When the COVID-19 pandemic started, I had to stop my job as a French-speaking tourist guide. Since then, I volunteer myself as a ukulele teacher for seniors in Singapore as well as an online English tutor with St Paul Methodist School (SPMS) in Timor-Leste.
I decided to volunteer to mentor the students in Timor-Leste when my niece mentioned that SPMS was looking for tutors. I felt that it was a sign from God to do His bidding.
There are many ways that God can call you when it is the right time. You just have to be aware of it. I think that when you volunteer anything or give anything away to the less fortunate, the reward is in the satisfaction of bringing joy to the recipient. It is the same kind of joy that you feel when you give presents to your friends or family members during festive occasions.
I take volunteering as a part of God's daily miracles when He blesses us with the gift of life. And I remind myself not to forget to praise Him daily. I believe volunteering also benefits us indirectly by using our minds so that we are more alert and remain healthier. I am 74 years old this year and firmly believe that a healthy mind leads to a healthy body.
I hope that the students, who are benefitting from the tuition programme, will rise to be future leaders in their society. They can help their fellow Timorese to improve their lives and alleviate the poverty in their country.
I am also able to share with my student that everyone should have a positive outlook all the time. And that they should try their best to be kind to one another. When you are kind to others, you will get to be treated in kind. Do at least one nice thing a day and it will make your day. This reminds me of the song "Try a Little Kindness" by Glen Campbell.
It has been a blessing in disguise. Though one door was closed, God has opened up many windows of opportunity to serve as a volunteer. And I have gained so much from it. I am glad to be a volunteer tutor with SPMS.
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