Bi-vocational Youth Pastor
My name is Fritzy Ruth B. Gahuman and I am called to be a bi-vocational youth pastor. I was born on February 1, 1995, and I’m from the Philippines. I just recently transferred from a big city called Davao to a small town here at Surigao del Norte in Mindanao. I am currently working as a Site Communications Coordinator at Greenstone Resources Corporation, which is a mining company in the Philippines. I graduated from the Ateneo de Davao University with a Bachelor Degree in Mass Communication on March 28, 2015. Just recently, I got accredited as an announcer of the (Kapisanan ng mga Brodkasters ng Pilipinas) Association of the Philippines Broadcasters.
I come from a broken family. My mother and father got separated way back when I was still a few days old. My big brother and I ended up not being close with our father and we both stayed with our aunt’s family in Davao City (8-10 hours away from our hometown). I was a Roman Catholic but was never religious. Growing up, I spent my vacation days at my mother’s (who is a born-again Christian) place in Brgy. Siana, where I learned about the Bible, Christian music and lifestyle, and most especially about Jesus Christ.
During my teenage years, I struggled with depression and suicidal tendencies. I was also distant from my family and got rebellious. Fortunately, I accepted the Lord Jesus Christ in my life and got water baptized at age 16 on May 1, 2011, and that’s the moment I began to live my life for the Lord. After that most important event, I committed to God that never again would I ever want to die or kill myself. Self-harming stopped that instant, but my Christian journey was never easy. I was never perfect. I still struggled with sin, but I knew God is bigger than all of these and that He can set me free. Although the process that I went through was really hard, I thank God that I was able to be still and that my trust in Him never faded. College graduation in Davao City came and I went back to our hometown in Surigao del Norte. It was there I was reunited with the people who really helped me in my spiritual growth. I was able to fully surrender my life to God, and I allowed the Holy Spirit to work within me. I found the true peace and contentment that only Jesus Christ can provide. Right there and then, I knew that nothing is impossible with God and that He has a greater purpose in my life as a bi-vocational youth pastor.
Thankfully, I am now a solid follower of Jesus Christ, an active church member, a praise and worship leader, and a youth adviser at the Lord of the Harvest Tabernacle (LHT) Church at Brgy. Siana, Mainit, Surigao del Norte.
I decided to take up this online Christian Leaders Institute (CLI) ministry training because I wanted to be able to competently serve the Lord and the Church. This training will help deepen my understanding of my faith because the Bible challenges everyone to be ready to give an account of their faith to anyone who asks (1 Peter 3:15). Also, my ministry dream is for me to be able to effectively impart Jesus Christ’s teachings to God’s church, most especially to the youth group, to whom I am most convicted to spend the time of my ministry. This training will equip me in every aspect of my life to truly become a fruitful servant of God. As the Bible says, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman needeth not be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth”(2 Timothy 2:15). God has also shown me a dream, which further confirms my calling to ministry as a bi-vocational youth pastor.
The CLI scholarship is a big stepping stone for me to truly be able to pursue God’s calling in my life, which is to become a bi-vocational youth pastor. I pray that I would be equipped and prepared when the time comes that God will fulfill this wonderful new journey in my life.
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