Well, it was down to wire. The boys had just one week to vacate their rental house, which had been sold. The deadline was April 30th. We had everyone looking for several months, but all the rental properties were either too expensive or too far away from school. Jim and I were leaving Fiji at the end of April too, and needed to have the housing issue resolved—— but nothing was panning out.
I enjoy walking in Fiji, and would often do several miles in the cooler early evenings after work. With house hunting in mind that final week, I changed my usual route and hit the roads bordering the campus. As I approached the top of a nearby hill, I noticed a “For Rent” sign on a fence in front of a freshly painted house, in good condition. The neighborhood was nice as well. “Probably too expensive”, I told myself, but since the phone number and email contact were printed right there on the sign, I figured it was worth a try. I snapped a photo of the sign so we could contact the owner later. I gave the information to our Head Teacher, Mrs. Mudaliar, who made the contact and arranged a visit. The apartment was newly renovated and quite roomy inside. No one had ever lived in the downstairs flat before, so everything was in pristine condition. The price was manageable too. However, there were still several issues---- like no washing machine hook up, no safety grates on the windows, and only two bedrooms. The landlord graciously agreed to meet all our requests. He put the washing machine hook up on the lower outside deck, added the safety grates to windows and doors, and turned the large washroom/supply closet into a third bedroom, adding a window for light and ventilation. The house had several other additional and unexpected features as well. There was a motion detector light for the driveway. There were two bathrooms and two showers ——a luxury that none of our other hostels have ever had! (We’ve had as many as 25 children sharing one shower in the main hostel!) There was also a spacious empty lot in front of the house, that the landlord said could be used for gardening—— something we’ve wanted for a long time, to help defray food expenses. The boys could now grow their own vegetables!
And the story gets even better! On our second visit we learned, to our amazement, that the landlord also owns a graphic design business. We had been looking for quite some time for a placement for one of our artistic deaf students to do an internship. The landlord enthusiastically agreed to take him on, and Bira started work the following Monday. We heard recently that he is doing really well there. As Philippians 4:19 says, “And my God shall supply all your need, according to His riches in glory—“ We are grateful to Jehovah Jirah— God our Provider. Our need was met “exceedingly abundantly above all we could ask or think” (Ephesians 3:20). The boys are all moved in and are enjoying their new home, just a stone’s throw away from school. And Jim and I were able to leave Fiji with peace of mind, knowing that all is in order and running smoothly. God is faithful!
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