Youth Minister Dream
Hello and blessings to all. My name is Carlos German. I am the youngest of seven children, and to be honest, I was the black sheep of our family. I was born in Mexicali, Mexico in June of 1973 to my parents Emilio German and Ines Ribot. My father and mother never married due to my father having another family and being married to the mother of his other six kids. My mom and I left Mexicali in 1975 and arrived in Modesto, Ca where I have lived pretty much all of my life with the exception of ten years ( I will explain later). I have six beautiful children that range from the age of 28 – 5. I am married to my beautiful wife Noemi and have twin boys and a girl. We have been married for 10 years and are currently following our Youth Minister dream at our local Modesto Free Methodist Church.
Let me begin with my personal story and how I came to know the Lord:
I was raised by a mother who was always at work. I had no structure in my life. I had my firstborn child Armando at the age of 15. This relationship was not a healthy one as we were both in high school and very immature thinking I knew what was best for me. Finally, things came to an end. Fast-forward to my 20th year of life, I got married and had two kids Maryssa now 23 and CJ now 17. I was married for 10 years but it was a very dysfunctional marriage. I was selling drugs and doing my own thing as she was doing hers. The marriage ended due to infidelity and just living the way Satan loves.
I was single for about three years and living on a high of drugs and women. Then one day, I asked myself if this the way my life was going to end. I had burned all my bridges and my brother came to my rescue as he had many times. I came back to Modesto, Ca after living in Roseville, Ca for 10 years. Something in me changed which now I know was the Holy Spirit getting a hold of me through my mother’s prayers. I started going to church and that’s where I met my beautiful wife Noemi, and guess what? She was the Pastor’s daughter. I gave my life to the Lord in 2005 and haven’t looked back since.
There have been many tests, but God has helped us through them. We have been Youth Ministers for one year and are enjoying it very much. This all came about because I had my regular Monday through Friday job, and I got injured. I believe in my heart this is the path my Lord and Savior wanted me to take to reach my youth minister dream. Yes, He doesn’t punish us but will put up barriers when you praise something other than Him. I serve a jealous God! I had been looking for a while into schooling to pursue my youth minister dream calling, and since we are surviving on only one income (my wife’s), I couldn’t find anything we could afford without taking on loans. I can’t tell you how I came to find Chrisitan Leaders Institute other than I clicked something on my search through the internet and it came up. I looked into it and here I am. I’m very excited and nervous at the same time because I have never been a school type of person. I have much to learn and process, but one thing I know is that I serve a POWERFUL GOD and He will get me through this as I pursue my youth minister dream. So thank you CLI for the opportunity you give so many people like me to really fulfill our dreams. I desire to be the best Youth Minister I can be in Christ’s name, that is my youth minister dream! Blessings to all.
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