Captain Apostolic

Who is Captain Apostolic?

My name is Al Magdaleno in 1954 at the age of 1 ½ years old I was afflicted with polio, needless to say that the first part of my life was filled with many surgeries, doctors and hospitals. I grew up with insecurities and depression, I had no self esteem, no ambitions or direction for my life, I had nothing. I went to public school where they continued to pass me to the next grade level even though I had not learned anything. I graduated from high school in 1971 and began working at an auto paint shop for minimum wage, for the next 10 years I wondered aimlessly from one dead end job to another. I became a chronic marijuana smoker and drunk and faced the consequences this lifestyle brings. I was living in my car, when one morning, I got up and felt a sharp pain in my lower back, after a couple of weeks with this pain becoming worse, I realized that I was going to have to return to the hospital. After several tests, it was determined that I had a couple of disks in my spine that were out of place, surgery to fuse my lower spine was scheduled. I have had many surgeries in my life but this was the most painful and frightening surgery I have ever experienced. One week after the surgery, as I laid in my hospital room, the doctor examined me and found that my surgery was severely infected; the doctor advised me that the surgery was going to have to be repeated. After everyone left the room, I began to weep just thinking about the pain I was going to have to experience again. The next morning I was awakened by the nurse who told me that I would be going in for the surgery as soon as the doctors were ready. As I lay in bed I had what could only be described as a spiritual experience, (one day I’ll tell you about it). I didn’t understand the experience and wondered about it as they rolled my gurney down the hall to the operating room. After the surgery, I woke up in the intensive care unit, my uncle came in and began to speak to me about the Lord, right then and there, I realized that what I had experienced earlier in my hospital room was the Lord inviting me to serve Him. The Lord, being so great and magnificent, wanted me to serve Him. I was nothing, I had nothing, but the Lord was inviting me to serve Him. As this realization hit me, I was so overwhelmed with joy that I began to weep uncontrollably, with great joy, as I have never experienced in all my life. I left the hospital six weeks later a totally changed man; I left my old lifestyle there at Rancho Los Amigos Hospital in Downey, CA. All of the chains of sin that had me bound were broken and I walked out of that hospital a free man, and I owe it all to Him who died on the cross for me. The Lord revealed Himself to me in such a beautiful way, that it created in me, a hunger to know Him. I was suddenly hungry to know the Bible, what does it say? How does work? Shortly after leaving the hospital, I made my way to the National Apostolic Bible College in San Jose, CA. While on the plane, I told myself, “Al, you are going to study like you have never studied before in all your life.” After three months at the bible college I was looking at exams that I had taken and saw all A’s. In all of my life I never got an A on anything, that day I realized that I was not a dummy, as I had always been called, but that I could achieve anything I wanted. That day, I fell in love with school, teachers and final exams, and so, the making of a humble, fisher of men, begins.

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