By Evelyn Labajo Tero, Cagayan de Oro BCBP West Chapter
Mini Sharing during NAC 37
In 1990, we were in our peak of our success as Medical business distributors. Most of our dealings were government transactions and in order for us to compete and sustain our business, we considered to conduct some business practices contrary to our being a religious couple. We were very much active in our church but at the same time active in handling and dealing with businesses against our faith.
In our years of experience in the business, we have tended to bend some rules. Bribery, ghost deliveries, dirty tricks and connivance were some business engagements we couldn’t avoid. We sponsored free medical and dental missions often believing that doing good deeds could offset all the corrupt business practices we operated. But our conscience always bothered us.
Then the BCBP came into our life. We considered that joining the community was part of God’s plan for us. The BCBP vision “Be honest, Even if others are not, Even if others will not, Even if others cannot” changed our lives. Our involvement in the community made us realize that we were engaged in business practices that were contrary to the law of God.
There were still strong temptations in the business that invited us to engage in shady deals. Like one time I received a call from my previous business partner who encouraged me to participate in a big negotiated bidding for drugs and medicines but as usual we needed to set aside a 30% provision for the signatories. I turned down the invitation. In another instance, our children approached us seriously that they wanted to engage in medical business and requested us to refer them to our old clients. We immediately discouraged them, because we knew how dirty the dealings they were going to experience.
Our strong commitment as BCBP members moved us not to engage again in business practices that were inconsistent to the values we live as renewed Christian business Individuals.
We also wanted others to experience the same transformation as we had experienced, especially our business partners and friends. We invited them to the BCBP breakfast and BCLP’s. Now we feel so blessed and gratified that some of them are very active members in BCBP Cagayan de Oro West. We are very grateful to God because we were rewarded more than we ever expected from our current business.
Psalm 20:7-8 tells us very clearly: Some boast in chariots and some in horses, But we will boast in the name of the LORD, our God. They have bowed down and fallen, But we have risen and stood upright.
Yes, we have risen and stand upright now in the name of the Lord, our God, and with the advocacy and support of the BCBP Community.