These are the words that resonated deeply in Aika’s mind.
They say time heals all wounds. But for Aika, there’s really no timetable for healing and recovering from the sexual abuse she suffered before.
She was just 12 years old.
Too young to deal with pain and shame, Aika kept the abuse all to herself. But the abuse went on from months to years until it became a normal thing for her.
The traumatic and life-altering experience resulted in Aika’s distorted view on love and relationships.
“I don’t like men. I don’t feel comfortable around them or being close to them.”
It started with hate towards men, then one thing led to another. She got hooked on pornography, drinking, and she started exploring relationships with the same sex.
Aika felt that there was a void she needed to fill. For her, love was the answer.
But looking for love in all the wrong places put Aika in a position of getting hurt and broken too easily.
So, she decided to end her latest relationship and focus on a networking business.
But like her relationships, her business venture also failed. Completely broken, depressed, and at her lowest point, Aika contemplated on ending her life.
Are you feeling like you’re at the end of your rope just like how Aika felt? Be encouraged that there is hope at the end of your sufferings.
“During the time that I was so down and I wanted to end my life, I chanced upon the 700 Club Asia and saw the testimony of young people like me. I said, ‘Lord, it is true, there is still a chance. You can change people’s lives.’”
This inspired her to travel to Manila and seek more of who God is and to look for the church featured on the testimony she saw.
“I didn’t expect them to welcome me, but they did. They appreciated who I am. I knew it wasn’t an accident that the preaching that day was about The Call. I knew God was calling me.”
The invitation was only the beginning of God’s greater plan for her. That day, she surrendered everything to God and embraced her new life in Christ.
“One day I woke up like a new person. I felt like I was born again. God has completely wiped away the mess in my life.”
And if this remained true for Aika, it will also be true for you. God indeed has the power to change your life.
Aika continued attending the church and has found spiritual mentors to help her in her faith journey. She also continued to watch The 700 Club Asia and found inspiration from real-life testimonies of people whose lives have been changed just like her.
“It really is a big help to know that the only thing we need is to have a relationship with the Lord. It’s not enough that we only know His name.”
God continued to use Aika in ministering to young people. He has also restored her relationship with her family and has blessed her to work in Dubai. Together with other OFWs, they established a church to serve and reach more people in need to hear God’s word.
“To people like me, who experienced the same situation, remember, God will fight for you, you only need to be still. God really has a purpose for everything, and He is using different situations where You will meet Him. He only wants you to have a relationship with Him so He can show you the love that only He is capable of giving,” she ended.
May Aika’s testimony be a reminder to you that no matter how dark your past was, and no matter how broken you were before, God will meet you where you are and His light will shine through your brokenness.
Like Aika, you too can experience healing and a fresh start.
Do you also want to be healed and be transformed by God’s amazing power? Surrender everything to God and trust in His process and timing.
If you need someone to talk to and pray for you, you can call us anytime, at CBN Asia Prayer Center at 8-737-0-700 or contact us via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Skype (The700clubasia). You can also bring hope and help transform people’s lives by partnering with us. Be a CBN Asia partner today!