Uriel Manzanares was walking toward the town of Waslala, Nicaragua. Discouraged, he brooded over his problems. No money, no job, and family conflicts. Suddenly, something colorful caught Uriel’s attention. It was an Antorcha de la Verdad (Torch of Truth) magazine, lying on the road where it had fallen. He picked it up and read the title of the cover story “The Vagabond.” He shook his head incredulously and sighed. “That’s me . . . a tramp.”
When Uriel got to Waslala, he read the magazine. The Biblical truths he found there stirred his heart. Eventually Uriel recommitted his life to the Lord, and once again, God’s Word accomplished its purpose—to encourage saints and bring sinners to Jesus.
The Antorcha is the primary project of Publicadora La Merced, a conservative Mennonite publishing house in Costa Rica. Printed bi-monthly, the magazine is sent to about thirty-eight countries.
“Please continue sending us the Antorcha and other literature because these serve to edify us and help us in our work,” wrote Narciso Zamora Fernandez, a pastor in Peru who is involved in church planting. “We have 20 churches in these mountains and the majority of them are in need of discipleship. We are working to train pastors and leaders.”
Another recipient from Peru said the magazines help them be more alert to false teachers.
A reader from Cuba wrote: “The magazine is so full of spiritual riches that I shed tears in my heart as I meditate on the lessons.”
Funding to print the Antorcha comes from CAM’s Christian Family Magazines program. This program also funds the Seed of Truth and other Christian family magazines. Not all the magazines funded by this program are published monthly, but over 8,000,000 copies are printed annually in nine languages and distributed in various countries, including some closed nations.