November 3, 2015
Shekinah Alliance Bible College
General Santos City, Mindanao, Philippines
ccm Cross 0089
Additional photos after the Testimony
3946 cdd Never Saw It Coming 12/2/15
Cyber Daily Devotion
Volume 16 Number 240
Today’s Author: Pastor Bill
Scripture: Ecclesiastes 3:1
“To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven” NKJV
Hello my name is Pastor David Dasig, President of Shekinah Alliance Bible College, everyone calls me Pastor David. This is my Cross testimony of how Jesus has been faithful throughout my life. In the good times and through the tough times.
I grew up in a family of seven children. I am the first born. My dad was the spiritual leader in our family and he was the first to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. He was a good, dependable and a hardworking man. He drove a bookmobile for the Philippine library system bringing books to remote areas. When my dad was not working he made sure we were all in church. When the church doors were open we were there.
All this church activity exposed me to the church but I never had a relationship with Jesus Christ. That is until I was fourteen years old. We had a youth rally in our church. Hundreds attended which made for a fun opportunity to see and meet many interesting people. I was really enjoying the event. Then the preacher read 2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” The more the preacher explained what this meant the more I understood that I needed Jesus in my life to change my heart. I received Christ that night.
Then my parents enrolled me in a private school for a better education. The education may have been better but the peer pressure caused me to do things I was not proud of. Soon after graduation I attended a City Wide Evangelistic crusade. My life was re-directed and my feet planted on a course for Jesus. That night as the Preacher spoke it became evident that he was talking to just me. It was as though he had read a book about my life and was telling everyone present about me. Then he touched my heart when he said, “If you were to die tonight are you sure you will be with Jesus in heaven?” I could not answer yes.
All the worldly things I had done to gain the acceptance of my peers in high school flashed before me. I needed to get right with Jesus. Two years later I entered Bible College and never looked back as the new creature in me set sail for a much better place.
Upon graduation from Bible College I pastored a church and met my wife Flora. We married and now have two children Mark and Debbie.
The life of a pastor gave me an opportunity to walk as Jesus walked every day. I grew in my love for the Lord and progressed in my education. I taught in the Bible College for a few years and went on to earn my Masters in Divinity.
I was elevated to Dean of Students at the Bible College and one year later I was again elevated to Officer in Charge of the Bible College.
Three years later I was selected as President of Shekinah Alliance Bible College.
We live in a culturally diverse area and I learned to reach out to everyone. Non- religious, any and all Christian denominations and Muslims.
The Lord kept me under His wing and whenever there was a need He met it. When we grew in numbers we were in need of a new ladies dormitory. The Lord provided. When we needed more land to expand the Lord again met the need. Then something happened that changed everything and I never saw it coming.
I was driving my car along when and out of nowhere a taxi cart crossed the middle of the road and slammed into my car. The medical people were called but when they arrived three people were dead. I prayed Jesus help me!
The police were quick to respond and took over the accident scene. The local on lookers soon discovered that the three people who died were Muslims. They identified me as a Christian with some recognizing me as a pastor. There I was with all the anguish and stress dealing with what just happened and then being attacked as an infidel worthy of death by Sharia Law.
They shouted terrible things at me and worked into a frenzy and began attacking my car intending to smash and disfigure it along with causing me harm. The police stepped in and had to threaten to shoot them before they backed off. Over the next few days it became clear that the situation would get worse. The taxi crossed over into my side of the road but in Sharia Law when an infidel injuries or kills a Muslim there is “blood money” to be paid. Lots of “blood money.”
Never mind that it was not my fault. In the Philippines we have laws to govern such situations as a car accident but I learned then and there Sharia Law supersedes all city and local laws. Even if the country does not recognize it. The “Blood Money” demanded was in the millions of Philippine Pecos. I’m not a wealthy man and the anguish of what had happened was compounded by demands that had terrible consequences for me and my family if not fulfilled.
I prayed about this with my wife, family, friends and church. My family, ministry for Jesus and life was at stake. I contacted the Muslim leaders and took responsibility for what happened — their demand was reduced to 300,000 Philippine Pecos which the Lord graciously provided. Since then we have lived peacefully with the extensive Muslim community in our city.
My favorite verse in the Bible is Galatians 2:20 “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” NKJV
The Cross is a special logo, symbol and identity of who we are as Christians. It tells everyone without a doubt that we believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God.
This Cross planted today establishes our identity Declaring God’s Glory and the Lord Jesus Christ as Lord over this place. Christ alone — Shekinah Glory — our King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
Pastor Bill thank you for being obedient to the Cross and to your readers also for providing Shekinah Alliance Bible College a physical Cross that declares our identity in Jesus Christ.
Prayer: Father thank you for heroes of the faith who everyday stand up for Jesus in the midst of overwhelming odds. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen!
Entrance to Bible College
Preparing Cross for pedestal
Cross pedestal in front of Bible College
Carrying Cross to pedestal
Roof team ready to lift
View from the roof top
Lining Cross up
FIRE IN THE HOLE
Pastor David leads Cross dedication
Pastor David hands Pastor Bill appreciation plaque
Plaque “Declaring God’s Glory” over General Santos City
and Mindanao Island in the Philippines