Pastor Oscar Modesto grew up in Angeles City. When he was a child his dream was to become a priest. His mother raised him up and brought him regularly to church. But in spite of this, Oscar joined fraternities, gangs, and indulged in cigars, liquors and drugs by the age of 14.
His life became even more of a mess when his mother passed away. He joined a rock group only to be an alcoholic, chain smoker and drug addict. To support his vices, he and his members were robbing wealthy Chinese businessmen in that city. Fearing for his life because his gang mates were getting arrested and tortured by policemen, he got married and eventually had three kids. Then he worked in a furniture shop but was still engaging in drugs.
Years passed, no one helped him, not even his wife who had no love for him anymore. He suffered from sleepless nights, thinking about his future and of the kids that he was supporting. A sudden change happened when his boss, a pastor, started a Bible Study. His boss made it a point for all of his employees to attend the Bible Study or else no salary on that day. He joined, made noise, asked stupid questions, and insulted the Pastor. He even cursed him from head to foot.
One day, he went to a nearby store and drank bottles of beer. Then he went back to the Bible Study wanting to kill his boss. While on his way, he saw a red New Testament. At first, he was hesitant to pick it up but bending down and pretending to tie his shoelace, he got it and brought it home and started reading that Testament. The Spirit of the Lord convicted him, and he threw the book in a corner. A few days after, he again began reading its pages and still could not resist the power of God. Oscar accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Savior and He delivered him from his vices and drug addiction.
As of now, there are several churches in Pampanga, Nueva Ecija and Tarlac under his leadership. Praise the Lord for that red New Testament that was instrumental in his conversion to Christ. All glory and praises belong to God!
– Pastor Oscar Modesto, Angeles City
Edited by The Gideons International in the Philippines