"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)
Confessions of a Christian Social Worker
On September 3, 1992 I started working with Teenage boys in the Foster Care System in Jacksonville Youth Sanctuary. At the time I was 24 years old. I worked at JYS for exactly eight years and eight months. That was the start of my career in human services.
In May of 2000 I started actively working in ministry as an Assistant Minister. A year or so later as I continued minister in different capacities, I started my own 501 (c) (3) as I founded Good Fight Ministries, a non for profit martial arts program.
In 2006 I worked as a Social Worker in Gates County North Carolina and later, at The Jacksonville Urban League, I worked as a Family Development Liaison. In both of these jobs I was able to see another side of the human services field.
My heart has always being to help people. I need to wake up in the morning knowing that God is using me to make a difference in somebody’s life. I don’t consider myself too smart or too bright so I need passion to function. However, those jobs opened my eyes to the damaging monster that dependency in the government is causing on people.
For the most part, if we are honest and leave politics aside, this dependency does not work. The Bible tells us in Jeremiah 17:5-8,
5 Thus says the Lord:
“Cursed is the man who trusts in man And makes flesh his strength, Whose heart departs from the Lord.
6 For he shall be like a shrub in the desert, And shall not see when good comes, But shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, In a salt land which is not inhabited.
7 “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, And whose hope is the Lord.
8 For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, Which spreads out its roots by the river, And will not fear when heat comes; But its leaf will be green, And will not be anxious in the year of drought, Nor will cease from yielding fruit. (NKJV)
Can you see the difference between the man that trust God and the one who trust man (Government)? These social programs are connected to power; the politicians give these programs to the people and the people vote for them. Politicians take these programs away and politicians lose their jobs…it is that simple!
As a Social Worker we basically worked with the poor with the goal of helping our clients come out of poverty. I found out very quickly how hard that task is. It is hard to compete with Food Stamps, Medicaid, Session 8, Head Start and all of the government goodies out there.
On the one hand we have the government using every penny with the motto “use it or lose it” as it refers to money and, on the other, we have many able bodies doing absolutely nothing for the betterment of society.
In my opinion, and let me make this clear, our society must make sure that our hard working elders are taking care of with the best services, medicine, etc. Also, our society must make sure that our wounded veterans that come home after fighting for our freedom are taken care of as a token of our appreciation for their service. We also have a community of true disable men, women and children that we must not leave behind. Outside of these examples I am giving you, every able body out there should be working if he/she desires to eat. That is what the Bible tells us in 2 Thessalonians 3:10-12
10 For even when we were with you, we commanded you this: If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat. 11 For we hear that there are some who walk among you in a disorderly manner, not working at all, but are busybodies. 12 Now those who are such we command and exhort through our Lord Jesus Christ that they work in quietness and eat their own bread. (NKJV)
Dependency in the government did not work, is not working and, it will never work. The statistics are there to confirm that these programs are unable to do what they were created to do. In the corporate world most of these program would have been out of bussiness by now.
People making their own living is not a political idea; it is a God idea. God demands the dignity of people making their own living. What we need is dependency in God, not in the government.
This dependency in government is destroying this country; it is dressed in compassion, but it is a demon dressed as an angel of light. If you don’t have a job and you are an able body, trust me when I tell you, there is a job out there for you. It may require that you relocate, but if you trust the Lord and do what He tells you, you will not fail.
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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