My LOJ Story

By PIO ESPAÑOL

MY life in the Light of Jesus Family is an open book which I tell again and again in my talks, to as many as I can tell it to— for it is a wonderful story, not mine
alone but a little, humble part of the mission of our Lord Jesus, the greatest story ever told.

My favorite Bible verse, John 3:16, says it all: For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish
but have eternal life.

Yes, God gave His Son for me— even as I didn’t seem to deserve such a priceless gift.

In the ‘70s, I worked at San Miguel Corporation, going around the country to oversee our projects.

I was already married to Evelyn or Bebot to me and everyone in our LOJ Family, and we’ve been blessed with three children— Fritzzie Lyn, Emmanuel,
and Joanna Paula.

I must admit I hurt my beautiful family as I ran around with women in places I worked in.

But yes, God so loved me that He made sure I would have a Jesus in SMC— none other than my boss, Bro. Eugenio Sanchez, father of Bro. Bo. Tito Gene, as
we fondly called him, invited me to join the prayer meetings he and his wife, Tita Pilar, and their children started in their garage in 1980.

You don’t say “No” to your boss, so I joined LOJ in 1982, just two years after its founding– thus I became one of the 30 pioneer members of our beloved
faith community.

Following Tito Gene’s management expertise, I’d been able to help in our day-to-day operations as he assigned me to be among the leaders of LOJ. To this day I treasure this calling as my most unforgettable moment in LOJ, as I’d been privileged to serve with LOJ’s top leaders, from left: Gene Sanchez, Bo Sanchez, and Anthony Calaycay.

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I’ve received countless blessings as I served as director of the Light of Jesus Training Center, leading formation seminars week after week, teaching members, especially future leaders, on true Christian living not only in the Community but equally important, at home.

At right, here I am with Bebot during a recent reunion with LOJ members.

When Bro. Bo founded the Shepherd’s Voice Publications Inc., he also involved me in the management of this media organization which produced the ever-popular Kerygma magazine, daily devotionals, as well as Bo’s bestselling books.

When he started the Anawim Home for Abandoned Elderly, there I was
serving as member of the Board of Directors, attending to management details, as
we cleared a portion of a forest in Montalban, Rizal, to put up cottages for lolos
and lolas who had nowhere else to go.
For me, this is one of my most rewarding missions, this privilege to share
the love of Jesus with our elderly left by the people who should have loved and cared for them.

Today, on LOJ’s 40th year, joy fills my heart to the overflowing for I am still here in our beloved Family, now serving as Country Builder for Feast North America.

At right, I am with Bro. Bo and other preachers during a pastoral visit in Feast New York.

Bebot and I attend Feast Santa Clarita which counts 60 members led by Bro. Cris and Sis Alfie Brimon as Feast Builders, at the St. Clare Parish church in California every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month.

Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic, we cannot have a live Feast. Instead, we hold our Feast online, which is our New Normal.

North America includes Canada, the last country up north of the globe. Yes, LOJ has reached this northern end of the earth, fulfilling Acts 1:8 where our Lord
Jesus mandated His apostles: “…You will be my witness, telling people about me…to the ends of the earth.”

And yes, humbly, I cannot thank God enough that my transformation to be a witness of Jesus is part, albeit minuscule, of the greatest story ever told.

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