"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)
Farewell From Sensei Angel Casiano
Today is the end of our Martial Arts Program in this region. We will close with a Rank Testing at 1:00 PM. After the test Angelo, my son will bless us with some homemade pizzas.
Today, the best of the best of my students will be testing; I must add to that list Mr. Pat Brabble from Ahoskie, who supported our program faithfully.
Many started, but only a few made it all the way to end. We will never claim to be the best, but we, without a doubt, did our best. Your children exercised their body, their souls and their spirit. The Gospel was presented and we made ourselves available to disciple.
Perhaps, this Martial Arts Program was a small contribution to this community; but without a doubt it was my greatest contribution. I love you all and will remember you in my prayers.
In a couple of weeks my family and I will be starting our new lives in the great state of Alaska. Only God knows if I will continue teaching Martial Arts. If this is the end, I am well pleased! I sincerely thank all the parents that trusted us with their children. No one can take away what they learned from us.
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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