Friday, 07 September 2012 13:45
LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… He who despises his neighbor sins, but blessed is he who is kind to the needy…” (Proverbs 14:21, the Holy Bible).
GOD’S YOUNG WORKER IN NEED OF HELP: This is an appeal for help—financial help, especially—to enable 22 year old Princess Joama Marcosa Alvarado Caleda of Tuguegarao City, Cagayan Province, to pay her hospital bills at the UST Hospital in Manila which, by now, has reached almost a million pesos. Princess was operated on, after she was diagnosed to be suffering from “takasayus arteritis”, or, in layman’s language, “pulseless disease”.
Pastor Jojo Julian, the senior pastor of the New Testament Church and Mission based in Cagayan Province, brought the plight of Princess to my attention the other night, introducing her as a youth leader of their church which is ministering to the people of Balzain, Tuguegarao City (once known as the Tondo of Tuguegarao City, but which has been transformed by the work of the New Testament Church in the area, with Princess actively participating).
“Takasayus arteritis” is a very rare disease, afflicting only one in every 500,000 females whose ages range from 10 to 30 years old, Pastor Jojo told me. The doctor who operated on Princess claimed she was just the second patient with this kind of a disease that consulted him, and who was subjected to medical intervention. Church members are profusely thanking God that Princess came out well after the operation.
FAITH IS THE ONLY THING THAT POOR FAMILY HAS: The father of Princess is a lawyer from the Public Attorney’s Office in Tuguegarao City, Atty. Evaristo “Jojo” Caleda. Her mother, Miraja Alvarado Caleda, is a plain housewife who is also an active church leader. Given this situation, finances are terribly problematic, especially since Atty. Caleda espouses a strong belief on straight dealings because of his religious faith.
This notwithstanding, they had to bring Princess to the UST Hospital. This was so because doctors in the province advised them to do so, to stop the progression of the disease towards complete paralysis or even death. Unable to give up the life of their daughter just like that, Jojo and Miraja decided to bring her to Manila, even if they were suffering from dire financial want.
As of now, Princess has been confined for 15 days, and expenses keep mounting on a daily basis. The family does not know what to do, and only their faith in the goodness of God keeps them going—praying and hoping that He will give them the breakthrough to settle all their bills—and finally get out of the hospital. Those interested to help financially can call Pastor Jojo Julian at 09069777017.
HELPING OTHERS MEANS HELPING GOD: Helping others who are in need means helping and lending to God. In Proverbs 19:17, the Bible says: “He who is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will reward him for what he has done.”
In Matthew 25:31-46, we are told by Jesus Christ, our God and Savior, that those who feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, care for the sick and visit the detained and clothe the naked, are all really feeding, giving drink, caring, visiting and clothing Him, and therefore would be given an everlasting life with God.
I am sure that if we help Princess, a worker of God, in her hour of need, we are actually doing it for God. We must therefore strive to give or do whatever we can. Call Pastor Jojo Julian at 09069777017 now.
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