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

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