By Riezl Manatad
I grew up in a poor family in Lorega. My parents have to work hard day and night. But despite of this, I still believe that one day we will all, my 8 brothers and sisters, and my mom and dad, will be living in a BIG mansion!
Before we did not know who really God is. How he had died for us and especially for me. My father always comes home drunk and almost all the time he can’t give us money to buy food, so my mother decided to work for us as a street vendor, selling cigarettes and candies, and now water.
God is really working in our lives! Nine years ago my mother met a Canadian woman of God. And because of Ate Rhonda, my mother met Jesus. And it was Jesus who saved her and us.
Long before, my family lived in the province, the countryside of Leyte. My mother played Lotto. She gave some money to my father and told him to buy a ticket with some certain numbers. To make the long story short, my father did not buy the ticket but used the money for his vices.
The day the ticket was drawn came, but my father had not arrived home yet. Only to find out that all of my mother`s numbers appeared, but my mother did not win, since the ticket was never bought. It was worth more than 25 million pesos!
This is the will of God, because if not, we might be rich now but have not known the faithfulness of Jesus.
Today, we are rich because God has blessed us with the most important blessing anyone could ever have, SALVATION. We have recieved Jesus now as our personal Savior and dearest Father.
My Father in heaven is the richest man in the whole universe. And I am His daughter! So what more can I ask?
Romans 16:19 Be excellent of what is good, be innocent of evil.
Riezel (wearing the yellow shirt) is with Rhonda (wearing the red plaid blouse) on the picture above. She is 15 and will be in 4th year highschool this June.