Archive for July, 2008

Campamento Henson 2008

July 25, 2008 3:35 pm

This year Campamento Henson was held in San Antonio de las Alazanas, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. We had 109 people attend camp this summer. This is the largest number of campers we have had since our family has been attending. It is exciting to see the group grow year after year.

The camp we used this year is at an elevation of 7000 feet. It was great to know that we were in the middle of summer and still had to wear a light jacket most of the week.

On Tuesday the pastor from Ciudad Juárez, Roberto Palma, was able to lead one lady to the Lord. She came from Mexico City. Wednesday night we had 5 others who accepted the Lord as their Savior! Then Thursday night another lady came forward in the invitation to accept the Lord. It was a wonderful week.

Two of the ladies who were saved on Wednesday night were in the class that I was teaching. I taught a class of “low verbal” Deaf. These are Deaf who don’t know sign language very well and have trouble either communicating or understanding in the regular service. We had 7 in the class and these were the only 2 who we did not know whether they were saved or not. They both came with the group from Guanajuato. It was a blessing to be able to lead them to the Lord.

The week ended this morning with each of the groups traveling back home. We had people from Guanajuato, Monterrey, Mexico City, Guadalajara, Tampico, Ciudad Juárez, Colima, Veracuz and our family from Mérida.

Northern Mexico Deaf Camp

July 20, 2008 11:01 pm

Camp will be starting Monday afternoon July 21. We are very excited about being able to share the Gospel with new campers as well as encourage the people within the churches to continue to grow in their walk with the Lord.

Of course the Devil is already working, but we are still seeing the victory. Throughout the last 2 weeks we have had different speakers/teachers who have had to inform me that they could not come for one reason or another. We have also struggled with money and workers for food preparation.

Because of the great number of godly Christian leaders in the churches that will attend, I am able to fill the empty teaching slots with well qualified teachers. The only disadvantage is that they do not have the time to prepare as well as they would like coming into the week. One of our speakers did not think he would be able to attend because of lack of money to pay for the bus trip over. A missionary family that is on furlough is attending camp and has agreed to drive a few hours out of their way to give the speaker a ride to camp. God will have the victory.

We had anticipated a church to help us with the finances for the food this summer. The campers pay enough to cover the camp fee, but we have relied on offerings from national and US churches in the past to pay for food. Though it looks like we won’t have enough to cover the food bill out of the offerings, we know that somehow God will provide. Pray for the week as we also are in need of some direction in the kitchen. We have a cooking crew, but the person who was going to lead the team had a family emergency which will keep her from being able to attend.

Pray this week as we preach and teach God’s Word to many Deaf. We are anticipating between 70 and 90 campers this year.

I look forward to giving you a full report at the end of the week.

Camp preparations

July 15, 2008 7:54 am

We have two different camps coming up over the next few weeks for the Deaf here in Mexico. July 21 through 25 is our camp in the northern part of the country. The camp in Yucatan will be August 12 to 15.

Last Saturday we had an activity at our church to prepare for the camp in August. The ladies got together at the church and did some sewing. They were putting together skirts and culottes for camp. This is a time we try to help teach distinction and modesty in dress since they are not learning that otherwise.

The boys went out to the campground and did some general cleanup. The camp we are using this year is a very nice facility, but they have been doing some recent construction and needed the work space tidied up a bit. I had the hard job of burning the hot dogs to feed the guys.

Our family leaves on Friday the 18th to fly to the northern camp. With the camp being in a different location, it would be an extra 8 hours added to the 24 hour drive we normally have for camp. And, praise the Lord, there is a new airline that is having a great sale on tickets. We can fly the whole family for about the same price as driving.

We expect between 70 and 90 people at that camp near Monterrey. The Yucatan camp should have between 20 and 30. This is just our second year for the camp here in the south.

Thank you for your prayers during the two weeks of camp: July 21-25 and August 12-15.