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Joshua Alvarez

My name is Joshua Alvarez, and I was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. I grew up in a Christian home that was heavily involved in ministry. My earliest memories are of mighty stirrings of the Holy Spirit in our church and how I longed to really know God.

I didn't want to be like most Christians I knew. I wanted to know the great God I had come to hear about.

One day at the age of four while in my home, the Lord convicted me of my sins. I knew that I needed Jesus to cleanse me, and so I asked Him to come into my heart, and He did! It was the most beautiful feeling of peace I had ever felt. I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that Jesus was with me and would never leave. The next week during the altar call I went forward and made a public decision for Jesus.

Not long after that, the Lord encountered me in the shower. As the water was rushing over me, and I worshipped. I suddenly felt a fire go from the top of my head to my feet. It was so hot I wanted to scream, but all I could do was speak in a weird language. I ran to my bedroom and hid under the bed. I didn’t understand exactly what had happened but I felt a change, a passion for the Lord. From that moment on I knew that I wanted to work for God.

At five years of age, I began to preach, pray for the sick, and cast out demons. God was doing something so powerful in my life. At the same time, I thought that I didn’t have a testimony because I had never done anything “bad.” During a Full Gospel banquet, I was hearing an ex-mafioso (ex-Mafia) give his testimony of all the illegal things he had done and how God had saved him. I was thinking within, “I don’t have a testimony,” when the Lord spoke to me audibly and said, “You are my testimony!”

As the years passed, the Lord spoke to me through many people about what He wanted me to do through my life. When I was nine years old, while reading the Word, I read Romans 9:17 which says, “Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth.” These words jumped into my Spirit, and I wept as I heard the voice of God speak these words of destiny to me.

Those words have been fulfilled, and I have been able to take the good news of Jesus all over the world through crusades, conferences, radio, and television. I graduated with a Master’s degree at fifteen, started my first church at eighteen, and founded a Christian University at twenty-two years of age.  I have also had the distinct privilege to pray and counsel heads of government and businesses.

I now reside in the State of Washington, USA, with my beautiful wife Sarah and our two boys. I can truly say that there is nothing impossible when you live life with Jesus. The change He has brought into my life and the blessings I have seen have been the fruit of the wonderful work that He did for us on the cross. To Him belongs all the glory!


Joshua Alvarez is the Founding and Senior Pastor of The River Church in the Portland, Oregon, metro area and the President of Kingdom Voice Ministries. He holds a Master’s Degree in Theological studies and heads Kingdom Voice University, a ministry training school. He and his wife Sarah have two beautiful boys. Pastor Joshua is recognized as an Apostle, Teacher, and Evangelist along with being involved in the business world as an entrepreneur.


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MiltonAlvarezThe Father – Milton Alvarez

The Message of Salvation Was on Every Channel

Milton Alvarez

At the age of thirty three I had traveled all over the world. I lived in Holland and at the same time I was living in New York. I had a lot of riches and pleasures of the world, but I felt emptiness in my heart. I had gone to many schools to get my license to be a ships pilot and captain.

I decided to end my life of no satisfaction. With this thought, I went to my hotel bedroom in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

While I was changing clothes, I turned on the television. A preacher by the name of Nicky Cruz was talking but the strange thing was that it seemed he was talking directly to me. Getting angry, I started to change the channels, but on every one, the same preacher appeared. I then got so scared, I turned the TV off and walked out of the room. When I finally was dressed and leaving my room, the television came back on by itself, with the preacher giving me a final message.

I knew that God was speaking to me. I had never read the Bible, but one scripture from Deuteronomy came to my heart: “Life or death, blessing or curse, you choose.” What an appropriate word for the moment, as I was about to commit suicide.

I then got to my knees and asked God for forgiveness of my sins and for all the wrongs things I had done in my life. I also told Him that if He could change me, I would turn my life over to Him. Immediately I felt as if someone had taken off a huge weight that had been upon me.

That same day, people I knew came up and asked me what had happened to me? I explained to them what God had done in my life and how He had delivered me.



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