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QUE MOMENTO TAN EMOCIONANTE!!
26 de Marzo del 2016
ARMÊNIA LIBERTA 70 JOVENS TESTIGOS DE JEOVÁ QUE FUERON PRESOS POR
REUSARSE A SERVIR A LA MILICIA Y NO QUERER USAR ARMAS E IR PARA A GUERRA.
GRACIAS A NUESTRO PADRE Jehová Todo salió Bien.

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