Teaching Deaf Mexican Children
tldr: Support us in our efforts to educate Deaf Mexican children who have no other means or access to proper schooling available to them.
For those of you who don't know us, we're the Thompsons! (Johnny, Amber, JJ, and Evalynn, more specifically) and we are currently living and working in the beautiful Valle de Guadalupe, B.C. Mexico.
Why/What are we doing in Mexico you ask?
We are volunteering (as missionaries) at Rancho Sordo Mudo, a non-profit organization, that focuses its' efforts on educating and caring for deaf children. Here in Mexico, there are not a lot of resources (especially affordable ones) for special needs children to receive an education. Rancho Sordo Mudo was established to address the need for children with hearing disabilities to have access to education in an environment that promotes learning and is better equipped to meet their specific needs.
I am the Principal, one of the teachers, and a dad. Amber has taken time off from teaching to care for our new baby girl, Evalynn, and the little boy we are in the process of adopting, J.J. Our duties include cooking meals, teaching classes, cleaning cuts, organizing activities, raising animals, hosting dance parties, and planning sermons. It is a 24/7 full time operation, as the children live at the Ranch during the school year. (September-May)
Wait, what do you mean, "you're missionaries"? What is a missionary?
Well the technical definition of a missionary is "one sent on a mission to do religious or charitable work in a territory or foreign country.
In short, Amber and I have chosen to work with the deaf community in Mexico to offer education through a variety of tools including religious studies, language, social interaction, and other core basics students typically learn in school, that they would not otherwise have access to if ourselves and other staff members were not involved.
Missionary work is not a salary earning job. We do not receive any money for our contributions here at the Ranch but we do have to contribute a monthly rent to cover our room and board.
This is why we need your help!
In order to continue our work in Mexico as missionaries addressing the educational need in the deaf community, we rely on donations and sponsors from friends, family, church members, anyone and everyone who can help us continue our work!
Another Special Part of Our Story
4 year old JJ came to the Ranch and into our hearts 1 1/2 years ago. During the summer (when the Ranch is on hiatus) he was sent to a local orphanage as we did not have legal guardianship (we do now). We went to the orphanage to teach the staff some sign language in order to communicate with JJ. Unfortunately it was promptly forgotten. The orphanage had some paper bees hanging from the ceiling one day and JJ had learned the sign for "bee" so he started signing it to the staff. They didn't understand what he was saying so he continued to sign "bee" over and over in an attempt to communicate with them. The staff at the orphanage felt he was being unruly and strapped him in a highchair and left him there for hours. This form of dealing with him was used quite often. JJ was scared, angry and frustrated. Unfortunately, we had no idea.
Now that we have legal guardianship of him, we will ensure this does not happen again. The next step for us is to surge forward with finalizing the adoption of J.J. and getting him some much needed therapy for his R.A.D. (Reactive Attention Disorder) behavior. The adoption process is not only costly, but a lengthy one. No matter what, we are in it for the long haul and hope we can raise the funds to stay in Mexico not only for our missionary work, but for J.J. as well.
A little bit about us:
Amber and I met in 2004 in the most auspicious of places: Acting class, where we quickly became fast friends. She was the cute blonde that I invited to be a part of my scene on the first day (best move ever!). Three short years later we were married and have been loving every moment of marriage.
Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!
From the bottom of our hearts, we can't say thank you enough to everyone who continues to believe in our work and helps to support us daily, monthly, yearly. Without you, our efforts here in Mexico would not be possible! Thank you!
If you'd like to learn more about us, ask questions, drop us a line, introduce yourself, please check out our BLOG!
We'd love to hear from you!
"Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven"
I still can't believe that we exceeded our goal of $2500! Every penny will go either to the adoption fund for Juan José or to helping us pay our rent so we can continue volunteering down here. We are so blessed by you all.
Let's keep this train rolling! Any additional support just means that we can continue our work longer. We would need a total of $3500 to finish out this school year and about $2000 for JJ's adoption putting us at $5500. Let's go for it!
- Johnny, Amber, JJ, and Evalynn
In prayers, God hears even the voice of the Deaf ones. http://bit.ly/1e9K6IJ Reach Out To The Deaf with Sign Language Bible Videos in 65 different languages around the world, with beautiful Bible stories and Bible Dramas.
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Thank you Cindy, David, LeAnn, Dennis, and Brittany! Great donations for a great cause!
Awesome donation Ross and Cindy!!! Woooot!
You kids are doing amazing things there, we are very proud of you!
I am on the board of Rancho Sordo Mudo. I WHOLEHEARTEDLY support Amber and Johnny. They are a great fit for (and gift to)The Ranch. I am also a Christian Businessman. I love a good investment--And for Kingdom Investing you can't go wrong with this couple!!!
Looks like Andrew really wanted that Mexican Blanket!! :)
That's a powerful piece Amber and johnny and company! I predict supreme success!!
Please consider supporting Johnny and Amber. I have witnessed the beautiful transformation of these children as they learn to communicate with the world. Can you imagine being locked in your own world, not understanding or being able to say what you need or feel. I want to share a story with you. 4 year old JJ came to the Ranch and into Johnny and Amber's hearts 1 1/2 years ago. During the summer he was sent to a local orphanage as Johnny and Amber did not have guardianship (they do now). They went to the orphanage to teach the staff some sign language in order to communicate with JJ. Unfortunately it was promptly forgotten. One day JJ saw a bee and was afraid of being stung. He made the sign for bee and tried to communicate his fear. Staff at the orphanage felt he was being unruly and strapped him in a highchair and left him there for hours. This form of dealing with him was used quite often. JJ was scared, angry and frustrated. Unfortunately, Johnny and Amber had no idea. Now with Johnny and Amber's love JJ is experiencing life as a child should, just look at that little smile! Please pray the adoption process is quick. They give tirelessly, from sun up until late at night after all the children have gone to bed 7 days a week, because this is not just school. They are surrogate parents to all the children at the ranch for 9 months each year. I invite you to join us as we support this awesome ministry. Prayers are always welcome. Thanks, Joanne