Miracles of transformation among the deaf in Belize

Posted on April 8, 2011 by VMMissions Staff

Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you. Psalm 9:10

Miracles of transformation: This year two more young deaf people were baptized. Both are in their 20s. One has been coming to our church ever since the first time we gathered for worship in October 2005. She is faithful and loves the Lord. The only thing that held her back from baptism is her Roman Catholic family.

The other young man, Juan, has a more dramatic story. His entire family drinks rum or beer most days until they fall over or fall asleep. When drunk, they are prone to violence. One brother lost his ear because another one chopped it with a machete. Last May the youngest brother was killed by two drunk neighbors after a spat in a local bar. Juan’s girlfriend believed that God could help him change. She brought him to church and Friday night Bible study. She prayed for him. God is faithful and patient. After about three years of struggling, Juan has finally given his heart to Jesus. He is eager to learn about following the Lord. Through the power of God’s Spirit, it’s been eight months since he last touched an alcoholic drink. Juan obtained a soccer ball and organized pick-up games to keep the younger boys from experimenting with alcohol on Saturdays. Several times he has met another boy at work and walked him home to counsel him against drinking.

What’s ahead? It’s time to become more intentional about training leadership to preach and teach in the church. About half of the church is now in their 20s. Some are starting to show leadership potential and stronger faith. I am trusting God to send more workers to help with leadership development and discipling or free up my time to focus more on this aspect of ministry. God is faithful. I’m sure He will figure it out.

Your love, O LORD, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies. Psalm 36:5

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Baptism of Angelica

Nancy baptized Angelica and Juan (not pictured). Courtesy of author

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Nancy with two students in her deaf classroom.

Nancy with two students in her deaf classroom. Courtesy of author

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