When Alberto left Guatemala for the U.S., he did not know what lay ahead. But he had plans to make money and send it back to his wife and two daughters. Satan used this to tempt Alberto into drug trafficking.
"I sent a lot of money to my wife in Guatemala. The business prospered and I felt no remorse. I was poisoning people and destroying them even though I knew the ways of God," Alberto says.
Back in Guatemala, his wife did not stop praying for him day and night that he would return to the ways of God and to his home. After some time, Alberto had to return to Guatemala, but he did not renew his faith—he did not feel the need to return to the Church, much less recognize his sins.
Alberto's reckless lifestyle, however, was not without consequences.
He and his oldest daughter were traveling on a motorcycle in the city when some men stopped him. They grabbed his daughter and took her from him.
"I only remember my daughter's screams - 'Papi, help me!!' - and I was unable to do anything," Alberto shares through his tears. The men kidnapped his daughter because they knew his past and about his wealth. But Alberto didn't have enough to pay the ransom.
Between trying to find the money for the ransom and searching for his daughter, Alberto fell to his knees and gave his life to God.
"I told God I was going to serve Him even if He didn't give me my daughter back —I was going to serve Him with all my heart," he says.
Four months passed when they finally were able to locate where his daughter had been taken. Unfortunately, the house had been burned and they only found her remains.
The pain of losing his daughter was overwhelming. Despite this, Alberto returned to the feet of Jesus and asked for forgiveness for his past. He kept his promise to the Lord and began to serve him wholeheartedly. He is receiving church planter training through Multiplication Network Ministries (MNM).
For Alberto, being able to participate in this process has been a blessing and an answer to his prayer to serve God fervently and to share the gospel with others. God has given him the opportunity to plant a church in Santa Lucía where the people can learn about something beautiful and give them hope in their despair.
"The people know all about who I was and what I lived, but I tell them that now I serve God because I served the enemy for too long. My daughter is gone but I am here as a testimony of what God can do. Even though two years have passed, I feel the same passion to continue forward," Alberto says.