Johnny and his friends use their unique talents to spread the gospel worldwide.
by Kevin Wahl
“It’s interesting. I really liked what probably most people would dislike about Hartland—the fact that it wasn’t easy,” says 2000 graduate Johnny Suarez.
“I always loved the vocational training that we got working outside in the garden, except when it was really cold, or really hot, or whenever I had to change clothes afterward because I needed to go to work in the office. I also remember living in Log Manor. Three people would be tightly squashed in one room. We slept where there was no heat, no cooling—but we survived.”
What did all that do for Johnny? “Those were unpleasant times, but you learn lessons from doing hard things. You look at hurdles differently after you’ve had to overcome them. Now in my professional life, so to speak, when I face a challenge it’s very little to me because I’ve faced many other challenges. Having to put forth stronger effort to accomplish a task becomes a lot easier. Overcoming adversities is a blessing.”
Did he like anything besides difficulties? “I really liked the spiritual atmosphere. The emphasis on constantly seeking the Lord and His blessing every day was a source of inspiration for me.”
Today Johnny is CEO of Pan de Vida Productions, a multimedia company based in Berrien Springs, Michigan. “We license and distribute audio, video, and printed materials in English and Spanish. We work with a variety of speakers and organizations to produce excellent spiritually uplifting resources.”
What else is he up to? “Just recently, I helped start another company called Sanare Life Corporation. Our job is to establish a publishing branch that can impact the secular realm. We’re trying to make our distinct ‘lifestyle to health’ message available to nonreligious people. We distribute what we call ‘nutritional kitchen resources,’ like the Give Them Something Better cookbook. We’re looking to produce more health resources so we can have a broader means of reaching the masses.”
Johnny and his coworkers also use their media resources “to educate, uplift, and inspire other individuals—religious or nonreligious—to take up the banner of truth. Then we know for a fact that they’ve been blessed by the materials, because now they want to know the spiritual component of our beliefs, which includes our doctrines and our love for Christ. Furthermore, we travel all over the world. We’ve held meetings in 39 countries. Our work does not limit us to one geographic location. So it keeps us busy. And of course, doing business can also mean furthering God’s message in this present world.” Amen!