Blessed to be in Mission, Part 3
In this final part of a three-part Global Justice Volunteer series, Heather Jue-Wong shares about her mission assignment in the Philippines.
Heather Jue-Wong, a 2013 Global Justice Volunteer (GJV), was the third and final GJV placed with partner organization Kapatiran-Kaunlaran Foundation Inc. (KKFI) this past summer. After finding out about her placement with the organization, Jue-Wong recalls immediately going online to learn all she could from the KKFI website. In the end, she got more than she bargained for than in that initial online description. She feels blessed to have had the opportunity to work with KKFI.
Jue-Wong lived and worked with the KKFI staff. She saw God through her coworkers saying, “I observed up close and personal how the KKFI people lived out their faith. Their avowed objective of aiming for a just and more peaceful world was not an empty statement to be hung on the wall in a beautiful, decorative font. I saw how committed they were to work together for their single purpose of making life better for people they are able to reach and touch,” she continued.
While in the Philippines, Jue-Wong worked with the street children in the town of Pulilan. The “Kalinga Mo, Kinabusan Ko” (Your Care, My Future) program provides daily classes for the children. Jue-Wong worked closely with Global Mission Fellow (GMF) and Philippine national Love Daroy. Together, they taught the children basic English, math, Christian values and life skills.
Jue-Wong and Daroy bonded over their passion for the children. Heather recalls, “There were evenings when Love and I would go to a restaurant for a dinner or to a supermarket where we watched street children go about their businesses of selling sampaguita flowers and begging for spare change from passers-by. Invariably, we would express our worries that these children might drop out of school or associate with the wrong people. There were endless possibilities of a wrong turn,” continued Jue-Wong.
Through mission, Jue-Wong and Daroy served as role models for these young children.
“It was a real blessing for me to be part of KKFI’s work— to build relationships with the staff members, the children and their communities. I know now that KKFI’s website does not say it all. There is so much more to the foundation that meets the eye and you cannot see it unless you really involved in KKFI’s activities,” said Jue-Wong, who has been blessed to be in mission.
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