An open letter of thanks to our Teachers

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Good day to all the teachers in the Philippines. My name is Jordan and I am with Vanguard Transformation Partners. We are the training and consulting arm of the Coffee Bean Group of Companies.

I am also the father of an 11-year-old boy. His name is Axel and he goes to school at the Greenhills Christian Fellowship International Christian School (GCF-ICS). I am fortunate to be given the opportunity to be a hands-on father so I truly understand the challenges and the heart that teachers have for their students.

A few years ago, a friend of mine was in the business of providing educational videos for public schools in the country. As I went around, I really felt and experienced the heart and personal challenges of our teachers. Your work is not really just work. Your work is a calling. A calling to build a better country. A call to prepare the next generation of citizens and leaders.

Being in a similar industry has also given me an insight into the challenges faced when trying to develop or transform people. The harvest is plenty but the workers are few. Developing our youth to be responsible, capable, nationalistic and God-fearing citizens is not an easy task.

We understand that developing the right mindset of our students is key to their future. It is key to the behaviors they will develop. It is key to their future. It is key to our future as a nation.

It is sad that sometimes that you, our teachers, are not given enough credit or recognition for your calling. In these trying times, you suddenly needed to put together a solution to ensure the continuing education of our children.

To us parents, you are already heroes before this pandemic. You proved once again your heart in building a strong nation through our youth. My son’s school did not have any online learning facility before this massive event. However, they were able to learn Google classroom technology and start migrating classwork in a matter of days.

I pray that the verse from 1 Chronicles 28:20 helps you in these times.

“Be strong and courageous and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD God, my God is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you until all the work for the service of the temple of the LORD is finished.”

Like the verse says, Be Strong and Courageous and continue doing a great job.

Thank you so much.

10 Things I observed in these trying times

observe It has been over a week since our lock-down in Metro Manila. The recent events have given people time to think about what is happening around them. The events made us think about what is really important in our lives. It gives us time to pray, be aware, spend time with love ones. I decided to jot down a few things I have observed in these trying times around the globe.

  1. God has removed all our excuses for not taking the time to pray.
  2. The goodness in people has shown in the sacrifices of our front liners who take care of the affected casualties.
  3. The goodness in our public citizens has also shown in their volunteer work for the care of our less fortunate brothers and sisters.
  4. The goodness has cut across boundaries, just as the virus passing through boundaries. I was pleasantly surprised to read the news that China shipped medical aid to us.
  5. ‘Tambay’, a Filipino word for ‘staying at home and doing nothing’ was normally frowned upon. Now, ‘Tambay’ is required from all of us and actively promoted. Hopefully, it’s only for a short period of time.
  6. Big countries, big companies, big egos can be brought to a halt by a tiny virus.
  7. Prayer can be exercised more as intentional rather than being occasional.
  8. Technology can bring millions of people together for a common goal like never before.
  9. Our Philippine President is a prayerful man.
  10. There is hope for unread books after all. They are now being read.

How about you? What have you observed about yourself and the things going on around you?

At the end of the day, all we can do when feeling helpless is to get on our knees and pray. With a pandemic of this magnitude, only God can give us comfort.

Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6 ESV

Stay safe everyone and follow the guidance provided by our leaders.