All posts by Betsy Hoke

getting to work!

August 5th, 2017

Well, we are on our way to the new school year. Normally, we have a work team scheduled to help with Back To School preparations and our First Week is a Vacation Bible School program… This year, we are missing the work team but we have the plans for Galactic Starveyoring as we study up on the solar eclipse on 21 August. (we will have 80% sun coverage here.) There are some activities on the island for 21 August and we have a local amateur astronomer theologian who will come to our school and talk to us about all of this!  So while we are doing it ourselves, I am excited how God is bringing it together for us!

There is also a lunar eclipse happening on August 7 if you are in the right place on the planet.

In the meantime, Friday, August 4 was busy with the adult bell choir practicing some new music and reviewing some older pieces. Followed by everyone have a tool and assignment and helping with getting the front area of the school looking beautiful! Followed by dinner together for the workers and then our social/games night! All went smoothly and we praise God for those who participated in each event!  Thanks for praying along with us for the coming school year!

the dog days of summer

August 2nd, 2017

Roxy and Delilah are getting a little bored with summer.  They are so excited when visitors come and when the students come for a visit. We begin back to school on August 14.  BUT this Friday, August 4, we are having our traditional first Friday of the month open house/games and fellowship night.  Oh yes, excitement for the dogs.  And the staff!

Summer 2017 Handbell Ensemble

June 7th, 2017

We are getting ready to go North to share our music with some friends in the Toronto area. Exciting to have done our last rehearsal and to be packing our bags! Pray with us for contacts we have made, for the opportunity to praise God with other Believers and to take some of our hard workers to a new place.

When we return from our trip, we will begin to assemble new pieces to rehearse.  Pray for other Deaf persons in our area who are interested in joining in the handbell ensemble.

Pray also for the Deaf people in our area who are desiring to improve their Spanish reading skills.  We are in search of curriculum, books, prepared materials in Spanish and have had difficulty in locating these materials.

 

Science Fair 2017

May 28th, 2017

Oh I wish you could have seen the kids on Thursday, May 25. They were magnificent in their presentations of their science projects. I was excited and amazed by them. The two boys pictured above presented Plants and Colors respectively. Great stuff there.

The older two students presented their findings on Bows and Arrows  and Bamboo Music. Very good work all around. The families enjoyed watching and learning along with their students. And Edgar, pictured below with his brand new glasses, could not keep his eyes off his awards and his science project. His smile and enthusiasm were priceless.

Pray for the students at home this summer.  Pray for the bell choir as we prepare to leave on Thursday June 8 for our trip to Toronto Ontario.  Maybe we will see YOU there?

scrambled eggs

April 27th, 2017

The semester is continuing on as all good semesters do. For science, we are learning about EXPERIMENTS.  Many experiments FAIL – or do not produce the expected results. We packaged eggs and dropped them. 3 out of 4 resulted in scrambled eggs.  Our winner, Juan (on the right above) succeeded in packaging his egg so that it was useful later.

In our Bible class, we are memorizing verses about WISDOM. Pray with us that our students will learn to depend on God and His wisdom above all other choices available to them.  Pray with us that our students’ lives would not like scrambled eggs… but would be protected by God’s wisdom as they apply it to their lives.

 

Handbell Choir

April 12th, 2017

April 7 2017 we had our first and only spring performance for the handbell choir.  It’s been interesting getting our two younger boys to multi-task as required by musical instruments.  Looking at the director.  Looking at the music.  Remember which hand is which color according to the color code we use to teach note reading. THEN remembering no matter who is in the audience, still watching and focusing on the director and the music. Serious skills required!

These two did well and so thoroughly enjoyed the snack box provided by the group we performed for. The other members of the bell choir were packing the bells and van while these younger guys were hanging out. The largest issue of the day was Edgar’s tie which had some smudges on it. Yep.  Not acceptable to him.  We’ll try to get those cleaned before they are needed the next time.

How many more coconuts would be able to be in this truck before the tires pop? As we drove, we passed cautiously lest the tailgate let go and the coconuts cascade out.  Driving here is always a challenge.  Praise God that day, there was no challenge other than passing safely on the highway.

Thanks for your prayers for our ministry!

Conference Attendance Planned

March 11th, 2017

The Adult Handbell Choir Trio and our Upper School Handbell Duo are combining their efforts to raise money to fly to Toronto Ontario Canada to attend the 38th Annual World Mission to the Deaf missions conference.

flyer download : WMD Conference June 10 2017

We are super excited to be going together and have been practicing for weeks already.  We are performing on April 7 at an afternoon meeting in Humacao PR and had our first FULLY attended rehearsal yesterday.  The group is coming together so well.  If you are interested in helping us on this trip north, please feel free to buy a t-shirt or send along your encouragements to us through e-mail or Facebook and of course letters by snail-mail are always appreciated as are your prayers.

School Chapel Time

March 3rd, 2017

We have been SO BUSY with school that I am afraid I went the entire month of February without a blog entry!  I hope you are remembering to pray even when I am lax in blogging.

In February, Betsy, our principal and teacher, was out several days with an allergic reaction on her arm.  Of course she did not know that until antibiotics failed and a dermatologist was seen. With the right medications, her arm cleared up quickly and she was able to be back in the classroom.

The students learned 40 adjectives in 2 weeks and completed a 100 item spelling test on Monday February 27.  In celebration, we had lunch from Domino’s pizza and also went to a local pool with some visiting friends to work off excess energy. (Photos above.)

Our daily routine includes lots of singing in chapel.  The students enjoy choosing their favorite songs on Fridays (#favoritesongfriday ) and today was no exception.  There were no less than 8 songs as several students chose more than one favorite.  One of the songs today was a NEW song that surprised us all but when someone chooses, we attempt!

Thanks for your faithfulness in praying along with us and in praising God for His continued blessings.

 

a few of our classroom visitors

January 29th, 2017

We started the semester with several visitors – two of them were specifically classroom apprentices. Hayley Bowser (left) came with her dad (center) and Jason Veil (right) came on his own. Hayley did this and that including some crafts, some tutoring and some other work while Steve helped with some computer quirks we had happening.  Jason came to lend his hands in the classroom.

Pictured below, you see Jason and Hayley carrying out Jason’s lessons on job ethics and how to apply for a job with two of our students. During the remaining time of their work days, Hayley and Jason helped in the classroom as the students learned more about English, Spanish, Science, Social Studies, Bible, etc.

Thank God with us for young volunteers and pray for the future teachers God will bring to the school.

our new year is starting slowly

January 12th, 2017

Someone’s family member died.  Someone’s car is not working. Someone has a medical appointment.  Someone has an appointment for educational testing.  But TWO students have been in school this week.  Since these two are a little ahead of the others in their linguistic development, we have been taking the time to work on problem solving skills, musical literacy skills and handbells, Bible and life skills, and of course written language skills. It has been a nice quiet calm week. Of course tomorrow is Friday and God alone knows what Friday will hold for us!

Tomorrow night is social night and we are hopeful to have a full house of friends coming by for games and conversation.  The Adult Bell Choir will be rehearsing and hopefully honing our skills.

And then there is the weekend.  We have been under a rain cloud for several days now.  We also have a team of workers who were hoping for some sunshine. Sorry.  Today we sent them to the south side of the island.  Tomorrow they may hit the north-west corner. Saturday they may WORK doing some odd jobs that have accumulated.  If there is any break in the rain, maybe they will hike into the rainforest and enjoy the wetness there.

For now, we are thankful that God is sovereign and has given us a peaceful start to our semester.  Pray for the broken car, the medical appointments, the educational opportunities, the understanding of our students in the face of these situation. Many times, they navigate without an interpreter.  Many times, they come back with questions and want some help with figuring things out. Pray for our insights and wisdom into situations we do not understand!

See you next time!