In July last year, Agustín, 26, left prison after 6 years. Most of his life was spent without hope or dreams for his future (he had lived on the streets of Mexico since he was a young boy). However, after he left prison and began to come to MEFI a new hope started to grow in him. He was put into prison after an injustice, which prevented him from seeing his three children. Life in prison was not easy; he suffered abuse, mistreatment, and poor nutrition, amongst other things. However, one thing he said he’ll never forget is when he learnt about new life in Jesus Christ. This was the main thing that kept him going in prison – he knew that only with God’s help would he come out the other end. When the morning came for him to leave and he had nowhere to go, he did not know what he would do with his life. He considered going to see his daughters, but he knew he ran the risk of having family members turning on him, and then he remembered MEFI.
Alex and Paty had known him from before the drop-in centre was set up. In fact Agustín helped during this time to clean up the old building that would become the drop-in centre. It was encouraging to learn he had not forgotten about MEFI. So just one day after his release he walked in to the drop-in centre and Alex and Paty instantly recognised him. Only now there was a new desire in his heart to restart his life, find work, and return to his daughters. These were all wonderful desires, but he knew the
only way he could do this was with the help of God, and this is why he came back to MEFI.
Immediately he asked the team for help and counsel. Alex especially was a great help to him, and three months later we could see the huge and genuine work God was doing in his life. After a while he found work and each time temptations came God helped him not to fall, but to move forward.
MEFI played a big part in his spiritual formation and now he’s a different person. His job is going well, he is renting a room and continues to grow. We had the opportunity to see him again over Christmas and we thank God that his confidence and faith remains the same. Although he isn’t able to continue his discipleship at MEFI, we ask for you to pray with us for God to continue to do great things in his life.
For us, this is a testimony that encourages us to see how over the years MEFI has impacted lives and to see that God is at work in them (even when we are no longer in contact). We know that God wants to continue to use us in His work in the lives of young people on the streets of Mexico, and He has put this desire in our hearts.
Testimony written by Josué Carreón
Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.” 1 Cor. 1: 31.
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