the Barrio San Jose church delegation which has already been locked out of its church by the organizational authorities since months ago.

 

Two incidents occurred during the assembly this morning.  A gray 1989 Nissan Sentra belonging to Luis Jimenez, an elder from the Hatillo church, was stolen despite frequent vigilance of vehicles parked on the street in front of the meeting place.  This is a major complication for Luis who does not have the way to replace the car.  His earnings are small, his children are in the SDA school, and our Missionary Partners have been providing for them again this year.  Insurance against robbery is not an option for most people here.  An offering was taken up to help Luis, but it was only a fraction of what it will cost him to buy another car.

 

The second incident was very bizarre.  Pastor Lial Fuentes, a boot-licker to the mission president, attempted to force his way into the meeting hall.  He was asked what his intentions were at the door and he stated that he was looking for someone who was one of “his members” and was causing problems to “his church”.  The response was given to him that nobody there was “his member” and the church was not “his” but Christ’s.  He dashed forward paying no attention to the laymen guarding the entry, and was stopped in his tracks and held back.  Who can tell what stupid plan he might have been trying to put into practice?  The important thing is that there was security in abundance at the door and that foolishness was not permitted to create any unfortunate consequences.  I understand that Pastor Noel Ruiloba from UNADECA also approached the meeting hall, but I did not see him.  I don’t know what he had in mind but I am sure nobody would have considered him a menace in any way.  Perhaps he just wanted to greet Pastor Scarone or observe the proceedings, but it did not seem appropriate for him to enter at the hour he arrived.  Pastor Moises Calderon of the Brasil church arrived early and was admitted as one in whom the laymen have confidence.  Undoubtedly, there were spies present, but they did their thing silently without any disturbance.

 

That is my report for today.

Mike





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Publicado por AdventistaArgent
Lunes, 05 de enero de 2009 | 9:21
Muy interesante.
Llama la antenci?n el apoyo brindado al laicado desde otra Divisi?n. FELICITACIONES.

Agradecer?a mas informaci?n sobre como tratar los brotes de abuso de poder y conflicto de intereses.

Saludos desde Argentina.Llorando