Crucified Life Ministries Keeping the Sabbath in Costa Rica
By Joel Sanchez
“COSTA RICA: When I began my walk with the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, little did I know the journey and adventure that I was in for. I grew up going to a Southern Baptist church in Louisiana from the time I could walk until I went off to college at age nineteen. The interesting thing is that it was not until my third year at the University of Louisiana at Monroe that for the first time I began my relationship with the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. I was two weeks into the faith and got my hands on some preaching tapes of a missionary who had been in Mexico for more than twenty years. After listening to those tapes, there was a burning desire for me to go out and reach people. I soon took my first mission trip to Jamaica and worked with poverty stricken children and also in an orphanage. It was at this time that I knew this was what I wanted to do when I grew up.
I graduated from college and started teaching school. In the meantime I became a volunteer representative for Voice of the Martyrs and started going around to different fellowships sharing about the persecuted church and our brothers and sisters who are in chains for the gospel’s sake. It was at this time in my life that I began to read my Bible for myself and not depend solely on what the pastor or minister on television was telling me. The more I read, the more I realized that things I had been taught were not lining up with what I was reading in Genesis to Deuteronomy. It always seemed like there were contradictions between the Older Testament and the Newer Testament. I still continued faithfully reading and studying on my own, scratching my head many times, I might add…”
(this article is an excerpt from the March–April 2010 edition of the Sabbath Sentinel)
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