PRAY FOR DAVAO

Yesterday night, a blast killed 14 people and left 60 wounded, at the very least.

My fellow Filipinos, that blast was surely heard by God. But I believe that more than the booming sound, His ears are pierced by the cries of the casualties and the wails of the bereaved.

Therefore, I am calling out to every nation-loving, God-fearing Filipino, during these trying times, let us all believe that there is a God who hears, who sees, who feels. Let us come to Him, with our hearts joined in prayer--that there may be justice for the dead, healing for the wounded, comfort for the bereaved, and peace for Davao and the whole nation.

Then, for us who are unharmed by the bomb, after joining our hearts, let us now join our hands and stand for them who were harmed. Once again, as we have done countless of times before, let the spirit of bayanihan arise. Let the Filipinos rise again, together.

Shalom! Shalom!

BRO. EDDIE C. VILLANUEVA

Jesus Is Lord Church Worldwide

President and Spiritual Director

THE MAN, HIS MESSAGE AND THE MINISTRY

From a communist-atheist to one of the most powerful preachers of God’s Word in the world today…  From a radical activist to the founder-pastor of one of the largest Christ-centered, Bible-based, full-gospel churches in the world…  From a battle-scarred street parliamentarian to one of the most respected Christian leaders in the Philippines whose spiritual counsel is sought after by high-ranking officials and distinguished leaders of the nation…  From a persecuted “small, country preacher’ to a world-renown radio-TV evangelist, prophet and apostle whose vision and mission is to see the nations of the world evangelized and transformed by the same Gospel that changed his life.

This in a capsule captures the exciting life story of Eddie Villanueva, fondly called Bro. Eddie or Bishop Eddie.

LIFE-CHANGING ENCOUNTER

Bro. Eddie had a life-changing encounter with the Lord in 1973 while at the forefront of a leftist movement fighting against the evils of a vicious system that has perpetuated social injustice and massive deprivation in the country.  At that time, he was also leading his family and other families in his home province of Bulacan (an hour away north of Manila) in an uphill, protracted legal battle against a notorious land-grabbing syndicate. Five days after that dramatic encounter with God, Bro. Eddie was brought face to face with a miracle he could never forget: the land-grabbers were arrested and detained.  But a greater miracle took place in Bro. Eddie’s heart: The Holy Spirit “arrested” him.  He became a true believer in the reality of a loving and powerful God! He surrendered his life to the Lord Jesus Christ and soon after, his wife Dory also gave her life to the Lord.

TRIUMPHS AND TESTINGS

But the triumphs did not come without the concomitant testings.  Bro. Eddie and his family have been at the receiving end of violent persecutions both from the enemy’s camp and from religious groups.  They have been the object of several assassination attempts, the most horrible of which happened at about midnight on June 17, 1983.  The whole family had just come from their church’s Friday night service and Bro. Eddie was about to enter their house in Bulacan when a grenade was thrown his way and exploded a few feet from where he stood into 1200 deadly shrapnel.  The house front and part of the roof were shattered but not one shrapnel hit Bro. Eddie.  God protected and spared the life of His servant and his family!

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