I started working with Central Philippine University in 2005. After working for six years, I faced unemployment.
I took the risk of quitting my job at 43-years-old for the cause of justice and dignity.
I resolved to resign after experiencing the harsh treatment of insults, intrigues, lies, and prejudices. These things manifested in many ways, and the worst was when they diminished my wages. I told my wife that it was time to go and look for better opportunities.
Before finally resigning on 31 March 2011, I filed a six-month leave without pay. Following my filing of a case at the National Labor Relations Commission on 1 October 2010, I submitted my application for a leave without compensation for six months. I just wanted to avoid further persecution while my labour complaint was developing.
How will I support my family for six months without salary was a matter that our Almighty God resolved?
Creekside Baptist Church, a house church in Sambag, Jaro, Iloilo, invited me as their interim pastor beginning October 2010. Their offer affirmed my pastoral calling, and so I accepted willingly.
After I accepted the invitation, on the same day, I received three invitations for online writing and search engine optimization projects through oDesk (now Upwork). What a blessing and affirmation of support.
One of them was the “David”, who knocked out my worries of unemployment. He offered initially 30-hours a week of work, then adjusted it to 40-hours a week after I decided to work solely for him.
Let me list how the God-sent “David” knocked out my unemployment “Goliath”.
I am listing this to boast of God’s goodness and how literal and actual He does things to those who believe in His mighty power.
- “Goliath” doubted my gift of administration
- David appointed me Project Manager
- “Goliath” diminished my salary and benefits
- David offered me five times more than what I was receiving at CPU
- “Goliath” removed staff members working with me.
- David assigned me to recruit and manage online staff workers from all over the world.
- “Goliath” criticized my management of Link and the Unigames 2009 assignments.
- David assigned me to manage as many as 14 websites. Ten of them are big car dealers in Canada.
Indeed, what happened was proof that God sent His “David” to fight and defeat our “Goliath”. He never fails His promise of deliverance, and He never runs out of noble deliverers.
Today, 31 March 2012, marks when I terminated my work with CPU two years ago, but I would instead think of it as an anniversary of my liberation from leadership that wreaks injustice, pride, and jealousy. And the start of the new abundant season.
I worked with David’s company for a year. Thank you, dear God, for sending us “David”. We will never forget your goodness as long as we live. Later, his company issued a certificate of employment to credit my year-long service.
Regarding my labour case, I won, and CPU repaid me for the honorarium that they held giving me. Big thanks to our brilliant lawyer, Atty. Gracious Espinosa.
Indeed, King David is right in praying, “All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the LORD saves; for the battle is the LORD’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.”
Amen Pastor Jonan!!! Praying for you and your family there at NZ..God bless you
I totally can relate to you. slightly identical in some ways..
Jesus is so amazing
– grace and peace
Jhun Agustin (@jhun2xagustin)
Hi just want to say that you inspired me by your story. I’m grateful that i was brought by my eyes in this blog.
It’s always joy and blessing when this blog has inspired somebody. Jhun, hold to God’s promises, He’ll be faithful to you!
Congratulations for being brave and for coming out victorious. I was there and I have my own version. Still more Goliaths are along the way, but Davids are just around the corner coming when you need them. Your Goliaths are dead for now, keep on the journey.
Amen!!! All things are possible with God. We just need to have True Faith and do not lose Hope.