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I saw this on OAN this morning and was so touched. This story came right out of Chicago during last year’s riots. This is what I call a modern day 1st century church. This is what happens when we follow Jesus to the cross. A powerful story for intercessors.

Editor’s Note: Read a summary of the story below:

Juan Riesco grew Nini’s Deli from its humble origins to #1 in Chicago on Yelp before the Black Lives Matter movement cancelled it in early June 2020. His parents, immigrants from Cuba and Mexico, started the small business. Juan took the reigns during a transitional period in his life, in which he converted to Christianity, after living as a homosexual in San Francisco. After the death of George Floyd, the Black Lives Matter movement promoted posting a black square on social media to show solidarity with the cause. When Juan failed to take this step, hundreds of people went online to accuse him of racism. Juan gently responded to each individual by explaining that he was a Christian and could not endorse the anti-Christian beliefs of the Black Lives Matter organization, but that he did believe black people, as well as all people, mattered to God. The next day hundreds of protestors showed up to protest Nini’s Deli. Juan preached the gospel to them. The next day thousands of people showed up. Juan received thousands of death threats and had to flee the city in the middle of the night to escape. Juan lost his corporate contracts and Nini’s Deli closed. Even as he lost his business and experienced betrayal by friends, Juan’s faith in Christ and resolve grew. Juan considers the story of Nini’s to be a victory story as many have come to Christ and been inspired by his courage.

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Lenora L
May 15, 2021

What a Testimony to the transforming power of the Gospel!!! If Juan and his family had not been rooted and grounded in Christ they could not have stood the test. I praise God for his courage. I believe that, as when Steven was being stoned for preaching the Gospel and Saul was holding the coats of the men in agreement, he could not get away from the Word that was preached. I know that the Word is working in the hearts of many who were in that crowd that day. May a Mighty Revival come out of the seeds sown. As Juan and his family have planted Nini’s, may they receive an abundant Harvest!! Father, in Jesus’ Name, thank you for your hedge of protection over this Family and providing for every need. Amen!

May 15, 2021

Father, what a witness this young man is to those he encountered and to the body of Christ. You emboldened him to speak your truth in love and he obeyed. Many days as I pray I wonder … where is the body of Christ? Why are there not more like this young man? Why are we so silent in the face of evil? Father, embolden us, to speak the truth in love, to preach the gospel and never back down to evil – no matter what the cost. Thank you Father that you hold special blessings for this young man and all who stand with Christ. Surely, we need to intercede but we also need to stand and speak truth in love. We are called to be a light in the darkness…May we shine brightly as this man did! Praise God! Bless Him Lord with your peace and provision. What an encouragement he is to the body of Christ!

    Jerry E Sauls
    May 15, 2021

    I agree with you and thank God for his courage. My prayer is that God will raise up more Juan Riesco’s mong us.

    Mrs D
    May 18, 2021

    I agree and would add to your and Jerry E Sauls’ prayers that i personally would have sufficient, unwavering courage so that GOD would be able to raise me up among the others who demonstrate that same faith, trust and LOVE that enabled JESUS to endure the Cross (and everything prior to it) and Juan Riesco, his brother and others in the Chicago Metropolitan Church to LIVE with the same conviction; and may i teach, through personal demonstration, my children and grandchildren to all generations to do the same.

    Thank you, IFA, for including this amazing video. May we share it with everyone we know in order to inspire and ignite the body of Christ.

May 15, 2021

May God bless this man and his family. I pray a hedge of protection over them. Such courage to stand up for Jesus! His reward will be great as he has laid up treasures in heaven. Bless you Juan.


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