“He has rescued us from the domain of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of the Son He loves.” (Colossians 1:13 HCSB)
The young man in the picture above is Dario. He lives in La Pólvora, a small, poor community of about 800, where idolatry, witchcraft, black magic, devil worship, and gangs are a way of life. Dario was part of a gang since he was very young. One of the things that gangs and drug cartels do is go to the “temple of the holy death” to ask for protection from rival gangs and cartels, and for vengeance for the members who have been killed.
Recently, Dario was kidnapped and tortured for a good while, leaving him emotionally, and psychologically scarred. He has been afraid to leave his home alone, afraid of the dark, and afraid of every unidentified noise. This past Friday, October 5, 2018, he attended our 5 pm Bible study with his sister. As he sat and listened, I could tell he was very nervous and distressed. However, he read the Bible passage and listened intently. Once, he looked up and had tears in his eyes. I knew then that God was working on his heart, but he didn’t answer or ask any questions.
After the Bible study, his sister came to me and said Dario wanted me to pray for him. I asked to meet me inside Simon’s house where he told me part of his story. All I did was share the Gospel of Jesus, and told him how Jesus loved him and wanted to change his life for the good, and he immediately said he wanted that. So right then, he prayed asking God to forgive his rebellion against Him, to save him from himself, and he surrendered and consecrated his life to serving God no matter the cost.
That day, God heard Dario’s prayer and rescued Dario from Satan’s death grip upon his life. Now it is our responsibility to teach him to be a true disciple of Christ. Please pray for him as he will face persecution from some of his family members and most of his friends. Pray that God will give him the strength to walk away from his old life and friends, and never look back, and that God will use him to reach the youth in his community for Christ.