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photo Name: marites
Gender: female
Age: 42
Status: not married
When saved: 2004
Country: Philippines

Date: September 29, 2014

Favorite Bible Verse: Romans8:28-all things work together for good for those who love God and who are called according to His purpose

I am Marites, a single parent of six children.

I grew up in a dysfunctional family. I was sexually molested at the early age of 4, on top of being emotionally, verbally, and physically abused. As a result, I became jealous of good relationships. I was envious, covetous, insecure, self-centered, confused, selfish, gossipy, angry, and very bitter. I always thought that the world was so unfair and that I was always the victim.

My mom was a full-time nagger, my dad a 24/7 gambler and part-time womanizer. My mom was always in fight mode, so my dad was always in flight mode. As early as six years old, I was often left to take care of my two siblings. My mom had high expectations of me because I was the eldest, and I had to know how to perform all the household chores aside from caring for the other children. I never had a childhood myself, acting as the mother to my siblings and taking on all that responsibility. I had to think of my siblings’ needs before my own.

I was ten years old when our business went bankrupt. My mom suffered from depression, and my dad left us for another woman. I was forced to work in order to feed my siblings and face all my mom’s creditors. These creditors were enraged, cursing me for the bounced checks that my mom issued; I received many threats on her behalf.I

In school, my parents were always absent from parents’ meetings. I felt neglected and unloved. I tried to excel in academics, but my insecurities prevented me from having good relationships. I seldom smiled, tried to get attention through angry behavior, and wanted everyone to be miserable like me.

Even though I was studying, I was still forced to wake up before 4:00am to go out and work, or else a heated flat iron on my lap would wake me up on my lap, or lashes from a rubber rope would give me stripes all over my skin.

I rebelled by getting pregnant at 17 to escape from the responsibilities passed on to me and to avoid my molestors and my angry, abusive mom. I was forced to get married out of a superstition that staying unmarried would bring bad luck to the family, but I thought marriage would be my escape. I didn’t know it would be worse than I ever thought. I became a battered wife, beaten black and blue everyday by an irresponsible and alcoholic husband. I had nowhere else to go, so I stayed and tried to be strong. My family advised me to avoid having a broken home.

But after five years, I couldn’t take any more. I was hospitalized with almost broken spine and skull, hematoma (bruises) all over my body, and an X mark on my face. I almost lost all my fingers in self-defense, grabbing the knife that my husband had used to destroy my face.

I hid myself from him and lived in fear of being killed. Many guys offered me a good and comfortable life; I became dependent on relationships and jumped from one to another. Then, I gave in to a married man and became his mistress. He was a surgeon and so very able to provide. He was very gentle and took care of me. I thought we really loved each other; he considered me and the four children we had together his 2nd family. I thought everything was okay.

Although I knew it was immoral to become a mistress, I felt my actions were justified because my family was getting financial help. I believed that if I didn’t ask for counsel from anyone — who cared? Everyone makes mistakes.

I never prayed; I knew God as judgmental and perfectionist. He would just punish me for my sin and condemn me to hell. Why should I pray if it will just go to the trash? It was a waste of time and effort for me. I expected to just pray on my deathbed and confess to a priest with my last breath.

I used material things to pretend I was happy, but deep in myself, I was screaming for help. I tried everything to overcome my emptiness: going to casinos and bars, shopping, and engaging in sex and pornography. I also went to a psychiatrist because I suffered from depression.

But God loves me so much; he heard my silent cry. I heard the gospel in a moment of boredom and found myself thirsting for more. I attended Christian worship services and then accepted Christ as my Lord and Saviour.

The problems did not end right there and then, though. I felt convicted and suddenly had the fear of death. It gave me sleepless nights. I became dependent on sleeping pills to buy just three hours of sleep.

And, I couldn’t give up my comfortable life. My greatest fear was to become poor again. I could afford to live simply, but I couldn’t compromise my four kids’ future. My two older children from my previous relationship came back to me, bringing the total to six kids.

One night, I had an anxiety attack. I couldn’t breathe. I knew I was dying. With my last breath, I cried out to God and begged for another chance to live. In return, I would straighten up my life.

God is good and listened to my prayer. I was so afraid and confused; I didn’t know how to start fulfilling my promise. God then talked to me by showing two roads in a dream. I had to choose. The first road was very pleasing to the eyes and filled with flowers. The second road was so dark. But there, Jesus would walk with me and uphold me each time I fell.

I talked to the surgeon and tried to end the relationship. I asked him to support the kids and set me free, but he refused because, he said, we were his second family. On God’s prompting, I called his wife, and he became extremely angry with me. He believed I had replaced him with another man and threatened to take our 4 kids from me. I was jobless then (2004) and had a four-month-old baby and children aged three, five, six, 12, and 14. I was financially incapable of raising them all. I cried and asked God to help me have the custody of my children; I would lose my mind if they would be taken from me.

I was already attending CCF then, and God spoke to me through Jeremiah 33:3 — “Call unto Me and I will answer and I will show you great and mighty things you do not know.”

One day, the surgeon and his wife visited the four younger kids and brought some stuff that they needed. I thought everything would go smoothly. On the contrary, it resulted in a heated argument and then violence. I was brutally battered in front of my five-year-old son. I was slapped, had my head hit against the wall, and almost choked me to death. The wife boxed, kicked, and poked my head. Thank God I was able to cry for help.

The couple escaped and filed a case against me to protect their reputation. They claimed I beat them both. I never thought of filing a case against them and just reported the incident to the police. God led me all throughout the process, from the police to the hospital, securing all the evidence I needed if anything happened.

It is not easy to follow Jesus. I asked God, “Why did You allow them to hurt me, when all I want is to follow your command to stop being a mistress?” I really couldn’t understand.

My five-year-old son blamed himself for being so small and unable to help me during the attack. My kids suddenly stopped talking and were all traumatized by the fear of losing their dad and the comfortable life they were used to.

At CCF, I learned to pray and read the bible. I drew my strength from the Scripture each time I felt low. I learned to sing praises all the time, even when we had nothing to eat. God said that life is more important than the food we eat and clothes we wear. I finished reading the entire bible in less than 6 months. I discovered the mighty works of God and that He is so forgiving, merciful, loving, and faithful to His promises. I applied the Word to my life.

Then, I tested God’s pomise in Malachi 3:10-12. He promised to return all my tithes and offerings pressed down, shaken together, and running over, and he would open the windows of heaven and bless my health, work, and home. People would call me blessed.

I gave my tithes from everything I received. I heard from Pastor Joby Soriano the story of a farmer crying while planting his very last seeds, trusting God for the outcome. I had my last Php 1,000 with me at the time and put it in the tithe box. That meant my kids would have nothing to eat. But I planted it as a seed. I said to myself, “If I keep the ₱1000 in my wallet, it is not enough, even for a week. But I will plant this and trust God to provide for our needs.”

God’s promise is true. He opens the windows of heaven. If I prayed for milk for my baby, three months’ supply of milk for my six kids will arrive, specially delivered by a stranger. I even had some to share with the needy. I was jobless for two years, and God provided for me and for my kids. I never begged nor asked from anyone else. I just applied Philippians 4:6-7; I told God all my needs through prayer and thanked Him for His answers.

There was a time when four of the kids got sick almost every week. I begged for a bottle of medicine from their father, but he refused to help. I cried to God and said, “I know You can change his heart, but you hardened it. Although it’s so painful, I will still thank and praise You because I love You.” Then, my 4 kids were miraculuously healed! I realized that God was teaching me a very powerful prayer: 1 Thessalonians 5:18 — “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

God burdened me to give love to street children through the Backstreet Kids ministry. I believe teaching them about God’s love and loving them will help prevent them from becoming criminals someday. God also taught me to be compassionate and called me to become a caregiver for the sick. I volunteered in a hospital and shared the gospel at the same time. I also used to criticize men in uniform and call them names. God led me to participate in and volunteer for the first batch of the Philippine National Police – Purpose-Driven Life ministry. God opened my eyes and helped me to see that these men and women risked their lives for our safety in exchange for a small salary and few benefits. So now, I look at them with compassion and respect.

I was happy but not completely joyful. I still needed some healing.

Court proceedings troubled me. I shook in fear and couldn’t eat. The surgeon and his wife wanted my downfall. The court had decided in my favor before; now the couple was using their money and connections to reverse the decision. I trusted God to be my defender and lawyer. The case they filed against me was dismissed, but the cases filed by the police continued (the doctor was charged with violence against women and children. His wife was charged with physical injury). I could not afford to hire a good lawyer, so I was advised to dismiss the case in exchange for support for my kids. God told me to give up my rights, forgive them, and fully trust Him, so I obeyed.

I realized that if God had not allowed the couple to physically attack me, there would be no record of their violence, and I could have lost custody of the kids. Not only did God answer my prayer to keep my kids, but he also provided for them. The couple would be obliged to give support in exchange for the dismissal of the criminal cases.

God’s thoughts and ways are different from ours. The court order was delayed for two years because the couple had taken the documents. I kept quiet and handed it all to God. We were driven away from the house the surgeon had bought for his four kids with me. People advised me to fight for my kids’ rights and stay put in the house. But God said, “Let go and trust Me,” and I obeyed.

In 2006, I joined a D-Group, and soon, many people were praying for me and the kids. God blessed me w/ a good job. I learned many things about His faithfulness and how to be a good mother. My kids recovered from the trauma, by the grace of God, and with the help of Sunday school teachers who patiently and lovingly taught them about their loving Heavenly Father. My kids are now talking again and excelling in school. (God bless you, Sunday school teachers!)

I thought a tall and handsome guy would be the answer to my prayers, and I planned to remarry. But God said, “No,” so I obeyed. God himself provided for me and comforted me each time I longed for someone. God revealed Himself to me as the best Husband and Father of my fatherless children.

God said to me, “You cannot give what you don’t have,” and led me to join the Glorious Hope program. I knew there was something in me that needed healing and recovery. The program helped me to see my defects and strengths. All my life, I thought I was a victim. Now, I had learned to forgive and accept my past, not with bitterness, but with a thankful heart, allowing God to heal me. I prayed to God to make a way for me to be able to ask for forgiveness from the couple I had harmed by being a mistress.

But then, I was framed. The dismissed case had been reopened; the couple still wanted to reverse the court’s decision. Still, God is so good. I was able to attend the hearing and took the opportunity to humbly ask the couple for forgiveness. I was mocked, humiliated and unforgiven. But God covered me w/ His loving arms, comforted me, and kept me still; I didn’t fight back. By the grace of God, I was free from the curse of unforgiveness. I did my part; the battle was the Lord’s. Fear left me; I fully trusted God to defend me against all their plans to hurt me and my children. I simply chose to trust God and forgive.

Once again, the case was dismissed! And the couple has been compelled to give the kids financial support.

Now, I am happy and content serving God with pure joy. God’s plan and timing is perfect. I have no regrets. I thank God for those hardships. Those trials made me strong and fully dependent on God.He is using me now to encourage the weak and the hurting. I share the gospel to the beggars,street children and to every person and situation. i want people to experience the good life that God offers if we have the right relationship with Him. I am being used by God to do counselling/lifecoaching people to recover from their past hurts and pains through the comfort and healing that Christ Jesus has done for me. i continue my studies to equip myself in leading people to Christlikeness. i currently lead encouragement groups composed of singleparents and singlewomen and equipping the saints in making committed followers of Jesus.
God is giving me a burden to build a house of refuge for the homeless and lead them to have a grateful heart for Jesus. to encourage them that there are many things we have to thank God for. i believe that if God ordains, He sustains.

please pray with me that i will be faithful to run the race and continue the fire of serving Him for His glory alone. He is so faithful to His promises — he held me up each time I fell, just as he had promised in my dream — and His word shall stand forever.

I am still a work in progress and need a lot of prayers. My prayer is for God to use me, lead me, and guide me where to go and what to say. I pray that I can glorify God and do what he wants, that even after my death, I will never stop glorifying His name.

God is so good all the time! He revealed Himself to me as my provider, husband, Father of my fatherless, healer, defender, lawyer, peace, refuge, rock, strength, and comforter. He is my everything!

Truly, as Romans 8:28 says, “All things work together for the good of those who love God and who are called according to His purpose.
all the glory be to our awesome God!

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photo Name: jyra
Gender: female
Age: 17
Status: not married
Birthday: October 29
When saved: sincebirth
City: catbalogan
Country: Philippines

Date: September 28, 2014

Favorite Bible Verse: matthew 21;22 IF U WILL JUST BELEIVE U WILL RECEIVED WHAT EVER U ASK THROUG PRAYER

HELLO MY NAME IS JYRA I LIVE IN PHILLIPPINES MY MY DAD IS PASTOR I LIKE SINGING ,ACTING, and WATCHING MOVIE . IM LOOKING A NEW FREIND ALL OVER THE WORLD .

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photo Name: Jess
Gender: female
Age: 25
Status: married
When saved: 5
Country: United States

Date: September 26, 2014

Favorite Bible Verse: Isaiah 51:3; Romans 12; 2 Corinthians 12:9

I am a wife, a mom to five beautiful kids, and a Christ follower. I think having a pen pal to write to would be good for my brain, my heart, and my spiritual walk. I would love a friend from anywhere in the world to talk to. I am also interested in exchanging postcards and things like that. Please only female pen pals!

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photo Name: bethlehemites
Gender: male
Age: 40
Status: married
When saved: 1990
Country: Philippines

Date: September 26, 2014

Favorite Bible Verse: Matthew 28:19-20 Go and make disciples

We belong to a very loving and wonderful family that exalt the Name of Jesus...Our church composed of a young generation that eager to share the Gospel of Jesus in different parts of the world... We are trained to go and make disciples as the Lord Jesus Christ commanded in Matthew 28:19-20...We usually gathered in open space area because we dont have a place to do our worship service but we look forward soon as the Lord blesses us.
Our Ministry involves:
1. Children Ministry
2. Youth Ministry
3. Tribal mission Ministry
4. Volunteer workers for typhoon Victims around the Philippines
DROP ME LINE , AND WE PROMISE TO RESPOND TO EVERYONE IMMEDIATELY!

GOD BLESS,
BETHLEHEMITES

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photo Name: Pastor Raim
Gender: male
Age: 41
Status: married
When saved: 1989
Country: Philippines

Date: September 26, 2014

Favorite Bible Verse: Matthew 28:19-20 Go and make disciples

Serving the Lord as Church Minister for 22 years....With Mixed experienced we undergone.. Difficulties and joy in the ministry.. God bless me with a beautiful wife and 2 wonderful kids ( Joshua and Khaleb) We were engage in the ministry of the Lord in the field of church planting and children ministry... At present, we served as Senior Pastor of Bethlehem Jesus Church and running school for the Poor and slum children... and a Tribal ministry Program.
I tried to post my church ministry profile here to have more friends from any part of the World..Pls drop me line here and surely i will respond to you immediately.. God bless you!

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Name: Rev. Ravi Kadiyam
Gender: male
Age: 32
Status: married
Birthday: July 22
When saved: 1-1-1995
City: ONGOLE
Country: India

Date: September 29, 2014

Favorite Bible Verse: Phil 4:13

I am Pastor Ravi kadiyam from India. I proud to be a Christian. I love to herold the Word of God the people as long as I live. I am here in this site not to look for the money or any other things rather to show the Christ likeness to the people. My God is bigger than any one. Please contact or mail people who really burnout for the ministry with empty. Pray for me and for the ministry here. I now involved in the youth and children ministry to make them as the great servants of the most high God. You can share your thoughts and prophecies for the benefit of the ministry. For me to live is Christ. I do involve in all the Social activities because I believe that God concerned physical, social, emotional and spiritual needs of the people. I always love to do more than ever people did. Thank you.

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Name: Gosha Anjum
Gender: male
Age: 15
Status: not married
When saved: Toba Tek Singh
Country: Pakistan

Date: September 29, 2014

Favorite Bible Verse: John 14:18, “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.

Gosha Anjum Charity Foundation Pakistan


Written By Mr.Qaisar Anwar, Special to Christian Pen Pal

INTRODUCTION:

“GOSHA ANJUM CHARITY SCHOOL” has been established for the remedy of problems being faced by the neglected and perturbed human race and for the welfare of the general public. Kind hearted and intelligent people work in this Foundation who always aimed at resolving the troubles of community people without receiving any reward of it. This Foundation mainly deals with providing educational facilities and to fight against poverty.
The priorities of this Foundation are to put an end on the child labour and provide better educational facilities to such children whose FOUNDATION even at the cost of their personal comforts.

The participants further expressed their views that such Foundation may result into the MILESTONE for the development and character building of our neglected children if due amount of attention is paid and full cooperation is extended towards it.

At the end, it is emphasized over all concerned that they should work hard for the success of our Foundation so that it may provide brilliant children for our Society. Parents have no financial stability to bear the high costs and expenses of their children with regard to their education. It has been observed that these neglected children work at hotels, tuck shops, tea-bars for earning the livings for themselves and for their old parents. These children have to work even the petty works for their subsistence which do not supplement the requirement for constructing a strong and educated society in Pakistan. Rather, these children are the greater hurdles in the way of development of our beloved country and needed to be looking after properly. If due attention to such children is not paid then these children grow in to the looters, dacoits, robbers and the murderers because they need money for passing life in this society at all costs.

To over-come all these difficulties a kind hearted, passionate, well donated and heart feeler person named as Gosha Anjum” started the “GOSHA ANJUM CHARITY SCHOOL FOUNDATION” in Toba Tek Singh for the welfare, rehabilitation and establishment of such neglected children so that these children may become the important figures for the development of our society.

This Foundation will provide books, stationery items, uniforms and other necessities of life to these neglected children of the society to help in their character building and make them the shining stars of the society.

For this purpose, Chaudhry Shafiq Thaheem carried out a close survey of the surrounding areas of Toba Tek Singh and found out a large number of children who really deserve to be looked after properly for their better future. The Political, Social and other Important Figures of the area participated in the opening ceremony of this Foundation who praised this positive step of Gosha Anjum. They expressed their heartiest feelings and arguments and emphasized on the importance of establishing this Foundation. They praised for the bold step of Gosha Anjum and hoped for the better results in near future due to the performance and devotion of the Foundation Body. All the participants ensured that they would also provide full cooperation for the development of this Foundation at all levels.

It is important to mention that Gosha Anjum is a low paid employee but putting up his best efforts through this Foundation to remove the educational ignorance from the society at all costs. For this noble cause, He is working with his other team members in the area day and night so as to get reward from the ALMIGHTY GOD & HIS SON OF JESUS CHRIST. For achieving better results and making this Foundation a success, Gosha Anjum is striving hard to make arrangements for the payment of salaries to the teachers besides providing books and awarding gifts to the neglected children of this Charity School.

All these factors, tends to speak about the highness of Gosha Anjum as he is engaged in a noble cause to achieve better results and to remove the anomalies of children through his hard work, devotion and relentless services. All these services are the open and void evidences of his keen interest and greatness.

At the last, everybody prayed for the success of the Foundation and infused the well –to – do dignitaries of the area to contribute their donations in shape of rendering valuable services for the betterment and success of the FOUNDATION. Ultimately, this aspect was welcomed by everybody and determined to work for the betterment of the FOUNDATION even at the cost of their personal comforts.

The participants further expressed their views that such Foundation may result into the MILESTONE for the development and character building of our neglected children if due amount of attention is paid and full cooperation is extended towards it.

At the end, it is emphasized over all concerned that they should work hard for the success of our Foundation so that it may provide brilliant children for our Society. It’s easy for one person to make an impact. Sponsor a child and change their life forever. Act now and make a real difference to a child’s life.

Mr.Gosha Anujm,
Christian Colony Toba Tek Singh
36050 Punjab Pakistan,
Cell+923336962565

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Name: Riye
Gender: female
Age: 13
Status: not married
Birthday: March 27
When saved: 10 years old
City: Davao City
Country: Philippines

Date: September 29, 2014

Favorite Bible Verse: John 3:16

Snail Mail Penpal
Alejandria Riye Louise Manzo
Block 76 Lot 38 Opal Street,
Deca Homes Esperanza
Tigatto, Buhangin,
Davao City
Philippines 8000

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Name: Brianna
Gender: female
Age: 25
Status: not married
When saved: 9
Country: United States

Date: September 28, 2014

Favorite Bible Verse: Isaiah 53:5

My name is Brianna and I'm interested in Christian lady pen pals from around the world. I love to write poetry and stories. I have epilepsy and therefore grand mal seizures. The picture is of me and Sheila, my seizure alert service dog. She is a beautiful flat-coated retriever. It would be interesting to have pen pals who also have some sort of disability. I welcome anyone to send an invite though.
I love Jesus Christ more than anything. He has helped me and my family through thick and thin.

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Name: Carissa
Gender: female
Age: 34
Status: not married
Birthday: April 10
When saved: 18
State: New Jersey
Country: United States

Date: September 28, 2014

Favorite Bible Verse: I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. -Galatians 2:20

Hello, my name is Carissa and I am looking for a Christian man with whom I can correspond via snailmail, i.e. handwritten mail. I use social media and email everyday but it would be really nice to be able to return to the old-fashioned way of correspondence :)

Not that anyone is perfect, but I'm looking for someone who is just genuine in his desire to know God. Who thirsts and hungers after God in spite of the problems in his life. Someone with a gentle and humble heart.

P.S. - I'm the one in the left in the photo I attached.

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