Theology grad urges fellow scholars to "look for joy in service"


Jun. 07, 2019 ...

Janu C. Garcia is living a life of remarkable devotion.

Vowed to share the gospel of Jesus Christ, he has been serving since 2013 as minister of the Assemblies of the First Born, Inc. in Paoay, Ilocos Norte.

At 28 years old, the self-supporting student proved his efficiency in activity management—a Supreme Student Council president and at the same time, a Sunday minister.

Garcia earned his bachelor's degree in Theology from the Northern Christian College and graduated magna cum laude last June 1.

As a Sirib Community Leader Scholar from 2017 to 2019, he has been receiving financial assistance from the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte through the Ilocos Norte Youth Development Office (INYDO) and the Provincial Education Office (PEdO). Other PGIN stipend grantees include Sirib Academic Scholars, Sirib Young Leaders Scholars, Technical-Vocational (Tech-Voc) Scholars, and Sirib Athletic Scholars.

"More than financial aid, it [scholarship] helped me foster my spirit of volunteerism...there is joy in volunteerism through socialization. I have met a lot of people and fellow scholars, as well," he remarked.

Aside from maintaining a certain general weighted average, Sirib scholars exemplify youth involvement, as beneficiaries are required to serve 50 hours of community service per semester.

Garcia remains relentless in his mission; coupling faith and perseverance to achieve success:

"Focus lang and have a sincere connection to God. If you have a sincere connection, makitam a talaga nga agseryosoka nga agbasa [makikita mo na magiging seryoso ka na sa pag-aaral."

He also imparted an advice to fellow scholars: "Even though they enjoy the benefits of being provincial scholars,makitada koma ti joy in service." [I hope they will look for joy in service.]

"Thank you to the PGIN and to the Sirib community," Garcia ended.