From drugs and tragedies to Christ
I’m Alberto, my life was filled with Drugs, Crime & Tragedies “Jesus has Changed my life”
I was born in a poor area of Mexico City to a family with an abusive father, my parents divorced when I was 3yrs old, I’m the only boy between 4 sisters.
My mother took my sisters & I to live with her sister who was married and had same amount of kids on her own, we lived in a 2 room house a small kitchen the 2nd room was a small 5×5 meters where we all lived, 10kids & 3 adults, my bed was a small piece of carpet for 4yrs.
I was sexually abused when I was 4 yrs old by a friend of the family.
My mother remarried when I was 7yrs old & my stepfather very often beat me up and other times after the beat-up he lock me up in the bathroom for 2 days.
At 13 I run away from home to be with my Father in Los Angeles Calif USA where he apparently was a business man. It took me 3 months to get from Mexico City to the Border. Dads help me to get to Los Angeles, after some time I learnt that he was a drug dealer. 1 1/2 yrs later after seen so much by his side and my uncle terrible getting killed, I decided to get away from my Dad, I couldn’t go back to Mexico & couldn’t stay with my Dad so I lived on the streets of Los Angeles.
I was a 15yrs old trying my best to survive, many times I went without eating anything, I slept anywhere, in 24hr open theatres in Los Angeles Down Town cinemas filled with street people, hospitals, train stations, big rubbish bins…one day I meet a girl who introduced me to a street gang, in the. parking lot I got into a ferocious fight with the leader of the gang surrounded with about 300 gang members that where shouting, screaming & counting slowly until number 18 & were ready to beat me up if I hit the floor during the fight, but I made it. After that I got into so much trouble, Drugs, sex, crime & fights. I had guns pointed at my head in the streets in Hollywood where I used to sell drugs, I didn’t really care much about my life, I felt like a loser that no-one cared about me.
As a teenager I was in & out of Juvenile halls for all kinds of situations. I was 17 when the Judge said: whatever your name is stand up! You have some many names that we don’t really know what your real name is! But you have the same face and the same fingerprints! Who are you trying to fool? Listen if I send you back to juvenile hall I will give you few yrs, but if I send you to prison I will give you a lesson and a shorter time! Few months” so what do you want me to do with you?
I said “send me to prison I was stupid but not too much to understand that difference”
In prison they have levels 1,2,3 & Death Row, Level 1)People who are doing short term, months etc. Level 2) people that are doing 2yr 3 or so. Level 3) people doing 5,10,20 yrs, life , double life, Rapers, murderers, hard core criminals, the scum of the earth were all there…I was told that level 1 was over populated so they sent me to level 3! I was told by a Latino inmate that I wasn’t allowed to speak to black people or white people, and that the Latinos” Brown Power” were running the joint. One day everyone got locked up for investigation as somebody was stabbed, which happened very regularly. And a Black-African American inmate was mopping the floors, he came to my window and called, hey man do you want a pen & some paper to write to your family? Do you want a book? I was afraid I knew if I talk with this guy my life depended on that, but I was doing hard time and a book sounded good, so he dropped a book in the floor and gave a book called “The Cross & The Swithblade” by David Wilkerson.
I read this book in a flash it made me wonder if that perhaps one day I could also change my reckless life. 3 days later I saw the guy who gave me the book again and he handed me a bunch of books, all testimonies…but I wasn’t ready. In prison I worked in the kitchen which had catwalks all around with officers with riffles ready to shoot anybody who made trouble. All of a sudden I was sent to the prison office & in that meeting I was told: you have good behaviour & we have decided to set you free.
I went back to Mexico City & got a job cooking in an Exclusive French Restaurant that cooked for VIP people including the Mexican President. So I went from one day cooking for prisoners & surrounded by guards to cooking for the President surrounded with bodyguards..
2 yrs later while I was still working for the French Restaurant, I meet a lady from Australia who was travelling in Mexico City, I week later after I meet her I had a *Dream where I was going back & forth on a platform on a stadium packed with people, & I was waving a Bible in the air with my left hand and I was shouting at the top of my lungs; IN THE NAME OF JESUS YOU ARE GOING TO BE SAVED TODAY! IN THE NAME OF JESUS YOU ARE GOING TO BE HEALED! & all the people were screaming 3 times with resounding echo: JESUS, JESUS, JESUS!” I woke up I was laughing my head off, I said maybe those nachos I ate last night were off man! I told the lady that was beside me about my laughter and she said that she was a back sliding Christian. I was not even saved yet! We got married & came to Sydney, Australia. 2yrs later on a week day I was on the way to work & I tripped over on the stairs while trying to board a train, I landed on the corner of the step & I broke my spine in the lower back, I had the best tests & checkups, etc with Drs in my situation.
That was March 1994, the Specialist told me ; you had badly damaged your back we need to operate on it immediately or you won’t end up Paralysed but Quadriplegic for life! I cried, this was totally devastating, I said Dr. I’m so sorry but I would rather try black magic, or anything else, but you won’t open my back! So I went home totally depressed, the pain was absolutely unbearable, I was going down. I tried all sorts of drugs mixed with alcohol and pot to kill the pain but It didn’t work, nothing could get me high. 3mths later I was thinking about committing suicide to finish once & for all my tragic life…
My God Encounter
On the 27th June 1994 at 10:00am before I kill myself I remember the book in prison* and I said: God I have heard about you, but I don’t know you & I have sinned so much that I don’t know if you can r forgive someone like me “But if you are real, please make a Miracle with my back, I cannot handle this pain anymore & I want to die” *All of a sudden I felt like if some heavy presence went inside this little room where I was by myself & right before my eyes I saw a small TV screen that played scenes of EVERYTHING I have done in my life! I was so freaked out because I only ask for a miracle for my back, not to see this movie, besides I never gave permission to anybody to record all the wrong stuff in my life!
The guilt of my reckless lifestyle was too much to bear & I said God forget my back! If you forgive me for all of my sins I will give you my life! That day God heard my prayer and totally saved me & Jesus became my Saviour” and next called me to be an Evangelist which I didn’t knew what that was. Then I got together with a Christian ex-police officer & he prayed for my back, I pushed his hand away soonest he put it on my shoulder to pray and I stood up and walk away totally amazed, then I started to jump, twist around, shouting, laughing and crying! It was a fantastic combination of all emotions because God just touched me & healed me 100%!
To God Be All The Glory
From your friend & Brother in Christ Alberto
I went through a difficult divorce after my conversion, I was totally devastated, will God ever use me? The deliverance, healing and restoration of the heart & soul is a lifetime journey where many times It crossed my mind to quit the whole thing… But God has always been with me in the darkest of valleys to show me the way…Today I am a Champion in the making, totally persuaded to win, bless & help people for the Kingdom at any cost, I am a father to a wonderful Warrior, Princess, Daughter called Rachel she is The best expression of God’s love to me.
The Best is yet to become a reality and God will make the enemy pay many times over for everything he stole, kill & destroyed in my life…which has already started as we speak.