Agusan del Sur, Philippines
I grew up in a broken family. I never felt loved as I was growing up. I also didn’t know what family is all about.
Therefore, when an Uncle took me under his wings, he became the parents I never had and, I looked up to him and liked what I saw as he had a job and many friends. I thought he was the “best” so I followed his example. In those days, all I wanted was to belong to someone and like my Uncle, to have friends around. Little did I know that the path I was walking on was not leading me to a beautiful future but rather into a very dark kind of life.
This was a life full of drugs which eventually sucked me into it. I was not only using but selling drugs as well. I even became a gambler, and was also influencing others, who like me were lost and without hope and meaning in life, to follow me. However, what I was experiencing was not living because every part of my being was dying.
I did not know where and who to call to rescue me from this hellish kind of life. Suicide was my only option. But, in the midst of this chaos and mess, there was still a flicker of hope in my heart that someday my life would change. Then one day, I woke up hearing a “strange voice” calling me. Somewhere deep within my heart, I knew there was God and He would rescue me.
Therefore, when I heard that “tender voice”, I knew it was Him, so I listened, knelt down, and praised Him the best way I knew how. That was in 2005 when I realized it was my first encounter with the Lord. It was like Paul’s Damascus experience and for the first time, I have peace. I experienced instant deliverance from darkness and the LORD began healing me inside out.
After that, I was never the same again. I thanked the God of the universe who never gave up on me. I was profoundly touched by the truth that God loved us first, and then died for us, so He can give us eternal life. What was in me that He loved me that way? My life was indeed changed 180 degrees. Today, by God’s grace, I work as a full-time pastor of Jesus Christ the Living
Rock Fellowship here in Agusan del Sur for eight years now.
CHURCH SEEKING THE LOST
I knew the feeling of being lost, unloved, disowned, and neglected. Therefore, I offer my life as His servant to share this wonderful and amazing message of love that intervened in my life so that more people may also experience His love. Our church was built 10 years ago and became a home for wandering souls, a hospital for all sinners who were sick of wickedness, a hotel for weary hearts, and a school for infant minds. This is our mission – to become a hospital, a hotel, and a school, where lost are gathered and welcomed with love.
It started with my own experience of wanting to repent, and now, we are calling everyone to do the same. Bible sharing is done once a week to further disciple the members about God. Prayer Meeting is regularly attended by the members and we pray for unity. Campus Ministry is conducted in both high school and elementary to continually seek the
lost regardless of the age and social status. Lastly, children’s Sunday worship is being held since there were many children in the community. The programs of the church are gradually producing fruits due to the labor of love, as lives are at the same time being transformed.