This story was originally published on May 2, 2018.
So, Weng, what’s the Weng Jison story? In a nutshell, what’s happened between then and now? My name is Eloisa but most people know and call me Weng. I am 64 years old. In this season of my walk, what I do is that I am helping people find their purpose in the Lord through my everyday conversations talking about salvation because I believe that after you get saved, you will find your purpose. In short, I am a mentor. And that’s my joy, for people finding their purpose in the Lord.
Growing up, who or what did you want to become? Did you always dream that you would be doing what you’re doing now? I wanted to be a music arranger or conductor but I couldn’t go to music school in UP Conservatory because growing up that was the most chaotic time in our nation. There was martial law so I opted for AB Literature as my second choice. I never dreamed to be doing what I am doing now – mentoring. I never liked counseling but then Jesus Christ changed everything.
What made you decide to “go for it” in terms of what you’re doing now? What or who contributed to who you have become today? You know it’s a total surrender to Jesus Christ. I let Him take over my life and so he changed my desires and that’s what I am now. Rina Filart was responsible for helping me allow the Lord to take over. I just arrived from the States after going through a divorce. I was almost nervous breakdown when I met her and suffering from agoraphobia. I was on the verge of snapping and losing control. I was invited by a common friend to attend a Bible study and she was leading.
Did you face adversity? How did you overcome it? Other than just facing it head on, here’s something that I got from my father – whatever decisions you make, fight for it by owning it. I was very young then and he caught me smoking and all he said was ‘make sure you own the consequences of what you are doing now and that you won’t regret it in the end.’
How did you grow your…
- Faith? Spending time with the Lord. It came from him. I would never on my own have. Worship and prayer. Talking to God the whole day, not the isolate myself-kneel all day kind but just talking to Him whatever I am doing.
- Relationships? I went in and out of my relationships. I was very bad with this. So, I guess I grew in my relationships by choosing those more wisely. Doing that, I am able to sustain it.
- Professional Life (work / business)? Trainings and travel. Meeting people of different walks of life.
- Stewardship (money / time /resources)? After making big mistakes and losing a lot, you learn.
- Personal Life (health / experiences / hobbies / passion / travels / personal development / community involvement / etc)? It’s hard to answer this because I have no priorities in my personal life now except to hear God. He has taught me to take care of my finances more. He guides me which relationships to get into and warns me about everything. He gives me strength against those who persecute me.
What’s been your proudest moment so far? It’s hard to identify. At this stage, I am dead to the Lord. My accomplishments are based on obedience to what he wants me to do. My joy comes from pleasing him.
Any regrets? Should have I known the Lord earlier in my life, I would have done more things for Him with joy. It’s so much fun to work with the Lord.
How would you like to be remembered when people hear your name? That my life magnified the Lord. I already have a song that I want my friend, Joey and Bing, to sing at my funeral.
A lot of people wants to make things happen and create a positive impact, what advice would you give them in terms of how they can make that happen? Be honest with yourself, have a good grasp of yourself. Face life head on. Take the blows and learn from it. Don’t regret any decisions you made – right or wrong. You have lived!
And, just because we like our coffee around here, how do you take yours? Freshly ground brewed coffee with milk and syrup, hazel or vanilla. Unlike you, I flavor my coffee.