I grew up in a devout Roman Catholic family. Since my childhood, I rarely miss Sunday Masses together with my family. Yes, we go to Mass together, all dressed up. This practice however, seemed routine for me, it was an “obligation” on my part, not out of my love for God.
The year 1994 was my turning-point when I, together with my wife “Niña”, attended a type of Catholic Life in the Spirit Seminar. It was during the seminar that I entered into a new relationship with God when I accepted Jesus Christ as my Saviour and Lord. Since then, I and my wife regularly attended Bible Study meetings and prayer meetings. The Mass which used to be routine for me and done “out of obligation”, became more meaningful to me, and now I do it out of my great love for the Living God.
My Bible which used to gather dust in one of the corners of my room, has suddenly taken the center stage of my life. I have become keenly interested, hungry and thirsty for the Word of God. It has now become what it should have been long before — the “Manual of My Life” — or the operating procedure for my life.
My experience in Ministry work since 1994 has given me vast experiences and memorable encounters with the Lord: from tending traffic & parking to organizing a national event; from cleaning public toilets to leading the worship with a full band music ministry; from sharing the Lord to an ice cream vendor to preaching the Good News to a congregation, all these the Lord has allowed me to experience.
Being a servant of the Lord has also allowed me to go to different places and meet all sorts of people: from ministering to poor people in Tondo and in the Cordilleras to meeting with “persons of influence” like CEOs, politicians, civic leaders and others in plush functions rooms or hotels in Metro Manila, Cebu and other key cities in the Visayas and Mindanao.
When I worked overseas in Papua New Guinea, my ministry calling continued. I had the opportunity to preach the Word in the regular Sunday gatherings of the leaders of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal (CCR) movement of the Archdiocese of Port Moresby. I was also invited many times to give a teaching in various parish-based prayer groups. I was also given the task to organize Port Moresby’s biggest Pentecost Celebration for the Archdiocese. Towards the end of my work in PNG, I was elected as the Archdiocese CCR Evangelization Committee Head — the only expat in the CCR core group.
Although I was given these opportunities, I still feel I have a lot of things to learn about the Lord and about living in the Kingdom. For this I constantly pray that the Lord will continue to guide and bless me every step of my way.
Today, together with my family, I continue to serve the Lord as lay preacher and worship leader. Since 2004 when my family has responded to the call of the Lord to proclaim the Gospel, we regularly conduct Bible Study meetings for parishes and various groups.