First off, for years Nathanael has been a part of a group working with Deaf blind individuals to enable them to get support staff, and live independently. For me for years I missed the value of it. It took time away from our family, it was a lot of work for him.
Over the summer we were able to meet with a man and his mom who Nathanael's been working with for years. This man is amazing. He's lost his sight, hearing and now is slowly loosing his ability to touch. Take all of that into account and you wouldn't believe it when you meet him. He's engaging, and funny. He has a great outlook on life. It is humbling.
As a family we attended their annual picnic. I worked on my deaf blind signing.. (I have a LONG way to go!) Nathanael and another couple took people out on boat rides. I was reminded of why we do what we do, how important it is to reach out, and how language learning is a ministry.
The end of this story is also quite amazing. As a family we serve at Chosen 300, a ministry that serves meals in Pottstown. Out of the blue, a deaf man and a Deaf blind woman "happened" to show up for the first time. Then just "happened" to show up when Nathanael was there, an interpreter who has experience in working with Deaf blind people. It was a neat interaction, and wonderful that they unexpectedly had an experienced interpreter there. God is so good, to us and to them. May you be encouraged in your week of pressing on to your calling!
Eph 3:20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.