New Hope Oahu
Director Prison Ministry
I have been the director of prison ministry with new Opel wow since summer of 2013. The ministry is Corey currently reaching inmates in in the federal Penn State present include reaching the man In Hawaii furlough program.
I was born in Mexicali Mexico came to America In November of 1971. I was 13 years old and unable to speak English I started my high school year in 1972 after graduating in 1976 I joined the army. In 1977 I married my wife who was my high school sweetheart. We had do kids and currently we are empty nesters. I retired from military army in 1998, during my time in service I came to know the Lord Jesus as my savior in June of 1981.
My conversion who plays well in Germany serving in the army. I went to Germany with the intent of moving away from my wife and my first born because we could not get along at all. By the fall of 1981 being away from home and no one who spoke Spanish in my unit cause me to fall into depression, I start to think remedy to my feelings of loneliness wish my depression made it worse. In me there was It means there was an emptiness and a boy in my soul so in my despair I began to look for Spanish speaking people in the summer of 1982 I notice a young man Hispanic Gary and a guitar I I decided sikkim and get to know him one day I I spoke with him well he was waiting for a bus and ask him if he’s playing Spanish or Mexican music he responded I can but I play mostly religious songs onto unto God. I immediately decided not to continue the conversation and tried to walk away from him but he stopped me and asked for my name I tried to not give it to him my hip insisted and I just said to him my name is Carlos he responded my name is Rafael what is And I would like to talk with you a little bit more I’d choose myself and walked away from him open parentesis (in my mind all I could think was here is a Jesus freak And I need to stay away from him don’t know why but that’s what I thought ).
Rafael on the days to come he pursued a friendship with me and my dislike he persisted in sharing the gospel and be friend me with that love of God That eventually broke my heart down.
In a period of 6 months Rafael share a scripture with me and the word of God was explaining in a simple way Did I was able do you understand what what Jesus head down for me. Just like the word says In Romans 1017 faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God. It has been many years And I have grown in my faith sometimes in the straight path and other times doing my own thing but God has been with Maine all along. I have committed myself to do the word of God Shortly after my conversion Salvation. now a day God is Using me in the prison ministry it started in 2008 when a friend of mine Mister fabiano he invited me to go with him into OCCC, since then got called Maine to share with this mmen the gospel and the word of God so that they may be converted or transform for his glory just like in Romans 12 verse 2 says be transformed by the renewing of your mind and don’t be conformed to this world then you may know when is the good acceptable and perfect will of God . Then you hope prison ministry is currently reaching men and women in in prison was in the state and federal Correctional Facility . on Monday night our ministry has and the outreach program that facilitates the teaching of the word of God provides a small groups accountability and provides a hot meal do the men who are in the furlough program and from that group we now have over 12 volunteers who are in parole helping out administering do other inmates. On Tuesday we also ministered to women.
Currently I just direct and coordinate our volunteer workforce off about 13 men about 6 women they go inside prisons in a monthly video Visitation hosting site for families who have incarcerated members is the world Arizona.
I now can’t say with a whole heart that I am a child of God and then he has called me the minister to inmate an ex convicts to help them transition over back into our society and assist and teach him how them this them how to study and have daily devotions in the word of God – so they can be able to feed their spirit with the word of God that brings forth the transformation .