Thank you to those who pray and give regularly to the GSD, hostels, and the wider deaf community in Fiji. This is all part of the ministry, and you are very important members of our team. We couldn’t exist without you!!
Our children’s birthdays are celebrated every three months, and two weeks ago we had a party for all those who had birthdays in January, February, and March. A very generous business in Suva supplied the food for children and staff, and after enjoying games organised by Tomasi, the children enjoyed as much food as they could eat, and still there was more left for their evening meal. There were four huge birthday cakes to finish off with. Yesterday the same lady treated them to an outing, where they joined with another group of children, and all had an exciting day of fun to celebrate an early Easter.
Recently, the Fijian Army spent two weeks at the Gospel High School where they were doing cadet training. This is something the school looks forward to each year as they see the training as good for the students to learn discipline. At the end of the two weeks, the deaf school was invited to attend the ‘Passout Ceremony’ where we watched 700 plus students marching in four different teams. The flag bearer for the yellow team was a deaf student and he did an excellent job. There were several other deaf students marching in the yellow team - Donald, their interpreter, had helped to get their timing right – not easy when you cannot hear the beat. A high- ranking army official presented the winners with their trophies at the end of the ceremony. Congratulations to all involved.
Last Saturday the hostel children and staff were invited to a private medical centre where they were all given free medical and dental checks. Some had teeth pulled out and many children went away with medication which, when completed should make their lives more comfortable. Several health issues were picked up and the volunteer doctors will follow up with these children and staff. God meets needs in many different ways!! Once again, everyone was treated to a yummy lunch.
Today was Palm Sunday and the children dressed up and performed their annual skit at church. Many parents like to attend this and afterwards everyone was treated to a lovo (food cooked in the ground), prepared by the older boys and staff. School holidays start on Thursday 18 April and all of the children will leave for their various homes and villages throughout this week. Teachers and staff will enjoy a well-earned two-week break, and we look forward to term two beginning on 6 May. Please keep praying!! Thank you!!
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