Leonardo and Iselsa Jimenez
- God is a Good God (Dios es un Dios Bueno) -
Entrepreneurs, Leonardo and Iselsa Jimenez, owners of Alpha Dental in Katy, Texas, have made a long journey into their identities as a couple, as business owners and as part of the body Christ. Both immigrated to the United States in the 1980s, Leonardo from Colombia and Iselsa from the Dominican Republic, and their journey has led them from religion to a true understanding that God is a good God.
Though the immigrants had come to America from different countries, they wound up attending the same church in the Houston area. Iselsa and Leonardo met shortly after Iselsa had shared with the Lord her desire for a husband. “I asked God for a husband, not a friend or boyfriend,” said Iselsa. She also prayed specifically for a tall man who loved the Lord. At church a short time later, Leonardo approached Iselsa and the two hit it off. Iselsa, conscious of what she had prayed, asked Leonardo during their first date, what he wanted to do with his life. He answered that he felt like he wanted to teach God’s Word. The two were married in 1997.
During the early days of their relationship, Leonardo worked in a small hospital. One morning at work, he was listening to a local radio station when he heard Andrew’s Gospel Truth program for the first time. Andrew was teaching, God is a Good God, and what Leonardo heard so impressed him that he called the ministry’s help line to ask for a copy of the teaching. Leonardo was grateful that the tape was free because finances were tight. Actually, he refers to those days as the “poverty days.”
Up until that point, Iselsa had been Leonardo’s Bible study teacher as she had had some previous religious training, but with each message Leonardo heard he gained new revelation, and he began to share Andrew’s teachings with her. As much as Iselsa was learning from Leonardo, she still struggled with accepting the teaching because it countered much of what she had been taught. She would listen and say to Leonardo, “Show me in the Bible where it says this.” In frustration she would take things before God and ask, “Is this really true? Are you really showing these things to Leonardo?”
Iselsa remembers Leonardo saying, “It’s so simple, God is a good God, and the devil is a bad devil. See life from there. Whatever is good is from God, and whatever is bad is from the devil.” Once Iselsa settled in her heart that what Andrew was teaching was true, the couple began to see change in their lives—change that lined up with the Word of God.
In those early days, the Jimenez struggled financially, to the point that their lack of money was in the way of their advancement. While Leonardo worked for the hospital, Iselsa worked as a dental assistant, but she wanted more. “The Lord says delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart. I had a desire to do greater things. I didn’t feel comfortable where we were. We had enough for us to live day-by-day, but we didn’t have enough to give, we didn’t have enough to enjoy—we didn’t have enough.”
Iselsa had been educated in the Dominican Republic and was certified as a dentist there; however, the United States would not recognize her credentials. The legal system prevented her advancement, but as she yielded to the need for further schooling in America, she couldn’t get into any of the American dental schools. She scraped her savings together and spent the money on application fees and postage to apply to schools across the country only to be rejected by each one.
As she watched her dream to be a dentist slip away, Iselsa became depressed. Even the people at church, whom she felt should be encouraging her, were saying things that made her doubt herself; things to the effect of, “Maybe your dreams are not from God.” She grew frustrated as she watched new doctors coming out of American dental schools, as they were hired with little knowledge and even less experience, knowing she had both.
The Jimenez struggled to afford their one-bedroom apartment and to make repairs to their car when needed. “America is supposed to be the land of your dreams, and I wasn’t living that dream,” remembered Iselsa.
“We had always been taught that God was the one in control, using sickness to teach you and poverty to keep you in line,” said Leonardo. When they realized, through Andrew’s teaching, their true identity as the head and not the tail, they began to see a change in their lives.
The Jimenez came against the previous rejection from the schools and Iselsa chose to reapply. The couple prayed over her applications and would bless her outgoing letters, speaking the promises of God over each one. Eventually, Iselsa was accepted at University of the Pacific Dugoni School of Dentistry. She started school last in her class and graduated as the class salutatorian. Better still, she is now a dentist—twice.
Leonardo and Iselsa operate their own dental practice. The office, managed by Leonardo, is in a beautiful 2,500 sq. ft. space, and they now live in a 3000 sq. ft. home in a nice neighborhood. “We have more than enough. I’m not lacking anything, and money is not a problem—sincerely,” said Leonardo.
They credit their success to standing on the Word of God and Andrew’s teachings that helped them see that God is good. “It was an eye-opener for us. Finding that God was not the problem for [Iselsa] to get into school or for me to be able to get ahead in life, but rather, we have an enemy. Basically, the devil was taking advantage of our ignorance of the Word of God. Once we started to get the knowledge, the word says, ‘You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free,’ and once we began to get the knowledge of the Word of God, we were able to possess the promises that God has already made,” Leonardo shared.
“When Leonardo told me about Andrew Wommack, and he told me what he learned, I started founding my life and living my life through the Word of God, my life changed. It was not because I was in America. It was not because I was a dentist. When I made the decision to believe God and His Word, that’s when I saw my life change,” said Iselsa