I have not really mentioned much about our ministry here on the blog, but I thought I would just share something exciting.
We have been working with a group of Deaf for 3 years. We have had regular Bible studies with them and have recently (about 9 months ago) started a church. We have seen it grow from 1 person (outside of ourselves) to regularly having 3 Deaf attend on Sundays. Slowly, and without me realizing it until today, we have 6 regular attenders on Sundays. Counting our family and the other missionary family that works with us, we will have 12-17 at church on a Sunday.
Wednesday has, interestingly, always been well attended. We have a core group of 7 Deaf who almost always come. Add in a few family members here and there and we generally have 20 people for that service.
Why is Wednesday bigger than Sunday?
We started the church out of an evening Bible study. Most of our Deaf come from the school for the Deaf in town. We pick them up after school and take them to the Bible study (now church). We are able to provide an easy ride for them after school and take them home after the service. While we provide transportation for anyone who wants it on Sunday, we have just been doing it much longer during the week. That makes the Wednesday night service where most of our Deaf got their first introduction to church. They are used to coming after school. Getting up and going on Sunday (a very sacred family day in the Mexican culture) is new to them.
It is fun to see it grow.