A voice crying out in Immokalee

Domingo (Dee) Gasper, moved to Immokalee three years ago, to get away from gangs and violence. Since then he has embraced Immokalee’s culture and does his best to improve those around him. Inspired by Bryann Trejo, a Christian vocalist, quoting the scriptures: Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature… and make disciples of all the nations, (Mathew 16:15 and Matthew 28:19), Dee was inspired to start a weekly podcast inspiring people to turn to God. He usually does the podcast by himself, but sometimes has family members help him. “With God,” Dee explains, “You ain’t alone”. Although he has only been posting for a few weeks, his podcast has over a hundred followers. Dee has deepened his knowledge about the Bible through his local pastor, Pastor Tim, (First Baptist Church of Immokalee), and his mother, who does missionary work in Mexico. Dee also reaches out to others by offering a Bible study.

Dee’s family is originally from Guatemala and moved to Florida seeking a better life. Dee grew up in Stewart Florida, and has six siblings, five brothers and one sister. Dee became a Christian at the age of 15. He married Angelina Juan and has three children with another one on the way. Dee cherishes time that he has with his family and desires to be God’s role model.

Dee states that his job as a driver and maintenance worker has taught him how to be more organized and have more structure in his life. This has helped Dee balance family time, work, church and school where he, along with two of his brothers, are seeking to earn their GEDs. Furthermore, Dee teaches the children’s ministry on Wednesday nights and further helps youth through Street Ministries. Dee has also applied to the church’s prison ministry to help spread the Word of God to inmates.

Dee states the movie that motivates him to take a stand for God is Do You Believe? This movie questions the faith of different people and helps people understand how deep their convictions are. Dee uses this movie to help him live his life as an example of his favorite Bible passage: the beatitudes found in Luke 6: 20 – 23: “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. Blessed are you who hunger now, for you will be satisfied. Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh. Blessed are you when people hate you, when they exclude you and insult you and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man.” Dee further encourages everyone to “Put on the Holy Spirit, just like you do clothes.” Dee believes that everyone should carry a Bible because he fears that “Someday there may be no Bibles”. Although Dee stays out of politics, “Not my place”, Dee sees a big decline in religion. However, despite the current trends, Dee continues make a stand for God and strives to make Immokalee a better place.

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