“Moses refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter: Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt….” (Hebrews 11:24-26)
Our ordeals are truly blessings in disguise that are meant to purify us. Afflictions are opportunities for us to have faith in Christ when we choose to suffer the patience of our trials. Like in the life of Ma’am Evelyn Francisco, each tribulation becomes a decision to show her faith in the Lord.
Her experience with KMBI is multi-faceted, like a diamond in the rough that both had glitter and unevenness. She’s been with KMBI for more than 13 years. That’s the longest she’s been with in a company as she started out with a previous teaching job in a daycare center, then made trafficking calls in PLDT. But nothing really prepared her for the experience of being a program assistant in KMBI.
“I remember going down to the community one time. I had to stay in the area till 10pm to rescue one of my centers. Since it was dark, I met up with an angry dog that started barking. When the dog darted towards us, I had to scramble to the other direction. My heart was pounding as I ran through the streets and was thankful that I lost the dog in the process. But it did give me quite a fright. I had to call it a day after my run and prayed to God for assistance. Thankfully, I was able to complete my collection the next day that I visited the center.”
Another one of her experiences being a Program Assistant was going to the community with one of her superiors, Rhanny Barrera. “We had to wait outside the house of one member who refused to pay her dues that day. It came to the point where the husband of the member lost his patience and threatened us with his gun. He tried to make us leave. Although we were afraid, we did not back down since we know that we were asking what was only due the organization and prayed that the heart of my client would soften. We offered diplomacy to settle the issue. At the end of the day, we won as the client found ways to pay her obligations.”
These are simply tests that challenge her mettle. During her program assistant days, Evelyn dealt with enormous responsibilities in providing for her family. . “I was then paying for the school fees of my 5 nephews and nieces, finance my ailing brother who eventually died of cancer and another sibling I had to support. All of these, I believe honed me to become more mature and calm at the face of adversity. It also gave me the opportunity to rest my faith in the Lord by being dependent on His provision.”
Evelyn received enormous blessings because of her declaration of humility and faith. She was promoted as branch manager and is now able to provide to her extended family because of her work. “I am often thankful for the opportunities I have received from KMBI. I’m happiest when I travel to different places I’ve never been to before. I am also happy for the moments that I bond with my staff in excursions where they could talk freely about their personal life and dreams. But most important of all the benefits I have received from KMBI was being given a chance to strengthen my relationship with God. This has only made me stronger in faith and character.
She could have gone abroad but she looks forward in increasing her length of stay in KMBI. She dreams of having her daughter finish college and grow in the faith that has sustained her all these years, holding the esteem of Christ more valuable than riches and gold.