I remember “buddy time” in kindergarten was always something to look forward to. An older, “cool” 5th grader would come and read to us. They would teach that the “ways of the world” and it was forever an older friend to watch out for you on the playground.
“Buddy time” in 5th grade was always something to look froward to. Someone to give you undivided attention while you taught them everything you knew (which was a lot!) and read them books that only 5th graders could read.
So we’ve started “buddy time.” My older students teach the younger ones the national anthem and lead them through calendar time. The younger ones get a language model from the older students and someone to look up to that is like them. The older students feel empowered and its been beautiful to see the racial boundaries (yes we’ve got those here too), and “tough guy” face crumble as they are challenged to modify the activity for their particular buddy. I think I might have a few teachers in the making!
Luis with Alison
Rubis with Zeida
Cristian with Felix
Cristopher with Leo
“Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.”
When you are surrounded by so much “need” it’s easy to feel like you aren’t really making a difference…that you are only “one drop” to a thirsty world. As our “team” grows and we are growing with one another we are blessed to see the ocean of impact we can be together.
Joy, our newest staff member (see blog here), is a social worker from Texas. She is creating a self empowerment curriculum and working on the development of community programs to promote sign language and awareness of the Deaf. She comes to the school 2 times a week and works in small groups. She is also training Nancy, one of the Deaf leaders, to run the programs and it is beautiful to see her take leading these younger deaf!
Joy working with a small group
Nancy leading one of the small groups
Below is a neat video of one of my students (Genesis) and Amanda. Amanda has been teaching the “12 Truths” (as they have come to call them). It is the 12 basic truths of Christianity from God creating heaven and earth to Jesus will return to judge all people. Genesis learned these in just 2 weeks! It’s yet another beautiful picture of the Deaf leaders teaching the younger Deaf in the community.
Daniel has also started helping in class once a week with the goal of developing relationship particularly with the boys and learning more sign language. Many of the boys don’t have any kind of Godly example in their homes.
Daniel practicing subtraction with a small group
Lastly, a praise for the 5 students from the school that have started attending the deaf church. They are truly the future of the deaf church here in La Ceiba! Please pray that their hearts would be overwhelmed with God’s love for them and that they would grow in knowledge and obedience to Him!
Here are some photos from our “Girls Day”! We went to lunch at Pizza Hut and had a baking party!
Please continue to pray for each of them (I’ve tried to include their names for you)! Each week I get to spend with these special kids in the school I feel so blessed. I know God’s got some big plans for these children!
Genesis, Irma, Vivian, Cinthia
Zeida, Cinthia, Genesis, Vivian, Irma, Mayline, Julieth