“Amo na abilidad mo sa rural church ka lang naga-pastor?” was Miss Daisy’s statement I can’t forget when we met in May 2002 at La Carlota Evangelical Church.
We were attending the annual assembly (now biennial) of the Convention of Philippine Baptist Churches (CPBC).
The statement means “With all your abilities you are pastor of a rural church only?”
If you don’t know Miss Daisy Basiliano, you certainly will have a lot of negative things going in your heart and mind.
I’ve known her to be a frank person. She says what she thinks is true about you.
She could be rough at times but she had the best intentions for you. The tenderness and kindness are always there.
I met her when I was a teenager. I was going with my father who was then the pastor of Astorga Baptist Church, Dumarao, Capiz. That was in the 80s.
All I know that her family supports the church and the pastoral work as well.
I learned through the CPBC community that Miss Daisy became a pastor, chaplain and teacher. She trained for Clinical Pastoral Education in the US.
We never had any close encounter until that day in May 2002.
After that meeting in May 2002 and after working for seven years with a rural church, I opened myself to working with city churches.
A few months later, I got a message from her that she had recommended me to speak at New Testament Baptist Church (now The Believers Fellowship), Iloilo City in September 2002. This preaching assignment developed further.
On 20 October 2002, I started my work as interim pastor of New Testament Baptist Church, a city church. Later, they called me as resident minister.
Miss Daisy had a way of making people think outside of the box. Her statement made me think, “Why not?”
In 2008, while teaching at the College of Theology, she stayed with us at CPU Campus for almost two years.
Our family and Miss Daisy became closer because we found ourselves pursuing together what is right, just and pleasing before the Lord God.
She told me that one of the persons who inspired her to take the ministry was my dad. She said that Manoy Malvar (Rev. Malvar Castillon) was the Christian Emphasis Week speaker when she came forward and committed her life to serve the Lord.
I remember that time she was staying with us as blissful moments of hearing God’s miracle and goodness to her like her victory over cancer, near-death experiences and other life-changing events.
Finally, on 6 June 2012, five days before her birthday, she laid to rest her earthly body and be with the Lord Jesus Christ, her Master and Friend.