Mahendra has been the headmaster of Morning Star English Medium School since 2009. He took over a Hindi Medium School inheriting the students already enrolled. As of the end of last year, those children have aged out of his school. Now the 105 students in grades nursery, lower KG, upper KG, 1, 2 and 3 are all studying all the time in English!
The physical plant has changed somewhat since my last visit in September. The children now have a playground complete with swings and seesaw. The primary building has a wide sidewalk and flower beds. And the upper school building has two new classrooms with plans for a second and third layer to house up to class ten!
Monday morning we visited the school...enjoying time in the yard for the welcome and children's songs, in the classrooms watching the teachers with the children and in the office with Mahendra.
The nursery students break for lunch at 10:15 and leave for the day at 12:15 while the rest of the children have their lunch. Kindergarten through class three stay until 2:15.
Jyoti fixed Chinese food for our lunch at the house. It was a delightful change from rice for three North Americans!
This afternoon we went in three directions. I stayed at the house with Jyoti and the girls. We had a precious afternoon with the story of Esther complete with tiaras!
Ray taught the English students with an Indian version of the Good Samaritan. Mark and Mahendra had time to discuss details, plans and dreams!
This evening we had a cottage meeting in the home of members...the home where Mahendra and Jyoti boarded in 2009 when they moved to Hatiduba Busty. Ray brought a fine lesson on seeing God.
Then they honored us with a meal on their back porch! What a blessing! How delightful the day!