I consider myself a personal friend of Ramon Diaz. Chaplain, husband, father, and certainly a changed man and servant of Christ. For that, I am a lucky person. Ramon and I met in Austin, Texas about four years ago. He was transitioning from military service and was in a tough point in his life, attempting to find firm ground to support his family, his faith, and to find his “new self”. I am happy to report that Ramon and his family actually found that peace of mind by following their faith over any “cookie cutter advice” usually found these days. Following their faith, over worldly concerns, was not just a by-chance event. Their faith in God and their belief in Christ IS ALL they needed, that’s why we call that… “FAITH”. Ramon and Amy had their faith and that’s all they needed. Now, … the best part of Ramon and Amy is that they don’t just speak the word of Christ, … THEY LIVE IT at the same time. That, my friends, is the very definition of “DISCIPLE”. That said, I’d like to offer one more “slant” in the above example. I grew up as the younger of three brothers. By the time I came along, there were NO antics left to pull as my older brothers had already honed my parent’s edge. Therefore, I learned early to just tell the truth and keep life simple and it has served me well (for my heart, not so much my relationship with this earthly life).
I have known Chaplain Diaz for well over 10 years. I am honored to call this man a friend, true inspiration, and a motivating force in my life. It is his strong and positive character that has personally helped me make difficult decisions. He really does do what he says and says what he is going to do and since he found Christ these qualities he has always had have grown immensely. I believe in his work and his mission as a minister.
Walking by faith is not something that comes naturally to humans. As a Christian matures the matter of walking by faith is at the center of the process. I’ve been in ministry for over a decade. I’ve worked as an evangelist and most recently as a pastor. Over the years I’ve had many divine encounters which have resulted in many friendship and ministry partners. I met Pastor Ramon Diaz of Walking by Faith Mission through a mutual friend. The first time we spoke together I felt I met an instant friend. His friendly and approachable personality made it easy to get along with and relate to each other. Yet there was much more to Ramon that met the eye. In a very short time, Ramon showed what he was all about. First, he loves the Lord, second, he is committed to his family, and third serve the people of the Lord. We shared ministry stories and how God would use him to pray for people. It was always inspiring recounts of the power of God at work through him. I found out real quick that he would never go out of his way to bring himself honor. For Ramon, It is always about the Lord getting the glory. During the first several months I got to know Ramon he was not just doing ministry but he was a fulltime student working on his masters. Ramon never put the work of the ministry aside, even during strenuous situations he faced during school. Yet his real character was demonstrated to me many months into our friendship. As a pastor myself, the ministry can become very stressful and many times our very identity is under attack. At the beginning of 2019, I had one of the most difficult periods of my ministry. I felt rejected, broken, and felt like I had no direction. It felt that everyone but my family had just disappeared and pushed me to the side. It was during this period that Ramon, with no real direct benefit and while he was hundreds of miles away in Europe, took the time to encourage and give me wise counsel regularly. He was instrumental in my restoration process, during one of my most difficult periods in ministry. Jesus blessed me with him as a friend and co-laborer in Christ. This wasn’t advertised on Facebook, no one published an article about it, he did it simply out of his commitment to our friendship but more importantly because of his commitment to the Lord. Ramon is a man of integrity, of honor, and of true dedication not just to those he serves but to his family and most importantly to the Lord. He doesn’t just call his ministry Walking by Faith Mission, he actually walks by faith.
I’ve known Ramon since 2011 when we crossed paths in the Marine Corps. Ramon had a tireless work ethic while we worked together. It’s no surprise that he maintains that enthusiasm in his current life calling of ministering. It’s inspirational and motivating to speak with Ramon and see how God is working in his life. He’s a great example of following what is written in the Bible. He uses scripture to explain what God wants for all of us and encourages reading the Bible for our own understanding. You’ll find that Ramon truly cares about the people he comes into contact with. He cares about serving all the people he comes in contact with and fulfilling his calling of ministering. I invite you to talk to Ramon and ask him how his faith has affected his life.
I’ve known Ramon Diaz for roughly 15 years, we met in the Marine Corps in Okinawa, Japan on January 2004. I have seen Ramon advance due to his devotion to doing his best at assigned tasks. In 2010, Ramon got saved from a dark world, immediately he shared the Gospel of Christ crucified with me. Though I rejected the message, 4 yrs later I gave my life to Christ as well. Today I see the same devotion to give his best at assigned tasks, but the difference now is that this devotion is to the Kingdom of God. This is not only a brother in arms but a brother in Christ. I praise God for faithful servants like Ramon, may the Lord continue to bless the anointing and calling on his life for the Kingdom of Christ.
Ramon has been a great person to bring difficult theological questions to in times of need. He always has interesting insight into scripture and I truly appreciate his honesty. Even though I haven’t had the privilege of meeting him in person, I feel like we have a great friendship that is hard to find in life. One of the coolest things about him is his intentionality for sharing what Christ has done in his life and how he consistently reaches out to me on a regular basis.
I respect Ramon and his family for what they are doing in allowing the Lord to lead them through life. There are few people in my life I could say are truly on the path God has chosen for them and he is one of them.