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Saturday, August 26, 2006

Had everything ... Lost everything
Life Testimony of Vernon (YX-Iloilo)

I was an average kid with an impeccable reputation. I was known throughout my school ... Wherever there was a conversation, you'll be sure to hear my name. If there was a new student, in les than a month, they'll be sure to know me. Nearly everyone knew me. Every student, every teachel every worker, & every parent involved in my school. I was known for my intellect, skills, & money. was active academically, had many extra curricular activities & was known for a unique but weir character for giving.
I was known as a provider. I provided for my class, my school, my schoolmates & my friends Everyday, I would bring 5 chessboards, a basketball, 6 table-tennis rackets, 2 table-tennis nets, 10 table tennis balls, at least 4 badminton rackets & equipment in a special bag, a 15 Ibs saxophone in it 6x14x36 in. case, a special folder for my files for our band, our class & student council as well as my bag filled with 12 heavy books, 20 notebooks & other "important" stuff all of which are still eviden around my room today.
I provided for my classmates whiteout, ballpens, pencils, papers, glue, etc..... They would cal me out & tell me what they needed in the middle of class. Many times, they would loose my stuff. Ever morning, I would disperse my sports equipment & collect them in the afternoon. I was class presiden for 3 yrs in a row. I was also a student council member for 3 yrs in a row as well & a band membe playing the saxophone for about two years. I almost got involved in the school paper. I was already ii but my closest friend opposed against it because I wasn't able to take the entrance test though staff & teachers all already accepted me because I was accepted last year & they believed in my ability.
As a president of my class, I provided or "contributed" money for our class funds with n< appreciation approximately a total of PI 5000 or more. I made every decisions on my own because nv fellow classmates will not cooperate & act so childish. Every meeting, they would not pay attentiol leaving me so angry, tired & weary. Many times, I would ask my parents for anything my class needed Almost 3 times during my final year did I try to resign as president but railed because our advise wouldn't allow me because I was to valuable to her. She believed in my ability as a leader (so did everyone) even if it killed me.
In band, I was the favorite. Our instructor considered me as one of the best saxophonist. He evei taught me special songs none of my fellow bandmates knew about. I still know them till today. In the student council, many believed in my ability to get things done so they would dump so maw responsibilities I would become the most active in our school. I was the best table-tennis player at ou category & was trained to play at the PRISAA. I received special attention by our instructors & wa highly favored.
Everyday, my routine would be the same. After class, I would either have a meeting with my class in our classroom on the 2nd floor or a student council meeting on the 3rd floor. I would then go t( the 2nd floor for band practice at least an hour & then I would go to the 4th floor for table-tennis practia & would often finish over 7 pm. If I had any free time, I would go down to play basketball.
Everyday, before my activities, I would go out to buy some snacks. Students would then line u{ & I would by them each a barbeque or fishball. I would spend at least PI 00 a day for them. The peopl( selling these foods would see me as a walking peso sign & they could easily retire in 5 years if it ha< gone on. As I would eat personally, many would come to me & shyly ask me to buy them a hamburger siomai & a drink whether an iced tea or milo a total of at least P50. Many of my classmates 01 schoolmates would borrow money from me. Then they would beg & then I would cancel their debt Many of them still owe me.
After my killer day would end, I would go home no sooner than 7pm eat dinner rest & then have tutor at 8-9pm. That was very stressful. Not only do I have to do all this things, I have to maintain my grades to. Intellectually, I was well known throughout the school as a genius. I was top one for 5 years but my final year I was at least top 2 or top 3 because it was the busiest All this took place before I was a teenager. I did all this things at age 10-12.1 did all this to gain the praise of people. I had gained fame children could only dream of. Till today, you can go to my school & people would still know my name but is bound to change in 2-4 years.
There were hidden problems no one knew till it was too late. I would be absent for a whole day at least once a week because of either a headache, a stomach ache, back ache, sore throat, or a fevci which strikes me at least once every 3 months. Emotionally, I had hurts with nearly everyone, even my family. I was already about to play a table-tennis competition when my father ripped my application form in front of my mom. I got over it till my friends told me if I had played, I could have won. Close to this time, I was 4 of our class & my mom was so mad she threatened to transfer me to another school all because of this. This was so hurtful to me & was the 2nd harshest moment with my mom. By this time, my sister was at Singapore for 6 months.
Around May of this year 2002,1 had started to watch Joel Osteen & it had really helped me in terms of my busyness in school. I had known a little bit of God which would later prove important in my way to becoming a Christian. Around the end of the year near Oct, because I was so busy, I hadn't realized it but I had stopped watching Joel Osteen or I had forgotten a few principles I had learned. On Oct. 25, the first event of a long journey begins- That morning, I missed class because of a headache. That noon, I wanted to rest at home but my mom got so mad because I already had so many absents on my record. She was more concerned about our ("her") reputation. It was the harshest moment ever. My mom was so mad at me that it had scared me emotionally one of which she never knew. When she left my room, a lot of the hurts I've felt seem to float around me & bombarding around me in my thoughts. Pressure began to pour over me. It was to much for a 12 year old to take. No one was there for me. I fell to the floor & began to tremble uncontrollably with pains to my head & feelings of dizziness. They admitted me to the hospital & would be brought out that day. My mom would later apologize for hei actions but my situation wasn't finish yet.
Dec 8, after a very tiring day at school, I fell from my bed to the ground unconscious & began to shake violently. They would admit me to the hospital & it would be 2 weeks till I would be able to go home. My sister had just arrived & how she must have felt wanting to rest from a long trip from Singapore. Doctors would never fully understand my sickness but my sister, being a Christian began to comfort me in my times of my distress.
My school later would allow me to graduate making assignments at home. Later, I would see my grades drop for a line of 9 to a line of 8.1 graduated without honor, without friends to be there for me & ironically, with fame as the most famous & weirdest kid to drop out of school. Today, people from my school look down on me because of what had happened. I had everything; in one day I lost everything.
June 2003,1 was given an opportunity to go to school at another prestigious & famous catholic school. My sickness caught up with me & I dropped out. The reason, I couldn't let go of my past. I wanted to go back to my old school to do (he things I used to do. God knew better for me. I had to get rid of that mind set. I didn't know it at that time. So it seemed I would be 1 year delayed. I didn't wani to. Then I was given an opportunity to take a test to accelerate to another year. By this time, I had a relationship with God. I studied & prayed & I expected to pass. I took the test declaring: "I am strong in the Lord & the power of His might" "No weapon formed against me is going to prosper" "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" "God always causes me to triumph" "I know I'm not the victim in life I know I'm the victor in life. I was so confident & practically whispered prayers the whole time.
I later learned that I would know the results by March, the month of my birthday. I've ever joked, "God, let this be your birthday gift to me". I didn't realize it but I had wrong intentions. I talkec to my father that my plan was to go back to my old school & do the things I used to do &. pretendec nothing happened being confident that I would pass not confidence in myself rather because of my fairt in God. That wasn't what God wanted. So when I received the results, I failed. I reasoned it to Ix injustice. I had 4 mistakes & failed. I prayed that DepEd (DECS at the time) would consider checking the faults declaring, "if God is for me, who dare be against me". I later would humble myself & accepted the fact that now I was 1 year behind. I learned the truth later in 2005 & now I'm thankful God didn'1 answer my prayers.
June 2004,1 went to a newly opened school but I let my past spoil it. Finally, God spoke to me letting me know I have to let go of my past before I could go back to school. I did what I had to do but il wasn't easy. Finally, around Oct of that year, we had gained information that Bethany Life Cenlei Academy had home study programs & Nov, I started having classes. Now, only by the grace of God ] am no longer behind because of BLCA home study double program, which allowed me to finish 1 school year in the quickest time possible.
During my sickness. God was the only One to comfort me. I had nothing to do at home so I read my bible & prayed. Honestly, my sickness was used by God to bring me to Him. I had known more about Him & had a growing desire to serve Him & growing all the more each day. Today, march 9 2006, I had learned that I am to receive so many awards this march 23 because of my excellence ir school. This is one day after my birthday. I had just realized this moment that this truly is God's birthday gift to me reflecting on the gift I was expecting in March of 2004. This is more than I could even hope for. This is the faithfulness of God.
1 am not ashamed being home schooled because it is a testimony of the goodness of Qod to thai & me in the midst of troubles. He remains Faithful. I am not ashamed of the fact that I was once been sick with a weird illness because the fact is had I not gotten sick, I wouldn't be where I am today. I don'1 know what my life would had been. Taking a guess, I would be a selfish, proud people pleaser spending all my money on people with no purpose but to please them & to receive their praise gaining fame thai would not last & of no value doing things unimportant with a dream so little it could easily be achieved. Now God has so blessed me that I feel everyday could be a great testimony like this. That is why I had a hard time writing this. I am so overwhelmed with what God is doing in my life everyday. Its like the lyrics of a song, "everyday with you Lord, is sweeter than the day before". This is absolutely true in my life.
Long time ago, I did so many things but was a worthless effort. But now, I'm doing all thing! with an immeasurable value. Now, God has given me dreams that would boggle your & my mind as well. They are summed up in the lyrics of my to 2 favorite songs, "I want to se Jesus lifted high...." "] will shout Your fame to all the earth & I will lift Your name up high, & the world will know youi greatness, as I live a life that shouts Your fame". My dream is to serve God with all my heart all my life. This saying is true for me," sometimes God strips us of everything & when we have nothing, we realize we have everything because we have Him & that He is all we need. This is just a short summary of my testimony. I have many more as Rood as this. To God be the Glorv Forever.

Friday, August 18, 2006

SMALL Groups ...

'My Small group is a blessing to me because...
"Joining our small group made me...
  • 1. My small group is a blessing to me because it makes me closer to God. Being closer to God makes my life more happy. - Cathlyn Armada, YX
  • 2. We are a group of friends with no direction in our spiritual walk in God but now, helping each other grow in the Lord. - lan Dychiu
  • 3. My small group helped me to mature spiritually. I felt welcome and they made me feel important. I have the opportunity to share with my thoughts and opinions. - Greg Panibawan
  • 4. They brought joy to my heart especially seeing them to be active and great us to serve God in their Cells and in the ministry. - Lea Jamora
  • 5. They helped me to know the true meaning of life through walking with God. I can share all my thoughts and my problems as will and they molded me to become a new person. I learn that not only me had a big problem to encounter. - Anne Valderrama
  • 6. Grow more in loved with the Lord. It is through which that I learned to share my life to others. My small group helped me and eventually molded me into a person with discipline.
    - Clarissa Ursos
  • 7. Because I can know more about my God and my savior. It is batter to have a small group, so that you can know each other specially to our God that we will seek Him first.
    - Tom Gatuteo
  • 8. I can ask for whatever things that bothers me. Joining our small group made me a better person and made me realized that God is so good for giving the opportunity to be in a cell/ small group. - Marianne Austria
  • 9. It made me realize that I have a family in here even if I'm far from my family still somebody cares for me here. - Che2x Tan
  • 10. Made me refresh, inpower of their wisdom shared and bonding be-lovers.
    - Novie
  • 11. Helped me grow more spiritually. Learn more about God's word and mingled to other people. -Rosella Anemo
  • 12. It's helps me to grow spiritually, learn me how to be responsible and discipline in anything else and to be loved. - Sheryll
  • 13. My small group is a blessing to me because it strengthens my spiritual life and my faith and brings me closer to God. It makes me realized the greatness of our Lord and share what is happening with my life. My small group is a blessing to me because my path to God becomes very well directed. - Carla Grace Ursos
  • 14. Grow to know more about my purpose. God's purpose. To walk by faith with Him and more growing. - Patrick

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Jun-Jun and Karleen's Testimony on AFAL Sunday

Our Allot for a Lot ( AFAL ) Testimony

When the Allot for a Lot (AFAL) Campaign was introduced in His Life in November of 2004, Karleen and I were very excited to be part of the vision to purchase a lot and eventually construct a building for the advancement of God’s Kingdom here on earth. As one of the early members of His Life, the dream to buy a lot and building was a product of the vision given to the leadership way back in His Life’s early years.

However, with a then growing 1 year old son to support and both having fixed monthly incomes plus a tight family budget, our faith was put to the test. Since we strongly believed in the vision, we wholeheartedly supported the call to give and to make a monthly pledge not knowing where we will get the money.

At the first month, since it was Christmas season, Karleen baked cookies and we were able to meet our 1st month pledge. The succeeding months proved difficult as we found ourselves lagging in our monthly pledges. We continued to pray for God’s miracle.

At that time, Karleen had a pending court case related to her employment in the City Government which had dragged for about 2 years already. With no resolution in sight, we decided to withdrew the case and leave everything to God. Finally, after more than 3 years, Civil Service Commission in Manila approved the payment of Karleen’s backwages for 1 and ½ years. God is indeed faithful.

When the Allot for a Lot (AFAL) campaign was relaunched last year, we decided to fully pay our remaining pledges including our backlog. When the said Sunday arrived for casting the amount, the money was not yet released to us. We decided to honor God by giving Karleen’s jewelries, which amounted to more than what we have pledged. This came with the promise to redeem said jewelry one month after.

After one month, true to our faith in the Lord, Karleen’s back wages were released despite of difficult circumstances in the processing. We immediately redeemed the jewelries and paid our remaining pledge. With that amount, we were also able to fully pay our GSIS acquired house and lot and shared the windfall to others.

Truly God is faithful, He has not stopped blessing us with his goodness and His favor. As His word says in Proverbs 3:9-10, “Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the best part of everything you produce. Then he will fill your barns with grain and your vats will overflow with good wine”. Just June of this year, I was promoted to full time status in La Salle and together with it is an almost 60% increase in my salary.

Through this campaign, our faith has increased even more and we are continuing to support the programs of the Church especially in Missions. We are looking forward for more blessings up ahead where we can sow more in His Kingdom. We are even excited to once again give and pledge for the next phase of the campaign, the Time to Build Campaign. To God be the glory alone. AMEN!

Jun – Jun and Karleen Legaspi

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

It Was Never An Accident


How I came to know the Lord Jesus Christ was not an accident. It was not unusual, because the Lord works in different, most often, mysterious ways. It started with a novel that I read, that was still unpopular at that time. I love to read, mostly novels. Little did I know that through my love for reading, I would be introduced to the Truth.
My name is Jenny and I have been a Christian for 3 years now. I belong to the cell group of Lea Javier in the Women’s Network. I was a happy-go-lucky person. I had no direction, and I didn’t know God.

In July of 2003, I read the book “The Da Vinci Code” upon the encouragement of my sister. She told me that this book would blow my mind off. It did blow my mind off. I remember after reading it, I was so impressed at how good the writer created the story. Every detail was so meticulously explained. And I started to believe most of the things that were written in it.

It stirred up a lot of questions in my mind such as, “Was Jesus really married to Mary Magdalene? Did they have a child? How true was the revelation?” I had a lot of questions, but I didn’t know where to get my answers. So I asked a friend of mine if it was all true. Good thing my friend was already a Christian, and so he told me that it was all lies. As we talked, I was awed by his knowledge because I didn’t know anything about Jesus, or the Bible for that matter. I asked him how did he know about the characters in the Bible? Why did he know so much about God? And he told me he knew them through the Bible. Every story of every person, most especially Jesus Christ is in there. And so I started reading it. I was amazed at how much I hungered for the truth, and how I understood the words written in it, because in the past I have tried to read the Bible, but I never knew what it all meant. But at that time, it was different. I remember I would read the Bible every night, one interesting story after another. I really enjoyed it.

My hunger for the truth didn’t stop there; I wanted to know more. I had a longing deep inside my heart I couldn’t explain. So, I asked my friend one night where he goes to church. And he told me that he has been attending at His Life Ministries at Robinson’s Place, Bacolod. I went with him, and as I entered the Cinema for the first time, I felt an inexplicable joy that I never experienced before. I felt really happy. I loved everything about the Cinema: the people, the music, the preaching. I was never a practicing Christian, I rarely went to church, but after attending that one Service, I knew I wanted to go back the next time. From then on, my life totally changed. I started attending a cell group because I wanted to get to know more about God. I received Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior in September, that same year. Through the church and my cell group, I discovered my life’s purpose.

Looking back, I am just thankful and glad that God led me to the truth. Now I have peace and joy in my heart. I always thank Him that He didn’t allow me to be led astray. I now know that He has many plans for me and my journey with Him has just begun.
To God be praised!

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

KAREN A. SILVA's Testimony

This is not about my life story. This is not about me, or my existence. I’m not here to tell you about myself, my life, my experiences, my achievements, my failures, my pains, my fears or even my struggles but I’m here to tell you of the one great SAVIOR, JESUS CHRIST who changed it all.

I was born on November 13, 1977, but for me life only began 13 years ago. I grew up in a Christian home. When I was 4 years old my parents got saved, but it was only when I was 14 that I have truly accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior. For a time I enjoyed my newfound relationship with Him, but when I was 16, I was sent to Iloilo to study at the University of the Philippines where I lived independently at a young age and with no one to guide me at a very crucial moment of my life. I was exposed to so much academic freedom, with nobody to disciple me, I looked up instead to people who value the wisdom of the world than the wisdom of God. At the university, we studied about the great philosophies and religions of the world which breed confusion into my young mind. Little by little, I drifted away from the faith and went back into the world. I was plagued with skepticism. I’ve done things that were so displeasing in the eyes of the Lord even after having received the truth. My heart grew calloused because I ignored the conviction of the Holy Spirit and I continue to live in sin.

A few years later, I was again convicted of my sins. God in His faithfulness did not give up on me but my initial reaction after the realization was “How could I sin against God?” My self-righteousness got the worst of me. I could not believe that I’m capable of sinning against God when the truth is I have no righteousness at all apart from Him. So instead of repentance, I experienced remorse. I kept on asking God for forgiveness but I could not believe He could forgive me and at the same time, I couldn’t forgive myself. Instead of Godly sorrow that leads to salvation and repentance, I experienced a worldly sorrow that leads to death (II Corinthians 7:10). Although I never attempted to do so, I have contemplated of ending my own life many times. I believed it was the voice of the Holy Spirit that prevented me. When I was 18 years old, I went to the psychiatrist because I have suffered from an anxiety disorder and clinical depression. I had panic attacks. My heart would beat wildly, my palms would sweat profusely and I felt so uncomfortable even in the midst of a sea of people. I have doubted my salvation, thinking that if I’m a Christian, how could I do such things against God and why am I experiencing such agony. I was always attacked with great fear because I’m afraid that when I die I will go to hell because of my sins. I wanted to repent because I am afraid of the punishment and not because I have hurt and offended God. It was only later that I understood that repentance is not just being sorrowful over my sins but it is a 180-degree turn away from my sins. In my affliction, the voice of the enemy is clearer than the voice of God calling out to me. Those were the darkest moments of my life. I have struggled and have been oppressed by the enemy on every side because I have given him a foothold in my life. For years, I wailed and howled from the bondages I was in. I still went to church regularly out of obligation, but I was suffering in silence because my former church does not believe in spiritual warfare. I was afraid to reveal my struggles to my fellow Christians because of the fear that they would think of me less as a Christian and that others would think I’m just insane.

This went on for years. I’ve struggled with worthless, incessant thoughts and I didn’t even know where they came from. In psychology it’s called “obsessive compulsive disorder” but it was only when I got hold of the book “Bondage Breaker” by Neil Anderson that I understood the possibility of a Christian being oppressed by the enemy. Initially when we sin, the accuser of the brethren, Satan – he accuses us before God day and night - (Revelation 12:10), will deceive us into believing that God will not forgive us and even cause us to doubt our salvation. I’ve learned then that the weapon against the deception of the enemy is the TRUTH. He is a defeated foe who is out to deceive, steal, kill and destroy many. But God has given us the full armor against him (Ephesians 6:10-18).

I’m not here to talk about the enemy but to proclaim that we have a deliverer, JESUS CHRIST!

Crushed and broken because of the constant battle in my mind, I sought healing and cried out for freedom. I went through several inner healing and deliverances seminars such as the Ancient Paths and the Encounter with God retreat which helped me find freedom in HIM. “He came to set the captives free, and release from darkness for the prisoners.” (Isaiah 61:1). Through constantly reading God’s word, I was able to overcome fear. “God did not give us a spirit of fear but of power, love and a sound mind.”

I was just one of those many Christians who lived defeated lives because I didn’t know my position and authority in Christ. If we have a limited knowledge of who God is, we will also have a vague idea of His grace, mercy and forgiveness. When we fall which is more likely to happen because we are not perfect, let us be reminded that His mercies are new every morning. If we have little knowledge of God’s word, we will live in poverty and we will have no effective weapon to counteract the deceit of the enemy.

Now I can say that I’m a person who has totally found her identity and destiny in Christ. I still struggle at times but now I understand that we should be thankful when we struggle because it means that we are indeed in Christ. There is constantly a battle between the flesh and the spirit. Unbelievers don’t even struggle because they are comfortable with sin. However, we can have the victory if we walk by the Spirit and not by the flesh. “Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”

There are many Christians out there who may look normal on the outside but are being oppressed by the enemy. Do not allow yourselves to be bound nor allow your diseases to afflict you. “By His wounds you are healed” (Isaiah 53:5) and “He came to set the captives free.” (Isaiah 61:1). “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm then and do not let yourselves be burdened by a yoke of slavery.” (Galatians 5:1). Cry out for your freedom! JESUS CHRIST is your deliverer!

Saturday, April 01, 2006

From PASTOR DANTE - His Life Cagayan

God is Faithful! He keeps on bringing souls in the fold.
This month of March, 2 Open Cell Groups were opened. Both have at least 8 members and composed of young people.
God is working in a special way in every individual. Testimonies of answered prayer were celebrated with gladness in the group especially among the graduates in High School & College. Passing the Final Exams and even Qualifying exams to the level were really a big blessing to our young people here.
A special testimony was shared to me by Tita Merlita, the mother of my disciple Kenneth Generalao. According to her, something is going on in the life of his son Kenneth. For the past weeks, Kenneth would seriously tell her that he wanted to be a pastor. Early in the morning and late at night he would keep on telling tita Merlita about his desire. “A deep passion to serve God and compassion to the youth are burning in my heart” as Kenneth gave the confirmation to what tita Merlita has told me.
Kenneth has been attending our church since November. He accepted Jesus last November 6, 2006 during our SWC at KFC. He also invited and brought her ate Maricel the following Sunday. Since then, both attended our services without miss, except the time his father died last January - at that time he needed to be home to mourn with the family. I visited them during their saddest moment and that’s the chance I met tita Merlita. Right now we’re having a Home Cell Group at their house every Sunday night. In fact, one of our High School Open Cell Groups was organized by Kenneth. So far it is my biggest group, attended by atleast 8 young people consistently.
As of now, only time, prayer, love and discipleship can keep him right on track until the time he’ll be thoroughly equipped to do the work of service. Our God is Alive and Amazing! GLORY! GLORY! GLORY! to Him Alone!

I am Ruseller Mondragon Malinao, happily married blessed with a 5 year old son. Another blessing from heaven is expected to be added in my family this coming October. At present, we are happy, contented and secured in God’s loving embrace. But like just other children of God, I was once astray until he took me home again.

In college, I was one of the most popular student in school, not to mention that I was the student council president. Prestige and honor was on me - or so I thought. I met my wife Natalie also in school where I am studying and our relationship started while we were still Freshmen.

We engaged in pre marital sex and before our graduation, she got pregnant. Faced with circumstance and the threat in school not to let us graduate until we get married, we tied the knot. But young as I am, shocked by realities that I am not ready to receive, I engaged myself in sin. My wife lived in my fathers house waiting for her delivery. We stayed in one room. But she was there, always alone while I went out, engaging myself in festive socialization with my friends.

I drank like a fish, I smoked like chimney and I was involved in relationship outside marriage. But my wife never left my side. She never spoke bad of me. Until this day, I cannot imagine how she was able to take it all and just being silent, it so happen that my wife had a sponsor abroad since she was young. After learning about her situation, they committed to support her and her new family. Was I ever grateful about that? Yes, I was but not to God. I was just thankful because of their monthly financial support from her sponsors, I can continually plunder in sin.

When I got a teaching position I spent my salary only for myself. My night life is my only life. I never shared my salary with my family but my wife shares with me her monthly financial support . Everything was provided. From rent of our apartment, to the electric bill, the food on our table everyday and even the milk for my son. I felt like I need not work.

In May 2004, My wife and I transferred to Bacolod City. She took CareGiving at the Lifeline Training Center. I was suppose to take some credits for special education at Riverside College but some problems in the program arose and I wasn’t able to enroll. But I still continued to receive my allowance & tuition fee for 6 months from our dedicated sponsor who did not know even to this time that I wasn’t able to enroll at Riverside.

All the money they were sending to me for my education aside from our monthly budget that shall cover all our expenses in Bacolod were spent by me in worldly things. After 6 months, my wife finished her training at Lifeline and I had no other choice but to take the training as well. My wife and my son went back to San Carlos. I stayed in Bacolod. When I was already alone here in Bacolod, I realized that I miss my wife and son, but this feeling is very easy to shake off my system. Until one day, God made His own move to save me from complete destruction.

On my 2nd to the last module at Lifeline in April of this year, I got to have Ms. Ge Despojo as my teacher in the “Fundamentals of Caregiving”. One day, she shared the story of her daughter to the class – the story of Baby Ice. She attested to how God worked in miracles during these trying times of her life and her husband, and how her husband has surrendered their daughter back to God. At the end of her sharing, I felt nothing extraordinary. I sat there listening and that was it. But when I went inside my room at my boarding house, alone, I can feel God knocking at the door of my heart and I just can’t take it for granted. For no reason at all, tears started to drop like rain from my eyes and with my failing vision, I saw my salvation.

I rose up from my bed and talked to the Father like a son from a very long journey, now tired and totally consumed and just needs the comforting arms of His Creator. I knelt, I prayed like never before. I realized how much I love my wife and my son and how fortunate I am to have them in my life and I said “My God, my God, what have I done to my life?”

Total acceptance and surrender followed. There were no “if’s”, no doubts and right there and then I turned away from sin. I did not quit drinking, smoking and other worldly behavior gradually -- for right at that moment I was born again! Right there and then I quit drinking & all other vices!

On May 5, 2005. I and Ms. Ge Despojo had a talk in our classroom. It was my formal acceptance. I cried like a baby but I did not feel like a weakling. In contrast, I felt victorious for I know that I was lost but God looked for me and took me in.

After a week, My wife Nathalie shared with me my happiness with the Lord. I had been a living miracle of God’s grace and love and at the present were serving God as a family, praying as a family, making our journey together as a family of God.

But our journey does not end here. Last week my wife sponsor sent us an email informing us that we need to find a job, because in 6 months time our financial support will soon cease. That was just last week but the truth is our financial support did not arrive. I don’t know if they will give us time to look for a job or just let us go. This is a very uncertain time in my whole life. As a matter of fact I am sure that God will take care of us. I am no longer afraid for now I am complete with the God. And my family and there is nothing that I fear of, not even death.

I thank God for bringing me back home through Ms. Ge, her husband Jay and the story of Baby Ice. Life is a constant war against evil but I am now at peace with the Lord and I know that he will take care of me until the last days of my life. I thank Him for saving me at the time when I am leading my life to damnation. Until the day that I will meet my Creator in heaven, I and my family will constantly sing songs of praise and worship for His Glory.

Good morning! I am Arnee Grace, married to Dr. Jimmy Pacete and we have 4 beautiful children.
I have been bom to a Christian family and as a kid, I was immersed in the word of God. Since my aunties were active in the ministry, I was often made to tag along with them during outreach evangelism, and every summer in daily vacation bible schools for kids. As a teenager, I was involved in campus ministries. Later as an adult, I sometimes went to church on Sunday mornings, feeling obligated, but mainly because I knew it was the right thing to do. Attending Sunday worship services was more of a tradition to keep, and at every flimsy excuse I had, I was readily absent in church. Somehow on Sundays I would manage to develop headaches or wouldn't feel well at all! I also had a lot of excuses for not having a personal daily quiet time with the Lord!
After medical school, I met and got married to a wonderful man, and we've been blessed with 4 beautiful, healthy children these past 12 years. The Lord is really good to me! I had a comfortable life, a thriving career, a happy marriage, healthy children, and a supportive and loving family. I had what I have dreamed of. And yet, there was a nagging feeling deep inside. There was a certain stateness to my Christian life. Deep down, I knew something was missing in my life. What I didn't realize was that God wanted more than head knowledge of Him.
During one of my grocery trips to Robinson's Supermarket, someone handed me an invitation for His Life Ministry's 40 Days of Purpose late February of last year. I made one small step ... I attended the service that fateful Sunday, and my life was changed forever! The pastor said: the purpose of my life was more than my wildest dreams, more than my ambitions, and more than my own success or happiness. For me, that was a radical statement! Perhaps it is time to re-order my life, not around me or my family, but I'll start with God! Right then and there I recommitted my life to the Lord... I certainly wanted to know what He has in store for me, I wanted to discover my purpose in life. Pastor Joebert then made an invitation to be a part of a small group that meets every week. I made another small step... I still remember sister Mabol Armada who texted me and invited me to join in the cell led by Pastor Dante Montano.
For the next 7 weeks, we went on a journey together with our other group mates, and I rediscovered myself, and found the answer to the nagging feeling I had deep inside. In its place is the fullness of God in my heart. I had what they call a breakthrough! I now have more than just head knowledge of the LORD, this time I now have an intimate experience of him everyday of my life. He has shown me my purpose, and the happiness I now feel is much more fulfilling than the one I had before. And each day, I get more excited because I know the Lord can do great wonders in my life! Each day I feel that I'n at the verge of a journey to greater heights with the Lord!
I continually pray that the Lord will use me to touch other people through the ministries that God had put me.
I thank the Lord for giving me the courage to take those first small steps. It is by His Grace that we get to accomplish anything!
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