A few weeks ago, the hostellers were treated to a visit from Rev Sanga, a pastor of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church and a well-known singer. He entertained the children with stories and songs, and shared about his new role in establishing a Seventh Day English School in the southern town of Sangau.
Our first visitor of 2018 was none other than Dr PC Biaksiama who came today to give a seminar about career guidance.
He was able to bring an engaging and beneficial message drawing from his illustrious career in the Police and Civil Service, as well as his rich academic experiences and biblical insights following the ten years he spent single-handedly translating the King James Bible into Mizo. He encouraged the students to identify their talents and seek to use their talents whole-heartedly for the benefit of the Mizo society, people and economy.
The students of Divine Intervention School excelled themselves last year by bringing generous donations of money and clothes to be given to charity at Christmas.
The money was given to Operation Kingdom Ministry rehabilitation home whose leaders visited the school last December.
The clothes were distributed by the MHIP to all the neediest villagers of Bungtlang Vengsang in the first week of January 2018.
We trust that many families and children will have been blessed by the kindness of our students and are thankful that God has enabled us to maintain this period of giving as an annual tradition.
We are currently in our final week before the Christmas vacation, and all the children are working hard for their third unit exams. Class X hostellers will stay back for an extra week. However, that doesn’t mean the excitement has to stop, and we have been blessed with two groups of special guests just in the past week.
First, last Monday two veterinary doctors visited to give a fascinating presentation about a variety of issues relating to animal welfare, conservation and ecology. Dr Lallianpuii Kawlni and Dr C Lalchhandama raised awareness about issues that are sure to make the children think about their role both as they look after their pets and care for Mizoram’s precious but delicate natural environment.
Second, last Friday a team of enthusiastic young people predominantly from Nagaland visited to lead a praise and worship afternoon. This included plenty of lively singing and two short but meaningful messages. We do hope they will come again some time.
This Saturday and Sunday, the hostellers were visited by evangelist Pi Mahmingteii and several of her friends. They led a total of four worship sessions which involved a wide range of different kinds of preaching, singing and prayer. The children were inspired to sing by themselves long into the night!
“Ignorance of the law excuses not.” In the spirit of such a principle, we were most fortunate to have a visit from members of Govt. Mizoram Law College today. They presented an awareness programme about cybercrime and child sexual offences (POCSO Act) sponsored by Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA). It was highly relevant to the lives of the Class III to Class X students.
Participants included the principal Dr Rualkhuma Colney, Hmingthanpuii Ralte, Rebecca Lalrindiki and Zoparliani Khiangte. They also distributed refreshments; a welcome gesture on such a hot day!
George Ebenezer is an internationally-renowned youth and children’s minister. We were honoured as a school to have him take time out of his busy schedule in Northeast India to visit us for the afternoon, in collaboration with members of Breakthrough Ministries who have visited us several times as part of the LiveJam Tour. They were also accompanied by Pastor Emmanuel from Laymen’s Evangelical Fellowship, a friend of our school. Through highly engaging talks, songs, dance and puppetry, George and the team brought a powerful message of preciousness and self-worth to the children.
George Ebenezer is the founder of Beyond Barriers, an organisation for ’empowering kids and teens’ through workshops for young people as well as meaningful training workshops for youth and children’s workers. A two-day workshop was held just this week at Folkland Park, Aizawl. Much of his ministry is born out of his incredible childhood experiences in which he faced the worst possible forms of abuse and poverty before encountering the saving power of Jesus. He and his wife have adopted nine children, many of whom have come from abusive backgrounds themselves.
Pastor Emmanuel and his energetic team drawn from various parts of Northeast India have long been favourites among the students at Divine Intervention School. From leading devotions and fellowships, to holding retreats in the city attended by our hostellers, their ministry has had a great impact in the school. Under the umbrella of the Laymen’s Evangelical Fellowship International, they work among young people and students throughout Aizawl.
After leading devotion last week, Pastor Emmanuel returned alone today to share on behalf of another ministry close to his heart. Ever since his grandfather was involved in its founding, he and his family have been actively supportive of the Bethany Colony Leprosy Association in Andhra Pradesh. For several decades, this colony has provided a safe haven for leprosy patients and their children and grandchildren who would otherwise be ostracised by society, especially since India was erroneously declared leprosy-free in 2005. Pastor Emmanuel shared about a recent visit made to the colony by leaders of the Leprosy Mission branch of Mizoram.
Despite the positive social environment offered by the colony, most still have to survive by begging, and the school and hospital facilities struggle to function without trained staff and adequate supplies. In order to meet the needs of the people, the colony established a tailoring centre called Bethany Weaves. Patients and their relatives work hard to craft good quality bags and textiles which are sold to raise funds to support the patients. More details about Bethany Weaves and how to purchase the bags can be found here and here.
Mizoram is a State that struggles with a high rate of HIV/AIDS incidences. As such, it is the responsibility of every school to ensure its young people are well-informed.
We were fortunate to have an excellent team of visitors today representing CARE – World Vision India and Living Hope Ministry, including Lalchuanzuali (CZ) Ralte who shared her testimony and personal experiences. Through participatory activities, they explained to Class V – X the important aspects of HIV and AIDS. They also promoted awareness about basic reproductive health pertinent to teenagers going through puberty.
It was an excellent programme and the kids also appreciated the distribution of Waiwai and juice!
An old friend of the school, Chhantea, visited recently, leading morning devotions last Wednesday and morning worship with the hostellers last Sunday. He stayed with us several years ago in order to learn English and has since been serving with YWAM as a missionary in many places. His enthusiasm for the Lord was very apparent and the children were blessed by his visits. We wish him the very best in his imminent plans to get married and move to Malaysia.