I call this year as the “Year of the Possible”. Why? This year I have experienced how really faith can move mountains right through my very eyes. Crazy dreams that became a reality and limited by capacity but became limitless because of God’s unending love.
1. 18 years of God’s faithfulness through the gift of education
It’s been a tough 18 years for me in studying maybe because I am not an A+ student. I am not gifted with but I only have is God’s love that can surpass this challenges ahead of me. I remember when I was in 5th year college, I have to pass 5 theses for the school year and at the same time I was assigned as a servant in Manila. Personally I am having a hard time to balance all these things at the same time but by God’s grace I was able to pull it off and finish it strong. I dreamed of becoming a DL (Dean’s Lister) but I didn’t reach that goal but God is the God with full of surprises He made me a DL (Department’s Lister). Not bad! And I realized one thing with this dream: “If we shoot for the sun then we end on the moon at least we don’t get stucked on earth. Push yourself beyond your limit. It is beyond where amazing things happened.” –Anonymous
Truly it is going beyond your limits amazing things happen!
2. Manila is Home. Team Manila: Buhos Manila
I’ve been so blessed to be part of the District of Manila. I am inspired on how God worked to these young people. Literally young HS students doing missions, leading a chapter and so many more. Truly age does not matter. God matters in their lives. These young people have given their all for the Lord and never quit despite they are hit the hardest. These young people really will bring Manila into greater heights and will set Manila on fire!
3. East to West
This year is the year God brought me to places I couldn’t imagine. First God brought me to Guam where we spend quality time with my parents. It was a great experience for me and my family because they are also celebrating their wedding anniversary that time. Truly the perfect way to start the year!
I’ve always dreamed of going mission outside the country and I thought I can’t do it or the time is not on my side but again God showed me that with His love you can go to places that you couldn’t imagine.
Next is when I went to Hong Kong to do mission. It was my first time to do mission outside the country. And it was my best mission so far not because of the country itself but I really felt that I am never far from home. It was my first time to give a talk in English since most of the people there are having a hard time to understand the Filipino language. And I remember when we went to the venue of our camp, we need to ride a train, ferry to cross the other side and we have to hike for 30 minutes just going to the venue. And I realized that you really have to earn your ticket if you want to go to heaven. And I have experienced a little glimpse of what heaven looks like. And it is truly amazing on how God planned it to be and I am grateful to be part of this mission.
Next travel is when me and my co-missionaries went to WYD2013 in Brazil! I don’t know how I was able to go to Brazil despite of the expenses but God is really faithful to His promise. If you’re meant to be there and then God will make a way for you to be there.
I remember when we first came to Brazil I was having a hard time to communicate to people because they do not understand English so well. But when we had a worship I see people crying, hugging each other and I really felt that despite of our language barrier the universal language is God’s love. It is evident and it will never change.
Going to WYD is one of my dream and together with that dream is I am really looking forward to see the Pope! It is really my greatest dream and I won’t miss this opportunity. But you have to work hard in order to reach your dreams. And we needed to wait for 5 hours just to see him but seeing him with just 3 seconds is like a glimpse really a glimpse of heaven!
Last trip in my WYD experience is when we went to the Our Lady of Fatima and Christ the Redeemer. We need to get to the top for because the statues are located on top. When we reached at the top I was really amazed on how beautiful the view is. And then I realized that going up to heaven is a hard task. It will be hard but that’s the only way. But when you reached the top you will meet God there.
I thought it that would be my last trip. But again, God is the God of surprises! And it is not an ordinary trip but it really means a lot because this trip was in Singapore! I should be in Singapore last 2011 to do mission trip but because of my commitments as a servant leader in my area I wasn’t able to join the mission trip last 2011. I have to wait patiently until the right time comes. And it’s truly worth the wait. I’ve learned a lot during this trip. God is really everywhere! Always end with a high note!
4. Limitless possibilities with a fearless heart
The year of faith does not end on November 24. But it continues as we fall in love even more with Christ. This youthfest preparation is one of the things I really reached my limits or my capacity this year. I thought I cannot do it but by God’s grace we were able to showcase how Limitless God is. And I realized after the youthfest that with just one “Yes” we can truly experience that limitless happiness because Christ lives in us.
This year of faith is truly a showcase of God making the impossible things possible. He is reminding to us that do not limit on what the world could offer but rather always go beyond your comfort zones. It is in that stepping beyond your comfort zone amazing things happens. I am excited on how the Lord will work for the upcoming years because He will manifest again His limitless grace and love despite hardships and trials. And one thing will remain:
God’s love will always be the same yesterday, today and forever. Just keep saying Yes to Him and surely He will transform our lives.
1 Cor. 2:9 “What no one ever saw or hear, what no one thought could ever happen of the very things the Lord has prepared for those who love Him.”