God can redeem anything. He comes into our brokenness and brings His healing power and transformation, so that through us and our stories, He can bring healing and transformation to others. We’re all broken people, thanks to sin. The only question is, “Are we willing to let God use our brokenness for the good of others and for His glory?” One man who answered, “Yes!” to that question is Pete Orta.
A victim of an abusive upbringing which led to his leaving home and living on the streets at age 19, Pete realizes now that God has redeemed that desperate and destructive time in his life based on the Truth of Romans 8:28: “For we know that all things work together for good to those who love God and are called according to His purpose.” As a guitarist for the Christian rock band Petra, Pete won a Grammy and was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, and in 2002 his solo album Born Again was nominated for a Dove Award. “I had a record called Born Again but I wasn’t,” he recalled. “It was only later that the Holy Spirit revealed my depravity, I surrendered to Him, and change happened. After a solid walk of obedience, God called me out and said, ‘Choose the unchosen! Don’t ask for money; just tell your story.’ So I sent out one email telling my story and saying that I wanted to take in young adults aged 18-24 who have aged out of foster care and don’t have a home or are on the streets due to substance abuse. I also want to help single moms who can’t control their 18-year-old that’s destructive or violent.”
Within three weeks of sending that email, Pete, his wife, Kelli, and their four children (ages 13, 10, 5 and 4) took in a 19-year-old, and the ministry called In Triumph has been growing ever since. “We were literally pulling in homeless people, prostitutes, drug addicts, thieves, and people from mental institutions who had no place to go,” Pete explained. “I’m not telling them what to think; I’m teaching them how to think, so they can make a decision about God with all the pieces of the puzzle.” His process for doing this is based on a classical 3-part learning method called Trivium which consists of Grammar – gathering foundational elements of world view, dissecting them, and defining terms like Truth to challenge their thought processes; Logic – comparative religion study and world view discussion; and Rhetoric – the art of communicating what you believe and defending why you believe it. “This process makes them think, and they must give answers for why they believe what they believe. The Holy Spirit is working and yields the eternal result of transformed hearts and minds.”
What about you? Are you willing to trust God with your brokenness and allow Him to redeem it for His glory in the lives of others? Take what you’ve experienced, your story of His grace, and find a way to share it with those who have yet to taste the goodness of God in their lives. Ask God how your church can communicate the stories of those who sit inside the church walls with those who remain outside them.
Currently, In Triumph is located on 30 leased acres with a ranch-style house in Florence, Texas, and hopes to expand. To contact Pete or get more information, go to the website at www.intriumph.org or go to In Triumph on Facebook. You can arrange to visit the ministry and/or invite Pete to tell his story in your church at no charge to raise awareness of what In Triumph can offer. Another big need is people who will let them know of young adults who need help.