#YouAreLoved at #TheFeast
Hi, Kenneth! ‘Musta na?
Ang dami ko nang naisama sa Feast. At first, I thought God was not at work in the lives of the people I’m inviting. But He works silently pala.
One day, a friend shared that she was already having frequent fights with her husband because of their financial situation. Her husband doesn’t have a stable income being a house construction contractor, while whatever she was receiving every payday as a call center representative would just go to the payment of debts. Even the 15-20 pesos fare she needed to go to work, she had to search pa; and had to do the same thing going home. And they have six kids! Four are studying and the youngest is still a baby.
The nearby eatery and sari-sari store had already refused lending to them because of the big amount they owed. She recalled an instance when it was already lunchtime, and her children were already crying out of hunger, but what she had was just 12 pesos. Insults were even hurled at them by some of the people they approached for help.
She was crying all throughout our conversation. I felt her desperation. Her soul was tired, and her spirit was drained. I could give her money that time, but I knew in my heart it would not really solve her problems. So I invited her to The Feast, promising to shoulder her transportation and lunch. She agreed.
But came Sunday, she abruptly changed her mind. She had to sell merienda or else they would have nothing to eat. I just then included her in my prayers and regularly sent inspirational messages to her.
Around six months passed. I was surprised when she texted me, “Jen, what time ka pupunta sa PICC bukas?”
The next day, we attended The Feast in PICC with her 12-year-old daughter. She shared that when she turned down my invitation, she prayed wholeheartedly,
“Lord, alam ko naiintindihan Mo naman ako kung bakit kahit anong tawag Mo, hindi ko magawang sumunod. Ayusin Mo ang buhay namin, Lord, ako mismo ang pupunta sa ‘Yo sa Feast.”
God is faithful. He answered her prayers!
Her husband got a 4-million-peso contract for her retired Tito’s house construction. From the down payment, they immediately received P100,000 out of their total profit of P400,000.
She said it was like winning the Lotto. They just woke up one morning and suddenly,
“Magbayad ka na ng utang.”
“Mag-grocery ka na ng pang-two weeks.”
“Bilhin mo na lahat ng kailangan ng anak mo.”
Ayos na, may sobra pa raw.
And you know what, her husband passed the construction proposal six years ago pa. They had actually forgotten about it and had stopped making follow-ups. So they were more than surprised when out of the blue, her tito called, asking for a re-quotation. It’s amazing how they got the contract at the time they needed it most. And all these happened within two to three weeks after her prayer!
Just about the same time, they also got two more construction contracts, though with a lower pay. More projects followed, and they were also able to help some sub-contractors.
God is amazing!
Ever since, she has learned to call on God first. “Iba talaga kapag si God ang kumilos,” she said.
Before, she didn’t believe in miracles. For her, she needed to take action as if everything depended on her. It was only when she got tired, when she realized that some things are just beyond her control, that she surrendered everything to God.
She has learned never to doubt God’s abilities; because miracles do happen, and they happen every day. It’s all up to Him. Just pray and ask.
She has given permission to share her experience so that others may be blessed. By this, I want to thank you, too, for praying for me and inspiring me to become closer to God.
May God bless us more to bless others, too.