The Promises of God

Victory Outreach Church in Bridgeport, CT

A few months ago we went through a rough time during which I wrote the blog ‘What To Do Now!?!’ It was a season where my wife and I didn’t know what to do nor what would come next. It was a period where everything became uncertain, at times we even felt like giving up. The few thing we could hold on to were our relationship with God, each other, and the promises He had given us throughout the years. It was during this season that I once again wrote down His promises and reminded myself that He is faithful to all His promises.

It was during the Summer of 1992 -the year I gave my life to Jesus- when I received my first promise through Jeremiah 35: 7;

Also you must never build houses, sow seed or plant vineyards; you must never have any of these things, but must always live in tents. Then you will live a long time in the land where you are nomads.

At first I did not know what to do with it, but eventually I came to the realization that God had called me to live like a nomad.

nomad: a member of a people who have no fixed residence but move from place to place usually seasonally and within a well-defined territory.

It would take 7 years before this scripture would start to make any sense, when in 1999 we were invited to the Urban Training Center , and the confirmation came through Genesis 12: 1;

The Lord had said to Abram, “Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you.”

In 2000 we left The Netherlands and for 10 years we were living as nomads in Los Angeles, CA and Bridgeport, CT we would travel through the US, visiting many cities and working with students from around the world. We loved living and serving God like this, but after a while the desire to settle grew within us. Our children became older and we understood that they needed more stability, and off course to have your own place to live was a nice idea too. It was during this time that we received another scripture found in Deuteronomy 6:10, 11;

When the Lord your God brings you into the land he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, to give you – a land with large, flourishing cities you did not build, houses filled with all kinds of good things you did not provide, wells you did not dig, and vineyards and olive groves you did not plant –

It would still take a couple of years before we saw this promise become a reality, and during the season of uncertainty we received a phone call out of the blue in which were asked to take the role of pastors of the Victory Outreach Church in the city of Bridgeport, CT. We see the faithfulness of God as we are now officially the pastors of this great Church that was founded in 1992 with an incredible congregation, who embraced us from day one. After 10 years of living in tent’s we received a ministry we did not  build, provide, dig, nor plant, but we can finally say we are home! We can’t wait to see what God wants to do through this church, but one thing we are certain of that He will give us promises… and they will come to pass.



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7 responses to “The Promises of God

  1. fallon

    wow thatz deep just keep yall head up and just keep walkin with god

  2. frizz not fizz

    P. Pat n sis.cindy, b/c of ur obedience to God I believe many lives have been changed(including mine)! Its so beautiful to see what God will do with a willing heart. I am so happy 2 c God using u n this precious city!
    Luv u guys,
    Ps. Luv that pic its so nostalgic!

  3. Linda Vidal

    The Journey has been Great…but the BEST IS YET to COME! Keep laboring for God and TEAR IT UP in da East Coast Baby….

  4. Its crazy how God allowed us to cross paths 4 times, must mean something great is going to happen. Its good to have you here in the East, Peace!

  5. Robert Brian

    Wow Pastor, I think this was the first time I read the promise God gave you in 1992. I never knew that…and it’s great that it is still being lived out to this day.

    You continue to be an inspiration to so many people (including me)…by taking on your new adventure I can’t wait to hear about what becomes of BPT. By taking the steps you have taken, you have helped me take my own steps too!

    I’ll never forget in the message you spoke at Spirit Week 2006, ‘My father, My father.’ and you said, “I’ve been faithful in another man’s vineyard…and I know one day God will give me a vineyard of my own.”

  6. Javier Ruiz

    Pastor, my wife and I appreciate all of the support that you and your wife give to us. Reading this blog only encourages us to step into the calling/promise of God. Thank you for hanging on to the promise of God in your life, especially in those times of obscurity. My wife and I have learned so much from you, and we hope to grow so much from being around you both.

  7. Beautiful ! brought tears to my eyes to see God’s
    faithfulness and hand over your lives. I am grateful to the Lord for placing you and your wife as Omar’s leaders at UTC West Coast . God Bless you abundantly through out your journey.

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