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.