MY STORY: ROSALIE (Jovan) Quiambao of the Philippines.
We were born Catholic. My sister became a Christian first. It was in April 1990 when my sister invited me to come to church, and I accepted Christ as my personal Lord and Savior. Since then I wanted to know Christ more and eventually my parents became Christians too. We love our first church. It came from a church planting. Even up to now I still miss them.
God has always been faithful to us all of our lives. Even when I was a kid I really didn’t have any plans to leave my country. When I grew up and started my own family, I still didn’t want to go anywhere else. My father, my grandma and I argued about it, because it was their plan for me, especially my father, it was his dream for me to come to the USA. Our family went through a great trial of our faith when a church leader betrayed our trust. The church and our family were greatly hurt and affected, but my husband and I continued to serve the Lord. I couldn’t forget what my father told me… He said…”Why do you still go to church? You don’t get anything from it,” and I told him that I would prove to him that it was not worthless to serve my God. That time I prayed to God and asked Him to help me prove God to my father.
It wasn’t an easy journey, but I started applying to go to the USA, which I knew would never be easy for me, I had so much fear. I didn’t have enough money for all the exams that I had to take. I didn’t feel I was intelligent enough to take it, but I kept holding on to God’s promises to me in Isaiah 41:10 “ Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” and Joshua 1:9 “Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.” And God showed me and helped me in every step I took.
It was a long process, it took me three years until August 5, 2005 when we finally came to the USA. But, I knew it shouldn’t end there, I started processing my parents’ papers to come here also. In Sept. 2007 my parents finally arrived here in the states. Then I reminded my father… “Now I can tell you that it is not worthless to serve our God because he’s always been faithful to us”, and he said, “Yes I agree.” And now, they are staying here with me and going to church with me which I always enjoy doing. My father could not remember what he told me before, but it affected me so much. I always wanted them to have a stronger faith in God and to continue serving Him whatever happened, whatever the price it may be and to whatever this life would lead us, because I know that God is always in control and He will be with us wherever we go. We do serve a great God, who is greater than our problems, greater than our hurt and stronger to carry all the loads we are carrying. We just have to trust Him.
All praises and glory to God alone. May my story be a blessing to everyone.