We have been involved with some local churches – teaching sign language, helping their interpreters to develop skills to interpret the church services, and assisting with counsel for their Deaf attendees.
Pray for these outreach opportunities as well as the NEED for more people fluent in ASL, English and Spanish to bridge the language gaps and aid in reaching the Deaf for Christ.
April 1 2015
We have not been to visit the family for several months as there has been a falling out. As there has been more contact with others, there has been gossip which has hurt our ability to visit and assist. Continue to pray for the young couple (second daughter and her boyfriend) as they express desire to come to Luquillo to learn and live, to get married and to become an independent entity separate from the parental home.
We don’t know exactly how the family got into the state of disrepair in which we have found them, but we thank God for the circumstances that led their second oldest daughter to ESD in February 2010.
Pray with us for God’s leading as to what other ways we can assist this family.
While we have visited as often as possible since August 2011, we have not been able to do any serious work. On May 22 2012, a group of workers from Calvary Bible Church in Hanover PA brought new curtains – made to specifications to replace the random curtains and blankets knotted on the windows.
They installed a door that was made to specifications by a Christian door maker in the Fajardo area. The house door frame was a little off square so some work was done there first to make sure the door would close and fit well. The end result is lovely.
Teodoro was excited with the improvements in his home. He loved the new shelf lining on the kitchen cupboards and excitedly showed how he would like more to wallpaper the living room. We are trying to talk him into some paint to cover the old paneling there until another work group could come and perhaps help to remove and install something suitable.
Standing behind the caulker is “Mark” the team project manager. We walked around the house and he had carried the door down the last little trek from the road so he knew a door was in the works. After walking around and under the house, Mark stood there in the living room. I could tell from his face the work he saw was overwhelming. I asked him, “What are you thinking?” His reply was, “I don’t know where to start.”
There IS that much to DO both on the house and in the lives of this family. God has shown us the need. And we will do what we can to meet it.
So I said to Mark, “Install the door.”
We CAN’T do it all. But we can install a door. And curtains. And in doing this, we can pray that God’s love flowing through our hands and through our visits will make a difference in these lives. And some day, we will have the language and insights into how to effectively communicate the message of the Gospel to this family.