As he waited for a bus, Jimmie, a 30-year-old father of two, stood by the side of the road in the desert with his two daughters.
He’d been there in the past for a church service, and when they got off the bus, he went inside and saw that the seats were empty.
“I said, ‘Dad, you’re the only one who doesn, and I don’t think God wants me to,'” Jimmie said.
“He said, “Well, I can’t believe that we’re going to miss the church.’
“Jimmie and his daughters were one of the first evangelicals to stop wearing the cross and the crucifix.
He didn’t want to be a part of the problem.
He and his wife have had no faith in Christ for nearly two decades.
I don.t. have.
faith,” he said.
In 2014, Jimmeys first trip to the desert was to the small town of Chihuahua, Mexico, where he met with Pastor Jose Luis Lopez.
Lopez invited Jimmie to spend three days with him.
But he was skeptical.
“The last time we talked, he said he didn’t have much faith, and he didn.t think God would be around to help me,” Jimmie recalled.
“But then we were going through the motions, and then he asked me, ‘Why don’t you go see the priest?'”
The priest, a woman in her early 60s, took him to a large, wooded area.
There, he saw a small chapel.
“God said, you know, ‘I’ve got to see what you’re doing.’
And the priest said, You don’t want me to be angry.
I just want to hear what you have to say,'” Jimmey recalled.
The priest opened the door and, as Jimmie began to speak, he heard a voice saying, “This is where Jesus comes to die, where you are to be baptized.
You are going to see him.”
Jimmie was baptized at a church in the town of Yucatan in September 2015.
That baptism took place in the church’s basement.
“It was the most emotional thing I’ve ever done in my life,” Jimmeyan said.
After he was baptized, Jimmy said, he realized that “God wanted to be there.”
“It felt like he had seen me,” he recalled.
It was a spiritual awakening, and that feeling of belonging was the start of his conversion to the faith.
In February, the pastor asked Jimmie for a blessing and told him to pray and read the Bible.
“My heart just started pounding,” he told me.
“And then I said, I don.m not going to go pray.
I’m going to read the Lord’s Prayer.
And that is what I wanted to hear, that this was what God was going to do.” “
Then I read the entire Bible and I started to feel what Jesus says when he says, ‘He that believeth not shall be cut off from me, but shall be saved.’
And that is what I wanted to hear, that this was what God was going to do.”
As Jimmie read the word of God, he began to understand why people in other cultures believe that their salvation depends on their faith.
“You’ve got so many people in this world who think, ‘If I don?t believe in Jesus, I’m not going be saved,’ and it just does not make sense to me,” said Jimmie.
“As I was reading the Bible, I felt this tremendous strength and love and joy. “
And I just started crying, because I didn?t know what to do,” he continued.
“As I was reading the Bible, I felt this tremendous strength and love and joy.
I felt so, so much power and peace and love.”
The next morning, Jimmies family went to the local church to celebrate Easter and he went home to his family.
In the car, he wrote the words to a song that was written to honor the Lord Jesus.
“Just before the Lord dies, I want to tell the world,” he wrote.
“That there’s no more room for doubt.
No more room to doubt.
That there is nothing left to doubt, that it is all going to be okay.”
That’s the story of Jimmie’s conversion to faith, his wife, her two daughters, and their families.
Jimmie didn?tm go to the same church as his wife for Easter, and they prayed together, together.
“We went to a church together,” he remembered.
“So I told my wife, ‘We’re