“The Long Way Home”
By Maurice Cunanan
I was first introduced to the Iglesia Ni Cristo when I was about 15 years old. I lived in San Jose, California and across the street from my house lived the Cabalitasans, who were a family like none other. Whenever the rest of the world celebrated holidays they were always at the chapel , even on weekdays and they were the ones that invited me to my first worship service. I didn’t quite understand their dedication to serving Our Lord God at the time. I remember going to another worship service shortly after but not pursuing anything further.
Ten years and about 700 miles south later, at National City, California, I was beginning to rediscover my faith when I met Jacquelyn Madrigal in one of my business classes in college. I mentioned looking for a Church and she invited me to a worship service. This time my heart was ready to listen to His words. I immediately underwent Bible Study and about eleven months later I was baptized on November 24, 2012. I’ve had many trials since then, but not as much as I’ve had blessings.
Fast forward to 2018: although I’ve had my share of trials so far in this life, they definitely don’t compare to the amount of blessings I’ve received. In 2015 I married my life partner and best friend, Terilyn Cunanan, and in 2016 she gave birth to our beautiful daughter Emilia Joyce. In October of 2017 I took oath for my first official Church office as Buklod Vice President in the local congregation of El Cajon. Most recently on February 26, 2018, I took oath for Choir member and S.C.A.N (Society of Communicators and Networkers) member.
Out of everything, the one lesson I always take with me as I journey in this world is to always be patient and trust in the Lord God’s will. Although I was not aware at the time, He sowed a seed during my first worship service experience that I unknowingly brought with me to grow until the day I was led back into the Church to bloom. Because of this realization I cherish my membership inside the Church of Christ more than anything in the world.