Cesar's Story


Cesar Velez, LIFTS Director and Instructor

Life in Focus Transitional Services


Click! The drug pusher pointed the gun at Cesar’s head and pulled the trigger. Nothing! He pulled it again. Click! Silence.

Pandemonium broke out! Cesar’s thoughts whirled. Why didn’t the gun go off? Why am I not dead? He turned to his buddy. “Let’s get outta here!”

Later that night his sisters came in from church and told him, “Brother, we prayed for you tonight.”

Cesar’s drug-crazed brain buzzed. That’s why the gun didn’t go off. It was time to change. It was the turning point in his life.

As a preschooler, Cesar was the drug runner for his family. He remembers running panic stricken on the streets of Mexico as gunshots peppered his heels. When his mother had enough, she took him and his sisters and fled for the United States. Life was somewhat better, until as a teenager Cesar fell into the same trap—drugs, running from the law, living with fear.

But after that night in 1999, Cesar started attending church. He did not change immediately. It was a process. In time he repented, was baptized in the name of Jesus, and received the gift of the Holy Ghost. The chains of addiction were broken. The generational curse crumbled.

Years have passed since Cesar was delivered from drugs, fear, and anger. All he had ever wanted was a family. Today he and his wife Wendy have that family. They also have a loving supportive church family at Christian Growth Center.

Currently, Cesar directs Life in Focus Transitional Services, where he shares his testimony of almost twenty drug-free years. To hear more about Cesar’s story, attend LIFTS on Monday evenings at 7:30 at Christian Growth Center, 1906 Hudson Avenue, Pueblo, CO.

LIFTS Director Cesar Velez and family

LIFTS Director Cesar Velez and family