Yesterday, Dawn and I had an opportunity to do something nice for a small group of deaf young people from here in Brno. One of our Roma lady friends had asked Joe a while back if we (our organization) could help send some of the deaf kids to a Christian camp in Cerna Hora (Black Mountain). This camp is called “Word of Life” and majors on Biblical teaching and evangelism. We gladly agreed to do this because we still have a little money budgeted for such activities in Brno. What a wonderful to allow some young people to be in an environment where they can communicate with other deaf young people and be surrounded by leaders who share Jesus with them through the language of signing.
As we drove along, we watched and listened to the signs and sounds made by these excited youth who were in the back of the van. I could sense that this would be a special treat for them. Kveta, one of the girls mom, smiled and communicated with us as best she could and we were thankful for our GPS to get us to a new place. When we got there, she could help us know to turn right, left, or go straight… doleva, doprava, a rovne. It was a good lesson for us! When we got to the camp site, we were reminded of how being fluent in one language is tough. Here we sat and watched a room full of people signing and sometimes speaking a little Czech and we couldn’t follow either… truly a humbling experience. However, if you are doing things for the right reasons, God helps you get through these things. We also met a gentleman (who came in later) named Mirec. He spoke English and helped us understand the process of the camp and how God called him to be a leader there. We give thanks to God for allowing us to continue to meet great Kingdom minded people and to have opportunities to be a blessing to those around us. May the Lord show these young people His love in a way that transcends spoken or signed language… amen.