The story of Alfie

The story of Alfie

I grew up in an unbelieving family and adopted the Roman Catholic faith.  I went to elementary school at Christ the King College which is a Catholic school.  During that time I was active in serving the Catholic Church, because the school sent us there.  When I was 14 years old a trial came into my life.  All my hopes and plans for the future were gone.  I thought that I could continue my high school studies but my mother died when I was in the third year of high school.  It was really hard for me to accept her death.  By the grace of God I was able to finish my high school and I went on to college.

I started a Bachelor of Science in Commerce at Capitol University.  I was so helpless and frustrated in my life that I decided to stop my studies and to work for one year for a company as a production checker.  After one year of working, I continued my college.  At that time, I joined a band and we played around campus.  By God’s grace there was a friend of mine named Ace, who was a member of the band and who shared his unique songs with us.  Those songs really touched my heart because they were about God.  Ace had a collection of many Christian songs and he started to teach them to us. God worked in me through his wonderful songs.  During that time, I was interested in knowing more about Jesus.  God used Ace as an instrument in my life.  He didn’t only teach me Christian songs but he also taught me the Word of God.  He gave me a Bible and he shared Bible verses.   One he shared was found in Ephesian 2:8-9, “We are saved by grace and not of works.”  Many times he explained that verse to me and the Holy Spirit started working in my heart.  Slowly I became interested in God’s word and I started asking questions about salvation.

As months went by we had our weekly Bible study at my home with the band.  Ace introduced us to a Pastor who began teaching the Bible Study.  During that time I was so amazed because I felt hungry and thirsty for God’s word.  On Saturday afternoons, I felt excited about the Bible study.  Pastor Cezar shared with us about salvation.  As the days went by I understood that salvation is found only in Jesus.  John 3:16 says, ”For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten son that who so ever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”   The Holy Spirit slowly gave me understanding about salvation and convicted me that I was a sinner and I needed a Savior.  On April 24, of 2006,  I decided to accept Christ as my personal Savior and my Lord.  It happened during our Bible study.  I confessed all my sins to Christ and opened my heart to let Jesus come in.  I asked Jesus to control and to drive my life.

Starting from the day I accepted Christ, there have been changes in my life.  Even though these changes have not been instant, God has changed me.  Two months after I received Christ, my vices were all gone, as well as some of my bad behavior.  It is a miracle that comes from God and no one can argue about the things that he has done in my life.

Two months after I got saved, I was able to share the gospel with my friends and with other people.  When I finished sharing the gospel with them, there was a deep joy inside my heart.  I couldn’t understand.  Later I found out that it was the fruit of the Spirit that was within me. God planted me at Gingoog Bible Fellowship.  There I had fellowship with other believers.  I became very active in my Church.  I joined the worship team and became the worship leader, Sunday school teacher and officer of my church.  I was active in evangelism and conducted youth activities.

God has worked in mysterious ways in my life.  Three years after I got saved I decided to offer my life to the Lord to serve Him for the rest of my life. I thought and prayed about what to do many times.  Thank God He answered my prayers.  There was an LRF Graduate who is a friend of mine.  He encouraged me to study the word of God here at the LRF.  I came to the point that I needed to choose whither to serve the Lord or to serve the world.  This was a very big decision for me.  In the middle of the month of May,  I made the decision to study at the LRF and I thank God for his guidance.  I thank Him for His answer to my prayers and his faithfulness in my life.
Here at the LRF I have learned about the importance of missions.  God is teaching me how to share the gospel with different people, especially the Muslims and how to study His word.  God is slowly molding my attitudes towards my fellow believers.  I have learned that I have a passion to share the gospel with Muslims.   Please pray for me, that the Lord would continue to teach me and that He would lead me to where He would have me serve.

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