I believe I’d already answered this question twice before (on different occasions) with the same answer—I will build more schools for those children whose parents don’t have enough means to provide them the education they need.
It was the answer I gave when I embraced this calling of being a teacher.
This answer might be too good to be true for some, too righteous maybe, but really, that was the instant answer that came in my mind when that question was popped.
I want to build schools for those kids in the far flung provinces in the Philippines. I’m an avid fan of GMA-7’s documentaries and I must admit that my heart never fails to ache whenever I watch docus of children who had to walk a thousand miles, most of the time barefoot, just to get to their school. I want to build a school near them so they don’t have to travel that far just to have the proper education they need.
I want to build schools for the children of the poor communities, especially those who really want to study but don’t have enough means to do so. I want to make these children feel that as opposed to what they’re normally being told, education is not just for the rich or those who can afford, but education is for them too.
I want to build schools for children with special needs, those with autism or were born with Down Syndrome but couldn’t afford to go to SPED schools because they are too costly for them.
And yes, these schools I’m planning to build will all be free for everyone.
Back then, I never wanted to be a teacher. I even find this profession too baduy then. But God caused a 180 degree turn in my heart towards this profession. God gave me a change of heart. Suddenly, I found being a teacher such a noble job. In fact, I don’t want to label it as just a profession, but rather it is a vocation because teaching is a calling that requires a genuine heart to serve.
If only I could, I would want to go to these remote barrios in the Philippines and be a teacher there. But I just don’t know how. I don’t have yet enough means to do so. Or maybe, I’m still cowering of what my future will be if I will leave my life in the city and retreat in far-flung areas to be a volunteer teacher there. Or maybe still, there’s just no opportunity being presented to me yet because I believe that if there is, I would gladly heed on to the call. I believe that my being adventurous and patriotic weren’t innate in me for nothing. I know someday they will be put to good use.
I believe that God called me to become a teacher from being a writer and public relations practitioner because long before, I already have this heart to make education available for everyone. I want to help these kids to start dreaming again and dream big at that. I want to shape their minds and mold them to think big and never stop hoping for better days to come. i don’t want them to stop thinking that life will be better for them and their families. Furthermore, I want them to get to know Christ more. I want them to learn to trust in Him and completely put on their hopes on Him. I want these kids to see Jesus Christ as their one and only Super Hero.
I am not a millionaire and I’m not even sure when I will be one, but I will continuously pray that God will make use of me to bring education to these kids of poor communities and remote places–millionaire or not. I will pray for open doors to make this desire a reality.