Dan Lester Dabon | Huwarang OFW 2017 Individual Nominee

Dan has dreams and he knew in his heart that if he will not fight for it, no one will.

Growing up in poverty, Dan realized how important it is to work hard in order to achieve something in life.

When his parents separated, it was Dan’s grandparents who took care of him. Though they genuinely accepted him, life remained tough. At a very young age, Dan experienced doing menial jobs with his grandfather in order to make a living.

But then, he had to live with another relative to continue with his studies because his grandparents’ weren’t enough to support him.

Despite his determination to have a good life, Dan couldn’t help but be vulnerable to pain and sadness whenever he would remember his biological parents. It was in those times of longing when he promised himself that one day, his parents would also be proud of him.

Dan persevered and worked hard. After graduating as a nurse and passing the board exam, he went to the Middle East to find new opportunities and progress in his career.

A series of breakthrough came to his life from then on. He received an award for a study that he conducted to further enhance the health care services for children patients. This gave them hope and saved many lives.

Dan is now very grateful for everything that happened in his life. He believes that the challenges he encountered greatly helped him to be the person that he is right now.

He has nothing but praises and thanksgiving for God, believing that every good thing that he is enjoying right now, all came from Him.

Like Dan, know that there is beauty in suffering. Paul said in Romans 5:3-5, “Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.”

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