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Patricia and Her Dad
Iím a pastorís daughter, who lived almost all my life with the
knowledge that God is also our Father, but never experienced a real
Part of the reason was that I had a gap in my relationship with my dad;
he abandoned me before I was born, and left the country. He married a
Christian woman and became a Christian also, then both were called to
serve God as pastors.
They came to where I lived and bring us, my older brother and I, to live
with them. I didnít know how lonely I was about to feel in the future,
how my life was going to change, as we agreed to leave our mom.
I needed so much my fatherís love, his acceptance, his protection, his
help, that I ran to his arms and thought that this new opportunity would
erase my sad and lonely past.
Things were not how I dreamed, however. His new family didnít accept
us; they rejected us openly, and then I had just my brother, because we
didnít have confidence enough to tell, and sometimes we could see my
dad struggle with the idea of letting us go or keep us with them for our
I had a good relationship with my dad and, as the time went on, with all
the family members also, but the emptiness of my first childhood was
always there reminding me that my life was a lie.
When I was 21, my parents went to be pastors in the countryside and,
because I was working and in college, I stayed back, living by myself.
I started dating a non‑Christian young man, we procreated a daughter
when I was 23 years old. He abandoned us. During that time, I went back
to God, asking for His help. I needed to come back home; His great love
started to bring me closer.
In 2001, my church invited Brad and Ruth Brown to come and minister
about the Fatherís love. While they were ministering, God started to reveal His presence in my
life since I was born. He showed me how He was there at the hospital bed
expecting me as a baby; He received a tiny me and embraced me. He showed
me a vision of me running to His arms when I was two years old, and the
vision continued to pour in His great love for me, filling all the
emptiness, taking off all the void in me.
He became my beloved Daddy, and I started to share His Fatherís love
Iím so thankful, Iím so complete, so full of my
Daddyís love that I will share His embrace with all the people I get
in touch with.
San Josť, Costa Rica
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We [Brad and Ruth] visited Bluefields, Nicaragua for the first time in March,
2005. We were traveling with a mission team that also included
David and his wife.
They live in Costa Rica, but grew up in Bluefields. David had never known his father, but suspected that a certain man in town, who looked a lot like him, was his dad.
When Brad preached at the church in town about Father Godís love, David thought
about how he had never had a fatherís hug. So, he found the man he thought was his dad, confronted him, compared stories, and found out that it was true. (His dad had never known about Davidís birth). David received the fatherís hug he had been missing for
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Zulema with Brad and Ruth
Zulema is the owner of the house we rent in Bluefields, Nicaragua.
She is also the sister of Guadalupe, who was a member of our mission team when we first went to Bluefields in March, 2005.
Here is her testimony from that trip:
On our last night, as the team sat around the supper table, Zulema spoke up.
"I never liked religion. I didn't realize that what God wants is our relationship. This week I saw relationship in action. I saw the love of God happening in people. I have seen and done a lot in my 41
years, but this has been the best week of my entire life." Shortly thereafter, Zulema
wholeheartedly gave her life to Christ.
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