From Doctor Jones to Rayette Part III

One of the invitations I received was to preach at Pastor Eric’s church. There I saw Dr. Jones for the last time before I left. I heard that she was a member there; but for some reason, it still was a surprise for me to see her. I remember very vividly that I was struggling with the idea of speaking about me leaving and getting married.


A little over a month before I was to return to Jacksonville, Florida; the Lord gave me a message entitled: “On the Other Side of the Valley of Suffering.” By that time, I already resigned as a Pastor, so I had nothing to do on Sundays. The Lord specifically told me, I want you to preach this message wherever I open a door until you leave to Jacksonville. At that moment, I had no invitations to preach anywhere; but the invitations started coming very quickly.

     The next four Sundays, I preached in different churches and in obedience to God, I preached that message: “On the Other Side of the Valley of Suffering.” That message was used by God to bless many people! I always started this message by telling people about me leaving and getting married and so on.

        One of the invitations I received was to preach at Pastor Eric’s church (The Upper Room Assembly in Gatesville). There I saw Dr. Jones for the last time before I left. I heard that she was a member there; but for some reason, it still was a surprise for me to see her. I remember very vividly that I was struggling with the idea of speaking about me leaving and getting married. The struggle was directly connected with the fact that Doctor Jones was there. I tried my best not to look at her; it was hard to focus that day.

      At the end of the service, I ministered to many people by praying for them. One person that made the line for prayer was Dr. Jones. I prayed for what she requested prayer for. I will not share her request out of respect for her privacy; but that was my last interaction with Doctor Jones. A few days after that, on December 1, 2007; I was on my way to Jacksonville with my three children; I was convinced that I was coming out of the valley of suffering; but in actuality, I was about to get deeper into it. The valley of suffering is not the emphasis of this story; you can look at my blog and get a good idea of that dark season in my life angelcasiano.com

TO BE CONTINUED…

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.

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