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How an Ex-Convict Learned to Worship Through His Work

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Alfonso was looking for a “fast life,” and as a result, he got mixed up in illegal drugs and landed in prison.

For many, that kind of thing might signal the beginning of a pattern or slowly define and distort one’s identity or destiny. But for Alfonso, it was a wake-up call.

While in prison, he began to realize who he really was, and more importantly, whose he really was. He began to understand that God created him to be a gift-giver, and that the work of his hands was a form of worship to his Creator.

When he was released, he started an automotive repair shop, where he continues to meet the needs of his community in a variety of ways, material, spiritual, and otherwise.

Hear more about his story here:

As Alfonso explains:

The Scripture says to honor everything that you do as you’re doing it for the Lord, so every morning I pray about my customers. I pray about my work. If I come into some kind of a problem I can’t fix, I’ll stop and I’ll pray about it, and I’ll just put it in God’s hands, and it seems like he’s helping me…

I feel like this business is the Lord’s, and I believe that he just entrusted me with everything that I have, and he’s opened all kinds of opportunities and doors for me. And if it consists of working in an automotive field to help people, that’s what I’ll do.

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Joseph Sunde is an associate editor and writer for the Acton Institute. His work has appeared in venues such as The Federalist, First Things, The Christian Post, The Stream, Intellectual Takeout, Foundation for Economic Education, Patheos, LifeSiteNews, The City, Charisma News, The Green Room, Juicy Ecumenism, Ethika Politika, Made to Flourish, and the Center for Faith and Work. Joseph resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota with his wife and four children.

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