Francis' Testimony


After my husband got saved in 1987, his pastor gave me a Tagalog Bible. I tried to read it, but I didn’t understand anything I read. I knew Jesus died on the cross, but I really didn’t understand why he died for me.

dscf0046When we were stationed in Okinawa, Japan, I was invited to a Filipino Bible study. The first thing that I noticed was how well the ladies knew their Bible. One of the ladies witnessed to me and asked me if we could pray for my salvation. We prayed, but I still did not truly understand salvation. When I got home, I told my husband I wanted to know all about the Bible. I don’t remember how many hours I spent reading the Bible but one day when I was reading, God showed me in His Word that “Not everyone that saith unto me, “Lord, Lord.” shall enter the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 7:21). I realized that I was not going to heaven just because I knew His name. God did not stop convicting me. He again showed me through His Word that I was not a born again Christian. That day in early 1992 I read I John 5:12, ”He that hath the Son hath life, and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.” I then realized that if I died that day I would not be going to heaven. However, if I accepted Christ, I would have everlasting life. So that night I asked God for forgiveness and I gave my life to Him. I also understood that Jesus died for me because he loves me.


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When my husband went to Thailand on temporary duty, God began dealing with me about missions. Little did I know that God was also dealing with my husband at the same time.cimg2681 While I was doing my evotions from Romans God spoke to my heart through Romans 10:14, “How shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard…” I was convicted about this and asked myself, “how are people going to know about Jesus if no one will tell them?” I knew the truth while they didn’t. God then brought to my mind Isaiah 6:8, “…I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.” When my husband came back from Thailand, he shared with me the fact the God had called him to missions. I wanted to deny what was happening and was still unconvinced. Two months later the Lord opened the door and allowed us to visit Thailand. While in Thailand, I asked God to show me if this is what He really wanted for me. He did! While visiting temples, I witnessed children purchasing flowers to place on an idol and then bowing in worship to this false god. God broke my heart for these children and brought back the verses in Romans 10:14 and Isaiah 6:8. I truly realized that I was the one that God wanted to tell them. As I left Thailand I looked around one last time and said in my heart that someday I would be back.

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