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There was a special fundraiser at a Theater in Tegucigalpa (Comayaguela) to raise funds for the New Life Deaf Ministry’s Happy Hands Christian School for Deaf Children and the Timothy Education Center for Deaf Youth. With half days on the last week of school, I was able to take the kids to one of the afternoon performances of “Del Otro Lado de la Ventana," (The Other Side of the Window) a story viewing the lives of persons with disabilities through their eyes. It really showed how they feel and would like to be treated (that they are intelligent and can have ‘regular’ jobs and want a ‘normal’ life) and then in the end, one person who made fun of the disabled actually becomes disabled herself. There were three blind people and one deaf in the play as well as others acting. The whole performance was also signed. Deaf students who attended were so excited because they do not get to go to the theater or any type of performances since they are not signed (translated). The talent (singing and acting) was great.
The last two weeks of school were a whirlwind. We had four kids going four different directions with end of the year parties, good bye parties, birthday parties, etc. and then there were exams for Kat and Mik and school events such as Discovery Idol and Awards ceremony. Katarina and Mikayla performed a song in Discovery Idol (Jar of Hearts).
Katarina had to say good-bye to a friend who is moving back to Japan (homeland) and Rebekah had to say good-bye to a friend moving to Guatemala. There were also good-bye parties for teachers who are moving on (one back to Peru and a Canadian couple off to teach in China). Summer school is in its second week. Kjell taught one week of English and he has been asked to co-teach the second week to keep the momentum he started with students, who have been inspired read and write. One parent called the school to say that her daughter, who used to hate reading and writing, now is asking for books to read!
Helping (see pictures)
I posted on the Honduran Fellowship missionary Facebook group the availability of Katarina and Mikayla (Rebekah too) for babysitting, translating, and helping this summer. So far, Katarina and Mikayla were used as translators for team Mission Possible through Dan Ellis Ministries (XPlore Nations). One day they went to a School for the Deaf, Escuela Amor En Accion. Mikayla was able to use her sign language and Spanish. The students would even use the notepad on their phones to communicate (Mikayla translating the messages they typed for team members). Another day they went to the Tegucigalpa Dump. They handed out food and clothes as well as translated for team members.
Mikayla said, “I felt like I had so much power because everyone was listening to me.”
Testimony from Wendy Ellis, “I will say after using these girls for 2 different events...they were AWESOME!!! You won't be disappointed...Love them!” (Dan Ellis Ministries, team Mission Possible!)
For three days, Katarina will be working at Schools of Hope. She will translate documents, including sponsorship letters from kids to their sponsors. She will also enter new sponsor information. I will be organizing their front office manual and Katarina will make sure everything is translated into Spanish throughout the summer.
Women’s Conference (pictures)
A missionary friend, Judy, who used to work with Manos Extendidas (Extended Hands Ministries) and has now started Schools of Hope was asked to minister at their women’s conference. She asked me to come intercede for her during the conference. The theme was “Moving from the Natural into the Supernatural.” There were two small teams of women from the United States who also joined us and so different women taught at different times. It was a very rustic, run down, retreat center (even raining down in the middle of the meeting room because there was a big hole in the roof) and the schedule was very go-with-the-flow. It reminded me of camping. God kept moving in power after the messages and we all just went with it praying with people, crying with people, hugging people, etc.
Worship consisted of different leaders and instruments at different times. There was also a worship/dance group of Garifuna there who performed as well as led worship. There were some men in the meetings too. One night, we prayed over pastors who were discouraged.
Passport Discipleship (pictures)
Another Run the Race Seminar is in process for Passports. Passport is similar to World Racers except short term missionaries are in one country for two months. From my connection with Zion’s Gate I will do weekly 2 hour discipleship sessions (June 22, 29, July 13, 20). I have rearranged the materials, photocopied materials, and finished all but two Power Points, adding additional topics suggested by World Racers (such as eliminating dream stoppers and confronting fear) to cover the four weeks. One girl talked with me after the sessions about how she knows she is called to be a missionary. It will be neat to follow what God shows her throughout the sessions and then see where she ends up!
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