When I was a young girl my parents abandoned me and my two siblings. I don’t remember much about my parents, other than a few details. My father was a commander of the CCP-NPA (Communist Party of the

Philippines-New People’s Army), and died in 1985 during an ambush. My mother worked in a bar before she died, and I still don’t know the cause of her death.

My grandmother took care of us until I was four years old. We were barely making it on the little bit of financial support we received from my uncle; we couldn’t even afford enough food for all of us, which led to my diagnosis of third degree malnourishment. We had nothing. We never went to school or church, and I didn’t even have a small toy to call my own.

When I was five years old my uncle placed me, my older sister, and younger brother in AMG’s Home of Hope. While living in the orphanage, I realized that there were people who really loved me and wanted to take care of me and my siblings.

Selsun with Home of Hope
Director Ritche Olivares

I started attending church for the first time. My Sunday school teacher was the first person to share the love and Good News of Jesus with me. Through AMG I was able to grow up in church listening to the Word of God, giving me the opportunity to grow in my knowledge of this Man named Jesus Christ. During my teenage years, I accepted Him as my personal Savior and made the choice to follow and serve Him the rest of my life. I immediately joined the choir and started teaching the younger children in the church and in the community.

Because of my sponsor, I was also able to attend and finish school. One of my dreams in life was to be able to work and provide for myself, and I would have never been able to do so had it not been for AMG, Home of Hope, and my sponsor. I graduated from college with a computer science degree, and started my first job at AMG Skilled Hands Technological College as a librarian, where I worked for 11 years. In 2016 God gave me the opportunity to come “home” and work at Home of Hope as their librarian. It’s been such a blessing to be a part of the ministry that saved my life and played such a huge role in the woman I have become.

Recently I was diagnosed with epilepsy, and this has been one of the greatest challenges in my life. I’ve been learning how to handle this condition while working, but I thank God for He has been the One sustaining me through this sickness.

My life as an orphan was very challenging, but I had the strength to get through it because of the promises of God.

“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He maketh me to

lie down in green pastures, He leadeth me beside the still waters.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days

of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord, forever.”

Psalms 23:1-2, 6

I have learned to be thankful and happy even though I am an orphan. Society’s standards would have considered me as worthless. But God, in His mercy, had bigger plans for me and my life. He has welcomed me into His forever family, and now I’m able to share the same love to other orphans at Home of Hope that was shown to me.