As a child, Juan Ottenwalder grew up feeling rejected and dejected. As a young boy he was told that his father did not want him because he had desired him to be a girl instead of a boy. As a result, he started longing to be a girl and eventually started to feel like one. This paved the way for an evil spirit to enter, leading him to start having affection for men.
He recounted how the older he grew, the deeper involved in homosexuality he became – to the point where he began to even see himself as a female. The evil spirit began to push him to actively seek men out with whom to engage in sexual acts. As a local of another smaller city in the Dominican Republic, Juan came to the capital city, Santo Domingo to seek greener pastures. In need of money and unable to control the urge to sleep with men, Juan became a male prostitute. He said the urge to have sex with men was so unbearable that he could not control himself, oftentimes indulging in the act in public places.
Living a life of prostitution meant he came into contact with violent and hateful people who would maltreat and injure him. He recollects how one man intentionally set him on fire. This life led him to begin to take hard drugs, alcohol and sleeping tablets in order to go from day-to-day. In Juan’s words, “My life was hell”. Desolate. Rejected. Depressed. “Everything was terrible,” he surmised, stating how he often slept on the streets.
A few months ago, a stranger told him about a crusade due to take place in the Dominican Republic with Prophet T.B. Joshua. Initially reluctant to attend, he eventually decided to go ahead and give it a try – seeing how tragic his life was. It was during the mass prayer in the second day of the Crusade that he remembers feeling God embrace him and cleanse him from his past life of sin. During the mass prayer, he suddenly became overwhelmed by God’s power and began vomiting a white substance. Since the day of his deliverance, he said something has turned around dramatically in his life! All of a sudden he has started feeling attraction towards women, no more towards males. He now also finds it easy to relate with others because he said before he felt rejected and was unable to relate with others. Now a changed man, Juan said: “I look forward to having a wife and children of my own”. His advice, “Open your hearts to God and believe in Him”.