For several years, the CFD (Christian Fellowship for the Deaf) has not been functioning well, and attendance has been poor. Deaf leadership was an ongoing problem. This year, however, prayers have been answered, and there has been revival among the deaf. Tuliana (next to Jim in photo) has stepped up and assumed leadership, with the support of the church elders. Mesake, from the West, has joined with the Suva CFD. The two groups came together for August Camp, which was a wonderful time of teaching and fun. Jim and I attended last week’s Bible study in the main hostel, and there were over 25 adult deaf there, with Mesake teaching. Avikesh (top left in blue), one of my first students here in Fiji, who attended University, and is now working as a silk screener, has also stepped up as leader. He was the song leader for the evening. (Yes, the deaf here love to sing!)
Hostel Director Tema reported that 28 students were at Youth Group on Friday night, and then on Saturday, there were about 60 students and adults at Saturday afternoon Bible study and sports day. Some came from quite a distance to attend. Viliame, one of our former students, with no family, who had left school and was living on the streets, also showed up, and was welcomed by all. He knows that he always has family here with us!!
At school, we recently celebrated Fiji Day. The Ministry of Agriculture and Defense were our guests at school. The children sang the national anthem in a flag raising ceremony, garlanded our chief guest, Jitendra Singh, and performed a meke and a funny
skit. The celebration ended with everyone enjoying a Fiji Day cake. The following Wednesday, we were invited to “Fun Day” at the Ministry of Agriculture, where students were treated to a second celebration of Fiji Day. Each student received a frangipani garland, and all were treated to a wonderful lunch---and more cake!! There was face painting, rope pulling contests, sack races, and egg relays. Students again performed a song and mime, and everyone had a great time!
We ‘re looking for two teachers for next year (January), as well as a new Head Teacher (Principal) and Ministry Director for 2019.