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Thursday
Mar292012

God is a Good God (Dios es un Dios Bueno)

Through Andrew's teaching, Leonardo and Iselsa Jimenez came to understand that God is a good God, and they have prospered because of their knowledge. (Click to enlarge)Entrepreneurs, Leonardo and Iselsa Jimenez, owners of Alpha Dental in Katy, Texas, have made a long journey into their identities as a couple, as business owners and as part of the body Christ. Both immigrated to the United States in the 1980s, Leonardo from Colombia and Iselsa from the Dominican Republic, and their journey has led them from religion to a true understanding that God is a good God.

Though the immigrants had come to America from different countries, they wound up attending the same church in the Houston area. Iselsa and Leonardo met shortly after Iselsa had shared with the Lord her desire for a husband. "I asked God for a husband, not a Iselsa asked God for a husband, and she specified that he must love the Lord and he must be tall—God answers prayers. (Click to enlarge)friend or boyfriend," said Iselsa. She also prayed specifically for a tall man who loved the Lord. At church a short time later, Leonardo approached Iselsa and the two hit it off. Iselsa, conscious of what she had prayed, asked Leonardo during their first date, what he wanted to do with his life. He answered that he felt like he wanted to teach God's Word. The two were married in 1997.

During the early days of their relationship, Leonardo worked in a small hospital. One morning at work, he was listening to a local radio station when he heard Andrew's Gospel Truth program for the first time. Andrew was teaching, God is a Good God, and what Leonardo heard so impressed him that he called the ministry's Leonardo holds a tape of the first teaching he ever received from AWM. He was so grateful that Andrew's teaching was and continues to be offered for free. (Click to enlarge)help line to ask for a copy of the teaching. Leonardo was grateful that the tape was free because finances were tight. Actually, he refers to those days as the "poverty days."

Up until that point, Iselsa had been Leonardo's Bible study teacher as she had had some previous religious training, but with each message Leonardo heard he gained new revelation, and he began to share Andrew's teachings with her. As much as Iselsa was learning from Leonardo, she still struggled with accepting the teaching because it countered much of what she had been taught. She would listen and say to Leonardo, "Show me in the Bible where it says this." In frustration she would take things before God and ask, "Is this really true? Are you really Leonardo began to share Andrew's teaching with Iselsa. (Click to enlarge)showing these things to Leonardo?"

Iselsa remembers Leonardo saying, "It's so simple, God is a good God, and the devil is a bad devil. See life from there. Whatever is good is from God, and whatever is bad is from the devil." Once Iselsa settled in her heart that what Andrew was teaching was true, the couple began to see change in their lives—change that lined up with the Word of God.

Leonardo's well worn Bible.
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In those early days, the Jimenez struggled financially, to the point that their lack of money was in the way of their advancement. While Leonardo worked for the hospital, Iselsa worked as a dental assistant, but she wanted more. "The Lord says delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart. I had a desire to do greater things. I didn't feel comfortable where we were. We had enough for us to live day-by-day, but we didn't have enough to give, we didn't have enough to enjoy—we didn't have enough."

After several years of struggling to advance in life, the couple put their faith in God's Word and watched as the Word began to produce fruit and Iselsa received her doctorate in America.
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Iselsa had been educated in the Dominican Republic and was certified as a dentist there; however, the United States would not recognize her credentials. The legal system prevented her advancement, but as she yielded to the need for further schooling in America, she couldn't get into any of the American dental schools. She scraped her savings together and spent the money on application fees and postage to apply to schools across the country only to be rejected by each one.

As she watched her dream to be a dentist slip away, Iselsa became depressed. Even the people at church, whom she felt should be encouraging her, were saying things that made her doubt herself; things to the effect of, "Maybe your The Jimenez opened their own dental practice in Katy, Texas called, Alpha Dental. (Click to enlarge)dreams are not from God." She grew frustrated as she watched new doctors coming out of American dental schools, as they were hired with little knowledge and even less experience, knowing she had both.

The Jimenez struggled to afford their one-bedroom apartment and to make repairs to their car when needed. "America is supposed to be the land of your dreams, and I wasn't living that dream," remembered Iselsa.

Leonardo serves as the office manager for their dental practice.
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"We had always been taught that God was the one in control, using sickness to teach you and poverty to keep you in line," said Leonardo. When they realized, through Andrew's teaching, their true identity as the head and not the tail, they began to see a change in their lives.

The Jimenez came against the previous rejection from the schools and Iselsa chose to reapply. The couple prayed over her applications and would bless her outgoing letters, speaking the promises of God over each one. Eventually, Iselsa was accepted at University of the Pacific Dugoni School of Dentistry. She started school last in her class and graduated as the class salutatorian. Better still, Dr. Iselsa Mota-Jimenez—look at that smile! (Click to enlarge)she is now a dentist—twice.

Leonardo and Iselsa operate their own dental practice. The office, managed by Leonardo, is in a beautiful 2,500 sq. ft. space, and they now live in a 3000 sq. ft. home in a nice neighborhood. "We have more than enough. I'm not lacking anything, and money is not a problem—sincerely," said Leonardo.

They credit their success to standing on the Word of God and Andrew's teachings that helped them see that God is When Leonardo first met Andrew at a GTS, he shook his hand and thanked him for his ministry. Andrew pulled him closer and told him that he had the same gift of teaching that Andrew does, and he gave him a word from the Lord. Since that time, doors have opened for Leonardo to minister the grace and love of God.
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good. "It was an eye-opener for us. Finding that God was not the problem for [Iselsa] to get into school or for me to be able to get ahead in life, but rather, we have an enemy. Basically, the devil was taking advantage of our ignorance of the Word of God. Once we started to get the knowledge, the word says, 'You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free,' and once we began to get the knowledge of the Word of God, we were able to possess the promises that God has already made," Leonardo shared.

"When Leonardo told me about Andrew Wommack, and he told me what he learned, I started founding my life and living my life through the Word of God, my life changed. It was not because I was in America. It was not because I was a dentist. When I made the decision to believe God and His Word, that's when I saw my life change," said Iselsa.

For more details about Leonardo and Iselsa's journey to victory, be sure to check out the video below.

 

Reader Comments (6)

Thank you, Leonardo and Iselsa, for a beautiful and uplifting testimony. I will use the scriptures you cited in my job search.

March 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara

Good day Leonardo and Iselsa - Thank you for your story of persistence and faithfulness, it encourages and inspires me as I believe God for my future.

March 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKerry

This is such an encouraging testimony! Thank you for sharing.

March 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEdmee

Gracias por su testimonio. Me da mucha fe en mi negocio. Yo quiero bendecir a muchos con mi negocio y Dios me capacita.

Thanks for your testimony. It gives me much faith for my business. I want to bless many with my business and the Lord is enabling me.

March 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPenny Arcos

Thank you for sharing this. I realise God cares about every tiny detail of my life. I can indeed cast all cares on him. Abundant life is bigger than what I thought. Thanks to all God has used and is still using to help me see.

April 7, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterh. k.

6/21/21 -- Bendiciones! Lo siguiente es un mensaje que les envie el dia 5/14/12 -- atraves de su web site en Alpha Dental. Saludos desde Seattle, Washington. Les deceo un dia excelente en el SeƱor! :)

Hola Dra. Mota. Le mando saludos pues la vi recientemente en el programa de nuestro amado hermano en Cristo -- Andrew Wommack -- y la felicito sinceremente por su exito. Dios ha puesto en mi corazon contactarla y preguntar si en algo le puedo ayudar (las cosas de Dios son tan bellas y para nosotros, aveces no entendibles, solo hay que obedecer -- en fe). Porfavor escribame por email, yo estare esperando su carta. Le deceo tenga un dia fenomenal y que Dios Todopoderoso siga bendiciendola grandemente.

Afectuosamente, Eva Hernandez :)
Email: feyesperanza@aol.com

June 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEva Hernandez

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