Feliberto Pereira: a life of passionate compassion

An unforgettable true story of suffering and faith that will leave you inspired to serve others

Feliberto PereiraFeliberto has touched the lives of thousands of America's youth with his life-changing message of passion and purpose through service to others--especially the hidden world of the poor.

As a young Christian pastor on the island nation of Cuba, Feliberto thrived—until Fidel Castro's Communist regime came to power. Because he would not cave into Castro's demand to deny his Christian faith, Feliberto was eventually sent to prison camps where he nearly starved to death. But God had a plan for Feliberto's life, and Feliberto never gave up hope during nearly four years of unimaginable suffering. And when the American government eventually came to Feliberto's rescue, offering him and thousands of other Cubans airplane flights to freedom, Feliberto arrived in America with the clothes on his back and a promise in his heart.

Today, as a proud citizen of the United States, Feliberto lives out that promise: a life of compassion, offering hope for the hidden world of the poor. Through his personal testimony, Feliberto helps young people discover meaning, passion and purpose for their lives through compassion and service to others.



Buy Feliberto's Book

I was a Stranger: Hope for a Hidden World (Brown Books)

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Special note to Youth Ministers

Based on one of the last teachings of Jesus before His death, from Matthew 25, Feliberto's book answers three questions on every Christian's mind:

1. When God calls on me to standup for what I know is right, will I be ready?

2. When God calls on us to serve others in need of caring, will I know how?

3. When I serve God, what will other people think?

Feliberto wants to help Christians, especially youth, answer these questions for themselves. We hope you will consider purchasing Feliberto's book for youth group. It will help them learn about developing a compassionate heart by serving others.

Feliberto's book teaches young people that no matter what a teenager or young adult might think of his or her ability to make a difference in service to God, God wants and God needs them to fulfill His work on Earth.


Feliberto Pereira

Feliberto Pereira is Founder and Executive Director of Southwest Good Samaritan Ministries in Los Fresnos, Texas, a ministry devoted to the hidden world of the poor in the Brownsville-Matamoros, Mexico area. Every summer, Southwest Good Samartian Ministries hosts hundreds of young people for mission trips at a five-care facility called Casa Compasion (House of Compassion) where they learn to serve the poor first hand through service projects. Feliberto is a 2009 recipient of the national Americanism Medal by the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). The pastor of Ebenezer Christian Church in Los Fresnos, he is a frequently-sought speaker in the United States and Latin America.

Chris Kelley is a writer and strategic communications consultant who spent 27 years at The Dallas Morning News, where he won many national journalism awards as a reporter and completed his journalism career as editor of the newspaper's award-winning website, DallasNews.com. A church elder, Chris is the writer of Feliberto's memoir, I was a stranger, hope for a hidden world (Brown Books).