By Carlos Leon, Special to ASSIST News Service
MIAMI, FL (ANS – November 10, 2017) — When Adam committed sin, he lost all the authority that was given to him in this earth and all the power was transferred to Lucifer. When Jesus was tempted after fasting for 40 days the Bible says: Again, the devil took Him to a very high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. “All this I will give You, he said, “if You will fall down and worship me.” “Away from me, Satan!” Jesus declared. “For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve Him only.’ Of course, Jesus did not accept the offer made.
In this 21st century all the media is under control of Satan. We can see every day a big influence of evil in different means of communication such as pornography and sensuality broadcasted at any time of the day. Murders, terrorism, rumors of wars, catastrophes of every nature come to our ears and eyes via television, radio or internet. It is very difficult to hear good news in our present days. As Jesus said: You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. (Matthew 24:6). In our days, we can see that this is true and confirm what the Bible declared about the end of times.
What will be the solution to bring more souls to salvation? Is this something impossible because the evil is increasing in our days? Yes, it’s possible. One important thing we need to defeat the enemy is the power of God.
COICOM has been founded in 1992 in Santa Cruz, Bolivia and is a movement inspired by God whose vision is to serve the church and the mass media in all the Spanish speaking countries around the world, promoting at the same time unity, integrity, efficiency and excellence to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ to every nation. However, the purpose is not only to have an annual congress but is the way to provide continuous training and motivation to the participants in order to spread the good news.
We are now celebrating the 25th anniversary of COICOM in Miami, FL. It’s a great opportunity to stablish fellowship, exchange and cooperation among the different ministries that are participating in this conference. Each ministry offers a diversity of tools and innovation to spread the gospel to every creature in the world. The main focus of this conference are the Spanish speaking people around the world, especially Latin America, Spain and for the first time in the United States due to the increment of the Spanish Speaking population in this country.
Lots of Christian Media leaders in Latin America such as Argentina, Colombia, Venezuela, Peru, Panama, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and also South Korea and United States gather together in Miami for celebrating the 25th anniversary of COICOM. Around 500 people from 20 different countries were registered at the event.
On Thursday, Nov. 9, at 11:00 am, there was an opening of the event at Miami Airport and Convention Center (MACC)..
The President of COICOM, the Rev. Arnolds Enns, says “that if you have the opportunity, how would you change the world? How can we transform the world? From each two pastors, there’s one that closes his church. However, is not by doing great things that we can change the world, but is in doing small things that it can change. It’s by people that practice the love of God who are possible to produce a change.”
This year we are celebrating 500th of the Protestant Reformation that emphasized about the existence of heaven and hell but in our days, nobody talks this kind of message. And the consequence is that the church has left its function to influence its culture. It is true that we have many challenges to overcome and the solution is in our Lord Jesus Christ. We have to take the mass media to evangelize and spread the gospel. This is about God and not ourselves. Without intimacy with God there will be no change.
In the night, the Christian Communicators were united at the event called “Special Focus – Celebrating the 25 years”. Reception and dinner took place.
GCN (Global Christian Network) BROADCASTING INC (www.gcntv.org) one of COICOM sponsors this year, presented a plaque of appreciation to Rev. Arnold Enns, the President of COICOM, for his 25 years of faithful service for the members. The plaque of appreciation was given by Johnny Kim, Executive Director of GCN on behalf of Rev. Dr. Jaerock Lee Founder and Chairman of GCN. In his brief congratulatory message in video presentation, Dr. Lee gives glory to God for blessing COICOM and appreciates its leadership for their dedication to spread the Gospel in Latin America through Christian Media. After the presentation, the public was excited about the demonstration of the power of God.
The touching moment of the evening was when Stanley Jeter, the chairman of COICOM, called all the members of the board that were engaged since the beginning of this ministry. Around 20 people came forward to receive a prayer for thanksgiving for their continuous effort and collaboration in COICOM during this 25 years.
Danilo Montero, a well-known praise and worship leader, singer and pastor gave his personal testimony about his conversion to Jesus Christ and exhorted in his message to be one in Christ and leave any selfish motive to go forward and preach the gospel.
Editor’s Note: According to its website (http://coicom.org/) its goals for 2016-2020, are:
1) Train and equip the church to effectively reach the young urban digital generation through the use of digital media.
2) Systematically organize multimedia educational materials, and the best case studies resulting from the impact of COICOM throughout the continent, and make them available to the church through an e-learning platform.
3) Create strategic alliances with other ministries and organizations so as to have a greater impact on the continent and maximize the use of resources.
4) Increase the scholarship program for pastors from rural and urban poor communities and provide them with a first class training program that would bring transformation to their communities.
Photo captions: Arnold Enns, President & CEO of COICOM, addressing the gathering. 2) Members of Board of COICOM including the Chairman Stan Jeter. 3) Opening of COICOM 2017. 4) Video Message / Rev. Dr. Jaerock Lee, Founder & Chairman of GCN Broadcasting Inc. 5) Johnny Kim presenting the plaque of Appreciation to Rev. Arnold Enns. 6) Reverend Danilo Montero with Johnny Kim, Executive Director of GCN Broadcasting Inc.
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