“No him hardworking, capable of handling challenges and


“No matter what challenges
life throws at you, your father will always be there for you.”

     The people that get to know us best, from
our flaws to our virtues, are our parents. They have the greatest influence in
our life, because they are the people that we have known for the longest. They
sacrifice many luxuries in order to give their children the best life possible.
My father had a great influence on my life, and it is because of him that I am,
what I am today. By observing his behavior, and listening to his lectures, I
have felt his influence on my life, choices and personality. This person has
always been in my life, from the day I first opened my eyes to the present
moment. This person is a teacher, a guide, and a source of strength and
support. He is whom I look up to with loving trust and pride. With a willing
hand to lend, he is a helper and an adviser. This person means the world to me,
so who is this influential person in my life? He’s Alexander M. Ocampo, my one
and only father.

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     My dad was born in Lemery, Batangas; he
was the youngest of nine siblings in the family. His parents wanted to give
their children the best education possible, but his parents died. My dad was 12
when he started to live separately from his siblings after the incident. Being
away from his family was a rude awakening for him, he realized what was the
intention of being away from his family, and it made him hardworking, capable
of handling challenges and making decisions by himself. I do wonder how a
12-year-old could understand so much. My father acquired his life lessons by
overcoming the adversities he faced growing up in Tondo, Manila. He became an
outcast to his own siblings because he rebelled so much. My Father lived by
himself, sleeping in the city alone. He doesn’t know what to do with his life
that moment, he involved himself in gambling, bad influence peers and other
vices. He told me that he became a dancer, street dancer, he had a group so
called “SMURF” something more unique rather than funk. He also takes an ecstasy
before he does his flip like, break dancing and other techniques in dancing,
but still his not happy with his life. My Father go back to his hometown
Lemery, Batangas, like a prodigal son he went back to his siblings and he found
out that his eldest brother. Rusty Ocampo who is a Pilot before, is a Pastor.
He became mad because he doesn’t know what’s in the mind of his eldest brother
why he gave up his job and riches and became a Pastor. Once again, he became more
rebellion to his family, living a life without parents, a guide, is a hard
life. My dad works as a karkador in
wet market, then making images of Mary and other idols. He met my mom in the
factory of idols. To make the story short they got married in a young age, 22
years of age. At first the road of their marriage is hard and unhealthy
relationship. One day, his eldest brother, Rusty visited them, and he shared
the word of GOD, and then Rusty always bringing my father in Church to listen
the word of GOD. January 12, 1997, my father accepted the LORD as his personal
Savior in his heart. At first my mom can’t believe that my father is changing
and then she observed and got saved also by the grace of the Lord.

     God looks
at a person’s heart. He looked at my Dad’s heart and saw faith. He didn’t make
a checklist of things he had done right and wrong. He overlooked the mistakes.
In a nutshell. My Dad answered the calling of the Lord and he became a
Pastor. The Lord change my Dad to a spiritual dad and a father who love the
Lord. 2 Corinthians 5:17 KJV “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new
creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” In
April 14, Nellie and Alex had their first child, a boy. They named him, Mark
David Ocampo, they get that name in the Bible, Mark the evangelist and David
meaning beloved. Their life became as peaceful, unlike the life they had before
when they are not in the will of the Lord. Yes, life is hard but a life without
GOD is harder. Psalm 46:1 KJV “God is our refuge and strength, a very present
help in trouble.” Alex Ocampo who is a rebellion to his family before, now God
change him as a Pastor Alexander M. Ocampo who is now a servant of the Kings of
Kings and the Lord of Lords. Alex Ocampo, influenced his child with the word of
the Lord. March 10, they had a second son, Alexander H. Ocampo Jr. June 29,
they had their 3rd and 1st daughter, Jehanareh H. Ocampo. Jeha meaning Jehova
and nareh Jireh. Jehova Jireh meaning the Lord will provide. October 22, Naomie
Ruth H. Ocampo, the youngest child in their children. Naomie meaning beautiful,
agreeable and Ruth Companion, friend, vision of beauty. Pastor Alex and Mrs.
Nellie always bringing their children in the church and they shared the
salvation of God to their children. They set an example to their family that
they need to be always thankful to the blessings that they had receive. “And they
said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy
house.” Acts 16:31 KJV. “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for
brethren to dwell together in unity!” Psalm 133:1 KJV. The role of a spiritual
father is to raise up a child spiritually. A father will nurture and protect a
child. The spiritual father will pour out knowledge, understanding, wisdom,
counsel, and blessing to the child.

     Spiritual fathers provide a safe
environment of love and an empowering dynamic. Simply stated, you feel
safe around them because love is their highest value. In that atmosphere of
love and acceptance, there is an empowerment that takes place, because you are
loved as you are. Therefore, you feel empowered to grow and break through
limitations. When you leave a true spiritual father, you feel encouraged and
strengthened to take on the world. Connecting to a spiritual father is all
based on relationship. A spiritual father’s relationship is not forced, but
grows organically. The foundation must be built on adding value in
relationship. He
brings a spiritual covering and protection. One of the greatest
benefits of being around a spiritual father is they help provide sanity and
sound thinking by what they share, demonstrate and advise. At the end of the
day, you know they have your back, so this empowers you in your own growth and
ministry. They often battle many things that you don’t have to battle, so we
can learn from their trials. We’ll have to face our own trials, but we become
encourage to walk through them with greater confidence. He helps you gain
empowerment to work in your sphere of influence. Their covering provides,
wisdom, interaction and healthy warnings. As Paul said, “I write not these
things to shame you, but as my beloved sons I warn you.” I Cor. 4:14. He help enhance the way you
think. Sometimes after they are done talking, you’ll need
some time alone to process what they just said and how deep it hit your heart.
Their view of God and walk with Him cause you to make changes in your own life
after experiencing the weight of what they say. A fathering presence helps enhance
our grid of thinking and stretch us to see the big picture. It opens us up to
more wisdom than decades of research and knowledge acquisition could provide. Spiritual
fathers lead you into maturity. At the end of the day, a true father wants
to see you grow and mature into a full stature of your design. Many people
never grow up to become a mature spiritual man or women. They often remain in
adolescence because they were not fathered into the various stages of maturity
that are necessary for our growth. Spiritual fathers provide a safe environment
to grow. Fathers train and prepare their sons and daughters for transition from
adolescence to adulthood. They get you to think. Everyone gets older but not
everyone matures. Maturity is vital in your life and spiritual fathers will put
a demand on you to grow. He injects a spirit of excellence in their sons and
daughters. Demand is good for you and helps you face personal challenges that
buffet success and achievement. As you submit to their instruction, you will
enter new levels of triumph. Expect them to motivate you to set goals and
achieve objectives.” As ye know how we exhorted and comforted and charged every
one of you, as a father doth his children, That ye would walk worthy of God,
who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory.” (1 Thess. 2:11-12).

 

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