'I am Franselaine Maghinang and I volunteer as an English tutor for Hope of the City. Since April this year, I have been tutoring two secondary school students at Yan Kei Church in Lai Chi Kok. Every Saturday after work, I rush to Lai Chi Kok just to be on time for the class, which runs from 1:30pm to 3pm.
'At first, the kids were reluctant to speak up because I can’t speak Cantonese and so English is the only way for us to communicate with each other. Yet, after we got to know each other better, they were eager to talk to me about what happens at school, their personal lives and even share some jokes.
'God has given each and every one of us gifts from His variety of spiritual gifts and we are to use these gifts or talents well to serve others.
'As 1 Peter 4:10 says, "Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms." I love inspiring people through sharing my dreams and struggles, particularly these young ones. I believe that through volunteering as a tutor, I can make use of some of the gifts that God has equipped me with so that I can also be a blessing to others.'
- Franselaine Maghinang (volunteer tutor since Apr 2016)