Moving from Manila to Vancouver for university back in 2016, my relationship with Jesus could be described in two words: transactional and performative. I was living a typical university student’s life, and really idolized work and the validation of others to tell me that I was enough. Moving through life that way made me feel empty. In the spring of 2018, I was challenged to attend a retreat with CCO where I encountered Jesus personally and powerfully for the first time. I was only 19 at the time, and since that moment, I knew I was made to live a life that proclaimed the joy of the gospel!
I was inspired to become a missionary after I heard in prayer, “Go and sell your possessions, then come and follow me.” I knew that the most precious thing I had in my life was my joy in making Jesus known. If not me, then who would proclaim? If not now, then when? I serve as a campus missionary at Mount Royal University in Calgary. Before joining staff, as a student, I was always curious about what Jesus was doing at MRU. It felt like MRU was just like an open field, ready for the sowing of the gospel. How wonderful it is to serve at MRU. Men and women here are dangerous – they are bold in seeing & seizing any opportunity to bring Jesus to all they encounter. I’ve seen students proclaim Jesus to their roommates, classmates, strangers, and even uber drivers. What a great joy it is to see the world renewed here at MRU one day at a time, one person at a time.