Sunday, June 05, 2011
ACA Awards Ceremony!
On May 28th we had the awards ceremony for Ajeltake Christian Academy for the 2010-2011 school year. Like every year it was a packed house. Many awards were given for academic achievement and there were several special performances. This year we saw four more students graduate the 8th grade and are now on the way to high school. It is sad to see them go, but we are confident that they will do well. Shawn had three special graduates this year Darren, Reab, and Dolores. For a time, all three of these young people worked with Shawn to get their GEDs. Since we do not have a high school program currently at our school, this was a special tutoring program that Shawn was doing.
This year these three moved into different schools on the islands. Darren finished his GED and graduated. Reab and Dolores attended SDA this year and both graduated. All three students have passed the college entrance exam and will be attending college this fall. Praise the Lord! All three of these were students who were way behind when they came to us, but now they are going on to college. Even though they did not graduate from us, we thank God that we provided the help they needed to be able to finish their education.
Last but not least, I want to talk about our high school graduate. I know we do not have high school, but this young man is very special. He came to our school in the 2007-2008 school years. His family let us know that he was way behind. In fact, when he graduated 8th grade, he was not able to pass the test for entering any high school in the Marshall Islands. School was over for him. He spent several years out of school before his grandfather came to us. The school system had given up on him. Shawn took him in and said we will take care of it. After testing Abraham, we discovered that he could not read at all and his math level was about 2nd grade level. He took an interest in school and worked hard to learn. Last year, when he found out his family could not pay tuition he worked on the compound all summer so he could stay in school.
He then attended a vocational program for carpentry and passed it with no problem. He then returned to school to finish up here. Abraham never gave up and completed all of his requirements. Abraham is a special education student with multiple learning disabilities. We are happy to say he is graduated and will start college in the fall. He was told he could never do it, and would never make it to college. In the true spirit of the overcomer, he overcame his weaknesses and walked away in victory. It is a privilege to work with these children and young people. Thank you for all of your prayers and support. Thanks as always to Mom and Dad Clark who got us the awards on time, just like every year… You all are our partners in the work here in the Marshall Islands.
Running with the Vision,
Steve, Shawn, Travis, Richard, Stephen and Terina