After Hurricane María: A Word of Hope for Puerto Rico


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My heart is absolutely broken for my country Puerto Rico as I hear the devastation that hurricane María left. Nothing has truly felt like home since I left July 8, 1991. As I seek the Lord I hear Him saying that this is not the time to be preaching Matthew 24 (End-time prophesies); the fulfillment of Matthew 24 will be much worst. However, this is the time to tell people around the world that as they continue to reject HIM, “This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.”[1] The absence of light is darkness; the absence of God is the devil so when good is rejected, evil takes the throne. Jesus came to give abundant life, the devil came to kill, steal and destroy.[2] Lifestyles of vulgarity, hate against each other, violence, mockery, witchcraft, idolatry and others are an open rejection to the God who used Puerto Rico as a powerful giant of evangelism around South America. An open rejection to the God who for decades protected this island from direct hits, hurricane after hurricane. I said to my God, “But Puerto Rico is not the only one!” I heard the Lord saying, “Puerto Rico is in great darkness, anguish and disappear right now, but my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and will turn from their wicked ways and I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.[3] I will then cause my river of living waters[4] to cover the island of Puerto Rico and I will prosper them even as their souls prosper.”[5] In these words I find consolation and hope for my soul.

[1] John 3:19

[2] John 10:10

[3] 2 Chronicles 7:14

[4] John 7:38

[5] 3 John 1:2

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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