Teach me your ways, O Lord, that I may live according to your truth! Grant me purity of heart, so that I may honour you. Psalms 86:11
After almost two months of summer break once again the school bells can be heard all over the Philippines. As millions of children gather in tiny overcrowded classrooms, they endeavour (and many struggle) to get an education.
I have been privileged to partner with a public school built for eight hundred relocated and impoverished children. However, due to the overwhelming population explosion of “newly relocated” families from dangerous waterways and city streets, this school now houses over one thousand eight hundred children and growing. Needless to say some classrooms are standing room only, all grades (Kinder to Grade 6) only attend half a day to accommodate all students. Fist class begins at 6 am to 11:30 am, second class from 12:30 pm to 6 pm.
I have met with most of the parents, PTA, School administration, local and provincial government at different functions, and school gatherings. Many parents and teachers, who have sacrificed much for the children to receive an education, have greatly encouraged me. I have been inspired and invigorated by some friends who have donated school supplies, chairs for thirty 30 kindergartens who were sitting on the floor. Without that help and sacrifice many students would not be able to attend school.
I at times wonder why I have been afforded such a golden opportunity to be able to be serve and minister in such an area where most foreigners and locals will not go. I am often reminded of the scripture Ephesians 1:4: One of the greatest spiritual blessings that God has given to us is that He chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world, to be holy and blameless before Him.
There are two components in serving others that are very important: that is being deliberate and being practical. We have to very cautious that we will miss what God wants to do through us to help those in need. It requires prayer and to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit when we serve and minister to others. My personality doesn’t just wait for opportunities to share love of Jesus or for opportunities to serve to come my way, rather I try to be proactive and find ways to serve those in need spiritually, socially and physically.
The ultimate goal in everything we do is that glory would be given to God.
Teach me knowledge and good judgment, for I trust your commands. Psalms 119: 66