I rejoice in my heart at two young ladies added to the church yesterday through the waters of baptism. Both are homegrown, having been attenders of MCBC ever since they were in their mother’s wombs. Alyssa, the youngest in a brood of five is the fourth baptized daughter of Deo and Alice, thanks be to God! Paula, the second of three siblings of Pas Alex and Bang is the first to be immersed in the waters of baptism.
Thank God for their salvation; I know that heaven rejoices over these young ones. May God preserve them and use them for His glory!
I reproduce their edited testimonies and the video of their baptisms here.
I am Paula, 17 years old, 2nd year college. I grew up in a Christian home, taught thousands of Biblical principles and have been attending church ever since I was in my mother’s womb.
Honestly, I wished to be saved and be a member of this church way back when I was a kid. Maybe it was because of the pressure of the environment, but I was too young to understand what salvation and church membership meant.
I lived my life as if there was no God. I never thought of His will. I was lazy going to church. I also lived a life of disobedience to my parents.
When I was in high school, I listened well to the preaching but did not take it to heart. I understood some sermons that struck my attention but the effects were merely emotional, something that did not last until the next hour. Everything was head knowledge.
When I was preparing for college, I prayed for some dream universities. I was confident that I would be able to pass the entrance exams. But God humbled me and I failed. The only exams that I passed were from the school where I am studying today, a school which I did not want to enter, yet God made me understand.
God used a trial which I had with a professor in my favorite subject, English, to cause me to draw near to Him. This teacher was a terror. There were many times when tears ran down my eyes during class. I had a difficult time with this person. I realized no one could help me except God. Every night I came to Him and cried all my burdens, and I found rest in Him (Mt 11:28-30).
One afternoon, while I was lying down on my bed thinking about random things, a question came to my mind, “What else do I need?” I tried answering and ended up coming to God in tears with a verse from Luke 9:25, “For what is a man profited if he gains the whole world and loses his soul?”
At that point, God made me realize that He was the One I needed. He showed me how sinful, unruly, impatient, boastful, and rebellious I am. On the other hand, He showed me how good, patient, forgiving, gracious and powerful He is. I thank Him for everything He has done to me. I thank Him for my parents and for what i am today.
By God’s sufficient grace, He keeps showing me that He loves me and He continues to open my mind and heart through the preaching and devotions. He did not let me harden my heart. I praise Him for His goodness and mercy.
I may not fulfill my ambitions, dreams and hopes, but God’s forgiveness and salvation are enough. I know that everday would be a struggle but I also know that my God is with me.
I thank Him for my salvation. “Jesus paid it all, all to Him I owe.” Blessed be the name of the Lord!
Being raised up in a Christian family, I attended church every Sunday as far back as I can remember. But for me, it’s just “nakasanayan” and was the right thing to do on Sundays. When I was younger, I had a lot of fears and one of that is the fear of death. But as I grew up, I tried to ignore those fears and enjoy the “bright side” of life. I spent happy times with my family, met new friends and enjoyed every single moment of it.
I’m a very cheerful person and I often times don’t mind problems. I also consider myself mature compared to my worldly friends because even though I hang out with them I know for a fact the things that I shouldn’t do. I thought I was okay because I didn’t smoke, didn’t take drugs, didn’t get drunk, etc. But I didn’t know that even though I did not do those things, I still loved the world and was attached to it.
Years passed and the more I spent my life in this world “happily,” the more I got farther from Jesus. Days became like a drag. Attending church started to become boring and became just like a requirement. I wanted to change my life so I tried to listen to God’s Word and tried to follow Him but it didn’t work.
Then God started to work in my heart. He made me realize how sinful I am, how deserving I am to be punished eternally in hell. He also made me realize that I couldn’t change myself, that I couldn’t do what I desired because I was nothing and what I needed was Him. What have I been boasting of? Anytime my family would be gone and even my friends. Why should I fear death and not fear Him instead? He is the Lord who died for the forgiveness of my sins.
God really showed me how weak I am. I cried to him. I repented of my sins. I believed in His words and at that moment He forgave me. He gave me the peace that I never had before. By grace through faith in Jesus Christ, I am saved.
“For you have rescued my soul from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling. I shall walk before the Lord in the land of living” (Ps 116: 8-9)