From Doctor Jones to Rayette Part I

So I found myself alone again with my three children; even more miserable than I was before! I was with enough grace to work and with enough grace to raise my children, but felt lonely in the midst of so many people. But God…

Let me then write the story of the beginning of my new found love:

     I was a widow when I saw her for the second time; I was a pastor in North Carolina and a wounded man who was missing his wife of eighteen years, miserably. I was also engaged to one that was not really the one, but who helped me to medicate the pain of my wife who was gone.

      I was miserable, I was engaged and falsely looking for a breakthrough in that new relationship; but all the red flags that could possibly be raised, were there! Nevertheless, I pressed on; “It will be better when we get married; it will all work-out at the end.” I foolishly told myself many times! I left North Carolina and returned to Jacksonville to marry this woman; and everything that could possibly go wrong, went wrong.

      So I found myself alone again with my three children; even more miserable than I was before! I was with enough grace to work and with enough grace to raise my children, but felt lonely in the midst of so many people. But God…

      My new found love is Rayette! When I first saw Rayette; she was known as Doctor Jones. She was, indeed, the doctor for the whole community of Gates County in North Carolina; the county where I used to reside. I am not one to visit the doctor too often, but this thing was bothering me so much, that I set an appointment with this…Dr. Jones.

      I was convinced, for whatever reason that I was going to meet with a man…a Doctor Man; especially for the issue that I was going for; I really preferred a Male Doctor! I was finally called by the nurse; it was not a long wait; people were truly nice in the small Gates County Medical Center. The nurse did the routinely things and I was now waiting to see the doctor.

      A few minutes later, Dr. Jones joined me in that room. Dr. Jones came in and I was trying my best to keep it cool…Doctor Jones was not a man, but a beautiful, slender, kind, sweet black woman whom I found out very quickly, knew more Spanish than any average American. However, I saw her for the first time under very difficult circumstances. It was not until later that I realize that I saw Rayette for the first time the day before my first wife die; December 28, 2005.


Author: angelcasiano

An independent thinker with a profound call to see the orthodoxy of the church and passion for Christ manifesting together. Angel was born in Brooklyn, New York in April of 1968, he was raised on the beautiful island of Puerto Rico where he earned his B.S. degree in Sociology with a minor in Education from the Inter American University in San Germán in 1991. That same year he moved to Jacksonville, Florida. After working construction jobs for a year and learning the English language, his first job working with foster-care children in the capacity of youth care worker was with Jacksonville Youth Sanctuary in September of 1992. With JYS he was promoted several times as group home supervisor, legal caseworker, and program director. While in Jacksonville, Angel studied a couple of martial arts styles. After earning his black belt, he became the founder of Good Fight Ministries as he used martial arts as an instrument to preach the gospel. In 2004 Angel was selected Martial Arts Instructor of the Year for the State of Florida and in 2005 Angel was inducted in the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame where he also received the Christian Spirit Award. In July of 2005 Angel accepted his call to pastor a bilingual church in Winton, NC where he served for a couple of years. Five months later he lost his first wife to cancer in December of that same year. This initiated a deep valley of suffering in his life, a mountain of costly mistakes and the embracing of lifestyles of sin that are well documented through this blog. In August of 2012 Angel moved to Fairbanks Alaska with his wife Rayette Casiano and six children who are now adults. In Alaska, Angel continued his social work-related career and his ministry of preaching, teaching and writing. Angel is the author of two books, Hope for the divorcee: Forgiving and Moving Forward and 7 Banderas de Esperanza: La Bendición de Yokdzonot. In January 8th of 2020 Angel and his wife moved to Arizona.

2 thoughts on “From Doctor Jones to Rayette Part I”

  1. I saw you and your family on Living Alaska and I was impressed with the joy your family emanates–and your sense of adventure! I am always heartened when I see people freely expressing their faith. Enjoy Alaska!


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