We left for the program extra early because there have been a lot of protests over the past month. Thankfully we passed all the bridges where the protests have been taking place before the protesters even woke up! Arriving early to the program, I began reminiscing about the deaf couple that had also arrived early. The husband has been part of SofL’s programs since he was very small when Robin found him playing in the river behind his home. He has faithful attended over the years, always with a heart to follow Jesus, even when it wasn’t the popular thing to do. The wife we had found 6 years ago and had been on a roller coaster ride with.
Finding her in a really hard situation.
Praying passionately for months for an “out” for her.
Her finding her “out” but us not knowing where she was.
Then fining here again months later.
Her learning language with SofL.
Deciding to surrender to the Lordship of Jesus at a leadership camp and being baptized that same day.
And then meeting the young deaf man, dating, marrying and celebrating the 1st birthday of their sweet baby girl a couple months ago!
It has truly been an honor to be part of the highs and lows of their lives!
At that moment a young woman and small girl in a pretty pink dress got out of a tuktuk.
“We’re here because she is deaf. Is this the right places?”, said the mom.
A deaf woman from one of our programs from another village was visit family near her home and when she found out the little girl was deaf told them about us. The mom was sharing about all that they had been through from her birth to learning she was deaf until then and I was talking to her mom about the importance of sign language and pointed to all the deaf happily sharing their thoughts with one another that had surrounded us. It felt like we had been in a bubble together so focused on her daughters story and the struggled they had been through, that we virtually unaware of all the deaf that had arrived. She looked up for the first time taking in all that was around us and she began to cry. I asked what was going on and she said that she hasn’t felt such hope and love in a long time. The hope of what her daughter could be, could have, was being lived out right before her eyes.
As the program continues little bit received a name sign, learned several basic signs and laughed and laughed. Before they left, all the deaf adults (some of which have been part of SofL for 19 years) engulfed them in hugs and happy wishes to see them soon. And both mom and daughter left with hearts full of love, acceptance, and hope for the future!