God brought Dalton and Vicki to Costa Rica in early 2013 at a crucial point in my life. My wife and two children had been attending church for a while. I had only begun to come with them. Everything in my life was going wrong: I was far from God, I did not have a stable job, I was consumed by the vice of liquor, and I was at the point of separating from my family. So when our church hosted the Spiritually Healthy Leader® workshops and my wife Cindy invited me to attend, I went with her and we brought our family.
When the workshop began, I noticed that Dalton spoke with authority and wisdom yet godliness and humility. My heart broke as I listened to the Word. I felt that I was singularly empty and wanted to escape or run away. I was an ignorant sinner in the wrong place. But as the session continued, God spoke to me and caused me to see that I needed to change. It was the kind of change that only He can make. From that point forward my focus became studying the Word, fighting the battle between the flesh and spirit, submitting to God and allowing Him to do the work, learning to have healthy relationships, leaving behind pride and sinful desires, and learning biblical principles.
In the time since Dalton and Vicki visited us in Costa Rica, God has changed my life and the lives of those in my family. Today, it’s to God’s glory that I pastor a ministry in my home. My wife teaches Bible studies for women who are fighting alcohol and drug addiction. My son plays the guitar in worship services and my daughter helps care for the children during church services.
I thank God for workers like you who have a heart turned to God!