My Testimony

What Time Is It?  It’s 11:28 Omaha!

“I am a simple guy who has a heart for his community.”
As a Mexican, it was a hard challenge when Arturo Mejia had to leave his country at the age of seventeen. “Like a lot of people, I immigrated to this country with the desire to find that thing that our countries cannot offer. Some come to find success, others come for security and stability, and some just want to have fun. Me, I came looking for freedom.”

Why was Arturo looking for freedom?

“It’s not that I was imprisoned by my parents. My life was dedicated to study and education. There was no time out of school for me. I was full of responsibilities and duties while at school and while at home. I never had time for fun or partying like other young guys my age.”

In the spring of 2000 Arturo graduated from high school in Mexico. His goal at that time was to graduate from college and find a good job that would allow him to leave his hometown and live on his own. But his plans got changed when his parents told him that they couldn’t afford the expenses of college or any kind of education for him. “I was jobless and without any skills to find one, at least a descent one.”

He found a part-time job in a hotel as a dishwasher but the money he was making was nothing compared with the money he needed for college tuition. “I did think about quitting the idea of school, but inside of me was a big desire to get a professional degree in marketing or business administration.”

There were no more options but one: Emigrate out of his country.

In the fall of 2000, Arturo arrived in the United States and settled in Portland, Oregon. “I was in a new place where everything looked totally different. “Soon after my arrival, I found a job as a dishwasher again. It wasn’t that bad. I started to earn good money. At first I was saving all my earnings with the purpose of going back to my country in less than a year. But suddenly everything changed in my life.”

Arturo started hanging out with friends who taught him how to party. “They taught me how to have ‘fun,’ how to drink beer and little things like how to invite a girl to dance. It was totally a new world, a new life for me. So I decided to stay a little longer in that city by enjoying and doing things that I never had done before.”

Soon Arturo was spending his savings on clothes, alcohol, girls, and parties. “I found myself doing what I wasn’t supposed to do. I couldn’t stop it because I was really submerged in that kind of life.”

Everything started to turn wrong. “I left my job because I wanted more free time. I wasn’t making enough money so I was frustrated and mad.”

When Arturo’s friends saw that he didn’t have much money, they abandoned him. “They stopped  hanging out with me because of that.”

Jobless and without money, Arturo slipped into depression. His uncle didn’t kick him out of their apartment but gave him time to find a job and continue living with him.

“Emotionally I was devastated. I felt like my life was wasted. The depression was growing inside of me really fast. I tried to overcome it, but it was too hard.”

Finding another job gave Arturo a new opportunity and a new start in life. “I thought everything was going fine, but I was feeling empty. I felt that I was missing something to be completed.”

Confused about what he really wanted to do with his life, Arturo considered the idea of returning to his country and continuing his education. But he was also struggling with the idea of losing the freedom he had. Or what he thought was freedom.

Arturo decided not to go back to Mexico but remain in the States, living his life in his own way. “During the next five months, my life was full of really tough situations and many personal issues. Things got so bad that I needed to leave Oregon and run away to Nebraska.”

Once again Arturo was looking for a new beginning. “I tried so hard to make a 360-degree turn in my life and start from zero to make everything right. Sadly, nothing changed. I was the same, doing the same, only with a big difference: I was immersed in very bad things. I became an alcoholic, addicted to pornography and witchcraft. I was so full of anger and hate. I started to blame my parents for my situation. I started to hate the world and myself.”

After three failed suicide attempts, Arturo began to get the idea that it was not in God’s plan for him to leave this world at that time.

“Empty and lonely, I fell into a big depression. Nothing that I used to do or have could make me feel happy and peaceful. Soon after my failed suicide attempts, I lost my job. At that time I was without a penny in my pocket. I sold my minivan to get money to survive, but I didn’t find any other job. I spent all my money and finally the people I was living with kicked me out.”

Arturo went to all of his friends and family members, asking for help. But none of them reached out their hand to support him. Three day later he found himself homeless and forsaken.

“All my so-called friends I used to party with turned their backs at me. I was hopeless and desperate. I had in my mind again the idea of suicide, but it was so difficult for me at that time to do something like that.”

One day Arturo went to the park and started to walk around, just thinking and looking for a solution. “I remember putting my hand in my pocket and I finding a piece of paper. At first I ignored it; but when I looked at it, I realized it was a flyer. Then I remembered that a week ago, a pastor had given it to me, inviting me to his church.”

When the pastor answered Arturo’s phone call, the two of them agreed to meet in that park.

“He came to me and I told him my entire situation. I cried and I opened my heart to him like I never had done before to anyone else. I remember that he laid his hand on my shoulder and started to pray for me.”

Although his problems didn’t go away right then and there, Arturo’s feeling of helplessness and despair was gone. “I felt so relieved. The pastor told me that if I really needed a place to stay, the church had a rehabilitation center for addicts and I could stay there if I didn’t mind. Right at that moment I agreed to move into that center. It was like an answer directly from heaven.”
Arturo has been walking with Christ for twelve years now. “There have been many ups and downs, but I’m still on my feet, ready to keep walking forward.”

Introducing the image of a protestant Christ to a culture full of traditions and pre-Hispanic notions has been really difficult for Arturo. But he keeps right on teaching the Christ that the Bible shows, hoping that people will come to know the Lord Jesus as the Man who died to set them free from the condemnation of sin.  He wants to take them beyond the traditional religious way of thinking and learn what it means to be born again.

“I have learned that, as a human, it is hard to get involved in everyday situations without the risk of being rejected because of different thinking. But what’s even harder is to just watch my community (the Hispanic community) vanishing because of the ignorance, fear, and insecurity of living in another country.”

Arturo funded a Bible Group named 11:28 Ministry where he leads and teach the good teaches of Jesus Christ.


11:28 Omaha comes from Matthew 11:28“Come to Me all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart; and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)

“As that verse says, I want to bring rest through the power of Christ to those who are restless. Our Latino community needs a lot of people who really have the desire of share the gospel. But sadly there are not many people who would like to do it.”

The need for Spanish-speaking evangelists led Arturo into prison ministry. After experiencing new life in Christ, he wanted to bring that same hope to inmates through the teaching of God’s word.
Working with inCOMMON Community Development, located at 1340 Park ave Omaha, Ne.  Arturo offers counseling and teaches Bible classes. He also helps people prepare for the GED exam.

Helping others find a better way of living is Arturo’s way of giving back to God, who rescued him when he was in trouble.

“One of the things I teach people is that there are no borders that can separate us from our dreams.”

inCommon Community Development is a nonprofit organization that strengthens neighborhoods by uniting residents and teaching them how to work together to overcome poverty and homelessness. Programs include The Listening Project, Community Meals, CommonLife, Park Ave Commons, Neighbors United, and Collective Impact.

To learn more about opportunities for involvement, visit their website:


Return of the Philopogonians

The Consecrated Eminence

Philopogonian Don Carlos Taft Philopogonian Don Carlos Taft

2014 marks the 162nd anniversary of the graduation of the Class of 1852. I wish there were a nice name for a 162nd anniversary — perhaps somebody can concoct one. In the meantime, the consolation I offer is that their septaquintaquinquecentennial is only 13 years away. Mark your calendars.

This blog has featured the Class of 1852 before – they are the Philopogonians. In addition to that entertaining bit of history, the class also left us a nice photographic record of their presence in the form of a composite daguerreotype showing 42 daguerreotypes as well as the 42 individual, well-identified daguerreotypes shown in the composite.

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Jesus is real…. See Him or not, touch Him or not…He is Real.


An untimely death!

Death is certain but the Bible speaks about untimely death!
Make a personal reflection about this…….

Very interesting, read until the end…..

It is written in the Bible (Galatians 6:7):

‘Be not deceived; God is not mocked:
for whatsoever a man sow,

that shall

Here are some men and women

who mocked God:

John Lennon

Some years before, during his interview with an American Magazine,
I do not have to argue about that..
‘Christianity I do that.. Jesus
not have to argue about
I am certain.
was ok, but his subjects were too simple, today we are more
famous than Him’ (1966).
Lennon, after saying that the Beatles were more famous than Jesus Christ,
was shot six times.

Tancredo (President of Brazil ):
During the Presidential campaign, he said if he got 500,000 votes
from his party, not even God would remove him from Presidency.

Sure he got the votes, but he got sick a day before being made President, then he died.

Bi-sexual Brazilian composer, singer and poet:
During A show in Canecio ( Rio de Janeiro ), while smoking his cigarette, he puffed out some smoke into the air
and said:’God, that’s for you.’
He died at the age of 32 of LUNG CANCER in a horrible manner.

The man who built the Titanic
After the construction of Titanic, a reporter asked him how safe the Titanic would be.
With an ironic tone he said: ‘Not even God can sink it’ I think you all know what happened to the Titanic

Marilyn Monroe (Actress)
She was visited by Billy Graham during a presentation of a show.
He said the Spirit of God had sent him to preach to her.
After hearing what the Preacher had to say, she said:
‘I don’t need your Jesus’.
A week later, she was found dead in her apartment

Bon Scott
The ex-vocalist of the AC/DC. On one of his 1979 songs he sang:
‘Don’t stop me; I’m going down all the way, down the highway to hell’..

On the 19th of February 1980, Bon Scott was found dead, he had been choked
by his own vomit.

Campinas 2005
In Campinas , Brazil a group of friends, drunk, went to pick up a
The mother accompanied her to the car and was so worried about the friend…..
drunkenness of her friends and she said to the daughter
holding her hand, who was already seated in the car:
My doughter, Go With God And May He Protect You.’
She responded: ‘Only If He (God) Travels In The Trunk, Cause
Inside Here…..It’s Already Full ‘
hours later, news came by that they had been involved in a fatal accident,
everyone had died,
the car could not be recognized what type of car it had been, but surprisingly, the trunk was intact.
The police said there was no way the trunk could have remained intact. To
their surprise, inside the trunk was a crate of eggs, none was


(Jamaican Journalist and said the Bible (Word of God) was the worst book ever written.
In June 2006 she was found burnt beyond recognition in her motor

Many more important people have forgotten that there is no other name
that was given so much authority as the name of Jesus.
Many have died, but only Jesus died and rose again, and he is still alive.
Jesus’ If it was a So are you going to
have courage to send this?.
I have done my part, Jesus said If you are embarrassed about me,
I will also be embarrassed about you before my father.’

You are my 8 in 8 seconds. I am not breaking this. No way!
Bishop T.D. Jakes ‘8 Second Prayer.’ Just
repeat this prayer and see how God moves!!

Lord, i love you and I need you, come into my heart, and bless me,
my family, my home, and my friends, in Jesus’ name.
God bless you

The Original Hater of Reality – Lucifer, Son of the Morning


The Original Hater of Reality – Lucifer, Son of the Morning

The Ignorant ^ | 2/27/11 | DJP (IF)

Posted on Sunday, February 27, 2011 7:31:54 PM by kindred

Lucifer, God’s greatest of all God’s creation (Ezek. 28:12, 15), in eternity past enjoyed a relationship to Almighty God. I truly believe there was a point in his existence that he loved and adored and the Triune God with all his heart. He had the chief place as Protector of the Holiness of God (Ezek. 28:14) and was the worship and choir director of Heaven (Ezek. 28:13).

Lucifer enjoyed all the heavenly blessings of his rank and position. As events proceeded, though, there came a time when he became proud, arrogant, envious and bitter. In his foolish heart he sought the place of his Eternal Creator and Sovereign for himself, and he led a delusional rebellion against Almighty God in…

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Lo que me motiva

Es inhebitable que el desanimo llegue a la vida del creyente y mas cuando lo que miras a tu alrededor es negativismo, dolor y sueños trucados…
Es mi trabajo y proposito dar un poco de alivio y esperanza a aquellos que mas la necesita, y es un placer ser un instrumento en las manos de Dios para reparar lo roto y sanar las heridas….
Pero cuando te llegan esos dias donde lo unico que quisieras es estar en un cuarto encerrado donde nadie te moleste y donde encuentres un poco de quietud y paz, creo que es cuando mas dolores de cabeza y batallas le llegan a uno…
Mi unica esperanza es la recompenza ke por Fe algun dia disfrutare cuando parta de este mundo, esa es mi vitamina y mi fortaleza…

Sin embargo, hay veces que uno mismo quisiera desahogar con alguien mas, pero ese alguien o esta a millas de distancia lejos de ti, o simplemente no existe.
Son cosas que solo le contarias a Dios y a ti mismo, pero ¿como contarle algo a alguien que no sabes si es esta molesto por ese algo que quisieras contarle?.
¿Como platicar algo a ti mismo que ya sabes, y que en ocaciones quisieras olvidar e ignorar que eso esta ahi, pero necesitas desesperada mente sentirte oido por alguien?.

Es complicado, mas no imposible, crear una conversacion intima con alguien que esta este dispuesto a comprender lo incomprendible.
¿Y que es lo incomprendible? Simplemente es lo que esta fuera de lo normal, regular o contidiano a esta humanidad.