It started with three little opportunities for generosity. A few coins into the IV Home’s alkansiya, a gift for the gift-giving program for children, and a purchase of shirts in support of fund-raising efforts were Rozil’s little-big contributions. Little did she know that such intermittent generosity would lead to a greater opportunity.
Enter the Covid 19 pandemic. While most looked into their personal needs, what with loss of work or other factors, Rozil had a chance to look beyond herself and saw a greater need. Sarah, IVCF Southern Luzon Regional Coordinator, presented her a chance to partner with the region once more. With videos, pictures, letters and stories from students, Rozil was amazed that IVCF continues to reach out in the midst of an ongoing crisis!
The same organization reached out to her during her college days in 2013. Invited into a small group, Rozil slowly knew Jesus through the Bible studies. “Nakilala ko po ang pagmamahal ni Hesus na walang kapantay (I have known Jesus’ incomparable love),” Rozil remembered. She also found encouragement in the stories of her SG-mates and in their commitment to the Lord. After graduation, her growth continued through a church. “Napakabuti ng Lord dahil di Niya [ako] pinabayaan (God is so good because He didn’t leave me).” Looking at all these, she could only marvel at the Lord’s faithfulness in her life.
So when she was approached to help the ministry that helped her, she found it a privilege to give back. She was inspired because “kahit sa maliit na tulong lang ay makaambag po ako sa pagpapalawak ng Kingdom ng Lord (through this little help I am contributing to the expansion of God’s Kingdom). While at first she had to grapple with how it would affect her budget, she just trusted God and slowly became consistent in her giving. Then realization hit her: “Di nagkukulang, sapat, at higit pa rin po talaga ang biyaya ng Lord (God’s blessing never falls short; it is enough and even more)!”
Rozil’s opportunities for generosity started out small. But because she attended to them, they were the seeds that have been growing and are now bearing fruit even amid a ground as challenging as the pandemic.
(Rozil “Chang” Timtim is a Customer Service Associate at a bank in Cavite, Southern Luzon, Philippines.)
- Pray for Rozil and other ministry partners that God will continue to honor their generosity as they honor Him with their resources.
- Pray that God will bless them immensely so that they can continue to be a blessing to those around them, thereby glorifying God through their deeds
- Pray for the continuing ministry work among the students via the online platform. Pray that the Digital Ministry will continue to flourish and produce digital missionaries.
- Pray that God will continue to bless our efforts to raise new partners who will support the ministry however they can.
KENNY D. EBO