My name is Martin Hernandez I was saved in 2010. Drugs & Alcohol controlled my life. I worked in the Tejano Music Industry as a Sound Engineer for many years and with some of the top Tejano acts in the 80's and 90's. And when I wasn't on the road traveling I ran the streets with the homeboys, most of them affiliated in some way. January 6, 2010, I had an experience with God and he said I was headed for disaster, I had really partied the night before and had one of the worst cocaine hangovers and I was tired of that lifestyle. I got on my knees and began to ask God what did I have to do to change. Well! the answer was Salvation! I had meet a Pastor a few years earlier Pastor Joe Gonzales and with the help of a good friend and a Brother In Christ Lupe Dominguez and together they both lead me to Jesus Christ! I started Saving Souls Outreach because their are many homeboys like me that want that change and don't know how to. I started out putting Christian Concerts together out in public venues, Parks etc. and once a year I put a Concert together at the Fiesta Ballroom in Seguin. I started this Ministry in 2011, and my mission is to reach out to the Lost Souls, those that want that change, those tired of running the streets. Drugs & Alcohol are a big problem in all this and I just want to let them know there is help... Through God, if You allow it.
Pastor- Linda Quintero Machado
What will you do when the party is over? Where are all your so called friends now?
For ten years, that’s what I was facing. It only started out with a couple of drinks during happy hour, and before you knew it I found myself drinking Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. I drank on every occasion. I even invented occasions just to drink. After all, that’s what I saw when I was growing up. Everybody was doing it. At least I am not doing drugs, I would say. Not yet, at least. Don’t you see my friend, it never gets better. It only progresses until it totally takes control of your life. One thing always leads to another and before you know it you are doing things way beyond what you ever imagined. The alcohol and drugs had become such a part of my life, I could not imagine having a good time without them. I was what society calls a “functioning alcoholic.” Yes, so functioning that I ended up behind bars, alone, without any hope until Jesus came into my life.
My name is Linda and today I can honestly say that I have been set free!!! Free from the bondage alcohol and cocaine had over my life. Not only was I destroying my life but the lives of my children. I give Jesus Christ all the glory and honor because it was His love and mercy that changed my life.
Don’t you realize that we as woman, mothers, and wives are what makes or breaks our families? I can’t begin to tell how it tore my heart in two every time my family and I had to say our goodbyes through the iron doors. On one of those visits, I turned back and saw my son as he was leaving the visitor’s chambers in tears, broken and I vowed from that day forward, I would never put them through this torture again. All because I chose to do my thing and keep living the lie that society calls life.
YOU DON’T HAVE TO LIVE LIKE THIS!
What A.A and N.A or any other program could not do for me, Cristo did! I cried out to him and said, “Lord, if you are for real please help me…I cannot do it on my own.” I am telling you with tears in my eyes. He answered. I have not only quit drinking and quit using cocaine but Jesus has even taken the desire away from me completely. He has restored my marriage and put my family back together.
Jesus demonstrated His love for you when He died on the cross of Calvary. I cannot begin to express the joy and peace that fills my heart. It’s beyond measure. I beckon you to taste of this “new life” in Christ Jesus. Nobody can force this life on you. You’ve got to want it. You have got to be tired and want to change. You’ve got to desire it, like we desired all those things out there, but with a greater passion!
Is this life behind bars, the life you want for your children? When will it finally be enough? Is it going to take the death of one of your children or years in prison before you finally wise up? I urge you, give your life to Jesus.
Jesus is knocking on the door of your heart right now. What are you going to do? Allow His love to fill your heart, change your life, and begin serving Him and He will continue to strengthen you.
Pray this prayer with me, “Jesus I know that I am a sinner. I acknowledge that you died on the cross for me and that you love me. I surrender my life to you. I open the door of my heart and accept you as my Lord and Savior. Please change my life and fill me with your Holy Spirit. I choose you, Jesus, this day for the rest of my life. Show me your love Jesus and mercy this day. I surrender all to you. Help me to serve you daily and guide me every day in Jesus name I pray. Amen!
Your life will never be the same with Jesus! Love, Linda Q. Machado!