When Christal Cantiga saw the opportunity to minister to underserved communities in Occidental Mindoro, she did not hesitate to use her supposed rest days at work to join our Medical Brigade in partnership with local churches and the 76th Infantry Battalion, AFP, PA.
The said mission was not the first time Christal volunteered for Operation Blessing (OB). She also participated during OB’s wheelchair distribution in July 2016 and August 2018 as a volunteer nurse. Asked about her inspiration in supporting Operation Blessing, Christal shared, “I saw how OB assists beyond the physical aspect. The help does not end in providing medical services; OB also takes every opportunity to share the Gospel which I think is the most important factor for community transformation.”
During the Medical Brigade in Paluan, Occidental Mindoro, Christal witnessed one of the common challenges the OB team face when reaching indigenous communities – enduring long hours of travel both by land and sea. “I did not know the journey by sea would take more than two hours. It was a rough sailing but one that I truly enjoyed,” Christal shared.
As a nurse, Christal knows well how to care for patients. But aside from that, her compassion for those who haven’t heard about Jesus is the greater reason she wants to volunteer with OB’s medical team.
“Being with the OB team brings out that sense of fulfillment because you know that you are doing it for the Lord. Plus, you become a channel of blessing for those in need,” Christal said.
With a big heart for the unreached, Christal, who is also a youth leader in their local church, vowed to make more time serving the Lord through her knowledge and skills both as a medical practitioner and a leader.
YOU, too, can make a difference today by volunteering your time and skills to help our underserved kababayans. Visit www.operationblessing.ph or contact 09399215543 or 09189067753 for more details.