Embracing God’s Plan Even in Times of Crisis

When God allows you to face a crisis, would you still trust and serve Him, even if it causes discomfort and suffering?

For Ronnie Cabuhat, enduring challenging times is better than witnessing families and youth live in hopelessness and brokenness.

“God planted in my heart the desire to reach out to those dysfunctional families that have lost hope. Those youth who are lost, who will guide them?” Ronnie shared.

Having lost his way during his youth, Ronnie’s desire to share the Gospel compelled him to persevere despite the trials he and his family encountered.

He believed that the Lord is his Shepherd, and he would lack no good thing (Psalm 23:1).

What about you? Do you believe that the Lord can take care of all your needs, even your desires?

Keep delighting in God, and trust that He will give you the desires of your heart (Proverbs 37:4).

Ronnie, who is now a pastor, can attest to that promise.

As he sought God, the Lord empowered him to start a church community where he could lead families to Jesus.

Their church grew. However, another issue emerged.

Their place of worship became unusable during rainy seasons due to flooding. Due to financial constraints, they could not afford to find another place of worship.

Enduring trial after trial can be so disheartening and frustrating, especially when you give up all that you have to obey God and His will for your life.

If that resonates with you, let this story inspire you to hold on to God’s promise.

Instead of sulking and seeking help from other people,  Ronnie and his family chose to give the little that they had to reach more people for Jesus.

While their family and the church they led faced financial struggles, they remained open-handed and gave cheerfully to God’s work through partnering with CBN Asia.

“Truth is, it is never easy to give the little that you have. But because I believed not in the principles of men, I held onto the principles of God, where when you support the very work of the Lord, the Lord will bless you,” Ronnie recalled.

Do you agree with Ronnie?

Giving in times of crisis is never easy, but it becomes joyful and comforting when you focus on the Source of everything you have.

If the challenges you face make you doubt and worry, let God’s faithfulness in the life of Ronnie motivate you to stay faithful in pursuing His plans for your life.

As he held onto God’s promise and showed generosity even in crisis, the Lord showed His faithful generosity to Ronnie.

They received a movie house as their new place of worship. Their church grew from 60 to 300 attendees—people who worship and serve God with their families.

Furthermore, Ronnie and his family experienced God’s goodness. From owning a house and car to sending their kids to school, he can attest that it is truly better to give than to receive (Acts 20:35).

The calling to bring hope and new life to the hopeless and hurting became a joy for Ronnie as he saw God’s faithfulness and power to transform.

His faith was greatly tested as he chose to follow God’s plan.

Due to his perseverance, many other families found the joy of partnering with God.

He, along with his family, encouraged their church community to actively participate in expanding God’s kingdom, not just in their community but also throughout the Philippines and the world by supporting the CBN Asia Family of Ministries.

You, too, can become a CBN Asia partner today!

As you choose to be a blessing, hold firmly on God’s Word in 2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV), My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”

Experience God’s empowering grace as you embrace His plan for your life even in times of crisis!

Are You Struggling to Find a Job?

To be independent, secure, and happy with a well-paying job – that’s all a college graduate could ask for. After years of studying, it’s time to harvest what you have sowed, to reap the fruits of your labor.

But that wasn’t the case for Aaron Tristan Balanza.

Just 6 months after his graduation, he found himself struggling to find a job. If you are too, know that there is hope for you—just like how Aaron found hope.

“Lord, are you punishing me? What do you really want to happen in my life?” In that season of unemployment, these were the only words Aaron could muster to God. His excitement about achieving the life he wanted quickly fizzled out, replaced by growing resentment towards his life and what felt like a deaf and absent God.

After applying for countless jobs and facing continuous rejections, he began to believe the lie that God wasn’t good and that his life was destined to be unproductive, jobless, and a burden to his family.

He started losing faith. And when he needed it the most, his prayer life died. His motivation in life dwindled, and exhausted, Aaron hit rock bottom.

Like Aaron, have you found yourself in a rock-bottom situation? Are you left daydreaming about the life you want and envious of other people’s successes?

You are not alone. Aaron’s story is a testament that when you’re down, the only way is up. God can help you.

While Aaron was scrolling through social media during those hard days, he found The 700 Club Asia‘s Facebook Page. He messaged the page, hoping for something good to come out of it. And that hope didn’t disappoint, because minutes later, a prayer counselor responded. That call was a Godsend, as it rekindled his faith.

“Lord, just give me a breakthrough, and I will give to you,” Aaron recounted a prayer.

What he saw as the lowest point in his life became a launchpad for the breakthrough he’s been longing for. Afterward, he got hired as a “Collection Specialist” on his birthday. At that moment, tears streamed down his face as he experienced God’s kindness.

God’s work didn’t stop there. Through Tanikala—CBN Asia’s Holy Week special—Aaron was encouraged to support the ministry and help his kababayans, a decision that paved the way for an even greater breakthrough in his life.

Amid the pandemic, he secured a part-time job as a financial advisor for an insurance company. Because of his giving, the Lord continued to bless him with more clients and an even higher salary in his newfound job—ultimately enabling him to become a greater blessing to his family.

Thanks to God, Aaron, once an insecure and unemployed college graduate, now stands as a secure and fulfilled career man. Truly, there is hope for those who feel hopeless and discouraged.

If you are struggling in life, Aaron has an encouraging message for you, “The security of my life is in Jesus. When you are faithful to God and put Him first, He will be faithful as well.”

To you who are reading this article, refuse to believe the enemy’s lie about your situation and about God. Have faith that you will be at the center of the prayer you’re uttering right now. Soon, you’ll be secure, employed, and living the abundant life that God wants for you.

“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (Matthew 6:33 NIV)

Experience God’s breakthrough by giving! You may start doing so by supporting His ministry and partnering with CBN Asia. Give through GCash or through cbnasia.org/give.

Is God Calling You?

What if God calls you to go to one of the poorest countries in the world, would you respond?

Danny and Dovie Siega faced the same question, too.

They were both graduates of the Asian Center for Missions (ACM), the missionary training arm of CBN Asia. In response to a divine call echoing in their hearts, they went on a transformative journey as missionaries in Uganda in 2005.

Despite its abundant resources, Uganda is among world’s most underprivileged countries. Along with the extreme poverty, a significant portion of Ugandan students struggle to attain even basic levels of literacy and numeracy.

The heart of the missionary couple resonated with Uganda’s pressing needs. Having determination and hearts full of kindness, they didn’t let challenges or cultural differences discourage them from helping the Ugandan community.

Their journey began with reaching out to children, establishing a school for the little ones of Uganda to care for them and share messages of hope.

It didn’t stop there. The children’s parents were also able to hear about Jesus. As the seed of faith grew, the couple planted a children’s church that also thrived.

Trusting in God’s guidance, Danny and Dovie continued to spread love and hope to Ugandan children. Their school that started with just 8 students grew into a thriving school teaching thousands. The joy of seeing so many children get the chance to learn and succeed was a reward beyond measure for the couple.

“If you want to change the nation, you need to invest in education,” Danny shared.

Do you share the same heart with Danny and Dovie?

Do you feel that God is calling you to bless the nations?

When Danny and Dovie heard God’s call, they responded in faith. They extended their reach to Sudan, a neighboring country facing similar struggles—poverty and education. Danny used his knowledge of aquaculture to introduce fish farming, while Dovie poured her heart into an orphanage, sharing hope with vulnerable children.

They also stepped in as compassionate trauma counselors, spreading comfort and God’s peace to communities caught up in the armed conflicts in Sudan.

To Danny and Dovie, the Asian Center for Missions has been a key support throughout their missionary journey.

“I thank God for ACM for investing in our lives. We were able to see our purpose,” Danny shared.

Dovie’s voice echoed with sincerity, “To all the staff of ACM, whether you’re here or in the mission field—may the Lord bless you. Glory to God!”

Is God calling you?

May this story inspire you to answer in faith. Danny and Dovie’s missionary journey proves that as you heed God’s call, He will always be with you—as He promised in Joshua 1:9 (NIV):

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Do you also have a heart for the nations?

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If you have any prayer concerns, you may connect with the CBN Asia Prayer Center. Our prayer counselors are available to listen and pray for you.

Will You Still Trust God After a Series of Losses?

What would you do if you lost important people in your life?

Joebert and Vangie Maningo have experienced this firsthand.

After getting married, Joebert and Vangie desired to conceive immediately. God answered their prayer and blessed them with a beautiful daughter, Yesha Samuelle.

However, after 2 weeks, Yesha got sick and was diagnosed with Sepsis, a condition where the body responds improperly to an infection. Thankfully, God healed Yesha, and she grew up healthy.

After 2 years, God blessed the couple with another child and named her Zia Gabrielle. Like Yesha, Zia was diagnosed with Sepsis, but her condition worsened.

Vangie knew it was hopeless, but Joebert continued hoping his daughter would make it. Sadly, Zia did not. When Vangie entered the hospital room, she was heartbroken to see her baby’s heart monitor flat-lined slowly.

“We were devastated,” Joebert lamented.

Not long after Zia’s passing, Joebert’s father died, followed by Vangie’s mom. Their hearts were completely broken, and on top of it were debts they did not know how to pay.

A sliver of hope seeped through their darkest nights when they received the good news that Vangie is pregnant again. Their joy was cut short 3 months later when the baby lost heartbeat—on the day of Joebert’s birthday.

Have you been in this kind of seemingly hopeless situation before?

How did you recover?

For Joebert and Vangie, it was through God’s help.

While the couple was devastated after all the loss, their firstborn Yesha fervently prayed to God to give her a sibling.

The child’s faith moved her parents’ hearts to hope again. Not long after, they gave birth to a baby girl, Keziah Hadassah.

Joebert requested tests and found out Keziah has Sepsis along with other complications. But what broke their hearts more was that Keziah had a big hole in her heart.

Desperate to find hope again, Joebert watched The 700 Club Asia’s miracle stories and stumbled upon King Hezekiah’s story in the Bible, where God healed him from his sickness.

“If God can do it for them, He can do it for us,” Joebert declared with faith.

God did not fail them.

Keziah survived her open-heart surgery. Today, Keziah is a healthy baby girl, and the Maningo family will always look back on how God moved miraculously in their lives.

True enough, nothing is impossible with God!

If you are going through a season of loss, let God be your source of hope. Remember, He has your best interest in mind, and nothing is too hard for Him!

So, take heart! Surrender your worries to the Lord and believe that if He did miracles for Joebert’s family, He could do it for you, too.

“I am the Lord, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?” (Jeremiah 32:27 NIV)

You can be a vessel of God’s hope by partnering with us. Go to cbnasia.org/give and be God’s way of showing His love and care for our kababayans!

Does God Really Answer Our Prayers?

What would you do if your hard-earned money were gone in an instant?

Would you still believe that God answers prayers?

Jowena Tan pondered the same questions. If you are going through the same thing, witness how God moved in her family during the toughest moment in life.

Jowena served as a nurse for 20 years in Saudi. After saving enough money for her family, she decided to go home to the Philippines and start a trucking business in General Santos City.

Just as they were starting their trucking business, Jowena faced problems.

The client failed to pay them for months, and she was unable to contact them. Doubts clouded her mind. What will happen to her family? What will happen to her employees?

“Imagine, that happened in December, so we needed to pay for the 13th month of our employees. We had little money left. My husband has reached the point where he was very depressed,” Rowena lamented.

In these difficult times, Jowena held on to the power of God’s Word.

“I did not lose hope. I am blessed. I said, ‘Those birds, they are flying. They are chirping, they are really happy. How much more for us whom God created higher than them?

God touched Jowena’s heart to give to CBN Asia. She decided to commit and surrender everything to the Lord. He trusted God and believed that He will answer their prayers.

She held on to God’s promise in 2 Corinthians 12:9, “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”

AS Jowena and her husband decided to trust God, they experienced great blessings. A client called and paid Jowena! She was greatly blessed because she knows this was God’s answer to their cries and prayers.

Jowena and her family received blessing after blessing. Their client now pays them regularly and by God’s grace, Jowena was also able to work again as a nurse in General Santos.

For Jowena, they can now face any challenges because she knows that God is their help and strength in times of hardship. She knows that the Holy Spirit is within them and their faith as a family became stronger.

If you are facing any problem now, remember that our good God listens and answers our prayers!

Join us and become a part of sharing God’s Word and God’s power to answer prayers. Partner with us today! Visit cbnasia.org/give.

Do You Trust God Even When Money Is Tight?

It’s not too hard to give when you are financially secure.

What if you don’t have enough money, will you still bless the Lord through your finances?

Hanelyn Cua and her husband went through that experience.

Providing for their family’s everyday needs became a challenge for them, but their struggles didn’t stop them from giving back to God. Even when they only had Php 50 left, they still gave it joyfully to Him.

How does God honor this kind of faith? Find out from their story!

Hanelyn’s husband lost his job. With no source of income for months, she was always filled with worries for their family.

Their financial struggles did not stop Hanelyn from giving to the Lord’s work. As an active donor of The 700 Club Asia, she encouraged her husband to also give to the ministry.

“He went to a convenient store, and he gave Php 50,” she recalled. That moment, Hanelyn realized that her husband’s faith is bigger than their circumstances.

What happened next surprised them—Hanelyn’s husband got a job offer. However, it only lasted for 3 months.

“I’m always encouraging my husband that God has something better for him,” she shared.

Despite their financial problem, they did not lose hope. His husband promised that even if he doesn’t have enough, he will still choose to honor God through his finances.

“He said that even if we lack money, we will give back Php 500 to God whenever we receive our income,” she said.

Are you inspired by their faith? Do you also want to give back to God amid your financial lack?

God honored their obedience. Finally, Hanelyn’s husband got a job offer again, but this time, as a warehouse manager of a company. Hanelyn also had the opportunity to start her own online business.

Their trials and challenges did not weaken their faith. Rather, it made them stronger and wiser!

“Thank You, Lord, for not abandoning our family,” Hanelyn was in tears when she shared how thankful she is to God.

God wants you to have faith that always chooses to trust Him regardless of what you have.

Remember, He is the God of abundance! He can bless your faith more than you expected.

Like Hanelyn and her husband, do you also choose to trust God with your finances? You may start doing so by supporting His ministry and partnering with CBN Asia! Give through GCash or through cbnasia.org/give.

How Do You Respond When Unexpected Blessings Come?

A wedding is like a magical story where two people who love each other get together. However, after all the happiness of the wedding, comes the reality that every couple must face—living together.

For many couples, this is something they’re excited about. Just like Edna and Noel Gonzales.

“It is an advantage to have a partner who serves with you in the ministry,” Noel said.

After getting married, they encountered financial issues. Noel, a Pastor, and Edna, now serving in church, moved to Sta. Rosa, Laguna. With no familiar faces or family around, they used their wedding funds to find a home, embracing a leap of faith.

As time passed by, the money ran out. Left with no other options, they made a home within the very walls of the church they served.

“We were in a little room in the church. It was crowded and really hot, but my husband and I didn’t complain. We understood that this is part of the sacrifice we had to make,” Edna recalled.

Are you also experiencing this? Hold on because God is at work!

Edna and Noel’s dedication to their congregation never wavered. Despite their own limitations, they hosted Bible studies and cared for their fellow church members. They shared the importance of tithing and giving to the Lord, leading by example.

Specifically, Edna’s giving heart reached beyond their local community, supporting organizations like CBN Asia, particularly its humanitarian ministry, Operation Blessing.

“I view CBN Asia as fertile ground. By contributing, I believe I’m making a difference for those in need,” she explained.

Edna’s giving bore abundant fruits!

An unexpected blessing emerged in the form of a generous church member who gifted them with a television, which they were praying for months. And in her 50th, she received a house and a car, which they used for their ministry! The couple’s steadfast dedication to serving the Lord did not go unnoticed.

“My husband doesn’t have to rush home from his appointments because we have a car to use,” she shared.

Edna’s journey shows us that giving isn’t limited by circumstances. Despite financial struggles, her heart stayed open, sowing kindness and generosity.

Her story is a reminder that God’s blessings flow abundantly when we faithfully manage what we’ve been given. When we prove ourselves to be good stewards, more blessings are entrusted to us.

As God said in His Word in 2 Corinthians 9:6, “Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop.”

Edna and Noel inspire us to stay firm in faith and bless others even in lack.

If you’re facing financial hardship, keep the faith!

The God who aided Edna is with you too.

You can also be generous like Edna! Partner with us today! If you need prayers, our 24/7 Prayer Center is here, ready to pray with you.

Is Your Family Falling Apart?

Let the story of Anthony Galura bring you hope for restoration.

Distance, money, and lack of communication were the reasons why Anthony’s marriage began to fall apart.

He was a member of an underground movement, and during that time, he was so motivated by his passion. However, his dedication came at a price.

As he spent more time away from his family, all the burden fell on the shoulders of his wife, Ivy. Even when Anthony decided to come home, his wife and son were already distant.

Worse, Ivy met someone new. She chose to have an affair than being with an absentee husband. The separation was painful for Anthony, but his wife’s decision was beyond his control.

How did their son feel during all of this?

One day, Anthony saw his son alone and crying. Seeing his son’s pain, he started to break down and cry, too.

“I can’t do this anymore. All the books I’ve read felt useless because at that moment, I was broken and my marriage was falling apart,” he said to himself.

Anthony remembered his friend’s advice to call the CBN Asia Prayer Center.

The prayer counselors assured Anthony that Jesus knows his pain and that only God can restore his family. He cried and accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior.

He had no idea that on the other side of the struggle, Ivy also came to know Christ and was already going through the process of transformation.

Not long after, he received a text from his wife saying that they needed to talk.

“When you realize how big your sin is, you will want to ask for forgiveness. He’s my husband and what I did was really wrong,” Ivy said.

They both apologized to each other and felt a huge sense of relief.

It was not an easy process of healing but in time, they have forgiven each other completely. As a wonderful result, Anthony and Ivy got married again.

Anthony claimed that he can’t imagine what his life would have become if no one prayed for him and if The 700 Club Asia did not encourage him to accept Jesus Christ.

No matter how unsolvable your family problems seem, take heart. There is hope.

God has a purpose for what you’re going through right now. Surrender your worries to Jesus and trust that you can always rely on His promise of healing and restoration.

“The LORD has made everything for its purpose, even the wicked for the day of trouble.” (Proverbs 16:4 ESV)

If you need someone to share your problems with, we are here for you. Send us a message on CBN Asia Facebook Messenger.

And if God is touching you to support His ministry, you are welcome to partner with us. Visit cbnasia.org/give.

A New Sense of Sight That Lights Up a Child’s Life

Out of the 5 senses, sight is one of the most important. Losing one’s eyesight would have the greatest impact on everyday life.

Always at risk of falling. Limited access to enjoyable activities. Receiving judgment for being different.

It’s a life filled with limitations, with darkness as the only thing that surrounds you.

If you can’t imagine yourself living that way, then how much more a little kid?

This is a story of a 3-year-old girl who almost lost her eyesight, if not for God’s intervention.

At an early age, Catriona didn’t know what it was like to have a clear vision.

She was born with various eye abnormalities, notably bilateral cataracts, and pathological myopia.

All her life, whenever she turned to the left or right, she always saw a double, if not blurry vision. While her neighborhood friends could freely run around to their heart’s content, Catriona always needed to be extra careful, for fear of falling and getting injured.

It was as if she had been robbed of her childhood, and this broke her mother’s heart, Clarissa.

“I was depressed, and I couldn’t sleep for almost a week,” Clarissa recalled.

Clarissa was an at-home parent, and their family is supported by a single source of income. Catriona’s father makes Php 400 a day. Just enough to cover their basic needs.

They needed Php 250,000 for Catriona’s surgery, and they don’t have that kind of money. It was heartbreaking.

What’s even more heartbreaking was that her vision may decline over time, potentially leading to blindness if left untreated.

How would you feel if someone you love will spend their life not seeing you, and only being engulfed by total darkness?

Just thinking about it makes you want to do something.

And that is what God wants, too. He wants to give sight to the blind, make the lame walk, and heal the sick.

So, God used Operation Blessing, CBN Asia’s humanitarian arm, to light up Catriona’s life so she could see the bright future God has prepared for her!

Operation Blessing provided Catriona with life-changing eye surgery. This intervention was especially impactful considering the financial struggles they faced.

Catriona received surgery without any cost to her family. And thanks to the Lord, for He used Operation Blessing and its faithful partners as His vessel—Catriona’s surgery went well.

“Operation Blessing is God’s answer to our prayers,” Clarissa said.

Now, Catriona’s world lit up. With a new sense of sight, a bright future is waiting straight ahead of her.

Do you also want to light up someone else’s life? Partner with us today! Go to cbnasia.org/give.

God Can Turn Your Coins into Miracles

Have you ever asked this question: What can simple coins get me?

Vicky Leal wondered about the same thing, and was surprised as God showed how her simple coins could lead to great joy and miracles.

Vicky lives a simple life as a seller of gallons of water. From her humble income, she would set aside coins and save them in hopes of putting them to good use.

Little did she know, God will show His faithfulness with the little that He entrusted Vicky.

One day, Vicky came across an episode of The 700 Club Asia, featuring families who received help from the ministry’s humanitarian arm, Operation Blessing. It moved her heart to support CBN Asia with the coins she has saved up.

“I am so happy because I get to help people like the ones I watched on the show. They really need help. We may not provide everything they need, but at least we get to ease their burden,” Vicky shared.

Do you ever feel like what you have is not enough?

Have you doubted blessing others, and felt that it’s not worth it?

Vicky thought about those things, too. But God proved His faithfulness to her and showed that giving is worth it. Her obedience pleases God.

Not long after, an answered prayer came to Vicky’s life. She received a ticket to go to her province and spend time with her family—all expenses paid.

Vicky lives a simple life. She doesn’t have the most glamorous one, but she has a joyful heart through her generous giving. Through the little that she had, she was able to bless and improve the lives of others.

“Life is good and enjoyable when Christ is at the center. God’s love for me and my love for others—these are the things I’m proud of and thankful for,” she said.

Through Vicky’s partnership with CBN Asia, many families received the help they need and heard about God’s saving love.

You, too, can be a blessing like Vicky.

Truly, it’s not about the amount, but the heart of the giver—the willingness to give. Remember, the little you give may be the answer to someone else’s prayer.

So, with a cheerful heart that gives, pray and believe that God can turn your coins into miracles.

“Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.” (2 Corinthians 9:7-8 NIV)

Join us in reaching our kababayans in need and sharing God’s love and hope! If you desire to make a difference and be part of this incredible mission, partner with us today, go to cbnasia.org/give.