"Being a warrior is not about the act of fighting. It's about being so prepared to face a challenge and believing so strongly in the cause you are fighting for that you refuse to quit." Richard "Mack" Machowicz
Initially, we were all shocked, for our life group, "Living the Life", had been praying faithfully for our friend's deliverance from the consequences of his actions. We've watched him grow more and more in love with Jesus, share his faith daily with strangers, minister to others in need of car re-pairs, help whomever, whenever without being paid and allow the Spirit of God in him to radically change this man of anger to a man of peace and confidence in the God he now served.
Why, God? He's leaving four little ones and a wife that adores him? Why didn't You do something that day? Why did he have an attorney that could have cared less abou him and didn't really fight for him? Maybe we could have prayed harder, longer, or done SOMETHING!
These questions whirled around in everyone's head and yet there was a peace. Moreover, here is where one truly knows if what they believe is based on truth or not. The waves were pounding on his foundation and they will continue for a long time, but he's standing tall.
He didn't give up, run away, or fight back. He surrendered to the God that loved Him and he grew more. He continued sharing Jesus, loving his wife and children and serving the body of Christ. He came over here and fixed my car several times, took off my transmission and made arrangements to have it rebuilt, fixed my dad's car numerous times and bought my Love a beautiful birthday cake for his fiftieth~!
I've never met someone like Mino. A warrior of such valor, humbly accepting the challenge set before him. This 'sentence' is just that. A statement that his life is not his own. He was bought with blood, pure blood that now runs through his veins. He cannot help but allow that power to flow through him as he uses this time to bring others to Jesus.