Excited voices bounced off the walls of the Honors’ Academy as girls chatted about upcoming vacation time with relatives. Only girls with high marks in school have the privilege of attending the Honors’ Academy, where they receive tutoring in their subjects and are given extra homework time and encouragement. Priti has great potential. Priti’s grades are very good; she is a serious student.
Changes in government mandates relating to vacation times created the girls’ excitement. Now, if resident girls have relatives who are able to come for them, they may go with them for visits during vacation times. However, Priti* remained silent. “My mother and grandfather are far away and I have no way to contact them,” she finally said. “I will stay here as many others will as well.”
Rather than being sad-faced and pouty, Priti held her head up. She would trust the Lord to give her joy and would help the others ‘left behind’ to have fun, too. After all, He had blessed them so much in their Mission Home.
Wonderfully, exciting events had been planned for this vacation time. Among those activities were sparklers and fireworks! The air was filled with shouting and laughter as the children raced about, spinning their sparklers in the air. As rocket after rocket was fired high into the air, oohs and aahs could be heard as this wide array of exploding colors, shapes, and sounds burst above. When the fireworks ended, the smoke was so dense people could hardly see one face in front of another!
When Honors’ Academy resumed after vacation, the girls shared about their times with relatives. When Priti’s turn to share came, she told the girls, with animation, about the amazing fireworks at the Mission. “Oh…and then there was the fun picnic we had in the city,” she went on.
It takes maturity to maintain such an attitude when you feel you have been ‘left out’ and left behind. As if the Lord wished to reward her for her attitude of faith, Priti’s grandfather was able to come and get her for the next school vacation!