It’s a common belief that students who have the money—and therefore have access to better schools, gadgets, expensive books and activities such as workshops and travels—will outperform those who have nothing.
Carol, who graduated valedictorian in our church's school, proved this wrong.
A slum dweller, Carol was a beneficiary of the church's outreach program, called the "afternoon class." It is a free, abbreviated grade school curriculum for indigent children who pass the entrance exam.
Carol excelled above everyone, including those in the paying sections. She was also an earnest learner, joining all school contests and activities, such as one of my creative writing workshops for children.
Months later, our pastor surprised me, "One of your workshop kids, Carol, won the writing contest among all private school students in the city!”
My heart soared. I asked our pastor to tell me more about Carol; only then did I know about her background.
Here was a kid who walked to and from school, perhaps malnourished, clothed and shod in hand-me-downs, and survived on irregular meals, besting all contestants in a writing competition!
It would be so easy for me, who taught her the basics of good writing; her teachers, who nurtured her talents in class; her donors, who financed her school needs in the "afternoon class;" or her parents, who birthed her, to claim the credit for her success.
Scripture says, "For from him and through him and for him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen." Romans 11:36
Only God can endow anyone with anything that can help children like Carol to fulfill their God-given purpose in life. May God alone be praised.