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The Hand of God: Miracle in the Life of Sister Mary Anne Bongo

Sis. Mary Anne Bongo testifying in the pulpit during JMCIM's Sunday Service at Amoranto Stadium, Quezon City, Phils. (March 2012)

At the start of Sis. Mary Anne’s testimony in the pulpit, she couldn’t contain her gratitude, her praises to the Lord for another great miracle that God has wrought in her life. She had been working in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia as a domestic helper, and when she finally set foot on Philippine soil at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, she couldn’t help shouting, “Mabuhay, Pilipinas!” (“Long live, Philippines!”)

In late-2010, Sis. Mary Anne and her employer traveled from Jeddah to London. On December 3 of the same year, a day Sis. Mary Anne is bound never to forget, they left London for Jeddah. According to Sis. Mary Anne’s testimony, they didn’t notice anything amiss while waiting for their plane even when they were boarding. But when they were already airborne, they noticed that there was something wrong with the plane.

The passengers began to panic. They removed their seat belts and stood up, not knowing what to do. The children began to wail. There was a commotion as passengers panicked and felt dizzy with the way the plane was flying. Even Sis. Mary Anne became dizzy in her seat beside her employer. But she recited The Lord’s Prayer and Psalm 23 in her mind and she felt her head clear up.

The passengers, who were mostly Muslims, were standing up, calling and crying out to Allah. When Sis. Mary Anne felt that the aircraft was already going on a nose dive, she also stood up and with all the strength in her, shouted “Halleluiah! In Jesus’ Name! In Jesus’ Name!” many times. She was crying out and shouting as loud as she could.

Almost instantly, the plane stabilized and was able to maintain its altitude. The other passengers were amazed and on an impulse, some of them flocked to where Sis. Mary Anne was standing. They were hugging her tightly, thankful that they were safe. But the other passengers were asking, “Who shouted ‘Halleluiah‘? That’s not allowed with us!” And Sis. Mary Anne, still empowered by the Holy Spirit, boldly answered, “I belong to the JESUS MIRACLE CRUSADE INTERNATIONAL MINISTRY headed by our beloved Honorable Pastor, Evangelist Wilde Almeda, back there in the Philippines!” She said she really lifted up the name of the Lord Jesus Christ whose power is unequalled and whose mighty deeds are unsurpassed over all the earth.

It was then that the captain announced that they were going to have an emergency landing at Qatar airport. But inside the aircraft, the cacophony of children’s cries and passengers talking at the same time continued.

When the plane landed at Qatar airport, all the passengers were in a hurry to leave, but it turned out that there were reporters in the plane and they besieged Sis. Mary Anne, wanting to interview her. For Sis. Mary Anne, this was an excellent opportunity to make the name of the Lord Jesus Christ known to all that were present there and give glory to Him. Sis Mary Anne who was of great faith (glory to God!) and who has been serving the Lord in JMCIM for many years, was more than glad to announce to the whole world that the Lord is all-powerful, ever-living God.

People were hugging her and asking questions. Her Muslim employer came to her defense. She introduced Sis. Mary Anne as her staff and that she’s a Christian from the Philippines. And while the interview went on, the plane’s pilot approached her and said, “So, you were the one who shouted in the plane.” And the passengers cried, “Yes, there was a miracle inside the airplane!”

At this point, the pilot said that in all of his years of flying and piloting an aircraft, this was his first time to experience a near plane crash.

And then he testified that when the plane was uncontrollably going down fast, he saw a big hand hold the aircraft and it stabilized.

(Sis. Mary Anne was weeping in the pulpit while shouting Halleluiah!)

Can we shout Halleluiah? Amen! Halleluiah! (Choking back tears). The God we serve is an almighty God! He never changes!

Because of this miracle, Sis. Mary Anne endeared herself to the whole household of her Muslim employer, so much so that they wanted to come visit the Philippines and see the great congregation of the Lord Jesus Christ!

(This is not the first miracle that happened in the life of Sis. Mary Anne Bongo. In the late ’90s, the Lord showed her a great miracle which has become a classic major testimony in the Church. By God’s grace, I will write about this in “Miracle in the Life of Sis. Mary Anne Bongo Part 2”).

Sis. Mary Anne Bongo testifying in the pulpit during JMCIM worship service in Cebu, Phils. (March 2012)

Halleluiah! To God be ALL the glory!

~ Sis. Rina R. Peru

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Robbery Miracle: The Testimony of Sister Tarciana Sibayan

Sister Tarciana Sibayan at JMCIM worship venue at the Amoranto Stadium, Quezon Phils. (February 2012)

There is a Bible verse that our Church, JESUS MIRACLE CRUSADE INTERNATIONAL MINISTRY, holds onto like a fool-proof weapon far more powerful than any man-made ones. Many of the beloved brethren from the earlier years of JMCIM up to the present have completely believed and trusted in this verse literally, every word of it.

No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD. (Is. 54:17)

I swear by God that in the almost-nine years that I have been serving the Lord in JMCIM, I have heard enough testimonies of brethren being saved by God from firearms, knives and other deadly weapons that could astound many believers around the world if they were all written and shared. There are many, I assure you, and the ones that stand above the rest are the testimonies of our beloved Hon. Pastor Evangelist Wilde E. Almeda and the twelve prayer warriors when they went up to the mountains of Talipao, Jolo, Sulu in the island of Mindanao and entered the camp of the Abu Sayyaf. You can read the whole story of the victorious peace mission here.

What I’m going to share to you now is the mighty deliverance of God in an ordinary day that He wrought to an ordinary believer.

Sister Tarciana and her family used to be very poor – no food, no home. When they received the Lord Jesus Christ and served Him faithfully in the ministry of Jesus Miracle Crusade, the Lord prospered them. He gave them a business from which they get their livelihood. Sis. Tarciana gives her tithes and love offering diligently and the Lord increased their business more. It is a “variety store” where they also serve cooked food. Variety stores or in our native tongue, Sari-sari stores with carinderia (canteen) on the side are a very popular kind of small business among Filipinos.

At dawn a few weeks ago, Sis. Tarciana and two of her store helpers were opening the store and putting merchandise outside. Suddenly, a motorcycle with three riders stopped in front of the store. Two of the three men quickly entered the store while Sis. Tarciana, knowing their evil plan, ran to the cash drawer. There, one of the men pointed a gun to her face but Sis. Tarciana shouted Halleluiah! with all her might. Because of this, the man wrenched Sis. Tarciana’s mouth and then put the gun inside her mouth but Sis. Tarciana was quick to push it away and again shouted Halleluiah! with all her might. The man shot her on the face but the gun didn’t fire. Nothing.

He then motioned his companion to be the one to shoot her which he did three times on her face but – nothing. There were just three clicks. The gun didn’t fire.

“Who are we that God would protect us so mightily? I didn’t have any weapon except my voice. My voice that was desperately calling to God for help. Thank you, Lord!” Sis. Tarciana sobbed uncontrollably in the pulpit.

Her two children came out and her 10-year old son shouted, “Mama! Hallelluiah!” He saw everything that happened. He heard how the gun clicked three times and his beloved mother was unhurt.

The two robbers panicked as they tried to amass as many change as they could from the drawer. Then they again pointed the gun at her, but Sis. Tarciana, emboldened now, held down their hands and again shouted Halleluiah! as loud as she could. The two robbers, in panic and visibly shaking, ran out of the store and escaped in their motorcycle.

The place where Sis. Tarciana keeps the bills and her cell phones was untouched. The robbers didn’t see it.

Halleluiah! To God be the glory!

~ Sis. Rina Peru

God’s Mighty Deliverance: Testimony of Kidnap Survivor Sis. Angie Letada

Sister Angie Letada at the Amoranto Stadium, Quezon City, Phils. Taken Feb, 2012.

Sis. Angie begins her testimony being barely able to control herself from crying freely. She testifies that on January 7, 2012, Saturday, at 7:00 in the evening, while they were celebrating her beloved mother’s birthday, she went out to buy barbecue at a street corner near their house. While she was standing along the street near Heritage Homes in Marilao, Bulacan, a red, tinted van without a plate number suddenly came speeding by and two hooded men picked her up.

They forcibly pushed her into the van. She fought with all her might until her clothes were ripped but she didn’t prevail. Inside the van, she saw three other women who were blindfolded, gagged, and their hands were tied behind them. As soon as she was inside the van, they also quickly blindfolded her and tied her hands behind her. They did not put a gag in her mouth.

She felt the van was going in circles. Although she was so scared, she desperately asked for forgiveness for all her sins and shortcomings to her family and to the Lord and began singing praises to Him. (Many times during her testimony, Sis. Angie would burst into tears just remembering the trauma she had gone through).

She testifies that they took their watches and other belongings. One of the kidnappers declared that they were going to kill them all because they couldn’t get anything of value from them. Sis. Angie continued to sing praises to the Lord much more desperately.

At 4:00 in the morning, she was praising relentlessly, proclaiming the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. She completely surrendered her life to His keeping. Then, the driver of the van ordered his companions to release the one in white (Sis. Angie was the only one wearing white among the victims). Sis. Angie continued to pray feverishly, begging the Lord to save her and let her live and she vowed that she will serve Him all her life. She also begged the kidnappers not to hurt her, telling them she has two little kids.

One of the kidnappers took her slippers telling her that he would give them to his wife. Sis. Angie answered that they could take everything as long as they wouldn’t hurt her. She could feel the Lord Jesus just standing by her side.

The kidnappers dropped her off at around 4:00 in the morning. It was dark and raining, and she didn’t know where she was. The place was like a forest and she couldn’t recognize it at all. She was barefoot. Surprisingly, she found 100 pesos somewhere in her pocket. She remembered her beloved husband giving her the money. She was so thankful to the Lord for this. She used the money for fare. Then, she met an old woman who let her use her cell phone.

She was able to contact her beloved mother. Her family finally found her at Tabang Exit in Bulacan. Later, they heard in the news that there were three women found dead in Balagtas, Bulacan. Sis. Angie didn’t want to think that these were the three women that were with her inside the van, but she was just so overwhelmingly thankful to the Lord Jesus for His GOODNESS! Balagtas is near Tabang Exit where she was found. And it was in Balagtas that the three bodies of women were thrown.

Sis. Angie almost couldn’t believe the miracle that happened to her – that she was delivered by the Lord from the certainty of death and she was brought home safe.

HALLELUIAH! THE HIGHEST PRAISES TO OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST! TO GOD BE ALL THE GLORY!!!

~ Sis. Rina Peru

Power Against Evil

Bro. Jun Villanueva in his Jesus Finest Generation Choir Sunday uniform. Taken at Amoranto Stadium, Novemebr 2011.

I have heard numerous testimonies in our Church, JESUS MIRACLE CRUSADE INTERNATIONAL MINISTRY, about God’s mighty deliverance in times of robbery hold-ups in public transport. Almost every week, there are fresh testimonies of this kind, which only proves two things, one is good, the other bad: God is faithful to His promise to protect His children in times of danger, and criminality in our country continues to be rampant.

Such testimonies about God’s powerful deliverance in times of great danger vary in each situation, but they have one thing in common: the victim’s unflinching exercise of faith during such times. Most of the testimonies I’ve heard tell how the robbers or hold-uppers assure the Christian that he or she is not included in their criminal act. Such statements as, “Be quiet, we will not include you or harm you.” For unbelievers and cynical people, they may find such testimonies as unbelievable or even amusing. But such is the testimony of God: incredible!

Brother Jun Villanueva has been serving the Lord faithfully in JESUS MIRACLE CRUSADE INTERNATIONAL MINISTRY for over two decades now, is a member of the Jesus Finest Generation Choir and is also a leader of the Youth Choir, teaching them in choir practices. Such rehearsals often end late at night.

Two Sundays ago about ten in the evening, Brother Jun was going home after choir practice. He rode a passenger jeepney in Cubao bound for Marikina. Immediately after he settled in his seat, exhaustion took over and he fell asleep.

Suddenly, he was awakened by a commotion inside the passenger jeepney he was riding in. He then realized that there were hold-uppers inside trying to rob the passengers. They were collecting their victims’ belongings such as cellphones and wallets while a sharp knife was being wielded towards each one. There were three of these hold-uppers.

Brother Jun, being filled with the Holy Spirit having come from an all-day worship service, rebuked one hold-upper that was near him. He shouted, “In Jesus’ name, you stop what you are doing right now!” The hold-upper was taken aback. For a moment, he hesitated and seemed like he didn’t know what to do. But he recovered from his momentary surprise and he became more aggressive, aiming to attack Brother Jun with his long, sharp knife. But Brother Jun was quick to shout with all power and authority, “I am a child of God and I command you to stop right now! Fear God, in Jesus’ name!” At this, the hold-upper was flung backwards as if by an invisible force. And together with his two other companions, they hurriedly scrambled out of the jeepney and fled in sheer panic.

Brother Jun went home safe and unharmed.

Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. (Luke 10:19)

Halleluiah! To God be the glory!

~ Sister Rina Peru

Healing Miracles and Deliverance: Testimony of Bro. Boy Manguera

Bro. Boy Manguera testifying during JMCIM Sunday service at Amoranto Stadium, Quezon City, Phils., Oct. 2011.

Brother Boy Manguera, a preacher of the JESUS MIRACLE CRUSADE INTERNATIONAL MINISTRY, was in tears as he thanked and exalted the name of the Lord Jesus Christ in his latest testimony. He was weeping in awe, amazement, and deep gratitude as he related the recent miracle that happened to him.

At dawn of Monday (October 3), just after the victorious celebration of the 11th Mindanao Peace Mission Anniversary and Thanksgiving Crusade, Bro. Boy, together with the other preachers from around the country, was sitting on a chair inside our beloved Hon. Pastor Wilde E. Almeda’s tent on the stage of the Quirino Grandstand in Luneta.

Then without minding his surroundings, Bro. Boy leaned back not knowing that the place where he was sitting had no barrier except a curtain, and so suddenly, he was on a free-fall. He fell backwards from a height of more or less ten feet and landed on the concrete floor head first.

He testifies that although the impact was so strong, he didn’t feel anything. He sustained a large gash on his head from which copious amount of blood spurted. But all the preachers did not delay in rushing to where he was lying and all-together prayed in faith with power and authority. After the prayer, the flow of blood instantly stopped and Bro. Boy was brought to a clinic where his wound was sewed up. Miraculously, he was well after his horrifying fall. Halleluiah!  

Bro. Boy used to live in depravity, going out with evildoers and wallowing in vices. Because of this, he acquired sicknesses and diseases such as weak lungs and acute ulcer. He had no hope of a new life, but one day in 1986, he found the Lord Jesus Christ in a crusade of the Jesus Miracle Crusade Int’l. Ministry. That day, he received the Lord Jesus in his life as his Lord and Savior, was baptized in water in His name, and surrendered his life to Him.

His life was completely changed and all his diseases were healed. He became a preacher of the Church, and together with his whole family and relatives  who were also saved later, pioneered the outreach in Lemery, Batangas. Their hard, miserable life before was blessed abundantly by the Lord.

In 2007, Bro. Boy’s faith was tested when he became sick of gallstones. He could no longer eat and so, he lost a lot of weight. He also couldn’t sleep for almost three months. The doctor who diagnosed him prescribed many medicines that he must take daily and advised that he must undergo immediate surgery. He was warned that if he wasn’t operated on immediately, he might die in just four months or become comatose.

But Bro. Boy refused surgery and also didn’t buy any of the medicines. He knew that his sickness was just “a reminder” from the Lord for he had been contemplating giving up preaching. He knew his plan wasn’t the will of God.

He sought counsel from the house of our beloved Hon. Pastor Wilde E. Almeda and he was told that he was called to preach and should never turn his back from God’s holy calling. Right then and there, Bro. Boy vowed to the Lord that he would go back to preach the Gospel with boldness. Instantly, he felt relief and was able to eat well and sleep soundly. He obtained complete healing without surgery or medicines!

Halleluiah! To God be the glory!

To my beloved brethren-in-Christ, I included the recorded Tagalog testimony of Bro. Boy Manguera below. I pray that you will share it with others also.

[audio:http://ministerofmercy.blog.com/files/2011/10/03-Track-3.mp3|titles=03 Track 3]

God bless us all!

~ Sis. Rina Peru

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From Suffering to Rejoicing: The Amazing Testimony of Bro. Arvin Arica

Bro. Arvin Arica at Amoranto Stadium, Quezon City, Phils., Sept. 2011.

By the amazing grace of our mighty God, Minister of Mercy is celebrating its 1st anniversary! Halleluiah! And to commemorate the occasion, I’m posting this wonderful testimony about God’s deliverance and healing.

Brother Arvin Arica received the Lord Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior in Catarman, Northern Samar in 2001. Before this, he was wasting away his life by daily dose of liquor and smoking 4 packs or more of cigarettes. He testifies that he couldn’t go through a day without indulging in his vices.

He also used to suffer from arthritis, asthma, and insomnia. For many years, these three diseases made him suffer greatly. But all these were taken away by the Lord Jesus and he was completely healed of them. He also forsook all his vices and his life was totally changed. He found the peace that he had been looking. 

But on the same year, aside from his healing and new life, Bro. Arvin would further see the wondrous and mighty acts of God. Later after he was saved, he was accidentally electrocuted by 33,000 volts and he died on-the-spot. This happened in Tacloban, Leyte. His head, hands, stomach, and legs were badly burned. There was a big hole in his stomach that looked like it has been shot by a shotgun caused by the massive electric current that coursed through his body.

He testifies that upon his death, he went to heaven and he saw the Lord Jesus Christ. He fell on his knees before the Lord and asked His forgiveness. Weeping, he begged the Lord to let him go back. In response, the Lord squeezed his heart and he wept the more. But he pleaded with Him, reasoning out that his death would not give glory to God considering that his loved ones were still unsaved. And the Lord Jesus had mercy upon him and He let him go back.

When his spirit entered his lifeless body in the hospital, the doctors were preparing to bring him to the morgue. But he opened his eyes and at the same time, he shouted Halleluiah! Praise the Lord! three times to the doctors’ and nurses’ utter astonishment. They were so startled that their initial reaction was to run away from him. And they shouted, “Ang patay nabuhay!” (The dead lives!)

One doctor started questioning him to ascertain his mental state. The doctor said that a person who has been massively electrocuted and died for several minutes often sustains brain damage. But Bro. Arvin was able to answer all the questions correctly proving that he was mentally well.

The doctors couldn’t help saying that it was a miracle that he was alive. He was given medicines but he refused to take them, declaring that God alone would heal him, and he fasted instead. The doctors were exasperated at this so they made him sign a waiver. After only three days in the hospital, and in which he also spent fasting, he was discharged.

He left the hospital unable to walk. While he recuperated at home in a wheelchair, unable to move his legs and hands, he prayed and wept to the Lord, begging Him to heal him and make him stand and walk again. After two weeks, he received answer to his prayers and he regained the use of his legs.

Everyday, he washed and cleaned his open wounds with only water and alcohol, and covered them with fresh bandage. Looking at him suffer from his wounds, Bro. Arvin’s father told him that if he were the one in his place, he would rather die. But Bro. Arvin continued to humble himself before the Lord and completely trust in Him, praying and crying out to Him to heal his wounds.

A sister-in-Christ advised him to pour coconut oil into his wounds and he did. One Sunday afternoon while walking home after attending worship service, he felt stinging pain in his wounds. When he looked, maggots had swarmed his wounds and they were eating up his flesh. He wept helplessly and wanted to run to escape all the suffering, but he couldn’t, for he had not fully recovered his strength.

He bravely poured alcohol liberally into his wounds while shouting praises to God, and the maggots were killed by it, and he picked them one by one.

His mother advised him to bathe in the sea so that his wounds would dry up, and he did. But afterwards, sand filled his wounds and it took two months to completely remove it.

In all his suffering, Bro. Arvin remained faithful to the Lord, praying, fasting, praising, and attending worship services regularly. He believed and completely trusted that the Lord Jesus would turn his suffering into rejoicing and a glorious testimony of God’s power and great mercy.

After 7 months, Bro. Arvin received total healing of his wounds and complete recovery of his strength, and God blessed him with a good job that he had desired and fervently prayed for.

Halleluiah! To God be the glory!

~ Sis. Rina Peru

Suicide Miracle

Bro. Erwin Advincula testifying in the pulpit during Sunday worship service of JMCIM at Amoranto Stadium, 2011.

Brother Erwin Advincula sings in the Jesus Finest Generation Choir. His amazing testimony truly inspires me and strengthens my faith.

Before He surrendered his life to the Lord, Bro. Erwin had huge dreams in life. He wanted to be successful, so he set his heart to follow his dreams. He knew he had the intellect, good health and strength to see him through in realizing his dreams.  

But one day, he found himself afflicted with a terrible ailment – nervous breakdown. He began to lose sleep, and when he did sleep, he was hounded with nightmares. Indeed, Bro. Erwin lived in hellish nightmare even during the day.

He started to see a psychiatrist – one of the best in the field. But to Bro. Erwin’s great dismay, the psychiatrist was not able to help him. Distraught and hopeless, he desired to end his life.

One day, he took the pills that his doctor prescribed in a lethal dose, intending to kill himself. It was late when his mother discovered him. Fortunately, he was still breathing and so, his family rushed him to the hospital.

Upon checking him, the doctors declared that he didn’t stand a chance. The dose that he took was lethal and they didn’t have any medical remedy to purge it out. Although Bro. Erwin was in the throes of death, he was still conscious and he heard and understood the doctors’ words. He suddenly felt an overwhelming fear, an intense fear at the core of his being.

Then he remembered the piece of paper that he had put in his pocket. With a strength he didn’t know he still had, he fished it out, gave it to his mother, and barely whispered, “Mom, please call this number and ask for prayer. This is the number of the Jesus Miracle Crusade International Ministry that I have been watching.” When his mother left, Bro. Erwin was barely hanging on to life. He knew that it would only be a matter of minutes before he would breathe his last.

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It turned out that Bro. Erwin had been following the TV program of the JESUS MIRACLE CRUSADE INTERNATIONAL MINISTRY (JMCIM). He even copied the telephone number displayed on-screen. But according to his testimony, he didn’t think of going to the worship service for he wasn’t ready to give his life to the Lord. He had big dreams for himself.

But he got himself to copy their contact number. Was Bro. Erwin thinking of calling them for help when the psychiatrist failed? The day that he attempted to commit suicide, that blessed piece of paper was in his pocket – was he holding on it while he pondered on killing himself? As it turned out, the enemy won at that time…

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When his mother returned, she told him that she was able to call the number and asked for urgent prayers. Upon hearing this, Bro. Erwin was instantly awashed with renewed strength, and he began to revive.

On that same day, he requested to be discharged from the hospital. While he waited near the nursing station, he overheard the nurses talking, and he learned that on that day, there were two of them with suicidal case that were admitted, and they all expected that the other patient would be the one to survive and Bro. Erwin would surely die. But by the wonderful workings of the awesome, merciful God, through the prayers and fasting of the beloved Honorable Pastor-Evangelist Wilde E. Almeda, Bro. Erwin lived.

Bro. Erwin attended the Luneta Crusade of JMCIM and there, he received the Lord Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior and was baptized in water in his name.

Bro. Erwin’s beloved younger sister, Sister Sarah Advincula, who also sings in the Jesus Finest Generation Choir, was also miraculously healed of stage 4 breast cancer in 2009.

Together, with the rest of their family, they continue to serve the Lord fervently and faithfully to this day.

If you’d like to listen to the testimony of Bro. Erwin Advincula, you may click on the audioplayer below. To my beloved brethren-in-Christ, I pray this has been a blessing to you and that you will share this testimony, and the other testimonies, to others as well.

[audio:http://ministerofmercy.blog.com/files/2011/09/01-Track-1.mp3|titles=01 Track 1]

Halleluiah! To God be the glory!

 

~ Sis. Rina Peru