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What God is Doing

I’ll have to add the picture later, but I am so excited to tell you what God is doing in Callao.  Matt was unable to go visiting in Callao this past Saturday.  Pretty discouraging, right?  Well, yes it was!  But God delights in doing what we see as “The Impossible”!

On Sunday morning, we stopped by to see Olinda, as always.  We have been inviting Olinda since I have been going to Callao, and she has never come.  A couple of weeks ago when we stopped by, she assured me she was coming.  I looked and looked…waited and waited….no Olinda.  Yesterday I was thinking about that as we walked to her house.  I was really starting to feel pretty discouraged.  When she came to the door, she really didn’t look happy to see me like she normally is.  I just chatted with her for a couple of minutes, and then told her I understood that she was really busy, full schedule, etc. and told her I wanted to pray for her before we left.  I prayed, and we went on to church.  About 15 minutes after we got to the church, Olinda came walking through the door!  What a wonderful surprise and delight it was to see her.  But it got better!  Frank asked me to get ready to teach Olinda, since she was the only one there.  Then Matt greeted Olinda and she told him, “There’s more outside.” MORE DEAF?!?!?!  Matt went to see, and sure enough there were MORE Deaf outside!!  We had a total of 13 in our service yesterday – 7 Deaf, 1 hearing daughter of a Deaf couple (who were part of the 7 there), Frank, and the 4 of us!  We were overjoyed!  We had a wonderful service.  Many of the Deaf that came yesterday are already saved.  Please pray for their spiritual growth.

Just when we thought our cup was full, God decided to let it overflow – according to His promise!  We saw three Deaf people (two men and a woman) standing on the side of the road at one of the places the “combi” stops at.  Matt quickly got out three tracts and asked the “cobrador” (the person who collects the fare from the passengers) if he would give those tracts to those three Deaf people just standing there!  He was willing, and we had the world’s shortest conversation with Deaf people that there ever was!  All we can do is pray that God will bring them to church!  As we went along, we got to talking about how amazing it was to see those Deaf people and how wonderful it was to have 7 Deaf people come to church.  It was then that we realized, so gratefully, that GOD had brought them!!  There was not one thing we had done to bring any of them – no visits, no reminders, no communication on Saturday, but God brought them!

After we had been home for a while, Jerod (one of the Kotvas boys) came by the house to get Matt.  He said that there was a lady here from Callao who wanted to talk to Matt.  We couldn’t imagine what was going to happen next!  When I looked out the window a few minutes later, all I could see was Matt standing with a group of Deaf and hands were flying about rapidly!  I was convinced in my heart that something terrible was happening, so I got down on my knees and starting praying!  A little while later, Matt came home and explained what was happening.  Olga, who is Deaf, came to church here in Villa El Salvador yesterday morning.  She lives closer to Callao, but I’m not sure where exactly.  She came by to tell Matt that she would like to come back to the church in Callao, and she was willing to “give us a try.”

Today, a Deaf man named Alberto showed up here at Efata.  He had been a member of the church in Callao before.  He has gotten out of church, but he came by today to talk to Matt.  Alberto had heard that we were helping the Deaf church there in Callao.  He is not against us – he is definitely on our side, but he is not willing to come to church on Sundays.  Please pray for him – he is saved, and has a desire to be a Pastor, but right now “Futbol” (Soccer) is King in his life – not the Saviour.  We also learned today that Vanessa (another Deaf person from Callao) wants to go visiting with us on Saturday in Callao.  She wants to take us to her Deaf friends that are not yet saved!

We know that everything that is happening is all because of the Lord!  We also know that all of this is because of the faithful people who pray for us and for the dear Deaf people of Callao!  ”Thank you” seems like such a small token of the gratitude we feel in our hearts for the people who pray for us.  Isn’t it exciting to know that you have a part in all these blessings that God is pouring out?  Won’t it be so wonderful to have all of eternity to rejoice together at what God is doing at this very moment in the hearts and lives of the Deaf here?

“Marvellous in our eyes”

Psalm 118:23-24  ”This is the LORD’S doing; it is marvellous in our eyes.  This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.”

This past Sunday, we had five at church – not counting Frank and our family!  Three of the five were Deaf and two were Hearing!  Pictured from left to right are Jorge, Flor, Lucero, Irene, and Asunciona.  Lucero, the young lady in the middle, is Deaf.  She is 11 years old.  She came to church last Sunday with her parents.  Let me tell you how the Lord brought it all about…..

Last Saturday, Matt and Frank went to visit in Callao.  Hermano Danilo, one of the men from the Hearing church, had volunteered to go visiting with them.  They had stopped by to visit Olinda (who is Deaf), when they saw a young lady walking down the street.  I’m not exactly sure of all the details, but I do know they discovered she was DEAF!!  Wow!  The Lord has done that for us time and time again when we go visiting in Callao, and we know prayer is the reason for it!  Thank you for praying!  Anyway, they gave Lucero a “John and Romans” and invited her to come to church – never dreaming she really would come the next day!

On Sunday, I took the kids to their class, and as I was walking back to our Deaf service, I saw Hno. (Hermano=Brother) Danilo signing to someone!  Can’t you just imagine my surprise?!  It was even more wonderful to see the look of surprise and delight on the faces of Hno. Danilo, Frank, and Matt!

We are not sure if Lucero’s parents are saved, but her mom comes from an evangelical background.  Flor (Lucero’s mom) told us that they had been going to a church, but that it had nothing for the Deaf.  They had been searching for a church that had a ministry for the Deaf!  So, God literally put Lucero in our path!  She took the “John and Romans” home to her parents, and they decided to come with her to see what we were all about!  What a blessed answer to prayer!

We are so excited to see God continue to open doors for us in Callao.  ”This is the LORD’S doing; it is marvellous in our eyes.”