Finding Strength through Adversity

Vitorio was addicted to drugs and alcohol for 25 years. Knowing his path was not heading in a healthy direction, he searched for a way to stop his destructive habits.

It wasn’t until he received a Facebook message from the Portuguese ministry of Back to God Ministries International (BTGMI) that he had the strength to begin his journey toward healing.
“With this message, I found the strength to walk with Jesus Christ,” said Vitorio.

After he learned about the ministry through Facebook, Vitorio began watching the Portuguese television program, Verdade e Vida (Truth and Life) online.

The weekly 30-minute program is hosted by BTGMI Portuguese ministry leader Rev. Hernandes Lopes, who addresses theological issues in a clear and simple format.

“From the time I started to listen to the messages and worship songs, they had a huge impact in my heart,” explained Vitorio. “I was able to return to the Lord's path, and now I am free!" After recovering from his dependencies and choosing to follow the Lord, Vitorio desired to share his new-found freedom in Christ.

“I want to talk to everyone facing these same issues,” Vitorio said. “I want to encourage them to bow down before our Lord with open hearts and be confident that he will do everything as he did in my life.”

As Vitorio continues his faith journey with Christ, he is not looking to his past, but only ahead to his future. He takes comfort in Romans 5:20: “But where sin increased, grace increased all the more.”

About the Author

Kristen Van Stee, Back to God Ministries International

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