To my family in Christ Jesus and God the Father in the kingdom of heaven. My name is Joshua Viramontez. I am a 34 yr old young man of God. This is my testimony of how God has changed my life through His grace, power and love; I grew up in a broken family, but full f love. As a child I was a poor kid and had household problems and I chose to run the streets—partying, Drinking, Stealing, and using drugs which led to prison and jail. In 2007 I was released and God knew my heart. I got baptized and accepted Jesus as my Lord and My Savior. F I was going to church, obedient faithful, and Godly. A few years passed, I was helping my parents and my grandparents. I lost my Nana and Papa, and I chose me fleshly desires again and went back to the streets, back to selling drugs and stealing to survive. Slowly but surely my eyes, Spirit, and heart fell away from Jesus. I stopped going to church and fellowshipping, but I always stayed in prayer. For three years I never felt the same as I did when I first got saved. So I went about my life searching for it in relationships and friends, but found nothing. But hurt, stress, depression, the weight of the world and darkness grew stronger as the enemy was getting back almost everything! Back to prison and lost in sin. I lost my mother. I was almost ready to give up on life but still in prayer, in faith in God. This went on for a while as my brother heard all this. Donny Dougherty told me about a place called God’s Ranch, so I gave up and Stopped fighting God’s calling and I surrendered to Him. Tired of the same tired mess I got in the car and drove to Phelan, CA. It was the hardest thing I ever had to do. As I got to the ranch I was welcomed by my brothers here and the Holy Spirit. So I told myself I would give it a try. Two days later, I no longer wanted to use drugs or chase after that peace, love and relief, because I found it. Now I have been here for 46 days and have grown so much in the Word of God. Allowing the Holy Spirit to shine through me and becoming a vessel and Disciple for Jesus, my Lord and Savior. I am giving it another 30 days to grow in the Word, but for a lifetime in Him and for Him only…because the old me is gone and dead. The new me, Child of God is here. I am alive with a new heart and a will for God.
12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength. (Phil 4:12-13 NIV)