Eighth grade was a very difficult year for me in school. I couldn’t find any school clubs or activities that I was interested in. I thought that everybody had a talent and something to offer in these clubs, and that I didn’t have anything to bring. However, when I started to really enjoy my English classes, I made my mind up to become an English teacher. I always had a passion for teaching and serving others around me. I decided to name my passion a talent, and call it my own bag of gold. So, I started praying for God to guide me into a career that would suit my passion and talent. I always said that God entrusted me with this bag of gold, and I cannot dig a hole and bury it.
Eleven months ago, I became a member of Purpose Haven’s team. I was amazed by the fact that not only did I find a ministry that would enable me to serve others, but that I could actually serve them by teaching English. God answered my prayers. Five years of praying, and it was all worth the wait.
Every time I enter the orphanages where we work to see the little girls, my heart skips with joy. As the Iraqi women enter our center with their children, my heart is eager to start the lesson and to talk with them. And as I prepare every detail for subsequent lessons, I pray for each and every one of them.
What is truly fascinating about teaching is that it is an interactive process – actions and reactions come from both sides of the learning process. I can honestly say that I did not just teach English in these last eleven months, but that I also learned how to be grateful, even in the darkest times. I learned how to live and love, I learned how to smile at my enemies, and I learned that God never leaves His children.
This March, I will be not only be celebrating my first year with Purpose Haven, but I will be also celebrating this bag of gold that God granted me so many years ago.
“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’
Matthew 25:21 New International Version (NIV)