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Josh's Testimony
    Hello, my name is Josué (Joshua) Ramos.  I was born in Puerto Rico and left the island with my family 9 months later to live in New York City.  My father raised me and my sister in an evangelical church.  I accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as my Savior when I was about 11 years old.  I was baptized in water a year later.  I am 56 years old, and I am married to a precious Japanese woman, Yoshie Miyagi Ramos.

    Though I have been a follower of Christ since early childhood, through the years, like all Christians, my faith has been tried many times over.  Death and disappointment have especially touched my life a number of times.  But I have come to realize that these events have only given the Lord an opportunity to strengthen my faith as I have seen His compassion and grace carry me through time and time again.  I can say of the Lord, "He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust." (Psalm 91:2)

    After having lived, studied and worked as a high school teacher in Texas for some 16 years, I felt it necessary to return to New York City to help take care of my father, who was dying from heart and lung disease. I did not know it then, but this decision would be used of the Lord to draw me much closer to Him than I had ever been.   I would pray and talk about the Lord and His Word with my father until the day of his death.  One of the last things that he told me very softly was, "Joshua, you need to get married.  It's not good to live alone.  I know...I've been alone for many years."  He knew that I too had been
disappointed in this regard.  My father was my best friend, and when he quietly slipped away into the Lord's presence, I was left with a deep and painful void.

    When my father died I was in deep financial debt, eventually unemployed for two years, and physically and spiritually exhausted.  I decided to seek the Lord as intensely as I possibly could.  I began to attend church in New York City regularly.  I would just soak before the Lord while hearing the pastors preach the Word of God with much power and conviction. The Lord helped me through this time, and I eventually found work as a school teacher in the New York City area.

    One Sunday, during a sermon preached by one of our pastors, I especially fell under deep conviction and felt a calling on my life to go to Japan as a missionary.  At the time, the thought of me dealing with Japanese people was so "remote" that for many months I told no one. But that particular Sunday, in obedience to the Holy Spirit, I went forward during the alter call and rededicated my life to the Lord in complete surrender. I just kept on praying about what I felt God was doing in my heart.  I would wake up frequently in the middle of the night with an intense desire to pray for the salvation of the Japanese people. Sometimes I would have dreams at night about missionary work, especially in Japan.   (Occasionally, I still have these night time dreams and promptings.) I knew nothing then about Japan or the spiritual vacuum that exists there.  But the Lord began to bring Japanese people into my life effortlessly and in some very unusual ways.

    Eventually, through the our church's missions department, I went to Cuba and Colombia on short-term missionary trips.  While in Cuba, I spoke to Susan, the church's missions director at that time, about my sense that God was calling me to minister in Japan.  Back in the States, about a week later, our senior pastor preached a powerful message on world-wide missions.  As I was exiting the sanctuary I ran into Susan.  "Joshua," she told me quietly, "that message was for you".  "I know," I told her.  She went on to tell me that a Japanese prayer group met every Sunday afternoon at a restaurant on Broadway near the church.  She introduced me to someone who was headed that way.  I felt somewhat apprehensive, not knowing what to expect from all of this.  A 52 year old Puerto Rican high school teacher being called to evangelize Japanese people! To me this was somewhat hard to believe:  "Where do I start?"  "I don't know any Japanese."  "I'm too old."  "I'm too shy and awkward."  "I have no financial means to reach Japan."

    Little did I know that God had a plan in all of this.  Sometime later, I found myself walking through bankruptcy court and financial restoration.  The Lord helped me through this very difficult process.  The group of mostly Japanese praying saints would eventually become some of my closest friends.  I would later ask one of the group's leaders about my "interest in pursuing a relationship with her leading to marriage."  Also, the school where I was teaching in was about to be dismantled, and many teachers, including me, would be losing their jobs there.  In answer to prayer, the Lord opened a great door for me to relocate and work in a Texas high school.  The beautiful Japanese girl, a registered nurse with a heart for missions, decided to marry me.  When we first met, I came to know that she too had been called to share Christ overseas:  She had gone as a medical missionary to the Philippines, Costa Rica and Afghanistan after the fall of the Taliban. She later followed me to Texas where she works at a Dallas hospital.

We have traveled together to Japan.  I am now studying Japanese and I am enrolled in evening Bible school.  We are both so very happy that the Lord had a plan for us, and brought us together in such a special way.  From the day of our wedding the banner over our home has become:  "But we trust in you, O Lord.  We say, "You are our God.  Our times are in your hands."  (Psalm 31:14-15). In all of this I have learned to trust in the Lord always, and to follow in His footsteps, even when I am not sure of the outcome.  God bless you!

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