My Life..... In His Hands
MY LIFE …. IN HIS HANDS
The Christian life is a life of faith. As it is written in Galatians 3:11b, “The righteous will live by faith.”
Each day of his/her life, a Christian faces a “crisis of belief . He/She has to make a decision whether to trust God or not. A Christian has no better alternative than living by faith. We are to live one day at a time entrusting each day to God’s power and grace.
In this article, I am going to share with you a testimony of a certain woman of faith, whose faith was put into test many times in her life, but she always choose to hold on to faith.
This is a story of Alicia Mercader, an engineer turned teacher. Alicia finished Agricultural Engineering from a University in Southeastern Visayas, Philippines. Four months after Alicia accepted the Lord Jesus Christ into her life in 1984, she made one of the most important decisions in her life that is to commit her life to a full time Christian ministry work. Since then she completely put her life into God’s hands.
Her most memorable experience as a full time ministry worker happened during the summer of 1991. Alicia joined 1991 summer mission tour in Samar sponsored by The Korean International Mission, known today as Philippine Partners for World Missions.
In that missionary tour, Alicia was detained by a certain rebel group. She was urged to join them in their camp to heal their leader who has been paralyzed for years. This rebel leader cannot stand nor walk for many years. She was threatened to be killed if she will not join them. She was led into a very remote area. They passed through a river and climbed a mountain. Upon reaching the rebel camp, the rebel leader who cannot stand nor walk for years was waiting for Alicia to bring healing to him. At this time, Alicia’s faith was her only weapon. Will God heal the rebel leader through her? Will she find God reliable at this time?
Alicia started praying for the healing of the rebel leader. After a few minutes, the leader started to stand and walk a few steps slowly. He was healed. Alicia’s faith triumphed. Her God was faithful and answered her prayer. Since them her faith in her God grew stronger.
The most trying moment in Alicia’s life happened in May 1993, after the death of her father. She became stricken with guilt for not being able to contribute to the father’s medication. She decided to go back to secular work. She succeeded in finding a new job for her, somewhere in Ortigas Center. The night before the day of the start of her work, she was stricken with fever. The next morning, sores appeared on her knees and found it very difficult to walk. She cannot walk for several days until she decided not to pursue anymore secular work and focus again on full time ministry work. After making this decision, she was healed instantly that sores on her knees disappeared and she was able to walk again. This confirmed indeed the Lord’s calling upon her life.
After a few months, Alicia found her way to Pandacan Community Christian Church. She was invited by the Pastor of that church to teach at their Pre-school Leaning Center. She took this challenge of leading young souls to Christ without the promise of a salary. All she received was a P250 a month love gift. She sustained herself by accepting tutorial jobs, and accepting financial support from her siblings.
In 1997, Alicia received again another trial of her faith. Her kidney infection worsened and her doctor advised her to look for a kidney donor for her. But at that time, Sister Alicia has no any financial means to pay a doctor and to finance the kidney transplant operation. She just entrusted everything to the hands of the Lord.
Today after more than ten years, Sister Alicia is still very much alive. As of the present, she’s still working with Pandacan Community Christian Church as a pre-school teacher. The leaning center where Alicia teaches is a ministry of the Church. She is being mightily used here in leading young souls to Christ. She just receive a minimal salary. With her meager salary, she supports the family of her late brother who died last 2008 due to a heart ailment. To augment her income she still accepts tutorial jobs but charging only a very small fee.
All the money she is receiving goes to the family of her late brother. She leaves almost nothing to herself. Her daily provision, she completely entrust to God on a day-to-day basis. She lives one day at a time entrusting each due to God’s grace. And she always found her God faithful and His grace sufficient.
There were instances in Alicia’s life that she has no money in her wallet and she has no means to buy herself a meal. God will touch certain people to bring a meal to Alicia’s table.
There were times that her brother’s family was in dire need of financial provision and she has no any money to give.During this time Alicia wiould start to kneel and utter words of prayers. People soon will knock at her door and l bringing financial resources she needs.
According to her, her bank account is in heaven and her account number is 333 which stands for Jeremiah Chapter 33 v. 3 which says:
“Call to me and I will answer you and tell your great and
unsearchable things you do not know.”
Sister Alicia is one Christian worker who never demanded a salary for her ministerial jobs. She is a tent maker. She supports herself in the ministry. She is a woman with many skills. Whatever helpful task she finds, she will pursue it. She is one Christian who has seen God’s great miracles performed by God on her behalf. She has seen how the hand of God moves on her behalf and sees her needs provided for. She is a living testimony that God is alive and well in the lives of His precious children. She has been indeed a great source of encouragement to me.