Oh Teacher Don't Say it's Hopeless

The Super Typhoon Yolanda in the eyes of a Child

Hearing and seeing bad news about the aftermath of the super typhoon Yolanda makes it so frustrating and hopeless. I had this conversation with my 8 year old Korean student.

Student (S): Teacher I need to watch a video about the typhoon Yolanda.
Me (M): Ok. 
After watching...
S: It's so heartbreaking.
M: I know. Everyone lost a loved one. Kids and older people died. All the houses were devastated. The help is not coming fast. People are very hungry. It's so hopeless.
S: Oh Teacher don't say it's hopeless. People in every part of the world are trying to help. It's hard at first but slowly it will come in place.
She cut a whole cracker (one is bigger than the other) and said.
S: Look teacher, this is the broken areas affected by the typhoon (showing me a smaller part of the cracker) and this (the bigger part) are the different countries sending help and the people working so hard to send help. See, there is HOPE

Perplexed, I realized that kids somehow understand the depth of the situation. Yes it is easier said than done and kids don't know the entire scenario but as adults, do we understand it? Hope is very dark now; everyone is having a hard time seeing it. I'm looking for inspiring stories over the net but it seemed impossible. Until I read this.

Hopeless situations allow us to see God more clearly. When everything goes well in our life, we don't see God. But when we're left with nothing and all is darkness, we suddenly see God very clearly. People helping now is one example that we experience God in this hopeless situation. Hope results from clinging to God despite the hopelessness of our situation.

I Peter 1:6-7 “So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you have to endure many trials for a little while. These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.”

My student also asked me, "Are the Filipinos united?" I answered, "Sadly, some are not united." Every Filipino has a different opinion from another and they end up fighting - insulting and bashing each other. Are we not for a common goal - To help the survivors of typhoon? Why do we have to be divided as a country? Isn't it ironic that different parts of the world are united to help and yet we are the ones who are separated because of our views? Why do you find contentment in shaming the government when we are all part of this? Are you not shaming yourself also by lambasting your fellow countrymen?

I know we are all frustrated, we feel that all the efforts are not enough. We all feel for the people affected by the typhoon. We take all things negatively and covering all the positive things. This is a normal thing. But going beyond that and resort to fighting seemed unacceptable. We're bringing HOPE to our fellow countrymen but what do we do?

Let's just HELP each other. Our country is not perfect, we see bad news every day but don't let it control or consume you. They need our help. In this time of despair, we should cling to each other for help. 

Maraming masamang balita, maraming di pa nahahatiran ng tulong, maraming masasamang gawain pero imposibleng walang magandang balita sa lahat ng ito. IMPOSIBLENG walang nagagawa ang bawat isa. Oo, MABAGAL. Pero hindi pwedeng WALA.Tuloy-tuloy po tayong magtulungan, sabay-sabay tayong BUMANGON. 

Tacloban City, nagsisimula na ang pagbangon mula sa trahedya 
Link: http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/video/183807/24oras/tacloban-city-nagsisimula-na-ang-pagbangon-mula-sa-trahedya

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