“…showing your gratitude to God by being openly obedient to the plain meaning of the Message of Christ. You show your gratitude through your generous offerings to your needy brothers and sisters, and really toward everyone. Meanwhile, moved by the extravagance of God in your lives, they’ll respond by praying for you in passionate intercession for whatever you need. Thank God for this gift, his gift. No language can praise it enough!”
(2 Corinthians 9:13-15, The Message)
Thanks to the generosity of many, we have fully funded transportation for 5 more deaf children to come to school everyday! We are so grateful for your willingness to make a difference in the lives of these children through education. Please pray for them as they are learning language and getting to be part of the deaf culture for the very first time!
Here is a photo we recently took for their teacher’s birthday. (There are about 7 kids missing, attendance isn’t of high priority here, sadly. But here’s a good look at the class with the 5 new students!)
Amanda, one of our Honduran workers, had a birthday March 6th and Jessie’s birthday was March 13th.
Moises, our newest student at the school, enjoying some of Amanda's cake!
It's customary to get an egg cracked on your head on your birthday. Sometimes it's a real egg and other times it's confetti filled!
Hondurans don't like really sweet things so Joy made Amanda banana pudding for her birthday to celebrate with the staff.
Fanny, Amanda, and Kathryn worked so hard on this fun balloon mural!
Celebrating with the kids at school! I miss seeing these kids everyday!
Honduran chinese food for dinner. 🙂
Amaretto/strawberry cake by Daniel...the looks have much to be desired, but it tasted yummy! (Granny, Daniel said he has a whole new respect for what you do after trying to frost a cake for the first time)
And I got lots of special cards and e-mails from so many of you! Thanks to each one of you that made it so special even from afar!
We finally completed a very big project: making a DVD of the LESHO (Honduran Sign Language) dictionary. Sample here:
We are excited to be able to give these out to the community and families of the deaf so more people can communicate with them!
Here is one story that has already come from it:
We gave the first DVD to our youngest student, Alison, (seen in the photo) because it was her family that inspired us to create it. Today in school I got to spend a lot of time with her. Typically she only signs eat and very rarely help, but today she was copying nearly everything I signed and eagerly repeated a lot of what was explicitly taught. When her dad came to pick her up I mentioned how eager she was to communicate and he said it was because when they put the DVD in last night she was fascinated! She motioned for her mom and dad to come sit with her and tried to have them copy every sign they saw on their computer! If they didn’t sign it just right she would move their hands in the correct motion for them. How cute!
Who? All teachers of the Deaf (or special ed. teachers)!
Where? Northern Honduras, Central America
What? Teach deaf children and train teachers to teach the Deaf
When? Whenever you can come, ASAP! Minimum 2-month commitment.
Why? Signs of Love is an organization serving the rural Deaf along the northern coast of Honduras. We have made a commitment to work in the deaf classroom in the local special needs school for three years. We hope to provide more opportunities for these Deaf and to train future leaders to work with the other 70 Deaf people we serve in rural villages who do not have access to education. We currently have one North American teacher in a classroom with 25 Deaf students ages 3-21, with two Honduran women assisting. We are looking for someone to commit to working in the classroom for the Deaf and training teachers in both the villages and the city for a period of 2 months or more. This is a nonpaying, volunteer position. Please consider making a difference in the lives of theses precious Deaf children!
For more information e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out an interest form here.
As part of our career awareness with the students in the school, each student in the older class joined Signs of Love for a village program this month. It was so fun to see the future teachers and leaders emerge as they jumpped right in helping to play games, teach sign language, and build relationships!
The students’ eyes were opened to the opportunity that they have to go to school and have a community of deaf that they see everyday, something that the deaf in the villages do not have!
Felix teaching in Tesorito.
Leo and Eduin teaching in Zamora.
Please pray for the future Deaf leaders!