With the comfortable routine of school in full effect along with new visitors and some celebrations it’s been great here on the mission lately. School tests wrapped up last week for all classes with many high marks to be proud of…and a few low marks to work on. All in all, a great job.

Growing up in a mostly-English speaking environment, English is one of the easiest subjects for our kids, but some still need a little extra help.

Uncle John has been spending some time each day with Ram Pal, one of our nursery kids. Ram Pal struggles to pronounce the English words he knows in everyday conversation, so learning the proper sounds the letters make has been a slow and steady challenge. He’s getting it though, proud to have mastered the first three vowels in the line up.

Ram Pal blazing through the flip chart.

Ram Pal blazing through the flip chart.

Speaking of reading, we received another huge shipment of books this week from Mathias, our fifteen-year-old champion from Singapore. Mathias has even created an official non-profit called Booklinks to funnel books our way. We’ll be saying more about Mathias and his big heart in the weeks to come but for now, the kids are excited to see the pile of new books added to our shelves.

Boxes from Singapore full of stacks of great new books! Thanks, Mathias!

Boxes from Singapore full of stacks of great new books! Thanks, Mathias!

 Jessica gets caught reading behind the small girls' hostel.

Jessica gets caught reading behind the small girls’ hostel.

 Ikindar pretending to read and doing a really nice job of it.

Ikindar pretending to read and doing a really nice job of it.

We were also blessed this week by a quick visit from Allan and Wendy Goodman. These two Australian natives stumbled across the Mission six years ago on the web and have been following along ever since. They have also started sponsoring Vishal, one of our Small Boys, and it’s always a treat when one of our sponsor visits for the first time.

Wendy and Alan posing with Vishal after school.

Wendy and Alan posing with Vishal after school.

Another sponsor also reached out this week, treating Sheetal to a lavish birthday party in the nursery. Cake, drinks, gifts and lots of nine-year-old fun. The dress was a surprise gift that left Sheetal feeling like a princess all day long.

Sheetal sharing her special moment with her friends.

Sheetal sharing her special moment with her friends.

Priscilla also had a less dressy, more low key birthday party on Saturday. It’s always a struggle to keep her rambunctious boys away from any lit candle or edible cake, and this year was no exception. Happy 33rd, Priscilla. Thanks for all that you do every day on the Mission.

The Shipway family, trying hard to resist the lure of the candles.

The Shipway family, trying hard to resist the lure of the candles.

 Aaron was the most enthusiastic this year.

Aaron was the most enthusiastic this year.