Greetings. I am Sarah, a single mother and also a servant of the Lord. I am from Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental, in the central part of the Philippines. I want to share a little about how I met Jesus and how He has changed my life.
I came from a chaotic family – my father was a drunkard, my mom carried the burden of the family alone, one of my brothers was a gang member while the other one was a troubled kid at a young age as a result of his hatred for our father. My father’s vices has led us to struggle financially – we couldn’t afford electricity and plumbing so we used candles and fetched water from the community pump.
Our financial and spiritual poverty brought a huge strain to the family. But in the darkness, the Lord shone His light. First, he touched my brother who was a gang member. Eventually, each of us children was drawn to His love and the family started to heal. The last one to embrace God’s love was my father and it was nothing short of a miracle. From an angry drunkard, my father is now an assistant pastor in our local church. I and my two other siblings have become church leaders, while the other two serve the worship team. Little by little, the Lord has blessed us, and thankfully, now we are able to live comfortably but modestly in His grace.
Now, as family or together with other groups, we do outreach programs in our local communities to help the poor and to bring the good news of Jesus Christ to those who do not know Him. We were suddenly a very different family now than before we let the Lord enter our home. All of this we owe to the Lord and I am eternally grateful. From then on, I have resolved to offer the rest of my life in His service. The Lord has called me to be a missionary and the desire has been burning in my heart ever since.
In November 2016, we sadly lost our mom to cancer. Since then, death has become more real to me than ever. Although her human body suffered from the disease, she died in peace and with the Lord in her heart. I will always remember the strength she showed during our family’s difficult past and her unyielding faith even up to the very end. From that experience, I have totally surrendered myself to the Lord, to serve Him no matter what. Someday, when I meet Him, I want to be able to tell Him that I used all the talents He has given me for His glory.
Last year, I went on a mission trip to Siargao Island here in the Philippines with my daughter, and that was when God planted in me the desire to go to Africa. I saw the Iris Global Discipleship and Missions School website and checked out their mission schools. When I saw “The Father’s House” discipleship school in Western Cape, South Africa, it stood out to me.
Since then, I have had this void in my heart, a calling that leads me to start this journey of learning and discovery of the Lord. I want more experience in the mission field that will help me grow spiritually and enable me to reach out to God’s people from different parts of the globe. And I feel it in my heart that this journey begins in South Africa.