Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Room 8

The Kindergarten room is finally finished and about ready to move in... like by tomorrow!

Groups of people have been working on the room since September to get it finished and us moved in asap! It is now that time, and I am so excited! We will have walls that are not cinder block and have tile floor instead of dirty, smelly, pee-ed on, lice invaded, torn carpet. I have to say this room (room 9 that we occupy right now) has grown on my... it has character, it is full, and it is warm. I have had a good time for these few months in room 9 but it is time and a fresh smell and feel awaits us!

Right now the room is completely empty except for one white board on the wall and two shelves. We are in need of classroom items and furniture, furniture that would allow me to separate the classroom, make more than one group. Why can the class not all be together? Well, I have students from 5-17 years old and when together it is not fun. The 5 year old, two 6 year old boys, and a 9 year old girl need to do more playing than the 12,13, and 17 year old students. The older kids need to be taught differently than the younger kids and I cannot do that as one big class. Having them separated will help me to teach more effectively and help them to learn at different paces with information that relates better.
Only problem is that we do not have the furniture. Help!? If you can let me know! It is much much appreciated. We can make things on our own but some things just need to be bought...which is where we are stuck. So if you could help like I said it would be appreciated! It is all for the kids... I want to do all that I can and be a more effective teacher. I'm praying that someone can help us.

Anything used will work also, but I ask please do not send us things that are falling apart that you know you would not even want to use.
The two shelves we have are white so if you can help, white would be best!
To get an idea of what I am looking for check out the needs page.

Keep sweet,

Monday, November 19, 2012


Good morning! 
We should be in awe of this day. Lets look at everything around us! There is so much to be thankful for in this moment. The breath coming in&out of your nostrils is a gift, breathe deep.

"   Leave outcomes up to Me. Follow Me wherever I lead, without worrying about how it will all turn out. Think of your life as an adventure, with Me as your Guide and Companion. Live in the now, concentrating on staying in step with Me. When our path leads to a cliff, be willing to climb it with My help. When we come to a resting place, take time to be refreshed in My Presence. Enjoy the rhythm of life lived close to Me.
   You already know the ultimate destination of your journey: your entrance into heaven. So keep your focus on the path just before you, leaving outcomes up to Me." -Jesus Calling
Psalm 27: 13-14; Exodus 15:13

God You go before us in this day, You know us and you love us! You amaze me Jesus.  Pour out Your love God...
You are Love, You are Life, You are Hope Jesus, You are Healing. You are all that we need.
Perfect love. Break down walls & cast out fear today.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

let worship be our song & our lives


What has been happening here at Rancho Sordo Mudo...
well this morning the Joshua Wilderness group left at 6:30am. They came here on Monday and we a great group of young people! I had the opportunity to really get to know them, learn about the students more this year than last year. They got down to business right away and started working... they worked hard everyday and Thursday went to the Baja 1000 in Ensenada (every year this giant race happens through Baja California and it is something to see!) It is really nice to have other people here that I can talk to and its even cooler when we are the same age! The kids LOVED them also! The staff helped the kids talk to the Joshua students and the Joshua students asked us to help them talk to the kids. Our kids wanted to talk to bad they would act things out, gesture, and write words or draw in the sand. Friday night all of us together in the auditorium worshiped our God. Amber interpreted into Mexican Sign Language and two students from the Joshua group vocally lead worship and then we said our goodbyes.

Every evening the group had a meeting, time together, devotionals, a game, or hear Luke speak. One of the nights they met together the De La Rosa's gathered the group... they talked about how God has been working in their lives and told how they came to the ranch. Robin asked me to share a little bit about how God is providing for me, she also asked Olivia, Johnny/Amber, and Jason to share. Some of the students are really interested and I had an opportunity at a different time that night to talk with a few of the students more about life here and what they could be praying for.

Something cool, yesterday evening (Friday) I was surprised at dinner Daniel Griffes walked into the chow hall. For three years in high school at The Bridge church Daniel led us students on trips to Mexico, trips down the street to our neighbors, or in cities close by. Whether we were in our country or in another he taught us how to serve, how to love others before ourselves, how to work as a team and encourage one another following Jesus's example. I was so excited to see him and He was excited because he saw both me and Stephen Burns, who was here with the group from the Joshua program. So today we got a chance to talk all about what he is doing in Tijuana at Radius and I shared more about my class here. So good to see friends again and really get to talk and know what each person is doing and how God is using them.

Well, God is providing the money I need to be here this year. I have no reason to doubt or worry because He is faithful! Last night during the worship I started to pray and give thanks... I put my hands into my coat pockets and felt more than just my chap stick... I pulled out a $20 dollar bill wrapped in a piece of paper that said "Moriah God will  provide" and I put it back in my pocket and started to laugh. He is so good.
As I am writing this in my classroom God is showing me His faithfulness again, right this minute. Two minutes ago Daniel came back to say goodbye and passed me money... I did not expect that at all and am so blessed by people again and again. Just when I think I am doomed and that people will not reach out and help with money I am proved wrong. All my beliefs and judgments are thrown out the window. Instead I see so much love.

I am praying that my life is lived for God, totally surrendered to Him. I want to live in His Presence, know Him, & know his voice.