Philippina woman in wheelchair with family in background.

My Life Totally Changed

Since I was a child, I already knew that there is a God. The words of God were already planted in my heart. Thanks to my parents who always brought me to church.

When I was 12 years old my life totally changed. On March 20, 2000, I was one of the hostage victims of the group Abu Sayyaf. The Abu Sayyaf demanded so much that our government could not give to the point The President of our country at that time had decided and declared a rescue operation. Get the hostages dead or alive.

And on May 3, 2000, I was rescued by the Armed Forces of the Philippines, but unfortunately, I was hit on my back during the crossfire which damaged my spinal cord that made me paralyzed from waist down. And my left kidney was also hit, so now I am living with only one kidney and I’m using a wheelchair for the rest of my life.

In spite of what happened in my life, I never lose hope. And I still want to live my life. Yes, I admit there were times that I feel sad about what happened in my life. I also asked God many times,

“Why Me? Why Me Lord? Am I bad that you allow this to happen to me? Are you punishing me?”

And I remembered James 1:2-3 NIV,

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.”

And even if I don’t understand, I hold on to the verse of Proverbs 3:5-6

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding: in all your ways submit to him and He will make your paths straight.”

So, these verses are my comfort every time I feel depressed about my condition. I cried a lot if I’m not feeling good. But the words of God remind me to keep on moving. And giving up was never one of my options.

Fast forward, I’ve finished my study, I got a job and now I am proud and happy to say that I am a wife, and a mother of two kids. This all was made possible because of the power and grace of Jesus Christ in my life.


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