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From Babysitting to Teaching: Operation Blessing Scholar Achieves her Dream through Your Help! 

“Stand up and keep going.” 

These are the words that Rhizza Mayor repeats to herself whenever she faces obstacles in life. Becoming a teacher is her lifelong dream, but it was never an easy journey. 

One roadblock came after another. Her parents separated when she was young, her beloved father died due to diabetes, and they had no money to sustain her schooling. Finishing college was an elusive dream even though her mother worked hard to make ends meet. 

But she stood up and kept going. Rhizza took up Bachelor of Secondary Education Major in English at Nueva Ecija University of Science and Technology. 

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To support her aspiration of becoming an educator someday, she worked as a babysitter and sometimes, a pump assistant in a gasoline station. By night, she would attend her classes. 

“If you have a dream, no matter how hard it takes to reach it, even when you’re tired – you will just cry for a while but you will stand up and keep going. My mother is my motivation to strive so I can graduate.” 

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She knew that the road toward her dream was long and winding, but Rhizza never hit the brakes. She prayed and held on to her faith that one day, God will send a miracle. 

And He did. 

With the support of their local church, Rhizza became a Back-to-School scholar of Operation Blessing Foundation Philippines, CBN Asia’s humanitarian arm. 

Back-to-School is Operation Blessing’s scholarship program which aims to provide educational assistance to underprivileged yet deserving students like Rhizza so they can continue their education even during challenging times. 

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“Put God first in your life. Make Him the center of your heart and do not lose hope because He is willing to help you,” she shared to scholars like her. 

 The young Nueva Ecijano partnered her prayers with perseverance, and after 4 long years, she reached her destination. Last September 2020, Rhizza finally earned a bachelor’s degree. 

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“We’ve been looking for scholarship for too long. Then came Operation Blessing, which offered a great scholarship and helped me finish my studies. My heart is overflowing with gratitude! Even during the pandemic, they brought us relief. I am so thankful that I got the best scholarship,” she recalled. 

 While preparing for the Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET) to become a full-fledged professional teacher, she now works as a home-based call center agent. 

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“To the people who donate to Operation Blessing, thank you so much! You are a blessing to us! You are part of fulfilling my dream,” Rhizza ended. 

Through your generous giving, Operation Blessing can support and empower the future educators of our country. Through your compassionate heart, these young people can now have access to quality education! 

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This Teacher’s Appreciation Week, are you willing to be a blessing to more aspiring teachers? 

Partner with Operation Blessing today and help build dreams! You may give through Operation Blessing’s website or call 0939-921-5543 or 0918-906-7753 for more details. 

You may also visit Operation Blessing’s Facebook page to know more about the work we do. 

If you are moved to support CBN Asia’s entire Family of Ministries, click this link to know, how. 

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How Tough is a Teacher’s Life?

To Helen Cava, teaching is a challenging yet noble job.

Nothing beats the sense of fulfillment knowing that her profession helps mold the minds of the future generation. If you are a teacher like her, then there is a chance that you feel the same way.

All is well inside the walls of the school until she found herself in a tight corner. While her personal life was falling apart, she wondered how she can keep teaching.

“We had to borrow money every time,” Helen recalled. She tried to settle their debts but because her husband had vices, they could not make ends meet. It became a cycle until one day, their debts piled up.

As if it was not enough to push her into depression, she found out that her drunkard husband had an affair with another woman. The noble teacher instantly became the talk of the town – shame and pain crept in her heart.

“Every time I went to school to meet my class, I was overwhelmed. The parents talked about me, they said I had a good reputation but now it’s ruined,” Helen lamented.

Without anyone to turn to, Helen spiraled into grief. As she cannot take the burden of their debts and the pain of her husband’s betrayal, she decided to end her life.

“Before I took the pills, I hugged my children who were both sleeping. I did not cry out God’s name. I just took the pills. Then my whole body felt numb,” Helen cried out.

If you are in the same place, don’t lose hope! You might be a step closer to your breakthrough!

Thankfully, God saved Helen from that harrowing fate. But her unsuccessful suicide attempt only pushed her further to the dark side.

Angry, ashamed, and hopeless, Helen suddenly remembered the CBN Asia Prayer Center. She reached out through text and was surprised that there are people out there who are willing to comfort her. A pastor from one of Prayer Center’s church partners visited Helen and introduced her to the saving love of God.

“The pastor told me, ‘Helen, I was sent here because God has a plan for you.’ Then he shared with me the verse Jeremiah 29:11,” she said. That meeting changed her life and led her to accept Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior.

Helen remained as a public school teacher, but her whole life transformed when she surrendered it to Jesus. He helped her overcome their debts and softened her heart so she can forgive her husband. She received a new hope and a future, a new perspective in life.

“Ever since I started going to church, I felt at peace. Thank God for Prayer Center!” Helen said, smiling.

Do you feel like your whole world is falling apart despite your sacrifices as a teacher? Are you struggling with depression right now?

Here is God’s message for you today: there is hope.

Helen is just one of the many Filipinos who were rescued from grief through prayers. She is one of the many teachers who found hope in Jesus and discovered that all things will eventually work for good to those who love Him.

Believe that God can do the same for you.

“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28 NKJV)

This Teacher’s Appreciation Week, we want to appreciate, honor, and encourage teachers like you through prayers. Call us at 8-737-0-700 or email your prayer requests to [email protected].

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What It Takes To Believe in God

His love for you is endless. That’s the kind that never fades. He reminds us all of his love for us in Jeremiah 31:3you with unfailing kindness.

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The Fearless Life | God’s Word Today

His love for you is endless. That’s the kind that never fades. He reminds us all of his love for us in Jeremiah 31:3

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What It Takes To Believe in God

His love for you is endless. That’s the kind that never fades. He reminds us all of his love for us in Jeremiah 31:3you with unfailing kindness.

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The Fearless Life | God’s Word Today

His love for you is endless. That’s the kind that never fades. He reminds us all of his love for us in Jeremiah 31:3