Called to Make a Difference

Called to Make a Difference

Vineyard Women is committed to sharing the inspirational stories of women leaders.  Today we share the story of Rebecca Konster.

I was born and raised in the Philippines and although I’ve been living here for a few years now, my desire to help the kids, youth, and women in my hometown never escaped me. 

I love going to the library.  One day I felt sad about the kids in my hometown. There’s no library anywhere in that town, not even in the schools.  And the students don’t have sufficient school supplies. I remember borrowing crayons, writing pads, pens and pencils from our neighbors so that I could finish my school project. I am a reader and was lucky that my godfather was working at the education department and would give my dad boxes of books for me to read. I read every single one of those books and each book that I read gave me hope – hope that we’ll get out of poverty.

It’s an outrageous dream to build a library, and I don’t know how I can actually make it happen. It was such a burden in me to really do something and I don’t even have to do anything. I could just live my life comfortably. When God calls us to do something, we can choose to avoid it and live an unfulfilled life, or follow God’s will – even when it’s hard.  Well, I prayed and asked God to take the passion away from me unless He would help find a way to make it happen.

God did not listen to the first part of my prayer. I started talking about it at work and my coworkers told me that they would be willing to donate some used books and school supplies. I struggled to receive these gifts because I felt that it was a burden to them, after all it wasn’t their responsibility.  I felt like I should do it on my own but my husband helped me realize that I should give my coworkers the opportunity to bless others. So I brought a big box to work and my supervisor sent out a company-wide email encouraging everyone to donate to the “school supply drive for the kids in the Philippines”.  I was surprised with the amount of support that I received. We were able send the care package before the start of that school year.

Now, every time we go home to visit my family, our suitcases are filled with school supplies, clothes, and everything else that we can give away. I visit the school and speak in each classroom to encourage the students not to lose their dreams even when it seems impossible to attain. I also tell them that as they make their way toward their dreams to always give and give generously. You don’t have to wait until you reach the top before you can help, reaching the top only means that you can help even more. 

The physical library still needs to be built, but this works for right now while I wait for God’s next miracle.

Written by: Rebecca Konster