Are You on the Verge of Giving Up?

Jeffrey Flores knows full well that giving up on schooling would be the end of his dreams. 

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Nevertheless, he was forced to quit his studies when his guardians separated. They were an indigent family. No matter how hard they tried to make ends meet, his stepfather could not support him and his younger sibling and they were left in the care of their mother. 

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Apart from giving up on schooling, Jeffrey’s guardians’ separation affected him a lot emotionallyIt has always been my dream to have a complete family. Whenever I see a complete family, I tell myself that I will take care of our own,” Jeffrey lamented, bursting into tears. 

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He was swayed that there’s no more hope for him and his family, and his frustrations lured him into trying different vices. 

“I hated the world. I hated everyone and my family, even the Lord, because of this life. All I ever dreamed of is to give our family a better future. I didn’t have dreams for myself. I just want to take our family out of poverty,” he shared. 

On the verge of giving up, the young man tried to end his life. But as he tied a rope on a tree branch, the branch broke unexpectedly. He started weeping when it dawned on him that God didn’t want his life to end. 

Have you come to this point of hopelessness too? 

Indeed, God has better plans for Jeffrey when his suicide attempt failed. Just in time, Operation Blessing Foundation Philippines – the humanitarian arm of CBN Asia, reached out and connected him to a partner church. 

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It also paved a way for him to pursue college. He was chosen as a scholar of Operation Blessing’s Back-to-School program and now receives educational assistance to help him with his daily needs. With the renewed hope in his heart, Jeffrey became more passionate with his studies – showcasing God’s greatness through his excellent leadership as a student leader. 

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Jeffrey shared that the assistance also helped his parents to see God’s goodness, through the church partner’s counselling. 

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After accepting God in my life, I always pray that my family would also encounter how He works in us. Operation Blessing opened the opportunity for my family to know Him! My family isn’t complete yet, but God made me whole by surrounding me with His people,” Jeffrey ended. 

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God did not allow Jeffrey to fully succumb into hopelessness, rather, He wondrously moved in Jeffrey’s life. God breathed life to his heart, relationships, and family.  

Truly, those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” (Isaiah 40:31) 

Do you also think of giving up on life? The enemy will try to sow hopelessness and frustration in your heart, but Jesus is the God of hope, healing and restoration. If you need someone to pray for you, you may call the CBN Asia Prayer Center at 8737-0700 and we would love to join you in prayers. 

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