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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

 

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