Story of Transformation: Before and After
Jovany and Dominga
Jovany used to be a motor scooter taxi driver. He was also an alcoholic. Jovany, his wife, Dominga Marie, and their three children lived in a shack with a dirt floor. Going hungry every day was normal for them. It didn’t matter how much money Jovany made each day because he drank all of his earnings. Seldom did any of his money go to feed his family.
Dominga shared her story with us:
“Being married to an alcoholic was beyond difficult. My husband would leave the house to go to work but then stay out all night drinking. One day he didn’t come back until 3:00 a.m. When I heard his motorcycle, I felt that something terrible was about happen. I didn’t know the Lord then but I used to pray, ‘Jesus, protect me. I know that your power is bigger than alcohol.’
“That night he brought home some chicken. He told me to wake the kids to have dinner. I said no because it was too late. But he woke my six-year-old daughter up and shoved some chicken in her mouth. It had a bone in it so I quickly took it out of her mouth because she was too young to eat it. He got so angry that he destroyed the table and chairs. Then he got some gasoline from the motorcycle and tried to burn down the house with all of us in it. I struggled to take the matches from his hand and shouted to my neighbor for help. She knew him and was used to these kinds of situations. She came to help, and we managed to keep him from burning the house down.
“Jovany continued to destroy things in the house. He forced the kids and me outside, and we slept on the dirt in the backyard. The next day he was still drinking and finished destroying everything in the house, even the curtains.
“It was a horrible life. I didn’t know how I could go on. We were together fourteen years before we met Christ. Looking back now, I believe God allowed everything to happen to me so I could help other women and couples in the same situation with my testimony. I thank God that He gave me the strength to never give up.
“My daughter Yoeli was involved in the children’s program at a church. She asked us to go with her to church many, many times. After this incident with my husband we finally went. The men of the church would come to our house and spend time with my husband so he wouldn’t go back to his alcoholic friends. They made our house a regular meeting place to play dominoes, hold prayer and worship services, and host dinners, and they introduced him to a baseball team. Eventually we gave our lives to Jesus. I know that I have a family in the church. They have remained with us through every problem.
“After we came to Christ, we wanted to officially get married, but we didn’t have money for a wedding. But the Lord supplied unexpectedly through the church. It was the wedding of my dreams! Every chance I get, I tell others about Jesus so they too will experience the faithfulness of God and be set free.” Dominga Marie
THE IMPACT OF THE CHURCH REACHING OUT: Jovany now has a good job, and he and Dominga live in a decent home with their family. Jovany has become an outreach leader at his church and was key in planting two more daughter churches. Dominga is the leader of the food ministry. Their son graduated from high school and is enrolled in college, and their older daughter is a senior in high school and leads the drama team in worship.
Jovany and Dominga are living proof that Jesus is the only answer to all of our problems. He is the only way to transform our spiritual, physical, and emotional pain into joy.
We are grateful for your part in building God’s Kingdom.