The journey of Kevin Velez continues with Mission Ministries Philippines. Kevin is a 21 year old Global Studies student from Azusa Pacific University in California USA. He has joined Mission Ministries Philippines as an intern to fulfill the requirements of his studies. We are excited to once again realize God's great works of the heart as Kevin genuinely expresses his encounter during another opportunity to spend time engaged with Mission Ministries Philippines.
Kevin's journey continues in his own words...
"I want to send my gratitude to those who have been following my story, and to the staff of Mission Ministries Philippines for welcoming me into this opportunity. I hope you have been enjoying the journey as you come alongside me in this really pivotal moment of my life. This past week I was able to play a small part in an MMP sponsored event. The event took place in a church near MMP’s main office and the topic was training teachers in methods that would help them facilitate creative writing in their students. The church sanctuary was filled to capacity with close to –if not over –one hundred teachers in attendance.
"The session was started with prayer and a quick worship set of three songs. I was given the opportunity to play guitar alongside two teachers who led the songs. This was a wonderful (and partly terrifying) moment of stepping outside my comfort zone. The most gratifying moment was when I had the chance to steal a glance towards the audience during an intimate moment in worship; I saw teachers encountering and drawing deeply into God’s presence. Looking back on that moment, I am filled with warmth as I know that those same teachers are the very ones who are pouring life and love into children. I find comfort in knowing that these educators are inspired and driven by God’s presence more than anything else. These children are in the best hands possible.
"The session continued with a presentation made by a graduate of University of Philippines who has had extensive experience with children’s learning. The presentation was made in Taglish (Tagalog mixed with English) which made it a tad easier for me to follow along. I found myself following closely to the handout and learning so much about the writing process! At one point I was so engaged in an activity that I was well on my way to developing a best-selling work of fiction –at least I thought so. Ha!
"Those in attendance were just as engaged in the presentation, providing feedback, answering questions and being very active during small group sessions. The atmosphere was buzzing with knowledge and the process of learning.
"Like all good things, this session had to eventually come to an end. I was called on to deliver a closing prayer and I wanted to take that moment to really show my gratitude for the teachers in attendance.
"We held our hands out in front of us –palms facing up –and I explained that this is a representation of our willingness to receive from God. As I prayed I really wanted to impart the dignity and importance of their position. During the prayer I said something that has stuck with me, you are exactly where you need to be, there is no one on this earth that can do what you are doing right now; there is no one who can love and teach these children the way that you are. I believe that this is relevant not just for the teachers, but for you as well. Wherever you find yourself, whatever you are doing, there is no one else who can fill those shoes –they are made for your feet.
"Find joy in this season. I implore you to pray for our teachers here in the Philippines –and for those all over the world –theirs is not an easy job, and they are often working in less than ideal circumstances, but they push forward because a sense of deep calling.
"May God burden us with the trials of our brothers and sisters so that we may know harmony."