Stubborn Love

Stubborn Love

I was born in Manila. My mom later found out that my dad was married and had a family. We left him and went to the province. My mom later married a widower who had four children– two boys and one girl. The eldest had previously left for Manila. I accepted these...
Rosh Hashana

Rosh Hashana

Greetings to all! Int’l. Christian Embassy Jerusalem, Israel, is having a 72-hour “Rosh Hashanah” global prayer meeting from Sept. 17 (Thurs.) to Sept 20 (Sun.) with around 40-50 countries involved, including the Philippines. Please join our slot...
For Such a Time as This

For Such a Time as This

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article was first published on June 3, 2017, by Tobiyah Carandang. We are re-publishing this to highlight the connection that the Philippines and Israel have with each other, especially since Rosh Hashana is coming up. Let us celebrate the...
Surviving Covid PART 2

Surviving Covid PART 2

I saw shadows in my room. We prayed and rebuked the spirits of infirmity in Jesus’ name, and then the shadows were gone. I thought, “How will they announce my death? How will they tell my sons that their mom is gone?” I started composing my own obituary and said, “Is...
Surviving COVID

Surviving COVID

Going to the Hospital It was July 18 when my husband, Mon, was infected with COVID-19. A few days after, on July 25, I also started showing signs and symptoms. We tried to rest and recover from home, but by Sunday, August 2, my sister Joy, a pediatrician, went to our...
Bright Lights in this World

Bright Lights in this World

“I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” John 9:4-57 We have entered the last trimester of 2020. And what a year it’s been so far! For many, 2020...
The Runaway Pastor PART 2

The Runaway Pastor PART 2

Instead of following God’s call for me to be a pastor, I went to Taiwan to work as a machine operator. In doing so, a huge void invaded my heart. While abroad, the Holy Spirit reminded me of my joyful experiences with God. As I thought about them, I also reflected on...
The Runaway Pastor

The Runaway Pastor

Brokenness at a Young Age A very young Rodrigo I was an illegitimate son. We were my father’s second family. He was a good provider, but he died when I was 5 years old. I grew up with a very loving mother and siblings, but the environment around us was very abusive...
Heroes Have Dreams

Heroes Have Dreams

We ended August by commemorating National Heroes’ Day; remembering the likes of Andres Bonifacio, Emilio Aguinaldo, Jose Rizal, and other great men and women who fought for our nation’s sovereignty and freedom, unafraid of death. Rightly do we regard them as...
Ang Pangarap Ay Para Kay Kristo (Part 2)

Ang Pangarap Ay Para Kay Kristo (Part 2)

…“Bakit po Panginoon? Ginawa ko ba ito dahil gusto ng aking mga magulangAno po ang gusto Mong gawin ko? Panginoon, kailangan ko po ng inyong gabay.” Mangiyak ngiyak ako habang lulan ng pampasaherong dyip pauwi sa aming tahanan. Hindi ko alam kung paano ko sasabihin...