Rebecca

Uplift Cares Alternative Learning System Graduate 2012

Uplift Cares Instructional Mentor 2017

In the month of May 2011, I felt like I was the happiest person in the world because I had a dream of being able to study again. Every day, I included this dream in my prayers, that the Lord will give me this opportunity and that someday, I will be able to fulfill my desire of becoming a teacher.

When I was accepted in Uplift Cares as an ALS scholar, I took the opportunity very seriously. I studied hard and I did not cheat or copy my way through the curriculum. In 2012, I finally graduated with from high school through the help of Uplift Cares. I immediately took the entrance exam at Rizal Technological University to further my education to college. I feel very blessed that I was able to go to college.

In my first year of college, I was struggling because it was hard for me to cope. Despite devoting hours and hours into studying, the subjects were a bit difficult for me. I was older than my classmates and I thought that we would not be able to get along. But in the end, I became close to them all and they were like my children who loved me and were tender to me.

In the same year, I also encountered a family problem which hurt me deeply. I discovered that my husband was cheating on me. I started to question God because of what was happening in my life. I started to ask things like, “why me?” I was left to raise our son on my own so there was no room in my heart for forgiveness during that time. I always brought my pain to school so my classmates would always see my sadness and my swollen eyes. After school, I would go home and lock myself in my room. This is what I did every single day. There even came a moment in my life where I almost did not want to go home anymore because I knew I was just going to cry and feel deep sadness again.

Every day, I included this dream in my prayers, that the Lord will give me this opportunity and that someday, I will be able to fulfill my desire of becoming a teacher.

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I started to question God because of what was happening in my life. I started to ask things like, “why me?” I was left to raise our son on my own so there was no room in my heart for forgiveness during that time.

Despite my anger and depression, I continued and still worked hard towards my dream because I desired for a change in my life. I was a house helper in the past and I wanted to attain bigger goals in my life. Praise be to God because in 2017, I graduated from college! I did not pay for anything because I was also a scholar at that time.

In the same year of 2017, I applied in Uplift Cares as an Instructional Mentor. I longed to teach and I was also inspired to give back to the organization which helped change my life. The Lord is so good because even if I experienced a difficult past, I finally fulfilled my dream of becoming a teacher. I have been teaching in Uplift for four years now and my heart is glad that I am able to teach academically and at the same time, share His word to others.

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Teaching out-of-school scholars even through online classes gives me joy in my heart.

In March 2020, when news broke out that our world was facing a pandemic and our country was placed on lockdown, I remember how nervous I was because it is difficult for me as a single mother. My son’s father lost his job because of the pandemic and I was the only one supporting me and my son’s needs. I worked as an online seller for clothes and I also sidelined as a tutor. Teaching out-of-school scholars even through online classes gives me joy in my heart. I had a lot of students under me and I was blessed by them because 95% of them are active. Even if some of them were working, they did not miss our class hours. Currently, I have 44 students and I entrust them all to God. May our time together be fruitful as we partake on this journey together.

 

To God be the glory and honor!

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