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by a friend of his to a gym. Bodybuilding grabbed his attention, and he decided to gain muscle and be stronger than any other man. His diet also helped him improve his unkind behavior. “Thanks to bodybuilding I was on a diet and wanted order in my life. I wanted to stop the aggressiveness,” says Fernando. With no other purpose but to feel good about himself, ‘Wolf’ liked being stared at by girls and feared by those who had once confronted him. At that time, a coach asked him to join a group of young bodybuilders who competed in city tournaments and championships. THE BIG WINNER After several months of hard training, he was full of muscles and vigor and was able to compete with other bodybuilders from the city and the whole

In the mid-nineties, his first child was born, but new problems overwhelmed the new family. Fernando started living the life of a single man; he would leave his wife at home and party, get drunk and do drugs. The ‘Wolf’ was howling again in fierceness and violence. country. His dedication made him win several medals and stand above other competitors. His ego was about to burst. “When I started bodybuilding, I stopped taking my medication. My aggressiveness was back and so were my problems with other people,” he says. At the peak of popularity, Fernando was surrounded by girls and women who wanted to seduce him. However, a young girl named Gloria Cubas was the only woman who had caught his eye since he was a teen. “I won medals for the first and second place. I also won cups at several bodybuilding tournaments. That kept me out of trouble and jail for some time,” he says. As he gained fame in many competitions in Lima and provinces, his photographs were displayed in well-known gyms of the capital as a clear example of perseverance and care of the body. Nobody could imagine the real personality of Fernando. “I felt strong and more MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 38 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia

aggressive, ready to fight with anyone. I wanted to solve everything with violence. That was me”, he says. With inflated ego and a body marked by exercises, Fernando took his Rottweiler dog called ‘Bush,’ in order to frighten his neighbors. Several weeks later he took him to different discotheques of his area, to release him and to cause excesses and confusion in the building. “The dog ran throughout the disco. For me that was fine and I had fun,” he says. BROKEN FAMILY When he started a relationship with his now-wife, 25-year-old Fernando turned away from bodybuilding to help her in a family business in the largest commercial emporium in Peru and South America: Gamarra. Good luck smiled down on them as they ventured into the making of garments and wedding dresses. “I did not get married because my mother-in-law did not want me as a sonin-law, as I made my living as a bodybuilder and had no permanent job. I did not finish my career in psychology and administration at university,” he confesses. As they gained financial solvency, Fernando and Gloria moved in together and set up a small but profitable garment shop. “I felt fulfilled, because I had money, a house and a new-model car, but my life was the same. I wanted to be happy, but could not,” he recognizes. WOLF IN SHEEP’S CLOTHING In the mid-nineties, his first child was born, but new problems overwhelmed the new family. Fernando started living the life of a single man; he would leave his wife at home and party, get drunk and do drugs. The ‘Wolf’ was howling again in fierceness and violence. “I liked showing off my shirtless body to be admired. I was very vain. That’s why I met many girls,” he says. At the end of the twentieth century and the beginning of the new millennium, his family broke to the point of separation. However, God talked to Fernando through a brother of the WMM

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Magazine Evangelistic Impact Edition October 2016 English language

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