We finally made it! The 32 hour journey from Rhode Island to Fiji became 36 hours, when we learned that our flight from Nadi Airport to Suva had departed the day before we arrived. Yes, we missed it! All other flights were full, so we had to take the 4 hour bus trip instead. When purchasing tickets, we had forgotten to account for the day lost when crossing the international dateline. Oops!!
Then, instead of the usual Fiji sunshine, we came back to what has been a long season of rain and drizzle--- but we didn’t mind all that much, since it made for cooler temperatures and lower humidity; comfortably pleasant for us, while the Fijians donned their winter caps and jackets!
We also arrived to an immaculately clean and neat house, thanks to the hard work of Assistant Head Teacher Donald Reece and the Junior boys in his care, who had been living there in our absence.
She told how her mom (also a teacher at GSD) had read to her daily, and gave her a love for books and learning; unusual, in that Fiji is not a reading culture, and deaf are still often considered not worth educating. She joked that her gifts as a child were never toys, sometimes clothes, and ALWAYS books---- which she now treasures in her own library.
Lots of stories---- each life precious in God’s eyes.
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