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Old 05-29-2009, 06:20 AM
 
Location: Maryland
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Manuel Maldonado illegally crossed the border a decade ago to flee drug dealers in his native Mexico who wanted him dead. He found refuge in the United States. He also found Jesus Christ, leading him to a new calling: pastor in the immigrant community.

"People are living here with a lot of fear from the authorities," he said in Spanish, sitting in his west Phoenix trailer home, minutes before an evening service. "God is using me to give them the word of God. And that word can give them peace in their life, can give them tranquillity."

"The fact I placed a foot on this ground is because God led me here. It's because he has a plan," he said. "I know you can say it's illegal and all of that. But it's because God led me here."

"Hallelujah," he said, rising and lifting his arms wide. "Christ is here. He is here. He is here."


Mexican facing deportation finds new calling as pastor
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Old 05-29-2009, 06:23 AM
 
Location: Reeds Spring, MO
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Just wondering Benicar. Is this somewhat like a prisoner finding god in prison? I mean they both comitted crimes and they know that if they profess to "finding god" that people will look at them differently. Just sayin.
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Old 05-29-2009, 06:27 AM
 
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Just wondering Benicar. Is this somewhat like a prisoner finding god in prison? I mean they both comitted crimes and they know that if they profess to "finding god" that people will look at them differently. Just sayin.
Wow! You completely read my mind.
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Old 05-29-2009, 06:57 AM
 
Location: San Diego
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Sounds like God does indeed have plans for this man. It probably involves a Grey Hound bus splashed with holy water and a bobble head Jesus on the dash.
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Old 05-29-2009, 06:58 AM
 
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Sounds like God does indeed have plans for this man. It probably involves a Grey Hound bus.

Or a fat welfare check with someone's identity.
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Old 05-29-2009, 07:02 AM
 
Location: San Diego
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If drug dealers wanted him dead then there is a whoooooooooole bunch about this guy's history in question. Drug dealers want other drug dealers dead, no one else.
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Old 05-29-2009, 07:04 AM
 
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Or people that screwed them on a deal. Either way, this dude is a walking target. I would not want to be standing near him anytime soon.
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Old 05-29-2009, 07:16 AM
 
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Or people that screwed them on a deal. Either way, this dude is a walking target. I would not want to be standing near him anytime soon.
But there would be ‘divine’ intervention. After all, God sent him.
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Old 05-29-2009, 09:47 AM
 
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Lol Beni, so true.
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Old 05-29-2009, 10:30 AM
 
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is the same guy that ran into the church with his uninsured car?
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