Transformed Through the Storm: Turning Tragedy to Triumph
An Amazing Fact: On November 10, 2013, Super-Typhoon Yolanda, one of the strongest Category 5 cyclones ever recorded, barreled into the Philippines with wind speeds of up to 195 miles per hour. Few structures could withstand such severe winds, and more than 6,000 people lost their lives, making it one of the deadliest and costliest typhoons to ever hit the region. Even now, more than a year later, the hardest hit areas are still struggling to recover.
Have you ever been hit by an unexpected “life storm” so severe that it took you years to recover? Maybe it was a tragic loss in your family, a cyclone of sickness, or perhaps some other difﬁcult personal storm of life.
I’m so glad that you and I have God’s promise—“When the whirlwind passes by, the wicked is no more, but the righteous has an everlasting foundation” (Proverbs 10:25). Jesus says that when we build our lives on the foundation of His promises, we can survive even the worst of storms!
But even better, you’ve made it possible for many hurting souls, battered by storms, to discover this promise for themselves and to recover in an amazing way. Let me tell you about Marilou …
Through the Storm
Both of Marilou’s parents were tragically killed during Typhoon Yolanda, and the sudden loss sent her into a spiral of depression, anger, and distrust. But one day last year, two newly trained Philippines Amazing Facts Center of Evangelism (PAFCOE) students —Flora and Jessalou—knocked on her door.
During the conversation, as tears trickled down her cheeks, Marilou shared how her parents had died. She was still in deep emotional pain. The two gently invited Marilou to do Bible studies, promising her that she could ﬁnd hope amidst the tragedy. She agreed.
As Flora and Jessalou began the weekly studies, Marilou’s biggest questions revolved around her doubts about God’s love and His very existence. She couldn’t understand why a loving, powerful God would allow such terrible things to happen. But God began working in her heart through the PAFCOE students and our Bible studies, and Marilou, for the ﬁrst time, sensed His great love for her. She learned the message of the great controversy and realized that it is the devil who destroys, but Jesus came so we “might have life, and … have it more abundantly” (John 10:10).
New Hope and Peace
Marilou continued to study with Flora and Jessalou and began ﬁnding satisfying answers and comfort from God’s Word. So when the topic of God’s Sabbath was presented, she felt deep conviction. Clinging to Bible promises taught to her by the PAFCOE students, she found herself being drawn closer and closer to the Lord.
A short time later, Marilou was invited to attend an Amazing Facts prophecy series. She attended every night, soaking up the beautiful words of life. And she wasn’t the only one being blessed—her children came to enjoy our children’s program.
By the end of the series, with wonderful peace in her heart, she joined many others in baptism. Marilou is another soul won to the Lord because of your support!
But that’s not the end of the story! Her husband and her eldest daughter also have been baptized through the mission work of Amazing Facts. And it has totally transformed their lives. Not only is Marilou secure in God’s love and full of joy, her family has been transformed, giving up worldly movies, games, and music—and following Jesus all the way. She’s even praying about becoming a full-time missionary and getting PAFCOE training herself!
It’s Time to Harvest Again!
God has a wonderful way of turning tragedies into beautiful stories of renewal and transformation, doesn’t He? And Marilou’s story is one of thousands happening all the time around the world because of your support of Amazing Facts. We want to see God replicate this miracle in lives across the Philippines and around the world!
Indeed, there are still millions more hurting people in the Philippines longing to hear these Bible truths and to see Jesus’ love in action through our PAFCOE team.
When Amazing Facts went to the Philippines nearly two years ago, we felt God calling us to broadcast our television programs on their country’s biggest cable station, and through your support, it’s been on every Sunday morning across the nation for over a year.
The response has been truly phenomenal! Now it’s time to go back and reap the harvest. You have to believe me when I say that the people in this land of 80 million are accepting the three angels’ messages by the thousands. That’s why Amazing Facts must go back now—to reap the investment you’ve made in God’s kingdom.
So I’ll be going to the Philippines, March 2 to 16, to share a series of messages entitled “Prophecy Countdown: A Bible Study Adventure for the Last Days.” This massive outreach will also be supported by PAFCOE training and students on ﬁre for sharing. When we went to the Philippines in 2013, thousands came and hundreds were baptized. We believe these meetings will have an even greater harvest.
Friend, will you please consider a sacriﬁcial gift so we can bring new life to the dear people of the Philippines and beyond? Whatever you give today will make a HUGE difference globally, and you have every reason to be conﬁdent that souls will be won to Jesus through your giving! Thank you in advance for your empowering gift of support this month.
Pastor Doug Batchelor
President, Amazing Facts