The sportsman fixed over his wheel chair the banner with a sign “I dedicate my race to the center “Pilgrim” in Ukraine. May God bless all His peeps. Never give up!”
In such a manner Fermin tried to attract attention of people to social problems in the countries where Saddleback Church send their missionaries. Besides, it was his goal to say to Ukrainian kids that God is able to do much more than we could ever dream.
Fermin is an attendee of Saddleback Church and he used to work in Construction corporation. 2 days before he turned 49 he suffered a stroke and found himself in coma. Later on he was transferred to the rehab center where he had to learn to breathe, to talk, to eat and to walk again. In some time he learned to walk with a cane. He is very thankful to God now that He gave him a second chance. He actively goes in for sports and leads quite a happy life.
Carolyn Betts, the leader of PEACE group to Ukraine from Saddleback Church, the one who told Fermin about “Pilgrim” thanked him for the participation and stated that doing that he showed that Our God is God of second chance and that racing never ends.