Sometimes, all you have to do is take that Leap of Faith and Trust God. He knows where to Lead You :)
I am saying YES to you oh Lord :)
Sometimes, all you have to do is take that Leap of Faith and Trust God. He knows where to Lead You :)
I am saying YES to you oh Lord :)
(taken from the book Living, Loving, Learning)
Each day, I promise myself not to try to solve all my life problems at
once — nor shall I expect you to do so;
Starting each day, I shall try to learn something new about me and
about you and about the world I live in, so that I may continue to
experience all things as if they had been newly born;
Starting each day, I shall remember to communicate my joy as well as
my despair, so that we can know each other better;
Starting each day, I shall remind myself to really listen to you and
to try to hear your point of view and to discover the
least-threatening way of giving you mine, remembering that we are both
growing and changing in a hundred different ways;
Starting each day, I shall remind myself that I am a human being and
not demand perfection of you until I am perfect, so you’re safe;
Starting each day, I shall try to be more aware of the beautiful
things in our world — I’ll look at the flowers, I’ll look at the
birds, I’ll look at the children, I’ll feel the cool breezes, I’ll eat
good food — and I’ll share these things with you;
Starting each day, I shall remind myself to reach out and touch you,
gently, with my words, my eyes and with my fingers, because I don’t
want to miss feeling you;
Starting each day, I shall dedicate myself again to the process of
being a lover — and then see what happens;
You know, I’m really convinced that if you were to define love, the
only word big enough to engulf it all would be “Life” — LOVE IS LIFE
— in all its aspects … And if you miss love, you miss life !
Please don’t !
”Never Give Up on your Dreams,
it may take awhile,
But it Happens in God’s Time” - Bro Bo Sanchez :)
God is always working behind the scenes even if you can’t see the light.
Few months ago some of my dreams came true—-I was at The Feast PICC, met Bro Bo, had my article at Kerygma magazine published and a successful Anawim Project :)
Let me tell you a little background of myself.
I grew up in a mediocre family. Since I was a kid, we would move from one house to another, from one province to another city to another province until we settled back to the city.
Thus, I have no choice but to dream.
Our family battled through a lot of things - financial, relationship; name it we went through it. But the good thing is that, we remained faithful to God.
Because I love my family, it urged me to dream and work hard to change my destiny.
When I was in my elementary and high school days, I was already exposed to charitable works.
On my 2nd until 3rd year, every Saturday, I would devout myself to teaching kids in a squatters village in Davao City for free. Even if we don’t have enough, it never became a hindrance. I seek solicitations from some relatives, family friends, a politician, and some came from our family’s small business.
Fast forward, I was brought to Light of Jesus Family last October 2011. March 2012, I was dreaming of celebrating my 28th Birthday at Anawim (a home for the homeless founded by Bo Sanchez) but at that time, I didn’t know how.
I kept that dream in my heart and the photo of Anawim’s map in my hand phone’s photos.
On the other hand, for the past 3 decades I can only count how many birthday celebrations I had since it would usually fall on a Holy Week, or sometimes because it’s the end of the school year, we don’t have the funds needed. I could still recall one moment, I was crying in my grandma’s room because there was no birthday celebration and we literally had nothing. A blessing in disguise came when my uncle suddenly knew about it so he bought me an ice cream. Another event took place five years ago when we were just 10 days old here in Singapore. We had no salary yet, so I cooked chicken and “Lucky Me Pancit Canton” (something I brought with me from Philippines) and I personally ordered a cake which, had “Happy Bday Vea”. That’s how simple my first birthday in a foreign land transpired. Then, one of my housemate made a comment that struck me, “Ano ba yan Vea ikaw mismo ang nagpalagay ng Happy Birthday para sa sarili mo”. I knew it was just a joke but I felt like I was a loser that instance. After that, whenever I am invited for a birthday, I would buy that person a cake so that he or she could blow a candle and make a wish (I wouldn’t mind if they already have one because I felt like birthdays are incomplete without blowing a candle and making a wish!).
As my 30th birthday was coming closer (yes I am 30!), my desire of celebrating in a different way was again ignited. January 2014 came and no plan has ever happened.
Middle of February, I messaged Bro Pio Español and sought guidance, enlightenment and prayers. Low and behold, I received an immediate response from him and told me to pursue it.
Straightaway, I made a long distance call to Anawim, started to make an event page on Facebook and tapped people. I have invited hundredths; the respondents never reached 50%, yet I was still grateful for the kindhearted individuals that were very supportive and generous on my project. Success is impossible if it weren’t for their kindness.
I went hiatus for weeks; I was busy with other errands and procrastination overruled.
When I came back from my Hong Kong trip two weeks before my birthday I was a bit worried since I only raised close to 300Sgd. I was a bit guilty for I knew I became complacent.
I prayed to God, asked Him to bless my project. I was specific in my prayers. I prayed to raise about 30,000Php (enough to buy portable amplifiers which, was Anawim’s current need and food for the elderly). And so, I surrendered everything to Him.
Yet, I forgot that we have a big God, a God of possibilities and miracles.
As my Birthday was getting nearer, everyday “kinikilig ako” with how God unfolds right into my eyes His graces and miracles. It is surreal, when you surrendered everything to Jesus, despite of the challenges; everything is going to fall into place impressively.
Few days before my trip, my contact person for the transportation backed out. I did not worry that much rather, I prayed to Him that I need a driver and a car. As, I tapped a brother at The Feast to drive, without second thought, He said yes! But wait, there’s still one setback, we need a car! I was already looking for a rent-a-car online when one of my Mentors offered his car. Again, Praise God for such favors! Problem solved.
I knew we ought to have a short program for the Lolo’s and Lola’s.
One evening, I was just chatting another Sister at The Feast when, a light lit and I remembered that she used to sing at Feast Singapore. I then asked her if she could sing for them, and again, I got another Yes!!!
Since I am not from Manila, I sought help from my good friend (who would usually accompany me whenever I’m in town) if she could free her schedule on my Birthday. You got it right. I got another sweet Yes! Wait, it was not limited to that, she was also with me in going to Divisoria, Baclaran, and supermarket to buy all the things I needed for Anawim. She even stayed overnight to help me pack the presents. Again, super blessed.
Sunday (two days before my birthday), sleepless upon reaching Manila, I straight away went to The Feast PICC by my used to be Nanny (who took care of me when I was young and we managed to keep in touch even if she already has a family in Manila).
Blessings overflowed, met Bro Bo Sanchez, Sis Chelle, Sis Marowe and Sis Tess Atienza. (another birthday wish granted).
After that, I was set to buy the amplifiers for Anawim. Since I had no idea about these things, God’s help came through Bro John Ben (who happens to visit Anawim in the past months).
I thought everything was going on smoothly when suddenly, we need two cars and another driver because the goods could not fit in one. However God is again at work, last minute I was able to find a good driver and one Brother was able to brought theirs.
My 30th birthday came; that used to be one of my greatest fears. Yet that day, God’s love was more definite and enormous, not only towards me but also to the people that surrounded me. I woke up early, went to church and met my friends timely. Got a kind driver who happens to know Anawim’s way, blessed to be with four other wonderful individuals whom I call “friends”. Even if we were outnumbered, God was working in us. I believe they were the people God has already planned for me to be with in executing my Anawim Project.
It was raining on our way and upon reaching Anawim. We were assured that it was God telling us that the “Abundance of Rain” is bestowed to us.
(Us with the Anawim Staffs)
We were welcomed by the hospitable Anawim staffs, Headed by Sis Mila. We unloaded all the goods and were so grateful with how much we have donated and raised for them. I was only praying for 30,000Php but I was really in awe when I calculated the amount reaching to more that 90,000Php. Spent the 60,000Php for the amplifiers, food, goods and the 30,000Php became cash donation to Anawim. Wow! God tripled the blessings!!! He is limitless!
As we reached the gazebo, we were welcomed by the happy faces of our Lolo’s and Lola’s. It’s so amazing that even if they were abandoned, you can still see the genuine kindness and gladness in their hearts because we were there to visit them. Their “Thank You’s” were unending. Something, that really touched our hearts.
(with the Lola’s and my Birthday Banner! #surprised)
There’s more, I initially thought we surprised them for spending an afternoon in Anawim yet, I was wrong. As the banner that has “Happy Birthday Vea” was being put up, uncontrolled tears of joy fell especially when they sang a Birthday song for me. I was really in rapture! Overwhelmed, stunned, loved! I felt like Jesus was embracing me that moment. I thought it was us who would give them a program hence, it turned out that the Lolo’s and Lola’s were in so much bliss that they were showcasing their talents (singing songs and dancing as well).
(Lola’s are having fun :) singing and dancing! )
As what I would always tell the people who supported my project; “I wish you were all there to witness how grateful and happy they were because we have chosen them as beneficiaries.” It’s so magical, Jesus was present in each of them. Their hugs and kisses were so overwhelming and sincere that I felt God was hugging me too! Smiling and delighted that I said Yes to Him, for becoming an instrument in bringing joy to the neglected ones, for opening people’s awareness that there is this beautiful place in Rizal called Anawim. A place, that became a new hope for individuals whose doors and windows were shut down by some people. A home, were God’s love is present through the wonderful nature that surrounds the area and to the earnest hearts of the residents.
(Above: me and my friends who helped me in making this project possible)
God’s time is never too late or never too early, it is always right on time.
(I love these people who spent time with me on this very special day)
After my Anawim Project, I have finally understood why it took 3 decades before this dream turned into reality. Because it was the perfect time that I could meet people who would help me turn it into a possibility. Two years ago, the people I knew were limited, but now, I am bounded by individuals whose hearts and minds goes out into reaching out to the people who needs it the most.
I am still mesmerized with how God used me to tell His people that anyone can do it. You just have to be bold and walk with Jesus. Because if everything is dedicated for His glory, rest assured your plans will prosper.
You don’t have to be the richest person in town. All you need is to have a passion for serving God’s people. Even if you think you’re ordinary, God works extraordinarily.
When He calls you, do not hesitate to give Him your sweet YES! Because His surprises are way greater than what you could ever imagine.
I would like to share one quote from the Community Chest Charity of Singapore that moved me:
"Being Rich is not how much you have, But how much you can give."
And this bible verse makes my heart at peace each time I give;
Luke 6:38 “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
When we give; we give away love. And when we do this, we glorify God. We make Jesus’ death and resurrection more meaningful.
True enough, my 30th year of existence became more meaningful because of this.
Let me thank everyone who’s behind the success of my Anawim Project. God knows all of you and will reward you enormously. Be prepared for His Abundance!
yahoo! thanking God for this two great people who neve gave up on me!!!
finally after 3 decades i learned how to ride a bike! 😊✌️👍
sleepless adventure post night, off road biking, biking while raining
a lot of firsts and fun memories 😊
#blessed #happy #yolo #beadventurous #yanglearnshowtobike (at Palau Ubin)
Paris Breakfast Tea 😍 #tea #twg
let’s make it authentic soon!!! in God’s time 🙏 @cheneezone (at TWG Tea At Marina Bay Sands)
God has a perfect time for everything. Since I decided to surrender everything to Him and I decided to make Him as my number 1 priority, despite of the challenges, He has been giving me unending surprises. :)
Here’s one of them :
I was at first sad because my friends from the Philippines has already posted a schedule for Hillsong concert. Here on the other hand, I kept asking my friends from different Churches and they are telling me one thing —- they haven’t heard about it.
I felt ambivalent cause it would mean I have to fly to PH and need to arrange again my schedule. Plus, it would be costly.
Then days after that was posted like a month ago, the tickets were selling fast and the category where I wanted to be was already sold-out.
And so I settled for myself, that God has a better plan. I know one day I will be seeing them.
Then, Sunday (27 April 2014) came and I received an invitation from my friend on facebook about going to HillSong Concert in SG. I was really overjoyed because on that same day, God has been giving me surprises. And yes, this event is one of them.
It was a short notice but I believe it was God who planned it to happen.
Just 3 days after, the ticket were finally on sale. i am so glad that I will be on afternoon shift later thus, I was able to book the tickets at 1016hrs. With that short span of time, our queue number was already 121-126.
Thank you Jesus! I know we will surely be blessed. :)
Another dream is coming true. Another answered prayer.
30 April 2014
#ThankYouJesus my #Day7 and #LastDay of #LiquidFast #iSurvived #ByYourGrace
Thank you for the discoveries, reflections and realizations 🙏
here at a
a must visit place 😊❤️😊
#Lent2014 #AdMaioremDeiGloriam (at Wheeler’s Yard)
the photos you’ll take here doesn’t need any filter 😊
loving the place!!! 😍
my last day of #LiquidFast
#ThankyouJesus (at Wheeler’s Yard)