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Our Lord and Savior was a carpenter, the supreme craftsman who crafted the very spirit that is perfectly placed deep within our hearts. Colossians 4:5 says,"Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time."The wisdom that we at Savior Watches will be walking with are the watches we deliver with loving and encouraging words our Lord and Savior left for us to share in attempts to make you believe more with all of your heart.




Emil Tamayo

Thats the first thing that pops into mind after hearing devastating news once again. SENSELESS! Taking lives of the innocent for what? If God is in the hearts of EVERYONE... this world would be full of LOVE, UNDERSTANDING, FORGIVENESS... PEACE. 

A heaviness fills our hearts every time we hear about attacks on our neighbors. A heaviness fills our heart every time we hear about another life taken. This ALL NEEDS TO END!

Lord, we pray for our brothers and sisters in #London #England. We pray for the lives taken and the lives injured during this senseless act from the blind. We pray for those who witnessed the madness Father. We pray that their minds and hearts are healed from witnessing something so traumatic. We pray for the families who lost a loved one today. We pray for the souls who are taking that next step in this life you created for us Lord. We ask for forgiveness of their sins Father and that you welcome them into your kingdom. Please comfort the hearts of all families affected by this horror Lord. Surround them with your love and peace so they cannot deny that your spirit is with them at all times. And though they committed this act, we pray for the ones responsible Father for they do not know what they do and do not know YOU and the true value of YOU... We ask this is Jesus Holy Name... 

London, we love you... you are in our hearts. God Bless!

Fear not, for I am with you;
Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you,
Yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’ -Isaiah 41:10
Please share and share a prayer of your own.
#LondonAttacks #PrayForLondon


Emil Tamayo

We need ALL of you to come together for this one. I'm not really a coffee drinker but a MAJOR tea fan. On the regular, there's this tea shop that I ALWAYS go to mainly due to the fact that the entire team there makes me feel more than just a customer... they treat me as if I were part of their family which is something I truly value. 

I do not want to say any names in case this person wishes to remain silent about it but today when I walked in, the usual jokes and laughter that takes place changed. This person has been getting pains in areas of the body and doctors missed the big picture that was actually occurring. When they did blood tests, they found that this person has cancer cells. At this point it is unknown if it's full blown or a cysts... Either way, they ran tests and this person is awaiting the results today.

I've known plenty of people who dealt with cancer and I've personally witnessed miracles from God. Again, I will not mention names but the ENTIRE staff at this place have hearts of gold and it's all because they accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior. When you accept Him, love just pours out of you and it never goes unnoticed. That love that pours out brightens anyone's darkest days. And the person that I am referring to does just that... So I need ALL of you to join all of us here at Savior Watches and pray for this person...

Father in Heaven, we ALL come to you today to pray for our friend. We ask that you lay your HEALING HANDS Lord and eradicate EVERY single cell that is doing damage to this person's health. At this time we pray to you Father that you comfort this person's mind and spirit during this devastating time and allow this person to know that you Father God are 100% with this person at ALL times. We've witnessed SEVERAL miracles in our lifetime Lord... Events that took place in our lives to bring us closer to you building that much stronger of a relationship with you. We ask that you perform another miracle Father and heal this person. Let us all bare witness to your healing powers Lord. ALL GLORY goes to you Father. We ask that you surround this person with love and peace. We ask that you bless the hands of the doctors and nurses helping this person Lord. We ask that you give extra needed sight to their eyes so they could see everything that is needed to be done. We ask that their minds a clear so they are fully alert of everything going on. We also ask that you comfort this person's family and close friends Father and have them remain strong until this person is fully healed. We ask this in Jesus Holy Name...

Please comment below with you own prayer and help our efforts... There is POWER in prayer. We thank you and love you all! God Bless!


Emil Tamayo


The holidays are coming up and I know for many, there are those who are incredibly stressed out. I remember in the 90's and early 00's money was scarce. Being with someone plus having a big family, I felt a great amount of pressure and stress due to not being able to purchase gifts or do anything special. What am I going to do? I'm going to ruin her Christmas because of my money situation!

At that time I always felt weak and less of a man because I could not do something as easy as purchasing gifts to make someone "Happy" for Christmas. So instead of looking towards the Lord for refuge and guidance, Old Man Jack, last name Daniel's became my adviser.. My Consigliere. And the two of us abused life everyday.


Turns out that I was not the only one feeling like that during the holidays. I had a few lonely buddies that were in the same shoes I was in and they had friends too, Jose C, Jim B, and who could forget about the greatest Captain to spice things up... Capt. Morgan! As I stated before, the holidays could leave many stressed out and with that, misery loves company and I had plenty of it.


What was the alcohol doing for us? What was the alcohol doing for me but allowing my mind to hide from the fact that I was dealing with these issues. God loves a cheerful giver, not a stressful giver. But the key thing I should have remembered was the fact that the holidays is absolutely not about buying gifts for others, its a celebration of the gift God gave us... Jesus Christ. The King of Kings, Lord of Lords, my Savior and my Light. The Lord who was born of a virgin who would one day die for my sins.


My sins... wow! And did I have plenty of them. Lets just say I put the bottles away and allowed God to take control of my life. That's the main thing he wants us to do, let go of ourselves and let him take control and work through us. He will give us everything we need and it is him that supplies all of our needs.

In Philippians 4:13, it says "I can do all things through him who strengthens me."


I could do anything and everything through Christ who gives me the strength to do all and supply all my needs and wants. From turning my life to God, he gave me the peace I needed in my mind and heart to carry on during the holidays and supplied me with the gifts I was able to afford to give to my loved ones. And it is Him, who I must thank and acknowledge for allowing me to do that. Not, Jack, Jose, Jim and the Captain who only masked things. The love of Jesus allowed me to put those masks away and face the reality I was going through... And I felt healed. So thank you Jesus for everything you did, are doing now and will do soon to come. In Jesus name...

Turn your life to God who will strengthen you and supply you with everything you need... mainly.... LIFE!


Lord, I pray that all my brothers and sisters in this social ministry has a happy holiday season. Please fill their lives with the love and joy you filled mine with and please let them know that these holidays are only here because of you. Please keep us safe during the holidays and out of harm's way. Please surround us with love ones, comfort and your grace. In Jesus name, Amen.

This season is all about the greatest gift we all received... Jesus Christ!


We at Savior Watches wanna to do something special for someone this Holiday Season. We are going to GIVE 4 people a Rejoice Watch who cannot afford any gifts this season. Some of us here were in the same boat and something like this would be an absolute blessing. Write us your testimony on whats going on in your life and how a Rejoice Watch would help you this Christmas. Please email it to We will choose 4 random people and will be sending the watch out right away. We’re not choosing the saddest story and this is not a contest about the saddest story… This is you telling us your story and having this ministry pray for you.  All testimonies will be posted on Facebook. Should you choose to want to be anonymous, simply write it at the end. We will email the 4 people directly to get all contact / shipping information.


If you believe that Jesus is our Lord and Savior, please share this with your friends and family. God Bless!



Emil Tamayo

LAUNCHING 10.11.16

Brothers and Sisters... Because of your love and support, we bring you, THE WHOSOEVER Watch by Savior Watches.

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Launching: Tuesday, October 11th at 8:30am on Kickstarter


I Can Do All Things Through Christ Who Strengthens Me

Emil Tamayo

Within our ministry, we have had the honor to have a sister be part of everything we have done since Day 1. Everyone has a story / testimony to share and we were fortunate to have our sister Miriam show her strength to share hers in her own words with all of us. It takes a lot courage for people to share any issues they go through or things they have witnessed. But within those troubles, there's ALWAYS triumph if you just put your faith on God. So, please take time to read her story and join us in prayer for our sister Miriam:


My name is Miriam and I’m from Italy. I think everybody has a story to tell, so I thought I could finally share mine too.

It’s been a while since I first met this wonderful team of Our Savior Watches, sooooooo… here I am! I feel totally lucky and blessed to be part of it.

I was born on May 13, 1992 in a small town in a family where both  parents were nurses. I also have an elder sister named Elisa and a gorgeous nephew named Daniele.

My story is probably nothing special, it could be like any other you’ve listened to, but I believe that it’s the contribution you give that makes it unique in every single case.

My family has always been formed by believers, in fact I was introduced to Christ when I was only 6 or 7 years old and went to primary school. I remember sharing, especially with my mom, moments meditating on the Word of God, reading the Bible by myself, going to church, stay with amazing people whom I’ve learned from and even writing love phrases for Jesus everywhere! Haha! On papers, diaries, walls, everywhere possible! It was like being in love!

From 2000 to 2002, my family and I moved to Bristol, England, where we lived the best two years of our lives. It was magical! I attended school there, while my parents worked, went to Bible school and my sister also worked and went to college. We had a blessed life there and the people we met were so cool! The church we were in helped us a lot even in our difficult time and I experienced a very deep relationship with God.

When we came back to Italy our lives changed. It was nothing compared to what we lived in England. Everything was so different and probably that’s when our crisis began. We had normal lives, I still went to school, but I realized that all was changing. There’s been a period of time when my father left us and fell into the sin of adultery, but then my mother forgave him and he came back into our family and all carried on as before. That was when our relationships with the Lord started to change and I also changed.

I have always been a very active girl, a brilliant student at school with high marks and practiced a lot of sports, including gymnastics, swimming, soccer, karate and bodybuilding. By that time, that was when everything started to fall apart, precisely in 2006.

My body has always been perfect, I was very fit and could eat everything I wanted without gaining a single pound, but something was slowly changing inside my mind. I started exercising at the gym and lost the first kilo. I thought it was normal, as a result of the movement I made. It seemed like nothing, but it turned into an obsession. I then lost the second kilo, the third, the fourth and so on. By then, I also decreased my portion and my weight became so low I couldn’t even stand on my feet properly, I couldn’t afford to play sports anymore because I was too weak and at serious risk of cardiac arrest.

I started developing an eating disorder, became dangerously thin and my parents started to take contacts with doctors, who told me that if I didn’t start to eat again they would have put me into a hospital.

That was it! I was so scared I started to eat again, but the dark thoughts were still in my mind. This carried on for many years, which have been full of rises and relapses, but never so dangerous as they would have been in the next years to come. I was really down!

Because of my illness, my relationship with God has also declined. 

Sadly, in 2011 when I graduated in high school with great results, my uncle died at the age of 60. That made me so depressed because he couldn’t even see me as a graduate. I got my diploma in July but he died in May. He always believed in me, even when he saw me so ill. He was always there for everybody, was also kind, considerate and always made me happy in the best ways he could.

My anorexia at the time started to get even worse and that’s when I dropped down at my lowest ever. In 2012 I started attending the Molinette hospital in Turin with weekly check ups in ambulatory. I was never willing to collaborate. I was always up and down with my mood, but took nothing seriously until October 2013, when I was such in terrible condition I was admitted to a feeding clinic, weighing only 35 kilos (77 lbs).

I stayed into recovery for three months and decided to finally come out of the disease, so my path went really well. When I came out I was quite healthy, weighing 42 kilos. I got my period back and all seemed to go fine.

But only after a very short amount of time, I started to lose weight again because I began restricting and purging again, dropping back at 33 kilos once again. In March 2014 I risked another cardiac arrest because of my potassium  which reached a value of only 2.2.  I couldn’t go home and had to stay there in hospital. So the hospitalization procedure started again. I was again admitted then got out after a month.

My mind was still the same, it never changed. I was still willing to stay anorexic and not gain weight at all. I put my life in danger to stay thin at any cost. I didn’t care.

So the last two years have been entirely based on coming and going from hospitals and clinics. I have been hospitalized so many times I’ve lost the count. Ambulatories, emergency, day hospital, inpatient recoveries. What a load of disgust! It all sucked!

Finally, the turning point came in March 2016, when I was admitted again to a feeding clinic because my weight was the lowest ever: only 31 kilos (68 lbs). I was in such a terrible state they had to put in the nasogastric tube, which I carried for almost 2 months.

But something in that stay was different this time. When I first stepped into the clinic, I vowed I would have come out of anorexia and made all the efforts, even if it would have been painful and I had to suffer. I was determined to never go back! I was sick and tired of suffering and desperately wanted to change.

I remained there for three months and during that period I turned back to God and started my relationship with him again... praying each day for strength and that He never let go of me. I felt that everything was different this time. Before entering the clinic I made the promise that I would heal once and for all, so I couldn’t allow myself to make mistakes, otherwise I would relapse and die. So I started to eat properly and change my mind.

What has helped me to go across my healing path was also the reading of probably one of the most beautiful books I ever held in my hands: The Purpose Driven Life by Pastor Rick Warren. While reading it, God has entered my life again and I felt stronger than ever. It helped me to make many things clear in my daily Christianity, I committed myself to read a chapter each day and pray afterwards. Each time I finished, I felt better than after a chat with my psychologist! 

You know this, guys! God is the best psychologist ever! He’s the only doctor who can cure you!

So I got hooked into the power of God and this was the only reason to hold on until the end.

I got out of the clinic on June 22, 2016 and felt so free! I did a great job and fought like a warrior to win my battle and start a new life without anorexia.

I must thank all the doctors, therapists, nurses and each member of the unit who helped me throughout my journey. I must admit they saved my life, even though I couldn’t understand this concept at the beginning.

I have been suffering from anorexia for many years and only now I’m on my way to recovery. These have been years of sadness, pain, darkness and all kinds of negative stuff.

Years spent coming and going from clinics and hospitals, where I had to stand the terrible experience of intravenous drips, feeding tubes and supplements to make me recover more quickly. Years where I never accepted any type of help, in spite I knew I was on the point of dying. Years where I never listened to anybody who tried to get me out of the disorder and watched me with tears in their eyes because I was so sick. Years where my weight was so damn low I couldn’t afford nothing, even the most simple thing.

I now have a healthy approach to food and life and there’s nothing more beautiful than living as a free person! I am completely renewed and I don’t regret anything at all of my old insane past!

If anybody asks me if it was worth undertaking such a hard way to stay better, I say YES, go for it! It is for the sake of your health and life. You may suffer at the start, but later you’ll feel awesome. I guarantee you that!

I hope this testimony could help other people who have this problem and any other sort of mental illnesses. Claim your rights as daughters and sons of God! You are not alone, don’t forget it!

As Philippians 4:13 says "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."

Anyhow, I am so blessed to have Our Savior Watches and other people from the San Diego community support me in my life. Their prayers and thoughts help me to be closer to God and achieve the chosen purpose for the future that awaits me. I guess the Lord has put them into my life for a reason and nothing happens as a result of chance.

I feel so honored to tell my story for this team and all the other people of the world. I promise you I will never go back and what’s more… Did I mention I am making a documentary on my story? If not, well… I’m telling you now! I will publish it as soon as possible so you can know more about me and learn some stuff.

If you are about to struggle with your mind, if you are about to fight a spiritual war, if you are about to do any sort of negative thing, remember: God is watching over you from up above and embraces you in His arms.

I would be pleased with anyone who wants to share their stories with me. I would love to stay in contact with y’all and don’t hesitate to ask me any question you desire. I am here for you!

God bless you. Peace.


WOW! What courage Miriam had to share that with all of us. What she went through is a very serious issue. In America alone, one out of every 200 women suffers from anorexia. 

Lord, we thank you Father for laying your healing hands on our sister Miriam and ask that you continue to heal her and give her the strength to keep fighting. We thank you Lord for allowing her to still be with us today. We ask that you continue to bless her life Father and shine your bright light on her so she feels surrounded with your love at all times. For others going through the same issues she's going through, I ask that you intervene in their lives Lord that they may heal like our sister Miriam is healing right now. We ask that this testimony she shared touches the lives of those who are fighting their own battles so they could too, seek you for refuge. We ask this in Jesus name... 

Miriam... God Bless you! We love you and thank you for sharing this awesome testimony with us.




Emil Tamayo

This Fall... because of all of your help, we were able to produce our next watch... THE WHOSOEVER by Savior Watches. You helped our brand, you helped the pastor and church, YOU helped us make this happen... it's TIME TO GROW! 

THE WHOSOEVER WATCH by Savior Watches: Coming this Fall


Emil Tamayo

   Do you hunger and thirst for God?  What I mean is, everyday since you believed and received Jesus Christ as Savior, do you hunger and thirst for Him?  Jesus said in Matthew 5:6 (KJV) "Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled."  His Word is the only source that gives us life, not only here on earth but in the life to come with our Lord.

     When I first read this particular verse years ago, I totally realized in my heart that the only one who is going to satisfy my spiritual filling is God.  He said He would do so in His Word.  You have got to believe and receive this heavenly manna that can only come through His Word by faith.  So not only can Jesus save you but He also keeps you saved through His Word.  You will find that the real joy, the real peace and the real fulfillment of life can only come from an intimate relationship with God.  Psalm 34: 8 (KJV) says "O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in Him."  

     I know of many people who are having a miserable life because they look to the things of the world for satisfaction, but only to find out that nothing will satisfy but Jesus Christ.  An elderly sister we knew (who is with the Lord) was noted for her saying "You have got to know Jesus for yourself."  I believe that is so true.  Isaiah 45:22 says (KJV) "Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else."  That is the universal call of God, He is God, He is love, He is our provider, He will satisfy our hunger and thirst.  He is a big God.

     If you don't have a relationship with God, if you don't know Him today, then call on Him, speak from your heart and ask Him to fill your desire for Him.  He understands.  2nd Corinthians 6:2 (NIV) says- For He says "In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you." I tell you, now is the time of God's favor, now is the day of salvation."  

     So when do you get saved? Tomorrow, next month, when and if you turn 50, no and a thousand times no, God says now is the day.  Get filled today, but first you need to except Jesus in your heart as your Savior.  Confess your sins, repent and receive Christ now!  When you reach out to Him, He won't reject you but will forgive you and love you.  I will leave you with this verse from the Word of God in John 6:35 (KJV) "And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger;  and he that believeth on me shall never thirst."


God bless you! 

Pastor Ray Roybal

New Beginnings Eastlake


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Emil Tamayo

It's funny... at the end of every year, I always hear people say "come the new year, I'm going to start this... I'm going to start that... I'm going to do this and I'm going to do that..." Next thing you know 6 months later none of it really took place then at the end of that year, the same resolution is stated... "Yah, I'm going to start this starting the new year..." I could honestly throw myself into that category! 

People want to make changes... great changes at the start of a new year which is fantastic... but what if we just start now since we're not guaranteed tomorrow let alone a whole new year. Waking up each morning is a gift God gives us so why not take advantage of that now starting with our faith in Jesus Christ. With Christ, we could do ALL things and all things at the moment without having to wait till a new year comes.

Lets all unite and pray for one another more, help one another more with the greatest accomplishment of growing God's church. If everyone had faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, imagine how much greater the world would be. We serve a GREAT God who loves each and everyone of us and our imperfections. We serve a God who wants our love NOW without having to wait till a new year arrives. New Year is approaching and a new day starts NOW.

Father in Heaven, I pray for each one of my brothers and sisters around the world that their NEW DAY let alone their NEW YEAR is a prosperous and loving one. Please fill our hearts and souls with joy, love and laughter that only Jesus Christ could bring. Please bless all of us Lord that we accomplish every goal we are all trying to reach and please build our faith so it grows and grows. Please let us let go of ourselves and allow you to take full control of our lives. You are Lord and Savior and we're blessed and thankful for this life you have given us. Please let us all reach the unimaginable and give you all thanks and glory. Without you Lord, we are nothing... with you.... we are EVERYTHING. Thank you Lord for all that you do and loving Father you are....Bless our days and our new year... in Jesus name, amen!

Happy New Year Brothers and Sisters! We love you all, God Bless!


Emil Tamayo


I've had my share of ups and downs in life. Life started getting hard when I was only a year and a half old; at that age I had my first episode of 10+ non-stop seizures. I was rushed to the ER and they diagnosed me with Mild Cerebral Palsy which is a seizure disorder that affects the brain. It also affected my walking and vision.


At about the age of 5, I had my first of about 4 leg surgeries and 3 eye surgeries. At this time I missed 6 weeks of school. And for years after that I kept going under to improve my walking and vision. When I was in 6th grade my mom and the school psychologist decided that it would be best for me to repeat the 6th grade since I missed so much school throughout the years and It would be easier for me because I would be in the same grade as my sister.


Throughout this hard time many many people made fun of me for many reasons and I would come home crying. I was on medication for my seizures so they were for the most part under control, but as I grew older the medication I was on would make me drowsy so we had to try new medications and combinations... in that time my seizures came back.


For the longest time I was off medication and getting seizures BUT they were so small that not even the doctors or any CAT scan, MRI, EKG, or EEG were able to tell what they were because I was only feeling dizzy and nothing more. I'd be getting dizzy like about 30 times a day. Finally they got a little stronger and they were able to notice that they were in fact seizures. Ever since then I've been on medication. I NEVER once let this disability control me, I CONTROLLED IT!

In 03-04 my sophomore year in high school, so much went on. In Spring 03 ( Freshman year) the media program I was in was planning a trip to New York and I wanted to go so bad! I signed up to go and before you know it they were denying me and not letting me go because of my disability. I didn't let that stop me and I fought back until they hired the nurse to go with me.


So we started doing fundraising until the trip in Spring 04! Then in November 03, my life changed FOREVER! At the beginning it was for the worst as my brother was murdered.... My brother was more than just a brother to me; he was my inspiration, coach, leader, mentor, MY EVERYTHING... I couldn't understand why this had to happen to someone who meant everything to me, and other kids in the community, he would coach kids in all types of sports and left a legacy in their hearts…


He went as far as giving his kids a ride home if they needed one ( Which he wasn’t supposed to) but he didn’t care, he was more concerned about the kids safety than his job. We didn't go to school for about 2 weeks due to his funeral and the grieving process, even after those 2 weeks I didn't want to go back but I did, and boy am I so glad I did because in Spanish class one of our assignments was to write a poem so I figured why not write it about how I feel?


This is what came out of it:

It went from this:

Tu Eres

Tú eres mi ángel y mi amor,

Me gustaría saber por qué no estás conmigo

A veces escucho tu voz,

Yo sé que me amas

Tu eres mi ángel y mi amor

Yo pretendo que soy tu Princesa

Yo siento tu amor

Yo toco tu piel

Yo no puedo dejar de preocuparme

Ha sido muchos días y todo lo que puedo hacer es llorar

A veces ciento que estas con tus amigos

Les digo a mis amigos que eres mi amor y no puedo vivir sin ti

Sueño que estás conmigo

Trato de pensar que estás conmigo siempre

Me encuentro esperando que vengas a la casa

Tú eres mi ángel y mi amor


Julia Nájera

décimo grado

To this:

Missing You

You are my angel and my love

I would like to know why you are not with me

Sometimes I hear your voice

I know that you love me

You are my angel and my love

I pretend I am your princess

I feel your love

I touch your skin

I can’t seem to stop worrying about you

It’s been many days and all I can do is cry

Sometimes I feel like you are just out with your friends

I tell my friends that you are my love and I can’t live without you

I dream that you are with me

I try to think that you are always with me

I find myself waiting for you to come home

You are my angel and my love

By: Julia Najera

10th Grade


The rest of the school year was hard but one thing that made it easier for me was to make my assignments revolve around him one way or another. In March of ’04 we went on the trip to New York for 5 days during spring break. The first couple of days were all fun and good. The third day was a total different story. Not only did I get sick for the rest of the trip and couldn’t eat for the rest of the trip but the school nurse who was supposed to be “ taking care” of me left me behind in Central Park at the Strawberry Fields.


We both went our separate ways and before you know it my group was leaving and another group was coming in and when I noticed the two groups clashed and I couldn’t tell where my group was. So I look for the bus and it’s GONE! I start walking up and down the streets looking for it and didn’t find it, so the only thing I could think of was to go into a business and tell them what happened, so I did!


The guys start interviewing me about what happened and they get a hold of the cops, then the cops start asking me the same questions. About an hour and a half later the cops get a description of a missing person and that person was ME! So we meet up with the tour bus and everyone was so glad I was okay and back with them. The teacher ends up telling me that the reason why they didn’t notice that I was missing was because they didn’t do a head count….


Once I was back with the group the rest of the trip went well, besides not being able to eat ( It was even hard for me to swallow my saliva) Once I was picked up from the airport back home I was rushed to the ER, there they diagnosed me with strep throat, one of the worst sicknesses I’ve ever had.


2011 comes around and my cousin invites me to Church and I went thinking, “Oh, why not it’s just another service” but no I was completely WRONG... that was a service that made me want to go back to Church after my brothers passing (we used to go as a family, but I was never into it and didn’t really learn anything since we would go into the sanctuary instead of getting involved in kids ministries). After that one Church service I let time pass to go back. Then March 2012 comes around and ever since then I’ve either been going to Church or watching it online if something comes up.


April 8, 2012 (Good Friday Service) I was saved and ever since then life has been getting better. My brothers’ passing is easier to deal with and to understand. I’ve forgiven the person who did this to us, I don’t have any more HATE or ANGER towards them, I’ve learned who my true friends and family are, it’s made us stronger as a family, and so much more! Yeah I still do have seizures and my disability is still hard to deal with, especially now since I’m having TONS of seizures and am basically at step one all over again.


But through all of these seizures God has blessed me with a new Neurologist who is willing to help me control these seizures and is going to do ALL my testing done that I haven’t gotten done since I was little…. EEG’s EKG’s, MRI’s and CAT Scans HERE WE COME! God has blessed me with an amazing Church family, community group, family and friends who are 100% supportive of everything I do. Yeah life was hard for the longest time ever but I wouldn’t change it for the world and I don’t know where I’d be if none of this didn’t happen….


I wouldn’t be who I am without my disability, I wouldn’t be as strong as I am now if none of these struggles didn’t happen, my self-esteem would be so low if I didn’t have those surgeries…. I TRULY am BLESSED through all this!


God has currently blessed me with the opportunity to graduate college and major in Graphic Design. He has put it in my heart to help others with disabilities and homeless. Every chance I get I do whatever I can to help people in need, whether it’s through prayer or a talk through what they need help with, getting them services they need at school, or even going to a shelter and hanging out with the kids, talking, helping them with homework, or simply just baking and donating cakes for them. When I’m at the shelter I can’t push religion on them but, I’m always showing them love and positivity and nothing less. I couldn’t be more grateful to be a child of Christ and I can’t thank him enough!


In December of 2013, my brother Sean Sailes came over to pray for me and my disability most importantly my seizures. Ever since then I've had less and less... I went from about 50+ in 2013 to about in 15 in 2014, then December 4,2014 comes and since that day I've been seizure FREE, going on a year now! I thank God for this opputunity and this AMAZING miracle I'm living now :)



Emil Tamayo


Such a tragedy to hear when you're out and about and receive an alert on your phone that our first ally France is under attack. To hear that 128 innocent lives have been taken in senseless acts of violence. What drives these cowards to perform such horrible things to unarmed civilians? It makes absolutely ZERO sense! 
I will tell you this though... in no way did that break them... in fact, the only thing they did was unite several nations together solidifying a bond that makes them stronger than ever. So our brothers and sisters in France, we love you...
Father in Heaven, we pray for the lives taken in these crimes against man. We pray for their souls Lord and pray that you welcome them with open arms in Heaven. We pray for everyone affected by this Father especially their family members and close friends. We pray that you comfort their hearts allowing them to feel your presence Lord and know that you are by their side. We pray for all the emergency workers attending this matter and pray for all the military called to action. We pray for a nation in mourning Father and we want them to know that we mourn with them. Be there for them Lord, we ask this in Jesus Name..... amen!
France... Our Savior Watches over you and His light is shining upon you! God Bless!
"Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted." - Matthew 5:4
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Emil Tamayo



Good morning Brothers and Sisters!!! You know... in my lifetime, I had plenty of people come in and out of my life. People in for a minute, friends who were around for a year or two, etc… After hanging around most of them, I realized that with many, there was no substance... as a Christian I still loved them, but there was no substance.

With a big group like that came gossip, with gossip came enemies. If you consider these people friends or choose to hang around them, why gossip? Why even bother hanging around them? I'm a really friendly person and people walked in my circle constantly, plenty came in and eventually needed help somehow some way or were in it for selfish reasons... Maybe something I had/have or something that's around me that attracts them to stay with that being the only reason why they're there in the first place... The moment that one thing is gone or the moment I need help, they're nowhere to be found. And this whole time, I thought I could consider them a friend when in actuality, they were just an acquaintance and having too many acquaintances eventually led to influence. Hanging around that many acquaintances let me to act like them... Like them, not act like me which could have led me to a downfall. It came close, but luckily, I did have a couple that were true friends who helped pull me out of that environment and realize who I really needed around me. These true friends became family to me, people I could trust...

In Proverbs 18:24, it says "A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother."

Those are the people that God has led me to, people who are there for me and also helps me strengthen my bond with Jesus. And I thank the Lord for allowing me to have them part of my life. In Proverbs 27:17, it also says "As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another." Find out who your true friends are and make sure that they have a positive impact in your life especially with Jesus Christ because together, you will sharpen one another and sharpen your lives… razor sharp Amen?

If you agree with this message and accept Jesus as your Lord & Savior, please share this post and lets introduce Christ to those have haven't met Him yet... We got some work to do! God Bless!



Emil Tamayo


A while ago, I was with someone who's only care in life was money and material possession. Have you ever been with someone like that or dealt with that yourself? Let me tell you, for a while, my life was miserable! This person was always about that mighty dollar, all about the clothes worn, the car driven... worst part... judged everyone based on their appearance and never by the content of their character. Being with that person, I began to get influenced myself. Feeling the need to be ahead of others, show off the cars I drove, looking the other way when I saw someone in need... Let me tell you... The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh...

I consider myself a very successful person but in a way that you wouldn't think. Back then, when I had this great job, great house, great car and money came in, that was my measure to success. I had never been so wrong in my adult life!

Luke 12:15 says, "And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man's life consists not in the abundance of the things which he possesses."

I was swallowed whole by things I thought I just had to have, things that others cannot easily get. And because I had these things and able to get these things so easily... I measured my success to that. Foolish me! Back to the Lord giveth and the Lord taketh.. in a series of misfortune, people in America began losing their homes and found that their bank accounts were getting eaten alive.. I was one of them left with literally nothing. When that happened, that's when the wheels started turning. Those things were just that... Things! Things that truly have no substance when the true substance you need is faith... God... Love...

So lets measure my success now... Once I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior, he blessed me with another career which I am truly thankful of having and on top of that, he opened up my eyes to look around my surroundings and reach out to those in need... and I listened to him... Blessing others with "things" they need is one of the most uplifting feelings I get to experience. Sharing my stories and other’s stories from this ministry through social networking is another great thing I get to experience whether it's read or not. I know God is reading this and loves the fact that I came back home. Don't let money, material possessions and greed swallow you whole. There are no banks in Heaven... No cash registers, nothing like that at all. We can't take our possessions with us.. but the Lord can take his possession back which is us. The Lord giveth us life and taketh our spirit with him in Heaven so that we could live all eternity in Love and that's only through his son... Jesus Christ...

Be rich in the love of God, rich in love for our neighbors, not by material things which causes greed.

If you believe that Jesus is our Lord and Savior, please share this with your friends and family.



Emil Tamayo


Many of you don't know this, but our brother Kassim Osgood is actually part of Our Savior Watches. He and a few other strong figures actually helped throughout this whole project. I told him about Savior Watches last year... I told him that I wanted to create a brand that also serves as a ministry which shares the gospel, has group prayers, and serves a statement piece to draw attention of strangers introducing them to Jesus Christ.

Kassim immediately said, "Yes, I'm in!"

He Immediately said yes!... AMEN!!! We need more of that in this world. When you tell people your plans to glorify God and they say Yes, they're in... To have Kassim part of Savior is a true blessing from God. Countless times this man prayed for this, prayed for the ministry... prayed for me!...

In the NFL, Kassim was a BEAST! 3x Pro Bowler, busiest schedule, helping his community... this goes on ever since I knew him as a San Diego Charger. I had a chat with him about his next steps and he told me that there's still hope for him to play 1 more season and that he was just waiting on that call...

A couple days ago, Kassim made a post on his Instagram / Facebook saying that he recently watched a program where the actor, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson plays a former pro football player at the end of his career waiting by the phone for a call from just 1 team. Waiting to get that last shot because the love of the game never really leaves you. Kassim felt that... hoping and praying to get one more chance to be on the field. To be in the locker room... To put on that helmet and lace it up one more time.

Kassim.... brother... we love here and thank God that you're part of the Savior family. You had a great career brother... EXCELLENT career! You got to do what 95% of American men all the way from the Islands of Samoa to shores of the east coast got to do... play in the NFL... AND... you got to play several seasons in it. That right there is a true blessing. But what makes it even more of a blessing is what YOU did off the field...

You helped kids, you continue to help kids by helping out with the children's hospital and raising funds for them, you helped raise money for people battling cancer, you helped troubled youth by getting them involved with youth sports programs and... you helped launch a new brand that constantly prays for others, prays for people dealing with sickness and injury, prays for people struggling financially, prays for people on addiction, prays for people who battle depression... You helped Savior Watches.

Matthew 5:16 says, "In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven."

Brother... your light shined on us, your words of encouragement and your generosity helped us in a way that it will never be forgotten... we can't help but to give our Father in Heaven ALL the glory and ALL the honor... He blessed us with you in our lives... and now you're stuck with us and the THOUSANDS of people within this ministry who will always pray for you brother since you prayed and continue to pray for us.

God didn't open up a door for you brother, He opened up a nation for you free to do whatever He places at your feet because it's ALL His Will. You achieved greatness and that inspires us to push further.

"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."- Philippians 4:13

You're living proof!

We ask that ALL OF YOU in this social ministry pray for OUR BROTHER KASSIM as he's about to step into the next chapter of his life. God Bless!

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Emil Tamayo

Sonny Sandoval of P.O.D. talks faith and music in this testimony for Our Savior Watches. We also have behind the scenes footage of Payable On Death which includes special Fox 5 San Diego live performances of:

"This Goes Out To You!" from "The Awakening" album &
"Panic N' Run" from the "SoCal Sessions" album.

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Emil Tamayo


We at Savior Watches are humbled to announce the launch of our first watch on Kickstarter. For the next 14 days, people will be able to preorder this watch at a special Kickstarter rate starting at $100 ($290 retail). We teamed up with our brothers Kassim Osgood, 3x NFL Pro Bowler, Sonny Sandoval of the band P.O.D. (Payable On Death) and action sports design veterans to create this new luxurious fashion piece.

Each Savior Watch is created with biblical materials that were referenced in the Holy Bible and imported from the Town of Nazareth, the very town Jesus was from. This time piece is an innovative way to introduce Christ to those who have yet to meet Him as it's an eye catching statement piece... people will stop you to compliment the watch... it's that beautiful! 

On the back's of each Rejoice Watch by Savior Watches, we engraved Luke 1:47 directly on the stainless steel back casing which reads...

"And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior..."

Savior Watches initially developed these concepts to assist a pastor in Southern California in need of space of his own to preach as he is currently preaching inside of a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu studio that will soon move to a new location. Within his church, the pastor and his members has set up outreaches that helps the homeless in San Diego as well as ministers to people inside San Diego Rescue Mission. With our own eyes, we witnessed radical transformations to those the pastor helped which is why it is of great importance that we help him continue his work and win more people over to the cross. But the best part about this all is....

The pastor and his church are clueless that we're doing this for them!

They have been praying and praying to God that He gives them the resources they need to glorify His Holy Name... Brothers and Sisters... we ask you to pledge for a Savior Watch and help us answer their prayers. It is not a coincidence that God blessed us with these talents and placed us at his church. It is not a coincidence that God introduced us to these musicians and athletes at an early age to help spread the word. It is not a coincidence that God placed all of you within our social ministry... This is all God and part of His game plan. 

When we pray to God and ask God for help, He does not magically place things to appear in plain view... it's divine intervention and he places us where we need to be at the time we need to be there. We are all here to help each other and pray for one another. We're not just a watch brand, we are a social ministry here to help those in need and those in need of prayer. It is of great importance that our Christian community supports one another. Our main objective is to glorify God's Name and introduce Christ to those who do not know Him. That's what Savior Watches is all about. Jesus Christ was our Lord and Savior, the master carpenter who created the loving spirit within our souls who everyday watches over us... What else could we say but... Thank you Lord!

Please join us an pledge for a Savior Watch by CLICKING HERE. God Bless!



Emil Tamayo

A couple weeks back, Sonny, Ruben and I were doing a photo shoot at Por Vida in Barrio Logan, CA. There, we were greeted by some truly humble people, The Good Merc and Illumi Nate. After talking to Illumi Nate, we could hear a true power in his voice, full of God’s spirit and we could truly tell that he was a strong man of faith. There was no way that I was going to leave that place without asking for his testimony which he was more than happy to share. What this man went through, the struggles he had, its incredible to see the way God transformed his life… With that being said, here’s Illumi Nate’s testimony….

What’s up world, it’s your brother Illumi-Nate out here from Richmond, CA in the San Francisco Bay area. How I met Jesus was this, when I was a kid, I use to go to First Baptist Church in Richmond. I use to play in a hoop league over there and I would go to the youth group so that’s where the seed was planted. I went through the sunshine summer day camp and all that stuff then I moved to San Pablo and my neighbors went to Valley Bible Church, so i’d go with them to youth group… more seeds were planted there. 

But I had a real encounter with Jesus when I was 13 when I went to summer camp. I came back home and I remember crying for my cousins because they didn’t know Christ. And that moment, I knew that God was real but I was a product of my environment, didn’t have anyone to disciple me or walk the thing out so, I went back to a life of sin.

My father was the drummer for the band Tower Power, my mother was a waitress for many many moons. But unfortunately, my dad got hooked on heroine so I spent a lot of my life without my father who was coming in and out, and it wasn’t his fault, he loved me, so did my mom, but they both had really tough childhoods so they did the best they could… but that left me searching for love in the streets. 

So I was gang banging at the age of 12 years old, I was out there in the streets selling dope till I was about 13, 14 years old selling weed, wasn’t selling dope till I was a little bit older, but I was looking for love in all the wrong places…

Fast forward, I was 18, they found my dad dead, overdosed on heroin in room 111 at the Valeo Inn and that broke my heart. I was super lost, I couldn’t find fulfillment in alcohol anymore, weed wasn’t doing it, women weren’t doing it, material things and money weren’t doing it… so my aunt and cousin were going to victory outreach in Richmond and I went to church with them… and I gave my life to Christ. I was on fire for the Lord for about 9 months, but there were some things in my heart that I didn’t fully surrender… so I backslid for 9 years. Within those 9 years I didn’t everything short but die. 

Shoot outs were a normal thing, I got stabbed twice, almost died, got further deep into gangster rap. I was known as Nasty Nate, did a bunch of underground songs, did some stuff with some bigger people but that doesn’t really matter, Fabolous, The Game, Snoop Dogg, Baby Bash, all of them… I was on songs with those guys. But regardless, no matter how much money I had, no matter how many Mercedes I bought, no matter how many BMW’s I got, no matter how many Lexus’ I had, no matter how much jewelry I had, no matter how much money I had… I still had a hole in my heart and I had no peace.

So August 19th 2009, I found myself in my prostitute’s living room, I had no morals, I even began pimping. So i’m in her living room, I wake up, I go wash my face that morning, and I look in the mirror… I’m tatted allover my neck, my chest, they’re all over.. and I remember looking in that mirror… and I didn’t recognize myself. I wash my face and I’m like “Man God… who am I... and what have I become?” I felt like my life was in a downward spiral. Everything that I tried to do to get ahead always knocked me four steps back. I know that now its because God loved me too much to let me succeed with out Him. 

But after I looked in that mirror, I went to check my Myspace of all things and there was a message on there from some girl I met at a club. Didn’t know who she was but she said she met me a couple years prior. I looked at her Myspace page and there was a YouTube video there. So I click play on that YouTube video and it ends up being a skit by a ministry named Life House, and the name of that skit is called “Everything.” 

And as I watched that skit about the Lord, my heart literally broke and I began weeping because I felt the love of God for the first time in years. And I knew that at that very moment that I had a decision to make… It was life or it was death… I could either say Yes! to Jesus and the opportunity that he was presenting to me right then at that very moment or, I could go further into a life of sin… So that day what I did, I raised my hands and I said “God, I can’t do this no more without you!,” And at that very moment, I literally felt the Holy Spirit invade that living room. I was weeping, balling, crying… and it was like God, Himself came down and gave me a hug and held me.

I was weeping for two hours man! But God was healing my heart at that moment. No matter where you’re at, you could cry out to Jesus, you don’t gotta be inside of a church, you don’t gotta be inside of four walls… all you gotta do is call on Him and I promise you, that he’ll respond... and he’ll meet you right where you’re at, and you will feel a love that you have never felt your whole life… and that my friend, is when I went from existing to truly living… Jesus changed my life… i’m not ashamed of the gospel and I’m proud to be a Christian and Christ is my Savior… I’m Illumi Nate, God Bless you!

If this testimony touched you and you accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, please share it with everyone! Also, please comment and pray over our brother Illumi Nate that his faith grows stronger and stronger and he continues his walk in the righteous path God paved for us. God Bless you all!


Emil Tamayo

Brothers and sisters, we at Savior Watches have spent just about a year perfecting the initial watches we've created to introduce to you. It took us several months just to locate a supplier in Israel to fulfill our needs in the materials we use to produce our watches. Materials such as Bethlehem Olive Wood, the very same wood King Solomon used for the doors at the First Temple of Jerusalem...

“And for the entrance of the inner sanctuary he made doors of olive wood: the lintel and side posts were a fifth part of the wall.”- I Kings 6:31

The first watch we're set to launch is called the "Rejoice" watch and is the very first of it's kind due to the unique curvature of the casing and crystal (glass). Rejoice truly defines luxury with every detail of the design. The black face of the watch is made of onyx, the same stone referenced in the bible several times...

"Using every resource at my command, I have gathered as much as I could for building the Temple of my God. Now there is enough gold, silver, bronze, iron, and wood, as well as great quantities of onyx, other precious stones, costly jewels, and all kinds of fine stone and marble."- 1 Chronicles 29:2

One feature we love about this watch is that fact that it's very light in weight especially with how dense and strong the woods normally are. Both Bethlehem Olive Wood and Ebony (not pictured) has it's own unique characteristics we know you're going to love.

Rejoice is set to officially launch Tuesday, September 15th at 8am Pacific Standard Time on Kickstarter. We're going to give you more information about the launch at our website, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Savior Watches was created to help a Pastor get his own building to build a church and to get more people to be involved in their faith sharing the good news with others with the passages of the bible which is located on the back casing of each Savior Watch.


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Emil Tamayo


When I was a teenager, my friends and cousin were at an age I'd like to call "Stupidity." Always getting into any type of trouble we could find, partying, doing everything our parent's didn't teach us. They fought to give us all a better life and appreciate everything we get but that wasn't enough for us.

I remember years ago, we were driving around town going on a shoplifting spree. From one store to the next, we acted like vultures scavenging and taking anything that we came across. I remember walking into a department store at a mall, grabbing some clothes, going to the fitting room, trying them on and thought I'd just help myself and walk out of the doors with those items on. As I approached the door, my lips gave a smirk as if I were invincible to everything. Closer and closer I got to it, the sun shined through it as if I were walking out scott free and undetected... then... I felt hands grab me in a forceful submission and... I was caught.

The police came 15 minutes later, took me to the station and all I could think about was... what my parents were going to say. My brother and sister came and got me and let me have it but noticed that the words they said were coming in one ear and out the other. Nothing they said got through to me and like the arrogant fool I was, I just gave a smirk once again as if I were still invincible.

That night my father came home, walked into my room, leaned against the door and said... "Back in the 40's when I was living in New York, I had a best friend who was always around. Your grandparents loved him and we did everything together till one day, we walked into a store in Brooklyn and he stole some items there. I tried to tell him not to do it and when someone noticed, he ran off and they grabbed me. Brooklyn wasn't the friendliest of places back then and I ended up being the one punished for what he did. After that day, for not stepping in, he left me to hang, no apology and I was no longer around him. I was extremely ashamed at what he's done... But I forgave him. I haven't seen him since!" Then my father turned around and walked out of my room with that being the only thing said... And that hit me.

I got up, walked to my dad, gave him a hug and asked him to forgive me and just like that... He did. He didn't yell at me, he didn't punish me, he just forgave... I have not stolen anything since.

In 1 John 1:9, it says, "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness."

My dad forgave me for stealing and I confessed and apologized for what I have done... Needless to say that I've done a lot more but when it comes to sins, I confess them to my Father In Heaven and instead of a harsh punishment and thunderous roar, God gave me a silent whisper... that impacted me a lot more and I knew he forgave me. Confess your sins to God... Let Jesus come in once more, he will forgive you... Amen?

If you agree with this message and accept Jesus as your Lord & Savior, please share this post and lets get more people to believe and involved with this social networking ministry!



Emil Tamayo

Robert Crouse, Founder & CEO of Bridging the Gap

Robert Crouse, Founder & CEO of Bridging the Gap



We at Savior Watches reached out to our brother Robert Crouse, Founder and CEO of Bridging the Gap in San Diego, CA to find out his story as to how he submitted his life to Jesus Christ. What we found out was a testimony we had to share in our blog for anyone else who fell into the same traps the devil set for them...

Born and raised in San Diego, my father was the chief engineer for the Tomahawk cruise missile guidance system, my mother was a housewife and I had two older sisters and a dog named Bingo. I remember growing up in Spring Valley with a pool and playing sports having an awesome time as a kid. Then we moved to Del Cerro very nice community into a huge house on a canyon much better than I remember living before. It took a little time to make friends but eventually I did through sports and the center of everything was baseball and we were all going to be pro baseball players .

Chris Cannizzaro Sr was a catcher for the Padres and his son was one of my best friends, Chris Jr and we lived and breathed baseball. There’s a Bobby Sox field down the street from my house so we would go watch the girls play all the time but over the weekend it turned into an off-road center for bicycles. Looking back I guess I consider myself a daredevil kind of guy always pushing the envelope.

This one particular Saturday I was 13 years old and we were racing at the Bobby Sox field , I went down to go off the jump and I took flight. The front wheel fell off and I just kept coming down and as I did, the forks went through my skull into my brain which paralyzed my left side as I fell almost flat on my face. Jim Strum who was racing with me just kept riding and went and got my parents. They rush me to the hospital and for the next 8 hours or so I was in surgery.

When I came out of surgery, nothing was the same after that! Being paralyzed on the left side didn't work for me and I was very angry through the recovery process that ends up bringing my whole left side back to 100%. But something was amiss, I didn't feel just right, something inside of me was troubling me. The only thing that seemed to help was smoking some weed and when that started it didn't stop... it progressed from weed to coke, from coke to meth and when I got to meth I thought I found heaven on earth. That was the beginning of the end, addiction immediately escalated and it wasn't long before I was stealing, lying, manipulating to get more drugs.

I had everything a kid could want, lived in the beautiful house, had all the toys, had a good looking girlfriend, played sports but deep inside something was wrong. I moved out and got emancipated when I was just about 17 years old, ended up moving out to Palm Springs and that I knew everything. My connection became my running partner so you can imagine what happened then. As time went on the drugs increased, the control decreased and crime became a way of life. What started out in burglaries progressed to armed robberies and ending with home invasions. So through a series of arrests I did a year, got out, got busted, got two years county time, did two years and got out... it was 65 days later I caught a 14-year case and off to state prison I went.

I was a little surfer dude and I was scared, but I was violent and crazy to protect myself because I didn't think I was going to make it out alive.  I got wrapped up into the politics in prison and the maneuvering to sell drugs, similar activity inside caught me a few years added to my sentence.  I Got out in 1991 or '92, went to Delancey Street for two years, graduated, had the world in the palm of my hands and next thing you know... it was my drugs in the palm of my hands.  Having three strikes at that point I figured there's no turning back. If I'm going to get busted, I might as well go for the top arrest. So I became violent, unpredictable and very dangerous... and tried to blow somebody up, burn down a house and take him out.

Of course they caught me and at the end of the day and I ended up with a 41 to life sentence. The only benefit was I ended up going to a mental institution and I would brag about being the only guy in a mental institution yard that doesn't take medication there.  I was the shot caller in a mental institution for the criminally insane!  I'd reach the top of my demoralization at that point. I ended up deciding to get out straighten up and fly right so I got out after a few years and moved to LA. Over the next 3 or 4 years, I went in and out, in and out Patton State Hospital using meth . I was over at my buddies house and we got raided,  we had guns, Kevlar suits from the police department and I ended up locked up for over a year.

While I was inside locked up, I got jumped and beat up for over an hour and I was re-paralyzed on my left side again messing up my balance in the inner ear . While I was in there they put me in the hole by myself and one night I was crying out to God, “I don't believe you created me to spend the rest of my life in prison, in the name of Jesus let me out of here!” That was on a Tuesday and was going to court on Friday. As a result of that prayer, everything shifted- the DA violated my 4th Amendment rights by submitting evidence they weren’t supposed to have and the case got thrown out... they had to dismiss all my charges and I literally walked out a couple weeks later. The case made the front page of the paper, had a big lawsuit but I still had my addiction. So I went directly to Heartland House Residential Treatment Facility and I proceeded to graduate early, get a job there as the weekend manager and promptly started using again.

One of my best friends there relapsed on heroin and eventually he overdosed and died. Things were pretty dark for me so it got really really bad... crime spree’s that were escalating with violence, escalated drugs use that lead to me one day trying  to take myself out with a gram of heroin. I had been shot, stabbed, left for dead twice and all I wanted to do was kill myself. I did almost all of it and I didn't even feel it. I was heated, so mad and my buddy did the rap from it and almost overdosed. I called the only other guy that I knew going to church and was doing good, Chris Wong .... I told him I needed help and he got me cleared to go up to the Cornerstone Ranch in Descanso for the weekend. I went up on Friday and I walked away after church service Sunday but something was different, I didn't want to get high. I just wanted to serve God and advance the Kingdom... make the name of Jesus known throughout all my circles of influence.

It was 2010, five years later a guy that didn't have a license couldn't drive and have a car. God just blessed me and allowed me to work at City College, founder of a 501(c)3 that deals with at risk youth, a leader at my church... life is extraordinary. I still have issues, I get mad… I'm not perfect and I make mistakes but the difference is, I can turn to Jesus today instead of a bag, woman or anything else and have God's Word which never comes back void.

I live with my 81 year old mother who I take care of and do the best I can to make her life as beautiful as possible. We have a team of about 15 for Bridging the Gap-Where Hope is Born, & which keeps me busy all the time. Recently had somebody offer to fund us so we're stopping everything right now to get everything in order to take it to the next level . The only reason why I'm doing what I'm doing today is because of Jesus... Jesus died on the cross over two thousand years ago, he bore my sins and everyone else’s as well. He died, went to hell, came back 2 days later and rose to heaven on the third day and He is our Savior!  So I just repent, ask for forgiveness and stop feeling bad because that’s the only thing the devil can really do is lie to us. I know who's really responsible for my life, just remember I'm the guy that was beat up in a cell, half paralyzed with nowhere to go…but that one night when I cried out to God, He heard me and He did a miracle similar to the parting of the Red Sea for getting me out of what I was in. Every day is a blessed day for me, some are harder than others but I live for God 24 hours a day 7 days a week because I know where I'd be without Him. Serving God is the greatest thing you could ever do, the greatest thing to ever be a part of is the Kingdom of God. Oh thank you Jesus for setting me free, I'm a Grateful Servant, God bless!

1 John 1:9 says, "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."

What a story Robert shared with us all. Plenty of us suffer from addiction, plenty of us have a violent past, but once you stop what you're doing, throw your hands up surrendering your life to Jesus, a new chapter in your life begins. Confess your sins, give your life to Jesus Christ and let him take control... you'll see the greatest changes in your life happen right before your eyes.


Emil Tamayo


At a very early age in my life we had taken my dad in for a routine surgery that was supposed to have been in and out.  I remember before I left the hospital, I was talking to my dad and joking with him as we always did.  I remembered him telling me before I left that he loved me with all his heart.  The last thing I did was kiss his forehead saying "I love you too pop!"

That night, I came home and there was a gathering of family members in the living room.  They all had a look of despair on their faces.  My uncle was the first to approach me with a solemn look on his face that made my heart drop.  He pulled me aside and all he could say was "Your dad...."  I immediately knew what he meant and rushed out of my house, to my car and sped to the hospital literally doing 110 mph.  I was the first out of my family to arrive at the hospital.  When I finally got to the room I saw my dad lying there lifeless in his bed.  He had passed away from complications from his surgery.  In that very second I went into shock, I felt alone and devastated that my life had been destroyed.  I lost my best friend, my hero, the person who was teaching me how to become a man.

Prior to his passing I considered myself to be outgoing, ambitious and full of life. That night however, I became broken and my spirit was shattered.  I became angry. Angry at the doctors, angry at the nurses, angry at the hospital, even angry with God... my life from that point on began to spiral out of control.

The night of my dad's funeral I had my first encounter with alcohol.  I had gotten extremely drunk with some friends and family.  At the time I thought it was the only way to numb my pain.  Unfortunately, I began to self medicate with alcohol and this pattern of drinking became heavier and heavier throughout the years.  When I found that I couldn't fill my void with alcohol I added smoking marijuana and partying to the mix.  For such a long period in my life, I went from party to party and from hangover to hangover.  I thought these things could fill my reality with a little bit of comfort, instead I grew more and more empty.

My life became such a broken record.  I caught myself doing the same thing, hanging around the same people week after week and still drowning my sorrow in booze and marijuana.  I came to a point where I could no longer mask away the pain and hurt that I carried for so many years in my heart.  A change finally occurred when someone special came into my life and literally fought to pull me away from my recklessness.  They reminded me about the person I once was and reintroduced me to someone who could change my life and make me whole again...God.

The day I surrendered my life back to God I fell to my knees begging for forgiveness. I said "LORD! Forgive me for my foolish ways, for turning my back on you! For blaming you Father in Heaven! Lord you have given me life! Now I am crying to you Lord to heal me and take me back into your arms!"

From that moment, I felt a relieving weight lifted from my spirit.  God immediately began working on me.   He started to heal my heart and completely delivered me from alcoholism and substance abuse.  Jesus came back into my life and tears ran down my face faster than the 110 mph I was doing to get to the hospital years before!

Psalm 34:18 says, "The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit."

My spirit was crushed, my heart was shattered into a million pieces and one by one, Jesus put those pieces back together and added so much more.  He added the gift of joy... the only real joy that comes from Him, Jesus Christ.  Nothing and nobody else could have done it, only Him.   My spirit has been restored and it brought me here, sharing with you the miracles only God can give and has now given me.  I confess with my mouth that I was once  a lost, but now I'm found.  I am saved!  I could only be saved by accepting the fact that Jesus is Lord, that he has died for my sins, rose from the dead and now sits at the right hand of the father, God Almighty, Creator of Heaven and Earth.  Thank you Lord for touching my spirit and saving my life!

There are many stories in this world similar to mine, just know that no matter what, The Lord is near, and He and He alone will heal our spirits and make it whole again.  Amen.


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