The teacher who stands in the front of the courtyard is not a grown-up. She's a seventh-grader named Rodelin. But the younger kids listen carefully. Rodelin teaches them Bible stories and leads praise songs. Rodelin learned about how important it is to help others from her tutors and pastor at her Compassion center. They taught her about Jesus' love for her and encouraged her to dream.
"I want to be a teacher," she says. "I was born poor. I know how hard it is to be poor. I feel sorry for the kids. That's why I want to help them."
Rodelin has seven younger brothers and sisters. Her father works as a driver, but his job does not always bring enough money. She became a Compassion-sponsored child four years ago.
Now Rodelin has books, supplies and uniforms to go to school. She discovered how much Jesus loves her, too, and gave her life to Him. She wasn't alone.
"The most wonderful thing that happened to me was when both of my parents accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior," Rodelin says. "Life has never been the same again."
Now she believes nothing is impossible — especially becoming a teacher when she's grown up. Why is she so sure? "'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the LORD, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future,'" she says, quoting Jeremiah 29:11.
Rodelin has already seen God working out those plans in her life.