2015 is about to end and one of the things I want to look back are the encouragements that I received and inspired me to move forward and do what God called me to do. Leaving the Philippines to do campus ministry in San Diego is really a leap of faith and just like anyone else, I need encouragement when I feel discouraged and don’t know what to do. I’m glad it came at the right time, sometimes from people I don’t expect. But whether I knew them or not – I’m grateful it came. This list is not meant to disregard anyone who prayed and gave me a message of inspiration. But these people came in where I needed a boost and changed the way I see my situation.
So here’s my top ten this 2015:
Sheryl Price (a nurse from Cook County) – she approached us and prayed for us as a family and said “Your ministry will be fruitful and you will be calling people from the dark…”
Nixon Ng – my pastor from Victory Malate. At the time I needed encouragement after being discouraged about my visa he said “We’re here for you.”
Gregg Tipton – Ten Days Director from Nashville, we met in an event in Florida. He told me, “I admire your faith going to one of the most expensive cities in the US. You need to be a man of faith for you to stay there.”
Robert Hern – my pastor in Victory San Diego, at one of our conversation he told me, “It’s always better to stay in the Philippines, but we cannot missed what God is doing here in San Diego.”
Joel Monsalud – one of our friends here in San Diego, a retired Navy told us when we just newly transferred to our apartment in San Diego and we practically have nothing but clothes, “It’s ok, we all started like this, just pray to God and He will provide the things that you need.” Indeed, it happened slowly but surely.
The woman in the grocery – I don’t know her, but she paid our groceries after the cashier encoded it. She just said “I got this.” It reminded me that God does miracles whenever he wants.
Joe Bonifacio – we just had a short conversation after they arrived in San Diego, he told me after I shared my ups and down experiences here, “You can do this.”
Dahlia and Lars Lone – they sent us gifts that helped us start here in San Diego and in the note that came with it says “Hope these gifts help you as you follow God’s calling. Isaiah 65:24”
My Wife – she always tells me that she’s proud of me. “I’m proud of you and we grateful that you lead us well. I love you.”
Jesus – Nope, I haven’t seen Jesus yet, but I get encouragement from His words when He said, “I am with you always…”
I know the list can be as long as how many friends I have. I am grateful to everyone who spoke life to me and to my family. It was a great 2015. I am excited what God will do this 2016.
Worry weighs a person down; an encouraging word cheers a person up. Proverbs 12:25