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ORDAINED PREACHER EMILIO DIAZ LEADS TWO MINISTRIES IN COLEMAN AT EMMANUEL BAPTIST CHURCH AFTER A LIFE OF DRUGS

ORDAINED PREACHER EMILIO DIAZ LEADS TWO MINISTRIES IN COLEMAN AT EMMANUEL BAPTIST CHURCH AFTER A LIFE OF DRUGS

By Frances Gonzalez-Boyd

 

 

 

When life handed him a failure note, he took it seriously. He was one of twelve children in his family who decided he needed a way out one day and he found his escape through drugs. He started to experiment at the early age of fifteen. Drugs became his way of life and his means of providing for his family. Today, Emilio Diaz, 54, leads two ministries; Tough Guy Ministries, and Theotherapy—Emotional Freedom at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Coleman, with a mission to preach the gospel. His pastor is Dick Schultz. The Tough Guys ministry was founded in 2004, and is considered a 501C3 non-profit organization. “The missions of these ministries are to disciple and equip the body of Jesus Christ and preach the gospel of Jesus Christ. I am an Apostle, and God has given me many gifts. People cannot hear the bible because of their woundedness.” Diaz said. “It is not the drugs. It’s their woundedness. Our woundedness blinds us about the Lord. There is a difference in just saying you believe, because you also have to walk the talk. {{more}} The gospel is what brings healing. Some people just want a practical teaching. Christianity is tough, but it beautiful and it can be done, not by man’s rule, but by God’s rule. We are all seeking something to ease our pain. Mine was not drugs, it was control. He knows firsthand about that woundedness because of his past experiences with drugs. “In 1993, I came into Coleman from Temple to deliver drugs. I was dealing drugs all over Texas. I moved my family back to my home town. The police were looking for me at this time.” said Diaz. “I decided to get help. Diaz, who grew up in Coleman, Texas, shares his testimony and what led him to accept Jesus Christ in 1994 and surrender himself to the legal authorities. According to Diaz, one day he stopped running from the law when his heart felt convicted for what he had done. “One day I was in a friend’s house, and everyone looked like they were distorted; half animal and half human. They knew I had the power when I walked and got in my car, and I saw everything I committed. I started crying and then I said, “God, forgive me for everything I did to this community and to this neighborhood. “God, I want to know if you are real. I grabbed the bible, and one day I asked him if he would trust me.” Diaz said. Diaz was given 25 years in prison, and served four of those years before his release in 1998. His decision to turn hisMinister Emilio Diaz with his wife Christian. Photo by Frances Gonzalez-Boyd. life around has blessed him with a different life and one of second chances. He has a second wife, Christian, 30, and a beautiful house. Diaz has four children from his first marriage; Darnell, 31, Nicolas, 29, Kalie, 20, Nicolette, 20. Prior to his prison sentence, he had completed his Associate Degree from TSTC in Waco, Texas in Computer Science. He recently completed his BA in Theology and a Minor in Psychology from Howard Payne University in Brownwood in December 2012. He is employed with his church, Emmanuel Baptist, and is an ordained preacher and counseling through the leadership of his ministries. There is a story about how he first came across Theotherapy—Emotional Freedom by Dr. Mario E. Rivera. According to Diaz, while he was living in Dallas after his release from prison, he first came across Theotherapy when he found a small Christian book while he was traveling to Temple. “I ended up with cancer while I was in Dallas. I was going through a divorce from my first wife. I felt God told me to buy a book in Goldsboro. I grabbed a handful and kept going. About a week or two later, I had depression really bad. Something told me, “The book”. I remembered I had bought the book, “Facing Unresolved Conflict”. I started laughing and healing when I read the book. I was also healed from my cancer. I also shared the book with my two sons and they read the book, and it also benefited them. “I first went to a seminar in Dallas about Theotherapy.” At this point in his life, Diaz started discipling teenagers. “The enemy has already programmed society. Our parents were programmed, and we continue into the same cycle from our family past, and for some of us it is considered a curse. In our family of twelve, we were all dealing drugs, and now we are Christians. Two of my sisters are helping me with the ministries,” said Diaz. To the young people in society today who are caught up with drugs and violence, he shares. “God is the Answer.” After experiencing the positive healing results from the six month courses, Diaz became more interested in the ministry of Theotherapy, and started facilitating the six month courses. The “God Heals” manual describes Theotherapy as, a modality of Christian ministry whose aim is to help individuals through the enabling power of the Holy Spirit, resolve conflicts by facing them and when there is need to do so, to forgive the people who were significant in the creation of those conflicts. It is not so much a specific event at a specific time in an individual’s life; it is more like a journey a pilgrimage toward healing Theotherapy is an eclectic ministry drawn from many sources which mainly include the Holy Bible, psychological principles as they are presented in God’s words. It seeks to bring about integration of the spirit, soul, and body. The Tough Guys Ministry is hosting a six month course free of charge that is provided by Theotherapy for individuals who need emotional healing and are bound by feelings of rejection, loneliness, insecurity, anger, depression, fear and low self-esteem. The six month courses can also lead to individuals to become facilitators of the Theotherapy ministry. An invitation is extended to anyone who needs healing from past hurts, want to discover how to be happy all the time, find out six things God wants you know, and how to establish priorities in your life. The classes will begin on February 21,2013 and meeting days are on Thursdays at 7:00pm. Completion is six months. The meeting place is Emmanuel Baptist Church-Fellowship Hall at 1000 Clow in Coleman. Individuals interested in registering for the six month courses should contact: Arnaold & Dora Ramirez at 325-625-1I202 or Phyllis Miller at 325-625-3297.