In celebration of Republic Day, which was spent as a holiday on 26th January, our house notice-boards have been decorated with some lovely creative posters.
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.
Jenny Lalawmpuii (Miss Jenny) is our enthusiastic KGI teacher, but is also one of the most prominent Cosplay participants in Mizoram, stemming from several years she previously spent living in Japan. Some of our youngest students have even gained an appreciation for Japanese children’s songs and basic Japanese phrases.
Following India’s main Cosplay event, Fantasy Realm 2016 held in Aizawl, Miss Jenny was invited to lead ‘Team India’ to Japan to participate in the World Cosplay Summit 2017 in Nagoya. The team consisted of a youthful pair of India’s best Cosplay artists from Arunachal Pradesh.
In addition to this prestigious event, the team were guided to participate in a range of other events, exhibitions and seminar presentations. We congratulate the team on their successful trip and are proud of Miss Jenny for her achievements.
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.
On the afternoon of Friday, 18 November, Divine Intervention School’s new Energy Club was inaugurated at a gathering of students from Class V to Class X. The club is established in accordance with central and state government recommendations, which encourage every school to run such a club so that school students can be involved in auditing and raising awareness of energy consumption in their local area.
The event included speeches by the Principal and Maggie (a Class IX member of the club), and a powerpoint presentation by Miss Chhanpuii who is leading the club at Divine Intervention School. The club consists of twenty enthusiastic members of Class IX who have each received materials with which to conduct their audit. It is hoped that they will make a difference they can be proud of in the future, and that they will be able to pass the baton on to other students in the following years.
For more information about school energy clubs in India, click here.
All the students enjoyed choosing new books from the Scholastic Book Fair in October.