When God Heals

When God Heals

Chari went under the knife last year for a growing tumor in her brain. It was a high-risk operation, but God proved how faithful He is throughout the whole ordeal. Here is her inspiring testimony about God’s greatness and faithfulness.

It was in 2017 when I came to know Christ. It was a time when trials were piling up, and I was hardly coping up with all the problems that were coming my way.

Early that year, I was dealing with a painful breakup from a six-year relationship. It took a hard toll on me emotionally, mentally, and even physically. Just a few months after the breakup, I was diagnosed with right vestibular schwannoma. It is a benign tumor on the right side of the brain.

At that time, the tumor was already two centimeters big (about the size of a lime), and the doctors were recommending immediate surgery. Because of its size, I eventually lost all my hearing in my right ear. I easily fell into depression and asked God so many questions about why it was all happening to me.

In the midst of a seemingly hopeless situation, a cousin reached out to me on October 22, 2017 and invited me to attend a worship service at Victory Santa Rosa. During the service, God spoke to me through the preaching and the songs that were sung in church. I could not stop myself from crying.

Right after the service, a girl—who would turn out to be my Victory group leader—Norie, came up to me. She invited me to join her group and eventually guided me in my walk with God. I went through ONE 2 ONE with her and attended Victory Weekend.

As I walked through life with God, I had to fend off a lot of doubts and negative thoughts and purely anchor my faith in Him. It was a year-long process for me. But it was a process worth taking.

In January 2018, I joined the prayer and fasting week and asked God for physical healing. I also asked Him to increase my faith as I battled with my disease. After that, God led me to people who helped me raise funds for my operation. It was hard, but it would have been beyond difficult if it were not for all the people who voluntarily took time to help me get through a really tough ordeal.

At exactly 6:00 a.m. on May 28, 2018, I was brought to the operating room. Every ounce of faith in my heart then battled with all the anxious thoughts in my head. I was afraid, but instead of letting it engulf my faith, I used it to seek courage and strength from God. At 5:00 p.m. on the same day, I woke up and felt God’s presence embracing every part of me. I cried with so much gratitude in my heart. I was glad to be alive—and I was beyond thankful to have been given a second chance.

The succeeding days were not easy. I had a mild stroke after the operation, so every single day that followed was a battle against an indescribable pain. But despite what I felt, I knew that each waking moment was a precious gift from Him. I kept that in my heart as God slowly restored my body and brought back the strength I thought I already lost.

Now, after seven months of recovery, I am working again and volunteering in church as an usher. God healed me from everything that had caused me pain in the past—be it physical or emotional—and restored me completely. Though I thought it was impossible to recover from such ordeal, God revealed to me that truly, nothing is impossible with Him.

“But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

(Matthew 19:26)

When God heals, He heals completely and leaves no trace of what used to hurt us in the past. He is mighty to deliver us from any form of sickness and from any hopeless or painful situation. He is a God who restores.

Sharing the Love of God

Sharing the Love of God

We thank God for the privilege of sharing His love to our communities in Metro Manila and nearby provinces. Through His grace and the generosity of the church, we have been able to reach families, local government units, and communities with God’s love this Christmas season.

On December 21-22, 2018—through the generosity of Victory Santa Rosa—we were able to minister and be a blessing to the security guards and maintenance personnel of Robinsons Santa Rosa and more than 1,200 families from Barangays Platero, Don Jose, and Zapote in Santa Rosa and Biñan, Laguna.

It is our heart to honor the people who are serving with us in Victory Santa Rosa and to bless those who are living in nearby barangays. As such, aside from blessing them with Noche Buena packages, we also shared to them the best gift that they can ever receive—Jesus Christ. It is a privilege to see them worship God alongside with us and feel the joy brought by the true meaning of this season.

Seeing the smiles on the faces of the people and their renewed hope in Christ filled our hearts with overflowing joy and gratitude.

 

We are in faith that through this initiative, we will help more people come to know Christ and grow in their faith. It is also our prayer that more than anything, it is God’s love that will truly reign in their hearts.

Indeed, there is no better way to celebrate Christmas than to share the love of God to others and rediscover the true meaning of this season. As a community, let us all gather together in helping others follow Jesus, and be an instrument of His blessing and overflowing love!

Channels of God’s Generosity

Channels of God’s Generosity

Do you know that God can use us to bless others no matter where we are or what situation we are in? In this article, Victory group members who work in the same office share how God’s generosity allowed them to give food, encouragement, and gifts to a foundation in the metro.

It all started with a group of three officemates in a local company in Parañaque having the desire to know God more. Though attending different Victory locations, they decided to meet every Thursday in their office to study God’s Word and deepen their faith. Slowly, their group grew, not just in faith, but even in number. In just a few weeks, even their colleagues from other departments had started joining their discipleship group meetings. They are beyond amazed at how God has been moving in and through their group.

A few months ago, one of the members who had recently accepted Christ in his life challenged everyone to put God’s love into action by expressing it to those who needed it most. Though clueless on how to raise enough funds to cover the amount needed for an outreach program, they—in faith—believed that God would let His generosity flow through them. Brimming with hope, they started to seek help from colleagues, friends, and family members who were willing to partner with them. They knew in their hearts that God would take care of the rest.

True to His Word, God soon provided more than what they needed. Before the event, they were still 80% short of their goal, but on the day of the outreach, God—beyond their belief—poured out His blessings. They were able to raise not just 100% of the budget, but 130%!

So on November 17, Saturday, their group—composed of 20 people, eight of whom are part of Victory Fort, Parañaque, Alabang, and Santa Rosa—visited a charitable foundation in Manila. Before the outreach, they held a feeding program near the foundation and blessed the people in the area. Afterward, they worshipped God together, shared His Word, and gave food and gifts. God generously provided everything they needed, and they felt honored and blessed to see the kids touched by what God was doing through them. Truly, it is a privilege to be used as an instrument to express His love and generous heart.

Currently, they continue to grow together in faith and serve God in their respective locations. They also continue to share the gospel to their colleagues who have yet to accept Christ in their lives. They know that it is God alone who enables them to generously share His Word and His overflowing love.

“You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God.” (2 Corinthians 9:11)

We can grow in faith and generosity knowing that we have a faithful God who provides for us. It is only through His grace and generosity that we are also able to bless others and give beyond our capacity. No matter where we are, He can use us to be a channel of blessing and love to others.

Women on a Mission

Laguna native Rosemarie Alferez is a woman on a mission, and she and the members of her Victory group will not take no for an answer. Last November 2016, she embarked on a series of outreaches with her Victory groupmates that resulted in the sharing of the gospel to more than 150 people.

“God touched my heart,” she says, “and gave me the burden to reach out to my community. After reading His Word in Matthew 25:35 to 40, I decided to share the gospel in different places by doing outreaches.”

After branding their project “Mission Possible,” Rosemarie and her Victory group started their plan to engage people in key locations throughout Laguna, identifying detainees in a correctional facility, indigent children, and the elderly. After careful planning and connecting to key persons in these places, Mission Possible set off on a four-day series of Engage activities.

First, on November 18, Rosemarie and the Victory group visited the Biñan correctional facility and ministered to the detainees there. After their preaching the gospel, about 50 detainees received Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior. The very next day, the women visited Barangay De La Paz Biñan to engage, preach the gospel, and lead a hundred less-fortunate children to Jesus.

On November 21, which, coincidentally, was Rosemarie’s birthday, she and the Victory group engaged and preached the gospel to the abandoned elderly and children with disabilities at the Tahanan ni Maria care facility in Calamba.

“As i continue the mission to share the Gospel this 2017,” Rosemarie says, “Mission Possible will engage more people in Biñan, and we are finalizing agreements with some key partnerships to conduct more outreach programs. Please pray with me,” she adds, “that more lives will be reached and the gospel will be preached in the city of Biñan.”

Like Rosemarie, how can you be salt and light to your community? Share your ideas with us!