“Are we beginning to commend ourselves again? Or do we need, as some do, letters of recommendation to you, or from you? You yourselves are our letter of recommendation, written on your hearts, to be known and read by all men.” (2 Corinthians 3:1-2 RSV).
Keeping these verses in mind, I hope what I reveal here only reveals God’s Spirit working in me instead of any pride or vanity. Still, I know I can never be fully exempt from these temptations.
My name is Vincent H. Chough, and my life really began in 2004. That was when I was born again by the Spirit of God. Jesus Christ saved me, and I began to leave behind all the horrible stuff that was murdering my soul.
To get to know someone, it helps to follow them around. If you were to shadow my activity, you’d find me writing every day, in prayer meetings twice a week, coordinating a prison Bible ministry, and participating in a liberation ministry. Plus, church on Sundays, personal prayer, and study of Scripture. And most important – full engagement in marriage and family. I’m not a priest or a pastor; I’m a writer.
I bring home the bacon by writing. That’s my work. Most of my wages come from commercial clients.
Every good thing in my life is thanks to Jesus. He’s everything to me. He’s done all the real work. My nature is corrupt — so anything positive here only speaks to glorify God’s Son.
In the past I made nearly $200K per year as a physician. I left that profession behind since God called me to a different task. I used to have two shiny new cars and lived in a pristine neighborhood in southwestern Pennsylvania — now I drive a beat up ’96 Volkswagen, and I live in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
I’m solidly middle class – but I’m a witness to tremendous spiritual abundance.
My wife and I are united deeply in the heart of Christ. I serve my sons with a dedication that before was impossible for me. I know I’m not perfect, but no one can say that I don’t make an honest effort.
The reason I share all this is because to make a change you have to hurt and make real sacrifices. Today’s world tells you that material wealth and inner fulfillment are both possible. Maybe – but not always. Maybe not for me. And if not, I must accept whatever God wills for me.
Only by seeking and submitting to God’s perfect plan was I able to leave behind the infidelity, drugs, alcohol, porn, deceit, and arrogance that poisoned me, my family and the world around me.
The battle over my soul — waged between fierce angels and hideous demons — is all too real. When I understood and embraced this fact, I could truly fight back. And not just fight to defend myself — but to also gain territory for the Kingdom of God. If you don’t know your enemy, how can you defeat him?
I know a nun who is a missionary in Syria. She says that people should be able to tell you are a Christian even from a distance. It should ooze out of your pores. Sister Guadalupe also says that true Christians are persecuted for their faith. She sets a high standard — and lives by it.
My testimony is tame compared to many. Those that give up their lives — or those that kill an inner part of themselves for our Lord — I can only hope to imitate.
This website/blog doesn’t mean that I’ve arrived at a destination. Instead, I’ll share my experience, both past and present. Hopefully my words will inspire others to continue along the Hard Way that our Lord called us to travel. Millions of souls cry out for us to respond to his call.
May God’s hand be upon you.
Creator & Lead Writer:
Vincent Chough is married and has five children. He earned his medical degree at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and practiced medicine in the USA for 10 years before relocating to Argentina.
For over a decade, Vincent has helped coordinate Bible study groups throughout northern Buenos Aires. This includes hard to reach places such as prisons and poor neighborhoods – he is witness to the tremendous healing power of God’s Word. Vincent also dedicates his time to writing and discipleship in schools and communities. He’s the lead writer at Prayer for Anxiety (prayerforanxiety.com) which helps thousands of people each week face the trials of anxiety and stress.