Testimonies

Diana Aquilar: I grew up in the church but left it at a young age. I am a 39-year-old mother of five with a 17 year sentence with 85%. I am a second striker since 18 years old, been in and out of prison all my life. I fell into drugs and alcohol as a teenager. It was only the Grace of God that kept me from serving 35 to life because he loves me and has a plan He predestined from before the creation of time. That plan is still in effect. I humble myself before him daily, learning his ways and learning to lean and trust on his word. I am so grateful for our Lord & Savior’s mercy on me and my children’s life. I cannot and or will not do this without him. My life is not mine it is his.

 

Kenneth Baker: I met God when I first came to prison and He has helped me cope with the things I did in my past life. He has shown me I can be more and achieve more than I ever thought I could. He has shown me there’s more to life than I once thought. God has opened my eyes to more things than ever before. God has taught me I can be better if I just wait a little longer. God is merciful and forgives. God is good. God is great, amen. God bless you brothers and sisters.

 

Joe Banks: I have given my life to God. I pray as much as I can. I want God to come into my life as we speak through the paper. He (God) has made me a healed man through His grace. …My life was a tragic struggle up to the point I raised my arms and opened my heart to my God. I’ve repented for my sins and my sins to come. I was raised in violence, hurt, betrayal and insecurity. It was an institution called emotions that provoked me to anger, drugs, gangs and lead me to doing more time. I would pray from time to time, but only when I wanted to, only when I had time. Whenever I fall, He’s the only one to catch me, knowing I’m the perfect image of imperfection. He will still show me love and affection. I love my God for everything He is doing in my life. I often struggle … stumble and fumble, then there goes my faith. Right back into my old ways… all the emotions running. It really hurts, only if you knew my pain, neglect and loneliness when I was a young’n. But my people are not to blame. Passed from generation to generation, “It was pain!” We were all just trying to cope with it. …. But let me tell you, open up and God will help you let go … I mean really, what’s life without God? He’s the One who created us all. Throughout my life of guns, drugs, gangs, etc. those lonely feelings mixed with neglected acts were for nothing. ….. But when I pray and read I understand because my God told me, “It wasn’t for nothing cause now you have a testimony. “You are now a child of God and that really is a thing to live for…..All Glory goes to God! Hallelujah

 

Joe Blajos: My life was a tragic struggle up to the point I raised my arms and opened my heart to my God. I’ve repented for my sins and my sins to come. I was raised in violence, hurt, betrayal and insecurity. It was an institution called emotions that provoked me to anger, drugs, gangs and lead me to doing more time. I would pray from time to time, but only when I wanted to, only when I had time. Whenever I fall, He’s the only one to catch me, knowing I’m the perfect image of imperfection. He will still show me love and affection. I love my God for everything He is doing in my life. I often struggle when the waves are crashing in on me. Start to stumble and fumble, then there goes my faith. Right back into my old ways… all the emotions running. It really hurts, only if you knew my pain, neglect and loneliness when I was a young’n. But my people are not to blame. Passed from generation to generation, “It was pain!” We were all just trying to cope with it. But let me tell you, open up and God will help you let go and trust me you will know. I mean really, what’s life without God? He’s the One who created us all. Throughout my life of guns, drugs, gangs, etc. those lonely feelings mixed with neglected acts were for nothing. The struggles for nothing. But when I pray and read I understand because my God told me, “It wasn’t for nothing cause now you have a testimony. “Now a child of God and that really is a thing to live for…..All Glory goes to God!

 

Alner Bran: I started as a young tagger in Los Angeles. Did time in my 20s, 30s, and 40s. But today for the first time I feel free only because of our Lord Jesus Christ! Today I live only for my king God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. It’s not about Alner no more, it’s about our Lord 100 %. Today I’m in prison for hitting my son’s mother and I paid dearly …Got 10 years. Every day I thank God for not turning his back on me. I’m not the same person anymore. Even people in here say “Wow” when they see the change and I say Jesus!

 

Eliel Brown: I came from Cuba in a little boat of 16 feet. We spent 4 days and 5 nights in the ocean. We were 4 men, 4 women and 5 children. If God kept us safe and didn’t permit us to drown, I believe that He can get me out of here. Amen.

 

Lamonae Brown: I am writing for Mr. Brown, my cellie and new brother in Christ. Today I spoke and prayed him. As his brother, I will do my Lord’s will to feed him with Father’s Holy Word, we shall grow together. It is a blessing from our Lord that he became my cellie because we were both praying on it for a whole week. Yes sir, prayers have been answered since our Father knows our hearts. We will praise God in all we say and do forever. We will tell everybody about our Savior Jesus Christ. We feel very blessed to become new men in Christ. We know that we will face trials in our walk and we will always pray and ask that God be given all the glory. We will pray for our brothers and sisters in D.O.C. and for all sinners, for we are fishers of men’s hearts and souls

 

Daniel Cobarrubias: I’ve come close to death many times but was spared by God’s grace. I love God. He has rescued me from women, drugs, and gangs. He has restored my relationships and given me freely of His wisdom concerning His word. I have made many mistakes, stumbled many times, dishonored my God. But you know what? He is still there! This is my third number, multi-termer doing 15 years for armed robbery. Really, for being disobedient it seems the closer I get to God the more I battle with my old self. God is showing me things, difficult things, in order to purify me. He has my attention! We must die daily by picking up our crosses, brushing aside the whispers, the looks, and humbly moving forward in Jesus’ name. I look forward to fellowship with D.O.C. and hope to contribute writings, poems and anything else God wills. God bless you all. Thank you for allowing me into the ministry.

 

Jeffrey DeArk: In March 2008, in an argument with a guy over drugs at a meth dealer’s house, we fought and in a drug-induced rage, I killed him. This man didn’t really deserve to die, and nothing can ever change that. While I was in the County Jail, on my knees I cried and begged Jesus to come into my heart and forgive me of this horrendous crime and He did! I know I don’t deserve it, but not only did He forgive me, He also gave me everlasting life with Him in Heaven when I leave this world. Since then, my mom, dad, and wife of 22 years have all went home. My comfort is they were all believers, so I’ll see them again. Our God is an amazing and awesome God who loved us so much He sent His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, to die for us. The Bible is full of sinners that committed terrible acts and yet God in His infinite wisdom raised them in mighty ways. I’m a work in progress, but it’s so comforting to know that the Holy Spirit is guiding my every step. I don’t have a shadow of a doubt about who my Lord and Savior is, it’s Jesus Christ! I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Phil. 4:13).

 

Charles Ewers: The surrendering of my heart came after a battle with drug addiction and asking the purpose of life? I reached the end of my high school years in despair. Using pot and meth, I had reached a dead end when my classmates viewed life as just beginning. Satan was allowed a foothold in my life. My Dad was the anchor to faith that allowed me a safe place to ask some of the deeper questions about Jesus Christ. When I graduated (barely) I felt a heaviness on my heart to change my destructive behaviors. I had been told how to give my heart to the Lord, but was waiting to do it in private. On May 15, 1995, I knelt down and prayed a simple prayer and invited Jesus into my heart. I also prayed that if possible could He heal the damage I’d done to my temple with drugs. Soon after praying I felt a sensation over my whole body that I had never felt before or since. I believe I was healed that day. I have not done drugs since. I joined in fellowship at a local church. God is good all the time and though I’ve made mistakes, Jesus is always there to hear my confession of sins. I know the transformation in my life was all because of what Jesus has done for me and providing the purpose I so desired in life. Praise to the King of Kings.

 

Beverly Fulson: I found peace in my belief. I walk the walk and talk the talk of forgiving, faith, hope and love. Seeing others finding what I already have is a blessing. I have the light and others see that it’s working.

 

Alan Garcia: I hadn’t been to church since I was 13. I  have been in prison for the past 20+ years running from God, yes, running. All those years He has been calling me. In everything I did, I felt His presence. Family and friends would preach to me and say, “Jesus loves you.” But my pride and hardened heart would not invite that thought in, that Jesus actually loved me! I felt I wasn’t worthy of His forgiveness, so I never dared to ask. Still God kept calling so I decided to try and read the Bible. Many years ago I tried but didn’t understand it and I put it down. However, this time I understood it. It made sense and I believed what I read. I read the books of Matthew, Luke, John and Ecclesiastes. I got on my knees and surrendered my heart and love to God. I’m new to this wonderful feeling and don’t know what comes next but I’m ready and preparing myself to serve Him to the very best of my ability. For the first time in my life I have peace in my heart. My family and friends weren’t lying when they told me , “Jesus loves you.” He really does love me and He loves you too!

 

Christopher Grabek: I have believed in God since childhood but have been far from the mark of honesty in many things. I have seen many hard times and great tragedy, all of which I brought on by my own imperfections in attitude and understanding. Our great and loving Father has brought me from perilous depths of despair to see again the joy He has for me and all His children. Though I have been less than faithful, He is perfect and ever faithful towards us all. By His grace I live today. If it wasn’t for such grace I would have lost all hope. The Bible says for us to love for God is love, not just that He loves but that He is love. Whenever I feel down or perplexed about anything, His great love is my hope and guide. Jesus laying down His life was the greatest example of our Father’s love. That God would lay down His life so we could live to see Him in paradise is great grace.

 

Zac Haynes Hallelujah: I knew about Christianity from childhood. I have attended and visited churches off and on all of my life…, but I never really wanted to change. I became a computer programmer seeking more and more income, luxury and travels all over the world. While at the same time I was very adept at hiding from people while I was living an immoral life of depravity. I became a fool. I knew right from wrong, but instead I followed my own selfish desires. Then, eyes full of tears and my heart breaking, I felt there was no hope. But, I surrendered my heart to God, thinking, “1 will just have to trust and obey Jesus completely”. I knew I could trust Him. I was immediately relieved. As tears continued to fill my eyes, I became aware of my salvation through the grace of God. I was overjoyed remembering many Christian teachings, Bible verses and songs. I had decided wholeheartedly to change and depend on Jesus Christ. After so much wasted time, I finally got it. My faith in Jesus literally saved me. I finally trusted Him completely. I thought, “Wow! What just happened?” Just moments before I was hopelessly hopeless. And then, HOPE, JOY, LOVE and PEACE. “Why?” It’s true that when you just give up and put all your hope and faith in Jesus your worries will be history. God is always waiting for you to come to Him
because He loves you. He will save you. That’s what God’s grace is all about! GOD IS LOVE.

 

Nick Lopez: In New York City where I was born and raised, I got mixed up with the Italian mob and was selling more drugs then any teenager at that time and then I started using and wound up robbing the connection. I didn’t really know who I was working with until 4 men came to my family’s house and said they wanted their money back and they knew where my little sister went to school. She was in 3rd grade at the time so my family sent me out to Victory Outreach in Miami so nothing would happen to me. I eventually came back and joined Victory Outreach in New York but I was always looking for my mom. She never showed because she was into black magic and did not believe in God. One day she came to hear me speak and when she came to the altar call I was behind her praying for her. Ever since that day she’s run a church in New York. Thank God.

 

Ryan Pernicano: This two years in prison has been the greatest transition and transformation I’ve ever been through. It was my breaking point that led to my new life created in Christ Jesus. This testimony is for all the brothers in Christ. Whatever you’re going through, remember Jesus on the cross and give your request and it will be given freely to you. Jesus loves you and He will provide all things. He’s delivered me from every temptation and has pushed back all evil and darkness to the very point of literal peace in the middle of the storm. Hebrews 13:3, “Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body.”

 

Virginia Rios: I’d just like to tell everyone that the Lord has helped me so much and I thought that I would never be found again. The Lord is good all the time. In God’s time I will share my testimony. Please pray for my son Hernandez. Thank you and God Bless D.O.C.

 

Jose Salazar: In 1999, I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. 27 months before I backslid into a life of sin once again. May 2011 I hit rock bottom and I found myself in a situation that made me turn to God and ask for help. I rededicated my life to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and I have been walking with God and allowing Him to mold me and shape me. The 10 years that I was living in sin molded me into an individual that God did not create me to be. This left me with a bunch of lies that the devil made me believe and follow. However, God has been sanctifying me and molding me more into the image of His son, Jesus Christ. He has broken the chain of sin in my life and has given me a new heart of flesh. I am now able to walk in love, peace and joy and enjoy the blessings He has provided. He has allowed to relationships with family members once again and brought many loving people into my life. He has healed me and filled that void and emptiness that I once had Today, I am blessed to know that I am loved. I am His child. I have eternal life and Jesus has gone home to prepare a place for me and all my brothers that have accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Praise be to God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

 

 

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