May 2011

Take Time to Know Shionel Blas Gesite

What do you do for a living?
I am a chemical engineer (consultant) and small business owner operating restaurants and coffee shops.

What types of restaurants?
Chinese, a leading Philippine fast food brand, and coffee shops (Mocha Blends).

One of the Mocha Blends branches was set up in an area where a Nazarene pastor asked us to create a shop to help with a church plant.

What would we be surprised to learn about you?
I play the accordion (a gift from the late missionary John Pattee).

30 Days Homeless

When I felt the Lord leading me to be homeless for 30 days, I tried very hard to dismiss it. As a full-time pastor, realtor, father, and husband, I looked for every reason why I should not attempt this wild idea. Being a part of a network of churches called "Synergy Network," on the Southwestern Ohio District Church of the Nazarene, I found wise, godly counsel from my pastoral brothers and sisters. They rallied around the cause and sought to support the effort while I was in the field, and confirmed what I knew the Lord was leading me to do.

A God-Honoring Estate Plan

Like so many others, my wife and I found ourselves without a current and viable estate plan in place. Although we had drawn up a pair of wills years before, it was a shock to see how out-dated and inadequate they had become. Our circumstances, finances, and interests had changed, but our wills had not.