Apostle of Jesus Christ by the Grace of God
The Apostle of Jesus Christ, Naason Joaquin Garcia, current International Director of The Light of the World Church, was born on May 7th, 1969 in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. Son of Apostle Samuel Joaquin Flores and his wife, Eva Garcia Lopez, he was the fifth of their eight children. He lived at home with his parents throughout his childhood and adolescence in Beautiful Province.
From his youth, Apostle Naason Joaquin experienced the satisfaction that can only be felt in the service of God. In 1983, at the age of 14, he took the first step into this profession of faith: he was baptized in the name of Jesus Christ.
In the following years, still an adolescent -along with other young men and women- he joined the Group of Missionaries in Beautiful Province, their evangelist labor encompasses all the suburbs in the Metropolitan Area of Guadalajara. As a consequence of this, in the mid-1980s he joined a group of missionaries living in Spain. His stay in the Iberian Peninsula, which included the task of testifying the Christian faith in homes and plazas, was indelibly etched in his memory. Among other blessings he experienced were, without a doubt, traveling with his father on more than one of his tours through the Mexican Republic and abroad.
At the age of 17, Brother Naason Joaquin assumes his first responsibility: Apostle Samuel Joaquin places him in charge of the youngest group of youths in the Church of the Beautiful Province suburb, on August 25, 1986. Eventually, on May 10, 1992 he was made responsible for the oldest group of youths, and on June 14 of that same year he was married with Ms. Alma Zamora Espinoza, in Guadalajara, with whom he had three children: Adoraim, Eldai and Sibma.
During his 28 year Pastoral career, he shepherded since December of 1992 until December of 2014 the following churches: Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona; Huntington Park, South Los Angles, Santa Maria, Los Angeles, San Diego and Santa Ana, California. During this time of ministerial labor he was bestowed the unction of Evangelist Deacon in 1994 and Evangelist Pastor in 2000.
Alongside his Pastoral labor, Apostle Naason Joaquin labored with dedication in other responsibilities: he was director of the Northern Jurisdiction of The Light of the World in Mexico from 2003 to 2014, which includes the states of Baja California and Baja California Sur, Sonora, Chihuahua, Nuevo Leon and Tamaulipas, where he was responsible for supervising and attending the spiritual and earthly needs of the congregations settled within these states. With the purpose of broadcasting the Christian doctrine in all forms of media, Apostle Naason Joaquin designed and organized Communication Center Berea USA (CCB USA), this entity which began its operations in 2009, on top of its cultural focus and emission, is also responsible of transmitting video streams of the most important events of The Light of the World Church -Holy Supper, Apostolic Addresses, temple inaugurations, Bible studies, etc.- on a global scale. Due to the brevity of this biographic, I will not elaborate on his support of the platform for professionals in the United States, The Association of Professionals and Students (APS), or of his civil summits in the defense of human rights, freedom of religion, separation of church and state in the educational environment and discrimination -which he led in between the years of 2007 and 2009 in northern Mexico- nor will I abound on his close relation with educational establishments, among other actions worthy of praise.
DECEMBER 14, 2014: BEGINNING OF HIS APOSTOLIC MINISTRY
On the 8th of December, 2014, at 6:10 in the morning, the Apostle of Jesus Christ, Samuel Joaquin -who led The Light of the World Church for over 50 years- entered the rest of the just. On that day, minutes after the time of death, Brother Naason Joaquin sought a private space in one of the bedrooms of his father’s house, where, afflicted by the situation, he prayed to God: “Lord… Console me! I am in great pain, Lord!” The divine response did not delay, during that plea, the Apostle of Jesus Christ heard a thunderous voice, like the flowing of many waters, which said to him: “Why do you ask consolation of me? You are to console my People… Naason you will lead this great people; if now it seems great to you, I will multiply it even more! Honor the vessel of my Servant Samuel, and, on Sunday next, you will stand before the People… I will open their hearts, and even the Ministerial Corps, as one man, and I will do the perfect work” (Apostolic Letter, December 20th, 2014, Silao, Guanajuato).
Sunday, December 14th. 2014 was the appointed date. Just as previous days, the International Headquarters Temple, and the streets that converge into it, were filled to capacity. In prayer and supplication, the Church waited for the manifestation of the Apostolic Election. This sublime act, of identifying the Emissary of God, occurred at 2:43 in the morning. It is important to recall, that this work -of spiritual recognition- is not of human effort, for it comes from the Heavens, according to biblical teachings.
In his first apostolic message, in which he appeared full of confidence, hope and consolation, he assured: “Ye were not alone, there was only a pause[…]. Now we being a new era of victories, triumph and of God’s glory. Now that my time has come, I can freely say: Naason Joaquin Garcia: Servant of God and Apostle of Jesus Christ”. The time of redemption in the Church continues: its seal of authenticity is the presence of an Apostle. No more, no less.