Hello to everyone from Kate & the ladies at Reto!
Well the classroom is ready! We need only wait until the dedication is done. We are expecting about 100 people to attend, including some people from the governor's office. We will all join hands in prayer and give thanks to God for the mighty things He has done and will do with His Proverbs 31 class. We will turn it over once again to His service and ask that He has His perfect will in every moment spent there.
We will now have space enough for 12 machines, 3 cutting tables (space enough for 6 students to cut at one time) and 3 ironing spaces. We are currently teaching 5-6 students at a time, a total of 11 students. When the rest of the equipment (cutting tables, sewing tables & machines) are provided, we can teach 22 students. This will greatly minimize the number of students waiting to get in!
Wait- Did I say we would all join hands in prayer? Yes, we are very blessed to have Christian members of the governor's office. It is still okay in Mexico to come together in prayer, especially where the good of the community is concerned!
Now, about some of our newest students; Iris now knows exactly what happens when you don't watch where you're cutting! -Dubbed as her likely biggest error, we had to celebrate with bubbles and a photo. She is light-hearted and fun to have in the classroom. A few weeks ago, her father was here from Colorado, and asked why she had not yet entered the sewing program. He has now joined us in praying for provisions enough to allow every girl to attend this class.
Nayeli has been a great blessing to all of us as we watch her grow spiritually. She was aprehensive in the beginning for a number of reasons. She is unable to distinguish one color tone from another, and in the beginning her epilepsy was not well controlled by her medication. In her past, whenever she asked for help she would be ignored or ridiculed, so she learned to only depend on herself and keep to herself. We saw a rosebud where others saw only thorns. As we opened in prayer each class, Nayeli prayed silent prayers, still unsure there was a God who really cared.
Now it is clear to Nayeli that God loves and cares very deeply for her. One day she allowed us to lay hands on her and pray for her specific needs. This was a very big step in faith for her. She learned by example that as sisters in Christ, God wants us to help one another. She also learned that by asking for help, we all get blessed; she is not a burden and doesn't need to be embarased.
Of course all of the classes at Reto support one another in both spirit and application because they are all based on Bible scripture. It is always fun to watch God daily bring it all together.
Vianey (a new Vianey) will be in my class longer than the other girls, because she must be able to read & write before she can enter the computer class. Her parents never sent her to school. She is very content to be in our sewing class. Tears of gratitude welled up in her eyes that first day, as she was told that she is very smart and can learn anything she wants to; in Jesus' name. Needless to say there is a lack of confidence, but she is comming along very well. We have two differant women here who would be happy to take the time to teach Vianey how to read and write. We need a curriculum for them to teach from. Any ideas? Vianey is not the first one with this need, as about 1/3 of the Tarahumara also could not read. -But for them it was not so unusual (not from neglect). Vianey is determined to learn to read, now that she knows she can.
As for my English students Pastor Gerardo wants to be able to preach an entire sermon in English by this comming Spring. Andrea is thriving in her computor classes, but will need to speak some english to further her desired career. I currently have 7 English students taking the free one-on-one class on a weekly basis. Marcus, who does grounds maintenance, is my fastest learning student. He is very motivated because he serves as a helper at his church where there are often people who speak mostly English and need help with Bible studies. I have to continue learning my Spanish studies in order to keep up with his need for the next English lessons, so this is a great blessing to me and to Reto.
It is a great blessing to be part of the great commision. Here at Reto, God totally changes the lives of entire families. The strong training in Biblical doctrine and discipleship, along with life skills, blended with the unconditional love of Jesus is changing the world. Many of you give of your time and resources on a regular basis. Words and photos can't begin to decribe how God multiplies your efforts! Others pitch in with a special gift for those "just-in-time" needs. Prayer warriors keep us rich in God's blessings and protection. We at Reto want to thank you very much! We also are praying for you, your families, and your country. When we recieve donations, we consider them answered prayer not only for our needs, but for you to be richly blessed. You are our beloved brothers and sisters in Christ.
In His grip, Kate and the ladies at Reto