By Pedro Cuadro
About 20 years ago I met Armando and Liset Diaz (Navigators Nations Within and Director of Navigators LaVida Network). I was married at that time and I remember having conversations with Armando about spiritual topics. I always told him that I was a good person and did not feel a need for God in my life. Then I went through two broken relationships and was left without a connection to my daughter, whom I love so much. I felt like my world fell apart.
As my friendship with Armando grew, I was open to receive what God had to tell me. We started to meet for Life-to-Life® discipleship. I started reading the Bible, praying, and attending church. My life began to be healed and transformed. God opened the door for me to travel from my home in Havana, Cuba, to Mexico for an exhibition of my paintings. A few weeks later, I traveled to Texas and asked for political asylum. Armando and I continued having long distance discipleship conversations through those years.
I learned how to be a man of God and, when I was ready, I met a wonderful and godly woman. Juanel and I started dating and got married a year later. It was hard in the beginning because we were from different cultures and had to make adjustments, but Armando was again a great help during this process. I was able to learn how to be a loving husband and servant leader to my wife.
I am so thankful that I met Jesus and that I have such a wonderful friend in Armando who not only led me to the Lord, but also took time to disciple, mentor, and coach me through all of these years!
Pray that God will continue to use Navigators around the world to offer the hope of Jesus!