In July 1997 my wife and I decided to pay our tithes- ten percent of our gross income. We did it to thank Father God of the blessings He bestows on us and my children.
Saipem, an Italian Oil Company in which I have been employed for many years, assigned me to work offshore Baku, Azerbaijan exactly when I had just finished my duty as the 1st Councilman in a Philippine community in Pasig City. Obviously, it happened by the grace of God. The timing was indeed perfect!
It was however, an unusual experience because just after a few days of commitment an incident happened on board the Pipelaying Vessel “Israfil Guseinov”, where I worked as a Purser. One of our crew, seemingly having a personal problem came to my office and confronted me. I was upset by the way he raised his voice and so I shouted back. Angrily, he punched my face three times. I did not fight back! Perhaps I was in a high spirit at that time having paid my first tithe. I felt God was just there around to protect me!
The news spread fast. My boss offshore, Carpaneda Renato heard about the story and he was not happy about it. On the other hand, after an hour, the man who hit me, returned to say sorry. He wrote a short note of apology highlighting that he would pay US $ 3000 to compensate for the moral damage done.
I immediately informed my wife about what happened. Jokingly, she said why I did not offer the other cheek? I was amused. I laughed!
Today, we are enjoying the promises of good returns of doing God’s instructions of tithing as according to the Bible in Malachi Chapter 3:10. My wife who was diagnosed of a breast cancer (Stage 3b) three years ago is surviving the trial. I, myself, was confined to the hospital on the 6th of August 2019 at St Luke’s in Makati of “stroke” and it did not harm my body. I was released three days later with my motor skills all intact. We believe that better things are coming ahead in the next days to come, by God’s grace.
To us tithing will never be a burden rather it is like a “key” to peace of mind and joy of heart. Please try it because the Lord promised He would “open the gate valves of heaven and pour out the blessings”. My wife and I are continuously seeing the miracles it brings.