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Hostel and Hermon School
In 2003 there were 240 girls in the hostel, 11 women and 4 men staff.
110 girls attended Hermon School.
Work started on the construction of a new Dormitory Building:
Here are some pictures of the building
They show the casting of the concrete slab above the ground floor (29th
Below you see Jenny
Grace with a visitor from the UK speaking to Cyril, the supervisor of
the building work.
Jenny Grace was
requested to postpone the arrangements for pouring the slab on the 29th
Oct due to heavy rain during the month. She refused saying I have
faith to believe God will give us clear weather and a sunny day,
because we have asked Him. So NO POSTPONEMENT. And so IT
CAME TO PASS!! As can be seen above, there was a bright sunny
day, 100 workers were employed and the slab was completed, HALLELUJAH.
Building Progress February 2004
The second floor
ceiling slab was completed on the 28th Jan 2004, with the help of 4
mixers and 100 coolies.
Ground floor rooms are now white washed, and electrical fittings,
windows and doors are in place.
Brickwork has started on the third floor. Bathrooms are about
to be built, and a new cookhouse will follow. They are waiting for a
coconut tree to be felled as it is in the way.
News February 2004
John and Eileen Cossins are currently visiting from the UK. Both
are hard at work.
24th Jan: Over 100 women from churches in the area came to Hebron
Hostel for prayer and praise.
26th Jan: Excursion to Rajah park (101 children and 16
staff and older girls) with curry
A bag of popcorn (2 rupees each (80 to
also visits from previous students and families, and Mariakka (retired
Seniors are having
exams soon, so all are studying very hard and they are having a tutor
for other girls - 10th class - in various subjects.
Temperatures at present are 30 - 32 degs with a
Latest photographs of the new dormitory block, which will accommodate
Below, girls outside the new block
Another view of the block:
Study room on the ground floor:
Moving sand to the rear of the new block:
continues to oversea the work faithfully. The third and final
roof has been put on and the interiors of the second and third floors
are now being painted and fitted with doors, windows, and all other
The ground floor was finished some weeks ago, and is already occupied
with a group of High School girls.
We praise God for His provision in every way for this lovely new
building, and pray that it might be used for His glory.
Photographs of former students now serving
in the Hostel and School
These photographs were taken in July/Aug 2004.
HARTHI, Staff Nurse at work in the
LAKSHMI, Junior Staff member, working
in the Hostel Office
SAILAJA (in red) and VIJAYALAKSHMI (in
Both helping in Hermon School
Jennie Grace and
others have been in a car accident which left Jennie in
Please pray for all involved, especially Jennie Grace as complications
are hindering her recovery.
The good news is the Jennie has now returned to Hebron Hostel (on 23rd
Sept). She is able to sit up and has a water bed. Her left
hand has healed and is free; she is making a remarkable recovery.
Jennie's daughter, Esther, and two senior girls are attending to her
needs. Esther is also taking some classes in Hermon School.
Sponsors and Friends
As we come to
the end of this year-2004, we look back on all the way
the Lord has led us through joys and sorrows, success and failure, triumph and
trials, plenty and poverty, and praise Him
for His grace and goodness, strength and support, love and care.
you all have been praying much for Jennie Grace and all concemed
after the accident in August. Now we can give you news which will
you to praise God for His answers to those prayers.
Jennie Grace and Esther
photo you see Jennie Grace sitting on her bed, with her daughter Esther
Caroline standing her side.
All the plasters have been removed and Jennie has physio-therapy to
help her use her limbs again. She is able to stand
for a few minutes at a time, and has even managed to write a letter.
Her recovery is really remarkable for which we thank God.
prayer is now requested about her left hip, which is painful due to
lack of proper circulation in the femoral head. So she is having
special medicine, increased therapy and traction for this.
she is unable to move around, she is still in control of much of the
Hostel work from her bed.
Jennie has sent sincere thanks to you all,
for your prayers, remembrances, and help in various ways.
Esther has been a tremendous help in caring for her mother, in
necessary correspondence and in teaching in Hermon School.
She took 5
months' leave for this, which finishes in January, so again we ask you
to pray for wisdom for her and her mother regarding the future.
that the Lord has already planned this, and we only desire His will to
be done for all in Hebron Hostel and Hermon School.
NEWS AND NEEDS
BIG NEW DORMITORY BLOCK
- The driver
of the van has now resigned and left, after consultation and
advice from the Union of workers. He admitted to Jennie that it was his
carelessness which caused the accident.
- Now a
replacement is needed, for daily errands, marketing, taking the
disabled girls in a rickshaw to school, hospital etc.
- Also a
Senior male worker is required to help with maintenance,
protection of the compound and contacting various Municipal and
- The female
staff are faithful and good workers, but they need a
competent, committed, 'woman of authority' to supervise, advise, and
assist them and Jennie. Special Prayer requested please.
The New Dormitory Block with Three Storeys
you see the tall 3-storey building with its verandahs.
building is completed, but the work of final plastering, the interior
fittings for lights, fans, toilets and bathrooms, painting of windows
and doors is still going on in the 2nd and 3rd floors.
foreman in charge) has informed me that all is going well,
and they are hoping to have an official opening in January, after the Cossins arrive. We
shall get more information then.
GREETINGS AND GRATEFUL THANKS
- December 11 - Christmas Program in
the Hostel with Special speaker-Olive
Rogers-for the parents and friends. Olive previously worked as a
missionary in Andhra.
of Christmas clothes and gifts to all the girls.
- December 15 - Visit of Mark Thomas (
Child Trust) with a gifted
- December 18 - Hermon School girls
leave for Christmas holiday.
- January 7, 2005 - Visit of John and
Eileen Cossins, from whom we hope to
have regular Updates of all that is going on in Hostel, School and
SPECIAL GREETINGS at this SPECIAL SEASON
- To all the
sponsors of Hebron Hostel girls, and our many friends.
- For your
constant prayers, letters, gifts, phone calls, e-mails etc.
appreciate it all and could not continue without your valuable help,
and thank God for you.
- As we
approach this wonderful happy season, may we all know the joy of
putting CHRIST in the CENTRE of all our Celebrations.
- For it is
ADVENT into our world that we must remember and realise the reason for
His coming to be our SAVIOUR, to save us from our sins and future
judgment. Then we can worship Him as the LORD OF LORDS and KING OF
KINGS , and give Him the honest adoration of our hearts and lives.
From Joyce Harding