We in Victory celebrate 30 years of God’s goodness & faithfulness this month. God has blessed us with exponential growth these past three decades but more than just focusing on the number of church attendants it is the changed lives that we celebrate through discipleship because of God’s “radical” love for us in Jesus Christ.
It was March 2006 when I finally gave my life to the Lord after 33 years of trying to play hide & seek with Him. Yes, I almost did give up my life to the Lord three times before. First, when elementary friends brought me to a youth service 1986; then when I studied four years in a Christian high school when I was “exiled” in the States and then when I was doing a “Bible-Roulette” when I was deep in debt as a businessman 2002.
Radical, is God’s plan in my life that it wasn’t in those circumstances that I came to know the Lord. But I praise God for the faith & heart for the lost that He has given this man I want to honor today, on his birthday, Edwin Uy.
I looked up to this guy ever since we were young because he was always cool, being years ahead of me. A varsity basketball player, a jock, and the others to harsh to mention when your are honoring somebody. We were golf buddies and then became business partners 2002.
But ever since my wife and I knew that Edwin plus his wife Margot were more than just business partners because they were investing more in our lives and with no R.O.I. (return of investment) in mind. Seven years into our marriage with two cute boys (Gelo 6, Monty 4), a storm hit in 2006. With no visible solution in sight, we were going to call it quits.
I remember vividly the conversation I had with Edwin and he never promised me anything about my marriage or how to save it. All he was pointing out is how I needed to let go of the reigns & let God take control. He pointed to me how I was lord over my life that’s why everything was in shambles and that I needed God to put everything to its proper place, according to His Will. What he told me still resonates in my head today, “You need Jesus as your Lord & Savior”.
The day after, Yet & I talked and agreed to try to work things out. It was like you and me against the world because nobody in our family supported our decision. Three days after, we were in the 4pm service at Victory Alabang and both of us gave our lives to the Lord. We did responded to the altar call together, but the decision was made individually. And we started our own separate journey with the Lord.
All throughout our journey as “baby Christians”, Edwin was there with me, pushing me to read the Bible; buying a pen & notebook for taking notes, teaching/showing me how to value my quiet time with God and even coaching me how to disciple men. I can never forget the Bible verse that he first taught me: Matthew 6:33But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
As a Christ follower, a pastor & one who make disciples, I would always look up to you, “Tatang”, as I fondly call Edwin. Thank you for showing me how to honor God & make disciples, thank you for teaching me the value of hard work and most of all thank you for showing me how to put God in the center of my family.
Love you Bro! Happy Birthday!!!!!