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16th Aug 2007
Here in August It is Holiday time and I hope you all are enjoying it,
especially the children with NO school!
But In India the students are
now settling into their 1st term in another class or school or into
some kind of training. So, we want to tell you about our own Hostel
girls In their various stages of education at this time.
In Hermon School we have 150 girls in
these classes, with 7 teachers. Here you can see them in
formation ready for Morning Assembly, before
Being a Christian School we are privileged to be allowed
to have this time,
which includes Singing of Gospel Songs, Reading of Scripture from the
Bible, Prayers to our
Father God in the Name of Jesus Christ, and a short illustrated talk by
a member of staff.
The girls look very attractive in their cerise and green uniforms,
specially chosen to match the beautiful bougainvillea shrubs in the
All these little girls can go to the Hostel for their midday meals,
then have a period of games in Bowden Park before the older ones return
in the afternoon.
PRAY especially for all the
new little ones just admitted, that they
may settle in quickly and happily.
JUNIORS & INTERMEDIATES
HIGH SCHOOL - CLASSES 6-10
ALL our girls now attend Chettipeta High School for the following
As you can see
they look very smart in their blue and
white uniforms which is used for all Govt. High Schools in the area
- They can
alt travel together and not in different groups to
- There Is
no need for extra escorts.
- It is
safer on this one road,
whereas before they had to go into Nidadavol town with all its
temptations and troubles.
journey takes less time.
- They can
all be together for their mid-day meats. These are cooked in the
and sent down in separate tiffin boxes, in a special cart or bandy
a staff member.
PRAY especially for their
escort Virgilia (an 'old' girl and wife
of our recently retired driver Raji). She needs much patience and
wisdom in leading and controlling these girls every morning and evening.
SENIOR STUDENTS at COLLEGE
There are now 16 who have passed 10th class (the final in High School)
and have entered various Colleges in Nidadavol.
They wear their own style and colour of dress- a Punjabi Suit, which
all young women now wear (only older women and those in particular work
These College Students are now 'young ladies' and do not have bags or
boxes for their books, but carry them on 'writing boards' with their
own meals in their own tiffin boxes.
Also they are permitted to travel to college with their own class-mates.
PRAY especially for them on
their daily journeys, that they may be protected from harm, danger and
Also that those who are true Christians may be bright witnesses in
their particular group.
Most of them are baptised believers and help in the Hostel Sunday
School, Si Prayers
RESULTS of LAST YEAR'S
We praise God
for these excellent results in education, and for all the good hard
work done by teachers, staff, and special coach masters who helped the
- 20 girls in
Class 5 of Hermon School passed the Public Exam to go into 6th class in
- All 26 girls in
Class 7 in High School passed the Govt. Exam and have joined 8th class.
ALL 26 girls in 10th class (High School) have passed their Senior
School Leaving Certificate Exam. Of these 10 have joined in a College
for further education. Several have gone into a Nursing Course, 1
travels daily to a college in the next town. For a Telugu Pandit
Training, a few left the Hostel and 2 were married.
Now we PRAY for similar good
results in the spiritual work, in Sunday School, Bible Classes, Daily
Prayers, and all special meetings and Retreats arranged for this year.
STOP PRESS NEWS
Although there has been serious and extensive flooding in the northern
part of West Godavari, East Godavari and Orissa, and several states in
North India, there was no trouble in our area.
But there was an epidemic of diarrhoea and vomiting in the area, and
several of our girls had to be sent to Hospital.
As there was cyclonic weather, and continual threat of flooding, the
Committee decided that girls should be sent home. Therefore Jennie sent
messages to the relatives and the girls (except 18) went home.
Now as the rain has stopped, flooding has receded and epidemic
controlled, they have been asked to return after 15th August.
We ask you to pray earnestly
about the situation and for wisdom to be given to all in authority at
this time. We have much to thank God for in all things, and continue to
trust Him for the Future.
With many thanks for your generous help and support, without which we
could not continue.
Your Friend in Jesus' Name,