Since that day, there has been a marked change in the students in Areli’s class. First of all, the students developed a trust with Areli, as if they believed more in what Areli said all along about their potential and her love for them. Areli gets many more messages now asking about the assignments. The questions are also different. Before, the students wanted a step-by-step guide on exactly what they had to answer. Areli works hard to get the students to change their thinking in preparation for Secondary School. She knows critical thinking is important and she can’t “hold their hand” in everything. After the interview assignments, she’s seen a burst of students taking initiative for themselves. The nature of the questions have changed as the student begin to explore what they are truly capable of.
But more importantly, Areli noticed the parents with a renewed energy to support their students. Maybe the interview process helped parents reconnect with what’s more important. Maybe the vulnerability softened their hearts to have more patience and comprehension for education during a pandemic. Either way, the families in Areli’s class are more united and the students, for the most part, are back on track.
Distance learning has obvious limitations. But Morning Glory works for a God who doesn’t. With a faithful servant like Areli and the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we’ve seen that restoration has no restraints. We hope that we will have more students in classrooms next year so our ministry can be more effective. Meanwhile, we rejoice that God is still at work in our staff and families. We keep watching and listening for the next opportunity to impact students and make more Morning Glory Stories a reality.