THREE THINGS I LEARNED FROM MY SPONSOR
By Edward Joseph S. Freyra
Being an ANCOP Scholar is an answered prayer. It was truly a grace over a graces and blessing over blessings.
My family experienced hardships in life — struggled in financial stability, including our allowances and budget for schoolworks.
I was even stuck up with my anxieties because it was hard for me to see my family trying to endure life’s crisis. Yet, I passionately pursued my dream. I did my classmates’ paperworks, assignments, homeworks, involving drawing plates, just so they could pay me off and sustain my needs for school.
I am blessed that I became a YFC. I remember that it was in my second semester as a second year BS Science Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering student, when a YFC Coordinator of mine knew our family’s situation and helped me get into the scholarship.
I am thankful to ANCOP, especially to my sponsor - AGW. And if there are things I've learned from them, these would be faith, hope and love.
I’ve seen how ANCOP, AGW and even CFC shared their prayers for me; not just praying for me as a scholar but also including my personal prayers. It is through their faith that they also answer the call of the Lord to answer the plea of the poor.
AGW gave me a sense of hope. Granting me the scholarship allowed me to go forward amidst the trials of life and taught me to dream big. That hope made me realize that even if I struggle, I can do more and be more.
Sharing their time, effort and treasures to me and continuously lending their hands to those in need led me to feel the love they have, above all, for God. They love God so much that they also love people like me. Their love for God is beyond measure for if not because of it, I might’ve got lost and lose the battle itself. Because of their love, I am also being reminded to love - the lost, the last and the least.
Truly, being an ANCOP scholar is a great affirmation from God. It does not only help me, but also helps my family. I even get to pay my boarding house, our electricity bill, water bill and my fees at school.
I truly praise God for putting me here. It is a great venture to be part of this community and to be an AGW Scholar.
I will continue to strive and to thrive. To dream big and to do more. For if not because of the generosity of the Lord through ANCOP and AGW, I will never become the person that I am today.
Because of ANCOP, I will never be the same.