Epilogue

What NRG aims at in its education through the auditory-oral approach is to help each hearing-impaired child to grow into a responsible person of strong character. As described previously, the school was founded on tears, joy, prayers, and devotion. Bearing such a beginning in mind, the principal and all the members of the staff dedicate themselves to encouraging hearing-impaired children to develop their skills and abilities in listening, speaking and communicating.

The Bible speaks about an act of healing by Jesus Christ as follows: 'They brought to him a man who was deaf and had an impediment in his speech, with the request that he would lay his hands on him. He took the man aside, away from the crowd, put his fingers into his ears, spat, and touched his tongue. Then, looking up to heaven, he sighed, and said to him, "Ephphatha", which means "Be opened." With that his ears were opened, and at the same time the impediment was removed and he spoke plainly.' (The Gospel according to Mark, 7: 32-35)

In the time of Jesus Christ, there apparently was a superstition that disabled people had been deserted by God and also were to be excluded from human society. Jesus acted to include them under the blessings of God and live in society. We of the present time can understand the above-mentioned act of Jesus to mean that Jesus encourages all people (disabled people) to develop their natural gifts and grow to be productive members of society.

Mr. Isao Oshima, a former principal, referred to the above event as "the Lord's act of Ephphatha". A small school on Nozuta Hill continues moving forward with the will to follow "the act of Ephphatha by Jesus Christ".

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