Wednesday, December 26, 2012

& the boys

Today during our free time I got to go with the boys, David, and Joshua on a hike in our hills. We got to explore some awesome caves that I was scared to go in... but did it and it ended up not being as scary as I thought. I had so much fun, I have been blessed for sure! It had just rained today in the morning so everything was so nice and fresh.
Tomorrow all the teachers and kids will go up to the meadow to play capture the flag. I am praying for no rain! I could get used to this no school thing.
Here are some pictures from the hike today:

















Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Christmas week!

NO SCHOOL! 
NO SCHOOL!

I am stoked and I know the kids are also!
Instead of school we are competing in games and many different events. Four teams play against one another to win and have tons of fun. So far we have had a Foosball tournament and a photo scavenger hunt, then tomorrow we will have a soccer tournament. My team is the white team and we have many pictures from the very silly photo scavenger hunt.












Christmas morning we all gathered together to eat pan dulce and celebrate together our Savior Kings birth. People from the states gave items for the kids that they can really use along with some toys. I'm praying for these kids that they can really understand why we celebrate Christmas and why it should be an every day remembrance. I am praying that they know the baby that was born... not just some random baby but their Savior. Praying that their relationship with Him grows and is firmly planted. Praying that they will rise up and take their place with our One and Everlasting God.











More pictures to come from the rest of this weeks activities!


Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Drama

On December 15th here at Rancho Sordo Mudo we had our Christmas production!
All of the staff worked together to make this thing happen, it was A LOT A LOT A LOT of work and months of preparing. The play was all surrounding the life of Jesus starting from his birth. We had live skits, a live band, live dances, live songs of worship, video skits that played on the big screen and two languages all happening. Many of the students families got to come to watch it all go down, eat together before and after and be with their kids and love on them. It was a great time of fellowship and giving God the glory. That was my prayer for the whole thing... that the kids and staff who believe and love God could share His love with the families that do not yet known His. That is was is important, not the lights or the moves. What is important is our King! I pray that that was shown in all we did and how we talked with our students families.
For pictures look at http://www.facebook.com/groups/13668350081/?fref=ts

Well it is over, but it is just getting started. It is an ongoing truth that we should be living daily. We have a Savior and we are not in bondage. We are free, lets live like we are free with joy in our hearts!
"Chains have been broken eyes have been opened
An army of dry bones is starting rise
Death is defeated
We are victorious for You are alive" Bethel Live- To our God
Chains have been broken eyes have been opened An army of dry bones is starting rise Death is defeated We are victorious for you are alive

Source: http://www.lyricstunnel.com/lyrics/b/Bethel-Live/To-Our-God.html
Chains have been broken eyes have been opened An army of dry bones is starting rise Death is defeated We are victorious for you are alive

Source: http://www.lyricstunnel.com/lyrics/b/Bethel-Live/To-Our-God.html
Chains have been broken eyes have been opened An army of dry bones is starting rise Death is defeated We are victorious for you are alive

Source: http://www.lyricstunnel.com/lyrics/b/Bethel-Live/To-Our-God.html

OK BIG PRAISE!
It seems to always be about money...
well each month here at RSM we have to pay $250 a month for housing, food and a bunch of other things.
I have $277 in my account and praying for money to appear, a miracle to happen. God does just that! Our family friends wanted to give money and aked how much was needed. I told my mom the exact amount that was needed for the rest of the school year, which is $1,500, and Graham family said they will support me and give $1,500! How awesome is that?! The exact amount that was needed they are giving! I do not need to worry, God is on top of it! Always faithful!

Will you Pray?!!!
Pray for seeds to be planted in each child here & that their roots deep,solid, and strong. Pray for the staff here to have patience with the children... and continue pouring into the kids with boldness. Pray for our kids that "They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor." Isiah 61

Saturday, December 8, 2012

peak

Still moving in so the room is not yet fully set up... we don't have everything we need, but IT WORKS! Some pictures in our new room! Thanks Jason for taking these pictures!










The Ranch has been out of water all day yesterday and still today... pray for rain!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Room 8

The Kindergarten room is finally finished and about ready to move in... like by tomorrow!

Groups of people have been working on the room since September to get it finished and us moved in asap! It is now that time, and I am so excited! We will have walls that are not cinder block and have tile floor instead of dirty, smelly, pee-ed on, lice invaded, torn carpet. I have to say this room (room 9 that we occupy right now) has grown on my... it has character, it is full, and it is warm. I have had a good time for these few months in room 9 but it is time and a fresh smell and feel awaits us!

Right now the room is completely empty except for one white board on the wall and two shelves. We are in need of classroom items and furniture, furniture that would allow me to separate the classroom, make more than one group. Why can the class not all be together? Well, I have students from 5-17 years old and when together it is not fun. The 5 year old, two 6 year old boys, and a 9 year old girl need to do more playing than the 12,13, and 17 year old students. The older kids need to be taught differently than the younger kids and I cannot do that as one big class. Having them separated will help me to teach more effectively and help them to learn at different paces with information that relates better.
Only problem is that we do not have the furniture. Help!? If you can let me know! It is much much appreciated. We can make things on our own but some things just need to be bought...which is where we are stuck. So if you could help like I said it would be appreciated! It is all for the kids... I want to do all that I can and be a more effective teacher. I'm praying that someone can help us.

Anything used will work also, but I ask please do not send us things that are falling apart that you know you would not even want to use.
The two shelves we have are white so if you can help, white would be best!
To get an idea of what I am looking for check out the needs page.
THANKS!!!!

Keep sweet,
Moriah

Monday, November 19, 2012

something

Good morning! 
We should be in awe of this day. Lets look at everything around us! There is so much to be thankful for in this moment. The breath coming in&out of your nostrils is a gift, breathe deep.


"   Leave outcomes up to Me. Follow Me wherever I lead, without worrying about how it will all turn out. Think of your life as an adventure, with Me as your Guide and Companion. Live in the now, concentrating on staying in step with Me. When our path leads to a cliff, be willing to climb it with My help. When we come to a resting place, take time to be refreshed in My Presence. Enjoy the rhythm of life lived close to Me.
   You already know the ultimate destination of your journey: your entrance into heaven. So keep your focus on the path just before you, leaving outcomes up to Me." -Jesus Calling
Psalm 27: 13-14; Exodus 15:13


God You go before us in this day, You know us and you love us! You amaze me Jesus.  Pour out Your love God...
You are Love, You are Life, You are Hope Jesus, You are Healing. You are all that we need.
Perfect love. Break down walls & cast out fear today.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

let worship be our song & our lives

ITS NOVEMBER!


What has been happening here at Rancho Sordo Mudo...
well this morning the Joshua Wilderness group left at 6:30am. They came here on Monday and we a great group of young people! I had the opportunity to really get to know them, learn about the students more this year than last year. They got down to business right away and started working... they worked hard everyday and Thursday went to the Baja 1000 in Ensenada (every year this giant race happens through Baja California and it is something to see!) It is really nice to have other people here that I can talk to and its even cooler when we are the same age! The kids LOVED them also! The staff helped the kids talk to the Joshua students and the Joshua students asked us to help them talk to the kids. Our kids wanted to talk to bad they would act things out, gesture, and write words or draw in the sand. Friday night all of us together in the auditorium worshiped our God. Amber interpreted into Mexican Sign Language and two students from the Joshua group vocally lead worship and then we said our goodbyes.

Every evening the group had a meeting, time together, devotionals, a game, or hear Luke speak. One of the nights they met together the De La Rosa's gathered the group... they talked about how God has been working in their lives and told how they came to the ranch. Robin asked me to share a little bit about how God is providing for me, she also asked Olivia, Johnny/Amber, and Jason to share. Some of the students are really interested and I had an opportunity at a different time that night to talk with a few of the students more about life here and what they could be praying for.

Something cool, yesterday evening (Friday) I was surprised at dinner Daniel Griffes walked into the chow hall. For three years in high school at The Bridge church Daniel led us students on trips to Mexico, trips down the street to our neighbors, or in cities close by. Whether we were in our country or in another he taught us how to serve, how to love others before ourselves, how to work as a team and encourage one another following Jesus's example. I was so excited to see him and He was excited because he saw both me and Stephen Burns, who was here with the group from the Joshua program. So today we got a chance to talk all about what he is doing in Tijuana at Radius and I shared more about my class here. So good to see friends again and really get to talk and know what each person is doing and how God is using them.


Well, God is providing the money I need to be here this year. I have no reason to doubt or worry because He is faithful! Last night during the worship I started to pray and give thanks... I put my hands into my coat pockets and felt more than just my chap stick... I pulled out a $20 dollar bill wrapped in a piece of paper that said "Moriah God will  provide" and I put it back in my pocket and started to laugh. He is so good.
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As I am writing this in my classroom God is showing me His faithfulness again, right this minute. Two minutes ago Daniel came back to say goodbye and passed me money... I did not expect that at all and am so blessed by people again and again. Just when I think I am doomed and that people will not reach out and help with money I am proved wrong. All my beliefs and judgments are thrown out the window. Instead I see so much love.

Prayer
I am praying that my life is lived for God, totally surrendered to Him. I want to live in His Presence, know Him, & know his voice.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Answered prayers

Money-

Well if you didn't know $500 dollars was stolen from my bank account by ATM a few weeks ago.  I don't make any money on my own, and am so so so thankful that God in His own way provides what I need. And the money I do have in the bank goes toward my monthly rent here at the ranch... which means I don't have a lot of money laying around for extra cash. So... just getting the $500 dollars back into my account in time for the monthly rent was a blessing.
Here at the ranch we do a sign class every Friday with a man who is a former student and now a Pastor in Ensenada, Carlos. It is such a sweet opportunity for us all here to keep up the the always changing signs and deaf culture. The class costs money since he drives from Ensenada every week to come here and has a family to support. The class costs $20 and was suppose to be turned in ASAP... well I didnt have it. Also we have a bible study for the ladies of the ranch every other Friday and the study costs $18 dollars for our books and DVD. Both of these costs are not too expensive but when you have no money its a bummer. The sign class is mandatory and the bible study is a awesome way to connect with the other ladies, encourage one another, pray, and be filled... I really wanted to join that. So I prayed, prayed for the money and lifted any concerns up to God who controls all things. Well Monday came and that night I got a package from my parents with my new Debit card and along with the card in the box I found cash. Just enough cash to pray for the bible study and the sign class!
 I was stoked and kinda shocked! I shouldn't be shocked anymore when these things happen... It made me realize there are so many more things to rely on God for, ask Him first. Ask Him... Tell Him all that we need, I know He wants us to. Are we ever needy? Oh no...we can do it all on our own right? Well if we look at things that way we wont see God or His awesome blessings, miracles, and prayers all answered around us.

And He has said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness." Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.
2 Corinthians 12:9


Oh I am needy. There are so many things I can not do on my own or well without You God. I need help and I am not afraid to say it. We cannot be silent about the things that matter. Money, as much as I do not like it, happens to matter...I can not be here and continue with out financial support. The ranch can not keep going without financial support. The school cannot continue with out it and kids can not stay here without it. Just like we can't live here with out food and water supply. BUT I know our God created this world, the planets, the stars, and the galaxies... He can handle money. All my trust is in Him, I trust that He will guide us and show us the way to go. I pray that we are listening to Him for our very next move and asking Him for help before we try to do it all on our own.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Beautiful things

Written October  17,2012

Ill put up pictures soon...


Lil update
School has been great of course with its difficulties and also its joys all flowing together. The kids are just kids that want to understand and communicate. I am praying that God allows me to guide them in learning those things and I am praying that their minds will blow with understanding of His love and strength. 
I have so much help in class from Jason and Serafina ,my assistants. Right now I have Jason in the morning for chapel and bathroom time then Serafina comes for 2 hours and Jason comes for the last 2 hours. Every month they have a new job to accomplish in the class. The month of September their jobs were to only observe the class & now October they are much more hands on. The class of eight is separated into two groups of four and it seem to be working very well. Half the class is taught by me and the other half is taught by one of the assistants and every once in a while we switch off with each group. This class really cracks me up, the assistants and I have a lot of laughs everyday and once in a while we have a rough and tough kid that wants to fight... but its not too often.

On Thursday the girls and female staff here at the ranch got to attend a self defense class led by a man from the Arizona group that was here. He explained when and how to use the self defense. Amber interpreted for all the girls so they could really understand what to do and then we got in groups and practiced what was taught! I have to say it felt so good to know all that I can do in the moment of an emergency and someone trying to hurt me. About five minutes after Olivia and I got home from the class we got a call from Serafina at the girls dorm letting us know they found lice on one of the girls and it is possibly on the others. The girl they found the lice on was in my group for the self defense class and we got close for practicing. I kinda freaked out. Olivia and I bagged our clothes that were on us and took HOT showers. Maybe an hour later we walked to the girls dorm to get searched and nothing was found on either of us! YAHOO! But they found that 7 out of the 10 girls had lice and needed to be picked clean. So I stayed and got started picking while Olivia helped Katie clean sweep the dorm: all the clothes, toys, brushes all went. Everything off to get bagged, washed or frozen... pretty intense but needed for sure. Nothing I am used to. The girl that they first found the lice on was FULLLLLLLLL FULL FULL of crawlers and eggs. Completely full in every section of her hair, poor girl it looked awful. Awful!!! Another girl with lice was for sure bad also but luckily she had mostly eggs. The girl I worked on from 7pm-almost 4am was not feelin it at all... she was not a happy camper, but considering her circumstance I see why she was not thrilled. She decided not to eat dinner which made her very grumpy and tense but that did not stop the picking. Around 8:45 or 9pm about 8 girls from the Quail Lakes Baptist Church group came to pick lice. So we had 2 people on each girl filling up the girls dorm bathroom. The room was packed with ladies, all helping with the nasty critters. Just to be sure Olivia and I were protected Katie had us use her home aid RID formula /all natural concoction. So we lathered our hair, we got an O.K from Katie to break free from the dorm and around 4:50am with both our heads soaked in tea tree oil, vinegar, & coconut oil (maybe more but honestly I have no idea what was given to us to use at that point) we were outta their. At home we put on My Big Fat Greek Wedding while our hair was soaking and took showers. By the time we finished the sunrise was about to break through so I watched it. School had been canceled because of what had happened so breakfast was at 8:30am. I went to breakfast early and sat and talked with our AMAZING cook Juanita, who is also a great Spanish teacher. Finally, around 11 I decided to sleep a bit.
In that time of picking we all had plenty of time to think and really get to know each other better, as female staff and with our girls. Different sides came out that I had never seen before, I had an interesting time laughing at so many things. When I become tired the laughter starts up and everything is funny...
But one thing that is super sweet I think we all noticed is how when something unexpected happens & things go not according to our plans we all came together and did what was needed, no questions asked... everyone all stepped up. Also I saw so much patience in the girls (the students) some sitting for hours and hours with no complaining so whining, just dealing with the situation and allowing us to pick. I saw patience in all the staff needing to be flexible in the night: borrowing each others washers and dryers, getting jobs assigned to you when you thought you were done, sorting through clothes, sorting through stuffed animals, vacuuming over and over again, and the obvious reality that we all could get lice and patient with one another.

Saturday was the big opening for the Mission Training Center! Over 200 people came to check out all the awesome stuff God has done, is doing and will continue to do here at RSM. The same group that the ladies helped us in the dorm the Thursday night before, from Quail lakes was staying with us to work the opening and were not leaving until Monday. Before the opening everyone had a few hours and people were eating tacos or were in line to get them. I had just eaten the best 3 tacos (yummm) noticed that the program did not start until 2:30pm and it was only 1pm... I was thinking O.K. what now? when a girl from the Quail Lakes group came up to me and asked me to look at her head and a few other girls heads from their group because they thought they might have lice. The two girls I checked right away I found in their hair lice eggs (totally not as bad as our girls ,but they still had it). Their group asked me to check all the ladies... finally we came to the conclusion that only the two girls I first looked at had the lice, so we started picking. I picked one girl until 3pm then we went down to the program where I fully enjoyed every second.
God blessed me and protected me and others from getting the lice so that we could help and encourage those that had it, I know that.  We all need someone to pick the lice out of our life, we all need that person that is there for us. We need to be that person in other peoples lives, here for each other and have love overflowing for each other... no matter how bad and ugly the situation. Jesus did not pick and choose who he loved. His love was not held back, it was and is freely given, perfect love.  Let us not hold back.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Mexican Independence

Juan Jose and I

This picture is from our Mexican Independence Day celebration. All of the students made awesome tissue paper art and they were hung all through out the chow hall with many colors and designs. Fun day full of water games and a skit.


Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Los NiƱos



Written Sept. 24, 2012

Hey all!

What is God doing in your lives?! I really would love to know, the past few days I have had the chance to just sit and listen to people talk. They talked about their struggles, pain, miracles, and just how awesome God is and how they are seeing Him move. Anything you need prayer for?


 I realized I have not yet talked about my class or anything that has been happening here! Sorry about that!
Well let me tell you about today, today was an joyful day. This day that God made was hot (fall has not not not not started here in the Guadalupe Valley) and exhausting but so much to be thankful for! Started off the day in my class room at 6:45 am to prepare for class. In chapel we talked about the 5th day of creation the birds and sea animals so we colored a scene of many fun animals. Then all the papers I put onto the window to decorate the class room, I think they really enjoyed seeing their work on display.
So far in each school day we do chapel, basic skills, bath room break, calendar, playing, math, signing, more playing and in a few weeks we will do science/ art fun.
I have noticed that I plan a lot and most does not get done in one class time... we'll see how it goes as the year moves on.
I wish I could remember everything the kids do in each day, some of the things make you laugh and gag. With everything they bring me so much joy.

More about my kiddos!
In my class, the Kindergarten, we've got Yahir, Milagros, Juan Jose, Antonio, Alexis, Isabel, Leticia, and Ruben! Count them, thats eight... eight crazies! Alexis, Isabel, and Leticia are siblings that God brought here from a state in Mexico ( I think) called Queretaro. The sweetest kids that love each other and are happy despite the difficult life they have. They flew here with their mom and another awesome woman whose name is Marisela (that will be here with the kids this whole year) September 1st. Their mom was here until the 18th of September just to make sure all was fine. Marisela is staying here all year because God has shown here that she is to start another school where she lives... Queretaro. She is learning how to communicate with Mexican Sign Language, how to teach, dorm life and so much more. Then in June she is going back and going to apply what she has learned and make changes necessary for that environment and specifically what God has in mind for that state. Marisela and I sit together in the chow hall . She is now also a Spanish teacher haha... and a great person to talk to with great wisdom and Gods love flowing out. Leticia is 17 years old, Isabel is 14 years old, and Alexis is 6 years old. Leticia and Isabel are with Katie in the girls dorm and Alexis is living in Everett household this year because the dorm would be too crazy for the little guy. Ruben is a new student also this year, he is one of the older students in the class but is such a big help with the little guys. Antonio was actually here 2 years ago but did not return last year... then randomly showed up here ready to learn! The other three: Yahir, Milagros, and Juan Jose are returning kids that God has brought back for another year! Praise God for knowing us and loving us specifically.
Ill post pictures of all the kids soon!

If you could keep me in your prayers it would mean so much and really it truly makes a difference... pray for us to have His Kingdom mindset...here at Rancho Sordo Mudo, the only thing that matters- to reflect Jesus and give the glory to our God in everything this is not our home this is not forever! 
Also prayer that all my financial support comes in for the year. Thanks to all of you that have joined in what our Creator is doing in Mexico with the Deaf.
Are you interested in the same things that God is interested in?
"Behold, I will do a new thing, 
Now it shall spring forth;
Shall you not know it?
I will even make a road in the wilderness
And rivers in the desert." Isaiah 43:19

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Waves and the Sea

" I will not die I will live & I will tell all the works of the Lord. I will not die I will live cause He's a great God."

     Saturday (yesterday) was my free day along with all of the teachers here at Rancho Sordo Mudo. Alisha, Olivia, Jason,Christopher and I we going to go to Tijuana to feed specific people that need food. The trip there got canceled but Alisha, Olivia, and I still wanted to go to the beach and have a fun day. So Saturday morning we got ready to go and at the last minute I invited Jason, he decided that he wanted to join. Alisha drove her car and we all followed in my car. We stopped at a beautiful place between Ensenada and Rosarito to eat brunch. Sitting we overlooked the beautiful beach break and people having a great day in the water and on the sand.  When we finished eating and found a way to the beach walking down these awesome stairs which ended right on the hot sand. Walking out on the hot sand I was ready to jump in... we all (except Jason) forgot bathing suits. Our feet went into the cold water right away and all of us knew we needed to get in.  So warm, so clear, and so beautiful! God had blessed us with this break from school to enjoy Him, to enjoy His creation. He blessed me with my favorite get away, giving me a little bit of home.
    Alisha decided to sit and read with our things while I swam then we would switch and she would have a chance to swim. I ran and splashed into the waves, knowing my clothes would have to dry later but it would be worth it! The waves were decent size, we dove under them to go out  more and more while laughing and having fun.
   I can not even remember how it started but at the point I knew what was happening I looked  at Olivia and told her we gotta get out. We were stuck in a strong rip tide.
   I have grown up swimming, I love the water especially oceans and pools. I've also grown up not having a pool so the beach was our place as a family. The only bad experience for our family that I have heard of at the beach happened on the sand. When my older sister was little she ended up far down the beach.  This feeling was like nothing I have ever felt, the feeling of pure panic. Remember, we had clothes on not just a bathing suit... Olivia was wearing shorts and a t shirt and I had on skinny jeans and a shirt both very difficult to swim in.
   Waves kept forming then crashing down hard. I started to pray... well more like calling out to God. The water was up to my ears and at times only the front of my face could get up for air (when my hair was not blocking my nose or lips).  Again and again I took in the salt water. It felt as if the water was pouring into me with a hose nonstop and clogging me up. With all that was within me I tried continue swimming. I don't remember ever stopping my prayers they just kept coming and so did the waves. At one point I remember thinking I cant do this anymore I cant go anymore I really cant breathe anymore. My body was not getting enough oxygen. My body felt like some serious jello. Then I looked back and this massive wave formed I let go stopped swimming and it crashed pushing me out of the deep. I let Him push me, I let Him help me. God was in the waves. Still very deep I got a glimpse of who was in front of me I saw Jason in more shallow waters looking at me. I remember he was shouting to me. I think he was asking if we needed help, all I could do was put my hand above the water and sign yes! Jason was trying to swim out to me, it felt like forever that we were out in the water.  Before Jason got to me I was thinking wow I am going to die out here? I looked around and could not see Olivia anywhere then her head popped up from the wave and she was defiantly struggling also and I could hear her crying out. Then something in me fought ... out loud I said " NO, I will not die here in this ocean". I kept thinking I know this is NOT the plan God has for me, I know it! And I remember I was kind of making noises... like sobs. Then Jason got to me and helped guide me telling me to swim parallel. At that point it had been a while we were stuck out there and I was exhausted so it really was the perfect time that he came. I felt like all I was doing was trying to stay about water and not sink. We saw some boogie boarders and yelled out "help" when ever I came up from a crashed wave I yelled out. One guy came over seeing that we needed help and gave Olivia his boogie board and took her to shore. I remember clinging on so tight and not wanting to let go of Jason... at one point a giant wave came and slammed me around and around and I came up. It seriously felt impossible and I knew God would get us out but I was just so tried. My clothes felt like giant weights and I was thinking "get them off!" because they were holding me down... modesty at that point  was not important compared to life. But ha I did not have to because over and over giant waves pushed us closer to the shore. I knew it was God, only God that saved us. No coincidence. In my head the words "You came to my rescue" played non stop. We got to the shore and I just fell down in shock, crying to God.
    I felt like I was put in a washing machine for a long time and spit out dizzy and shaken up. Lots of burping up salt water, it was coming out my body did not want it any longer! After that we didn't talk for a few minutes. Alisha did not realize what had happened until Jason ran up to her and told her. Then she ran back up the stairs to the restaurant to get waters for all of us. We sat and lay there in the sand, our bodies weak.

I kept thinking about all that I was thinking while in the water... one of my thoughts was of my brother, Landon, who is a swimmer and a life guard. At that point in the water I realized here in Mexico they dont have any life guards. I think that was when I got strength and new hope. Knowing that our God, Yahweh is our life guard. He is our Protector, our Healer, and our Strength.  Just let go and let God take control.  He has us and is not finished with us. He has a plan for each of our lives that is bigger than what we can see.  There on the sand I started to weep.

Still shaken up we talked and we waited an hour or so before we headed home. Our drive home was interesting (remember we live in Mexico), we all couldn't wait to get back home. Last night I went to sleep around 8:30 thanking God for life.

This whole experience reminded me the constant real battle everyday. Satan is trying to pull us down and under daily everything awful. And if we allow God, He can take control to help us, guide us, lead us to safety. He is waiting for us to surrender all. He is on our side. He loves us and wants to use us. We need to constantly wake up and see Him on our side fighting for us.

Thank you Jesus for life, eternal life that you have given to those that love you.

Psalm 145:18-21
18 The Lord is near to all who call upon Him,
To all who call upon Him in truth.
19 He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him;
He will also hear their cry and will save them.
20 The Lord keeps all who love Him,
But all the wicked He will destroy.
21 My mouth will speak the praise of the Lord,
And all flesh will bless His holy name forever and ever.




  

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Get real

I do not know what the heck I am doing.
I thought this year would be better, that it would go more smoothly... with the experience from the class last year. " I know what to expect"... boy I was wrong! This is a completely different class, completely different kids, & completely different needs. I don't know what I am doing.

James 1: 2 & 3
Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds,  for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.

Joy. 
Joy with a child that does not want to be in the same room as me.
Joy when 3 different kids are screaming out and screaming out and screaming out
Joy when dealing with a child for bad behavior 
Joy when my brain is done and my head is spinning trying to learn two languages at one time & spinning with everything I have to still do
Joy when all I want to do is sleep. 
I refuse to see these "problems" & "issues' as anything less than an opportunity to see God.

Oh let me tell you I am feeling the trials.  I am completely thrown off teaching the Pre- K/ Kindergarten class.  I love them, but its just so difficult! This is not not not easy! I have to remember its only been three days it could get better. Even though it is exhausting and sometimes frustrating I love it. I know this is exactly where God wants me and is growing me. These challenges only make me want to push harder.  Everyday is new with an adventure waiting. Instead of clinching my fist at new assignments, I will face them with joy and courage.



Prayer
-Could you pray for me that I am resting in Him. Pray for my mind to be clear, alert, and
constantly living in His Presence where I truly belong. I've been praying that God would work miracles in me as I am learning also the Spanish language... it is pretty difficult for me ,but I want it more than ever before.
-Also for the kids here and especially in my class. That their minds would open up and they would have an understanding of knowledge when communicating and learning and a knowledge of God and His love and goodness. And not just head knowledge but that it sinks into their souls. 

 

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Cinder block walls

 Wow, this week has been a busy and  hard working week, a lot has been accomplished in just a few days! To accomplish so much, here at Rancho Sordo Mudo this week we have had the opportunity to work with people from Missouri starting an awesome project. The group of about 14 arrived on Saturday Night and are leaving early this morning.  The week flew by!

The end goal for this new project is to tear down the two (very old) class rooms then build two new ones with new walls, flooring, and electrical. The old class room walls were made with cinder block... not ideal for the class rooms. So Monday morning Amber and I helped the group with the process because they are/will be both of our class rooms eventually. Amber, her class, and all of her things are moved down to Refugio/the gym where she will teach this year. I am in the old 4th level class room where Erin taught last year. I am only in here for 5-6 months. In 5-6 months the first class room will hopefully be finished. When it is all finished I will move in and it will be the Kindergarten room! When that room is finished they will start the same process on the room I am in now. When they finish the room I am in now (maybe the summer or next year?) Amber will move in and it will be her 4th level class. So with the group on Monday we had to move out everything from the old Kindergarten class and put it outside on the grass. My job was to decide what I wanted to keep in the for my class room or put in the distribution center. Amber had to do the same with the other class, everything she wanted the group helped her bring it down to Refugio/the gym for her class. By Tuesday we had everything in our temporary class rooms but boy it was a mess! Our directors said everything outside of our class rooms needed to be clean by Friday for when the parents come to bring their kids, the students. So finally yesterday (Friday) I got my class room organized.It is starting to look like a class room. I have to say though, it is difficult trying to get posters on the cinder block walls... they do not want to stick!

I am ready for school to start! Well I want it to start but I am not sure how ready I am in teaching... that part is still a bit tricky. This year for sure feels better already knowing more of what to expect, more than last year when I was completely clueless! I could have between 3-8 students this year.

Needs?

PRAYER! Please.
for this year
for the new students
for the returning students
for the parents
for my hands to bring God glory and  for the kids to clearly understand what I am trying to communicate
for their minds to open up and absorb & want to learn
for the kids to know Jesus & know the love of God

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Here it goes again

Again. Hatched

Same thing... again. If you don't know what im talking about click the link. So many! haha well it would not be the came here with out little critters everywhere.

Well this morning I got an early start, 6am! From 6-9am its cool outside and a great time to work. So I got to get a start on cleaning my classroom... TONS AND TONS of spiders! My sandals stomped on like 100 or more spiders. Well after cleaning and sweeping all morning I found out my classroom is moving this year. Two classes are getting torn down and made completely new! So for a few months I will be in one class then when one new class is done and ready I will move in and they will do construction on the other classroom. So yay! New class buildings! Now I just have to be very flexible and be alright with moving around in the middle of the school year. Amber, another teacher is actually staying in another building here on campus... not even in a classroom. I know God sees everything and is preparing me for the year. Again and again He is telling me to Abide in Him!

John 15


Thursday, August 23, 2012

It has begun


Its been about three days now! Olivia and I arrived Monday evening totally exhausted from the way here. My car (Betsy) decided to act up about 45 mins outside of desert hot springs. We had no AC... luckily we did have one electric hand fan, a fan that connects to the car plug, two squirt bottles, and two water bottles. Windows down. The car shut down and on a full tank the gas would not work. I was following my dad, pop, and dads friend to Mexico. I am so glad they were with us because they were able to stop and find out what was wrong. My car needed a new fuel filter. I wad not gotten the other one changed since I got the car 2 years ago. No fuel was getting through to keep the car going. So we stopped at a random place where 3 car mechanics helped us with Betsy. It took about 3 hours and a whole lot of desert heat but finally about 6pm we got on the road again. After that we did not stop, we got to the boarder around 8pm and got to the ranch a little after 9. Right away we had to start cleaning things up like dead bugs and spider webs. We brought all of our things inside the rooms and slept on our mattresses. The next morning my dad, his friend, and pop set up my new bed. It took them about 2 or 3 hours to set it up...it must of been very tricky! I am so thankful for them coming down to help with everything. When things were built, set up, and finished we all prayed and they were off back home to California.

School does not start until Sept. 10th so for this week Olivia and I are getting are own food. Lets just say the taco stand gets a lot of visits! But no worries we are going to the store soon to get snacks, fruits, and veggies.

Yesterday afternoon I finally unpacked everything and we cleaned up the mess in our place, it really does feel like home again.

It wouldn't be home unless we had our furry little friends here also. The ranch dogs have been keeping us company. One dog sat at our door the whole day, just laying there and when we left he would follow.  Our other friend/enemy is a mouse. We have a little mouse roaming around the place, its actually very cute and likes to hide from Olivia and I.

A group of 20-30 jrhs/hs students are here at the ranch doing a missions camp. Last night I heard loud singing so I walked outside and heard it coming from the new auditorium (that has recently been finished). They were all singing, signing and worshiping God! So I sat outside on a wall under the moon and stars and sang with them. It was so loud, it was echoing through the hills. Praising Yahweh and giving Him all His deserved glory!

School is has not yet started but we are trying to plan for class and get ideas flowing for the year. I am so excited for this year! This year will be nothing like the last. God will be moving and doing things in crazy ways and I pray that we are paying attention to Him and all that He is doing. I pray for the new kiddos that come with no language. I pray that their hearts and minds come ready to grow! I pray for returning students that they come with enthusiasm and are motivated to learn more. I'm also praying for all of us that God called here to serve that we remember exactly that. He has called us. It is a joy and a privilege because He's a great God!

So thats what has been going on lately. Tacos, mice, school planning, fellowship, and worship.

I want to thank all of you that have been a big support system with prayer and money. It is needed to be able to continue teaching these kids and to continue loving on these kids. Thank you for your love and support!

"I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing." John 15:5

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Beautiful things

    Meet Me in the early morning splendor. I eagerly await you here. In the stillness of this holy time with Me, I renew your strength and saturate you with Peace. While others turn over for extra sleep or anxiously tune in to the latest news, you commune with the Creator of the universe. I have awakened in your heart strong desire to know Me. This longing originated in Me, though it now burns brightly in you.
    When you seek My Face in response to My Love-call, both of us are blessed. This is a deep mystery, designed more for your enjoyment than for your understanding. I am not a dour God who discourages pleasure. I delight in your enjoyment of everything that is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable. Think on these things, and My Light in you will shine brighter day by day.

Isaiah 40:31; Psalm 27:4; Philippians 4:8


Olivia (my friend & roommate last year at the ranch) is coming in to the LAX Airport in 45 mins! She is staying with me here in California until Monday when we both with drive down south with my dad. I know were going to have a great time. Its always great with her. :)

The school year is starting and I cannot wait! I have been praying for lasting energy for the year. I want to give my full effort and work with everything in me. Spending time with my Creator will do this. I need to have time meditating on His word and have time in prayer. You God will be my strength!

Well off to pick up Olivia! Adios!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

home home home

I CAN'T BELIEVE IT! The school year is finished. Whoa it is nuts how fast it all went. So much has happened in the 9 months of crazy. Three of the oldest students graduated and are off to new adventures. In September I hear we are having at least 4 new students. In September, who's going to be the new kindergarten teacher with all these new kids and 3 returning kids? I am.  Ahhhh! I will be with more crazies! Three of the kids that are coming back are Milagros, Yahir, and Juan Jose. Those three alone are a handful ha so we'll see what next year brings.
I know during this past school year God was preparing me for what is to come with the class that I had. I really had everything in my class, good and bad. My first year teaching was insane! So many tears of sadness, joy, and exhaustion. Through it all God was with me in every single step of the way.
 Its comforting to know that He knows I can do this. I pray that these kids see Him through me or through how I communicate and teach to them.

I have about 3 months home. It is a good time to rest, get ideas for teaching, talk to those of you that support me, pray, share His passion for the unreached people groups and His passion for us all to be involved.  We can all be part of His mission of reconciliation.


whoops






We were on our way to church in Ensenada the driver was going a little to fast and lost control. We all are completely fine just with a few bruises and a bit of soreness it could of been a lot worse. Obviously God is not yet done using us and still has a plan for our lives. There's nothing greater then the feeling you get when you know God has your life in his hands.


Wednesday, May 9, 2012

The earth is Yours

Tonight is one of those nights I am amazed at how big and mighty God is and how small I really am. It is such a comforting truth. Sometimes we need to be reassured that everything is going to be OK. And while I stopped and looked up into the night sky He reminded me to not worry and that He knows each star by name.

His love is strong.


Saturday, April 28, 2012

rest assured in You

He will not call us home until He's done. That means that I can go and be used by God in some of the craziest places on the planet and I can be just as safe there as I am anywhere because nothing can happen to us as long as God has His arms around us.
Paul's point in Romans 8 Nothing can separate us from the love of God.
Not saying that we wont go through difficulties or sickness, but we're good until God says your done.
We can live with confidence. True life doesn't begin until Jesus comes back. We can be what God intends us to be, go where He wants us to go.

John 8: 12-30



Thursday, April 12, 2012

ranch update

Lately I have not posted much about things going on here at Rancho Sordo Mudo.. whoops
well here is an update.

The past few months its been warm enough to take walks, in the evening ,with the kids. Our walks are awesome here, honestly i've never been so excited just to walk around. Here at the ranch we have many different kinds of trees. There are olive, lemon, blood orange and normal orange, and grapefruit trees. Also there is sugar cane and recently i've heard were trying to grow our own miniature grape vines. Ive never had such an easy access to an orange before.  I walk out my apartment, go down to the orchard and grab one straight off the tree... I'd say thats fresh.  For me, down under the trees is a great place to prayer walk. So many animals hide out around there in the tall grass and weeds also in some of the trees birds will fly out in front of you.

 
One of our recent walks


Well if you haven't noticed it is Spring! Or in Spanish Primavera! Recently my class has been learning about Spring and all that comes with it. The story we read in class was Es la Primavera!  Rain is awesome, but my class has been so eager for warm weather. Its nice coming to class without having to wear gloves, scarfs and beanies. During the winter all five classes got to share one heater... lets just say we did a lot of jumping-jacks to keep cozy.
Eliezer, Sheley, and Emiliano


Oh! Also a dorm mom Katie is really into cooking and trying new things. I like testing all her awesome creations. Just yesterday we had an all girl tea party. It was great! With real tea cups, tea, saucers, sugar cubes, scones and everything. Katie and Serafina made the foods, so good! One thing Katie made was Lime and coconut mousse for the scones. It defiantly looked like a creamy guac, but tasted like lime. Well after we all talked, ate, and drank Katie told us that really she put avocado in it. But it tasted awesome! So my point is Katie is not afraid to try new things. Well about a month ago Katie tells me that the roosters she has been raising are ready to kill and eat. So that is exactly we did. OK...OK I did not kill them, I did take loads of pictures. The killing was an interesting experience. Poor things the machete that was used was not exactly sharp so it took a few wacks. Eventually Katie cooked them and ate them.

bye bye

Evan killin Roosters like its no big deal...

just a little dead


Spiritual Support
 So if you ever want to know what you can do or how you can support us here... the biggest thing we need is prayer. So much. Oh boy I could make a list of things or people to pray for. Its constantly needed for this place to keep functioning. Pray pray pray. For staff that were born and raised here in Mexico and now are paid staff-pray for joy to continue serving even when exhausted and weak.  For the directors- Eyes fixed on Jesus, for constant joy, wisdom, strength, and patience. For the teachers- to have patience and to abide in God as teachers and that all that comes out is from Him, to have joy with our job and serve willingly. For our staff that serves by supporting and by doing whatever needs to be done- joy from the Lord when tired and exhausted, to remember who were serving. For the interns- to want to keep learning and to have patience with the kids, for their future decisions of where to go or what to do next. And whatever God brings to mind, I ask that you please pray. So easy the devil wants to ruin this place. He cant stand what is going on. Pray for us to see that and to be firm! Not to be shaken. PRAY FOR THE KIDS!!! If you want to know them by name or have a picture just let me know. They need prayer just as much!  God wants to use them and is, right now. Pray for the kids who will be leaders to step up. There is a lot of hurt in their lives and so much pain. The things some of them have gone through is insane for a 6 year old boy or a 13 year old girl. They all need prayer.
     God is up to something amazing. And I cannot wait!

Sheley, Karen, and Esmeralda

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Jesus calling

    This is the day that I have made. Rejoice and be glad in it. Begin the day with open hands of faith, ready to receive all that I am pouring into this brief portion of your life. Be careful not to complain about anything, even the weather, since I am the Author of your circumstances. The best way to handle unwanted situations is to thank Me for them. This act of faith frees you from resentment and frees Me to work My ways into the situation, so that good emerges from it.
        To find Joy in this day, you must live within its boundaries. I knew what I was doing when I divided time into twenty-four-hour segments. I understand human frailty, and I know that you can bear weight of only one day at a time. Do not worry about tomorrow or get stuck in the past. There is abundant Life in My Presence today.


                                      Psalm 118: 24;  Philippians 3: 13-14
April 11, 2012

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Each relationship between two persons is absolutely unique. That is why you cannot love two people the same. It simply is not possible. You love each person differently because of who they are and the uniqueness that they draw out of you.

William P. Young, The Shack

Just because you’re in a battle doesn’t mean you’re fighting

"Fighting is so much more than getting through the trials. Fighting is not allowing you feelings to push you down, fighting is doing everything you feel you can’t do, fighting is believing in the face of impossible situations, fighting is being unshakable and not having your day ruined by circumstance.

 I didn’t realize there is no choice. I am either fighting or surrendering. And surrender isn’t even an option. So now I am fighting to become a fighter, fighting to overcome my feelings and weakness, fighting to believe, fighting to overcome, fighting to step out in faith, fighting to be who I really am, fighting to live the life Christ has bought for me. "

Amen.
Lord teach me day by day.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Newbies

Well we now have two new students here at the ranch! Fernando,came about 3 weeks ago maybe a month ago, pretty wild boy. He loves loves loves to pick on the other kids and thinks it is hilarious. He is like the kind of kid that you try to scold but he just makes you laugh, but wow sometimes hes a stinker.
 Then I think on Monday Juan Jose arrived here, he is 4 years old and super cute. He is a loud one and loves to eat. But we have to be careful with Juan Jose when he eats because he has a cleft palette. He has had one surgery for the soft part of his palette (his upper lip), but is having a second surgery for his hard palette (the roof of his mouth) in May. Right now, when he eats, all of his food goes up that hole in the roof of his mouth and goes up...into his ears, sinuses, etc. and gets infected. But since he is 4 he probably would have a hard time in the dorm with all the older boys and needs more attention towards because he needs to be cared for a bit differently Johnny (our school principle) and Amber(teaches the lowest level of kids pre-k ish) offered to house him!! So he is living with them for now until he can understand and is old enough to be in the dorm. How awesome!! Its so rad that they are doing that! Its a lot of work and responsibilities. They already are teachers and always busy and now have a boy to care for, so please be praying that they can properly take care of him. please pray also that they don't become overwhelmed but stay full of joy and continue having strength from God because they will get exhausted and weak, but thats whats so awesome we have a helper at all times! Our strength!

Friday, March 2, 2012

God wants to bless us with unspeakable joy.
The joy is His, and the Glory is His but when we live in His Presence He gives them to us!
Lets let him fully live in us!

1 peter 1:8-9
and though you have not seen Him you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, obtaining as the outcome of your faith the salvation of your souls.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Wow February is almost over! And today is Friday which means tomorrow I am free once again to rest and not have many responsibilities. I'm honestly very excited.
Working here I defiantly feel I am where God wants me at this time in my life. Its super exciting to be working and being used for His Glory. I'm really lovin it, lovin the kids (their good and bad attitudes), lovin the learning, and just lovin life. God is good! Working here at the ranch is not always easy. For sure I have days I just need to be alone and some days I just want to scream or cry. But really being here or even being on this earth... its not about me and what I can do here. Its about Jesus and how stinkin awesome He is. Its about all that He has done for me and all that He is teaching me and how I can share that.

" I am the Risen One who shines upon you always. You worship a living Deity, not some idolatrous, man-made image. You relationship with Me is meant to be vibrant and challenging, as I invade more and more areas of your life. Do not fear change, for I am making you a new creation, with old things passing away and new things continually on the horizon. When you cling to old ways and sameness, you resist My work within you. I want you to embrace all that I am doing in your life, finding security in Me alone.
    It is easy to make an idol of routine, finding security within the boundaries you build around your life. Although each day contains twenty-four hours, every single one presents a unique set of circumstances. Don't try to force-fit today into yesterday's mold. Instead, ask Me to open your eyes, so you can find all I have prepared for you in this precious day of Life."
  Matthew 28:5-7; 2 Corinthians 5:17

Thursday, February 9, 2012

walk by the spirit

Galatians 5:16
But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.

Tuesday February 7, 2012
Today Ive been meditating on this verse, i feel like God wants me to know this and rest in this. Today I felt exhausted and my flesh was impatient and not very loving to my students. There is no excuse... tired or not im here to serve God and to do that i need to love which means having patience. But it hit me while teaching in class today. Do you ever feel like you need to scream, just to let it out? I wasn't angry, sad, or mad at anyone i just felt like i needed to do something. So i put on my worship music and started to pray while the kids worked. Then one boy stood up( Emiliano who is obsessed with New York and the Statue of Liberty) and did his impression of the statue of liberty and then i stood up and started with him. Then we both broke out in dancing to the music. Then the other kids saw and stood up and started to dance with us. By the way some of the kids can hear a little and others are totally deaf, either way it doesn't stop them from spontaneous dance parties. I think that's what was needed at that moment.



February 9, 2012
Oh boy yesterday and today were interesting days in school. I think God is for sure teaching me patience and that His timing is perfect not mine! Recently Ive been having trouble with one of my students. His mom is dying and he doesn't know how bad she is but he knows shes sick. Last Wednesday he went home for a few days to be with her and his family. And now he has been back here at the ranch since Monday. Ive been having a hard time with him. I know he is sad and doesn't want to be here, that is obvious. He already had a temper and was stubborn now he just doesn't want to do anything. So please be praying for him and for me to be able to have patience and be loving to him but also to be firm with him and not let him walk all over the me or the other students.  I am giving all these concerns up to God I know he is in control He is our Strength and Song.


Monday, January 23, 2012

Ah yes. You come refreshing like the rain. Thank you for the rain God. You know what we need and when we need it.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

this is the day that the LORD has made.

 Written January 16th, 2012

I just keep telling myself this. This is the day that the LORD has made lets rejoice and be glad in it.

Its funny because Jesus has prepared this day, for me. He already knew what was going to take place before it had started. I woke up reading this: "He knows the days that will bring difficulties and He is with you-now and always. He will strengthen you and prepare you for this day, transforming your fears into confident trust. " Jesus Calling by Sarah Young

Today was an interesting day with one of my students Ricardo.
  Hes been on my heart lately so Ive been praying a lot for him. Lately he has been very angry, it happens very easily. He has a lot of anger outbursts in class and is pretty violent. Sometimes he gets so upset over something that he passes out... it happened a few weeks ago. Today one of the teachers had to hold him down cause he was freaking out,screaming, turning red and his body was spazzing out like he was trying to fight against her and get away. Then in class at first I was trying to make him happy so he wouldn't get angry but how is that going to help him? So whenever he looked like he was going to blow or break something I just took the time to pray with him and the whole class. When He prays he totally changes and calms down. He ended up getting angry later on and taking his desk and slamming it against the other students desks and ran out then came back and sat down outside and calmed down. He isn't always like this a lot of the time hes curious, asks lots of questions, and likes to learn.
Yesterday before this all happened I was praying for him and all last night, I felt like God wanted me to pray for him and then today that happened.
He is really fighting something inside. Satan does not want him to find God and understand he is loved.  I know you don't know him but if you could please pray for him. Sometimes he gets so angry I feel like he could kill someone without even thinking. He is Gods child and is hurting and lost. I know God knows him, knows his past, knows his heart and loves him.

Ricardo

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

burst

Isaiah 55:12

New International Version (NIV)

12 You will go out in joy
   and be led forth in peace;
the mountains and hills
   will burst into song before you,
and all the trees of the field
   will clap their hands.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

I have known suffering, and it gives me a depth of compassion and understanding that I would never have otherwise possessed. When all was said and done, Satan got caught in the very snare he set for me. Don’t stop working with God until Satan’s evil plan for your life or your family backfires in his ugly face.
Beth Moore’s The Patriarchs.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

softy at heart

I just found out one of my students Juan Carlos is getting picked up tomorrow and going home for the rest of the school year. He was just starting to understand math and his signing has been improving. His attitude towards me and other kids totally has changed into love. He changed so much from always picking fights to being calm and respecting people.  I don't know what God is planning for his life, but I pray that He takes care of him. I pray that He really loves and lives for God.