Ordained Ministry Call
Ordained Ministry Call
My name is Raymond Andrade, and I have an ordained ministry call on my life. I am excited about this deacon minister ordination with Christian Leaders Alliance. I live in Upland, California, and have three children, two adults and a 13-year old that I have primary custody of.
Growing up as a traditional Catholic kid, I never knew what being a Christian was or meant to my life. As a teenager, I chose a different path. Living in a rough neighborhood, I learned how to be tough. Gangs were my way of finding that lifestyle. Trying to be one of the toughest on the street was my goal. The street dictated my direction in life. Alcohol, drugs, and violence were my way of life as I headed down a path of destruction. I could never imagine what it would be like to meet my Lord and Savior.
At 20 years old, I went to a rally in my neighborhood. When an altar call was made, I walked up to accept Jesus into my life. I didn’t know what I was getting into, but I was hoping for better things. The following day, I was back to my old ways. However, it didn’t seem to go the way I expected. Off and on, back and forth, I was fighting the Lord’s will, knowing the Lord was tugging on me and never letting go. He called me to come closer. However, for the next 12 years, I ran amuck.
New Life and an Ordained Ministry Call
Finally, at age 32, after years of running and being in and out of jail and prison, I heard the Lord’s voice. He said, “I will change you if you let me.” So, now I am 54 years old. I have been set free from drugs and alcohol for over 20+ years. It hasn’t been an easy journey to follow God’s path. However, knowing that the good Lord is my Light in the darkness is what keeps me determined to finish this race.
At 40 years old, I started attending a church faithfully. I always wanted to get into ministry. I prayed for many years for the Lord to help me find some type of online school. Studying at my own pace is critical, so I give thanks to Christian Leaders Institute for being part of this journey. God is great! I feel good about myself here at CLI. Someday soon, I hope to obtain the education needed for the purpose of helping others who identify with my old self.