I sell light snacks as well as candies. I also sell eggs, spaghetti
and lumpia (spring rolls). Every Sunday afternoon,
I sell lunch meals. I prefer to always smile.
I love selling with a smile. Aside from earning a living,
it also makes me happy as I sell. This is hard for me to admit. It’s embarrassing that at one point in my life, I thought of committing suicide. I worked as a security guard for 17 years. When I already have three children,
I resigned from work in 2008. My children were sickly back then;
that is why I decided to resign. My first child had rheumatic heart disease. My second child had asthma. I wanted to take care of them personally. When I resigned, I had quite a few savings which I used to open up a small store. I was running our store while taking care of my children. My husband was not making
enough to support us. We needed to save up for the future of our children. In 2011, my store started to earn less. We ended up spending what should’ve been our store’s budget. We had many customers who owed the store big amounts of money who didn’t pay. Most people accumulate debts
for purchasing liquors and cigarettes. Our store was bankrupt in 2012. This is difficult to admit. It’s embarrassing that at one point in my life,
I thought of committing suicide. At the time, I felt so down. I was constantly worrying that I couldn’t sleep.
I didn’t know if I could still recover from my loss. My children were about to enter college.
I had nothing to support their education. To escape all my problems,
I decided to commit suicide. I planned exactly how I would do it. I went to the San Mateo bridge. I looked for a spot where I’d jump—
where no one would find my remains. I also planned when to do it:
while my family is asleep, I’d wake up before sunrise. I snapped out of it and asked myself,
“Why should I take my own life?” I decided to work as a maid. I walked around subdivisions. I looked for people
who were hiring either a washerwoman or a maid. My employer was a born-again Christian. I worked as a maid for three months. I still felt that my salary wasn’t enough;
I was getting one thousand pesos per week (20 USD). That was still not enough
to support my family. On my way home one Saturday from my employer, I ran into Minda on the street. While we were talking,
I started crying. I said, “Life is so hard!
I feel like giving up.” She said, “Come with me some time.” The next day, I didn’t go to work.
I went with Minda instead. I started working at her store as a helper. When I heard the way
Church Of Christ members spoke to each other, I started comparing myself to them.
I was so bad, even in the way I spoke. I would often swear. I just spoke without thinking about what
I was saying or if I would hurt others’ feelings. I noticed that Church Of Christ
members are respectful and their appearance was neat
whenever they left the place of worship. That’s when I started to gain interest. I worked with Sister Minda for eight days. She said, “Get dressed at 4:00 P.M.” She brought me to the Church Of Christ chapel. The one that preached during the study
on Bible instruction was Brother Joseph Elazequi. The lesson was about renewing one’s life. I started examining myself. It felt different.
The teachings were all clear to me. It’s nice to listen to the teachings so I continued. The one thing that stood out to me was about those
who will be saved on the Day of Judgement. I would be happy whenever I would go
to the chapel and listen to the biblical doctrines. After one week of listening, I said to
my husband, “Try going with me. It’s nice there.” He went and he started listening. He said,
“You’re right. We went to the right place.” We kept going. We didn’t miss even a single worship service. When my husband and I were
candidates for baptism, our own next-door neighbors persecuted us. My friends gossiped about us. They distanced themselves
and even talked bad about the Church Of Christ. But I stood my ground. My husband and I were baptized into
the Church on February 28, 2015. It didn’t sit well with me that
I would be saved but my children wouldn’t. So, I invited them to join the Church Of Christ as well. I would ask them to help me at the store,
and they would talk with ministerial workers. They said they’d try to listen, then they
eventually signed up for Bible study on doctrine. I can’t explain it, it’s another kind of happiness.
I’m thankful to God because we are all baptized into the Church Of Christ. Sister Minda, who invited me to the Church Of Christ,
handed over the store to me in 2014. Until now, I still sell things there. We get by from the pay my husband
makes and from the store’s income. It’s sufficient for our daily needs
and to pay for various bills. We became Church officers last May of 2019. I’m now a deaconess and
my husband is a deacon. My eldest is a Local Congregation secretary and
my second child is a Light Of Salvation secretary. My youngest is a
Children’s Worship Service choir member. Our life now is very happy. When I wasn’t a member of the Church Of Christ,
my focus was solely on material things. Majority of my goals involved
becoming rich in this world. Now that our family are members of the Church Of Christ,
what we want now is to be saved on the Day of Judgment. It feels great.
Our life now is happy. Aside from my kids being able to go to school,
it feels great that they are Church Officers as well. Even if they are still studying,
we are all able perform our Church duties. I always tell my kids whatever happens in life,
we must always fulfill our Church Duties. We are very glad to have received such
a great blessing here in Batasan Hills 1, We are very glad to have received such
a great blessing here in Batasan Hills 1, We thank God for answering the prayers of all
the Church Officers in this Local Congregation. Brother Eduardo V. Manalo, we thank you so much
for officiating our worship service here in Batasan Hills 1. We also thank you for all
of your sacrifices and love for us. We will continue to hold on to our election
as Church Of Christ members. And we will continue
to serve our Lord God.