December 2012 brought a telephone call from Philip Marandih, Bishop of Patna. "We are having a big celebration at Taljhari (the Bishop's home village).
I think you should be here." And so it was that on Feb 1st Elizabeth and John Hurfurt and Jane Methuen set out for Kolkata. We spent a few days there,
courtesy of Bishop Ashhoke Biswas, and then caught the overnight train from Howrah to Sahibganj and then by road to Taljhari.
There were to be three days of celebrations coinciding with a Diocesan Youth Conference and a final service on the Sunday.
Thursday saw a football competition with 16 teams from the surrounding area, Friday an archery competition with 160 local competitors together with Bible Study, music and dancing for the young people.
Saturday was the school anniversary celebrations, with the obligatory plaque unveiled by us, the Bishop and Mr Prem Masih the CNI acting treasurer. A cultural display by the school students and the visiting youth groups followed.
Sunday brought the celebration service with an amazing 1500 or so people present.
The new buildings at the school were nearly complete, with juat a few doors and window shutters to be fitted. Great progress had been made with rice, wheat, onions, spinach and mustard growing across the campus.