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JM and Avelina Fodra
Word of Life Bible Institute Philippines Dean of Students
At my young age growing up in a Christian home, I put my faith in Christ alone for salvation. It was my parents who shared with me the gospel of Jesus Christ. Since then my life has changed and God opened many doors of opportunities for me to serve Him. Over the years as I seek the Word of God, I learned to discern and obey His plan in my life. Through His sovereignty He led me to Word of Life Bible Institute to study His Word, develop my character and be trained for His ministry. By the grace of God I finished 4-year training and now serving Him full time in the Bible Institute with my family. Like Paul I thank Christ Jesus our Lord for enabling me and putting me into this ministry (1 Tim. 1:11). His grace is always sufficient and it is a joy in my heart to spend the rest of my earthly life in God's ministry for His honor and glory.
It was April of 1998 when I’ve received Jesus Christ as my personal Savior. Growing up in a Christian family who’s serving and helping different missionaries which came to our home church and using our house for their accommodation, that’s start of my curiosity about ministry. Questions came like, “Why does my mother serving and helping missionaries, and why does missionaries giving up their comforts in life just to reach us out to share Jesus Christ?” All my questions were answered during the time I’m studying at Word of Life Bible Institute. The Word of God influenced my thinking about mission and all my experiences during our ministry made me realized how I love sharing the gospel to others. Since then, I have served the Lord in Word of Life Bible Institute. And the Lord gave me a husband who has the same passion for the ministry.
Acts 20:24 But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.