A Journey of Struggle and Success | Prevailing with Christ

by | Nov 24, 2023 | Autobiography, Christian and Inspirational, Spirituality | 5 comments

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The Autobiography of Ariston P. Awitan, Jr., is a testament to man’s indomitable will and Christ’s infinite mercy. It is when humanity is prevailing with Christ that miracles happen.

The Philippines is a vibrant archipelago full of culture and tradition. Its people are hardworking and ever-adaptive, such that they boast one of the largest diasporic communities in the world, which amounts to almost 10 million Filipinos all over the world. 

They are the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), the quiet backbone of the nation’s economy, the unsung heroes who bear the weight of hope and sacrifice for their families on their shoulders. 

This is because Filipinos are always working to provide for their families and seeking a better future for them. Their journeys are often fraught with challenges, yet amidst the trials and tribulations, they find solace and strength in the unwavering faith that binds them to Christ.

A Journey of Struggle

For a lot of people outside the Philippines, working abroad might not be too difficult a decision to make, but the urge to leave home, to uproot oneself from the familiar and away from loved ones, to venture into places unfamiliar and unknown is something that demands a lot of courage.

Almost every OFW embarks on this path with a heavy heart. Who wouldn’t when their spirits are weighed down by homesickness?

There is a lot that is willingly left behind when a Filipino works abroad: familiar faces, home-cooked meals, family milestones, etc.

A common issue among OFWs is cultural adaptation. When you find yourself in a foreign country, you are beset with language barriers. Unfamiliar customs and social norms, and unknown weather can also be a problem. It’s a lot like relearning how to live in society. These can create a strong sense of isolation and alienation, especially if one finds themselves in more insular communities. Thus, an OFW must be stalwart and open when navigating these uncharted lands and strive to find firm footing in the new society they find themselves in—while also trying hard to preserve the cultural identity they brought from home.

For OFWs, the primary motivation to provide for their families weighs heavily. This is a universal phenomenon that all cultures understand. Everyone wants to alleviate the financial burdens of their loved ones.

In pursuit of this goal, some are called to go beyond the familiar.

Prevailing with Christ

The struggles OFWs face can take a heavy toll. The constant pressure to perform, the loneliness, the isolation, the fear of the unknown—these can all lead to feelings of anxiety and depression. Despair becomes a neighbor.

In these moments of darkness, an unwavering faith in Christ becomes the greatest source of solace and strength. There is peace to be found in prayer, and drawing upon one’s spiritual reserves can do wonders in navigating the challenges ahead. When you are guided by Scripture and find comfort in God’s unwavering love and support, you are prevailing with Christ.

Despite their trials and tribulations, OFWs demonstrate remarkable resilience and perseverance. This is due in part to their unwavering faith in Christ as a beacon of hope who will guide them through the darkness and illuminate the path toward a brighter future.

The journey of OFWs is a testament to the indomitable spirit of the Filipino people and the miracles that occur when you are prevailing with Christ. Their struggles and triumphs remind us of the importance of faith, resilience, and community support.

A Journey of Success

If you want to learn more about a man’s journey prevailing with Christ, The Autobiography of Ariston P. Awitan Jr., M.D. is available in all major online bookstores. 

It is the story of a man’s struggle with failure and success, about where his resolve and determination will take him and the power of placing your trust in the Lord Jesus.

5 Comments

  1. Ariston P. Awitan, Jr., M.D..

    My heart is full of gratitude while reading the above blog. This is a great testimony about me and the OFW’s “man’s struggle with failure and success, about where his resolve and determination will take him and the power of placing your trust in the Lord Jesus.”.
    I appreciate the effort of the author of this blog, thanks a Million !
    Sincerely,
    Ariston P. Awitan, Jr., M.D..

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  2. Alani Jacinthe

    I’m not a Filipino, but my mother’s side of the family immigrated from Japan. I remember my mom telling me stories when she was a young kid, finding a good place to live in Canada. She and dad eventually found each other and made a life in West Covina, California.

    I currently reside in San Diego, and I miss them everyday. It’s hard living alone in an alien city. The author’s journey in this blog just reminds me of hard it is being far from family. I’m not saying, I have a worse life, but the struggles really are real. The bills always remind me that I’m alone.

    I thank God I can still connect with my parents and go on a train to be home. I still can’t imagine me being in a different country and far from family. I’ve always been the little girl for my parents.

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  3. Linda

    Reading this reminded me of the incredible strength and faith it took to chase my dreams far from home. Thank you for shining a light on this.

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  4. Cassandra

    Hats off to the Overseas Filipino Workers! They don’t receive enough recognition for the work they provide, which I hope they will. Mr. Ariston’s story seems like one of those moving and highly inspiration ones.

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  5. Bob

    As someone who is the child of parents who were once OFWs, your stories are a great reminder of the hardwork that immigrants do, and a milestone of our shared history as Filipinos.

    Reply

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