Farewell to Our Brother José Joaquín "Yiye" Ávila
"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..."
Until death us do part
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.
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
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"
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 root's: Song of the Sepharadim
© 2013 Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill