Thank God for Language


New years and birthdays seem to cause a sense of reflection in us all. While in the van on the way home from a village in January, several deaf started talking about how long they had been part of Signs of Love. For some it had been ever since they were 5 years old for others just the past couple years. They each shared stories of the first time the met Robin with her bouncy curls and memorable personality full of love, a time when they didn’t even know their own name, when they didn’t have language. Again for some of them that was just a few short years ago with most of their life, language-less, others had the opportunity to learn sign language from a (relatively) “young” age.

Carrying over a tradition we have in the deaf church in the city, we had begun teaching gratitude in the program where everyone took turns saying one thing they were thankful for. For some it was the sun after many days of rain, for others time with family over the holidays, and for others that we were able to have a program after all the protests.

Back in the van, they started talking about what it would have been like to have never learned language. One of exclaimed, “Thank God for sign language!” And another, “Thank God for Signs of Love.”


Jesus our Prince, Jesus our Peace

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Jesus our Prince.

Jesus our Peace.

If any of you have been following the news about Honduras, there has been a lot of unrest since the elections November 26th in which no official winner has been announced with both sides claiming victory. One side is claiming electoral fraud, and both sides are taking to the streets to have their voices heard.

“Long lay the world in sin and error pining,” is seen in the corruption, the destructive protests, the rebellion, and the death all around me.

“A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices…”

I am humbled to be reminded that Jesus came into my corruption, my protests, my rebellion, and my death to bring me into His truth, joy, contentment, and LIFE!

No matter what “side” people are on politically here, everyone is feeling the “world groaning” as described in Romans 8:22. The Greek word translated “groan” and “pain” mean “to experience a common calamity, travail in pain together.”

Our commonality is our pain. Our commonality is our need for a Savior, our need for a Prince, our need for Peace! That is even more palpable both in this country I have called “home” for 7 years and in my own heart as I become introspective as the things around me seem so unpredictable.

Our commonality is the hope of Jesus to all peoples (2 Corin. 5:15) that were once far off but have been brought near (Eph. 2:13)!

Jesus came as a different kind of leader than we have ever experienced. He is the kind of King that is willing to get lower than a woman caught in adultery. Jesus is the kind of King that washes feet. He is the kind of King that rules with love, joy, peace, and kindness.

Jesus came with a deeper kind of peace than we had ever experienced, not merely marked by a tranquil unity between people or nations. His peace is one characterized by “the spiritual harmony brought about by an individual’s restoration with God” himself!

“Advent” comes from the Latin word meaning “coming.” This Advent, the concept of God’s Kingdom being “already and not yet” has me griped with anticipation for what is coming. Waiting expectantly for the complete Peace of the future Kingdom experienced in all its glory when Jesus returns to rule and reign. While on the other hand wanting to more fully experience the peace and reign of Jesus Christ in my life and heart right now and everyday that He gives me on this “big blue marble,” because Jesus already came as a baby to be God WITH us!!

May we grow in sanctification and humility as we look to Mary in her song, to be His “servants” in this country He has called us to because “he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name. And his mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation.”

“Hail the Heaven-born Prince of Peace
Hail the Son of Righteousness
Light and life to all He brings
Risen with healing in His wings

Hark! the herald angels sing
Glory to the new-born King
Peace on earth and mercy mild
God and sinners reconciled

Joyful, all ye nations, rise
Join the triumph of the skies
With angelic host proclaim
Christ is born in Bethlehem
Hark! the herald angels sing
Glory to the new-born King

Day of Prayer


Mother Teresa said, “God shapes the world by prayer. The more praying there is in the world the better the world will be, the mightier the forces against evil.”

A couple weeks ago the deaf church gathered for a special day of prayer. They prayed for themselves, their communities, their country and the deaf around the world! We know no prayer went unseen by God and that through the hands and the faith of those this culture calls weak, is the power to change, the power to defeat evil!

Far away, brought near again!


Over a year ago, her mom told us, “She moved FAR away” to a village she couldn’t even name! She was greatly missed.

Then we got a tip a few weeks ago. On the way to a different village program we took a quick detour and stoped at the first corner store off the main road. As God would have arranged it, the family running the store employed the man that was the deaf woman’s’ boyfriend and he was deaf too! The woman walked us around the corner to a small home.

The deaf woman looked up at me in the gate of her yard and after processing if I was really there, came running across the yard to me, joy filling her face. Throwing her arms around me she wouldn’t let go for several minutes! The rest piled out of the van and she excitedly greeted each person! After catching up for a minute she got her and her son who had grown so much dressed and she attend her first program in a new village in months! She fit right in with the new group adding another female to the group of all males except one woman.
Imagine having community, acceptance, and communication and then all of a sudden it’s gone! Restoration is a beautiful thing!

His Love Crashing Wave After Wave

This sweet sister has been walking with Jesus for awhile now and at a recent retreat she decided to step in obedience in being baptized. “Tomorrow, at church!” she said confidently. About half way through church sheets of rain began to fall and when it was over there was enough water in the streets to baptize her there! Because of the flooding, getting to the river was no longer an option and several hotels wouldn’t let us use their pools, so the roaring ocean it was! She was baptized between waves and it somehow felt very fitting to her story and the way that Jesus is constantly engulfing her with His strong love day after day!

(The lyrics from Amanda Cook’s “You Make Me Brave” couldn’t be more perfect for this photo montage but Facebook doesn’t allow songs we don’t own so you will have to read them over it instead. Then imagine Jesus singing them over YOU!)

“As Your love, in wave after wave
Crashes over me, crashes over me
For You are for us
You are not against us
Champion of Heaven
You made a way for all to enter in”

Reformation Sunday

Remembering what Martin Luther said on the 500th anniversary of the reformation: “Thus it was not without reason that the fathers and prophets wanted nothing else to be associated as closely with the Word of God as music. Therefore, we have so many hymns and Psalms where message and music join to move the listener’s soul, while in other living beings and [sounding] bodies music remains a language without words. After all, the gift of language combined with the gift of song was only given to man to let him know that he should praise God with both word and music, namely, by proclaiming [the Word of God] through music and by providing sweet melodies with words.”

Remembering a time of “proclaiming the Word of God through music and sweet melodies with words” during deaf church last week! And to think that 15 years ago, before Signs of Love, these deaf didn’t have “words”!

Discipleship Camp

Thank you to those of you that prayed for our discipleship training this past week! Some highlights were 3 deaf receiving their very own Bibles, lots of adventures and laughing in the rain, learning to use the sword of the Spirit through the memorization of the Word, a baptism in the ocean in the rain, new friendships formed, first time at deaf church, and a special “knighting/commissioning service.” Please continue to pray that all they learned with resinate in their hearts and souls and they would be compelled by the love of Jesus to disciple those in their homes and communities!