Saturday, February 27, 2016
Saturday, February 20, 2016
Saturday, February 6, 2016
We made friends with a Senior couple from South Africa, who are serving a 2-year mission in the Soloman Islands and he sends me updates of all the work they do there. After reading the email below, I can't help but think how blessed our youth in the US are with readily available, quality education, that many demand free. Our spoiled youth need to appreciate their educational opportunities.
"Anyone who is a stranger to the Solomon Island culture, or from the Islands, would not be able to grasp how difficult it has been to get these students to Vaiola College in Samoa, and the obstacles that have been placed in their way. The poverty, and battle some of these students and their parents have in raising the money to send their children to a Church School is unbelievable!"
- One set of parents moved out of their home, rented it out and lived in a tiny leaf house to save the money to pay the required portion of the fees.
- One of the male students is the only church member in his family. He has worked as a security guard to raise the money, and also has grown vegetables and sold them, as his “guard money” was insufficient.
- Another family borrowed money from the mother's employer to pay her portion of the fees.
- They all had to pay for their passports, medicals, and Police Clearance.
- Not one of the parents has a motor vehicle, so the students had to catch busses and/or walk to get everything done.
- Some students battled to find birth certificates.
- All the students attended a two hour English class every Friday afternoon since last March with Sister Nish to improve their English. She also required them to read a book every two weeks from our Self-Reliance library.
- There were many miracles getting tickets and visas in the nick of time.
The following are comments recorded from each student at the airport;
- Jeremy- (2nd year student) “I am very grateful for this opportunity to complete my studies at such a good school before going on mission”.
- Rose- (2nd year student) “I can’t wait to get back to daily seminary studies, I have really missed seminary during the holidays”.
- David- “I can’t thank Heavenly Father enough for this opportunity, I never believed I would get on the aeroplane”.
- Nicola- “It has been my dream since I heard about SOCS from Sister Nish, to go to a Church school and mix with so many other church kids”.
- Rayna- “To have decent teachers that come to every class and teach us will be wonderful (as Rose has told me)”.
- Arnold- “I stay on the island of Malaita and my forms were late, my parents couldn’t find the funds, I never had money for a passport. It is a miracle that I am here at the airport”.
- Samson- “I am a recent convert and cannot believe that I am about to go to a Church School. The Lord just continues to bless me and I am just so grateful”.