|Danny and his wife Norielyn|
Just when Danilo and Norielyn Cabarles thought there was no hope left, God turned their life around.
"I grew up in a poor and troubled home," Danny explains. "My parents were always fighting and yelling at each other. I had to stop schooling early because we had no money. Instead my parents pressed me to find a job to help with family needs. This was hard on me, and I didn't know how to deal with it. Eventually I became independent, started running with the wrong crowd, and got set into some bad ways. I ended up in the bars drinking a lot, smoking, gambling and cursing. Somehow I thought I could find real love out there in those things."
"One day I met Norielyn, a beautiful woman who taught me how to love, and to face the challenges of life. We became very close and eventually got married. Then we moved back to Baloc where my family lived. We worked at the dump site, sorting through garbage, separating recyclables from the trash; and sometimes finding food that we could take home and eat."
Danny's happy family
After several years Norielyn became discouraged. She decided to leave to Manila in search of a job and a better life. But she ended up in drinking sessions with friends, and plans of a better life faded fast.
Norielyn explains, "I was spiralling downward when my brother Jano found me in Manila. He spent time with me and asked me to come home. He had become a member of the Frontline Worship Center near the dumpsite, and was telling me about God's work there. I felt God calling out to me, so I went back home, and started going to the church services. In 2006 I too surrendered my life to Christ!"
After that Noreilyn began inviting Danny to church, but he always refused. "I wanted to live my own life, and without rules. So I just refused to go. But one time I caved in and went to Church. To my surprise, I enjoyed it! Still, I wouldn't go regularly because I didn't want to change. When I did agree to go, I would get drunk the night before just to show that I wasn't planning on changing. Norielyn never gave up on me though."
Danny and Norielyn, and many other couples,
were officially marrried in FWC Church
"In 2008, I got very sick, and was told I may not live. I was so weak and felt I had no hope left. It was then that I asked God to help me, and surrendered my life to him. I felt God move so intensely, and His love washed over me! I soon recovered from being sick, and started living a new life of loving and serving God."
On November 30, 2008, Norielyn and Danny were both baptized, and have been dedicated Christ followers ever since.
"Frontline Ministries has deeply impacted my life. They showed my family and I how to have a real relationship with God. My life was a big mess, and I really had nothing to live for. But God has provided us with all of our needs and has shown me the true meaning of love. Matthew 6:33 says '...Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.' God is always faithful to us!"
Frontline staff and partners, this is what it's all about. THIS is why we all do what we do; lives and destinies being changed! Thanks for your part in such great stories as this.