Stories

Ask Not What Your Country Can Do For You, But What You Can Do For Your Country!

English students of various ages from the struggling country of the Republic of Georgia, many of them from broken families, just barely living paycheck to paycheck, decided to volunteer their time to clean a park and a bus stop. It was a cold morning. You can’t imagine what kind of trash there was.... injections, very personal stuff, etc. They worked for two hours and filled 20 bags of trash.  One of the students was assigned as a leader of the project. She brought extra packages and gloves, and prepared information about countries which are polluted and why, about trash, how it is decaying, etc. Their teacher, also a local, decided their motto of the day would be Kennedy's  words” My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” They applied the grand idea to their small country, the Republic of Georgia and knew that they could make a difference. During the project clean up one of the students told the inspiring story about  billionaire brothers who clean the ocean every year.  They liked the idea that although they were not billionaires, and in fact, far from it,  they were following this example and setting an example for their neighbors! When they were  all wet and their hands were freezing, they ended the day sharing a meal and having their weekly english class.  So much more than having English lessons, these students also learn from their loving and inspiring teacher about God's unconditional love and forgiveness, as she demonstrates this to them by her own openness and love towards them. Through these projects they learn leadership skills, responsibility, learn about new cultures, friendship,life skills and how to make a difference in their families, their neighborhoods and their country!  At the end of the day, they were all so happy with joy on their faces, and satisfied with themselves for a job well done!  They are already planning their next "project!"