“I was introduced to the church but not to Jesus.”
This stuck with me when I was having a conversation with Toch. He grew up with wonderful Christian parents. He was sheltered, protected and well taken cared of.
But when he moved to Manila to study, he was all on his own. His family, friends, church mates were not there. He was lost, became lost or got lost.
But whatever the case may be, one thing was missing – a relationship with Jesus.
He had been introduced to the church (the people, the organization, the ministry). But sadly, he never got to meet Jesus.
Good thing, his college buddy, Crunchie introduced him to Christ. While they were both getting high with drugs, Crunchie met Christ.
He then reached out to his buddy, Toch. “Pare sama ka sa akin… eto, mas ibang klaseng high.” (This one, you’ll get a different type of high).
Both of them get discipled, trained and now making a difference where God’s placed them.
Toch, who is now our Senior Pastor in Victory GenSan, said,
“My prayer everyday is that we will build a church that will introduce people to Jesus, not to the church. Church is great. But introducing them to Jesus is way better.”