To My Jacksonville Nephews and Nieces


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I realize that 20 years ago I started teaching Martial Arts. It was during the summer of 1995, a little after becoming a First Degree Black Belt, that I started teaching at the Arlington Police Athletic League in Jacksonville, Florida. It was a Saturday thing, but it was so much fun. Perhaps I enjoyed teaching you guys more than anybody else because you guys were family.

At the end of the summer, Nanette presented me with this glass cup on behave of the group. I had this cup for twenty years now; it was a little damage on my move to Alaska, but it still with me. It is that special!

I also remember an October night in 1997 when I took several of you to The Judgment House presentation at First Coast Christian Center. After the presentation I remember holding hands in a big circle, praying for you guys and leading you guys into receiving Jesus. I don’t know if it was real or no, but I remember seen several of you guys in tears and being touch by God.

I have been away for a long time, but I will always treasure the summer of 1995 and that October of 1997 night.

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Much has happen since! Ileana died, I moved a couple times, went through a divorce, family issues, remarry, failures, mistakes, sins and here I am in Fairbanks, Alaska. Much has happened in you all lives also; good and not so good…that’s life! But I just want to write this small note just to let each one of you know that I love you much, that I find myself thinking about you guys often and that I desire the best for you all. Know that if you ever need me, and if I am able to help, I am here for you.

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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