Teachers who inspire


inspiring friendsIn 2007, Marcelino de Leon saw kids in the his neighborhood who didn’t sign up for first grade. Illiteracy is high in Guatemala, where people struggle to survive and have a hard time supporting their kids in education.

So Marcelino decided to teach them himself. Every Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 he taught nine kids first grade materials. When the next year came around four of those kids tested into second grade.

Nobody paid him for this. No one applauded. Marcelino didn’t get any awards. A professional teacher, Marcelino just wanted to help where he could. He lost track of those kids when he moved, but we expect them to find him one day and report on their success at college.

Marcelino helped us at the Liceo Bilingue La Puerta. As always, it was voluntary, since we were/are strapped for money. We charge most students a minimal fee, and it doesn’t cover expenses.

I was so impressed by his willingness to pitch that I offered to teach him English. Extraordinarily, after I left Guatemala, he continued helping our school.

It’s people like Marcelino who inspire me.  Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds — Heb. 10:24. He came to visit me today. I’m wanting to do more for God.

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12 responses to “Teachers who inspire

  1. I’m inspired too…love knowing about stories like these. It helps me be better in my own life!

  2. What an awesome story! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  3. A wonderful story. Thank God for people like you and Marcelino. 🙂

  4. God abundantly bless Marcellino to overflowing! Thank you for sharing.

  5. Beautiful story, really lovely. It’s wonderful when people follow the Lord so wholeheartedly and give. God bless you.

  6. Fantastic! All Praise and Glory to God our Father and Saviour Jesus Christ!

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