By Jessica Daniel
Young Urban Voices sits down and interviews Ernesto Aragon, a young and gifted man who loves God and is living life with purpose. Just returning from his mission’s trip to Pemba, Mozambique with Iris Ministries and getting ready for the release of his book “Why Christians are Skeptical of the Supernatural,” twenty-seven year old Ernesto is excited for what God has in store for him next.
Young Urban Voices: Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Ernesto Aragon: I was born in [Oakland], California. I have been a Christian my whole life, but I haven’t truly followed God until I was about maybe twenty-two, twenty-three years old. It really has been God’s love that has transformed the way I see Christianity as a whole. That’s the biggest testimony, honestly, I would have to say.
Young Urban Voices: You just recently went on a mission’s trip to Pemba, Mozambique. What was your experience like there?
Ernesto Aragon: There was a whole lot that happened there. In the midst of all the miracles that were happening there, which were great, what really got to me the most was seeing God’s love through the children, encountering his love through their faces and their smiles. Their lack of boundaries. They don’t have boundaries there. They love you regardless of who you are or where you’re from.
Young Urban Voices: What has been the most rewarding experience for you during the trip?
Ernesto Aragon: This was actually my first time I had left the country, the first time I have ever gone on any mission’s trip or traveled on my own in general. That was a very interesting experience but a great one overall.
Young Urban Voices: You are about to release your new book that is coming out in September. Tell us about your book.
Ernesto Aragon: The book I finished writing is called “Why Christians Are Skeptical of the Supernatural.” I started writing it last year in January, and it was based on my first time encounter with the Holy Spirit, the power of God and just His tangible love through going to Bethel church for the first time and experiencing that and just experiencing God’s love at my home church in Sacramento. I never really knew what God’s love looked like. I had a hard time believing that God was still active in the gifts of the spirit and the supernatural. So that’s really what compelled me to write this book because what I experienced I want every Christian to experience, to be able to experience God’s love through the supernatural through His grace and through the gifts of the spirit. We’re all good enough to have any gift God wants to give to us. Many of us don’t think we’re good enough to receive His gifts. That’s the biggest reason why I wrote it is so people can truly experience God. My goal is to help at least one person to know who they are in Christ to step into whatever dreams God has called them into.
Young Urban Voices: What advice would you give young people who are inspired to write a book?
Ernesto Aragon: My advice would be not to over think everything. You have to be crazy enough to believe that it can actually happen for it to happen. That’s what I believe faith means.
For more info on Ernesto Aragon and his upcoming book “Why Christians are Skeptical of the Supernatural” visit his website http://ernestoaragon.com/my-book.html.