Joy of Christmas
If there ever was a man who could wear his life on his sleeve, it would be Antonio Delgado. Through the years, he has realized the importance of not taking for granted the lessons learned through heart felt peaks and valleys. Antonio's music is not only a testimony of his life, but a witnessing tool, impacting lives around the world. After years of rigorous touring, traveling up to 220 days of the year, Antonio decided to take a two-year hiatus. This allowed him the time needed to grow personally and spiritually. It also gave him the time to attend his home church in Puyallup, Washington, Destiny Christian Center which gave him the much-needed source of replenishment that he longed for. During his hiatus, Antonio was able to focus on God and God's will for his life. "I'm not the same man that I was before...I now see how the ministry God gave me should truly be." "From a very young age, I was encouraged to use the gifts I had been given for the Glory of God. Unfortunately many years were wasted doing what I wanted. This is a mistake that many Christians experience...they try to do everything themselves, based on their own desires and what they THINK God wants. As Christians we are instructed to truly and honestly seek Gods guidance in all we do, and give him the opportunity to respond with instructions. We have to constantly check ourselves to find out what our true motives are for what we are doing and make sure they are in line with God.' Antonio has ministered in 48 states as well as throughout Canada and Europe. He has taught others about Independent Itinerate Ministry and has worked with Christian artists and groups on performing and concert bookings. He is a former staff writer for the world renowned Continental Singers where he wrote several hit songs and recorded vocals for their albums. God has used Antonio in churches of all sizes. He has performed in congregations of 15 and as many as 10,000. His concert venue not only involves churches, but also fairs, civic and convention centers, retreats and colleges. "Though I have had many accomplishments over the years, I want to make it clear that these opportunities were all blessings from God. None of these opportunities would have been possible without Him. I thank God every day for what He has done and what He continues to do in my personal and spiritual life. I am humbled by the fact that He has chosen me to minister in song and I will do everything I can to glorify Him!" Antonio has been married for six years to his beautiful and supportive wife, Shelley. "I have never traveled with Antonio full time. It has been nice to have him home every night for the past couple of years. However, I love it when he gets as excited as he is now. I know God has something special for his ministry and us. I am behind him every step of the way." Today the vision is clear for Antonio. He will share his God given talent with anyone who will listen. He will sing to inspire the saved. He will sing to encourage the lost. But most importantly, he will sing to glorify God! Not another day will God's gifts and blessings be taken for granted. "I will sing!"