The first term of the school year (January through April) has ended, and second term is well under way. The two week school vacation was shortened a bit, because of missed school days during Cyclone Winston---- the worst in Fiji’s history. Food boxes are being sent by GSD to Koro Island, where two of our families lost their homes. Thankfully, our school and hostels in Suva were not affected----we only experienced high winds and heavy rains, and minor debris from falling branches.
Jim and I left Fiji in April this year, just before the end of first term. Our only daughter Erin was married to Garth Altringer in May, over the Memorial Day weekend. It was a beautiful family celebration at Castle Hill in Newport, Rhode Island, with perfect weather. Brothers Brendan and Ryan, Ryan’s wife Mary, and their daughter Annaliese made up the wedding party, along with Erin’s close friend Rachel from college days. Peter Blackwell, Erin’s uncle and elder at Bethany Gospel Chapel in Swansea, MA, performed the ceremony. Erin and Garth now live in Berkeley, CA.
It was a productive time, with decisions made to go forward with the building of a new hostel on the land currently owned by the Gospel Trust, from whom we have been renting this house for our junior boys.
Dr. Peter Blackwell, former head of the RI School for the Deaf, was also chosen as educational consultant at the meeting. His curriculum has become a model for education in Fiji.
The AGM ended with a Sunday worship service, where Russell based his message on a plaque he saw on the wall of the main hostel: Look back, and thank God; look forward, and trust God; look around, and serve God. A simple, yet powerful message---- and great way to live.
When you think of us, please pray:
---for educational and spiritual growth of our students and staff
---for unschooled deaf in the villages, that they would be reached
---for the building of the new hostel
---for the right person to take over as director of the deaf ministry
We are so thankful to God for the many ways He has blessed the work here in Fiji, through those who support and pray for us regularly. God continues to bless through the faithful partnership of others.
Jim and I plan to return to Fiji in July for a few weeks, and then again in October. 3
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