To introduce myself, I am an aged grandmother and great grandmother residing in Sunnyside, so have been around a good many years to view many changes in our society over the span of time.
My heart and love goes out to the youth and parents in this age having to face so many devastating temptations in our world. I have often wondered if I were young if I would be able to reject the drugs, alcohol and gangs that are so prevalent now, and unfortunately lead to death and total destruction of our families.
Last year I was blessed to attend a service at the Iglesia Evangelica Christiana Reformado when Evangelist Luis Mangandi spoke (bi-lingual). He delivered the most inspiring message relating how he came from an abusive family where no love was shown. He was asked to quit grade school, as he was learning nothing, eventually getting into drugs and gangs.
One Sunday he decided to go to church with a friend. During the sermon, the pastor pointed his finger at Luis and told him to come up to the altar as he wanted to speak to him. His final words to Luis was that "someday the Lord is going to use you in a big way."
Luis thought about this many times and decided if that was ahead of him, he had to get an education. He pursued this, finishing grade school, high school, Bible college and college, completely turning his lifestyle around.
Today he is a renowned evangelist speaking at conferences all over the country, speaking to youth and parents about almost every weekend.
It was at one of these that I heard him speaking last year. He was so powerful, and as a result, re-united many parents and children.
Fortunately, Evangelist Luis Mangandi is returning to the Valley this weekend to the Christian Reformed Church Bilingual Ministry, 16th and Franklin, with a conference at 6:30 p.m. this Friday, March 30, and there will be a concert on Saturday, March 31, at 6:30 p.m. All are open to the public at no charge.
As a loving and caring grandma, I strongly urge parents and children to attend. You will not be bored or disappointed!! We need to help our families and kids!!
/s/ Oweda Schilperoort,