On today’s show, we have youth and young adult pastor of North Assembly in Fresno California, Alex Delgado.
We talk about:
- Being a Cuban refugee and what that means to his family
- Finding an identity in addiction and alcohol
- How he overcame suicide and found God
- What he has been doing to spread his story and help many others
Alex shows a lot of courage and vulnerability on this episode. This was incredibly overwhelming for me to listen to at times. Especially from someone I have known for many years and was oblivious to these challenges.
Enjoy the show,
I came to this Country as a Cuban refugee with my family when I was 6 months old. Since I was old enough to remember, it was ingrained in me that we came to this country to improve our lives and failure was not a choice.
I grew up in Chicago, and from a young age, I dreamed of being successful. It was the driving force behind every decision I made. After graduating high school, I got a job at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Working with these successful young brokers only fuelled my obsession for a fast life and material things.
My identity quickly became deﬁned by the watch on wrist and the money in my wallet. I had an insatiable appetite for money, alcohol, and women, but there was a huge void in my life those things could not ﬁll. But I kept chasing that dream for another 15 years, jumping from job to job and relationship to relationship. I had also become a full-blown alcoholic. I continued that spiral into a deep depression. I could never have enough, and was grasping at every temporary ﬁx I could ﬁnd, only to lose everything. I found myself homeless, alone, and an intravenous heroin addict. I hated the person I had become. I was at the end of my rope in a hotel room in Las Vegas contemplating suicide, when my mother called. She was desperately pleading with me “Son, you have tried everything, why don’t you give God a try?” That was the last thing I wanted to do, but at that point, I was willing to try almost anything. Besides, I had a nagging feeling that maybe she was right. I reluctantly agreed to enter a one-year residential faith-based program called Teen Challenge. At a service one night, the pastor’s message referenced 2 Timothy 3:2 and those people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. I recognized myself in that passage and felt like I was the only person in the chapel. My eyes were opened and my heart was softened that night, as God met me at my lowest point.
Following Him has not always been easy, but He has taken me to places I never imagined possible. I have been in the Central Valley for over a year, and today I am married, I am a father, and I serve as a Youth and Young Adults Pastor. I also have over four years of sobriety, and I am content. I deﬁne success much differently today. It is no longer about external status, bank accounts, or appearance. It is all about a personal relationship with the Lord and ﬁnding His purpose for my life. God has turned my mess into a message. I believe that we all have a story to share and this is mine.