When we thought about who our first life story would be, there was no question who's story needed to be first. Wilkyns M. Chal Batista, born and raised in Batey Central, is answering his calling from God to help his community learn how to grow closer to Christ through education and loving like Jesus. Wilkyns received an education from a university in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic in education. He has the option to have a paid position at any local school or university but he says that God hasn't called him to live for a salary but by faith. Wilkyns started a school in Batey Central this last year that focuses primarily on Christ, but provides children with an education and self discipline as well. The children in his class, who would not normally have had a chance at an education due to lack of citizenship, finished the first grade this summer. The first Untiled Faith clinic will be built next to the school. Here is Wilkyns's life story:
How God Changed My Life
I was born in Batey Central, Barahona, in 1983. I'm one of six kids. When I was still a kid, my Mother and my Dad broke there relationship. My mother kept her four kids at that time. She was still very young so it was very hard for her to raise us up by herself. Anyway, she kept working and doing her best to give us at least something to eat.
One day, she decided to go to the capital and work there and send us money, so she did; leaving us with my grandmother. She worked in the capital for some months, then she realized that she needed to come back. She got back and got another Job in Barahona.
Two years later, she married another man. But things didn't change too much for us. So, at the age of eight, I decided to build myself a shoe shining box, and I started shining shoes on the street. With the money I made, I helped my brothers and sisters, giving my mom the money to get food for us.
At that time, I used to go to school in the morning and to the ball field in the afternoon. Those were tough times. I still remember that one Sunday night when I got back home from the street and there was nothing to eat so I gave my mother the money I made in order to get some food. I still thank God for giving me the opportunity to help my family.
After turning fourteen, I gave my life to Jesús. It happened one day in the afternoon after coming back from the baseball field. There was a pastor preaching the gospel and after preaching, he invited me to come to the Lord and so I did. After that, God started working in my life and changing my life to do his will.
At the age of fifteen, I wanted to learn English, but I couldn't pay for it so I found someone who gave me an English book and I started teaching myself. Some years later, I could speak a little bit. After graduating from high school, I could speak more and I could see God working more and more in my life.
I was in college when I met my brother Kevin Fusell, and I really thank God for him. He has been used by the Lord Jesus to bless my life. I thank God, because He used Kevin and his family (his Wife Jennifer Fusell) to bless my family. Without their support, it wouldn't have been possible for me to get my college degree.
I know God has a lot of people like them ready to be a blessing life to others. I have to say that God has used everything they did for me to turn that to his glory. In fact, while I was still in college, God put in my heart to start the ministry with the kids. God is still using what Kevin and his family did for me. Well, not only them. There are a lot of people I can mention like, Pastor Dough with his Bible teaching and the Rineholt family, who have trusted in me and are working with me in this ministry. Also, Lewis who gave me a great opportunity to be a translator with Calvary Chapel of Delta. Hey, I can mention many others, but I wouln't need to write a whole book to say how God has used their life to change mine.
So let me tell what really changed my life. It was knowing that God lives in my heart. We all have a purpose on this earth. God has created us for his glory.
Our lives and everything that happens in them is because God wanted them to happen. Being a young man who grew up in a batey, sometimes suffering hunger, sleeping on a dust floor, having to work at an early age, I can now say that I understand why God allowed me to go through all this hard situation. I didn't understand it before, but now I understand that He has a purpose behind all situations in our lives.
Dear friends, I ask you to pray for everything we are doing in Batey Central and also that God's will keeps being the number one thing in our lives.
May God bless in a great way.
Love in Christ,
Wilkyns M. Chal Batista.