While in Bicol we went out one afternoon to visit a woman that Nenette and Jeanette wanted to invite to the church service on Thursday evening. Nenette told me a little about her on the way to her home. She is a native Filipino who was brought up by nuns and then when it came time for college she went off to Germany and attended school there, met her husband and lived in Germany for 17 years. Upon returning from a trip to the Philippines to care for her sick father she discovered that her husband had been unfaithful and ended up marrying her best friend! Thanks friend!!! So she returned to her home land and has been a woman that has been filled with distrust for many years. Her home actually reminds of the movie Out of Africa, Merle Strep played the part of a woman that had this lovely home and people working for her but no joy! Well, of course you know what is coming right? Oh by the way, Ika even has a Catholic church on her property where the priest comes once a month or so to hold a service. But she has become very disillusioned by the church over the years as the nuns where so very mean to her. Anyway, she invited us in for fresh picked mangos right off her trees and we sat and visited with her for awhile and of course invited her to joing us for the service that night. She and I clicked right away. It was almost like she was starving for fellowship. Not only did she attend the evening service but she came back for the service yesterday morning and she is asking all kinds of questions about the Lord and the Word of God. We invited her to join us on our return home to San Pablo City and she accepted and we are rooming together.
This morning I began my day with Devotion and invited her to join me, she is eating it up! The Lord is taking the scales off of her eyes and I am watching it take place. She said to me this morning, Cindy, these Scriptures that you are sharing with me, I know them, so what is the difference between me and you? I told her of course you know them because you were taught them in Catholic school but a head knowledge is not salvation faith. I said, Here is an example, On the way to your house Nenette told me about you but I didn't really know you until we MET! She got it! She has also agreed to come to the retreat that will begin tomorrow afternoon. She is right there! The Lord's loving kindness is leading her to repentance, the hounds of heaven are hunting her down!!!!!! How marvelous!
Once again, sorry for the length of this but I had to share God's amazing Grace. I am reminded of the Lord saying to the children of Israel that I have saved you with an outstretched arm! Picture the cross, His arms were outstretched, reach and take His hand by faith if you have not already!
God bless you all, thank you does not seem to be enough but I know you know
Loving you with Jesus,