Hi My Name is Paul Valentino, the picture you see is of my wife Angela and myself.
You would be correct in assuming we are a happily married couple, but 30 years ago that wasn’t the case…
I was married at the age of 21 to the woman of my dreams and I already had my own home. I kept hidden a secret that no one knew, a rage and anger that could explode at the drop of a hat.
I had this rage because of hurt, rejection, and anger towards life and the abuse I suffered growing up in a violent home. I was accepted by the wrong people who encouraged me to go against the law, which resulted in me hurting a lot of people.
My wife became the centre of all my frustrations. I would take all my anger out on her I always regretted it but found myself unable to break free from the cycle.
I wanted to change and turn my life around. I decided to go to church but it didn’t help me. I went to professional people, but they couldn’t seem to help me either. Until one day someone had the courage to challenge me and tell me that it was my sin and disobedience towards God that was the centre of my problems.
They told me that Jesus Christ had died upon the cross for me, and that it was up to me to accept the responsibility for my sins and to ask for forgiveness.
When both my wife and I did this our lives changed for the better almost instantly. Today I have 4 children and 11 grandchildren, because of Jesus Christ. It wasn’t church that helped me, but Jesus! You too can experience freedom and hope for your life!
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