Pastor Irwin is a young pastor from the Philippines but was called by God to ministry while he was living in Singapore. Anyone who knew him before would not ever think he can be a pastor material and even he himself could not believe that he was indeed called by God to be a pastor through a dream.
He recalls it vividly that in the early morning of January 25, 2013 he was woken up by a nudging from the Lord whom he can hear telling him to get up and read the Bible. Though he was a church attender then, reading the Bible was never a priority and he can even miss going to church without a bother to him. He could not go back to sleep when he heard the Lord. He had to get up and open his Bible to Genesis where the Lord led him to read the story of a promised child to Abraham and Sarah. After reading it, he heard the Lord asking him if he would answer His call to be a pastor if his wife becomes pregnant just like Sarah. Irwin was wishing for another child for some time now but he knew that his wife could not be pregnant as they have just tested negative a few days before. Just so he can go back to sleep, he replied yes to the question but the Lord spoke again saying that he will name the child Isaac and that he will be used by the Lord for His glory. He happily went back to sleep assuming that it was just a dream which he then shared to his wife in the morning. His wife could not believe it too as she thinks it impossible for Irwin to be a pastor. She was reluctant as well to test again for pregnancy because she tested negative already but to put an end to the question whether it was just a dream or not, she did test again. Lo and behold, it came out positive and that brought a chill to Irwin's spine! But another thought came to mind for Irwin. If the child is a girl then maybe it really was just his wishful thinking that made him imagine God calling him but a few months later, a son came out and that was confirmation enough that the Lord spoke to him indeed. That paved the way for the rest of the story.
Though Irwin tried multiple times to pursue other ways to occupy his time, it always led to frustration and trouble. It was only when he gave up and surrendered his will to the Lord did he find peace. He came across CLI (Christian Leaders Institute) where he studied online and learned how to be a pastor. Later on, he found himself doing online counselling to people he came across and from there, he started the online ministry of P@22O which is read as PATOTOO, a Tagalog term for Testimony. He found that people's experiences with the Lord help others see how wonderful the Lord is and that was a platform for him to lead them to Jesus. This coming July 14 marks a year of daily weekday bible studies from 4-7AM (SGT) without fail. It is amazing how people based in different countries with different time zones can come together and spend time studying God's Word. It really is the Lord who blessed the ministry with such anointing. The people in the ministry believe that there are greater things the Lord has in store for them and indeed, this CBT program is one of them.
Contrary to what he thought about pastors, Irwin did not get limited by God's calling to once a week sermon in the pulpit. Although he is still praying for such a privilege as well, he found himself blessed by the Lord with various opportunities. He had just released a debut single named "The Answer" which was sold out. He was also given acting roles on primetime TV in he Philippines. He was ordained as a minister by CLI in Michigan, USA last April. Truly, the Lord is faithful to His calling and Pastor Irwin now firmly believes that his breakthroughs in life are living testimonies of God's purpose in him.
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THE TESTIMONY THAT SETS YOU FREE
IF MAN REJECTS YOU, JESUS WILL RECEIVE YOU
SHINE YOUR LIGHT WITH MS NANCY MATTOX WITH D. ANTON AQUINO
ONCE SAVED, FOREVER SAVED
DEALING WITH DIFFICULT PEOPLE IN THE WORKPLACE
HOMELESS MINISTRY WITH REV. WILLIAM KELLAR
WITH SPECIAL GUEST MS ABBY REYENGA OF CHRISTIAN LEADERS INSTITUTE
ISRAEL EXPERIENCE WITH JOHAN AND PHILIP BOSMAN
SELF-PROMOTION OR CHRIST EDIFICATION
JESUS IN ME
" THE STAR " WITH JOHAN BOSMAN OF SALVATION STUDIO
Benny Hester is the composer and singer of the popular Christian Song - When God Ran