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“For it is God who works in you to will and to act according to His good purpose.” Philippians 2:1-3.

 

I grew up in Chicago and always had a “Go ahead, give me your best shot-I can hack it,” attitude. I went to Catholic schools and Mass, but church things were never of much importance to me.

It was London, the year was 2000 and it was all about me. I had just completed a big sale of a finance unit to a UK corporation that in turn, had been bought out by a major US company. I was a going to be a prince of the world! A smooth player caught up with all the trappings of a seemingly idyllic lifestyle. Ambitious and selfish, there was relentless pressure to make more money, run faster or become road kill. Along the way I alienated my wife and children from a husband’s love and father’s relationship as I thought money was the solution to everything.

I hated the person I had become. I was lost in London.

During that time, my wife Marichu accepted Jesus into her life. She immersed herself in bible studies, surrounded me with Christian friends and prayed for my salvation. She also started listening to Pastor Ed Young’s sermons from Second Baptist Church in Houston. Without overtly pushing me, I started to listen. It was the first time I had ever heard scriptural sermons. Marichu also gave me my first Christian book, The Man in the Mirror, by Pat Morley. I found that there was truth in God’s Word that left me no where to hide. But, as the money was still good, I treated all this as somewhat of a side show.

Then, my high-roller wannabe world collapsed. In October 2001 my company-Enron, went bankrupt. Along with it, my earnings, reputation and future were ruined due to the financial scandal that followed. I was worthless to the world: broke, middle-aged, stuck overseas without a job and a family of five to take care of. I could not “hack it” anymore. That is where God was waiting for me…at the bottom. 

One hopeless afternoon, I got down on my knees in my study and accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Saviour. I gave God all my problems and my life, worthless and broken as it was. I started reading the Bible every day and a miracle happened. I found peace in the middle of chaos. As if in a bubble of calm, resources appeared. In November, we heard “Houston” in our prayers, found a home close to Second Baptist and in January 2002 we began a new life.  My family and I had found our home. We were all baptized in August 2002 and the Lord has blessed us far beyond what I could ever imagine.

If this testimony finds you hurt and broken, reach out to Him. God is waiting for you. He will not disappoint. Jesus will welcome you home.