"But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:" 1 Peter 3:15 (KJV)
Celebrating One Year of Martial Arts In This Region
I want to take this opportunity to thank God for one year of teaching Martial Arts in this region. What an amazing blessing! Some times I wonder what in the world am I doing here? However, when I look at all of the kids that God is sending our way I am amazed at His mercies. No doubt that this program is helping me to make a living, but I also treat this program as a ministry.
This year we saw souls getting saved, young men rededicating their lives to the Lord and we saw students progressing and maturing in all aspects. I will always say that our program is more than just kicking, punching, winning some trophies and learning a new form. Without Christ, none of those things matter! Yet, in the midst of all we do offer a quality and challenging program; we have also seen a lot of quitting as they were expecting an easy next belt.
This last summer we made history in Gates County as we brought The First Martial Arts Summer Camp to this community. It was truly successful!
As we start on our second year we are so excited as the Lord has opened doors for us to serve over seventy children from elementary and middle school levels at Ahoskie Christian School. Our humble program has become the mandatory Physical Education class in that prestigious school.
I want to thank God for Dillon Lowe, my official first student in this region and his mom Donna who gave me some very important business tips. Dillon is still active today and will be testing for his Green Belt this up-coming Saturday. I want to thank God for my son Angelo, my first Black Belt and Assistant Instructor; I truly appreciate your help! I want to thank God for all my Gates County Parents who allow me to be a part of their children’s lives. I want to thank God for Mrs. Lulu, Director of Recreation at The Gates County Community Center and her staff, what an amazing people to work with! Thank you so much for my Ahoskie Christian family for opening the doors for our program the way you guys did, even in the face of some opposition. Oh, but a special thanks to my dear wife Rayette who God used to inspire me to start this program. We are ready for a new exciting year…Come and experience the power!
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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