This story is from the written testimony sent to me by Raezielle Fuentes-Penaso whose life has long been disturbed by evil spirit
Because of God’s great love on her , the Holy Spirit guided the (LAMP) League of Adventist Missionaries & Preachers to visit her under the leadership of all Elders of Central Church of Mangagoy, Bislig City, Mindanao Philippines. It was the time of the groundwork of the Crusade which led to her rebaptism together with her husband on August 28, 2010 by Pastor Ranillo Jagmoc.
I once lived in Tibanga , Iligan City. We are 9 children of our parents, Mr. and Mrs. Roland Fuentes who are non- Adventist. My father is an “ albulario” who can cure diseases of people who are victims of “Barang”. He used to mumble Latin words to drive evil spirits .
One time our relative who is a Literature Evangelist came to visit us. She suggested to my mother to recommend me to study in Mountain View College (MVC) as working student.
There in MVC , I learned several activities in the campus especially going out every Sabbath for ministerial outing. My active participation in doing ministerial work caused me to suffer first to have been disturbed by evil spirit. At first I didn’t mind it. But many times he kept on showing himself to me.
Year 2001, our group left for Mt. Nebo one Sabbath to visit the brethren there. I never expected that I started to feel weak . I had fever . My body was so hot as if my head would break . That day my friend told me that I was struggling myself to be free as if an evil spirit is troubling me. In the afternoon they fetched us with a vehicle from Mt. Nebo so I can ride.
Reaching the Alumni Church, I saw that there was a baptism. I couldn’t believe it that I volunteered myself to be baptized even if I had not undergone Bible study. Everyday from that time of my baptism, the evil spirit kept disturbing me. It lasted for 1 week. They advised me to pray to God and asked the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Then it disappeared for quite a time until 2004.
Later I decided to get married to Michael Penaso who hails from Mangagoy , Bislig City. We left MVC even without the knowledge or permission of our parents. That time began our life’s wrong decision to stop going to church and to serve God. Much more, our Mother who is an unbeliever, always persecuted us with food. One time when my husband and I were asleep , she intentionally placed “pork” on our mouth. That time we began to backslide and ashamed to go to church again.
In the year 2005-2007 we stayed in Manila and went back to Iligan in 2008. Later we moved to Mangagoy. Because God loves us , He allowed the LAMP headed by Mangagoy Central Church Elders to visit us. That was the turning point of our lives to go back to serve the Lord .
It was the groundwork of the crusade. Every night we joined them to ride in their vehicle to attend and hear the words of God through the speaker.
Three days before the crusade will end, I never expected that while we were riding in the jeep, someone was running so swiftly towards us. He wanted to ride with us and sat beside me telling me to pull the driver’s head towards me so that all brethren passengers who conducted the crusade will suffer. If I succeeded to disturb the driver the jeep will surely meet an accident. That was the order of the evil spirit. He was angry knowing that I return to the Lord and worship him.
The Brethren were holding my hand when I tried to obey his order. I struggled inside the jeep until we reached the church. I continued to struggle but the elders held me so tight and prayed for me, surrounded me with petition to God to rebuke the evil spirit. Ma’am Dina Marquez always sleeps with us in our house to join us in praising and worshipping to our living God.
On the last night of the crusade during the time to get our decision, the evil spirit bothered me again. He didn’t like me to worship back the Lord. The service was not over yet when he disturbed me once more, this time not only myself but also my mother in law. But I kept firm of my decision to go back to the feet of Jesus through baptism in the afternoon of the Sabbath on August 28, 2010.
With the help of the Brethren’s prayer and of course with God, everything that bothered me disappeared. But in times when I am weak , the evil spirit comes, I fought against him with God’s power. Now I’m very much thankful that God abides with us and helps us in time of our great need.