After 5 years, around the time of the recession, his company was taken over by a larger company. Ivan moved to Bangor, Maine to start over and rebuild what he had lost. Things started to get better, but once again, a larger company planned to take over his business. “I went into deep depression and became disillusioned about everything around me. I decided to leave everything and go back to Peru,” Ivan said.
Ivan turned to drinking and using drugs. He was barely holding on and waiting for his ticket back to Peru when he received surprising news. The bigger company was no longer coming and he could continue to operate his business. “I decided to give it a chance again and try for one more year. I was just going day by day,” Ivan said.
One day, Ivan had a conversation with someone at the mall where his business was located. They talked about God and the woman mentioned a pastor at her church who is from Peru, just like Ivan. Ivan had heard of this pastor before and, intrigued, visited the church. “I realized that I was finally home. Listening to the pastor preaching, I felt like he was talking to me,” Ivan said. That day, Ivan received Christ into his life.
Ivan got involved in the church right away and went on a mission trip that year to New York City. The group served in a homeless shelter and Ivan watched as people who had once been homeless were finding new life.