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Out of the Darkness

I love the LORD, for he heard my voice;
he heard my cry for mercy.
– Psalm 116.1

He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire;
he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.
– Psalm 40.2


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Raziel’s story is shared by many. Since childhood, the strain of a dysfunctional family embroiled constantly in conflict had led him to a life of drugs and alcohol. Immersed for so long in this dark world, Raziel felt like he had lost all hope. In fact, he was hopeless.

In the midst of his despair, Raziel cried out to God. He wanted to finally be lifted out of the pit he’d fallen into, and he wanted God to show him that He was real.

Raziel’s cry was heard. God met Raziel in the darkness with a transforming Light.

Drugs and alcohol no longer have a hold on Raziel. What grips him now is the powerful, personal testimony given him by the redeeming and transforming power of Christ.

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GNPI-Mexico is producing a short film to tell this amazing story. Raziel’s testimony, the second in a series of short dramas (La Red was the first), shows how God answers our cries for help.

Perhaps as much an evidence of God’s power in Raziel’s life is the story of how the film came about. Click here to read Trading His Pain, the “story behind this story.”

Stories like Raziel’s and La Red are essential to today’s Latin culture. Because so many struggle with addiction, culturally relevant productions like these from GNPI-Mexico address everyday needs in powerful ways.

Thank God for willing hearts like Raziel. The LORD didn’t just lift Raziel out of a dark pit. He has placed him firmly on The Rock as a light for many to see.

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