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Stories of Faith: Marife R. Obligacion

“We know that God is always at work for the good of everyone who loves Him. They are the ones God has chosen for his purpose.” Romans 8:28

April - June 2019 | North Philippine Union Conference

Marife R. Obligacion is a devout Roman Catholic, a leader of Youth Encounter, schooled in Marian School during elementary years, graduated in college at Universidad De Sta Isabel in Naga City, taught in Saint Joseph School.

“I feel, something is missing in my life. I’ve been praying for guidance, when I saw in my Facebook (FB) last December 2017 someone familiar, I recall, I met him years ago in Department of Science in Technology (DOST) Legazpi City while both of us were applying for scholarships. I invited him as friend on FB,” shared Marife.

Not long after their friendship on FB, Harry King C. Avenido, the youth she met in DOST Legazpi, invited her to attend Sabbath worship. “I refused, Marife recalled. I thought it would mean becoming a member once I attend.” Harry continued to share his faith. Marife on the other hand, found a book The Adventist Home written by Ellen G. White. While reading, she became interested to study the Bible deeper. She began attending church services since June 16, 2018.

Felicitas Potugal began giving her Bible study, sometimes Harry King would lead, then finally Brother Noves Nomleni (a former 1000 missionary) gave her a thorough Bible study, until she was baptized on September 8, 2018.

God really worked His way in me. I found the joy and satisfaction I’ve been looking for,” she said.

Since then, Marife attends special gatherings and trainings faithfully and enthusiastically. She joined in the Power of One, Voice of Youth evangelism in
Daet, Camarines Norte, and she became an active participant in the Healthy Heart program of the district. All these prepared her to the new task the Lord laid on her. Marife is now one of the faculty members of Naga View Adventist College, teaching Science subjects both in junior and senior high school, and some units in college.

Praise God for another divine plan that has come into reality!

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