December 2018 |
He tried his best to persuade his employer that he was feeling all right, but, his employer told Christopher to sign a waiver should anything happen to him, if he would insist. Afraid of the possible consequences, Christopher was forced to seek medical attention.
A month later, Christopher underwent a surgery. His great frustration shot up when he learned that they didn’t have the money to pay for his bills. Two months later, their electric connection was cut off due to unpaid bills. Since then, day in and day out, he and his wife Lelian, would quarrel, shouting at each other in the presence of their kids, and in the hearing of neighborhood.
With a heavy heart, Christopher decided on June 18 that he would leave his family. While packing all his personal belongings, he could not hold his tears. Then he heard a knock on the door. His wife Lelian opened the door and found Apolonia Escalante, an acquaintance, inviting them to attend the Happy Family seminar that would start that night at Barangay Osmina, Panganiban, Camarines Norte.
Lelian, a barangay councilor agreed, but Christopher refused. After the first night’s meeting, Lelian requested the pastor to visit her husband the following day and invite him to attend the meeting. Pastor Franklin Gil the district pastor, and Pastor Dominador Gonzales (retired) visited Christopher and invited him to attend. They also prayed for their family. That night, the whole family attended, and throughout the series they came to the meetings.
On June 21, 2018, Christopher and Lelian were baptized to the Seventh-day Adventist faith. Christopher said, “Now I know why I got sick, it is because God is calling me to His family. I thought, I would lose my own family, but now I belong to a bigger family with God as the Head. Should I be allowed by God to once again work as a seaman, my wife and I would make sure to manage well God's wealth that would be entrusted to us. Before, we spent much money on useless things, but from now on, we will invest much in the work of God. We would like similar meetings to be conducted, in our neighboring barangays.”
Seventh-day Adventist beliefs are meant to permeate your whole life. Growing out of scriptures that paint a compelling portrait of God, you are invited to explore, experience and know the One who desires to make us whole.