Monday, May 09, 2011

The Visitor

Alyssa came to see me this afternoon. She popped into my eighth grade Bible class to turn in her Honduras bank bottle filled with change just as she did when she was a student in my classes. Almost a senior in college, she could only stay for a minute as she had just finished a final and I believe her significant other was waiting in the car. None of my middle schoolers know her but their classroom experience has been partly shaped by Alyssa who was one of the artists who painted our Life Of Christ mural on the wall. While she was standing there, I told a little story about something she once told me about boys which I have found to be true, at least from a girl's perspective. But the main thing I wanted my eighth graders to know about Alyssa was really about her family. Her parents are from the Philippines and I don't believe they are extremely wealthy. And yet, during Alyssa's first year at Westbury Christian, look at where their money was going: Alyssa was a WCS freshman, her brother Abner was a WCS sophomore, her brother Aldrin was a WCS junior, and her brother Alvin was a WCS senior. On top of that, her sister Astrid was in medical school. You don't need a calculator to know their tuition bills were steep. But their investments have paid off- five great, educated kids with morals and a relationship with God. (I'm going on reputation with Astrid who I've never met but judging from her siblings, she's in the same league.) We show what we value by the spending of our money and the spending of our time. Without a doubt, this is one family that values its children.


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