“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.”
—- Matthew 5:14
Light shines in darkness. When light is brought in darkness, darkness suddenly disappears. The world may have darkness in it, but darkness is overcome by light.
…because light stands out. And light out stands any darkness.
Khimberly Mae, or Khim as our celebrator is endeared, shines brightly in the world of her family and friends. Bearing the light of the glorious Source, her nature is to illuminate in any dark world she encounters. Tough yet sweet, strong yet gentle, prim-and-proper yet funny, talented yet humble, she impacts the world of the people around her.
First born of the three beautiful children of her pastor parents, Rev. Dr. Ricky and Ptr. Dr. Mylin Valerio, Khim has grown up to be a loving, obedient daughter – a role model to Joshua and Shekinnah. A protective Ate, a keen overseer, and a firm disciplinarian to her younger siblings, she has, indeed, taken hold of her birth right. Her everyday is anything but ordinary, for they are hands-on sessions and insightful views of her God-given design under the mentorship of her pastor parents.
An excellent academic leader, Khim has the right combo of toughness and wisdom making her the reliable go-to student of her teachers for her high sense of ownership and strong bias for action, and by God’s grace, she never fails to deliver the desired results. She envisions herself as an architect, influenced by her dad who is also a civil engineer.
Tagged by her friends as their “mother hen” for her warmth, patience, generosity, and dependability, Khim has been making a difference in the lives of the people close to her. “Khim treats everyone like family. She treats every person with the same level of respect and care as one would feel from a sister. It doesn’t matter if you’re a stranger, a classmate, a younger student, or an older acquaintance, she will show you more of the kindness the world needs”, quotes one of her friends.
What makes her illuminate like a town built on a hill that cannot be hidden? Her God-given calling. With her life glorifying her Savior, she always comes back and leads people to the heart of worship of the Lover of their souls. Khim is a passionate worshipper from the secret place to the open congregation. Everytime the microphone is in her hand, she is not on stage – she is where God calls her to be.
From a decade and eight to forever and a day, Khim’s life is a celebration of God’s faithfulness and a testament of His lovingkindness. Indeed, she is that light on the lamp-stand lighting people’s way back to the one and only glorious Light of the world.
Indeed, she is the light.
Let His light shine brighter.