From a Religious Girl to a Daughter of the King
My Spiritual Journey Began
I am very passionate about spreading the gospel and leading people to Jesus. I was raised in the church from a young age and loved every bit of it. What made my church experience so great was that my grandpa was the Pastor, so our church was family-led. This meant I got to often participate behind the scenes as well as front and center. Growing up, I had the opportunity to participate in many ministries, but my favorite was being a part of the praise and worship team. I was a part of my church’s praise and worship team for 7 years, and I still participate with them whenever I visit home.
My Surrender to God
Although I had ministry experience, I didn’t realize I had a very religious mindset and a not so intimate relationship with God until my freshman year in college. I thought God was the kind of God that was ready to punish me any time I made mistakes, and I felt I had to earn his love. When I messed up, I tried to hide from God, thinking He didn’t want to speak to me anyway. I did not understand that it’s always better to run to God and not from Him because He is a deliverer, healer, and miracle worker.
I’m really grateful that the Lord never stopped pursuing my heart. He was patiently waiting for me to surrender my all to Him. In my freshmen year of college, I realized I was on a dangerous road. God was not the center of my life, so I totally surrendered to Him. When I surrendered to the Lord, I began to understand His faithful love for me. He wanted me to see myself not just as a Christian but as a daughter of God.
Called to Minister: Desire to Learn the Bible More at CLI
I graduated from Texas State University in 2021 with a Bachelor’s in Family and Consumer Affairs. Now I am pursuing some ministry training to combine my love of helping people and families with ministry service. I want the majority of what I do in life to be ministry-related. Everything I do is to glorify my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
My goal here at the Christian Leader Institute is to learn God’s Word, the Bible. I also want to learn what it is to be an effective leader to guide those that God puts in my path with the Holy Spirit’s help. I want to help others truly know the Lord and their identity in Christ.
“And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” Ephesians 3:17-19
My name is Corey Macaluso, and I am studying at the Christian Leaders Institute to become a Minister of the Word (Learn more about online Bible courses, Click Here). Married for 12 years to my loving wife Christina, we live in Kennewick, WA. We have a daughter Grace who lives with her husband in western Washington. We are raising our two young boys, Jaron, 14, and Grant, 11. Family time is always the highlight of our week. We love to swim, watch movies, and play games.
My Spiritual Journey
After graduating high school in New Hampshire, I set off on a great adventure in the United States Marine Corps. I learned honor, integrity, and service to others. After four years, I went on to become a public servant.
I started going to church with my wife when we were dating. At first, I only attended for her with no interest. One night, the pastor preached a sermon on an issue I was struggling with. Then, the very next week it happened again. This time, I felt like Pastor was speaking directly to me. I started asking a lot of questions. At that point, I bought my own Bible and began to read it. In 2011, I was baptized and continued to grow in the Lord.
Passion for Ministry
A few years later, we moved from western Washington to eastern Washington. We prayed and listened for several weeks once we settled into our new home. After a few weeks, God led us to an amazing church. I continued to grow as I became an active member of the church. Eager to learn, I took on several roles as a Ministry Leader, Bible Study Leader, and Mentor for other small group leaders. I attended church training regularly as I had a passion for ministry. I wanted to learn, grow, and serve. At the time, I was unable to afford Bible College as my wife was attending college so I did not think it would work.
Minister of the Word Calling and Study at CLI
Then, a close friend asked if I would officiate his wedding. I was honored, but I would have to think about it. I researched and prayed about it. However, I did not want to just pay a fee online to automatically get an ordination in return. I wanted it to mean something, and I also wanted to be prepared for their special occasion. That is when I found the Christian Leaders Institute. I shouted, “Thank You, God!”
I am truly blessed for this opportunity. Further, I accepted my friend’s request and am so grateful for CLI. I am going to take every class possible and pursue a degree. It is my dream to serve as a Minister of the Word. God is Good!
My name is Jane Adora Horca Kyles, and I am receiving formal training for ministry at the Christian Leaders Institute (Learn more about online Bible courses, Click Here). I am a Licensed Professional Teacher from the Philippines. Now, I’m in California, USA. I am married to Dion Kyles and have five step-children. We have a one-year-old daughter, and I’m pregnant and believing that it’s a boy. My daughter and I just got here in Moreno Valley, California, last January 15, 2021. Our journey is such a blessing from God on how He paved the way for us to process and travel during the Pandemic.
I’m the fourth child of 9 children, and one is dead. Since I was a child, I had an untamed spirit. They called me the black sheep of the family. Despite this, I grew up as a religious child and went to the Catholic Church every Sunday. I got a gold medal as the best in religion because I memorized all the prayers and followed by rules. However, my attitude never changed. I loved to scold every born-again Christian that I met, even the pastor that did a Bible sharing in our Barangay. I laughed at them with my Catholic friends and loved to debate them and make them feel bad.
My Spiritual Journey Begins
However, everything changed when I was in my second year of high school. One of my values teachers, who is a Baptist, shared the Gospel with us. At that moment, I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior. I got too excited and overconfident about the truth. Since then, I got motivated to read the Bible. But the Bible I had was in English, and the church I attended had the presentation in English. So, to actually understand the Bible with all my heart, I read the English version while looking at the Tagalog Version and in My Dialect Version, Waray-Waray.
As I grew up in my spiritual life, God molded me through rebuking and correction. I had become so bold that I was blinded to the fact that everyone has a gift and others should be treated better than myself. Throughout this process, God told me to be humble and see other’s weaknesses through His eyes. So I saw the need to share the gospel and encouraging the weak.
Persecution at School
I joined the music ministry, from backup singer to worship leader. We visited specific Barangay’s every Saturday and shared the gospel at school. In my third year of high school, my friend and I visited every room to share the gospel near summertime. But then, I was summoned by our headteacher to proceed to the principal’s office. It was because I shared the gospel. The Word of God is so true as it states in Luke 21:11-12, “When you are brought before synagogues, rulers, and authorities, do not worry about how to defend yourselves or what to say. For at that time, the Holy Spirit will teach you what you should say.” From that time on felt the heavy atmosphere of persecution either from co-students or teachers.
Persecution at Home
However, my persecution didn’t start with that. I grew up in a very devoted Roman Catholic family. My father was involved in church activities during the Easter Celebration as one of the 12 apostles. My mother was a catechist. They didn’t tolerate my changing religion. My siblings were against me too. Then, my father summoned his siblings to encourage me not to read the Bible. But, I never stopped. I followed Jesus through water baptism, and my persecution got worse every day.
I cried at night, begging and believing God’s Word that if there is one person in the family saved, all of them will be saved. In the mornings, I woke up with tears in my eyes. There were times that my father disowned me and sent me away. Every time this happened, I always went to church, thanking God, and believing His promises. The church was always open. There I cried and cried until I fell asleep. Then, my mama would come to pick me up. Another scenario was when a parent visited my house early in the morning to say the worst words and tell me to stop converting her daughter to be born again. But I never stopped because God’s grace just kept me going.
God Makes A Way
Not long after that, my siblings started to follow me and go to church. It started with my older brother, who is a pastor now. Then, my younger brother and older sister were next. They are active in ministries now. Finally, three years after being saved, I was in another city. I got a message from my cell group leader that my parents started going to church with my other siblings. That’s all because of God, whose promises are true.
But, of course, my Christian life has never been perfect. While I was in another city, I struggled to be a young adult while exposed to the world. I entered into a wrong relationship. However, at that time, God kept reminding me about the 2 Corinthians 6:14, “Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers.” I kept on seeking God’s leading on how I could get out of the situation, and again He made a way.
Formal Training for Ministry at CLI
My spiritual dream is to be a missionary doing evangelist work and encouraging every church that needs encouragement. Right now, I’m holding meetings with youth from the Philippines online. I hope to use my Christian Leaders Institute training to do what God intended me to do with competency, efficiency, and mastery, knowing that much is at stake.
I’m a full-time mother at the moment with no income at all. So having this free formal training for ministry at CLI is very important for me. Ever since I was in college, I desired to have formal training for ministry education like at Christian Leaders Institute. Also, when I was helping my brother in building a church, I saw the need for formal education for leaders to be equipped to maintain, build, and equip every member. I’m so thankful that Christian Leader Institute offers a scholarship for free training to people like me, wanting to be equipped and with no income. Being an ambassador and a worker in God’s Kingdom, I believe that Christian Leader Institute is God’s best instrument as a source of providing me the proper training to do the will of God.