Emma… Catherine, Emmanuel, Jonathan, Michael
When Moises was six he moved with his family from their home in the Dominican Republic to the Bronx, New York and later New Jersey. Although he grew up a pastor’s kid, he rebelled and by age 13 he was experimenting with drugs. By the time he was 16 his parents divorced and Moises’ world fell apart. He dropped out of school and drugs became a daily habit. He continued in this lifestyle until, after selling drugs to an informant, he was caught and arrested. Having been in trouble with the law before, the judge ruled that Moises must be deported back to the Dominican Republic. So, in January of 2001, at age 38, he found himself ripped away from most of his family in the states (a brother was also deported) and deposited in Santiago. The next year, while in a rehabilitation center, he met Eduard Gabriel (G.O.’s Caribbean president). After hearing Eduard preach, Moises decided that God must have a purpose for him in the Dominican Republic so he renewed his commitment to Christ and was baptized. He’s been drug free ever since and God has proven Himself faithful in Moises’ life.
Today Moises ministers to others in a variety of ways. He uses his skills as a bilingual speaker to translate for different events and general needs within G.O. Ministries. He also works part-time at the G.O. Medical Clinic and plays guitar in the worship band at Central Church.
As a result of his life experiences, Moises has an especially soft heart for others who are not walking with God, prompting him to be very verbal about his faith. Living in Santiago, a city where drugs and alcohol are prevalent, he has many opportunities—while in streetcars, buses, and in his community—to witness to those he meets. He wants people to know that there is hope, God is real, He saves, and has a plan for their lives.
Moises and his wife Emma parent four children/step children together: Catherine (22), Emmanuel (19), Jonathan (17), and Michael (12).