From Pride to Freedom, From Being Gay to Being a Man of God

Rocking the stage of gay beauty pageants in gowns and five-inch heels. Winning Miss Gay Asia. Enjoying lavish parties as an entertainer in Japan.

This was the lifestyle of Rhory Mearns. And he absolutely loved it—until the day he suddenly didn’t.

Rhory was living what many today would consider “the dream life.”

He was rich, beautiful, famous, and is considered as one of the most successful gay beauty queens in the 90’s after he was crowned Miss Gay Avon Davao and Miss Gay Asia.

The Filipino-Australian began the lifestyle early, after experiencing same-sex attraction around 12.

“When I was a child, my preference was to play with girls. I was shocked that I started to like the same sex. That time I was already struggling with identity crisis,” Rhory recalled.

Like Rhory, are you also questioning your sense of self or place in the world?

As for Rhory, he embraced his homosexual feelings since then and entered the world of beauty pageants. With a crown on his head and a title under his name, Rhory admitted that he became too boastful and arrogant.

Pride started to ruin him and his relationships with people, he recounted, “You were not allowed to talk to me if I didn’t like you. If you were not a beauty queen, you were not allowed to raise your eyebrows at me. As I won contests, my pride ruined me. I became too boastful.”

When Rhory moved to Japan to work as an entertainer, he began falling deeper into worldly acts. Rhory entered multiple same-sex relationships which left him feeling empty and used.

“I thought having multiple relationships would make me beautiful and famous. But, in reality, my life was messed up,” he shared.

Fame. Money. Beauty. Relationships.

Rhory had all these things, yet it still wasn’t enough. Behind the glitz and glamor of his chosen lifestyle, his actions have left a trail of misery in its wake.

He felt stuck in his ways and thought nothing would change—until he flew back to Philippines.

Little did he know, attending a funeral service would be the start of his brand-new life.

“The pastor preached, ‘Who wants to go to heaven?’ Everybody raised their hands, but I did not raise mine because my hair was too long, and my lips were too plump with lipstick. That was pride. But I said in my heart, ‘I want to go to heaven,’” Rhory narrated.

The preacher asked again, and this time, Rhory faced the most important decision he had to make. The question resonated in his heart, “Who wants to receive Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior?”

Everyone raised their hands again except Rhory, who discreetly responded, “I know you are God. I won’t raise my hand, but I accept you as my Lord and Savior.”

Back to his hotel room, Rhory sat at the edge of his bed—pondering on his life and the decision he just made. He gazed upon the Bible on the nightstand and held it close to his heart. He wasn’t prepared for the flashbacks that followed.

“I remembered everything I’ve done. I prayed, ‘Lord, I am so sorry. I don’t know where to start or what should I do. I don’t know how to read Your Word. But I accepted you a while ago. Is it true that I am saved?’

He received God’s message when He opened the Bible, in 2 Corinthians 5:17 KJV, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”

The Word of God struck Rhory, like an arrow through his heart. With tears streaming down his face, he prayed and repented for every sin he has done.

Rhory cut his hair, changed the way he dressed, and threw away everything that reminded him of his old life—even the pride that ruled his heart. Despite the criticisms, he stood his ground.

God turned his situation upside down and brought him the kind of freedom that he never knew was possible.

Seeking God’s truth, Rhory enrolled to a Bible school where his faith blossomed fruitfully, and eventually became a pastor—a man of God who reached out to the members of the LGBT community.

“I surrendered my life, and it was all by the grace of God. I am just a manifestation of His grace. I wasn’t saved because of my deeds or works—I was saved because of what God has done,” Rhory testified.

Are you struggling with pride?

Are you questioning who you are and your purpose in life?

There are days when the world will try to lead you to a path toward the identity you built on your own. Your own pride. Your own strength.

It’s so tempting to build yourself on what the world says or what you accomplish. But, ultimately, your true identity is based on what God has done for you. In Christ, you are loved.

You are chosen, and you are forgiven. You are a child of God.

As you embrace His truth and persevere to obey, you can discover freedom and transformation. Doubts, confusion, or pride will fade. His truth will remain.

“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know Him.” (1 John 3:1 NIV)

You don’t have to face your struggles alone. Our trained prayer counselors at the CBN Asia Prayer Center would love to encourage you and uplift you through prayers. Call 8-737-0-700 or send your prayer requests to our Facebook page.

3 Practical Health and Wellness Tips for Men

June is Men’s Health Month!

Do you want to take good care of your loved ones? Staying healthy is the key! A healthier mind, body, and spirit enable you to care for your family and spend more time with them.

Check out these 3 practical health and wellness tips that will benefit you and your family:

Tip #1: Take care of your physical health

You might be working so hard that you’re not aware of the consequences of unhealthy lifestyle and bad eating habits. It is never too late to adopt a healthy lifestyle! Remember that a healthy body will help you live a productive life.

How do you take care of your physical health?

In his interview with Beyond Small Talk, coach and motivational speaker LA Mumar said that eating right, drinking lots of water, and getting enough sleep are so basic, but they can make a positive difference to your health.

For Coach LA, observing a healthy lifestyle is really important. Being healthy and staying fit allow him to take good care of his loved ones.

He encourages men to exercise and advises fathers to engage their children while working out. For instance, he plays basketball and swims with his two boys. It’s like hitting two birds with one stone–he gets to exercise and bond with his kids at the same time.

This is a great idea for a busy person who juggles family, work, and other responsibilities. Try exercising or playing different kinds of sports with your family members. It will not only keep you in shape, but it’ll also let you enjoy the bonding experience with your loved ones.

Tip #2: Nurture your mental health

Many people are still affected by health issues, financial problems, and other challenges brought by the pandemic. If anything is weighing you down, it’s time to look after your mental health.

Inspirational speaker Carl Pascua shared tips to overcome anxiety, and suggested that reconnecting with your loved ones, spending time praying and reading the Bible, and looking for something that can give you fulfillment are all vital for a healthy mental health.

Tip #3: Nourish your spiritual health

Just as you eat, exercise, and keep your physical body healthy, you need to recharge from the ultimate source of strength—God. Carve out time to pray and rest in the presence of your Heavenly Father.

The 700 Club Asia host Erick Totanes shared the benefits of cultivating a prayer life, “A man connected to God through prayer, discerns well, hears well, understands well, and leads their lives well and the family that they have.”

Follow these health and wellness tips to stay healthy not only for yourself, but for your loved ones as well!

Do you need prayers for your health?

Call the CBN Asia Prayer Center at 8-737-0700 and we would love to pray for you. If you want to see more inspiring content, check out our Facebook page.

father's day - prayer for fathers

Dear Dad, Here’s Something We Want to Tell You

You are loved. You are appreciated.

You have always shown your love in the best way you couldYou may not be perfect, but you are a work-in-progress. This Father’s Daywe want to honor and pray for you.

father's day - prayer for fathers

To the father who works hard for his family, 

You turn the day into night and the night into day – all to provide the needs of your familyWe may never know how much you sacrifice for the sake of your loved ones, but we know that your heart is selfless and pure.

You are seen. You are heard. You are appreciated by your children.

At times when you feel tired and you think your works are in vain, look up to God who will restore your strength and continue to protect and bless your hard work.

“For we are glad when we are weak and you are strong. Your restoration is what we pray for.” (2 Corinthians 13:9, ESV)

To the father who is having a hard time providing for his family, 

God knows your worries. He knows how much you try to be the best father you could ever be. He knows how much you sweat it out just to provide a good life for your family.

In all that you do, know that you are never alone. You don’t have to carry all the burden. Your Father in Heaven is waiting for you to put your hopes in Him. Trust Him. He is your Faithful Helper and Great Provider.

And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19, NASB)

To the father who is away from his family, 

We know you cannot wait to see your children. You are longing to finally be with them, hold them in your arms, and take care of them. Time and circumstances may not allow it now, but do not worry.

God sees your heart and he knows how much you want to reconnect with your family. Come to Him and never get tired of praying for restorationTake heart and keep the faith. He is in control.

“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” (Romans 8:28, NLT)

To the fatherless father, 

All your life, you longed for that ‘father figure’ who could teach you how to be a good man and a good father. Now that you have entered the world of fatherhood, it feels like throwing darts in the dark – without guidance and direction. It must have been very difficult, but we are in awe because you still took the courage to carry the responsibility of being a dad.

You may not have an earthly father to guide you, but know that your Heavenly Father has been and will always be with you. He is your perfect parentBHis grace, you can be the best father you can be, as He guides you and makes your paths straight.

For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. (Romans 8:14, NIV)

To the single father, 

Raising a child on your own is an extraordinary responsibilityYou play both roles of being a mother and a father singlehandedly. You are the epitome of compassion, love, courage, and strength.

Thank you for your unconditional and selfless love. Be encouraged, for the Lord is with you every step of the way.

“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need and thank him for all he has done.” (Philippians 4:6 NLT)

To the father who lost his child, 

Losing your precious child is an overwhelming anguish no one prepared you for.

When words are not enough to comfort your aching wounds, God still hears your wordless groans. He sees your pain, and He wants to heal and comfort you. Let your Heavenly Father’s comforting arms embrace you.

The LORD is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.” (Psalm 34:18, NLT)

To the spiritual father, 

You pour your heart out to raise young men that loves God, and we appreciate you for that. Whether you’re a mentor, a pastor, or discipler, God sees your passion to walk the extra mile as a spiritual father for those who doesn’t have one.

Thank you, for stepping in and leading theinto greatness and godliness. May God abundantly bless your efforts as you lead the next generation of leaders, of men who proclaim the saving love of Jesus Christ!

“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’” (Matthew 25:2, NIV)

To our Heavenly Father, 

Thank You, for the unconditional love that You have showered upon us. Thank You, for sending Your Son, Jesus Christ, to save us. Words will never be enough for us to express our adoration and gratitude for all that You have done and will continue to do in our lives.

Thank You for taking care of us and providing for us. Thank You for protecting us and for guiding us along the right path. Thank You, Abba.

So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.” (Romans 8:15, NLT)

father's day - message for fathers

To all the Daddy, Papa, TatayPops, Happy Father’s Day! Allow us to honor you today through prayers and encouraging words. Feel free to call us at 8-737-0-700, or send us a message through our CBN Asia Facebook Page. We are here for you!

Stressed at Work? Here are 3 Tips to Overcome

Does work stress you out?

For many, the workplace can be a source of stress. While small amount of manageable stress can help motivate you and keep you focused, too much of it can lead to burnout.

Thankfully, there are some things you can do to help yourself break free from stress. Here are 3 tips to overcome your work-related stress:

1. Revisit your purpose and priorities

Why do you work?

There is a greater purpose why you are working and that is found in Colossians 3:23 NIV, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human master.”

You give your best at work not because you want to please men, but because you want to serve God above all. To manage stress, list down your purpose and priorities then ask God to help you focus on what truly matters to Him.

2. Improve your work-life balance

You can love your job but still get stressed if you don’t practice a healthy work-life balance.

Do not let work steal your time with God and with your loved ones. Schedule a time for rest and relaxation without feeling guilty. Go to your quiet place. Take days off and allow yourself to breathe, recharge, and rest in the presence of God.

See how it can bring refreshment to your soul and strength as you face tomorrow. Find comfort in God’s Word in Philippians 4:6 NIV, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”

3. Seek help

If you’re one breath away from burnout, here’s something to comfort you: You don’t have to go through everything alone.

God wants you to seek help from others and trust that they can really support you. Jesus showed this trait when He called His 12 disciples and gave them power over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease (Matthew 10:1 NKJV).

He could’ve done all the miracles but chose not to. Instead, He empowered His disciples to work miracles. In the same way, trust that God can help you through your workmates and loved ones! Reach out to someone and ask for help when you need it.

Above all, pray. Seek help from your Heavenly Father and trust that He will help you overcome (Isaiah 41:10).

Are you stressed at work?

This Professional Wellness Month, allow us to encourage you through prayers. Call the CBN Asia Prayer Center at 8-737-0-700 or send your prayer requests to [email protected]

Do You Trust God with Your Finances?

It’s easy to trust God when things are going well. But what do you do when you’re financially broke?

Breadwinner Mary Jane Estiller learned what it means to trust God when she struggled with her finances.

Like you, Mary Jane wondered how she can support her family with her meager income. No matter how hard she worked in the salon, the pay was never enough to cover for their family’s expenses. She worried even more when her father got sick.

“It was a very difficult time. I only had a small income, but my responsibility was huge,” Mary Jane recalled.

There were several times when she was left with no more money in her pockets and the only thing that she had was her faith in God.

Can you relate to Mary Jane’s situation?

Have you also experienced running out of cash, yet you still hope in God?

Like Mary Jane, your season of lack is a time where God’s provision is magnified. As she put her trust in God, resources began to pour in.

“I received financial support from my sister and brother-in-law from abroad. I also received tips from my clients at work,” she shared.

Her faith strengthened even more when one of her family members—who is a beneficiary of Operation Blessing—encouraged her to give to CBN Asia.

Apart from this motivation, God’s Word also inspired Mary Jane to support the ministry, “The Bible verse that spoke to my heart was Luke 6:38: ‘Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.’”

It comforted her weary heart that she can always put her trust in God who has the power to supply everything that is lacking in her life.

Mary Jane trusted God with her finances, and true enough, He answered her prayers.

Her father came to know Jesus as his Lord and Savior and got healed from his sickness. Even though her father passed away after some time, Mary Jane was thankful that he had a personal relationship with God.

God’s provision did not stop there. Mary Jane got a new work assignment and would always receive additional incentives after reaching their monthly quota. She was also offered a higher pay which helped her get back on her feet!

Moreover, she received another provision; her sister supported her financially when she opened a small eatery—a blessing she never dreamed of, but she received because of God’s faithfulness.

“God fulfilled his promise that He will bless us,” Mary Jane said, who now juggles managing their Tapsilogan business and working as a freelance financial advisor.

Life is full of ups and downs but as Mary Jane continues to put her trust in God, God continues to take care of her and her household.

Do you still have a hard time trusting God with your finances?

Take heart and allow God to provide in ways you never even dreamed of. If you are ready to surrender to God, Mary Jane has an encouragement for you.

“If you don’t trust God in handling your finances, you tend to find a solution on your own like getting a loan without thinking it over. But when you fully trust God with your financial problems, you will kneel before Him in prayer and ask Him to provide for your needs,” Mary Jane ended.

Are you facing financial problems?

You can receive God’s peace today. Call the CBN Asia Prayer Center at 8-737-0-700 and our trained prayer counselors will reach out to you.

Do You Want to Experience the Miracle of Giving?

“I will try to give when I have extra.”
“Whenever I give, I just lose something.”
“Only those who have plenty can afford to give.”
“There’s no benefit in giving, it is just a waste of resources.”

Have you had thoughts like these when you were asked to give or share your blessings?

It is human instinct to survive and thrive. Being limited in abilities and resources, it is innate for people to focus on their own needs.

In short, people are born takers. It is the reason why there is a struggle whenever there is an opportunity to give.

But like any other struggles, there is a way to win over it despite the lack, scarcity, and crisis.

Are you struggling to give?

Orlan Sacman can confidently attest that you can rise to the challenge and be a blessing to others despite your lack.

As the head of the family, one of his main responsibilities is to provide for the household. But as a full-time pastor who receives a meager allowance for his commitment, he had nothing else but his faith in God.

He trusted God to provide for their needs as he took care of God’s people.

How about you? When you have nothing else but God’s promise, would you stand firm in your faith or succumb to fear?

Since it is human nature to depend on your own and to base your hopes on what your senses can perceive, most of the time, it’s easy to give in to worries and anxieties.

But Orlan, and his wife Lori, held on to their faith and believed in what God has spoken in Genesis 12:2 (NLT), “I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others.”

When they chose to live by faith and be a blessing, God opened doors of opportunities for them to bless others. They chanced upon The 700 Club Asia, and witnessed how Operation Blessing extended comfort to Super Typhoon Yolanda survivors.

They were inspired to pledge Php 500 monthly to bless their disaster-stricken kababayans and out-of-school youth who dreamed of finishing their studies but had no means to continue.

Through Operation Blessing, Orlan was able to reach people living in places he was not able to visit.

Would you like God to expand your territory and your sphere of influence?

Let God use you to be His instrument of hope and blessing! Even if you have nothing but faith, God can work wonders and miracles just like what He did in Orlan’s life.

As they were faithfully giving to CBN Asia Family of Ministries, God led Orlan to start a widows’ ministry in His desire to minister to families who lost the pillars of their home.

“This ministry is given by God, and I will continue it as long as He wills. I always say, ‘It is God’s grace that I am entrusted. Even in little things we were able to share it, especially to the widows,’” Orlan shared.

The struggle whether to give or to keep ceased as they rely on God. They have cultivated the gift of giving in their hearts that it already became a habit.

God, who is their hope, rewarded their selfless giving and sacrifices.

His own child was able to graduate in college. His church allowance increased. And he was able to start a business. Aside from those material things, Orlan and his wife are grateful for the joy they experience because of giving.

“God continues to supply our needs. Thank God because Operation Blessing is our inspiration to do this ministry,” Orlan shared.

Have you been hesitant to give and be a blessing to others?

You can be honest with God and ask Him to show you how it is more blessed to give than to receive. As what Orlan testified, “You cannot outgive God. No matter how big or little, if your heart is to really help the people, the needy, and to give generously, the Lord will also bless you generously.”

Witness the miracle of giving as you partner with us in blessing our kababayans through Operation Blessing’s relief operation, medical mission, and children’s program. Visit Operation Blessing’s website to know the ways you can give.

May the Lord bless you, make your name great, and make you a blessing to others!

Is There Hope for a Broken Home?

Abandoned.

Fatherless.

Suicidal.

That was how Fatima De Guzman described herself when the dad she looked up to and adored walked away and left their family for another woman.

Fatima and her mother had to step up and fill the shoes of a father even though what happened was heartbreaking. Moving on from a good home and happy family was the only choice.

“My mom had to work. I had to take care of my siblings. We were all on our own.” Fatima painfully shared.

At that moment, she needed to be strong. She had to fight back the tears. Despite her suffering, she needed to carry on.

But the pain and the emotions she repressed eventually caught up.

“While I was washing the plates one night, I thought of killing myself with a knife because I thought there was nothing left to live for. What if I just ended this?” Fatima recalled.

Gladly, she didn’t push through with it. But the suicidal thoughts remained.

That same night, something divine happened. For some reason, she was led to sit beside their telephone rack where she saw a calendar of The 700 Club Asia. With a longing to be heard, understood, and released from her pain, she dialed the numbers from the calendar.

“I vividly remember what the prayer counselor said, ‘God has a plan for your life’,” Fatima recounted with tears.

Looking at her life, she found it hard to believe that God had a plan for her and her family. She burst into tears on that phone call.

Have you ever felt this way?

Have you ever doubted if you’d still be able to live a good life?

Let Fatima’s words bring encouragement to your heart.

“God made me realize that what I am going through is what He will use to make me stronger, that something beautiful will happen, that there is hope,” Fatima shared with conviction.

After that phone call, she found relief, peace, and a revelation that God indeed has a good plan for her. That phone call was God’s divine intervention.

Since then, Fatima has become an avid watcher of The 700 Club Asia. Through the program and the stories of how God changes lives, their family’s faith was strengthened.

After 8 long years of waiting, hoping, and wrestling in prayer, the reconciliation she wanted for her mom and dad finally happened. God also transformed her once drug-addicted father into a new man. Ultimately, God restored their broken home.

If God can reconcile and restore Fatima’s family, He can also do the same for you!

“Whenever I and my dad talked, he would say that it was not only him who learned but the whole family, ” Fatima happily shared.

She added, “While it was a long process, God was teaching all of us something. And what really helped was prayer.”

Truly, there is no family too broken or messed up that God can’t reunite. There is no trauma or scar too deep that can’t be healed. So, draw near to God and surrender.

Who knows? Maybe the reconciliation or healing you desire is at the end of your next prayer.

Now, Fatima is busy making new memories with her family. As she looks back, she thanks God for the CBN Asia Prayer Center because she found someone who listened and genuinely cared.

“I am really thankful to God for leading me to call the Prayer Center that night, that He intended for me to have someone to talk to. Because if not, I wouldn’t have experienced what God has planned for my life,” Fatima shared.

Fatima’s heart overflows with joy and gratitude for what God has done in her life. The truth that God changed and fixed her life fuels her worship.

“Jesus really is a superhero. He is the superhero of my life and my family,” Fatima ended.

If you are still doubting if there is still hope for your broken family, Fatima’s story is a reminder that yes, there is always hope for a broken home.

Are you praying for restoration in your marriage, family, or any area of your life?

We want to pray with you! Call the CBN Asia Prayer Center hotline, 8-737-0-700 or send a private message on our Facebook page.

Do you want to be part of God’s work of transforming the lives of your kababayans? Be a CBN Asia partner today!

Overcoming Addiction is Possible in Christ

Fernando Patulot has been addicted to drugs for 25 years.

His addiction caused big conflicts in their family. To sustain their everyday needs, his wife resorted to gambling which buried them deeper into debt.

“I was so hooked on drugs that I did not care about my family anymore,” Fernando recalled.

This addiction brought Fernando and his family to a place of utter mess. Everything was falling apart. His children were harboring hatred towards him and as if that’s not enough, his wife tried taking her own life.

More than anyone, Fernando’s wife was affected the most and everything became too much for her to bear.

Are you also a captive of addiction?

Is your family falling apart?

Always remember that God is your living Hope. You can go to Him and ask help for any hopeless situation.

Although Fernando and his wife had a serious conversation about his vices, it still wasn’t enough to convince him to stop his addiction. Until one night, Fernando chanced upon The 700 Club Asia.

He was moved by the story of the testimony giver who was also addicted to drugs but came to know Christ and had his whole life transformed.

Fernando prayed with the host wholeheartedly and accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior.

“Lord, please forgive me. Make my paths straight. Teach me what to do,” he prayed.

Fernando started going to church. Slowly, God was able to free him from his addiction. Soon after, through their small business, they were able to pay off their debts.

A lot of people thought it was impossible for Fernando to change. Even his own family lost hope.

But his story is a reminder that when you allow God in your life, transformation can happen. The Lord is in the business of changing lives, and He will change your life if you let Him.

Help more people like Fernando to know Jesus and be set free from the bondage of addiction. Be a CBN Asia partner today.

Are you having a hard time and in need of prayers? The CBN Asia Prayer Center is here 24/7 to pray for you. Call us at 8-737-0-700.

God Can Turn Your Financial Crisis into Breakthroughs

Do you feel like it’s impossible to get out of your troubles?

Are you doubting if God can really make something out of the rubble?

For CJ De Mata, he gained something bigger after they lost their business due to fire. But through that financial loss, he found his biggest breakthrough.

Let his story inspire you.

When fire razed their family clothing business in 2012, their dreams collapsed as well.

That business was the only source of their family’s income.

“We were devastated when the fire broke out because we relied so much on our business. When that happened, it was so hard to bounce back,” CJ recalled.

That financial blow greatly affected the family’s daily needs as well as CJ’s studies. “During those times, we didn’t how where to get the funds to support my studies,” CJ continued.

This financial burden also affected CJ’s health. He spiraled into stress eating—weighing 290 pounds with blood pressure of 190/110. His sugar level was so high that it was almost prediabetes.

How do you handle your financial problems? Have faith that God will take care of you, just like how he took care of CJ.

CJ applied to TV commercials to help rebuild their family business.

“I’d like to help my family in my own little way that’s why I auditioned for TV commercials. In pursuit of an acting career, I came across the CBN Asia actors guild. When I started attending workshops and met Christian friends, I enjoyed visiting their studio because they’re like a second family to me,” CJ shared.

All he wanted was to support his family but through the ministry, CJ found his biggest blessing.

“I came to know Jesus Christ through The 700 Club Asia. I remember when the host, Ms. Miriam Quiambao, shared this Bible verse, Jeremiah 29:11: For I know the plans I have for your, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

After hearing the Word of God, CJ realized that the challenges he is facing in life are not meant to harm him. Instead, God is using the trials to teach him a lesson.

He learned how to surrender his life to Jesus and received the breakthrough that no amount of money could ever buy—everlasting peace and eternal life.

The 700 Club Asia paved the way for me to accept Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. I surrendered my life to Him,” CJ recalled.

He also shared how the ministry helped him deepen his relationship with God. He was inspired to turn to prayer and lean on His Word for guidance.

“When you feel like you have nothing left and you don’t know what to do, just hold on to the Lord. That’s one of the lessons I learned from Prayer Center. They’re an instrument in strengthening my faith in God. I would call them every time I have a problem or if I have an important decision to make. They send Bible verses to help me in my decision-making,” CJ shared.

God gave him and his household the strength to rise from the rubble. After some time, they were able to recover their clothing business. CJ, who recovered from his health struggles, also finished his degree in Culinary Arts while her sister got a Multimedia Arts degree.

“I was able to finish my studies because of God’s miracles. After I passed that challenging situation, I learned that when you surrender your life to God, you should not worry anymore because He is our provider,” CJ said.

God can turn your crisis into breakthroughs as you learn to lean on His power and provision. God will provide, but He provides more than just material things. He gives comfort to the hopeless and strength to the weak. Accept Jesus and be ready to receive your greatest treasure—the peace that He freely gives.

“You can lose your money, possessions, and your income. But the greatest treasure is knowing the Lord in your life,” CJ ended.

“Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.” (Matthew 6:20-21 NLT)

Have you experienced a financial loss and you don’t know how to handle your problem?

We would like to pray for you. Feel free to call the CBN Asia Prayer Center at 8-737-0-700 or contact us through Viber at 0943-144-4933.

How Do You Trust God in Hard Times?

Do you fully surrender your situation to your Heavenly Father, or do you sometimes feel like you can do things without His help?

Let Cyndrell Limpiada’s story inspire you to fully trust in God.

How Do You Trust God in Hard Times?

For the 15 years that Cyndrell had worked abroad, she was able to provide well for her children and parents.

Yet, she was not able to invest in any property because she lived lavishly. She admitted that pride ruled in her heart and that she depended on herself, not on God.

But her world turned upside down when her employer in Dubai closed the business, leaving her jobless. Cyndrell, along with her husband, had to go back to the Philippines without any savings.

Have you had a similar experience too? What did the situation prompt you to do?

For Cyndrell, the crisis led her to go to Singapore and try looking for a job there. However, she faced rejection after rejection, and before she knew it, it was almost time for her to go home.

In the midst of her struggles, Cyndrell chanced upon The 700 Club Asia. During one episode of the show, she heard the hosts prayed about a woman who was unemployed for almost 4 months. They declared that God would open the door and the woman will get the job she desires— whom Cyndrell believed was her.

Do you believe in the power of prayer as well?

Like Cyndrell, trust that God hears your prayers and knows what is in your heart.

Cyndrell claimed what she heard, believing that she will eventually land a job in Singapore. Then, her miracle happened. Two days before her flight back home, she received a call for an interview!

The company immediately hired her as an account executive with a salary that was even higher than what she used to earn in Dubai!

After experiencing God’s faithfulness, Cyndrell committed to giving to Operation Blessing and became a faithful partner of CBN Asia. Blessings started to pour out for her family as she decided to make God her partner in handling her finances. She was able to provide a sari-sari store for her parents and put up her own piggery business.

Do you want to claim God’s promises in your life as well? Trust that God will provide what you need in His perfect time, just as He did with Cyndrell.

More than the material blessings, Cyndrell knows that she received the greatest blessing even the world cannot never give, which is peace from God.

“I can only find real peace in the Lord Jesus. I was transformed by Him and He really used The 700 Club Asia to deepen my faith. He is not deaf. He is really alive. He never fails,” she testified.

Cyndrell decided to make Jesus the King of her heart and partner of her finances. She set aside her pride and fully depended on God.

During hard times, remember that there is a great promise for you, written in Proverbs 3:5-6. It says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”

Do you have prayer requests right now? Our trained prayer counselors are always ready to listen and pray for you! Call the CBN Asia Prayer Center at 8-737-0700 or email [email protected]sia.org.

Like Cyndrell, you can be a channel of blessing to others in need! Discover how to be a CBN Asia partner here.

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His love for you is endless. That’s the kind that never fades. He reminds us all of his love for us in Jeremiah 31:3

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What It Takes To Believe in God

His love for you is endless. That’s the kind that never fades. He reminds us all of his love for us in Jeremiah 31:3you with unfailing kindness.

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The Fearless Life | God’s Word Today

His love for you is endless. That’s the kind that never fades. He reminds us all of his love for us in Jeremiah 31:3