Pinzon, Winston, Janette, and family
Children: Asher, Levi, and Anya.
I was born in a poor but Christian family. I received the Lord in my heart when I was young. I am the seventh among nine siblings. While I was growing up poverty fueled me to finish college in order to find a high-paying job. I dreamed of becoming a college professor, and my father wanted me to be a lawyer. I even fantasized about involving myself in politics. In high school I was active in church, and in college I had a lot of energy for evangelism and discipleship programs. It was late in college that I thought God was calling me to give myself in full time ministry. I had in mind the poor. I wanted to minister to them. I prayed about it for two years after college. In 1988 I finished my MA in Divinity, in preparation for the ministry ahead.
My experiences in ministering to the poor (visitation, preaching, door-to-door evangelism, bringing medicine and food, finding a physician for the sick, or bringing the sick to the hospital, etc.) have been challenging: There were the Indochinese refugees and the Aetas in Bataan in 1994; the poor living in the slums of Botanical Garden in Quezon City; those living along the railways in Balic-Balic, Sampaloc; those by the waterways in San Miguel, Manila; and those living in Payatas (Group 2, Group 13, Urban – East of the Dump Site, Masbate -West of the Dump Site).
The Dump Site is the place where Metro Manila throws its mountains of garbage. Hundreds of poor people live around it and scavenge from it for their living. A lot of young children get sick and many young people can not afford to go to school. All in all I have spent 10 years working among the poor. I became sick a few times myself. There were occasions when I would come home late at night. (Besides, my teammates and I have to raise our own support). But my heart keeps on beating for them.
I believe it is the task of the Church to help the poor.