Weathering the Storm
A Personal Testimony
Written by Eden Montano
Before I came to know the Lord, life was a struggle. From my youth up to the time that I graduated from college it was one hardship after the next. Yet, I was determined to make it, and pursue my degree no matter the cost. I wanted to succeed in life, and in order to pursue my studies, on top of my existing scholarship I worked part time, and even joined a worldly band. I was driven, but relied mostly on my own strength.
Upon nearing my graduation, I became troubled about my future, aware of the job shortages which run rampant in the city. It was also at this time, that I started attending Evangel Family Church, and it was here that I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Saviour. As a young Christian, I began to connect with scripture, and this verse ministered to me:
“In everything you do put God first and He will direct you and crown your efforts with success.” Proverbs 15:3
At this, I totally committed my life and future to God, and even gave up my worldly attachments, specifically the music band I was attached to. Instead, I committed my strength and talent to be of service to God and became active in church ministry.
After my graduation I started looking for a job. I specifically prayed that it would not interfere with my devotion and service to God. God did answer my prayers, and in time I began to work in PLDT as a customer sales force under local agency. I enjoyed my job immensely, even if my initial salary was minimum in scale, but somehow I managed to finance the needs of my family being the eldest and a breadwinner as well.
After 3 years working in the company on a contractual basis, and having doubts about its permanence, I decided to seek greener pastures. And after much prayer, God again opened up a way, and I found work as an Account Executive in a Radio station. After about a year, I received news that the previous company I was working for opened for internal hiring. Without hesitation I immediately applied, and after going through a battery of application procedures, I was finally accepted as one of its applicants. In 2009, I went back working in PLDT for the new SMEG division, handling accounts of the company as an Account Associate, under Sales division. Simultaneously , I was chosen as one of the peerleaders of Region C. It was a breakthrough for me, career-wise as well as spiritually.
However, along with the breakthroughs were heartbreaks, particularly when my Father suffered from a stroke. The situation was however compounded, when I found out my teen-age sister was pregnant. Coping with the demands of my job, and having to handle family problems that struck unceasingly, was the greatest setback in my life. I put my trust in God nonetheless, and weathered the storm through His grace and strength. I am thankful that this crisis opened my eyes to see Him as sovereign. I depend on Him more than I ever did before. I believe that in everything, it happens for a reason.
After a tough year, much needed good news arrived in the form of a promotion as a Channel Officer handling the whole area of Panay. I was so overwhelmed by God’s favour upon my life. Truly, when you make the kingdom of heaven your priority everything will be added unto you. Hard labor does reward and idle dreams disappoints.
Finally, after the storm the sun still shines!
I want to express my deepest gratitude to my beloved Pastors, Rev. Toh Nee and Rev. Lily Lim for their prayers and encouragement. I will forever treasure your counsel. And also to my Region Pastors, Ptr. Ephraim and Ptr. Anelene for being there and guiding me in every decision I make. I’m so grateful to have them in my life. And to my family, who has been with me through the highs and lows, but are still intact in the Lord.
“Let us remember that when there are storms of life raging around us, God will stand by us.”
To GOD be the Glory!