Former Drug Addict Leads Ministry
One of the most powerful and life-transforming stories in our MEFI ministry to street kids in Mexico City is Alex's story. Most of you will never have the chance to come to Mexico to meet Alex in person, so here is a short excerpt from his story:
Alex, like so many others in Mexico City had a challenging start to life - his parents tried their best to provide for him, his brothers and sister. After just barely completing secondary school (high school), Alex tried his hand at many jobs, but nothing really satisfied and the money he earned was spent on drugs. He met Paty, now his wife, and they had three children. With a family to feed and a growing drug habit, Alex began to turn to crime. Alex told us of when he was a taxi driver and he would inject himself with cocaine at traffic lights with passengers in the back.
His whole life began to spiral out of control. Then, one day, he had the chance to say yes to Jesus as his Saviour. However, as many know, being a Christian does not protect us from the struggles of the world, and although Alex had accepted Jesus as his Saviour, he hadn't accepted him as his Lord, and he continued to turn to drugs whenever he had problems and lived a double life.
Then one day he was caught red-handed and was given a seven-year sentence in one of the hardest, overcrowded and most dangerous prisons in the world.
However, drugs were very easy to come by in prison and even when Paty came to see him he would sometimes be so drugged that he just sat in his cell instead of going to see her. It brings tears to his eyes now to recall how much hurt he caused her. Then, one day, he heard music, and he soon realised this was music to praise and worship God. He said he felt drawn to it and began attending a church service in the prison. He prayed in desperation to God, that if He was real He would show him and help him. He had no idea how God might choose to help him until the next day when he was drugging up again. After a while, he realised the drug was having no effect on him, so he thought he might have been sold a bad batch. He asked a fellow cell mate to try it, but his cell mate was affected as Alex normally would have been. From that moment on, God completely removed any craving or desire for the drugs. Alex dedicated himself to helping to lead the church service in the prison. In fact, his sentence was reduced down to three years for good behaviour. At the same time, God began to put a calling on Alex's life to work with street children who have very similar stories and experiences to him.
When he left prison, Alex and Paty began attending the church where my wife Helen had begun promoting the street kids ministry. Alex and Paty showed their commitment to the project by their unwavering commitment to pray each week at the prayer meetings. Alex was challenged by the pastor of the church to leave his job he had got, cut his pay in half and come and work full-time for MEFI.
Thankfully, after a lot of prayer, God showed Alex this was indeed His will for his life and Alex and Paty are now in charge of the programme in the drop in centre and also regularly visit the kids on the street. When Alex speaks to the street kids, he speaks with a different kind of authority. The fact that he's done the same, and in some cases, worse things than them, but has now left that all behind and has a new life in Christ, is worth more than a thousand words trying to convince them that they can do it too.
I hope you get the chance to meet Alex (and Paty) in person someday. But until then, please pray for Alex and the MEFI ministry. You can also donate to MEFI. A portion of your donation could go to support Alex and Paty.
If you'd like to learn more about this ministry, watch the video.