The new school year is off to a good start, with 7 new students, making a total of 52 in GSD, with another 3 in Gospel High School with sign language interpreters, and several others out in vocational programs, or recently placed in jobs.
Here are three of our new students: (left to right) Manasa, Aliti, and Iliesa (Aren’t they the cutest?)
The word is spreading about a school that is just for deaf children. We are happy to report that we are now enrolling students at much younger ages, which gives them an advantage in receiving a better education.
We have also received money this year from the Japanese Embassy, for a badly needed new school bus. The Embassy requires that we build a garage or bus port for protection, and we are looking into that now.
Due to some health issues, Jim and I were not able to return to Fiji for the start of the new school year in January, but Mrs. Mudaliar, our Head Teacher, graciously agreed to hold the fort until we get back. Jim just received the doctor’s okay to travel, so we’ll be leaving for Fiji this coming Wednesday, going by way of California, for a visit with Erin, Garth, and Lucy. Many thanks to all who have been praying for Jim’s health. And also many thanks for all of your support. The students are growing and learning daily, because of your generosity.
In His Love, Jim and Marilyn
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