What satisfies you? What makes you feel excited about life and the things ahead of you? How do you know when you’ve found what you are looking for? For Charis Bible College graduate Palo Robles, these questions were only the beginning. He first began to seek answers within a party lifestyle, living in a world of drugs, women, and cars. But Palo couldn’t shake the feeling that he was meant for something greater. He knew life must have more to offer. “My heart was really just looking to all of these worldly things to make me complete,” Palo reflects. “But I just couldn’t understand why none of them were satisfying me.”
Searching for a change he knew this world could not offer him, Palo made a decision that transformed his life forever. “When I accepted Christ as my Lord and Savior, that emptiness I had in my heart was instantly filled. All the depression and anger from not being satisfied were completely destroyed. Everything I was searching for was satisfied through God’s love for me.”
Palo now takes his newfound love and freedom to the streets, eager to share the Good News with anyone who can breathe. While out there, the main thing he’s come to realize is that everyone relates to love and that love never fails:
“People want to be loved, and they want to be accepted because that is the Father’s heart. Christ said He did not come for the righteous, but He came for the unrighteous, for the lost. He leaves the ninety-nine to go after the one. So, it’s the Father’s heart to reach those who are outside the church walls. The Scripture says he who wins souls is wise. It’s an amazing thing to witness.”
Through his time at Charis and his growing relationship with Christ, Palo has developed skills to more effectively minister to people. “When I’m out on the streets, I’m always asking the Holy Spirit ‘Okay, highlight some things for me: Who do You want me to minister to? What is going on in their life? What do You want me to say? Let me see them as You see them.' It brings to mind what Jesus said—‘I will make you fishers of men’ (Matt. 4:19). Jesus is teaching me how to be an effective fisherman so I can bring people into the kingdom. That’s why I do what I do.”
Palo now finds fulfillment in reaching the very people who are searching for the satisfaction he once sought. God’s plan is always bigger than what any one person can come up with on their own. Palo knows that surety. He’s experienced it. And so can you.