After a year and a half of not being able to go go Kidz Konnect, it was so refreshing to return.
Saturday, December 24, 2022
Tuesday, December 6, 2022
In an effort to "catch up" on the past few months, I am working on updates.
Aug-September were very busy months for us. On top of moving (which involved going through stuff in storage and downsizing significantly), a lot of events centered around Misael. I know I've done posts with him in the past He has been a part of Jesus Deaf Church since Nancy started it. He has been a part of family activities and discipleship since 2015. It has been a raising-up process.
Misael grew up Catholic and was hesitant to get baptized. His father passed away last year. When baptism was discussed with his mother, she was very open to the idea. His mother said if Misael's father was alive, he would have been opposed to the baptism. While we mourn the great loss, we are thankful for the openness of his mother. Misael decided to get baptized in Spanish Lookout at "Mennonite Beach". You can view the Facebook live here:
On September 16, Nathanael and Misael trekked to Jamaica. Due to it being the first time flying, and the fact that Misael is Deaf and traveling to a country where they don't use his language, Nathanael went along as an interpreter. They flew from Belize to Panama, then to Jamaica.
They were able to do some sightseeing, and of course meet with Deaf in Panama. They attended a Deaf church service in Panama.
Arriving in Jamaica, Nathanael got to spend 4 days at the YWAM base with Misael prior to returning to Belize.
Misael is on a journey of learning and growing.
We are excited for him!!!
Thursday, December 1, 2022
Two weeks after landing on Belizean soil, Nathanael and I trekked to the airport in Ladyville. On the way we picked up a rented green van.
The youth group along with 5 adults arrived without a hitch, although the people in immigration gave them a run for their money.
One thing I really admired was the ability of both the youth and leaders in their fluidity. We discovered with regret that the rented van didn't have AC. The team didn't grumble. We are in the midst of rainy season. One of the days the team spent the entire day traipsing through mud, rain pouring in their faces while accomplishing manual labor.
Our work days looked like: Half of the team worked diligently at manual labor. The other half went with Nathanael for a visit to someone in the Deaf community. It was my job to set up for a Deaf woman to come, and get supplies for lunch. Nathanael's team returned and worked on preparation for the noon meal. ( and in the process learned a bit about Belizean cooking and some sign language).
In the afternoon I took a medical team for a check-up. A team would go with Nathanael on another visit, and the laborer's returned to the church building.
I am glad that the youth got to spend time in people's homes. They saw the reality of life as a Deaf Belizean. The youth played games and interacted, which also was a good lesson in language learning.
Thank you Souderton Mennonite for visiting, the blessing you were to the Orange Walk Deaf community, and the building of the church!!