Friday, November 21, 2014

God, Your goodness good good good for Ramon.

God you are not limited in your ways... every part of you is good and true.
I make limits, we limit ourselves but you know just how to break those. You enable your children, you give us all the tools we need to succeed.
Normally on the bus I try to not to listen to music/ use my headphones in order to leave room for conversation with the people around me. I have loved listening to music on the bus, if you didn't know already... city buses are not the most pleasant places and are quite painful/bring out the worst in us/produce lots of motion sickness/its hot/smelly/etc, but I decided to change things up and use the opportunity to shed some light and love my fellow passengers. There is a need to create the space to talk with the hopes of sharing the love of God with them... each time I wait to see what opportunities arise.

So today I hoped on the bus right away after my Bible classes and sat down next to an older gentleman and pulled out my phone thinking I was going to use the opportunity to finish my book, I thought wrong. Today it didn't even come across my mind to talk to the man, I was only thinking about the book that would use to distract myself from the bumps, jerks, and all. BUT the LORD is GOOD and still shook me out of my own agenda. Woke me up out of my "me me me". The man next to me pointed to his wrist and doing weird gestures that I did not understand. The first thing to come to my mind was my tattoo showing on my wrist. I pointed to it and answered "yes, its a tattoo." The man shook his head and then realizing I too speak Spanish he asked what time it was, correctly without gestures. Then he did ask about the tattoo. My tattoo opened the door to explain about God, His nature, His character, His love and Jesus. I told Him how much God loves Him and wants to know Him. The man was open so we kept on talking...

We talked about religion, mostly Catholicism here in Queretaro. I shared how following Jesus is freedom and life unlike rules to follow and pressure to be perfect. The man told me that he knew that to be a Christian one has to leave a lot/let go of a lot. I told him that was true, there is a cost to follow Jesus but He is everything we could ever want or need...from death we gain new life. As we are fully surrendered to Holy Spirits desires we are transformed and no longer the same. I shared what I let go of to follow Jesus and how sometimes it may hurt but it was completely worth it.

We talked about our names and it was clear he did not like mine too much. He told me he will stop by soon (as we found out we are neighbors) with a list of other names and I can pick one... right. He kept on calling me Maria and each time I told him that is not my name, thank you. My name is M O R I A H. I said it slowly and even told him what people can call me- Morian o Mory but not Maria. I told him my name is Moriah not Maria and I dont want to own the name Maria, it is not mine and here it is associated with the virgin Mary. (Everyone here who can not say my name decides, "Oh its like Maria." and I say "no, no its not".) I asked the gentleman his name and found out it is Ramon. I asked Ramon "Ramon, your name is RAMON should I call you Rob, Rolf, Robbie, Ray?... no I should not. Your name is Ramon so I will learn how to say Ramon." He told me that he is "too old to learn my name, its too difficult"... thats a bunch of bologna. Then he kept on with "Maria" and I kept on with "Moriah". My name means "God is my provider/God will provide" I said and then Ramon quit calling me Maria. (we'll see if he brings over that list)

I asked Ramon about his kids and family so we talked about them. He said He wanted to come by and visit us and talk more about this. After a bit of sitting there I decided to dig a bit deeper and as the next question came out I dont even remember thinking it. I have never asked this question or phrased salvation this way before but it came out like this- "Have you sir, taken the hand of Jesus?"(That's a new one for me...while exiting my mouth it sounded so foreign to me, weird.) Ramon shook his head and did the known gesture here in Mexico for "wuss". As I watched his hand it came as a surprise to me. Hes scared? "Scared? Noooo." I said that it is more frightening living without Jesus, it is cold without Him, and it is lonely. I think what he meant, now thinking about it later was that Ramon is scared to give up himself, his "rights" for Jesus and the way. He is scared to trust God. He did also mention how he has done too much, like- how can I come to him like this?? I shared with Ramon that it is OK, we can come to Him. We let go of our past and our hurts at the cross of Jesus, He will do the healing. It is a beautiful love story. Ramon didn't talk too much after that, I knew he was thinking. In that silence was when I had the chance to pray quietly. I prayed for his life, his family, and most of all his heart. That Ramon would long to know God, to know the Holy Spirit, and to know Jesus. We shook hands and I got off the bus.
I am so so so sooo thankful for Your intervention God. I wasn't looking for the chance but You were and always are willing and You stepped in. You are faithful. I didn't read one word of my book. That is OK.

I pray for the seeds have been planted by others and seeds planted by me. I pray for the eternal truth today that we talked about. That he would feel, taste, and see Love. Because You Lord are, and always have been. Calling us back to You.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Romiendo el silencio//breaking silence

OK I tried to fix this... but hey its not really my thing, so these pictures are all out of order BUT I wrote a description below each. 

 This campaign was put on by our team CCAS and with the help of many people/groups. The campaign name is "Rompiendo el silencio" or "Breaking silence" and we want to inform the people where we work in Amealco (where there are 273 noted deaf), the city of Queretaro (2,448 deaf) and the state (7,178) of the need for LSM, education for each deaf person and that they are valued, loved, and pursued. Many people have no idea about the deaf or how to help. It is fun to share with the people the passion, love and hope that we have in Jesus.

 And we are part of an association!!! So cool! (more details later)
We are working out thing out like out vision, mission, goals, and more as CCAS. Its a lot of work and a bore sometimes but completely necessary.

This joven and his family came at the start of the campaign and stayed for it all. A group of youth came to support us and gave out toys, clothes, and blankets. I think this guy was stoked.

The girl on stage (Andrea) and I switched off interpreting for the campaign. The cold REALLY affects signing... and it was cold.

Here are some of the youth we teach/mentor Fridays... this is not the campaign. Isabel, who is Deaf is in the purple eating her cookie. :)

Back to the campaign. Minutes Before the event we passed out flyers all through the center. The people came and went.  (thats how you gotta do it, instead of hours or even days before we tell the people minutes before because if too early no one will come and it if forgotten.)

Isabel sharing her testimony, life before communication/LSM and before becoming a follower of Jesus.

Our team and other volunteers from our church.

Some of the last raffle prizes. This man was in charge of the sound for the event but participated in all.

More of the youth from our Friday Bible study.

Sharing how life is being deaf in a family of all hearing people and also sharing life as a sibling or father of a deaf person.

OK this girl is AWESOME... my friend from Oaxaca, Valeria. She left this morning for Oaxaca. She was a huge help while here and knew LSM already (from my workshop last year in Oaxaca )so she taught our Deaf students math. And thanks to God she wants to continue working with the Deaf in Mexico as a doctor.

At the campaign. At the end we passed out warm clothes and blankets that were given from a youth group.

Ok maybe difficult to see... the acting/drama ministry from our church joined us. Here is part of one short skit.

A youth group played games with the crown and entertained... bought time while we were waiting on other people to show up.

Here is the acting/drama group and another skit.

Clothes and blankets donated.