A single mother of two children found hope in Jesus Christ after going through two painful divorces.
Pura was raised in a Catholic family of 10 children in the Philippines who knew about God but never had an intimate relationship with Him. During her college years, the temptations of worldly things got to her and she started partying.
While at one of the parties, she slept with a friend and ended up getting pregnant. Because she knew that what they did was wrong, they decided to redeem themselves and their daughter by getting married. A year into their marriage, they had another child. However, because of the problems they encountered, their marriage didn’t last and they end up separating after three years.
“To me, it seemed God didn’t care much about me. So one day, I said to myself, ‘I’m going to be the master of my own destiny.’ The religion didn’t matter much to me,” Pura recalled.
She moved back in with her parents who helped her raise her children. After six years, the executive at the company where she was working proposed to her. He promised her a good and comfortable life for her and her children. His proposal was too good to refused so Pura decided to marry him.
They settled in Sri Lanka together with her children. They lived a very luxurious and comfortable life but her husband started being mentally and emotionally abusive towards her. In their 10th year of marriage, she decided to she couldn’t take it anymore and got divorced again.
“Now divorced twice, with no money, no job, and our future uncertain. I felt I was being punished and God had completely abandoned me because of my mistakes. I was burdened with a lot of shame, guilt, and self-condemnation and lost any hope of getting right with God.”
Emotionally broken and spiritually lost, the Lord showed Pura love and mercy after her son became a Christian. He invited her to his church and there she felt the love of God for the very first time. Her life was never the same again. The Lord has since redeemed her and her children.
“I was overwhelmed by the warmth and love of God that I’ve never experienced before.”
Pura is now married to her third husband who is a pastor and together they are serving the Lord.
Reference: Facebook | The Pentecostal of Sydney
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