Before entering my college years, a tragic event happened in our family. My younger brother died at the age of ten. We didn’t rush him to a hospital immediately. What we thought was an ordinary flu, was in fact the deadly dengue. After three days of not fully recovering, my parents finally decided to bring him to the nearest hospital. It completely broke our hearts to see someone we love experience pain and worse, die at a very young age.

News about his death spread in our hometown. What made it worse was the rumor that he died because of meningococcemia – a rampant disease at that time. People refrained from visiting us during the wake of my brother for fear of contamination. This brought more pain in my heart because as I was expecting my relatives, friends and neighbours to visit and join us in our time of grieving, no one showed up. Because of this inexplicable pain, I decided to shut the doors of my heart and not share my life to anyone for fear of getting hurt again.

Three years later, while I was still downcast because of what happened to our family, I got invited by my college professor to a youth service.  The preacher talked about having “One Life to Live.”  It was then that someone approached me and shared to me the good news. She shared to me that the bible tells us that everyone has sinned (Romans 3:23). Sin has brought consequences in our lives. And the penalty for our sin is death, which is eternal separation from God. He is holy and just. He cannot tolerate sin and allow it to go unpunished. But God is also loving and compassionate. He does not want us to be eternally separated from Him. Because of this, He provided the solution to our situation. It is by His great love that God gave His one and only Son for our salvation. Jesus’ death on the cross made a way for our salvation. He died and rose again so we could receive forgiveness of sins, be reconciled to God, and have eternal life.

She then asked me this question, “Are you willing to start trusting in Christ alone for your salvation?” Then, I said, “Yes!” Since that day, I decided to follow Christ and tell others about my new relationship with Him.

God gave me a new heart and filled me with the love that cannot be found in anyone else.

Since then, I have been regularly attending church. I have been given the heart of serving the body of Christ through our local ministries and by going out to other nations to preaching the same love that I received from the Lord. Now, I am living in this world for the purpose of making Jesus known to the nations.

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Matthew 28:19-20