Commemorating 10 years of TransformNation, we medidate on 1 Corinthians 13 to guide us in discipling our students, who will become teachers.
Even if we are able to send out hundreds or even thousands of teachers in a year, without love, we are nothing. And even if TransformNation teachers produce hundreds of excellent students and transform communities, without love, they are nothing. If we sacrifice all of our time and strength to better education in Indonesia, but do not love, we gain nothing.
Love is patient and kind. Patient enough to disciple and mentor students who will become future teachers; many of whom don’t even understand basic math or know how to send an email. With a sincere smile we are ready to serve them, because of love.
Love does not boast. It discards any thought of “without me you are nothing.” It is never proud or rude.
Love gently asks, “Would you like to learn with me?” to the young girl who sits anxiously. She cowers in fear of bullying from her peers because she fails to understand the lesson.
Love is not easily angered. It does not punish a student who mistakenly writes “in school” instead of “at school.”
Love keeps no records of wrongs. It believes the best of each student and gives them a fresh start every morning.
Love does not delight when a student drops out, but rejoices when someone says, ”I will build a school in my village!”
Love is like a gentle whisper to an abused student, saying: “Don’t worry. I won’t hurt you. You can trust me.”
Love is hopeful for tomorrow. Like a teacher who promises to always be there and shows up to teach every day.
Our wisdom is flawed and our knowledge will pass away. But what’s hidden will be revealed, and doubts will cease.
No longer will we wonder if the seeds we planted will grow. Or if village students will become future agents of change.
For now, we see only a reflection as in a mirror. But the time will come that we shall see face to face, then we shall know fully, how God’s love has worked through us.
In His hands, fields turned into classrooms, wounded souls freed and redeemed, village students transformed into reputable teachers, and thousands of children educated and discipled.
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. At TransformNation, we have all of these things but the greatest of these is love.