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...
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...
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...