On May 25, 2018 I resigned from my full time job in Miami to pursue full-time ministry and began preaching a various churches throughout South Florida. My wife, Jackie, and I strongly felt that it was within God’s will to do so. I had even received three strong confirmations from God at different times: 1. From a person that I had never met before, 2. Through the Holy Bible, 3. During prayer at different times.
On June 30, 2018 Jackie’s full-time position at a local non-profit ended due to lack of funding. During this time, we had already began exploring the steps to purchase a home, in fact, it was our third attempt. Unfortunately, due to the sudden decrease in income and the inflation in the housing market, we were not able to afford to buy a home in Florida. This saddened us very much.
Jackie applied for other jobs but was only able to secure a part time job. At this time, I had just started doing full time ministry and needless to say, we were struggling financially. We were quickly using our savings to pay for basic living expenses. I began doubting God and his calling over my life to pursue full time ministry. I began asking myself questions like, “If He did call me to ministry why is all of this happening?” There were countless times Jackie and I cried out to God in what was one of the toughest seasons of our lives.
During this tough season, our marriage grew stronger as we sought God’s guidance and comfort together. Our faith grew as we surrendered our lives unto Him, without reservations. We are thankful for the moments He spoke to us using His word. One of the verses that He used was
Psalm 20:7 that says, “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.” We would pray and God would speak (through people or His word) until finally, we understood what was happening. There was a sovereign shift. An updated mission objective was initiated.
At the time, my side of the family lived in Charleston, South Carolina and we considered moving there. We started praying and asking God if it was okay for us to move. He led us to Psalm 107:4-9 that says,
“Some wandered in desert wastelands, finding no way to a city where they could settle. They were hungry and thirsty, and their lives ebbed away. Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. He led them by a straight way to a city where they could settle.”
With God’s confirmation, we started to prepare the move from the 305 to the 843. Around this time, our silver Toyota Yaris that had never missed a car maintenance appointment, started to act up and the check engine light started to come up from time to time. We decided to sell the car and drove up to South Carolina in our other car. We were able to use the money to fund the biggest move of our lives. Within three months of me resigning from my full time job, we arrived to Charleston on August 30, 2018. We stayed with my parents for a month until Jackie and I were able to secure jobs and rent our own apartment. We obtained jobs quicker than expected!
At this point you are probably wondering, “What happened to full time ministry?”
Well, I was scarred and a bit traumatized because of what happened in Miami. Specifically, how quickly one decision caused a catalyst effect in our lives. We went from a city that people commonly greeted us in Spanish with “Que bola?” to “How ya’ll doin?”. Lol. But seriously, I wanted to kick anything related to ministry under the rug. I had felt that I failed starting into ministry. I wanted to restart and act like it never happened.
We started attending a wonderful church in Goose Creek, SC. The church had just started a series of messages about healing from trauma, abusive relationships, past hurts from family, friends, and churches. It was like God had us both in the operating room, healing us in order to step into the next season of our lives. We are grateful to the Pastor and that church for creating a safe space to heal. God not only healed us from recent events but from incidents that we had experienced individually years ago!
During those months, Jackie was working as a school-based mental health therapist and I was employed by Fedex as a delivery driver. Can you imagine that? A Miami native driving around a very big box truck in a new city! I got lost more times than I count! Haha! That didn’t last long as I fell off the truck which caused a knee injury that prevented me from driving. I started to work in an office where I didn’t have to move around much. Yes, I’m fat now, I’ll deal with that later. Haha!
A couple of months later, by the grace of God, God opened a door for us to own our first home in Summerville, SC. We were just entertaining the idea of buying a home but it happened much quicker than we expected and without much opposition. At this point, Jackie started a new job working with human trafficking victims and facilitating educational trainings in the community. This was a dream fulfilled as she desired for several years to be able work full time assisting human trafficking victims.
But the a question still remains… “What happened to full time ministry? Didn’t God tell you to go into ministry?!”
Yes He did.
You see, I started to get comfortable with our new life here in South Carolina. New house, Jackie’s great job, my stable job, Israel doing well. I even received news that I was just one class away from completing my Bachelor’s Degree in Theology. But, I was avoiding ministry to be honest with you. We started attending a new church close to our home, in June 2019. We believe God led us there through a dream I had. One of the first messages we heard at church, God challenged me to give up my fear of ministry and to stop thinking that I had failed in Miami. “My words never return to me void,” God said. I felt God speaking into my heart over the next couple of weeks after that. It wasn’t until one night, I was crying my heart out to Jackie when I told her that “I believe what God told me about going into ministry and I did not fail. It was God’s plan to be here in South Carolina. Look at all God has done in a year. We would never imagine we’d be where we are right now!” Jackie took my hand, looked me in my watery eyes and slowly said, ” I agree with you, I believe in you and God’s plan for you.”.
This was a moment where I could not have asked for a better God-fearing loving wife! She didn’t say those words out of pity but because God had spoken to her about the same thing. The next Sunday at church, our pastor preached a message about going “All In” for God. If you would have seen my face while he was preaching, you would have seen a face of bewilderment, confused, scared, excited, and trusting in God. Yes all of those expressions. There were moments where I was just shaking my head no. Because the last time someone told me to go “All In” was on April 26, 2018 in Miami, after I had just asked God, “Do you really want me to go all in into ministry?” And God confirmed in that very moment when I turned on the car radio during my lunch break, and heard a pastor saying “Go all in for God. Get out of your comfort zone!” Fast forward to August 11, 2019 and I’m hearing the exact words coming out of a different pastor that doesn’t know anything about me. The same words repeated to me 580 miles from the first time it was spoken to me.
I knew in that moment that God’s plans were never stopped, they were always in motion. I acted like I had the ability to stop God’s plans for my life. You guys have no idea how I excited I am about the God that does not give up on you, even when you have given up or have made mistakes. The devil even tried to put words in my head saying, “You are going to mess up again! People are going to talk bad about you if you bring up ministry again. You sound crazy to bring up God again.” I rebuked the devil and my wife reminded me of this verse, 1 Corinthians 1:18 says “The message of the cross is foolish to those who are headed for destruction! But we who are being saved know it is the very power of God!”
I rather be called crazy and speak of God’s name and power than be considered a fool for not believing in all that God has for my family and I.
With the loving support of my wife and the grace of God, I will be stepping into the role of a Missionary, just as God had placed in my heart last year. The job I have now is a temporary job and it’s conclude at the end of September 2019 (go figure). I had applied to other jobs since May 2019 and still have not received a single interview. I will still continue to seek employment whether it be full time or part time until I can raise enough funds to be a full time missionary stationed in South Carolina. With the mission goal of engaging in local outreaches and going on domestic and international mission trips to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Right now I am raising funds for a medical missions trip in Mexico that will take place in October 2019. I will be traveling to remote towns and villages in the region of Axtla de Terrazas, San Luis Potosi, Mexico, OR in the region of Poza Rica, Veracruz, Mexico with Victorious Christian Harvesters organized by my church Northwoods Church. Many people in this region do not have access to simple medical care. Please consider supporting me as we team up with doctors and nurses to freely bless the people here. Each day will consist of a medical clinic and personal evangelism, followed by a crusade and food give-a-way in the evening. I have to give a $700 deposit by August 25. Which is a week away! The total cost for the trip itself is $1550, however I am raising $1,800 total to cover the cost of both the Mission trip and bills while I am away from home.
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Thank you for reading this epic story. Many more to come in Jesus’ Name!
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