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famlyWe had our humble beginnings. Our church was small then: no water, no electricity. We had just 1 cooking pot and a few plates. We had to fetch water by cart at a deep well far away from where we were. The church building was just a very old nipa hut with no walls; the parsonage was also a hut with walls made of empty sacks. Our allowance then was just P60.00 a week – and we decided to not take it but give it back to the church, sowing into its growth. In order to support our family and our expenses in the ministry, I had to sell cheap candies like adik-adik; and my wife sold acharra and opened a Kindergarten class. The class would not only help provide for our family’s needs but also help provide for things that our church needed.
We also had our share of trials and difficulties. There were times where we wouldn’t have anything to eat; then I would come home from doing a Bible study, with some food in my hands. I remember this one time we visited a family and they gave us some bagoong; we ate some right away since we were so hungry. We took the rest home, saving it for later. A few moments later I was shocked to see little maggots squirming on the top of the bagoong in the jar; we ate some without knowing it! No wonder we were so full.
Another instance of God’s supernatural provision was when we ran out of gas while we were on the road, using a very old motorcycle.I prayed at that moment, “God, how are we going to get home???” Then I looked down, and saw P10.00 on the ground – just the right amount to buy a liter of gasoline, just enough to get us home. It was a good thing God gave us this miracle; it would have been difficult to get home otherwise with baby Jorem in my arms.
Speaking of gasoline and Jorem, there was this one time Jorem accidentally swallowed some gasoline. We knew we didn’t have money to bring him to the hospital, but we still did; we knew it was a matter of life or death. It took us a while to get there – we were riding the old motorcycle, and it would stop and stutter after every few kilometers. We weren’t sure if Jorem would make it to the hospital; we weren’t sure if he was still alive. Thankfully we got there in time, and God performed another miracle: He used certain people to help us with the hospital bills and the medicine Jorem needed. He’s sickly and there was even a time where he was hospitalized for 1 week; but every time, God would always miraculously provide for the bills. And as you can see, he’s still alive today. 
Two years passed, and the parsonage was completed – but it was still a nipa hut. It was at this time that we started laying the church building’s foundation. After a year the church building already had a foundation but was still unfinished. We spent more time in prayer and fasting, overnight prayer, doing Bible studies, having street meeting crusades, and preaching almost everywhere. People got saved and baptized, and sick people got healed through prayer. Our membership grew, and more people helped with the church building, even non-members. God introduced us to friends who were able to help us with the materials we needed to finish the church building.
It was in the year 2012, God led us to go out from the denomination and start operating the ministry as independent. Though it’s hard on our part to do that but God is doing something new to us in which we were able to expand the ministry not just in our place only but to some other places in the city of Gen. Santos as  well as to our neighboring cities and towns like Tacurong City, Polomolok and Bukidnon. 
And we stand here now, steadfast and victorious by His grace and His faithfulness. Yes, we won’t be here today if it weren’t for His assurance, His love, His grace and His Holy Spirit. Yes, this is His victory, and we are here to celebrate His goodness. We will always be in awe and humbled by His awesome Glory, that He would see us worthy of our calling and our ministry, that He would entrust all of this to us. If it weren’t for Him, we wouldn’t do all of this and stand by His promises. 
Why am I telling you all of this now? Because we are a living testimony of His goodness and faithfulness. Everything we went through, He allowed it so that we can give Him glory in the end. This victory is the Lord’s. He did this; we just let Him work in us, through us, let Him use us. If all of our experiences could be captured in a Bible passage, it would be Philippians 4:12-13: “12I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. 13I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.