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My name is John Randale Rovero of Manila, Philippines and I am taking free Bible courses at CLI. I grew up in a Catholic family. I have one younger brother and we’re currently living with our parents. I am presently working as a call center agent and a part-time Life insurance agent.

What I see here in the Philippines, although known as the only Christian country in southeast Asia, is that being a Christian is just a religious lifestyle. But, after being introduced to Christ, I’ve learned that Christianity is different. It is not about following do’s and don’ts or having perfect attendance on Sundays at church. It was my brother who became a Christian first in our family after someone shared the gospel with him. Then through his life, I’ve been introduced to Christianity. But before I accepted Christ as my Lord and Savior, my younger brother experienced persecution because of me.

In May of 2014, I accepted Christ when my brother invited me to attend one of their Sunday services and one of his friends shared the gospel with me. Then I noticed that I got more into attending Sunday services but I was still stubborn headed on those days. Finally, after three months I opened a Bible for the first time on my own at home. It was really awkward at first, but by God’s grace, I got used to it. Now it’s clear to me that it was the Father who prompted my heart to feed on His word. And the Holy Spirit enables me to comprehend Christ’s teachings. After three more months, I’ve been part of a ministry and joined a discipleship group.

Now, why did I join Christian Leaders Institute? Honestly, one of the reasons is that I actually never had finished any degree. Although I’ve had opportunities to enroll in schools, I moved from one school to another. I took Fine arts and Automotive vocational courses here in Manila, but I never finished anything because of my pride. Last year in 2017, I started facilitating a Bible study at our office where I currently work as a call center agent. After a month or two, I could tell that it’s not easy without God’s guidance and proper training. I’ve noticed that we’ve had Bible study sessions that to me are lacking and what I actually fear the most is to deliver God’s word outside its context. I then started praying that I needed help when it comes to presenting His words to the lost. This year I prayed about it, and God once again has been gracious to me and through a friend, the Lord introduced me to free Bible courses at Christian Leaders Institute.

At this moment, I just finished the “Getting Started Class” but I still need more prayers to continue studying for His glory and apply what I learn from the Lord through CLI as I reach out to the people and minister as God had called me to do.

All glory to king Jesus! Thank you, CLI, and thank you to our beloved faculty members!

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House Church Planter Ministry

My name is Fatima P. Timbang and I am currently living and doing ministry in the Philippines. I am pioneering house churches full-time under Hope Church Singapore. In almost 2 years in this ministry, I have been involved in pioneering 7 house churches in 5 different cities/municipalities in the Philippines in my house church planter ministry.

I grew up in a Catholic family as this is the predominant religion in our country. I knew the name Jesus since I was young. Growing up in public schools, I developed a liberal way of thinking. I became a free-thinker and thought all religions were man-made. In September of 2010, I decided to go to Singapore and try my luck in finding a job. I got invited to our church in October of that year, and there I received Jesus as my personal Lord and Savior. I felt so much joy in my heart and never missed a service or a small group. I was on fire searching the scriptures for promises and enjoyed worshipping God. I also got a job in Singapore and started working there.

But as I continued in my walk with God, the temptations of sin led me to live a double life. While still being faithful in attending church and serving in ministry, I was secretly involved in a sinful relationship. In 2013, there was a film shown at a members’ gathering in our church that awakened my heart to want more of God. I got to see in that documentary film a life of one person completely surrendered and recklessly abandoned to Jesus. I saw in that person a life that I wanted to live – full of Jesus.

I became hungry for God. I felt God calling me to stop my sins and seek Him. Little by little, He showed Himself to me and made me feel so valued and loved. That’s when I decided to break off the relationship and go back completely to God. Getting out of sin was not easy. It was so painful and hard. But in those painful moments was where Jesus became more real to me. I felt His presence with me everywhere I went.

My spiritual eyes began to open. I saw visions of myself and Jesus, how God sees me and how He yearns for me. He wanted to take away EVERYTHING that took His place in my heart. He was jealous for me. He wanted me to be His alone. These revelations blew my mind and I finally said yes to God. I threw away everything that He wanted me to throw away. For the first time in my life, I was completely abandoned to Him. I felt so free. I found my identity in Jesus. I knew who I was. I knew who my God was, and these made me feel so free.

I dream of mentoring people to go deeper in their walk with God. I want to be an instrument of God to touch the lives of as many people as God will give me. I want to help people know their identity in Christ, be secure in the love of the Father, and be made whole. I want to plant house churches in every municipality in my area, the province of Pampanga, and help people rise up to lead their own groups in my house church planter ministry.

This class reminded me of the importance of having mentors and accountability partners to help me stay on track. I am grateful that Christian Leaders Institute supports the same principles as our church when it comes to our relationship with God, personal devotions, mentoring and reaching out to people.

I can identify most with a house church planter ministry because this is what I currently do. What prompted me to pursue my ministry was a call from God to go back to the Philippines in March 2016. I said yes to God. I left my work and life in Singapore and went back to the Philippines to do full-time house church planter ministry.

The unique challenges in my area are the floods during rainy days, people addicted to gambling, superstitions, and idolatrous practices, involved in witchcraft and occult, and the prevalence of sexual immorality in workplaces.

The local church took me and supported me financially as I went to plant house churches in my area. CLI plays an important role in my ministry dream because I want to go deeper into the Word and learn more about studying the Bible. I want to take courses to learn more about the Christian faith and maybe get a degree in Divinity. However, I cannot stop doing my house church planter ministry. CLI gives me a platform to do both my ministry and pursue my studies at the same time.

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Filipino Ministry Training

My name is Jonalynne Cruzin from the Philippines. I am a wife and a mother of two sons and two daughters. I am receiving free Filipino Ministry Training at Christian Leaders Institute.

My father was an Overseas Filipino Worker in Saudi Arabia and became a Christian there. When he returned home, our family embraced his new faith as well, though we did not have a church to attend at first since my dad’s church was in Saudi Arabia. I thought I already was a Christian by the things my dad was teaching us about Jesus and the Bible.

It was in college when I felt a hunger in my heart about God. I realized I needed to have a church to belong to. God led me to Christ to the Philippines church in 2005. I am now serving as a worship leader and discipleship ministry head in that church with my husband.

My ministry dream is to share the gospel and to help other people to know Christ. In time, I also want to mentor other leaders that will also share the gospel.

As a mother, I became too busy with household chores and the kids. This getting started class at Christian Leaders Institute reminded me of managing my time and knowing my priorities. I am now determined to be faithful in my personal devotions and with God’s help I know I will be able to do it.

The Philippines is a Christian country as many people say but corruption and immorality in the country are very high. Most Filipinos say they know Christ but live as if there is no God. Many true Christians are needed to remind people what it really means to live in Christ.

I am usually based at home so CLI is the only way I can get ministry training while taking care of my kids. I thank God for the Christian Leaders Institute for helping me pursue my ministry dream while fulfilling my duties as a wife and a mother.

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Manila Ministry Training

It was the 21st of March in 1978 when I was born. My grandfather gave me the name Alberto Yusef Doca Jr. I’m the eldest son and 4th of the 9 siblings. I’m married to a beautiful lady named Chona and we’re gifted with two kids. We are living here in Manila and belong to a local church, with a ministry. I am receiving Manila ministry training at Christian Leaders Insitute.

I remember when I was in grade school the elders in our family told us to not open the Bible if we don’t want to get blinded. That was the old teachings of the church I went to at that time. At age 11, I read a Bible, the book of John. I was so excited that I finished reading it that night.

I was 16 years of age when I accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. I started to go to church but was dragged down by the influence of the community surrounding me. I was on the wrong track. My life was up and down and even my family were not excluded from many trials and different circumstances in life. There was a time early in the morning that I was so
drunk that I questioned God for what was happening in our lives. I thought there seemed to be no way out. At the same time, I heard the words of a song: “God will make a way where there seems to be no way.” My knees trembled and I started crying and claiming that song. Since then, we have felt the hand of God working in our lives. Jesus is so good! God is a good, good Father!

I have a vision and sometimes dream about it: In my hometown, there is a church that I am the pastor of. If this is my calling, let it be. My dad and my mom and my siblings, as well as some of my nieces and nephews, have accepted the Lord Jesus in their life. My prayer is to minister the Word to friends, relatives and to all the people that I may encounter.

I’m a worker of our church. Our Pastor allows me to preach from the pulpit and to be a worship leader two to three times a month. My work here is a driver of school service in a Christian school.
I want to enhance these ministry opportunities and earn certificates through my studies at Christian Leaders Institute. I desire to gain more knowledge about theology and the Bible through my Manila ministry training with CLI. CLI will be a big help for me with this. Thank you, Christian Leaders Institute, for free online courses. Our God is our great rewarder.

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Officiant Minister Ordination

My name is Roger Paligutan. I am deeply blessed with the task that God will give me as I am looking forward to receiving this Officiant Minister Ordination.

I am 54 years old, a registered nurse by profession. I am married to my beautiful wife, also a registered nurse, Jocelyn Aljibe-Paligutan for 25 years. I am blessed with three children, Ivan Roger (25), Rogelyn Paligutan (21), and Gerlyn Joy (15).

I was born in the Philippines. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Commerce and in Nursing. A year after graduating in 1996, I migrated to the United States of America in 1997 through my mother’s petition. I was not saved yet when I came to the USA. I did not have any idea about having a “personal relationship” with Jesus Christ. All I knew was that I had so many gods. I used to worship graven images of various kinds and believed that going to heaven is through good works.

It was February 1998, when I was invited by a Filipino US Veteran to come with him to the church he attended on Sundays. On that first Sunday, I surrendered my life to Jesus and accepted Him as my Lord and Savior. That day I heard the verse Matthew 22:14, “For many are called, but few are chosen.” (KJV). I believed that day I was one of those called and chosen. My spiritual life had changed and my walk with our Lord Jesus Christ began.

My very first prayer to God was for the salvation of my wife who was left in the Philippines with our children. In just a couple of months of praying, I called my wife and was excited to tell her about salvation and being a born-again Christian. Lo and behold, my wife told me that she had already accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior just a month before I shared my testimony with her.

For almost two decades of being with Christ, my daily walk with God through His Word has gradually changed my life spiritually. I feel the hunger for His Word every day. God has given me several pastors that guided me with the Bible. I was mentored by several of them and continue to study God’s Word and wait until God called me to serve Him.

My current pastor at the Assembly at Crawford, Pastor Daniel Esperanza, advised me to take a Bible course online to help equip me with the Word of God through an in-depth study of the Bible. With the guidance of the Holy Spirit, I ran into the website of Christian Leaders Institute (CLI), who offer Bible courses online for free. I read all the CLI courses and was amazed by their curriculum, and how it perfectly fits my needs.

I enrolled at CLI in the year of 2014. The courses I have completed equip me with knowledge about the Bible and being a Christian leader. Christian Leaders Institute provided me with the right training in every course I enrolled, and I will continue to pursue the advanced courses and training to be fully equipped with the knowledge about the Word of God. My officiant minister ordination is a step on this journey. Whatever God’s plan for me, He is making sure I am ready.

I am currently serving as a leader and member of the Pastoral Staff at the Assembly at Crawford under the leadership of our Head Pastor, Pastor Daniel Esperanza.

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Missionary Call

I am Arcturus Sarabia and I have a missionary call on my life. I am originally from the Philippines. I currently live in Taoyuan, Taiwan. I was raised in a Christian family and attended Sunday school, youth camps, and YWAM (Youth With A Mission) camps. I am a civil engineer by profession, graduated in 2002. My life changed in and after university. I began to walk away from God, had been in a wrong relationship, and was addicted to alcohol and pornography. But God changed my life! In 2005, I was at my lowest and God spoke to me clearly. I decided to join YWAM’s Discipleship Training School. Then everything–my life and plans–changed. I became a YWAM full-time missionary in the Philippines for almost 10 years. I met a Taiwanese girl in Cambodia serving in YWAM and she became my wife. Now my wife and I are both missionaries of Youth With A Mission here in Taiwan.

Our missionary call is to see the Great Commission fulfilled in the lives of the people of Taiwan. It is also to see all people groups love and worship the one true God Jesus Christ; to see Christians rise up, take their authority, and go make disciples. Our heart is to see indigenous tribes of Taiwan take pride in their cultural heritage and use it in fulfilling the Great Commission. We also have a heart for the lost in Indochina Cambodia, where we are also praying to go in the future. Mission work is our life, and love for Jesus is what prompts us to pursue ministry. Jesus is worthy: worthy of our time, our lives and our everything.

Having this scholarship with Christian Leaders Institute is really important to me in my missionary call. I cannot afford a tuition fee, which is far beyond our monthly support. I also don’t have the money or the time to go to a physical school, which would mean dropping all the ministries we do here in Taiwan. I looked online for online schools that offer what you offer, but I found none. Pray that I can endure the hardship of studying faithfully and doing our ministry here at the same time.

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Philippines Bi-vocational Education

Join today and receive free training for Philippines bi-vocational education. Christian Leaders Institute (CLI) offers free high-quality online ministry training. CLI accepts any individual anywhere in their life to learn about Christianity. Read a student’s testimony below who found CLI and is using the free Philippines bi-vocational education to answer his call from God.

My name is Antonio Manaytay and I am from Ipil, Philippines where I do ministry and make home with my wife and children.

The town where I live and do ministry is one of the places in Southern Philippines considered by the government security officials as a “place of concern” where kidnappings, extortions, and piracy of the sea by Islamic extremists are rampant. It has a long history of conflict between Christians and Muslims in the past, the most recent of which was in 1995 when it was razed to the ground and ransacked by suspected Abu Sayyaf group leaving more than 50 policemen and civilians dead, and the town commercial district including several banks razed to the ground.

Doing ministry as a pastor of a Christian church in one of Ipil’s predominantly Muslim village is challenging: Fulfilling the mandate to preach the Gospel to all nations and reaching out to other beliefs in an atmosphere of respect and love is like walking on a rope. The small congregation I and my wife shepherded for the last eight years is a testimony to the amazing work of the Lord in my life and that of my family – my wife has been an able partner in this ministry entrusted by God to us, and my children who supported us on this journey. One of my sons has become a pastor after he finished his Ministerial Studies and is now the associate pastor of the church.

My Personal Journey, And Call To The Ministry:

My personal journey and the eventual call to the ministry was not without bumps and detours.

When I finished my high school studies at the local school run by Jesuits in our town, I was about to enter the seminary to become a Claretian missionary but the plan did not materialize. I ended up taking a science course in Silliman University in Dumaguete City, Philippines where I met my wife. After college, we decided to get married in 1990, which union is blessed with four boys and a girl.

The life-changing decision to commit myself to a loving relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ, after series of Bible studies and guidance by an evangelical pastor, culminated when I was baptized by water on January 17, 1992. That decision, however, was not without its share of trials.

Testing came and I was lost from the way of the Lord. For almost 10 years, that is 2000 until 2009, I was at the darkest hours of my faith. It was the darkest period of my life spending most of it in the valley.

The Lord Is True To His Word

The Lord nevertheless is true to His word, praise Him forever: “This is the will of the Father who sent Me, that of all He has given Me I should lose nothing but should raise it up at the last day.” John 6: 39 (NKJV). I was restored by the Lord after years of journey in the wilderness in the most amazing way.

The moment of restoration came to me and the whole household when my wife gave birth to our fifth child, a girl, on the evening of July 31, 2009. God used the circumstances surrounding the birth of the child as a moment for me to decide whom I will finally serve. By His grace, I was able to choose Life over Death on that evening. It was sweet and sheer bliss to have my Lord found me again.

The following year, 2010, was when the Lord called me into ministry through a vision. I refused at first because I do not deserve to be His servant but at the end I gave in to His call to “Rise, Go, and Preach.” In the same year, the church was established where my heart resonates with the tasks of a pastor, evangelist, and church planter.

The Lord Uses CLI

The Lord equipped me where I was weak – the lack of formal training in the ministry. I tried to connect with several online institutions for alternative education and training in the ministry. And I am thankful of those which the Lord had used to equip me. CLI has provided Philippines bi-vocational education. 

But the longing for deeper and quality studies never left me. I do not have the luxury of time to enroll in a formal seminary for lack of time as a bi-vocational pastor. So I continue to pray and search until God led me to the door of Christian Leaders Institute.

The lessons I learned in CLI are very relevant and a blessing to me. With CLI and the Philippines bi-vocational education, I am able to find the compass of the ministry. It helped to strengthen my walk with God more than anything else as it opens to me, at the same time, the opportunity to earn a degree and accreditation which I am in want of present

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I am Marissa Evasco Japis and I live in the Philippines. Our country has been recognized as a Christian country wherein 82% were Catholic while the remaining 11% belongs to the different Christian denominations. However, though it may seem that preaching and sharing the Word of God should come easy, that is not the case. Christianity in our country has become more of tradition and rituals. One can quickly notice the shallowness of understanding the Word of God and living by it. Human principles and reasoning have been the basis for living excluding what the Bible says. Moreover, I came to witness more and more young people blindly following the way of the world, leading them to destruction and isolation from God. This has caused my heart to swell and feel much burden seeing more young people get trapped by the devil to commit deeds that are not pleasing unto God.

I was born in a Christian family. My father was an assistant pastor of the church we used to attend. He, later on, started pioneering a church as well. He decided to quit his job to become a full-time Pastor. Because both of my parents were serving the Lord, my two other siblings and I were raised in a Christian environment. I have loved the Lord even at a young age. I knew that though I was young, I wanted to serve him and honor Him in anyway I can. However, as I grew up circumstances changed and the situation got more complicated. We were financially tested, and we could hardly have three meals in a day. However, that didn’t stop our family from serving the Lord. We continue to serve and God we were amazed at how God made a way for us to survive each day. I believe that I totally surrendered my life to Christ back when I was 15 years old. This was the time that everything is becoming more serious when it comes to my relationship with the Lord.

When I was younger, I dreamed of being a teacher. It has gotten more specific and detailed as I grew up. I then thought I wanted to be a licensed public school teacher because it is one of the most stable jobs in the country. I dreamed of taking Master’s Degree and attaining higher education to be recognized in the field of Education, but the most important thing was, I wanted to earn money, so I won’t experience the hardship we experienced when I was younger. I want to be in a secure and comfortable status. However, this has all changed as God changed my heart. He has put a new dream in my heart. I started dreaming to serve the Lord in every way I can. My first ministry dream is to be equipped and trained for teaching and evangelizing people. I hope to see myself serving in the church as a missionary pastor. It is my dream to pioneer a church and teach young people. I hope to bring the good news of salvation that can transform the lives of the youth and make more disciples for the expansion of God’s Kingdom.

Having “Getting Started Class” lessons has given me the fresh revival in renewing my daily commitment to the Lord. It has fixed all the broken pieces of my foundation in my relationship with God. This was the very thing I needed the most. I have started pioneering a church now, and I felt like I was walking on a very thin cable. Watching and reading the lectures about creating a habit of daily walk with God through devotions have made my path wider as I felt more confidence and stronger in the Lord. I started applying all the principles I have learned here, and I am just amazed how God moves in my heart, in my life, in my marriage, and in the ministry, He has entrusted me.

I could identify myself as a Pastor and a church Planter. I love how God use the life He has given me to draw more people to Him through the power of His Holy Spirit. I love teaching them and nourishing their souls with the Word of God. I also see myself planting new churches in every place that needs to be restored by God through creating relationships with them.

Back in 2009, I was continuously attending the church where my father was a Pastor. Back at that time, I got my first job and I was focused on making my self-centered dream into a reality. I was working hard, and my focus was to earn and prove myself worthy to my family and the people around me. I loved my father very much, and I was so dependent on him. I believe God has been calling me that time, but I was too busy achieving my goals in life to respond to Him. After two years, my father died. It was sudden and unexpected. I asked God, “Why?” I couldn’t understand why he had to leave so soon. After going through the pain of losing someone so dear to my heart. God spoke to me and reminded me that all I need is Him. I shouldn’t rely on the strength and faith of no one else but Him. God has turned my mourning into dancing and my sorrow into joy. And one day I found myself seeking to do His will in my life.

Some of the unique challenges in my geographic area were the belief in Catholicism among the old people while the young people are suffering from moral decline. More and more teenagers are getting into premarital sex and suffering from early pregnancy.

My local church has been supporting me in my new place for church planting by sending young people to work with me on this new ministry. And having a scholarship is very important because what I will be learning from will be my ultimate tool to continue the work in ministering among the old the young and the children. It is also my hope to someday teach and train new workers and leaders for the Lord.

I hope that you will be praying for the church we are currently pioneering, the ministry to the kids, and the discipleship of the young people. May the Lord bring more and more soul to the church and may the Lord bring more workers to be trained for the harvest is ready!

Revival Ministry in the Philippines

CLI student, Mark Castillo, is training at Christian Leaders Institute in order to start a revival ministry in the Philippines as well as the United Arab Emirates (UAE) where 80-90% of the people there are Muslim.

Read in Mark’s words about his passion for bringing a revival ministry in the Philippines below:

My name is Mark Ralston Castillo from the Philippines. I am 31 years of age and the eldest of the two siblings. I am currently working as a nurse in the United Arab Emirates. I began my faith in the Lord Jesus Christ when I was in my secondary school in our class and my age at that time was about 15 years old when one missionary from Campus Crusade for Christ shared to us how to have a relationship with Jesus and I accepted Him as my personal Savior and Lord. From then on my journey with God started.

Every day is a day with great hunger and thirst for the Lord. In my college years, I am a youth leader and a youth camp director once. I love teaching the youth and those people who are teachable in heart regardless of age, sex, and race. At the age of 29, I worked as an Overseas Filipino Worker here in Al Ain, Abu Dhabi. I got married to my beautiful wife Christina at age 30. I have been a Christian for almost 16 years now but I still felt inadequate and still a baby Christian in my walk with God.
By the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, I am going to use my ministry training to be a missionary to my fellow Filipinos especially the youth and a church planter to every place where God wants me to be. I am going to be used by God to start a revival to my fellow Filipinos through discipleship and training them to be disciples also for free.

I was born in the Philippines but I am now currently working as a nurse in the United Arab Emirates since 2015. The people here are 80-90% Muslims though this is an open country yet it is very difficult to evangelize people especially Muslims. If one is caught by the police converting Muslims to Christianity, it is a serious offense and one of the grounds for immediate Deportation to one’s home country. Bibles here are very limited and most Bibles here are online. We are open to have a worship service to specific places but we are not allowed to invite Muslims, only my fellow Filipinos. People here are busy at their job and no time for God because to them they live to earn money but I believe as a Christian I am commissioned for a specific purpose and God will be glorified wherever I go and people will know that Jesus is the Messiah and Lord of lords and not Allah.

My ministry dream is to start a revival ministry in the Philippines and to my fellow Filipinos here in abroad and to plant churches in my home country. To share to them that Jesus Christ is the Living God and to train disciples to become disciple makers for free. I see myself as a Youth Leader, Mentor and a Church Planter to where God wants me to be especially Philippines and UAE.

In my college years, I was a youth leader in our church and I saw hundreds of people especially the youth who are hungry to know God and are willing to be trained. The youth are willing to learn and always curious and that drives me to study and learn more about God and his work so that I can pass on to them everything I have learned and will learn in the future.

I encountered unique challenges here in my current place of work. Most people here in the UAE are Muslims and the language barrier is great because most people here speak Arabic, Hindi, and Urdu. I only speak English and bibles here are not distributed anywhere and evangelism in public is a serious offense in the UAE law.
My church in the Philippines is supporting me through prayer and that the mission of the Lord Jesus in me will be fulfilled. My wife Christina is a very supportive to me. We are praying every day, doing devotional and bible study and she supports me in my CLI training. She also joined CLI for the purpose of learning and growing more in Christ Jesus.

My scholarship in Christian Leaders Institute is my answered prayer and a great blessing in training me to know my calling and my ministry because there are no bible schools here in UAE. I need every prayer and support from all Christians because only by the grace of God that I can continue and be able to graduate in this institute. To God be the glory.

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Ednalyn Lebrino Story and Journey in Ministry Training

Ednalyn Lebrino – “There are a lot of poor people, the streets are dirty and a lot of slum area”. These are the answers I got from an Iranian Muslim Dentistry Student when I asked her regarding her impression on my country. I was grieved. She added that the Philippines is the only Christian country in Asia. Another bullet shot straight to my chest.

It is true that there are a lot of poor people here despite the fact that we are rich in natural resources. It is also true that the streets are dirty especially during the rainy days. It is absolutely true that there are a lot of slum areas because I experience living there for 11 years.

Many Filipinos blame the corrupt politicians for the dirty image we impress upon the foreigners. But the real problem is-our moral bankruptcy.

Though there are a lot of religions in the country: Roman Catholic, Iglesia ni Cristo (Church of Christ), Islam, Buddhism, ” Dating Daan” and sects like Rizalistas and counting, ministries are greatly needed due to the great number of people who are blinded by the world and living in the

I, Ednalyn Lebrino, was in that same darkness before. Born as a second child, I lost my father at an early age. After one week, our house was burned in a residential fire. Relatives helped us to start again from scratch by giving us monetary help and temporary lodging. Being the middle child, I was often neglected and less-loved. When I started school, I was bullied by my classmates because I was an orphan.I tried to fight back resulting a numerous streets fights. I blamed and hated God for all the miseries. I cried every night to sleep and tried to commit suicide several times until I reached teenage years but often fail. During High School, I focused on studying well even getting high honors. But still, I am depressed. In college, I learned how to drink alcohol, skipped classes and often times involved in numerous heated arguments with my classmates. I also failed my major subject due to my computer games addiction. My soul was never at ease with what I was doing with my life. Thinking of death was my only comfort not until Jesus seeked me. A high school acquaintance invited me to a Bible Study. At first I hesitated but because I wanted to get away from home for a meanwhile, I went. There were series of singing and talking which I was not accustomed to. Then, the moment of truth. The woman shared with me the gospel and asked me if I want Jesus in my life. The gospel sounds great and I am dying for peace so I said yes. True enough, I found Peace. Now, I am an active member of an evangelical church and a volunteer in the Kid’s church.

Living the life Jesus has given me is a gift. This gift is meant to be shared. After gaining wisdom about His faithfulness, I was burdened by God to do ministry to help other people like me who was living in darkness to find the light. It is my deepest desire to share this hope that I have.

This is the same hope the people needs. In Laperal, (the slum area I came from before I was adopted by my Aunt) I saw a lot of teenagers who got pregnant as early as 14. Prostitution and theft are normal things for them. Gambling and drugs are there way of life. My heart ached for them. Only Jesus can lift up their burden. His gospel is the only thing that could destroy the leash of Satan over them.

I was serving in a ministry before in that area and faced a lot of opposition. Some people stoned us and even throw manure at us. Other members of our ministry were even beaten. Still, there are few who stepped up and proclaim Jesus as their Lord and Savior. But our ministry ended last 2014 due to many factors and that includes lack of training.

CLI is so important for me to revive the ministry in Laperal. For me, finding this free scholarship was an answered prayer. I was discouraged to study in a Bible School because of large tuition fee. But now, I am always excited to study online at my own pace. I am only using my android phone but the wisdom I am gaining is vast.

God is faithful and true to His promises. I asked and I received. I pray that I will be fully equipped to do ministry again. Through CLI, God’s kingdom will be proclaimed even in the heart of Satan’s Lair. I am claiming Romans 16:20 “The Lord of Peace will soon crush Satan under your feet”.


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Ordained Minister

I was born on April 16, 1981 and the only child in the family due to the early death of my Father when I was only 8 months old. Despite my chronic illness, the good Lord has gifted me with many skills like carpentry, electrical related works, masonry, plumbing, cooking, driving, animal raising, art craft and many more. I love playing basketball and going out with different types of people. My friends usually described me as resourceful, creative, and long-suffering.

I am physically sickly person and I suffer painful experiences throughout my life. But God is faithful and merciful to me and this is what keeps my life go on as a Christian. I am empowered by Him every day so that I am able to do things beyond my ability. My wife Shim Rose and I have two lovely children, Shiloah and Jephthah.

I came to know the Lord through the faithful witnessing of Rubrico Family and their christian friends. I am a working student in that family and they keep on showing me the love of Jesus from the Bible, their daily living, their priorities and the way they reacted to a particular situation. My conversion is a slow one. I have a hard time accepting the new faith due to some pressure from my family and my personality. But by the grace of God I was converted at age 18 and started serving the Lord as witness to my peer groups in an informal ways. I received the call of God when I was 21 and enrolled in a Bible School for equipping. I do church planting work while being a student and it was blessed by God. Right after I graduated in Bible School I got an illness that took so long to be identified by the Doctor. It is a chronic allergic pharyngitis. I was forced to rest from my ministry for one year not knowing when I can recover. But God has a purpose for me and my family. He is preparing us for greater ministry that I have now.

Doing the ministry in my country is both an honor and a challenge! I live in the Western Visayas Region of the Philippines and people living here are usually religious but polytheist. Whenever we bring good news to the people they are usually receptive and show interest but retains their former traditions and lifestyle. Despite these situations however, the power of the gospel is far stronger than our inherent loyalty to our traditions so that God’s work keep growing and transforming our culture into God-glorifying lifestyle.

Local Ordained Minister Training

I started my study at Christian Leaders Institute full of reservations as to the quality of teaching, stability of this type of program and a little doubt on the reality of offering this for free. I also have deficiency on computer works so that I really worried if I could continue on this program. But it turns out more than what I expected. After around one year of study I realize how much effort the CLI team exerted to establish, maintain and continually enhancing this high quality of ministry training. I am so amazed and blessed at how the biblical doctrines are presented in a clear, unique and down to earth manner without compromising the truth. I also appreciate so much the technical aspects of this program like the Help Desk availability. CLI is being used mightily by the Lord in the revival of our denominational Ministry Training Program. With CLI ordained ministry training quality program, materials and instructors, I have gained a growing knowledge on running a training program with minimal cost. I am fully persuaded that God is calling me to lead the churches in our province in mobilizing Christian leaders for faithful proclamation of the gospel. It is my dream that every Christian in the local church will be nurture and equipped with basic knowledge and skills in the ministry. To make this dream come true I initiated now in leading my fellow leaders in running a ordained minister Training Program using some of the materials at CLI. I keep promoting CLI program to those with fitting situation in this type of training. Seven leaders from our group are now enrolled at CLI. I am moved to lead this particular ministry because our denominational Bible School was temporarily closed but the demand of ministry and competent minister is going on. It is my hope that through the partnership of CLI, our ordained minister training program will be developed more and more and will produced leaders that are carefully equipped in the ministry for the glory of God.

My Ordination at Christian Leaders Institute has strengthened both my capacity as a minister and my appreciation on God’s work in my personal life. Although I was already ordained in our denomination three months before I enrolled at CLI yet I’m not ashamed to attribute some accomplishments I have in the ministry to CLI that God uses for my continuous equipping.

Although I am also involved in church planting and teaching ministry, I classify myself in the calling of pastoral ministry because of the growing passion, skills and opportunity that God has given me in looking for and caring for the total needs of my fellowmen.

My calling, gifts and passion for ministry are vital elements not only in my admission to ordination for ministry but also in the actual ministry I have now. I learn from CLI that in choosing a particular ministry, we need to consider our skills and personality. Thanks God for giving me the package of things I needed in the ministry. But CLI ordination subject help me a lot especially in balancing my gifts with right attitude and motives in ministry.

Some of the unique challenges in my geographical area are poverty and floods that oftentimes gives discomforts to those who come for worship. We experience several times worshipping in the midst of a flood in the area.

My local church faithfully supported me in my ministry calling since I started in the ministry. Although we are struggling financially as a church, I could testify how the members are doing every effort in minimizing our ministry expenses. They become an encouragement to me as I pastor them.

I am presently serving as Senior Pastor in a local church of the CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH IN THE PHILIPPINES in our place. I became an ordained minister.  Our local church is known to the community as one that advocates the holistic development of children. We have more than 300 children being sponsored holistically through the faithful partnership of Compassion International. I also chaired the Committee on Education that was delegated by Classis ( group of neighboring churches in our province) to be responsible for running the Ministry Training Program of our denomination.

This free ministry training and ordination become formative in my present and future ministry in the sense that I am prompted from time to time to help revive and maintain our denominational ministry training. I study hard at CLI to learn as much as possible not only the principles or what were in the curriculum but also administrative part of running a free theological training in our area.

Please keep on including me in your prayers as I am continually struggling from physical condition and that the good Lord will keep using and empowering my life as I wholeheartedly consecrate my life for service.

CLI Student Ben Gonzaga enrolled at Chrisitan Leaders Institute for Effective Church Planting Training. He has been involved with Church Planting for a while now and wanted to enhance his skills and education for more effective work in Church Planting. Here is his story…

Effective Church Planting Training – Ben’s Story

I’m Ben D. Gonzaga, a CLI student since December 2013. I live in Western Visayas Region in the Philippines, and many Protestant churches are already surrounding our place. But because of economic development in our area, there are also lots of emerging subdivisions potential for church planting work.

I came to know the Lord when I was 17 years old in a small house church. It was planted by my former teacher in high school who also became my spiritual mentor. We don’t have a resident pastor, and we only invited a preacher every Sunday and whenever there are special occasions. As a new believer in that local church, I appreciated so much how everyone is functioning faithfully in consideration of membership size. Everyone is expected and has given the opportunity to serve.

I have combined the INDEPENDENT PIONEER and COLOIZING MODEL in my church planting work. I have already used this model in the past and I’m learning a lot about this model. Honestly, it was not easy for me. I endured a lot of criticism and I really lack financial support during the initial stage. The Lord however turned it out for the good of the church I’m planting. There was only a slow and yet genuine conversion. The new believers were also growing fast when it comes to the quality of their spiritual life. But one thing that I can boldly testify is the reality of God’s abiding presence and empowerment in my work. It was only after six months that I formally got a support from a local church. The works is now being maintained and develop by ministry team from my local supervisory church.
I like to use this model again because this is simple and did not require a lot of recommendation, approval and easy to be started. Some local church also needs a little assurance about the possible success of a church planting work that they will support. Once there is already existing Bible study group, it will easy to ask support from a willing local congregation.
Church planting is appealing for me as a calling because of my passion for the lost and my gift of teaching. By planting a new congregation, I can share more about Jesus and develop more Christian leaders.
I was doing my daily devotion way back on my early years after conversion when I realized the value and necessity of church planting work. The verse is John 4:34. My food said Jesus, is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work. Reaching out the lost is a priority to Jesus. He compared it to food. Just as food is vital for the nourishment and health of the body, so it is with our spiritual life. I can’t live healthy without Church planting work.
Some of the unique challenges for church planting in my geographic area are the presence of many false teachers and economic situation, but I praise the Lord for giving me my family who is very supportive in the ministry.

The free ministry training at CLI makes me ready and more effective in church planting work. I learned a lot of techniques and the necessary attitudes for church planting work.
Please pray I can continue my study at CLI NOW that I have some additional roles to do as a pastor.


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Philippines Church Planting

I am Russell Cunning. My vision is to do Philippines Church Planting and to start a school in the Philippines. The school will offer free English lessons to the children who can attend. Having lived in the Ukraine, China and India, and having visited Poland, Turkey, Thailand and the Philippines, I can testify that people who speak English well will get better jobs than those with higher qualifications but poorer English skills.

As a child I attended a Protestant Sunday School and Church, and as a young adult a Protestant Church. When I was 24, I heard a man speaking about a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and salvation in a way that was completely new to me. My heart was opened and I quickly came forward for prayer and made my first real commitment to God. Soon afterward I was baptized in an above-ground swimming pool! That was many years ago. For a long time I attended an Assemblies of God church in four different locations. After a personal crisis, which I was unable to handle well, I backslid for many years. While never losing my core beliefs, I did lose my faith. I had no faith to believe that God was seeing me through my trials, and chose to believe that I alone was ‘working through my problems’. It is only now where I am living in a predominantly Hindu culture, that I have begun to long for the Lord once again.

My step-mother is from the Philippines, and I have visited there on three occasions. My heart was deeply wounded each time when I saw the children on the street begging for food, even scampering past restaurant employees, to grab gnawed bones from the rubbish. I gave some cooked rice sometimes, but it was like trying to empty the Pacific with a thimble, the need was so great. I want to build a church and a school to offer free English lessons. I believe that giving a child some cooked rice will feed him or her for a day, but teaching them English will provide the opportunity to get a better job and to earn enough, so that their children will not need to beg.

Of the titles mentioned, I prefer pastor because it means ‘shepherd’. A shepherd is a guide, not a ruler. A shepherd helps and looks after the flock. It is through gentle and loving guidance, advice and counseling, as well as God driven prayer and teaching, that I see myself overseeing the church and the school.

During my years of doubt, I became a teacher of English, and soon realized that I was a natural teacher. I loved helping people to learn. I felt my lessons were the most effective when my students thought we didn’t study so much as enjoy our time together.

The Philippines presents some personal challenges for me, I am very overweight and if I didn’t feel led here, I would have chosen somewhere less humid and perhaps a bit cooler! Then there is the annual typhoon season which destroys buildings and crops, and kills many people. Another challenge is the presence of militant separatists seeking to create an independent Islamic state, and who target foreigners.

Being a properly qualified pastor is important to me, even though I know that this is a calling from the Lord. While it is God’s earth, he has put earthly rulers in place and they will want to see evidence of qualifications. I also want to ensure that during my time in the wilderness, I did not pick up any incorrect beliefs.

Though I feel like I have gained many strengths over the years, I have also become weak in other areas, so I would greatly value prayer to support my personal walk with the Lord. In teaching we have a saying: “To teach is to learn twice.” So often I have found greater understanding of something when I am teaching – and in my pastoral duties it is the same – as I explain aspects of Jesus or the Holy Spirit, I gain a deeper understanding myself.

My name is Aurora Caparas, I was born in the Philippines to a family with a strong Catholic background. We learned religion during our elementary school years. We were taught about heaven and hell, so I strived to always be good, because I wanted heaven as my eternal destiny. I believed in God and so I was always striving to be close to Him. I thought that if I said the rosary and did what was right in the sight of man, it would accelerate me to heaven. God who is an all-knowing God saw my heart and began drawing me to Himself.

One time while on my way to school I read a flyer inside a passenger’s jeep which said, “Have you been born again?” I was puzzled, it became a deep question in my heart. I wondered how can you be born again when you are bigger than your mother’s womb? My desire was to know God however, so I went to mass every Sunday.

I worked and studied at the same time. One night, as I listened to a radio program, I heard the song “I Will Carry You.” The song said, “There is no problem too big that God cannot solve it.” This song touched my heart, it was the first time a song ministered to my soul. It was my earnest desire to be a part of that radio station, especially when I heard them praying for different families. After that, God began to move speedily in my life. Someone invited me to a Bible study in our office, I joined immediately, they were Baptist. One person gave me a Bible and I read the book of John. I could feel God strongly talking to me in His Word. That was the turning point of my life.

I was hungry for the Lord and wanted to know more about God, to experience a deeper relationship with Him. The Lord Jesus began to reveal Himself to me in dreams. In one of my dreams I saw a big, tall man wearing a white robe holding a book in His hand, He was in front of me while there was a countless number of people behind me. This man went ahead of me and entered into a narrow gate only wide enough for one person to pass. As I followed Him, He led me into a narrow path, a good path, but after a while it was a dark road and I could no longer see Him anymore. However, I kept on walking because I longed to see Him again and eventually, I came to a very beautiful, bright, and joyful place.

After a few weeks, I became a leader of one of the ministries in the church. Then I was transferred to another ministry called, Cell Outreach Ministry. I was the overseer and after two years the ministry became the most fruitful outreach in the church. After this I got the heaviest trial of my life, my husband was kidnapped and murdered. I was left with the responsibility of our three children and experienced many trials. I praise God though who didn’t leave me alone, but caused me to rise in victory and faith! Hallelujah!

It has long been my desire to have deeper training, I have earnestly wanted to know more about our Lord Jesus. I tried to enroll in a Bible school but the tuition fee was too much for me as I have a menial job with a minimum salary. I believe CLI is my answer from God to this deep longing. I was so excited when I heard about it that I enrolled immediately. I have volunteered for many years to serve God in His kingdom. I have also been involved in the mission field. My desire is to plant a church and to be mightily used by God all the rest of my life.

I thank all the gifted teachers here who have a willing heart to train disciples and leaders to fulfill the great commission. Recently, the Lord Jesus gave me another dream about His second coming: I was in a very big building crowded with people when someone called me to come out. So I came out and followed him. When we got to a place not very far from that huge building, he told me, “All prophesies must be fulfilled,” then he pointed towards heaven and told me to look up. When I looked up to the sky, I saw very bright clouds which began to open and then I saw Jesus coming down. The Lord gave me a verse in Rev. 1:7 “Behold, He cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see Him, and they also which pierced Him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of Him. Even so, Amen.” and Luke 21:36 “Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man”.

I’m Benson M. Chavez, 41 years old, married and my wife is also my partner in our ministry to God. We have 3 children and living in the Philippines. We’re known as a Christian country in Asia where most of it are Catholics. A country full of traditions, peace loving and hospitable as visitors from foreign lands always say.
I’m blessed and grateful to God for letting me have an opportunity to study at Christian Leader’s Institute where lots of knowledge and wisdom are being taught which was integrated with my walk in God in my life. I really enjoyed every topic, the professor’s different views and styles, new learnings and environment which greatly helped me and every Christians pursue their calling into the ministry.

This Ordination Class online was indeed an accomplishment for me. Though I’m presently into the ministry as a Pastor in the last 13 years of my life, it helped me a lot in reminding me what it is to become an Ordained Minister, the duties and life of a minister and so on. I’m a Probationary Pastor since I’ve entered into ministry and God willing will pursue an Ordination Examination in our denomination this coming year.

My calling is more of an Evangelist and Church Planter. I love sharing God’s Word and salvation to people in different areas specially in my place where Rural Evangelism is applied. By God’s grace, together with my very supportive wife, Elizabeth and my 3 kids who was my very first intercessors when we planted a church in Nasugbu, Batangas way back in the year 2007. Right now, we have 2 daughters in mission areas and we are praying that these mission areas will become fully established churches in God’s timing and direction in the near future.

When God called me to become a Pastor after a few years of being mentored by my Pastor then in Manila, Philippines, it was a joyous feeling which up to now the passion blooms every day. Ordination made me feel satisfied and thanking the Lord for giving me the trust in leading His people back to Him. I didn’t have any Bible School or Seminary background then but heeded on God’s calling in my life in the year 2001 and felt the joy and privilege of God’s calling as Pastor’s laid their hands on me and was accepted as Probationary Pastor after passing the examination and interview. Have a secular job as an Electronics and Communications Engineer but my job assignment was transferred in this place early 2005 and it was God’s plan for my life to plant a Church here together with my family. It was difficult to pursue church planting before but that was God’s way of teaching me His way just like Paul as a “Tent Maker Missionary”.

I was also being trusted by God to handle Nutrition programs in our community through a Foundation which helped people with Malnutrition problems. Took these opportunities with my team in doing Holistic ministries in different schools, towns and communities, integrating the Love of God to many. It was an opportunity to win souls and make disciples. And up to now, our ministries have gone to 5 towns in our province in partnership with other churches doing the same ministry in a span of seven years. It was always a fulfillment when you see people got saved and lives were changed by God.

My local church is very supportive in my ministry. Many have been trained and was being mentored to do the same and I’m very thankful that my calling was also the calling of the church in planting churches. Their heart was also molded by God into this kind of ministry.

CLI and their ordination class online has been of great help to fulfill the calling of God to me through Online Schooling and has also a blessing to many. I have had quality training for free and its mission to educate people of God to fulfill their calling effectively is really an amazing act of ministry. You are indeed God’s channel of blessings to many who have difficulties of studying in a Bible Seminary because of high fees. This ministry has the anointing of God and is seen in the lives of people sacrificing for the love of God and to be of service to fellow Christians.

Continue to pray for me as I also will continue to pray for CLI’s mission and vision. God bless you always in all ways CLI!