After one of our language/love programs, one of our beloveds had a good hour and a half with us in the van until we got him back to his home. He began sharing some difficult things that were going on at home. Then he jumped in his story to when he was younger. He shared about being bullied at school (for the few years he was allowed to attend), about being bullied by his neighbors, about being hurt at home and about being bullied even in the church his family attended.
He buried his head in his elbow and began to sob. After a little while he looked up and signed “And then love drove up!” He smiled with tears still streaming down his face. “It was the first time I knew love and it just drove up in this van in 2014.” Not uncommon tomany of our beloveds, his life timeline was “before Signs of Love” and “after Signs of Love” and he could see a difference that was unbearable to think of what it would have been like to be going through his current struggles at home without “love” on his side encouraging him and reminding him of who he was and Whose he was!
Imagine having never experienced love the first 20-something years of your life! To those of you that prayerfully and financially support SofL, you are making a difference in bringing love into the lives of so many that have never experienced it before! Thank you!
This image is more than just a precious baby with the piñata her grandmother gave her for Children’s Day. This photo represents restored relationships, rejuvenated love, and renewed hope for the future brought to this family through the love and forgiveness of Jesus!
…belongs to such as these (Luke 18:15-17). Sweet moment when the youngest girl prayed for the ailing father of another. Such power in even such small hands!
t’s beautiful how God desired for all that are lost to be found and He arranged this precious one to be discovered in a unique way.
While waiting for one of the participants in another village to finish getting ready a young boy stopped at our van to sell some cookies his mom had baked. He quickly realized that everyone in the van was ignoring his request to purchase his deserts, no wait, they weren’t ignoring him, they just didn’t hear him!
He ended up telling us about his cousin that lived in another village where we have programs and gave us his dad’s phone number. We contacted him and last week he met up with us to lead us to the house of his deaf niece! She met another deaf person for the very first time and was given a name sign at her very first program! Love can be heard by ALL!
Prayer is powerful!
Last time we were in this particular village had the privilege of praying for a very specific request over the mother of one of our beloveds.
This month when we pulled up, the other daughter of this precious woman nearly dragged us out of the van to “Come see, Mom!!” The same day you all prayed for her God answered!” They were giddy with excitement over Jesus’ love for them! What a powerful moment to praise Jesus together!
…for her, and all our beloveds, “Lord, no matter how dark it may get, let them contend to SHINE.”
Endless dirt roads. It’s what we do. And it’s so worth it for just ONE of these faces!!!
A little cuteness to begin your week!
After moving away and then coming back this little guy came to his first program in 2 years! He is eager to learn and as you can see has a great personality!! He couldn’t find the bear photo to put in the book and then showed me what the bear did. Roar!