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Praise report!

REPUBLIKHA, the NGO we put up that we’ve been working on since September, is up and running! We’re so happy and thrilled that Gino de la Paz, a great great great writer and a huge supporter of our cause (and one of my favorite people in the world) decided to write about us in his column today. Do check it out! Philippine Star, Supreme section, pages J1 and J3. Here’s a preview:

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Please please go and find a paper a read it! I’ll post the bigger versions tomorrow, I just want you to go and see the real thing first. Haha!
THANK YOU to TEAM SUPREME and GINO DE LA PAZ (you are instrumental!), JC VALENCIA for the photos (thank you so so so very much), RED LOGO for the shirts, and Rivermaya, Salamin, Julianne, Barbie Almalbis, Gloc9, Joey Ayala, Brigada, Coffeebreak Island, Bituin Escalante, Peryodiko, Itchyworms, Radioactive Sago Project, Cynthia Alexander, Michael V, DJ Benjo Marquez, and all the other awesome artists who are going to be part of our first project/album (more names to be announced in the coming weeks)!

So please read the article, and please do spread the word…we’re looking for all the support we can get! :)

Join our Facebook group: http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/group.php?gid=76538927672&ref=ts

Check out our website: http://www.republikha.org

Or just say a prayer for us. We’d love that, too. :-)

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It doesn’t stop! We want to thank Ron and Owie of THE EDGE radio, too, for having us over as guests last night.

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You guys are…AMAZING. ;-) You really really are. Thanks again for having us over and letting us talk about our project…we’re really grateful for the support. :)

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In other news (not RepubLIKHA-related), this week, Trina, Jose, Camille, and I started a training program at the Young Focus Student Center in Tondo. It’s difficult to describe in one sentence, but we’re doing something like a life coaching program for high school and college scholars from the Smokey Mountain area–basically, helping them discover their talents, gifts, strengths, passions, etc., in order to encourage them to live more purposeful and passionate lives. :)

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These are awesome people. Kwela. Masaya. Makulit. Smart. Wise. Talented. I’m eager to get to know them more. :-) We’ve got weekly training sessions with them for the rest of this month, so do keep praying for us!

Thank you to Alex and Ben Compton for opening that door and introducing us to Young Focus and thank you to the dedicated and inspiring Young Focus team (Sir Ronnel, Kuya Manuel, Grace, Mark, Tina).

Tondo is the place to be! :-)

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And through it all…it’s God that makes all things possible. :) Thank you, Lord! :)

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God is the best boss ever.

I am so convinced…again! It’s amazing what happens when you put your life in God’s hands. He has proven it in my life yet again, and I am so, so grateful.

In the past month, I cleared my schedule of 90% of my previous work commitments because I felt I needed to. Once my contracts wrapped up, I made the difficult decision to move on, and I lessened my involvement in some of the stuff I was doing. And guess what happens:

  • I’ve been blessed with unexpected opportunities to host, speak, and teach in church (for kids church and the adults’ service)
  • I’m speaking at the Generation Congregation Youth Congress on Sunday about a topic that’s close to my heart
  • I’m giving a speech at the graduation rites of a high school in Nueva Ecija on March 27
  • I’m running a training program for high school students from Smokey Mountain in April
  • I’m also running another training program for youth offenders in the juvenile rehab center in Pasig this summer
  • and the Department of Education is getting us (i.e. Donita, Eric, Alex, and myself) to speak again in Baguio on April 27 (not sure if we’ll all be able to make it, though, but being invited is already such a blessing!)

All of these popped up in just the last month. I’m so humbled and in awe. God is so so so good!!! :)

I’m blogging this because I just want to encourage those who are afraid of stepping off the boat (especially when God is calling you to step out in faith)…I know it’s difficult, but just believe and TRUST Him! :) His will really IS far better than anything we can think of or imagine!

Living an “Out of Control” Life

WOW, WHAT A NIGHT. We just had the first Thursday session of our One Life to Live seminar series and it was just…WOW! God is so good. We had lots of fun–the people were so ‘game’, Pastor Paolo‘s message was great, and we were blessed by Alexis Edralin’s testimony. Rob Johnson and I had the honor of hosting the event and I tell you…God has a sense of humor, and He really loves a good laugh. :-D

Rob and I are not hosts. We’ve never hosted before (at least Rob claims he never did!). Okay, on second thought, I take it back. I hosted my first Kids Church session a month ago, but that’s it, and that was a whole different ballgame. So when Rob and I met up a couple of hours before the seminar started to “get our act together”, we must’ve burst into laughter several times. Then we’d shake our heads, and sigh. Then try again. Then laugh some more.

*Sigh*

Did I mention that I’m supposed to be a professional trainer and motivational speaker?

Someone once asked me if I enjoyed public speaking, and I laughed. The truth is, unlike most public speakers who get a thrill out of being on stage, I am PETRIFIED of public speaking. Right before I do a speech or a talk, I feel my heart palpitate. I KID YOU NOT. Some people might think I’m just doing that false humility thing BUT PLEASE PLEASE TRUST ME I really really am PETRIFIED!  And yet…I do it anyway!

Over the last 9 months since I’ve left a full-time job to pursue the vision of becoming a teacher, I’ve been doing talks here and there, sometimes in front of 3 people, one time in front of 3,000. I do all sorts of talks geared towards the youth…I do career talks, leadership talks, talks for True Love Waits, etc. Whenever I get an invitation, I pray about it, and if I feel I’m being led by God to go, I go.

I feel that at this point you might be either rolling your eyes in disbelief OR scratching your heads, confused and wondering why on earth I keep doing it and how I get away with doing it if I’m really as nervous as I say I am.

Hold on…I’m getting there…

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