April - June 2019 | North Philippine Union Conference
Did you ever feel confused about your identity... of who you are?
Jackson Claudio did. He was lost and was in search of his true self.
When Jackson was young, he played with dolls and started liking girly things. As he grew up and reached high school, he made friends with classmates who had similar experiences. While associating with them, he started doing bad things in school and engaging in unpleasant activities. He felt it was right doing so.
After graduating in high school, he went to the city to work as a house boy, caregiver at daytime and as a massage therapist during the night. He made a lot of money but instead of saving, he spent it on useless stuff, clothes for women, porno magazines and CDs. Jackson also attended festivals and pageants so he could meet men and sponsor for their financial wants until it reached to the point that he would give as much as 10,000 pesos to a man, then wasting all his money for other men.
One Saturday in church, he met someone who he admired, his crush. Jackson then started befriending him and gave him gifts from time to time, then one day the man said, "Brother Claudio, if you want to be saved, stop doing this." That statement hurt Jackson's feelings but it cleared a path for him to find his true self.
Jackson then visited his aunt in the province and by God's grace he was able to meet the medical missionaries of Lay Institute for Global Health Training (LIGHT) and they invited him to their camp meeting. Though struggling with personal issues, he managed to join. There, he felt that attending the camp meeting would help him in his quest to find his true self and he wasn't wrong, because not only did it help him, he said it was a ‘turning point' that it made him realize that one's personality isn't just through one's feeling but is found through God.
Despite the devil's attempts to tempt him, Jackson felt the presence of God guiding him.
He was then invited again by LIGHT missionaries not for another camp meeting but for missionary training. He admitted that during that time, he was not prepared although there were like whispers telling him to join. So he declined it. Then came another invitation and finally, he signed up. With a small amount of money left, he was able to use it for the three-month training, until God provided a sponsor so that he was able to finish the next seven months of training. He gave all his lady stuffs to his friends in the church. Simultaneously, he burned his magazines and CDs, and at that point, he gave his all to the hands of God.
When he finished the training, he joined the LIGHT ministry and was sent to different places in the Philippines and abroad. In response to God's transforming power to Jackson's life's struggles, he continued serving the Lord and leading others to Jesus. He never went back to his former life, instead, he lived a life of being TRANSFORMED for CHRIST.
Seventh-day Adventist beliefs are meant to permeate your whole life. Growing out of scriptures that paint a compelling portrait of God, you are invited to explore, experience and know the One who desires to make us whole.