by Julius Francis Requina (36th Batch)
She said that she was tired of studying and she doesn’t want to study English anymore. She told me that I should leave her alone.
It might sound simple, but things didn’t turn out quite simple as that.
I consented her request of not bothering her with English lessons, but the thing is, she’s bothering my class. She would turn on her phone sometimes, playing loud music even if we were in the middle of our class activities. There were times when she would shout just to get the attention of her classmates. In short, she was a trouble maker and she didn’t respect anybody, especially me as her teacher.
I told this problem to my co-teacher, hoping that she could help but she just said, “Teacher, please have more patience with her because I know her family–her parents are very busy and they don’t have time for her and I think she just wants some attention.”
She added that the girl is now in her puberty period and has hormonal changes that also affect her current disposition.
Well, that made sense to me for I also passed this experience of having an identity crisis. Most of all, I remembered that I’m here to help them. After all, I’m a missionary teacher.
As I observed the girl, I noticed that she is smart and that she just needs some guidance from someone whom she trusts.
As time passed, the problem got worse. She became noisier and destructive that the whole class was affected. She is the kind of girl who takes what she wants and if she can’t have it, she is willing to shake the earth just to get the world’s attention.
I turned her over to my co-teacher because I couldn’t handle her attitude any longer. But after a week, my co-teacher also gave up on her. The problem got so bad that there came a point when we decided to let go of her that she may attend another children center. But after some consideration, we concluded that the idea of letting her go wasn’t good. So, we had a heart to heart talk with the girl and prayed with her at once.
And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.
And from that moment on, I would always include her in my prayers. To my surprise, we noticed some changes in her attitude after a few days. She became more courteous and kind. Not only that, but for the first time she came to me and said, “Teacher, I want to study with you and I’m sorry.”
She added that she would be a good girl from that day on.
I then realized that it was the power of prayer! Moreover, things are really getting better for she’s now one of the sweetest students I’ve ever had.
God really does what He promised to us. Now, I’m more convinced of the line, “More prayer more power.”
Prayer is the most powerful thing in this world. So, whatever problem that bothers you right now, just take it to the Lord in prayer and you will surely experience His power!