There is a saying that “we judge others by their actions, but we judge ourselves by our intentions.” You have likely heard that before. Henry Montesino earned the title of “the Wolf” in his community, a big bitter man who would leap into attack mode at the slightest provocation. The CHE master trainers in his region, Hiran and Flor DeLeon, knew no one was beyond the redeeming power of the Lord Jesus. They faithfully and patiently worked with him within the context of the needs of his community. In sharing the Good News through word and deed with Henry, they introduced him to Christ. His life was transformed, and this impacted his family, his neighborhood and his community!
Henry Montesino was well known in his community in Santiago, Dominican Republic. Not only was he known—he was feared.
A big man, Henry had an even bigger temper. He was a brawler. Because of his tendency to leap impulsively into attack mode, he earned the nickname of “El Lobo”, meaning The Wolf. He was bitter and moody. Nobody wanted to be around such a man. Even his wife and children feared him. Of course, his anger had a source: a childhood of pain and neglect. Henry had never been loved and knew nothing about loving someone else.
Today “The Wolf” has been utterly changed.
What happened to Henry “The Wolf”? Jesus Christ “came to town” in his personal experience. By His Holy Spirit, Jesus took up residence in Henry’s life when he recognized his sin and asked for God’s forgiveness.
A wonderful couple who are master trainers for Community Health Evangelism (CHE), Hiran and Flor DeLeon, got to know Henry as they worked with the CHE committee in his neighborhood. Despite his bitter exterior, they intentionally related to him with warmth. And they told him about a God who came to this earth to relate to broken, violent people; the One who said, “I’ve come to heal the sick ones, not the ones who are well.” Through the message of hope that Hiran and Flor brought, Henry met Jesus for himself. Flor comments that his life has been “transformed from the inside to the outside.”
Not long ago, Henry said, “Sister Flor, if I told you all the horrific things from my former life, you would not believe me. But what God has done with me is not comparable with anything else. I am a new man. Please ask the people with whom you’ll share this story to pray for me; I don’t want to go back to that life!”
Today Henry is part of the CHE committee and is busily working to help others around him. He still is well-known in his area, but for a different reason. Everybody knows how much this former “Wolf” has changed. Jesus has come to Henry. As Christ lives in Henry’s life, others are coming to meet Him too. Jesus is “coming to town” in that neighborhood.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, a new creation has come. The old has gone, the new is here! (2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV)
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