Five years ago this young man attended the local special needs school in the city for 6 months before he moved and we lost track of him. We ran into him again a few months ago at a store with his neighbor and got reconnected and he’s been attending our village programs for the past couple months!
Someone once said,
“Watch your thoughts, for they become words.
Watch your words, for they become you actions.
Watch your actions, for they become habits.
Watch your habits, for they become character.
Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.”
What we think about ourselves, how we identify ourselves, ultimately determines our destiny. For most deaf in rural areas around the world they don’t even know their own name much less the names that Jesus calls them.
Sweet one, as you learn to spell your name for the first time we pray that one day you would also learn that Jesus calls you “chosen”, “blameless”, “renewed”, “a royal daughter of the King”!
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Who needs fancy instruments to worship when you have a trash can, a grateful heart and joyful hands!
“All the nations you have made will come and worship before you, Lord; they will bring glory to your name. For you are great and do marvelous deeds; you alone are God.”(Psalm 86:9-10)
Living at a village that nearly reaches the heavens at 10,600 feet altitude this sweet deaf girl has never seen the name of Jesus, until the Signs of Love Peru team found her about half an hour outside the city where they live.
To her, using her hands to communicate meaning is a brand new concept. Touching the middle finger of one hand to the palm of the other, and then repeating on the other side represents the cartoon man on the front of a children’s Bible. But one day she will know that it was Jesus, through SofL, that sought her out and found her in her remote village in rural Peru. It was Jesus that set out a blanket on top of a mountain just for her to come and make balloon animals and be fully accepted for who she is. It was Jesus that brought freedom and unconditional love like she had never experienced until the three women from Signs of Love came. The name of Jesus has so much power to change lives and now this sweet one can know that power!
Seven-year-old Dayline passed around her notebook in the van on the way to the village program and signed, “Draw God.” We had a diverse group of people in the van that day:North Americans, Hondurans, hearing, deaf, some who preach in the deaf church and others that were still learning to spell their name. It was neat to see how each person was experiencing the same God in different ways at that particular moment in their life. Some through God’s power, others through His healing. Jesus’ saving work on the Cross, His protection, in nature, through Signs of Love. Wow! It is beautiful how God knows us each so intimately that He connects with us differently, knowing just what we need when we need it! All we need is Jesus!
These 2 have been part of Bible teachings and sign language classes for less than 20 meetings. They are not Bible experts, they have no theological degrees and they couldn’t even tell you their parent’s names.
But his past month, *Carlos went to *Mateo’s house to teach him the 3 Bible stories he knows!
So often we don’t feel equip to share our faith with other and yet “God doesn’t call the equipped. He equips the called.” God has uniquely gifted you for all that He is calling you to do today in your home, workplace and community!
This year has been a year of growth in so many ways! We are growing in discipling, prayer, among other things and we are also growing in number! God has brought us so many new deaf that have previously been tucked away in remote places of Honduras, like Ronnie! This was our trek back down to the van after meeting him and his grandmother who had been his caregiver ever since him mom abandoned him after finding out he was deaf.