by Lutheran World Relief
Nov 19, 2012
by Roderick Valones, LWR’s Program Manager in the Philippines
“God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)
“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20)
In gratitude to what God has done for me through Jesus Christ, I am God’s slave. In a practical sense this means walking the Christian faith inside and outside our physical church, as well as my work at LWR.
I am grateful for LWR’s trust in me. I was hired this past March to manage the emergency programming of LWR in the Philippines for a fixed term of one year. After two months, I was offered a position managing the development programming as well when the Program Manager resigned.
This position fills me with gratitude. First, I am so grateful to God, for I see God’s hand at work in my ability to engage with LWR-Philippines on a long term basis. Second, I am grateful to LWR for this opportunity and will reciprocate it with faithfulness and a grateful heart through everything I do in my work. Each new day with LWR is a blessing. I learn so much from my helpful colleagues — one of the many blessings I receive from God every day. I see LWR as an instrument of God’s faithfulness in my life. My gratitude and praises to Him!
I am grateful for being able to work with LWR in the Philippines. Meeting and working with LWR employees is a blessing of learning. It’s also an opportunity to witness God’s love for humankind. In my seven months of work with LWR, I have experienced how gracious God is. LWR has enough finances, capable employees and appropriate programming in the Philippines. I have been able to learn many new ways to relate with people at all levels.
I am grateful to be able to work with LWR partners. The opportunity to work with partner organizations and community members enables me to see the need for transformative and constructive support. I am grateful for this opportunity because I know this support will enable people to help themselves and have lasting, positive change in their lives. I feel the appreciation of our partners for the support that LWR is providing them. I feel even more gratitude from the participants who experience the impacts of our work. I see our partners’ commitment to serving economically poor and vulnerable families, even if it takes working long hours. I witness them doing tiring and draining work, yet feeling happy and fulfilled.
I thank God for His love and guidance in allowing me to relate to and accompany people through my position, the work of LWR and our partners.
“We are grounded in profound thankfulness for God’s gracious, self-giving love for all humankind, revealed in the redemptive acts of Jesus Christ. Gratitude marks the way we relate to one another and to all creation. Though our experiences vary, we view community as a gift. We give thanks for our wondrous diversity. We celebrate being alive. We abound with joy, hopefulness, hospitality and deep appreciation for the gift of one another (Psalm 136).”