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Enrique's story

Enrique's story

21 Apr 2016

I started working in Chile very early in life to help support my family. We were Catholic and very poor. When I was fifteen I joined the Communist Party but saw unfairness everywhere...

I started working in Chile very early in life to help support my family. We were Catholic and very poor. When I was fifteen I joined the Communist Party but saw unfairness everywhere. In Australia I continued with that political activity and thought the need for justice seemed a way for us to do something good. But whether in Chile or here people were always doing something that was completely contrary to what they were saying. 

I concentrated on working as a painter and chased a builder who invited me to a church. I was not looking for God, not even thinking that was important for my life. I only accepted the invitation because I didn’t want to lose the client.

We had come to Australia as political refugees, leaving family and friends, and I always felt Chile was my home. But when I went inside the church I had the feeling in my heart that I was home – something I didn’t expect. I needed to come back, even though I didn’t understand anything they were talking about because I didn’t speak English. I asked my wife to come with me to interpret – this was difficult because she didn’t like to come – the people I found were like my family, but she didn’t want to be part of it. She put out a challenge - the day I received the Holy Spirit she would believe. I tried with all my heart to receive, but God had other plans – she received the Holy Spirit before me.

There were so many miracles around us in such a short time. Before I received the Holy Spirit I always had a feeling of loneliness, never a friend to tell all the things inside my heart, not enough trust, but when I received the Holy Spirit I felt I had at last found that friend that I needed. Joy bubbled up and came out. The only time I felt like that before was when I met my wife and fell in love. There have been many answers to our prayers and the Lord makes it clear that he is there for us - He puts his signature on it. Praise the Lord that I found the right place and the right family.     Enrique

 

‘Repent, and be baptised every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.’ Acts 2 v 38