Tuesday, March 10, 2020

fostering relationship

Prior to leaving in June,we visited Fountain of Life church in Spanish lookout.  We were able to bring people from our community as well as the Deaf in the area came. The purpose in the visit was to explore possibility of connecting for frequently.

having coffee before church



Since then, Fountain of Life supports Jesus Deaf church to come once a month.  We bring people in the van, Nathanael interprets, and they provide a lunch for us.  The monthly visits began in January. It is a "typical" non-denominational service" with worship, Sunday school and preaching.
the Deaf section




The exciting component is seeing both communities collectively enjoy fellowship and foster relationship.  Just as thrilling is that there are people at Fountain of Life who feel called to Deaf ministry.  We revel in the partnership.




Nathanael interpreting during worship







Please pray with us as we continue. Pray that the people of Jesus Deaf church and Spanish Lookout Deaf community would experience Christ. We long for it to go beyond a set of rules, for them to truly know and have a relationship with the Father.


a game of volleyball after church


Additionally, (and somewhat unexpectedly) our kids are flourishing in the relationships they are forming.

The kids also hung out and drew with chalk on the court

Friday, February 7, 2020

Restoration (and pictures of the past month)

I thought  a good way to sum up our past month and a half was to share some pictures.


Our cookie party this year was a bit small (by choice) but everyone had fun

On a personal level I started reading the book "Soul of Shame" it has been eye opening and hopefully life changing for me.  I am recognizing how much I do out of shame and the desire to protect myself from pain.


Everyone who was at the NYE party


One day while running with Zion. (she is my Friday workout buddy), God gave me my word for the year: restoration.  He also spoke to me about my heart towards it.

We have started to go to Fountain of life church in Spanish lookout, once a month. We bring people from our church, and Deaf from the area come while Nathanael interprets


  I have specific, good goals for what I want him to restore.  I don't think these goals in themselves are sin or wrong. The issue is when I have an idea of what  it will look like in my life. I have been seeking safety in God answering my prayers the way I want him to answer them.

Amado and Nadia at church one Sunday


This is so entrenched in me that disentangling it is a huge process.  I am trying to enjoy the messy middle of it all. I want to be thankful that Jesus doesn't let me stay in the same place.
Elizanie and Elmer came over one day during Christmas break. Nathanael interpreted so Elizanie could enjoy the movie


In talking with a good friend recently, she reminded me that my writing often brings out a different side of me. In the past year or so, the writing has mostly been geared towards " this is what is happening with Jesus Deaf Church"
Nathanael taught Misael about spark plugs

I am taking this snippet of time to just share what God is doing in my life, and to admit that currently it ain't pretty.  Coming face to face with sin of any kind isn't a walk in the park.
Elizanie practiced doing a Bible Study that she made up


The day Zion and I were dripping in sweat, plodding our steps through the grass; God started with reminding me of his faithfulness. This year he has not only answered a lot of my prayers, he has gone above and beyond. For one, I didn't think that Revelation Wellness would be more than a way for me to bring health to the community around us.  In addition to that, it was also a way that opened up more freedom for me personally. In that journey to freedom and health, I pray it is spread to others.

Misael and Elizanie doing announcements 



Today it is my prayer for restoration. When He does it, he isn't restoring to the former. It is something new. I am asking him to come, and for him to work in his ways. I am trusting he will do it in the coming year!

Nathanael interpreted for a well child visit

these are just a small glimpse into what we have been "up to"