Jesus Loves Me! The Bible Tells Me so
Razakboana Faranirina Angeline | Madagascar
My name is Razakabona Faranirina Angeline. I am 49 years old. I was brought up in the FJKM Sunday school and when I was grown-up, I attended preparing sessions for confirmation (catechumen) and came to receive Communion.
I was a fervent churchgoer as I went to church every Sunday. When the pastor ended the program, there was a prayer for asking something, so I would ask for material needs (garments, money, success in the exam, jobs, etc.); and not only that but I would also repent every Sunday. I was very diligent in the entity which I belonged to. That was my life before.
I worked with Andry in 2005 and keyboarded a book containing sermons to be translated into Malagasy and entitled ?he Bible Is True?While I was keyboarding the book, I was so interested in it since I could see many sermons which I had never seen in the church where I belonged to.
After about one year, the book was issued in a DVD version; and there was a conference at Prinz Hotel in 2006. I did watch it and heard many sermons. I was interested in it but it did not enter my head, it only passed through my ears instead.
Later on, an association called Moim was established in order to preach the Gospel, ?he Bible Is True? and I was among those members who worked there. At that time, I discovered that the sermon was very different and not the same as the teaching of the church I used to attend.
In June 2006 during the visit of a missionary from the Philippines, few members searched the Bible with him for 3 days. I felt agony because of my sins and I was afraid of going to hellfire. On the third day, the missionary told about a promise and my fear disappeared. So, he asked us to tell our story one by one and I did. And after few days we were baptized. I felt at that time that my sins were removed as I felt quite relieved.
But afterwards, my conscience persecuted me again because I committed sins again, so I decided not to work at Moim anymore because I was hypocritical – I followed the teaching there but I still went to my church.
In September 2009 after I watched again ?he Bible Is True?I testified that I had followed the wrong way and I stopped going to my former church.
In late 2011, I was among those chosen by Mrs. Rhee to attend the special sessions that she organized. The sessions were scheduled for several Sundays and at that time my conscience was not at peace – I am a sinner. She said at that time that I looked as if there was no crime that I committed. In my heart, however, I was a terrible sinner but people could neither see nor know what was in me; only God knows, I thought. And my conscience was not at peace again.
After Christmas day, December 26 to 29, 2011, Mr. Rhee organized a Bible conference again and I concentrated on that but I was not yet saved!
After that, I watched ?he Bible Is True?again and I also followed Mrs. Rhee? explanation before that. Days and nights, I could not sleep as the sins that I committed persecuted me. Every night, I could not sleep and I often wept. “What should I do with all those sins I committed, oh God!”
5 times I watched ?he Bible Is True?DVD in this year 2012 but I was not discouraged at all. I dared not stand anymore because of my fear.
On a Sunday afternoon, I went to Andry? house to ask for some help because I did not know what to do. There were some verses that he asked me to read and he advised me to trust completely in the Word of God. My conscience was in conflict with me.
I did not work at all but I kept on following the verses that Mrs. Rhee introduced and I watched ?he Bible Is True?DVD again.
At last, it was Sunday, Mrs. Rhee was quite sincere and I received the verses that she advised us (3 people) to read with my heart. After that, I watched ?he Bible Is True?sermon #10.
Pastor Kwon read John 3:14-15:
And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.
Then Pastor Kwon read Numbers chapter 21 verses 4 to 9. I concentrated well and as he explained about the bronze serpent in Numbers chapter 21 verses 8 – 9, he drew two wounded men and a serpent on a pole. God told Moses that whoever looks up at the serpent will live. Yet, there was no medicine from the serpent to heal the wound. When I looked up at the bronze serpent, at that moment, the word of God “… if a serpent had bitten anyone, when he looked at the bronze serpent, he lived”penetrated my heart; all my sins and the agony in my conscience disappeared, and I smiled. I was very happy and thankful. Then I was grateful inside; I thought of Psalm 103 that I read at home: “Bless the LORD, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases.” (Verses 1-3)
Then I was singing hymn #411 in my heart:
“Yes, Jesus loves me! Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me! The Bible tells me so.”
Until the end of Pastor Kwon’s sermon. That great day was on Sunday, 19th February, 2012.
After my salvation, my heart has changed. I preached to my elder sister at Ambohimanambola, because I got it and I can’t keep it only for myself but I share it with the others so that they may be saved, too. My elder sister said that it’s too far and she can’t come here, but I am scheduling time for her.
I have come to be grateful. I’ll pay tithes. Before, I was just happy for receiving something clothes that were distributed at Moim. But now I am grateful to Korea Moim that has offered them and I should also give.
May glory be to God only!