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New York Yankees Chaplain speaks in chapelWaxahachie, Texas — April 16, 2013 — New York Yankees and Brooklyn Nets Chaplain Willie Alfonso spoke in Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) chapel on Tuesday, April 9, 2013.

Alfonso spoke about facing trials and how Scripture instructs believers to trust in God's plan. He shared personal stories of how God has never let him down when he has trusted him with his family, life and career.

Alfonso was born and raised in Brooklyn, N.J. He was forced to leave home at age 11 because of his abusive, alcoholic father. He spent his teenage years living with friends, family and on the streets of Brooklyn. He never attended school and eventually turned to drug use and continued his destructive habits for more than 20 years.

In 1972, at the age of 18, he married his wife Nancy and continued to abuse drugs until 1981 when he became a Christian. He has been sober for thirty-three years.

In 1996, Alfonso and his wife felt God calling them to full-time, inner-city ministry.

Alfonso also serves as program director for Urban Impact and as a New York City EMS Chaplain.

Click here to watch the chapel service.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The University was established in 1927 and now offers more than 60 associate, bachelor’s or master’s degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.


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