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Strengthen your faith through physical exercise - Part II

by Pastor Jayson L. Igloria

       Jose Suarez
 Jose "Joe" Suarez

Last article, I introduced my friend GM Ferdinand Peralta whom I met in June of this year and he introduced to me his friend Jose Suarez in church in the last week of August. What really caught my attention about these two guys was their passion to the craft that God had given to them and the ability to touch many lives throughout the years of giving training in Arnis, Muay Thai and boxing here in Winnipeg.

Jose Suarez, aka “Joe” started training students in February 1985 under Dante Alambra. He was a Sikaran 2nd Dan black belt then. Since 1998 Joe has managed the GOJO Gym on Sherbrook Street at the corner of Pacific Avenue with a few young people. He ran the very successful Gojo fitness centre until 2001. The part of his story that struck me is how he helps youngsters, giving free training. He started with three or four students who couldn’t afford the membership because their parents spent their money on drugs and alcohol. When he heard about this from the kids, Joe allowed them train for free. Because of this noble thing, these few kids grew to be hundreds, years later. Eventually Joe learned to get funding for the less fortunate kids. He is been training students for more than 30 years, including some students at the Freight House Community Centre for the past three years. The goal is to share a positive lifestyle for these kids and many champions were trained through the gym.

One of his students, named Marc Luntao, has been training under Joe for the last two months and I will talk about him on my next article.

No doubt, Joe is a tough guy with a heart. He has been telling me about quitting bad habits that can really helped to heal his health and spirit from his mistakes of the past. These things would not be possible for him to overcome without acknowledging God in his life.

I believe, as a pastor, my duty is not only to provide spiritual healing and bring people to God through His Son Jesus Christ but also make them realize how important our body is because it is where the Holy Spirit resides.

1 Corinthians 6:19

“Do you not know that your bodies are the temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own.”

As I have said, the functions of the spirit, soul and body are related to one another. A healthy “spirit” is the sound foundation for a healthy “soul.” A healthy “soul” favours a healthy “body.” It works the other way as well. It is difficult to be at our best spiritually if we are emotionally or physically sick. If we are ill in mind or body, it will affect our work and witness for God. Our relationship with God’s spirit is safe and secure, but the flow of His Spirit through our lives to the world will be limited. We have been created to function as whole persons.

3 John 2

“Dear friends, I pray that you may prosper and be in health even as your soul prospers.”

This verse teaches us that physical health is related to the well being of one’s soul. In other words, a healthy soul-life is necessary for a healthy body-life.

Pastor Jayson L. Igloria is a Senior Pastor of I am, Redeemer and Master Ministries, located at 187 Kilbride Avenue in Winnipeg with worship services on Sundays at 10:00 a.m. and children’s Sunday school at 10:30 a.m. For more information, call 431-334-7286.

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