By Joy Pujante
I am Joy Pujante, 32 years old, was born in a place in Caloocan City where different types of crimes are happening every now and then. I grew up exposed to this type of environment and even to the extent of being involved in robbery activities, gambling and taking illegal drugs.
I was able to complete my high school education and even entered college but was not able to graduate because I felt difficulties of having my studies and at the same time work for my daily needs. However, I was still linked to my bad habits and was even going deeper in them to the extent of dealing drugs.
I met my live-in partner and considering that I didn’t have regular job, we stayed with my wife’s parents. I could not get along with my in-laws because most of my time were devoted to my vices and friends. Everyday I would be with my friends enjoying life until the time when something unexpected happened. My wife who was already having an affair with another man left me.
My father who provided me some financial assistance died and what was left was my unfaithful mother who was also having an affair with another man. This happened while my father was working abroad. I felt bad about this.
One time, I was invited by my brother who was already a member of the Church of God International, to a Bible Exposition in Cainta Rizal. That was the first time I heard of a Bro. Eliseo Soriano and I learned many things in that event. I became interested by this time to listen to Bro Eli in his television program but my bad drinking habits were still with me. Sometimes during our drinking sessions, I would have debates with my drinking partners concerning religion and I always prevailed over them because I used what I learned from Bro Eli.
At this point I realized that my condition would not do anything good to my life. I decided then to attend an indoctrination session, so I went to the nearest Church chapter. That was in November 2000 and by the month of December I became a new member of the Church with God’s help.
With the teachings of Bro Eli, thanks be to God, great changes came into my life. All my vices are gone; I already have a direction in my life and am able to have peace of mind.
By February 2001, I decided to attend a workers’ seminar. I am grateful to Bro. Eli and Bro .Daniel, I was able to know God.
With the Lord’s help, I will remain to be a humble servant till the end. To God be the Glory!