A warm July sun streams through Juniper branches, and we sit in their shade eating ice cream sandwiches. Henry’s eyes close as the summer breeze tickles his ebony cheeks. I smile while warblers happily chirp, and I ask Henry if he likes the birds’ songs. He keeps his eyes closed, licking the frozen treat. I wait and repeat the question. Then I remember. He doesn’t hear me. He can’t hear the birds. He won’t respond unless he opens his eyes, looks at me and reads my lips; even then, natures’ high-toned melodies are lost to him.
A few days earlier, the diagnosis of Henry’s profound hearing loss carried waves of shock and sadness. We thought he couldn’t comprehend certain sounds but long awaited tests results revealed a severely profound impairment. Henry has lived for 7 years without understanding functional language. He has ears that can't hear.
As I watched Henry that late July afternoon, I realized how many time my ears have failed to hear. I’ve compromised that ability through selfishness - especially to maintain my “oh so important agenda.” In retrospect, my rejection to listen with understanding ears became the main nemesis in many blotched situations:
- “Authoritarian ears” neglected children’s explanations that I assumed were excuses.
- “Western ears” misinterpreted cultural innuendos on the foreign mission field leaving Kenyans confused by my actions.
- “Rebellious ears” willingly ignored my Creator - the very One who formed them to hear!
…Yet, every time I ask the Lord to change my selfishness to sensitivity, His kindness causes my ears to hear resonances of tenderness, confidence, acceptance and hope. Things that sound like God.
How do I end this post that prods me to sincerely hear as I parent a child who currently can’t? Remember…
Remember we are gifted with this amazing sense to...
- Respond without preconceived judgment.
- Build communicating bridges over haunting misconceptions.
- Enjoy His Still Small Voice that urges us to listen carefully.
“Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand!” Matthew 11:15
Praises and prayers…
We received an extension for Henry’s non-immigrant visa for 6 months. Please pray as we actively pursue medical assistance for the cochlear implant surgery.
Tavin is working a full time job and saving money to start school next year. Please pray for him to know and understand the Lord’s revealing plan.
Please keep the ministry in Kenya in your prayers. The Resource Center continues to thrive and the biosand water filter project keeps producing. God’s word is taught and those who have ears are hearing the good news! Your continued support helps keep these programs growing.
|David and team continue water filter project.|
|Bible trivia challenge!|
|Watching Nick Vijicic video - Life Without Limbs|
|Pastor Mary teaching a Bible foundation class|
Asante sana for your prayers, support and encouragement.
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