March 29, 2016
Guys. May isheshare ako. Hahahahaha. Natutuwa lang ako kasi this time last year (March 29, 2015) mga gantong oras talaga. Hahaha. I received a phone call from someone na ang nakasave na name is “WildSONs” Hahahaha. Day 1 ng Youth Camp nu’n. Ang pakilala nya sa’kin ay s’ya daw yung G12 Leader ko. Tapos sabi n’ya may extra slot pa daw and sabi n’ya kung pwede ba daw ako humabol sa Day 2 since Tagaytay ‘yun and from Cavite ako. And ako naman ewan ko bakit ‘di ako nagdalawang isip sumama kahit na ‘di ako sure kung sino s’ya. Hahaha. ‘Di pa kasi talaga ako regular n’un sa Sunday Service. Pero may something talaga sa’kin na gusto ko sumama. Hahaha. Nagpaalam ako kay Papa and ayun pumayag din s’ya. Tapos kinabukasan nagmeet kami sa SM. ‘Di ko talaga s’ya masyado mamukhaan n’un. Hahaha. Pero niyakap n’ya pa ako. 😅 Then hinatid n’ya ako sa CCT kahit pareho kaming halos maligaw-ligaw. In the end ayun nga nakapag-Youth Camp ako and doon ko sinurrender ang sarili ko sa Lord. Lagi talaga akong nalapit kapag Altar Call pero wala ‘di ko yun naisapuso eh.
That day sabi ko sa leader ko, “Ay Ate, kelan po next encounter? Mag-eencounter nako.” Ako kasi ‘yung cell member na kuntento lang na hanggang cell group na lang (since may other religion naman ako) hanggang sa na-renew nga ako. Nalaman ko talaga yung purpose ng life ko at nag-promise din ako sa Lord na next year, may delegate nakong kasama.
After a week or two, nag-encounter ako. Tapos that same month, nainvite ko sa Service sina Papa. And ayun na… the rest is history! Tuloy tuloy na ang lahat.
Hahahaha. Leader ko na ngayon ‘yung sumundo sa’kin dati. At napag-alaman kong nagleave s’ya sa work para lang makapunta ako dun. Ang dedicated n’ya grabe. Nainspire ako. And last camp, leader na’ko and may kasama na’kong delegate. Waaaaa! Praise the Lord! On fire na on fire pa din. Hahaha. ❤
Sorry na guys ang haba. Sobrang saya ko lang talaga. Hahaha. Testimony ‘to kung pano talaga nachange ng Youth Camp ang life ko. Kaya let’s make sure na may delegates tayo for Batch 2. Hahaha. Baka katulad lang din nila ako na Youth Camp lang ang susi para sumuko sa Lord. ;):)
Exact words I shared to my team at this year’s youth camp. I should say that youth camp really became an avenue for me to encounter Him. I surrendered my life to Him last March 30, 2015, 2nd day of the youth camp. No altar called happened but I willingly gave in to His will. Before sleeping that night, I just prayed to God: “Lord, today I surrender my life to You. I want to serve You just like how others serve You wholeheartedly. I want a brand new relationship with You.” I simply prayed like how preachers and speakers do in altar calls, firmly believing that I can surrender my life to Him even I’m not in a service. And after that, I honestly felt the Holy Spirit dwell on me. He gave me a new heart —a heart of flesh. From that day, I can say that my journey isn’t a smooth one. My whole year was filled with ups and downs but, I will always have the reason to rejoice and glorify His name. Remembering this moment is only one of the reasons I should thank Him for. Breakthroughs over breakthroughs happened in just a snap! I never imagined that that invitation for youth camp would lead me to more opportunities of knowing my Savior. Aside from having that genuine relationship with the King of Kings, I also opened a cell, several months after my Encounter Weekend. How ironic it is because I never imagined myself bravely sharing his gospel to students! Our God, indeed, is an amazing God and led me to unknown waters which I’ve never sailed before, conquering and winning against the waves. He also gave me hope that I’ll be the one who will lead my family to His glory.
That night, I should say, was the best time of my life, as I encountered His love again. Now I am here, declaring and testifying about the wonder of His love which started when I decide to die and let Him take over.
The Lord is really good and He shows His power in whatever way, whatever circumstance, and whenever it’s possible. It took me a long time to realize that a relationship with Him is very important but He reveals His grace in unexpected yet timely situations in our life. Truly, I’m not late in surrendering my life to Him, He just made everything beautiful in His timing. (Ecclesiastes 3:11)
P.S. To Ate Jade, I really owe you a lot. Thank you and I love you! (She’s the one who wholeheartedly went to me at Cavite and made this wonderful youth camp experience possible.) I won’t hesitate to do what you did if the same situation happen in the future!