Called to be God’s ambassadors of peace and justice

Covenant-Community-Hands-Heart“Religion seems to poison everything,” Interfaith Expert Dr. Rahuldeep Singh Gill said in his article for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

I am actually discouraged to look at the news today because of the prevalent ongoing conflicts due to religion. Asia, Europe, North and South America, Africa, etc. All you see, read, and hear about are people killing each other for the sake of their faith. One belief that causes massacre to another. Is this what the universal God actually intended for us to be? A world full of chaos and injustices?

Curious, a friend asked me about my religious stand and why I choose to put my faith in this belief. This friend had turned to agnostic due to inconsistent appearance of religion. He said that he cannot see “god” at work because people who claimed to be followers of “god” live a life contradictory of the teachings. Continue reading

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Jesus as Missionary to Colombia (Part 2)

la foto 4(Jesús dijo) Pero recibirán poder cuando el Espíritu Santo venga sobre ustedes; y serán Mis testigos en Jerusalén, en toda Judea y Samaria, y hasta los confines de la tierra.” Hechos 1:8 (NBLH)

I was on a four-day trip outside Bogotá into the warm and humid Córdoba for a series of workshops on Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention among elementary and high school students in an indigenous community. Our workshops were based on four main themes: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. Continue reading

A CALL to remember

CAM01897[1]THE security guard gave me a stern look as I walked in the entrance hall. My companion said, “we’re here for check-up, our organization is responsible for her so I need to accompany her…” Then with a slight smile, a more relaxed expression, the man said, “oh, I know her! I can recognize her by her eyes!” (I am probably the only Asian patient so far in that hospital.) In three months I had visited the hospital twice. Once in January and the second time in March.

The first time I was diagnosed with Gastritis. Two months later with Bronchitis. The doctors and the hospital staff at the out-patient-section are already familiar faces. I wasn’t only there for a short time but had to spend an entire day for consultation, medications, and observation, then consultation again. I had never spent that long in a hospital in my life. “There’s always a first time,” the doctor told me on my second visit as I was taking nebulization to improve my breathing caused by bronchitis.

I praise God for the experience. I praise the Creator for choosing me to be in that situation. It was hard especially that I am away from home. There were times I wished that my parents were with me, especially this March when the doctor required me to be on bed rest for three days (to one week). I felt useless, thinking that I am giving much burden to my placement site for not reporting and participating those days.

I praise God that although my parents were not with me, God provided me with friends who took care of me. My supervisors in CEPALC were always checking on me. My workmates were calling and continually encouraging me. And church friends were there to pray with me. During that time I can see God’s warm embrace through the people He used. Continue reading

Adapting like the ostrich

A visit at the Ostrich Farm

A visit at the Ostrich Farm

“Three months. It takes three months for a newly born ostrich to fully adapt to the environment. Within that time, they are taught to adjust with the weather, food, and relationships (especially for domesticated ostrich),” a tour guide explained during our visit to an ostrich farm outside Bogotá.

Woosh! (Colombian expression of wow) I am in Colombia for almost four months now, a few more weeks from today. Just like an ostrich, being in a new place, with different culture, tradition, faces, food, and a lot more, it took sometime for me to really absorb everything. I remember some mornings when I wake up, it felt like I am back in the Philippines and then a minute after, reality strikes—I’m in Colombia! Continue reading