May you be inspired as you read the testimony of Jinkie Alacar, sponsored child of Pastor Simeon and Marissa Strauser through Project 10/16.
My college education was not a walk in the park. The degree that I took was Bachelor of Science in Forestry. To be honest, I wanted to take accounting or business marketing, but those degrees were already closed during enrollment. My uncle then advised me to take Bachelor of Science in Forestry. I didn’t have any idea of this course, but someone told me that I would grow to love and appreciate this degree, and that person was right. As time passed by, I came to realize how important it was to pursue a career in forestry, not only for the environment, but also for humans. I’m aware that God will occasionally place us in circumstances that we wouldn’t anticipate. He has plans to offer us hope and a bright future, as it is written in the Bible. I have occasionally questioned God about why I was pursuing this degree, but I always came to the conclusion that it was part of His plan for me.
Then there was financial challenge. Both my parents didn’t finish school and they struggled to support me with their meager income. I have older siblings, but they have their own families to support. God made a way through Project 10-16. It was a great help and a blessing for me and for my family, and through this program I was motivated to strive more so that in the near future I can give to those in need, especially when it comes to financial assistance.
The final years of my study happened during the pandemic, and it was very challenging as my degree required a lot of field study. The logistics to perform the field study was quite difficult, but God was with me every step of the way. In fact, He did not only let me pass my subjects, but I finished my degree with flying colors. I graduated with the award Cum Laude. This blessing is a great honor for my family, especially that finally someone in the family finished university.
God was so kind that he continually supported me even through the board exams. He supported me financially, emotionally, mentally, spiritually. I almost didn’t file an application because of lack of funds, however, God proved Himself to be Jehovah Jireh. Then, after the exam I almost lost hope because the exam was very difficult. Even the retakers said that it was beyond what they expected. Then I remembered that whatever happens, God is still God. He has complete control over all the earth. I surrendered the results to Him.
Then came November 2. I received a text message from my aunt and the message shocked me. She said that I passed the Forester Licensure Exam! The unthinkable happened! Praise Jesus!
I am very grateful to God for all His goodness and to the people He used to bring me at this point. For my family, who gave whatever support they could; to my uncle, who encouraged me take Bachelor of Science in Forestry; and to my sponsors, Pastor Simeon and Marissa Strauser. I know that there will be more challenges ahead, but I am in faith that God will continue to work on me and He will finish what He started.
Full Gospel Assemblies ‘Project 10/16 Program’ – the children of The Philippines and Malawi await sponsors. Consider blessing a child in need today! All FG Congregations, clergy and students are encouraged to share the love of Christ Jesus to ‘one of the least of these’ (Mt. 25). Sponsoring a child’s basic needs of uniform, hygiene, and school needs for $15.00 (Malawi) or $25.00 (Philippines) will change a life today! Click this link for more info or to start supporting.