Here are some of my mentors, who invested in me directly and indirectly, and some of their quotes:
‘’No amount of success in ministry can compensate for the failure of a home’’-Don Cua
‘’Never minister without fire in your heart’’-Rafy Panlilio
‘’Live simply so that others may simply live’’-Dong Cusio
‘’Struggle well’’-Dave Darwin
‘’Dream big, start small, build deep’’-Edmund Chan
‘’The local church is the hope of the world, and its future rests in the hands of its leaders.’’-Bill Hybels
‘’Leaders create the future’’-Erwin Mcmanus
‘’Missions exists because worship does not’’-John Piper
‘’When we take care of the depth of our lives, God takes care of the breadth of our ministry’’-John MacArthur
‘’If you want to walk on water, you have to get out of the boat’’-John Ortberg
‘’The Gospel is not opposed to effort, it is opposed to earning.’’-Dallas Willard
I want to make mention of three special mentors in my life. More than words, their life and example impacted me deeply.
Charlie Liao, my first and still the ‘’best’’ mentor for me. He took me under his wing, grounded and pounded on my head the discipline of daily devotions which I still carry with me to this day. He saw something in me I didn’t see in myself, believed in me, discipled me, and in 1997, entrusted the Senior Pastorate to our church, now known as Horizon, to me.
James Huculak, my mentor during my four years at ISOT-Asia (now IGSL). So gifted yet so humble; fully capable of occupying a ‘’first chair’’ but always seeks the second chair; great teacher, great heart, great man of God. I once did a seminar during Ministry Week in Dagupan somewhere 2005 (?), and after my talk, took me aside and said, ‘’that was one of the best talks I ever heard.’’ That comment encouraged me deeply up to this day.
Tom Roxas. Kuya Tom always greeted us at the lobby of IGSL with a smile. A personification of godliness. When you are around him, you feel like you are in the presence of Jesus, because Kuya Tom seems to live in the ‘’holy of holies’’ all the time.
I said three, but let me add a final one-Dr. Jeannette Shubert. If I ever write a book that’s published someday, I will dedicate it to her. One time I wrote a paper during one her subject, and she scribbled back, ‘’You write so well. Have you ever considered writing a book? Asia needs Asian writers.’’
THANK YOU. I stand on the shoulders of great people whom I am privileged to call my mentors.