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September 28, 2013

An answered prayer

Ecuadorian man says God led him to Kokomo to serve community

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He applied to places all over the country, but only one called him back.

When Taflinger offered him the chance to spend some time in Kokomo, he said he immediately accepted.

“When all the doors are closing and one is obviously open, you don’t question it,” he said. “I like to take leaps like that.”

He considered it a sign from God. But the Lord was at work answering even more of his prayers, he said, and he didn’t even know it.

Aguilar accepted the job without a clear idea of what he’d be doing when he arrived. As soon as his camp ended, he packed his bags and set out for the City of Firsts.

He quickly settled into a new routine that included mentoring Bridges Outreach children almost every afternoon.

His mornings, though, are reserved for his work at Kokomo Urban Outreach. He’s hard at work there launching a new program called Breakthrough.

That’s the special project God had been planning for him, he said.

When it’s finished, it will be a counseling-based program that aims to lift families out of poverty and into the middle class, said Jeff Newton, executive director of Kokomo Urban Outreach.

Aguilar is writing the curriculum right now. He hopes to have it finished by the end of October.

Aguilar plans to include lessons on goal setting and interview skills. He’ll also coach participants on the hidden rules of the middle class, he said.

And he’ll provide counseling for all of the families who come through. That is, perhaps, what he’s most excited about.

As it turns out, Aguilar wants to pursue a career in family and marriage counseling. This program, he said, fits right in.

It’s no coincidence, he said.

“It’s God saying, ‘Here you go. You wanted this. I’m answering your prayer,’” Aguilar said.

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