I recently had the privilege of being on an outreach team to help Pastor Pablo and Nicole Catala’s pioneer church in Bridgeport CT. I was struck by how laid down, how wide open and vulnerable their hearts and lives were for God and the people of their city. I watched them love people with the love of God. I watched the ease with which they outreached, their children alongside them—truly a team, like a machine in sync. I took note of their home. Everywhere I turned there were photographs of their family and decor that shouted in unison about God and family. I learned their story later and asked them to share it. Here it is.
The Catala Story
Nicole Catala: One night my husband and I were fighting and basically done with our marriage. We both never had an example. We were only 6 months married and wanted to go for a divorce! That night my husband packed his clothes and left the house. The very next day I got a flyer from someone that there was going to be a healing crusade right across the street in Poe Park, put on by Victory Chapel in the Bronx, NY. As I was looking at the state of my life I knew I needed a miracle. I didn’t want my life to be just like the life of my family: Divorced, having multiple children from different men. I decided to go to the first night of the healing crusade. I was in a state of depression at only 18 years old and felt there was no hope for me and my eight month old son.
As I headed downstairs to the crusade, my husband headed back upstairs to get some more of his clothes. As he passed by me, he said was completely done with our marriage.That first night of the crusade, Pastor Mitchell preached on broken families and how God is a restorer of broken marriages. I knew at that point something supernatural was happening. All along my husband was upstairs and heard every word and knew there was a tug in his heart! He decided to come to the healing crusade and we both prayed that night and received Jesus into our hearts. We knew that we really had to surrender our lives to Jesus!
My husband was into the music industry and wanted to pursue a career in secular rap music. That night when he gave his life to Jesus, God began to place it in his heart that he wouldn’t be a successful Christian if he didn’t let go of that music! So thank God he answered the call and now he’s rapping for Jesus.
Pastor Pablo Catala: I sold kilos of heroin across the states. Now instead of selling drugs I’m serving hope to people—From dope dealer to hope dealer. Instead of fighting, I want to pray for the sick and ask God to heal our land and our family.
We didn’t fill the holes in the walls where we hold our church music night, called Hidden Treasure Cafe, because we all come broken. We are in need of the true gospel of Jesus Christ. We filled the holes with gold paint, because when we tap into God, He makes treasure out of our wrecked lives. When I came to God I came to him broken, lost, and hopeless but when I gave it all to him he created a treasure out of this mess.
*For Victory Chapel Christian Church of Bridgeport Connecticut church service and Hidden Treasure Cafe concerts times and locations call Pastor Catala at: 203-522-9011
Next Interview Up: Pastor, Pastor’s Wife, What breaks Your Heart & What Keeps You Going?
Prior Posts in 2018 Series of Interviews with Pastors & Pastor’s Wives:
Part 3: Life as a Pastor’s Wife
Part 1: If My People
**I will be continuing my series of interviews with pastors and pastors wives throughout November. The articles are many and varied in content. Don’t miss their stories and their wise counsel. It’s okay to be thankful for pastors and wives in November too, right?
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