The Smoke Was So Dense

Girls’ voices bounced off the Honors’ Academy (this is a special program for girls with higher aptitudes to help them excel academically) walls as they chatted about upcoming vacation time with relatives. If resident girls have relatives, the government has now mandated that they go with them for visits during vacation times. But Ahisma remained silent. “My mother and grandfather are far away and I have no way to contact them,” she finally said. “I will stay here at the Mission with the many girls like me.”

Rather than being sad-faced and pouty, Ahisma held her head up. She would trust and help the others ‘left behind’ to have fun, too. After all, He had blessed them so much in their new home at the Mission.

Events were planned on campus for the 75 resident girls who would remain. 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. Next, oohs and aahs took over as rocket after rocket were fired off high into the air to display a wide array of exploding colors, shapes, and sounds. 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 Ahisma’s turn to share came, she told the girls, with animation, about the amazing fireworks.  “Oh…and then there was the fun picnic we had in Pune,” she went on.

*Names changed for privacy and security. Images representative.

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