My Testimony

My parents were active in their Catholic group when they were young and still single, but after they got married they remained only nominal and did not attend mass on a regular basis or performed any religious rites on my sister and me, except baptism. We grew up with good moral standards and aloof fear of God.

Then one day we moved to a new house and our neighbours, a lady from Spain with her two children, were Christians. They invited us to church. First my sister and I started to go to Sunday School and to a Bible Children’s club. I heard the lessons, the stories, the message and believed without doubts or confusion on religious differences. I never gave a second thought on Catholic or Evangelical issues. For me, it was simply God. 

I remember repeatedly asking Jesus to forgive my sins and come into my heart, thus I can’t tell an exact day; but what I also recall was the beyond reason joy I had. I wanted to tell others and I wanted to sing praises. I loved the singing. However, I was very shy and didn’t openly share what had happened to me.  

One day when I was thirteen and in Sunday School, the lesson was about the book of Joshua and had to memorize verse 9 of chapter 1:  Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” Right then and there I knew God was telling me to overcome my fear, my shyness and speak up. At the end of the meeting I went up to talk to the elders and asked them to give me time in the Gospel meeting to share my testimony. I wasn’t eloquent and well-articulated, but it was the beginning.

Four months later I got baptized.

Published on June 15, 2009 at 3:24 pm  Comments (2)  

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  1. Andres:
    I would like to read the rest of your testimony …
    On another topic, the letter you sent recently contained a paragraph entitled, “Weekend Camp in Santa Cruz,” and it contained a few more sentences than what appears here on your website, including, “The conclusion was to live according to Ecclesiastes 11:9 ‘Rejoice O young man in your youth, and let your heart cheer you in the days of your youth, and walk in the ways of your heart, and in the sight of your eyes: but know you, that for all these things God will bring you into judgment.'”
    I am very sure that you do not want to have your students follow the ways of Esau, but I believe this verse lays out the path of Esau – going his own way, pleasing his own self, all without God. The end result is the terrible judgment of God. See also Psalm 10:4b, “God is not in all his thoughts.”
    In Malachi 1:2,3 and Romans 9:13, we have the attitude of God toward Jacob and Esau. Esau was a manly man. Scripture mentions nothing immoral about Esau, but only that he lived his life without God and despised his birthright (which required faith in God to appreciate). Jacob was underhanded and conniving (certainly not commendable), but he appreciated the things of God. He valued the birthright – he believed in, and coveted, the blessing of God.
    It is far better to be like Jacob, trusting in God, who will straighten out our crookedness (as He did with Jacob), than to be like Esau, who seems to have no moral blemish, but is devoid of appreciation of God and His claim upon all of us. The end of such a life is the judgment of God – the most terrible thing anyone can face.

  2. Dear Jim,
    Thanks for visiting the website and leaving your comment. I appreciate you took the time to do this. You are completely right; I don’t want my students to follow the path Esau took. That was explained at camp, but not in the letter. My point was that God is concern for our way of living and we should live with that in mind. We can rejoice, but to be careful in the way we rejoice; there are consequences.
    We will give an account of the things done here. 2 Corinthians 5:10.

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