Date
23 March 2017
Pastor Rey Abejero used to be obsessed with earning money, but today he finds more happiness in being able to lend money to those in need. Photo: i-Cable
Pastor Rey Abejero used to be obsessed with earning money, but today he finds more happiness in being able to lend money to those in need. Photo: i-Cable

Filipino preacher finds fulfillment in serving compatriots

Filipino pastor Rey Abejero came to Hong Kong to find a way to pay back his debts. Instead, he found a new life.

“I came to Hong Kong mainly to make money because I couldn’t solve my financial problems in the Philippines,” said Abejero, who moved to the city in 1991.

Before he became a pastor, he worked in a car shop, and his top priority was to earn money, lots of it.

However, he joined a new church, which taught him to care about other people, according to an i-Cable report.

He then realized that money is not that important, and what gives fulfillment in life is to be able to use one’s talent and energy to help others.

He also learned that as he shares more of his time in the service of other people, the happier he becomes.

“I care about other people and I really want to spend my life helping others,” Abejero said.

“This is how I can show my love to God. My heart is filled with love, I am now happier and I always smile.”

If before he only cared about earning money, he said he now feels happy if he is able to lend some cash to those in need.

In fact, he won’t bear any grudge if the borrower doesn’t pay him back; he knows the borrower needs the money more that he does.

As a preacher, Abejero is now serving about 100 Filipinos in a church in Yau Ma Tei. Most of them are domestic helpers.

Alma, a Filipino maid who came Hong Kong in 1993, attests to Abejero’s kindness.

She said she lost her job after serving her first employer for four years and had no place to sleep.

Fortunately, she met Abejero, who provided her food and shelter.

“He always tells us to respect and do our best for our employers, just like what we do to the Lord,” Alma said, adding that she and fellow church members have good relationships with their employers.

“I will open my house for anyone who is in need because I know they don’t have a place to go,” Abejero said.

Abejero’s role in the church is not confined to preaching and attending to the needs of the congregation.

He also fixes everything in the church, from the electric plug to the cupboard and toilet, said Vivian, one of his church members.

“We call him the handyman. He is like Superman. He does whatever he is capable of doing because there is so much love inside him,” she said.

Translation by Chloe Chow

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Abejero is serving a hundred Filipinos, mostly domestic helpers, in his church in Yau Ma Tei. Photo: i-Cable


Abejero opens his home to anyone in need. Photo: i-Cable


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