The following testimony was originally written in Spanish for the purpose of witnessing to the Spanish speaking community. I used Google to translate it into English, and did some minor editing.

John’s Salvation Testimony …

“I was born and raised in Ecuador, then immigrated to the U.S. at the age of 21. One day while sitting in my car (which I used as a taxi), and waiting for a fare, a man and his wife called out to me as they exited the subway. This happened in Queens, New York. I was surprised because there were other taxis nearer to them, but they waved to me, wanting me to get closer. They got in my car and after telling me where they wanted to go the woman said to me… ‘turn off the radio, we have something important to tell you.’

I was surprised for a moment, but then the man began to speak to me in Spanish, things that I had never heard in my life. He told me that I am a sinner, and that my sin separates me from God. That if I die in my sins I would go to hell, therefore I need a Savior. I told him I am not a sinner, I have never killed anyone. But he told me, I do not say it, the Bible says it. You do not need to kill someone to be a sinner. If you told a lie that makes you a liar and therefore a sinner.

The Bible says in Paul’s letter to the Romans, Chapter 3, verse 23, For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

The Bible says in 1 John chapter 1, verses 8-10, If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

At that moment I started to think, and I asked him what happens if I die in my sins. He told me that the Bible says unless we repent of our sins, and without having accepted Jesus Christ as Savior, my final destination is hell. I told him but the Catholic Church told me that I would go to purgatory after I died. Purgatory does not exist according to the Bible, he told me, and at that moment I began to ask him many questions about it.

Something that impacted me a lot was the peace that was in this man. It was something that I wanted for myself. In the following three weeks we continued talking by phone, and he invited me to his house. One day after reading the Bible and checking what he was saying, my eyes opened and I could see the truth. The Bible says in the Gospel according to the Apostle John, chapter 8, verse 32, And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.


The above described event happened over 25 years ago. John went on to become a committed Christian. He is my-son-in-law, married to my daughter, and has been a blessing to our family.

Never underestimate the power of a Gospel witness.

John’s Blog…


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