Standing in front of you was a person who saw the world differently. I was a person who indulged and was swept away by the waves of sin, compromised on things just to be one with the crowd, who saw himself as nothing but a failure in achieving things, trying to attain everything but always ending up short and disappointed.
My past life was filled with different kinds of vices and people who accepted me only for who I was on the outside. As a result, I compromised due to fear of rejection . Because of that, my friends disappeared one by one later on. I took this one step further as I try to cover up the pieces that were missing in my life. I had multiple relationships that always ended up with a break up. I tried sex, alcohol, and staying up ‘til the very early hours of the morning. I was in a very dark and confusing place, with no sense of direction on to what will be my next step. At that time, I was blinded and controlled by sin.
Fast forward a bit, I was invited by my ex-girlfriend to attend a bible study in her tita’s House. It was those times that I saw clearly Who God really was and how He changed every person from the inside out. It was through this Bible study I got invited to attend Connect @ CCF Alabang.
My first time joining a breakout group was kind of a bit shaky because I don’t really know if I was going to fit in. But God really put “..all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose..” according to Romans 8:28. I was surrounded with a group of men who were also starting their walk with Jesus. Guided by our brother and DGroup leader KC Cheng, we walked hand-in-hand encouraging one another, developing trust, and continuously serving our Lord Jesus Christ.
Together, we joined True Life 2015 where I publicly declared my identity with Christ. I started to attend GLC classes to get to know God more. This also led me to volunteer and participate in different ministries and activities. But God was not yet finished. Because of the intimate relationship I had with Him, He placed in my heart to have this burning desire to disciple people towards Him.
A year later, True Life 2016 came along. It was time for me to teach what I had learned all these years. My B1G South Family has been so close to my heart that I saw the true meaning of fellowship, that at first hand I saw lives being changed and transformed. It was a privilege in running the race with these awesome people, knowing we will certainly run the race together encouraging one another and continuously making Jesus Christ known to others. I signed up as a BOGL to guide men, develop their trust and accountability, and hear from their point of view their walk with Christ. It was a great experience witnessing people commit their lives to Jesus seeing they made that biggest decision in following the one true God.
It was a privileged to be inspired by God to be a DGroup leader: a means to channel His love to others. I have nothing to boast about the things that He has done in my life. 3 years passed since my first Bible study up. Now, I am able to lead and disciple people around me. Truly I say to you that all of this is by His grace alone that we abide in Him, that by His love we are fueled to love others.
I leave you with this verse Isaiah 40:28-31
“The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth. He never grows weak of weary. No one can measure the depths of His understanding. He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless. Even youths will become weak and tired, and young men will fall in exhaustion. But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.”
I am Mark Justin Feliciano a sinner saved by the Grace of God, transformed by His Love and a committed follower of Christ. To God be all the Glory!