The Roberto Vaca’s journey from Roman Catholicism to Yeshua Ha Mashiah

Roberto Vaca with His wife and kids

Roberto with his families (pic: Union Mission.org)

Roberto Vaca is a Mexican man. 90% of Mexico population is Roman Catholics that, he said “they need to know the true Yeshua dan they need know the Elohim of the Bible.” He asked us to pray for them. I got permission from Roberto to publish his testimony at my blog. Same editing has been done in this article, to make the story flows better and necessary.

[Introduction] Greetings from Union School of Theology in Wales. We are very thankful with you church for giving us the opportunity to be here.

Well my name is Roberto; l am married and have 2 children. l have been living in Wales for 6 years, now l am doing a BA in Theology in Union, which is a miracle because I had been praying for this opportunity since Elohim saved me, 17 years ago.

When I talk about how Elohim reached me I always remember these verses in 1 Corinthians 1:26-3O that say,

26 Brothers, think about your own calling. Not many of you were wise by human standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. 27 But God chose what is nonsense in the world to make the wise feel ashamed. God chose what is weak in the world to make the strong feel ashamed. 28 And God chose what is insignificant in the world, what is despised, what is nothing, in order to destroy what is something, 29 so that no one may boast in God’s presence. 30 It is because of God that you are in union with the Messiah Jesus, who for us has become wisdom from God, as well as our righteousness, sanctification, and redemption. (1 Corinthians 1:26-30, ISV)

I can see my life in these verses and I can see Elohim being patient, generous and merciful to me always.

[His background and how he got save] My father died when I was 11 so since that time my mother was just focused on bringing money to our house, she was not looking after us most of the time so since I was 11 I started to take my own decisions. Therefore, when Elohim met me it was a turning point in my life.

Well, since I stepped into the church I realized that there was something different, the atmosphere was different, and people were carrying Bibles, which was so different from the Catholic Church because Catholics just follow what the priest is saying and that’s it.

So, I liked the reformed church and I started to go and started to read my Bible. I realized that many of the traditions in the catholic church were against the Word of Elohim, such as idols, images, Mary as mediator, etc. While I was in the Catholic Church I never understood what the meaning of Jesus was at the cross, nor salvation by faith alone”

ln the reformed church Elohim opened my eyes I started to understand the true gospel. Elohim changed my entire life; I can divide my life as before Jesus and after Jesus. Elohim made amazing changes in my life, from the way I thought, to the change in my behavior.

All my family saw that big change in my life, my behavior was much better, and all my priorities changed completely. Because of that big change in my life, all my family started to go to the reformed church, which was an amazing miracle.

[Left the Mexico for Wales, United Kingdom] When I was 32, I got married in Mexico, I met my wife there, she is Welsh lady and we lived in Mexico for 2 years.

ln some places in Mexico we have difficult problems with security. There is a war between drug cartels and sometimes we can hear gunshots from our house. So, when my wife got pregnant, she started to be quite worried about this issue of insecurity and once she was robbed, which made it worse. She became very anxious and worried, she only wanted to come back to wales and I understood that.

So, we decided to come to Wales, and to be honest I didn’t want to come, despite all the insecurity issues I was very happy in Mexico, but in the end, we moved to Wales.

We moved to Wales 7 years ago and I can say that the first 5 years have been the most difficult and challenging time in my life. Because when I came here, I had to learn another language, which actually l am still learning every day, I had no job, was not even allowed to work at the beginning because my first visa was a tourist visa only.

I had no friends, no family, very different weather and very different food. I had only my wife to speak with because she is fluent in Spanish, and in the place where we lived there was not many people able to speak Spanish.

At that time, I was praying to the Lord, “why am I here Elohim?” l was feeling useless! I could not do anything, could not share the Gospel, neither did work. I have had no church and even if I had a church I couldn’t have understand the sermons, because of the language barrier.

After those 6 months I went back to Mexico because I had to apply for another visa. While I was waiting for this new visa, I was praying to the Lord, “Please Lord, don’t grant me that visa, I don’t want to come back to Wales.” I was thinking if I didn’t get the visa, we would must live in Mexico because there is no other option.

Elohim had another plan, I received this new visa which allowed me to live and work in the UK, so I came back to Wales, against my will.

ln my first 3 years I was praying every night to Elohim saying please Lord take us back to Mexico, it was so difficult to be there, sad, depressed from time to time, I wanted to serve the Lord there, but even more impossible than in Mexico. I didn’t understand why the Lord brought me there, to a place where I couldn’t serve Him.

At some point, I thought, maybe it is not for me to serve the Lord full time, perhaps Elohim wasn’t wanting me to do that. So, I stopped praying (what I had done for 15 years) to be used, then I started to get involve in a church – but not full-time ministries.

I have seen the hand of Elohim helping me- many, many times in my life, but at that times I felt Elohim kept silent.

[Elohim shown up] And now just one year ago, Elohim changed our lives completely in two weeks period.

I had been working at night shifts for 5 years, one day I started feeling bad, my body was very weak. I did not to work for two weeks. I went to see doctors. They told me that I was ok but needed to change my life style.

So, I met my boss saying sorry to him that I wasn’t able to work at night times anymore. The Company was kind to me and offered me another position which was at day times. It was good, but I knew that I needed a total change.

The Elders of my church visited my house to pray for me. And while we were praying they told me why I didn’t go to college to study theology and focus on my calling from Elohim.

(Now, Roberto stopped talking, he was crying, tears were dropping from his face. then wiping his face before continuing his testimony)

When they said that my heart gave a big jump, I felt fire in my inner being. I was all that I had been praying for – 15 years long. I thought that Elohim had forgotten my prayer, but now Elohim gives me this privilege to serve Him. Things are in His control, even when it seems that no one is controlling.

Roberto gave some verses of Scripture to us to read: 1 Peter 1:6-7 and 4:12 and Romans 8:28-29.

Baca lebih lanjut

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