Serving the island of Chuuk as a teacher is like riding a boat: it’s fun but sometimes it’s bumpy, sometimes it's smooth, sometimes it's fast, sometimes it's slow, and sometimes it makes you dizzy, too. But when life gives you big waves, whatever experiences you have during that boat ride, if you trust the captain to maneuver the boat, you'll surely reach your destination safely.
I was once a little girl who grew up meeting different missionaries in the province of North Cotabato, Philippines. I was amazed and inspired by their passion for teaching and their love for their students. Little did I know that it was God's way of planting the seed in my heart to becoming a missionary.
One day I heard about the island of Chuuk from my siblings who were working there as missionaries themselves. That was the time that I started to dream about being a missionary on that same Island.
Seventeen years later, I was given the opportunity to be part of the missionary team on Chuuk in the Federated States of Micronesia. It was a dream come true for me. I volunteered on the island for three school years, and I can really testify that God always provides, guides and protects His people, especially in the mission field.
Missionaries on the island depend on rain for their water consumption. We experienced drought for many months, but before we consumed the last drop of the water we had collected, God sent us the rain. Every one celebrates when it finally rained after the long months of no rain.
The God of Elijah who sent them rain after years of no rain did the same miracle for us in Chuuk. The same happened with our food; our food on the island is limited. We had cooked our last pot of rice for that week when we discovered that God has provided us one sack of rice outside our door. Isn't that amazing? God knew what we needed! And that didn't only happen once but on numerous occasions. At other times, we would receive packages full of food for missionaries and materials for students from previous missionaries. Just like God used birds to send care packages to Elijah. What a blessing!
I don’t believe it was a coincidence but instead, God's providence. God is always there for us. He never left our side. Even when we experienced a scarcity for teachers, He had a plan and blessed the school with an increased number of enrollees.
As a teacher, dealing with so many kids in the morning and then in the afternoon was indeed exhausting, especially during our first few months. However, we have an Amazing God. It’s delightful to know that God has always recharged us with His strength during the night and given us energy to endure during the day. He gave us good health that sustained us throughout the entire school year.
The third school year was more interesting in that, despite of the lack of teachers, we were able to do even more extracurricular activities that provided the avenue for the students and the teachers to bond. Praise be to God for such a wonderful experience I had in Chuuk!
These experiences helped me to realize that there are more people out there that need to hear about God and come to know Him. Because experiencing Jesus in your life will give you an unbreakable faith in Him and it will give you the true meaning and purpose of life.
Try to dedicate one school year for God, or make it two school years only for God. You'll be amazed at what God can do for you and what you can do for Him.
If you are reading this and if you are impressed by the Holy Spirit to be a missionary, pray for it. I'm praying for you right now. Jesus promised in Jeremiah 33:3: "Call unto me and I will show you great and mighty things which thou knowest not."
Let God use you and surprise you! One beautiful thing that you'll be surprised by on Chuuk is that you'll always see a double-arched rainbow after a rain. And that's a sign of God’s promise to us. Let Him be your Captain. Be a missionary for Christ on an island!