Over the weekend, my husband and I were in Stockton with Bro. Maldinado's Spanish church. Many received the gift of the Holy Ghost during the revival and God moved in a mighty way.
Since my grandparents live in Stockton, we spent some time with them. My grandmother, who we call Lola, made us delicious lumpia.
On Friday, I went to their place by myself and talked with Lola about her childhood. What was so interesting about this conversation was that she had a personal experience with a great historical figure, General Douglass MacArthur. Recently, I became intrigued and impressed with his command and work during WWI, WWII, and the Korean War. While Lola talked about her WWII experience, she said that General MacArthur actually came to their home. I was so surprised.
Lola's father was apart of the Filipino-American army in the Philippines and lived on a military compound with her family. Before General MacArthur was the general, he was in close contact with the Philipines. The story goes that all of the military families competed for the cleanest home and my Lola's family won. The person to award and inspect the homes was the General himself.
The Filipinos still love and admire this man to this day. When I spoke to my grandfather, he said, "General MacArthur saved the Philippines."
This was such a unique experience for me to learn that my family had some contact with such a man who helped shaped history and the course for the United States.