He shared his testimony on Sunday morning.
If you don’t remember, that’s okay, you can watch the video below.
We wanted to tell you a little bit more about his story because it’s so cool and there’s no way we could ever do it justice in only four minutes.
Have you ever just screamed in anger? Like, really screamed? Like, screamed at the top of your lungs at a decibel you didn’t even know your vocal chords could make?
Well, whether you have or haven’t, you know what we’re talking about. And that kind of screaming is what brought Juan Romero to Calvary on a random Wednesday evening in January 2015 and ultimately led him down a path that changed his life.
Juan had hit rock-bottom. He had become so frustrated with life and people, but especially with God. He grew up going to Catholic schools and he knew about God, but at this point in his life, he didn’t really know God. And he didn’t know why God would let certain things happen to him.
“God,” Juan screamed in his car, “if you’re real, I’m gonna go to Calvary right now and I’m gonna talk to somebody. And if no one’s there, I’m going to the bar.”
So that’s what Juan did. He turned his car around and drove to Calvary. He had attended a few young adult programs at CF since recently moving to Downingtown, but he hadn’t been there often and really didn’t know much about the church.
He had no idea that Wednesdays are family nights at Calvary and there’s always something going on here. (How awesome is it that this all occurred on a Wednesday night?!)
Juan did end up talking to somebody. He spoke with our Pastor of Students John Lawley. Even though John was in charge of leading the whole Youth Group that night, he took the time to speak with Juan because he knew Juan really needed to talk to someone.
John said something to him that really opened his eyes.
“Juan, we all fall short.”
Hearing those words made Juan realize that he’s not the only person who sins and messes up. He’s not the only person who doesn’t have his life completely together. And that no matter what, there’s always a chance to turn our lives around and give them back to Christ.
That Wednesday night in January, Juan saw that God was real and decided to start attending Calvary on Sunday mornings. And from Sunday mornings he started volunteering at events like Clothes 2 Go, Operation Christmas Child, and at the Reception desk. And by volunteering he met other Christians with whom he built friendships. And from those friendships he gained mentors who challenged his faith and led him to trust Christ as his personal Savior.
Now with the love of Jesus beaming from his heart, Juan seeks out people who seem like they might be where he was that night in January. He strives to encourage people and to love them because he knows firsthand that love and encouragement change people’s lives and brings them to the Lord.
So whether you’re screaming at the top of your lungs in anger, or you can’t even find the words to say, remember that we all fall short. Don’t be discouraged. It’s not too late to find peace in Christ Jesus.