From El Salvador to THE SAVIOR
RIt is marvelous how God seeks after people, including crossing borders just to bring them into his fold. This is the story of Melvin A. Urruela A.
Melvin was born and lived his early years in the neighborhood of Buenos Aires which is part of the city of Chalchuapa, El Salvador. Due to health problems with his mother, his paternal grandparents Ester Guardado and Juan Urruela took him into their home. His grandparents took him to Sunday School and taught him Christian principles, but as is often the case, Melvin was more interested in the pleasures of the world.
At the age of 11, Melvin tells us he was a “worldly kid.” When he was 13 years old he moved to the city of El Progreso in Jutiapa, Guatemala. He began work as an apprentice in an auto-body shop learning to repair wrecked cars. After several months he moved to the city of Monjas where he continued working for several years in various auto-body shops. Later he began working in a shop called “La Bendición” (The Blessing) that was situated in front of the Nazarene radio station Faro Eséreo. For some reason while working there, Melvin began to listen to the music programming of the station and began to get to know the people who worked there.
“I enjoyed hearing the praise songs but I hated when they spoke to me about God and even more when they insisted that I receive Jesus Christ as my Savior,” says Melvin.
“Far from my family, I felt alone and rejected in life, to the point that I let liquor take control of my youth,” he explains to us.
At that time his relationship with the people in the radio station had grown. Some of the personnel visited him at the shop and Melvin visited them even in their homes. Once when he visited the house of Ruth Palma, there was a prayer meeting with other brothers and sisters in Christ in progress. Melvin came in and when he heard them pray, the Holy Spirit touched the hardened heart of this man who didn’t want to be spoken to about God. At that moment, humbled and broken, Melvin received Jesus as his personal Savior. That was 8 o’clock on the morning of April 14, 2002. That same night Nazarene Youth International (NYI) was showing the JESUS film in one of the streets of the neighborhood. Melvin attended the showing and made a public profession of faith. He was baptized on November 10, 2002.
“Faro (Lighthouse) radio was the bridge that brought me to the Lord,” Melvin remembers. He is now a member of the Church of the Nazarene in Monjas, Jalapa, Guatemala, where he takes joy in the fullness of a Christian Life.
--World Mission Communications
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