Arlene Valera does.
She believes that God will always take care of their needs even when she lost her source of income during the pandemic.
Have you also lost your job during the pandemic? Let her story inspire you that God can and will provide for you and your loved ones.
The new year sounded like a fresh beginning for Arlene. All her plans were set, and she was determined to go back to work as a cruise ship waitress. It was not easy to be a single parent, but that job became her bread and butter, and helped her support the growing needs of her son.
However, the unexpected happened. The COVID-19 pandemic toppled all the plans she built.
“At first, I was terrified. My son was about to enroll in school. If only I knew that there will be a pandemic, I would have returned to work early in January,” Arlene recalled.
All she could do was wait – wait for the pandemic to end so she can return to her job, wait for an opportunity to earn because they have exhausted all her hard-earned savings, and wait for God’s provision.
The waiting lasted for weeks, months, and now, for a year.
Are you waiting for God’s provision, too?
If you are, then hold fast to your hope.
That is what Arlene did. She faced her financial struggles with prayers and watched The 700 Club Asia as her source of encouragement. Meanwhile, the CBN Asia Prayer Center became her prayer companion.
“The 700 Club Asia inspired me to read my Bible. The stories also inspired me to give a small amount to help those in need,” she narrated.
Arlene did not wait in vain. Backing up her prayers with perseverance, she taught herself how to bake and ventured into a small business which she called Awlyn Sweets Delights and Delicacies.
Despite the small income, the single mother was grateful that God sustains them every day. She also sets aside a part of her earnings so she can donate to CBN Asia’s humanitarian arm.
“I save up so I can give 500 pesos every month to Operation Blessing,” Arlene shared. “Through God’s grace, each time I give, my customers will message me to order cakes. Praise God!”
God’s provision did not waver. Arlene was in awe when she won a mall raffle worth Php 20,000, allowing her to pay her son’s tuition fees in full.
She exclaimed, “It was my first time to win in any raffle. The 500 pesos I gave turned into 20,000! I am so happy despite all the challenges. I am thankful because God did not forsake me.”
God will provide.
You may have heard and said that phrase a million times, but the question is: do you really trust that God will provide for your family?
God promised that He is your shepherd – the kind of shepherd that feeds, leads, and meets all your needs. So when God said that He is your shepherd, you can rest assured that He will always be.
When God said that He will provide for your family, you can trust that He will truly provide for all your needs.
“The LORD is my shepherd; I have all that I need.” (Psalm 23:1 NLT)
Are you anxious about providing for your family during this pandemic?