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Farewell to Our Brother José Joaquín "Yiye" Ávila

Updated on August 14, 2013
Yiye Avila
Yiye Avila

"Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves." Romans 12:10

This hub is to honor José Joaquín Ávila Portalatín, known as Yiye Ávila. He was the only child of Pablo Ávila and Herminia Portalatín (both school teachers). Yiye Ávila was born in Camuy, Puerto Rico in September 12, 1925; and died in June 28, 2013 in Camuy, Puerto Rico. His family was of Sephardic origin, this the reason why it is said that he was Jewish.

Yiye Ávila married the young beautiful Carmen Delia Talavera (known as Yeya), in whose union were born three daughters, Noemí (died in a car accident in 2009), Doris Myrna, and Carmen Ilia (Murdered by her husband in 1989). They regaled their parents with 9 beautiful grandchildren and they gave them great grandchildren.

During the funeral, the widow of Yiye, Doña Carmen Talavera, was accompanied by her daughter Doris, grandchildren and great grandchildren. The family remained united in mourning and in silence, watching the departure of the renowned preacher who died at his home due to a heart attack.

"To have and to hold from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish..."

Carmen Delia Talavera and José Joaquín Ávila Portalatín (Yiye)
Carmen Delia Talavera and José Joaquín Ávila Portalatín (Yiye)

Until death us do part

Proverbs 18:22 He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the LORD.
Proverbs 18:22 He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the LORD.

Divine Healing

Yiye Ávila earned a Bachelors Degree in Natural Science and completed his pre-med in order to continue his studies in medicine, which was what he wanted. Yiye Ávila did not suspect at that time that God had prepared a gift of divine healing which would give health to the bodies of thousands, by the prayer of faith and the healing power that is in Christ Jesus.

Yiye's testimony

One day when Yiye Avila was still a young athlete, vigorous and a champion bodybuilder, while preparing for the Olympics to be held in North America, he was suddenly resenting his joints and the pain was unbearable. A terrible rheumatoid arthritis seemed the end of everything! The doctors diagnoses confirmed his fears. His disease was a chronic type, and this ended his career. He thought he had no choice but recalled a Bible he had in his house. Yiye cried out to God in the way he knew. In his distress and grief, one night he cried out to God, heal me! Listening to God's voice which was audible, God said "not yet".

Then one day, while tuning the television, a prominent American preacher preached the message of Jesus Christ. Yiye could not resist hearing that message with which his life was impacted, so he went to his room and knelt giving his life to Christ and receiving healing. The Christ who he preached as Savior and Healer.

Yiye Avila the Bodybuilder

Yiye Avila (Mr. Puerto Rico and Mr. North America)
Yiye Avila (Mr. Puerto Rico and Mr. North America)

A talented man

Yiye Ávila was a talented man. He was:

  • A Science teacher for 23 years
  • An athlete in bodybuilding
  • Mr. Puerto Rico 1952
  • Mr. North America 1954
  • A Follower of Christ since 1960
  • A Worldwide Evangelist
  • A Christian Pastor for over 50 years
  • A great writer of more than 18 books, mostly on prayer, fasting, holiness, divine healing, prophetic judgments, the rapture of the church and the Second Coming of Christ.
  • A proclaimer that the coming of Jesus is imminent, so the sinner needs to be saved before it's too late.
  • A humble man, although his ministry includes publishing, television and moves millions of dollars a year from tithes, offerings and other special donations, Avila did not get rich with this. The funds were used for the ministry. In fact, at the time of his death, he was residing in the same modest house bought long before becoming an evangelist.

"Smile Christ Loves You"

José Joaquín Ávila Portalatín (Yiye)
José Joaquín Ávila Portalatín (Yiye)

Yiye lived what he preached

Yiye Avila remains in the heart of many people. He made history and impacted many lives. He was a true man that preached what he lived. He showed that in the midst of a deep personal attack, forgiveness is offered because we are forgiven by our Creator, Lord and Savior.

Yiye Avila was a man that knew that God is real because of his own personal encounter. We all can have Christ as our Savior and healer not only because Yiye Avila said and lived by it, but because:

Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, (John 11:25)

Blessings to all!

© Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill

Books of José Joaquín Ávila Portalatín, known as Yiye Ávila

Yiye Avila was a great writer
Yiye Avila was a great writer

Yiye Avila root's: Song of the Sepharadim

© 2013 Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill

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    • Lastheart profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 

      4 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      Thanks once again for passing by and leaving your insight.

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      manatita44 

      4 years ago from london

      Beautiful Hub. Higher Blessings.

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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 

      5 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      Yes he was Manuel. This really reminds me of Sodom and Gomorrah

      Genesis 18: 20 And the LORD said, “The outcry of Sodom and Gomorrah is indeed great, and their sin is exceedingly grave. 21“I will go down now, and see if they have done entirely according to its outcry, which has come to Me; and if not, I will know.”

      22Then the men turned away from there and went toward Sodom, while Abraham was still standing before the LORD. 23Abraham came near and said, “Will You indeed sweep away the righteous with the wicked? 24“Suppose there are fifty righteous within the city; will You indeed sweep it away and not spare the place for the sake of the fifty righteous who are in it? 25“Far be it from You to do such a thing, to slay the righteous with the wicked, so that the righteous and the wicked are treated alike. Far be it from You! Shall not the Judge of all the earth deal justly?” 26So the LORD said, “If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare the whole place on their account.” 27And Abraham replied, “Now behold, I have ventured to speak to the Lord, although I am but dust and ashes. 28“Suppose the fifty righteous are lacking five, will You destroy the whole city because of five?” And He said, “I will not destroy it if I find forty-five there.” 29He spoke to Him yet again and said, “Suppose forty are found there?” And He said, “I will not do it on account of the forty.” 30Then he said, “Oh may the Lord not be angry, and I shall speak; suppose thirty are found there?” And He said, “I will not do it if I find thirty there.” 31And he said, “Now behold, I have ventured to speak to the Lord; suppose twenty are found there?” And He said, “I will not destroy it on account of the twenty.” 32Then he said, “Oh may the Lord not be angry, and I shall speak only this once; suppose ten are found there?” And He said, “I will not destroy it on account of the ten.” 33As soon as He had finished speaking to Abraham the LORD departed, and Abraham returned to his place.

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      Manuel 

      5 years ago

      Yiye really was a prophet of God! Christ loved us through him.

    • Lastheart profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 

      5 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      Thanks Michele Travis and may our lovely Father bless you also. Stay with that wonderful smile because "Christ loves you!

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      Michele Travis 

      5 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      Thank you so much for writing this. God bless his family and the people he helped. And God bless you.

    • Lastheart profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 

      5 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      Froggy213 thanks for your time and help. You will meet him in the sky.

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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 

      5 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      billybuc thanks! Many of us admired him and learned so much from him. He was faithful to God's word. I am also learning from your email writing lessons.

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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 

      5 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      Ericdierker thanks for reading. Yes, God is powerful.

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      Greg Boudonck 

      5 years ago from Returned to an Isla Del Sol - Puerto Rico Will Rise Strong

      I would have loved to meet this man who was blessed by God. Good job on a remembrance for him. I love you babe.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      A lovely tribute to a man who you obviously admired. Well done Maria.

      blessings my friend

      bill

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      Eric Dierker 

      5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Powerful.

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