Broken and desperate was I when Lee Van Beronio shared the Four Spiritual Laws booklet to
me in August of 2004. That moment Jesus was to me. That moment I received Jesus Christ
Him as my Savior and Lord.
That day my housemate heard the gospel from me and turned her life to Christ too.
Changes took place in my life. I quit drinking, cheating, and cussing. Our family relationship
took a new turn. Reading my bible and praying became regular thing. But I wanted to know
Jesus more. God then sent Aleth Lumayog to disciple me. I joined her discipleship group.
In one of our bible studies, Ate Aleth challenged us to “ not to go to heaven without bringing
someone." She modelled to us how to share and have us do it. Sharing the gospel quickly
became a part of my lifestyle. I discipled others who in turn discipled others.
In 2006, in a Leadership Training Camp, the Great Commission took on a new meaning
compelling me to help build spiritual movements everywhere. With that call, I and Loudille
Llanos, another mover* started a movement in Davao del Norte State College in Panabo City,
Davao del Norte.
Nearing graduation when I learned that a mere 10% those involved in ministry will continue to
share their faith after college, I pledged to be part of that statistics.
In April 2008, I looked for a church keen on evangelism and missions. God led me to the River
of Life Family Worship Center (RLFWC). RLFWC was started by the Touch of Hope
Foundation Inc, a holistic NGO in Panabo City. Their program on education, medical and
socio-economics attracted me that I joined one of their outreaches to the poor barangays in
Panabo, giving food, clothing, medicines, provided livelihood to those that needed it most and
led bible studies. A student center was put up offering free use of computers for students in
their research and tutorials. Students are encouraged to attend the regular Friday worship at
Financial setbacks in my family got me employed at the National Statistic Office but after a
year I transferred to Sutherland Global Services, as MIS Specialist and Recruitment Assistant.
Despite the work load, my Saturdays and Sundays were dedicated for ministry. While in
Sutherland I shared the gospel to my officemates. Also I decided to be a ministry partner to a
few CCC missionaries.
Despite the “ministry load” I had, God gently kept reminding me of my promise to help build
spiritual movements everywhere. Where else would I do it?
I knew the answer. In Panabo.
So in 2010 I resigned from Sutherland and work at Touch of Hope Foundation Inc. because I
love their intentionality to share Christ, disciple the beneficiaries of assistance, channel them
to a church and plant more churches in far-flung barangays. The CCC materials and training in
college proved helpful when I taught our life coaches and cell group leaders. The same
principles in evangelism for our outreach programs is being used by our pastor.
Currently the Touch of Hope Foundation have the Hang- Out Center Plus, a ministry to the out
of school youth and students. Fifty student leaders have their own discipleship groups now.
It also has the Hang- Out Pro program, a resting club for businessmen, teachers, nurses,
doctors, managers, and other professionals where they can about Jesus.
The Values Formation Class, another program of the foundation, uses leadership training to
introduce the gospel to all public schools in Panabo. True Love Waits is one of the seminars
we have used.
In three years God enabled us to reach Northlink Technological College, Aces Polytechnic
College, Northern Paramedical and Technological College, Colegio de Davao, ACES Organic
Farming Tesda Scholars, Little Panay Elem. School, Little Panay High School, Manay National
High School, San Vicente National High School, Panabo National High School, and Mariphil
Children's Village, an orphanage in Panabo City. Two thousand students have been reached
with the gospel.
In 2014 our church’s Mission Department went to 14 unreached Muslim people groups in
Mindanao. We helped train the Lumad (minorities) Ministry in the Arakan Valley (Davao)
outreach on how to start ministry with the indigenous people.
In December 2015 about 300 Aetas of Barangay Cabadiangan, Davao del Norte heard the
gospel through our foundation’s program.
I consider myself blessed because Aleth Lumayog invested time and love in discipling me.
God used her and CCC so I will know Jesus. God is using me to help build spiritual
movements. I am changed to change!
Jennifer Dapar works as the Values Formation Coordinator of Touch of Hope Foundation, Inc.
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