On Friday, April 7, 2017 the Year 8 students at IICS junior high school department had a Social Activity visiting a school which is connected to an orphanage. When I arrived I was honestly not expecting much of anything but boredom, but when I saw the enthusiasm and the energy of the children who welcomed us and sang for us I was astonished. These were children who had an eagerness to learn and did not allow their financial situations or family problems cause limitations for them.
I was assigned with my pastoral care group to teach the children how to make cubes from paper. At first I thought it would be hard to tell them how to do this. Then after a while I realized they had the will and desire to learn and this was the most important aspect of all. They did not think about the challenges that they were facing, but instead their will to learn new knowledge pushed them to improve their intelligence. I was also surprised by the natural talent one of the students had. Her precision with the scissors and her ability to grasp the concept quickly amazed me. Then I was reminded about how blessed I am to be able to have the opportunity to learn in a magnificent school such as IICS with many opportunities. If she had the same circumstances as me, she could be more successful and have a more prosperous future. I wish I could have taught them about the hope that never ceases to exist with continuous hard work, good character, and wisdom.
I am grateful for the opportunity to meet the students at the orphanage and that taught me how to share my gifts that I have received from God.
By Dustin V. Kok, 8.1 Bali Sharks