Remembering Venite Castillo PART 2

Remembering Venite Castillo PART 2

This is Part 2 in a 3-Part tribute to Venite Castillo, written by his friend, Inah Tolentino.  His Ministry Venite had been a believer of Christ since 1998. Members of our Christian organization, University of the Philippines Los Banos (UPLB) Students of Destiny (now...
Remembering Venite Castillo PART 1

Remembering Venite Castillo PART 1

I was in quarantine aboard a cruise ship when a message popped on the screen of my phone. It was from our church group chat, and  it said, “Please pray for Kuya Venite. He passed out in the middle of a Zoom meeting. His family brought him to the hospital already....
A Childhood Dream Come True: My Journey to MD

A Childhood Dream Come True: My Journey to MD

I come from a family that is not well-off. We live below the poverty line. My father died of colon cancer before I graduated from high school. My mother tried her best to provide for my kuya and me through housekeeping. Life in College I didn’t intend to take the...
A Way to Light (Part 2)

A Way to Light (Part 2)

The Story of Leyl Valdez As told to Grace Roscia Estuesta The prayers my lola uttered, the worship songs that played in our house, and the Word of God ministered to me and kept me. I believed this birthed my encounters with the Lord. Through it all, I believed that...
A Way to Light (Part 1)

A Way to Light (Part 1)

The Story of Leyl Valdez As told to Grace Roscia Estuesta As I listened to my eldest brother’s tape playing the song “World’s Apart” by Jars of Clay in 1995, the seed of intimacy was planted in my heart. Love notes filled the room, and this paved the way for my...
Forgiving My Father

Forgiving My Father

Contented in a Christian family I grew up in a Christian household. I have two older siblings, making me the youngest. My mother was an employee of FDA (which was called BFAD during her time), while my father was an OFW in Saudi Arabia. Due to the nature of my...