Last Saturday (November 27), I attended Kerygma Conference (KCON) which was led by a popular preacher, Bro. Bo. Sanchez at PICC. It’s the 30th anniversary of Light of Jesus (LOJ) community and 20th anniversary of Kerygma magazine. This year, KCON with its theme: RESTORATION had 7 different streams ( Youth Restoration, Singles Restoration, Marriage Restoration, Faith Restoration, Inner healing Restoration, Happy celebates Restoration and Single parent Restoration). I was engrossed with the fact that I even based my blog from restoration. You know, I started blogging last September of this year, I’m such an amateur blogger, but I wanted to express myself in writing that I entitled it as “restoredtalent.” Anyway, I attended the Single Restoration stream and I was grateful for my Feast friend and ex-officemate, Diana who lends me some money to attend this wonderful event. I was also happy to see there Nay Marj and Ate Lei, 2 of my sisters from S.F.C. (Singles For Christ) community and Cara, my ex-officemate too. I assure myself that this will help me and other singles in the town to understand more how to enjoy singleness blissfully.
I haven’t seen the first talk because, I came in late. But I was glad that before stepped inside the plenary hall, I heard Ms. Rissa Kawpeng Singson’s voice and giving her talk about: WAITING FOR THE ONE. Though I’ve heard it plenty of times, honestly, it’s not overrated to me because; it’s one of the truths in my life. As I sat at the left of the stage and I was looking for Diana (she told me that she reserved a seat for me.) I decided to stay on my seat and will look for Diana after Ms. Rissa’a talk. I heard Ms. Rissa testifying how she waited for so many years for the man God has prepared for her. This line strucked me, when she said that she started to give her life in service for the Lord, when she turned 16 years old, after her long awaited JS Prom and she never stopped. She told us that she met different men in her life, but it never worked out the way she wanted. She’s a tough woman, and nobody dare to ask her out, maybe only few. There were times when she would impatiently rebuke the Lord for not giving her what she prayed for. Then at the age of 33 years old, she met another man and thought that he’s the one, ironically that’s the same age when Jesus died. They enjoyed each other’s company but it never lasted too. And finally she uttered, “This is it. I think I’m called for single blessedness.” There was also a time, when she asked her 2 sisters this question: How would you know if he’s the one? Then each of them answered in a different time and place: You know and you know and you know and you know.
But she’s confused, for the words that came out from her mind was: I don’t know.
That’s it, she’s not ready maybe.
To cut the long story short. (as I quoted her favorite line on her talk)
(Ms. Rissa's captured photo on the white screen)
One day, her very determined girl friend asked her to go on a blind date. At first, she resisted but along the way, she never thought that this REJECTED STUFFED BLIND DATE would become a way for her to meet her husband named Randy. That’s it, she met him at the age of 36 years old and got married 2 years after. She has 2 fantastic kids and she owes it for enjoying her singleness to the blast. After meeting Randy and got married to him, she told us that waiting too long is also same with a 5 second delay. I just apprehend now how important it is to be patient and faithful to what God has given us.
There were 3 things that she pointed us from her talk:
2. God is generous to give what we need at the moment.
She also shared few bible verses such as story of David’s sin; story of Samuel.. I love the bible verses..: )
Then she ended the talk with an inspirational song together with the Music ministry’s powerful voices and vibrant instruments. Ms. Rissa left me with a copious heart and mind.