Ramil Nicolas, CCT area pastor for General Santos City 2, was killed as the result of a motorcycle accident on October 8. He was on his way to speak at a community worship service at the Malakas branch when, according to eyewitnesses, he overtook a multi-cab, got caught on its side mirror, and lost control of the motorcycle he was riding. He expired in a hospital shortly afterward. He would have turned 40 this November. Pastor Ramil is survived by his wife Romelie, regional peer servant for General Santos and Saranggani, and by their three daughters, Keziah Esther Rain, 5, Micah Asher, 4, and Genesis Sophia, 1 year and 10 months.
In a letter to board members and staff, Ruth S. Callanta, CCT president and founder, said:
"I will always remember Pastor Ramil for his steadfastness. If he set his mind on something, he followed it through to completion. He is one of a handful of CCT staff who completed the difficult, rigorous leadership character formation program of Semilya sa Kinabuhi in Bukidnon where one learned patience, diligence, and the value of money by tilling the soil and doing other farm work with one’s hands. This is where he met Romelie whom he courted with steadfastness and married a few months later.
"Psalm 37:25 reads, Once I was young, and now I am old. Yet I have never seen the godly abandoned or their children begging for bread. At CCT we have a policy of taking care of the family of staff who pass away while serving the Lord through this organization. We are committing to send one of Pastor Ramil’s daughters to school until she completes her college education. This is our role in showing Romelie and the girls as they grow that our Lord is consistently faithful toward the children of the righteous.
"The Christian life is a paradox. It requires faith in a God who sees the future, and knows what is best for us even when we find today’s circumstances hard to understand. Please intercede for Romelie and the extended Nicolas family as they go through the deep pain of this sudden loss; please remember in prayer as well the GenSan staff and community partners who were close to Pastor Ramil. As we extend our love and sympathy we must also be reassured that as believers in Jesus we have a blessed hope of His return and of a grand reunion someday with loved ones who have gone on to heaven ahead of us.
In a Facebook post, Romelie said, "By faith, I know that the God who took my husband will be the same God who will take care of me and my three kids as we face another chapter of our journey."