Isiah Marigmen

Campus Missionary, Simon Fraser University
isiah.marigmen@cco.ca
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I was born in Manila, Philippines as part of a very traditional Filipino Family. My parents, Isaias and Heidi, raised my two sisters and myself with comfort, guidance and love. I am enormously thankful for the gift from God that they are. Although, my sisters and I are not the closest, I am truly proud and delighted for everything that they have accomplished in their lives. Without their constant support and encouragement, I don’t know who and where I’d be.

We immigrated to Canada in 2008, and I have lived in Toronto ever since then. Having been born in a very traditional Filipino family, it meant that I always had to go to Sunday mass with my family. Although, without knowing why I had to go, I always enjoyed the idea of going there every Sunday. After moving to Canada, my family and I had stopped going to church, and it was then that I began to fall away in my faith. From elementary school to high school, I felt that there was something up there, I knew that there was a God, but I didn’t think it was Jesus. Before becoming involved with CCO, I was living my life without any direction, values, or ideals. I was just living life knowing what I wanted to do. I didn’t feel like I belonged anywhere. I tried fitting in with different groups with no direction at all. I still didn’t know who Jesus was really. After graduating high school, I had to choose and Ryerson was my top choice – but I didn’t get accepted, and I chose a different university. I didn’t want to disappoint my parents so I went to a university that I didn’t really want to go to. I had a few friends and we hung out – but it was tough for me to make real friends. It was a bunch of different people, I was lost and I didn’t know what to do. I got really depressed and it was hard for me because I felt like my life was over, what was the purpose of my life? Why am I still living? What is the meaning of my life? Without having Jesus, I didn’t know what to do.

It wasn’t until I started taking faith studies at Ryerson Catholics that I realized how much He did for me. I started to learn more about Him and my faith, about His unconditional love. Discovery made me realize how much He had done for me that I’d never even considered. How He did so many things for me that I didn’t know – for my family and myself, for my whole life? I wanted to love him more and pay Him back for all the things He did for me. I am giving up my life for Him and continue to love Him. All the stress, depression, problems that I have been through, Jesus just made me strong and kept moving me up instead of being down. He kept telling me to live my life and that everything will be fine at the end of the day. I discovered why I said yes to Him and put Him at the centre of my life. Now I want to help impact others sharing His love and my love to others.

Starting this fall, I will be serving as a campus missionary at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, BC. I am very thrilled and excited to have this opportunity to reach out to other university students and accompany them in their journey to discovering God’s personal love.

ONGOING PRAYER REQUESTS

Please pray for me as I go through this journey of being a missionary. Pray for all the students that I am about to encounter, I ask that you pray for their openness and the willingness to let God enter their life and receiver His personal love for them. I also ask you to pray for my family, for their willingness and support for myself.

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