As my friends and supporters help to spread the word and gather pledges for A Celebration of Life foundation on their own initiatives, I am doing some groundwork at home. For one, I am setting up a website for the Foundation which I have bought out of my own pocket. Secondly, I am preparing myself to carry the responsibility of a charitable foundation director.
Running the foundation will be my full-time job, my vocation. It will be my honor to serve as I have always wanted a helping profession even as a child.
My heart is filled with gratitude to God, for preparing me for this day and this calling. I am grateful that He gave me the SEGi University College scholarship and later, the means to pay and study directly with Upper Iowa University where I learned about psychology, counseling, law, government, economics, human services, anthropology, sociology, international relations and natural sciences. I am also grateful for the Life College scholarship He gave, which I learned journalism and public relations with. On hindsight, I can see that all I have studied and experienced in varsity are useful in fulfilling my destiny.
However, I didn’t immediately foresee that my calling would be as big as this. I thought that I would be employed as a counselor or social worker. I merely picked my study subjects based on what interested me. So, when the magnitude of my calling became clearer and clearer to me later, I went from feeling surprise to disbelief and finally – acceptance, gratitude and honor.
I am under no illusion that running a charitable foundation is going to be easy. In fact, I expect there will be challenges and oppositions along the way. But I have faith that I will be able to sail through rough waters. I will be able to overcome challenges by my faith in God, in myself and my experience.
With this heart of gratitude and confidence, I feel even more thankful when I hear from my supporters the amount of pledges they manage to collect. Because, the pledges received affirm my faith and belief in this calling. I want so much to tell people who have pledged to the Foundation that you are doing something which will have profound meaning and significance to this world.
Thank you for believing in me.