The weather here has been absolutely beautiful and this morning was no different. We left the hotel around 9:30 to head to the AWT office for training from Kim concerning how to live the gospel centered life from the workbook titled…you guessed it…The Gospel Centered Life. This study has been taught at McKinney this past spring and was very impactful for the ladies at our church. Kim took all of us, including the AWT staff, through the third chapter as if we were doing a study for the week. We were deep in conversation, laughter and some tears as we processed through truths that the Lord was teaching us. The staff seemed to really enjoy the training, asking how soon they could have the Leader’s Manual. We left workbooks behind for them, and they have permission from the publisher to translate the materials into Arabic. Kim did an awesome job of leading us with her down-to earth style.
We were treated to Pizza Hut pizza by the staff….WOO HOO! We feasted, but wondered…”where is the hummus???” As we ate, we enjoyed the sounds of the birds and the cool breeze that blew through the open window. I went outside and practiced the biblical story as our next appointment was the Deaf Center.
Miss you all...especially my family,
We traveled by car across to the medical district where the Deaf Culture center is located. This center is a place where girls who are deaf receive love and care that society and even their families don’t give them. One teenage girl we met had been coming to the center for about a year. The AWT team told us that until she started coming to the center, she never left her home and had never received any education in sign language, so she was completely ostracized from people. The progress she had made in a year amazed the AWT team.
Our program at the center caused us much prayer and seeking the Lord’s will as we were told that these girls faced much danger if they were known to be in a place where there was evangelization. In addition, the Deaf Culture center could be shut down if it were found out that Jesus was proclaimed. With those kind of restrictions, Sharon did an AMAZING job of connecting with these young girls by being transparent with her own physical weaknesses and how they had brought shame to her as a young girl. The girls connected with her and she began her story of God using Moses despite his weaknesses. She shared how God told Moses from Exodus 4, “Who has made man’s mouth? Who makes him mute or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Now therefore go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall speak.” The presence of the Lord was very tangible in that place as she declared God’s plan to use imperfect people to declare His perfectness. She definitely told them that God loved them and just as He had by rescuing His people from Egypt, He had provided a Way from them to be rescued as well. We are trusting God that these precious girls felt His love and that He will accomplish His perfect purpose.
Additionally, we showed the girls how to create the beautiful beaded heart that is centered on God’s love. They seemed to really love creating the hearts and they were quick learners…they learned much faster than our team. Yes, it’s true… Bless her heart… Sherri still can’t do this heart craft. =)
We wrapped up a great day by getting to have dinner with Colleen at her house. She served us a little taste from home with taco salad and the all-important … salsa!! We were privileged to meet her precious Palestinian neighbors. Leyla brought her 3 smiling daughters and young son Victor over to share some hamlay (broiled chickpeas with lemon and salt) and a yummy dessert. The hospitality of everyone has really made the team feel welcome. We called our team “Team Barnabas” because we wanted to be an encouragement to the women of Jordan. We all agree that we have been encouraged as well. It truly has been a joy to meet each person God has brought our way.
Please pray for Billye tomorrow as she brings the Word to the women of the Evangelical Free church in Zarka. The team loves every comment that has come our way. (hint, hint, nudge, nudge =)) It is so encouraging to hear that someone is reading our blog and praying for us. Thank you so much!!
Love and hugs to all,