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!