"Do you have family back in Honduras?" the doctor asked Juan. With that question, Juan knew the news wasn't good. "You have a cancerous ulcer in your stomach that is not curable. I recommend you return to Honduras to say goodbye to your family."
Juan had been living and working in New York, but when he heard the doctor's prognosis, he returned to be with his family. Even though he didn't yet have a personal relationship with Jesus, he wanted to see a miracle because he wanted to see his son and daughter grow up.
In San Jerónimo where Juan lives, church planter Jorge Aguilar began going house to house to invite people to an evangelistic campaign they were hosting. When Jorge knocked on Juan's door and asked him to join, he accepted without hesitation.
"I really liked the sermon Jorge gave that night. When he asked me if I wanted to accept Christ into my heart, I felt the desire to do so. I made the Lord the only savior of my life," he says excitedly.
Since that day two years ago, Juan began to pray to his Savior and with Jorge, began to pray for healing in his life. He underwent treatment in addition to laying his life at the Lord's feet.
"I am healed! God has healed me and I share this testimony with people and then invite them to get to know God."
For Juan and his whole family, the new church in their community has been a great blessing. He has been able to grow in the knowledge of the Word in an amazing way.
"We can only find salvation through Jesus Christ. I believe I have not made a mistake in taking this path. It is the correct one and I can entrust my life to Christ," Juan says confidently.
Because of his health issues, Juan could not get a job and provide for his family. As he developed his relationship with the Lord, he realized he could talk to Him as a father. "Father, if I am your son, what is happening? I know you haven't abandoned me. I would really like for you to bring me a good job, a dignified job. I want something that I can have to sustain my family." With a huge smile on his face, Juan says, "In less than a week, I had such a job. Praise God!"
Juan is an active member of the church and accompanies Jorge to share the gospel. This church is growing little by little, but the most important thing is that the light of Christ is shining and doing great things in the life of this community.
"Wherever I go now, I share the gospel. I say, 'God loves you and wants to change you like He has changed me.' 'Who are you talking about?' they ask me. 'His name is Jesus.'"
Juan is continually grateful for the Lord's blessings. He returned to Honduras to say goodbye to his family—his wife María Marlenes, Cynthia (now 16), and Isaías (now 14). And now he has a one-year-old daughter, an example of the Lord's faithfulness in his life. "I might not have a lot of money, but I am rich spiritually," says Juan. "This is the best thing I can give my family."