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Don Jíbaro's Daughter,
Frances Missionary Journey
With all the hullabaloo that is my life, I forgot to post a picture of my new student, Marco, who's been here for 5 weeks. He's nine years old from Mexicali. He was new to sign language. I started from scratch in teaching him how to move his hands, basic vocabulary, how to hold a pencil and handle books properly, and how to function in a classroom. He struggles with obeying. So, there are days when he is very good at pushing my buttons.

Here he has just returned from the bathroom. Before he went, I warned him not to take too long & not to wander, which he is prone to do. He brought me a flower. Hard to stay annoyed when he does such a sweet thing.


 Thank you so much
for praying for my sign language test last Saturday. I needed an 80% to pass and I received a 92%! Praise the Lord! I am able to bypass the level 1 class and start at level 2 but, I need your help to get there. The cost of the class is $70 USD (1,400 pesos). I need to make my first payment this Saturday when I attend my first class. I'll also need funds to cover my transportation to and from Valle de Guadalupe to Ensenada.

If you would like to partner with me as I grow in my Mexican sign language, please support me through my PayPal link: https://paypal.me/FrancesVazquez

The course is offered through the deaf association in Ensenada (Asociacion Regional de Sordos Ensenadenses A.C.). It will be every Saturday for 4 months. Since Saturday is my day off, I will have time to attend the 4-hour class in the morning. I look forward to it! --- Thank you for any help you can give.


Some of Frances' students,

Some of Frances' students, clockwise starting from the top left: Noemi (18), Gladis (15), Jesus Reynaldo (11), and Severo (10). Noemi and Severo are siblings.
(We group students based on their academic level, not by age.)


The Missionary in Mexico

DON JIBARO'S NOTE: Frances, after a successful missionary quest in Cuba in 2009, has embarked in a new endeavor: Mexico, where she'll be teaching deaf and mute children.

Here's her story:
"At the age of 18, while listening to a missionary speak at a youth camp, God touched my heart and opened my eyes to a broken world that needed to experience His transforming love. At that moment, I knew I wanted to "travel the world for Jesus" and the mission field would be my goal. It would be at age 30 where I would be spiritually mature enough to take that first step of faith towards making it a lifestyle. Little did I realize that I have been taking steps of faith throughout my life preparing me for this moment. I believe this is an act of obedience to the Lord and a huge leap of faith to pursue such an opportunity.

By God’s grace, I have been accepted to be a missionary at Rancho Sordo Mudo, a free home and boarding school for deaf children in Mexico. It is located in the Guadalupe Valley of Baja California, MX. I visited the school twice in the last few months and saw, first hand, the great work going on there. There are limited resources for the deaf community in Mexico and RSM has been helping bridge this gap for over 45 years. The core vision of RSM is to give the students a language and share the love of Jesus Christ. The school has students from elementary to high school age, offering vocational training and teaching life skills.

I have moved to RSM to join the staff and will start as a teacher's assistant with the goal of teaching my own class by my 2nd year. I have made a 2-year commitment to serve as a missionary with RSM and have an open heart to an indefinite stay as the Lord leads. In the mean time, I will be immersed in Mexican and deaf culture while being trained in Mexican Sign Language (different from American Sign Language) and sharpening my high school Spanish skills. I am humbled by God's grace and faithfulness in choosing me to be His hands and feet.

This year, God reminded me of the different roles I've had in my life and how He fashioned me for such a time as this. I am endlessly amazed at how we are more than enough for God’s work when we simply offer up ourselves to Him with willing hearts. I am so humbled and grateful that, in Christ, I am ready, equipped, and prepared for anything. Praise the Lord!


"This past month of teaching math started off challenging but, has ended with me being further along in my LSM. Although my sentence structure needs improvement, I am becoming more confident when speaking with the students. I am so thankful they are more comfortable and respectful around me than when I first arrived. Here is a photo someone snapped of me while I was teaching. I am so thankful for your prayers and support."
 

Here are some key ways you can partner with me:
1. Prayer & Updates:
I would love to keep you updated as I traverse through this uncharted territory and I am in need of your prayers on the journey. Please contact me via email or social media if you would like to receive ongoing ministry updates from me.

2. Financial Support:
I need to raise $2,000 per month to cover my cost of living and ministry at RSM. If you would like to support me in this way, you can send a tax deductible donation via check or money order made to Berea Baptist Missions (RSM’s missions board) with “Frances C. Vázquez” in the memo line.

Thank you so much for your kindness and generousity. I am grateful for any support you are able to offer."

Love in Christ,
Frances C. Vázquez



 

THE WEBSITE:
www.ranchosordomudo.org

DONATIONS:
make checks or m.o. payable to “Berea Baptist Mission”
Please write “Frances C. Vázquez” in the memo line
MAIL TO:
 Frances C. Vázquez
P.O. Box 340, Tecate, CA 91980

FRANCES' EMAIL: fcvazquez2@gmail.com

THIS PAGE: www.jibaros.com/frances
 


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