What you see here are Matt’s birthday cakes! Yes, there were two of them. One for his physical birthday and one for his spiritual birthday – both of which were this past Tuesday. I planned a surprise party, and actually managed to pull it off! A special thank you to each one of you who sent a birthday greeting!! We are still getting birthday greetings – thank you for those also! He told me he was suspicious at the very end, but overall – he was very surprised! We had a whole house full of people and it was great fun! Until this morning, Martha and Ian were still playing with the balloons! We had “beautiful things” (Martha’s name for the streamers) also, but they didn’t survive that long. We let the Efata children enjoy the balloons this morning. Matt mentioned to me a couple of days ago about dropping the balloons out of Ian’s bedroom window when the children were playing on the playground. We decided that would be a marvelous thing to do with the balloons, so that is what we did this morning.
There may be some of you wondering what kind of schedule we have. I would like to give you a glimpse of a “normal” week for us (is there any such thing as a “normal” week?) – We have Language school every morning Tuesday -Friday. It is going well. We are now in book 2 – learning PAST TENSE VERBS (said in a deep, booming voice!). The Lord has been so good and gracious to us in helping us to learn Spanish.
On Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons, we have practice with the Deaf Choir. They are doing really well. Our next special is the last Sunday of this month. The guys are doing a special – we girls get to sit and watch! Wednesday evening is church. Martha and Ian normally sit with us in the service on Wednesdays and Sunday nights. Friday nights is Deaf Youth Group Meeting. Since Frank (Deaf) is in Pucallpa, Matt is helping Pastor Antonio Suarez with the Youth Meeting. Matt is in charge of the “concurso” (game) time! I would just like to take a moment here and publish the fact that although there were only two girls last week – the girls won the competition!
Saturdays are soul-winning and visitation days. We got to go as a family this past Saturday! What a joy it is to me to see my children handing out tracts to the people around them! We give Martha and Ian each a couple of tracts, and soon they are asking for more! I have started making sure that Martha wears a dress with pockets in it on Saturdays – then I can put tracts in her pocket. When her pocket is empty – she asks for more!
Matt started going with Ghuido (Deaf) to Callao on Sunday mornings. Callao is another city about an hour away (more or less). A Deaf ministry was started at the hearing church there because some Deaf showed up one Sunday morning. Ghuido had been going with Frank, and now Matt is able to go with Ghuido. Yesterday, they had one Deaf man show up. His name is Jose. Jose has been influenced by the JW’s. It is not clear whether or not Jose is saved. Matt and Ghuido were able to witness to him. Please pray with me that God will bring more Deaf to the church in Callao, souls will be saved, and lives will be changed.
So you see, my weeks are fairly busy – but what a blessing to be busy in the work of the Lord! What a privilege to be able to teach my children to serve the Lord! Have a blessed busy week!