Even though I had attended church when I was very young, my family moved and had stopped coming to church by the time I was 5. It wasn’t till years later at the age of 14 that good friend of mine invited me youth activity at Victory Baptist Church that I heard the gospel and responded. It was October of 1996 that I came to know Christ and his work of salvation for me. From then on I attended Victory. First on Sunday morning then shortly after on Wednesday nights and Sunday night. I followed the Lord in baptism at the first of the year. After high school I worked for a year then enrolled at West Coast Baptist College as a pastoral major. I learned much and enjoyed how the Lord worked in my heart and life. After two years there and still some uncertainty that I would be in the ministry, I came home to save up money and settle on my future. The Lord opened an opportunity for me with a man at my home church and soon I was in business for myself. For years I thought that would be enough, to be a layman in the church, to work, serve, teach, and be involved. At the beginning of 2014 I knew that wouldn’t be enough. God burdened my heart with several verses of scripture and I knew He wanted me to serve him full time and I wanted that same thing. I went to my pastor and talked with him about the desire for missions and he put together a plan for me to minister in that capacity. A plan that would give me experience, embed in me principles of biblical ministry, and grow my understanding of God’s word and ability to teach it.
I was born in the Philippines into a loving family, but when I was eight years old, my father was killed, and my mother was left with four children to raise. Shortly after, I was adopted by my aunt and uncle who raised me in a Christian home. I was presented the gospel right away, and I accepted everything they taught me but only to please them. I grew up in church, attended Christian schools, and I was taught everything there was to know about the Bible. Slowly I started understanding my need of a Savior, and at night I would lie awake in fear that I would die and go to hell because I had not genuinely received Christ as my Savior. I doubted my salvation for a long time.
I went on to Crown College in Tennessee. I have always had a heart for children and I wanted to teach, so I majored in Elementary Education. At a college retreat during my junior year, the preacher spoke of how some can’t really fully serve the Lord because they’re not sure of their salvation, and that pride stands between them and a personal relationship with Christ. That was me! I have used my Christian parents, my Christian education, and all my works for the Lord as an excuse. The Holy Spirit was once again pricking my heart. Tired of doubting and faking it, I finally went forward during an invitation and received Christ as my personal Savior. That was September of 2001. From that moment on, I have had complete peace and my whole outlook on life changed. I committed my whole life to God’s will and wanted to be his servant wherever He might lead.
After graduating in 2003, I taught at Calvary Baptist Christian School in Puerto Rico for three years. From there I taught Fifth Grade at Trimont Christian Academy in Franklin, North Carolina for seven years.
In August of 2014, the Lord led me and Jesse together. Believing that he is exactly the man I and my parents have been praying for over many years, I accepted his marriage proposal two months later. We got married on June 19, 2015 in Athens, GA.
I am excited about the desire God has placed in my life for missions and for Indonesia. As a military child, I have been blessed with meeting and getting to know people from many different cultures and background, which has given me more awareness of people and their needs. I want to go wherever God leads us, and I want to be the help-meet my husband needs as he follows God’s will for our lives.
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