Friends of IDEAL - Marlon
The Story of Marlon Caesar Martínez
“After coming to IDEAL, my life made a 180-degree turnaround…”
Marlon came to the
One day in the summer of 2008, Marlon overheard a radio advertisement on 810AM El Camino for the IDEAL Institute at Denver Seminary. Wilmer Ramírez, the Director of Hispanic Initiatives, extended an invitation to attend the Plan Básico, a program built around the foundational principles of the Christian life. Marlon decided to attend. After taking several classes, “my entire life made a 180 degree turnaround,” he recounted. “It was at IDEAL that for the first time I heard about the love of God. I learned that Christianity was not about the rules; it was about love.” He also began attending Wellspring Anglican Church in
Marlon continues to work in construction and also helps his wife sell tamales to restaurants (many of which are frequently donated to Denver Rescue Mission). But after IDEAL, Marlon has new vocational aspirations. His dream is to one day return to Mexico as a missionary to serve the tiny town of Costa Chica, Mexico and tell them of the love of God that changed his life.