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In 2008, Alex was on his way to work at a banana plantation in Colombia when armed guerrillas boarded the bus he was on and drove it to a remote location before forcing everyone off the bus and making them kneel before shooting each one of them.

Surprisingly, despite being shot in the face and leg, Alex survived the attack and was the only passenger found alive. He recalls finding strength during the attack and wishing he could have told his attackers about God — even in the moments after he had been shot.

After his recovery, Alex joined a prison ministry where he ran into a prisoner named Ismael, and realised this was the very man who had shot him years before. Alex eventually led Ismael to the Lord.

Alex now continues to serve in prison ministry. Recently, he decided to go to law school, and he intends to spend his career helping those who are falsely imprisoned.

Despite good health, Alex’s eyesight has deteriorated as he lost an eye during the attack. Thankfully, the law school he chose can make accommodations for him such as offering oral exams instead of written ones.

As a result of the peace process in Colombia, many former guerrillas, including Ismael, were pardoned and released from prison.
Ismael needed a place to live so Alex asked him to move into his place. The former guerrilla and his victim are now roommates.

We originally told Alex’s story in 2008; this is the most recent update. You can view the story of Alex online at

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