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A Servant's Heart

My grandmother thought me how to pray and I remember one particular prayer which changed my life. I believe I was 6 years old or so, at least that’s what is written in my journals because I've made a genuine and serious agreement with God. The agreement was that the more I give genuinely, wholeheartedly and without expecting in return the more He will give me in return, only for me to give more and more back again and for Him to Reciprocate it in double and triple, and with this promise I grew up to be a role model of Giving in the community. A lot of people judge me though saying I am wasting my time in volunteering a lot, doing things “for free”, and that I will regret in the future and that I am not wise and especially in Lebanon where there is no hope of improvement because of corruption and war. In addition, advising me that the more efforts I put with colleagues in improving many sectors in the community the more disappointed we will got by the results.
They are right…we do get disappointed, but only to try again and again and again….and on personal level, they don’t know about my agreement and purpose of life.

With this notion of giving I became a social entrepreneur and a founding member of the Society of Social Entrepreneurs, I turned social problems into opportunities and income for all sectors I’m working with including myself surprisingly, I established my own company in my early 20s and encouraged in the formation of many Lebanese companies in ways possible, all promoting and supporting better Lebanese economic development.

I have always had passion in public health aswell, so I designed and consulted many health awareness campaigns to the public and with the Ministry of Public Health to raise awareness and promote well being to the Lebanese citizens and especially woman. As World Health Organization (WHO) awardee for the success of tobacco free initiatives in Lebanon year 2010, with this notion of giving and especially after seeing the death rates and the dangers/ effects of smoking on youngsters in the country, we worked hard with colleagues of the same passion for years on the application of LAW174 to ban smoking in public places.

I lead and still chair in different International/local non-profit and service organizations all aiming to provide better youth/woman education, health, peace and human wellbeing: mind, body and soul. Through genuine giving, I became the first Lebanese woman to be elected after 33 years to lead and structure Rotaract clubs within 10 Countries- District 2450 of Rotary year 2009-2010. My team and I initiated and supervised more than a million community projects, professional developments and international understanding projects locally and globally over the years.

There are much more to share, these are just samples...the beauty of it is that when I sleep at night I do so with peace at heart for doing the right thing no matter how difficult circumstances are or can be and being able to pass this initiative forward to others by encouraging them to do better.

I can write a book on Giving and a woman's genuine touch, and I probably will in the future and share all I have learned through giving...through service...by practicing service leadership and all I became and still through the gentle grace of God and our agreement. The good news is, I'm young and I have just started…

Related References:

http://www.emro.who.int/tfi-campaigns/2010/awards.html
http://www.dailymotion.com/video/k2Qj6y1SWBi2Ue25ZFZ#.UX7oFWzn-P8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O4m3EFgGqb4
http://www.youtube.com/user/christinearz

Comments

Dana W's picture

Hi Christine, Woow quite a

Hi Christine,
Woow quite a resume you got there! It’s so happy to know I have remarkable neighbor up north ;-) I’m so glad you didn’t listen to the people trying to convince you to do other things with your life, and instead you took up a way which assists many youngsters’ woman and people who might use that ray of light.
Was curious to know why you want to be VOF Correspondent and how will this help you
achieve your vision?
Thanks for sharing
Dana

torilynnfox's picture

What an Inspiration!

You seem like such a beautiful and wonderful person. I'm so glad I came upon your essay. Keep up the good work! You are such an inspiration!

Leslie Stoupas's picture

Inspiring!

You are a special soul, Christine, with all that you do to help others. I suspect that you are quite an inspiration to others as well. What is your particular vision for being a Voices of Our Future Correspondent? Do you want to bring others together for your vision, or do you want your vision to spread beyond your borders? Or perhaps both? I have a feeling that whatever you decide to do, you will make happen. Thank you for sharing parts of your inspiring journey thus far. I look forward to hearing more!

Leslie Stoupas

erinluhmann's picture

A Pioneer Volunteer

Dear Christine,

I lived in Central Asia for two years and was surprised to discover that the concept of volunteer work isn't as popular in some places as it is in others. So I commend your dedication to service work in a society that doesn't yet value it as much as you do. I'm sure you're positively impacting youth in Lebanon who are looking for role models such as yourself.

I think you could contribute to this campaign on females' access to education by focusing on one particular example of a life that was impacted by your volunteer work. Did you help change a young girl's life by teaching her about tobacco use? Did you help a student access education through Rotary? You have so many experiences to draw from.

I look forward to reading more of your submissions.

Best,
Erin

jacquesato's picture

Congratulations!!

Dear Christine:
I read your story with great interest. I'm glad to know young people like you exist in this world. Keep up the good work!!
Hugs,

Jacqueline

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