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…I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. – Jesus Christ John 10:10 To be able to stand at the threshold of eternity and celebrate. To look back and have no regrets. A life lived to the fullest. These are what we all want to attain. At the last ebb of our lives, our profoundest longing is: To be able to say “With all that I have, with all that I am, I was able to serve Him, to please Him and to love Him.” He fulfilled this profoundest longing, our Ptr. Ruding Babiano. And this is perhaps the secret behind his legendary freedom, courage and grace in the face of life’s many trials, even in the face of the Big C.  There can be no doubt that he is a testament to an existence that gave glory to the Almighty God – a life definitely well lived. Ptr. Ruding celebrated life. He recently went home to our Creator. For us whom he had left behind, the inevitable pain is there. We miss him. Places, gestures, occasions – we will all ache at these. Yet even in our pain, we are cheered by memories of the time he spent with us, his beloved church. His story with the JIL Church is one that is marked with genuine humility and servanthood: Maintenance Ministry Worker, Jail Outreach Ministry Chairperson, Bible Study Leader, Home Church Pastor/ Community Coordinator, Bible Teacher, Territorial Head, District Pastor, Visiting Pastor, Church Pastor… the list goes on and on and on.  A member of the JIL Church for 33 years, 21 years of which as a pastor; 59 years a beloved son; 26 years as a loving husband to Ate Daisy and a devoted father to Ruth Grace, Elisa Grace and Josiah Redeem. Friend, neighbor, family, pastor, man of God… our Kuya Ruding. From the humblest of church members to the most seasoned pastors, we all have imprints of him.

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