2020 is almost over but the pandemic is still upon us. The Philippines have suffered a great deal, and most of the marginalized are pushed farther into poverty. News about companies going bankrupt and employees being laid off has numbed our hearts. What can we do? How can we help when we ourselves are in the same sinking boat?
Early this year, my wife and I decided to venture into online business. We planned it out, bought our domain and upgraded our hosting provider. The goal of the business is to stabilize our financial footing, help clear outstanding debts, and venture into other investments. Everything was moving according to plan when Covid-19 came barging in. It was disheartening, frustrating and, at most part, frightening. Our plans were put on hold. Then, around August, my sister asked me to create a specific shirt that would feature her line of work as a Medical Technologist. Ideas came rushing in as she was explaining a bunch of their work processes. After 2 days, I finished 3 shirts. All it took was one post from my sister to a specific group of Med Tech people for inquiries to come pouring in. It was a good week for me and also for one of our outreach kid who I was able to tap for deliveries. He needed the job, and I was able to provide a temporary one for him. That’s when I realized the impact my business can have in the socio-economic standing of my community by providing jobs to these young people. I am not a big time business person, but I am willing to help out.
Now, the goal of our business is more than the profit but the impact we can have. My heart goes to all the people I know who is hurting and suffering because of our current condition. Amidst of the chaos, I know that God has still placed this burden in me to help. I am not a martyr…I am far from one. But I am a Christian that has received the unconditional love of the Father and has found favor in His eyes. I am a recipient of grace and mercy, and with that experience, I am bound to bless others also.
At this moment, we have found another way to be a blessing. We have partnered with a movement called jeepneystop.ph where 10% of our earnings will go to their initiative of providing 80 families of jeepney drivers with noche buena packages. We have registered our business to their online shop (www.thejeepneystop.com) where our shirts will be featured. Some of you might think that 10% is a lot. Well, as a Christian, I was trained to see 10% as the initial base of my giving. What is 10% compared to the joy we can give to these 80 families. They need to know that people still cared.
So, If you have the opportunity to help and be a blessing, do it! It may be as simple as buying someone lunch or giving a glass of water. Jesus said in Matthew 25:40, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’ Don’t miss out on the joy of helping out. Don’t let the confusion of the moment distract you from showing compassion.