My ASL Journey with Young Life!

Good Morning, Afternoon, Evening & Night depending when you are reading this.

I wanted to continue with some things from my last post. I touched on (YL) in my last post and told you that I would tell you more about that later. Well, here is later!

Young Life is a christian organization that works with Deaf, Hard of hearing youth here in Jacksonville. They work with young people locally and they also do a lot of work with the youth at the Florida School For The Deaf and Blind.

This group is about sharing the truth of God’s love.

Another one of these pressing religious groups!

I know what you are thinking..Truth be told my thought process about this group was like Lord…. I hope this is not on the same line as the Jehovah witnesses that comes to your door and you don’t want to answer ( and don’t) or you act a little crazy to get them away from the door like I have done many times! LOL! And now at this moment you maybe are thinking damn! I have been tricked! and I’m some sort of Holy Roller. No… They are not like that and neither I’m I. (More about me Later) What they do is have a great time playing games with the students! They have what is called contact work and all that is is going to football and basketball games or whatever activity the kids are involved in and just cheer them on and support them. A Lot of the students don’t have that kind of support from their families or simply another person outside their peers who understands. YL builds relationship relationships with the kids and then help them along the way with God’s word.

Now, when I started with them I came in towards the end of the school year. When my experience was over I was happy and excited about it and then I was not. I was not sure if I wanted to be apart of this group because I felt like I really didn’t have anything to offer with my little knowledge and understanding of ASL.

All summer off and on I had been wrestling with myself about what to do!

I’M trying to tell Ya! Me, Myself and I were going through it! I came up with all kind of excuses to not go back. let me list a few.

(1).You don’t know ASL well enough to communicate with students to even build a relationship with them. (2) You have to drive back and forth alone in the dark. (3) You really are not learning (4) I can’t make friends with the kids because I don’t even know what to say or understand what they will say back. (5) I don’t have good social skills (6) I’m not a social person and I need time to get to know people (7) I don’t like the fact that we pray before and after meetings LOL! (8) You don’t have the same passion as the other leaders (9) I don’t want to be called a leader (10) I feel awkward around people I don’t know. (11) I can’t be me!

I could go on and on with excuses. ( This post is already long enough) But the wisdom I gained from this is:

Fear,the devil,yourself whatever you want to call it keeps you away from stepping into your destiny! Then you find yourself like the Hebrews wandering in the wilderness for 40 years when you could have reached your destination long ago. Fear, believing the lies of the devil, and or your insecurities can stop you from even trying! You start Looking for a way out, something that would be easier less demanding. But that does not make you any happier. You still come back around to that thing that you keep running from.

So I have decided to continue on with YL regardless of how I feel because with anything the more you do it, the more you stay around it the more open you are to it the easier it will become. To Learn this Amazing language and culture you have to be involved and immersed it. This is a wonderful opportunity for me and at the same time it helps me to work on those things about myself I want to change or make better. When you step outside your comfort zone you really get to see God work in your life and see growth!

My train is leaving the station as I speak and I have my first meeting tomorrow with YL before club starts up again not to mention school starts for me on the 26th. Before you know it the train will be in full gear. Here I go! until next time Be Blessed! Be Safe! and Play Wit It!

Southpoint Community Church!

 Family and Friends,

For those of you that read my last post remember how I talked about my friend who has a deaf daughter (Pinen). Well, they invited me to Southpoint Community Church to attend Deaf Church with them.

I didn’t know what to expect. This was my first time going to Deaf Church and I was excited. I was surprised that the church was down the street and around the corner from my husband’s job at Discover Tech. I didn’t go with the family because my son was having a sleep over and he still had company.

Nonetheless, the church was beautiful. I love the open space when you walk in. It made it feel comfortable. This was the second church I went to that had a Starbucks inside! The people were very nice. All I saw was smiles! and  loved the fact that SouthPoint had a relax dress code!

When we made it to Deaf church it was a small turn out but it was great it worked out. Now, the reason why it worked out was because we kinda had a workshop about how to deal with conflict. (because of the small group.)

The pastor gave us 6 steps for Fighting Clean.

First: Say the problem “I notice…”

Second: Say why it is important ” I Value…”

Third: When you (behavior), I feel…….

Fourth: Clearly say what you are requesting.

Fifth: Consider the request share your thoughts.

Last: Are you willing to do all or part of it?

We got into groups of three and we signed made up issues and the other responded but,we had to repeat what the other had stated to us first to make sure we had a clear understanding of what the issue was.

I had a great time doing that activity and I learned a lot on so many levels. The people were nice and open and made me feel welcomed. They helped me with my signs and didn’t have any issue explaining to me a sign I did not understand. I could have stayed there all day!

I think due to me not begin use to things and not understanding what is ok to do and not ok to do made me a bit more reserved. The main example of this is when praise and worship was happening I didn’t know if it was ok for me to try to sign sing with the leader of that. LOL! It sounds crazy I know. Even tho I saw other deaf people singing and some not I just didn’t know.

I think I was thinking about not wanting to be perceived as a spectator. I know they see a lot of students come in for one reason or another and then they are not seen again. I don’t want to fall into that group.

I really  enjoyed myself and I look forward to going back this and every sunday and anything they have going on I want to be a part of it.

So, if you have not visited Southpoint Community Church located at 7556 Salisbury Rd. Jacksonville. Fl 32256. What are you waiting for!? Deaf Church starts at 11:15am on the 1st and 3rd Sunday in room 237.

See you there!

My Journey Begins!


Well, let me get right to it. I have been looking for opportunities to get involved in the Deaf community. I have touched base with an organization that said they needed volunteers.(I won’t call anyone out) I called and was transferred two different times to two different people. From there I was able to get a name. Once I received the name and was transferred over to her office she took forever to contact me. I called again and agin and again then, when she finally got back with me she wanted me to come in on a certain day I was like sure you let me know what time and I will be there. I got nothing back. Who know it would be so hard to give people your time! I would have help out in any way. It could have been answering the phone or filing.



I then said forget it. I should not have to feel like I am begging for an opportunity to help!  Don’t get me wrong it bothered me that she couldn’t follow through cause I really wanted to work with this organization.  So I let go and let God! Sometimes God doesn’t let you walk through a door cause he has something better planned for you!

I then decided to reach out for help in my studies by emailing a lady (I won’t say any names) and she offered her time to help for $15.00 and hour. I emailed her several times and never did I get an answer! So again I said F&%$ It!

I wanted my summer to be filled with all things Deaf! I had a vision. I wanted to have a personal relationship with someone in the Deaf Community and or someone who was more fluent than me. Someone who I could go to for help and just practice my craft and my passion with. Guess What?! God Answered my pray!

I contacted an old classmate of mine we were in ASL 2 together and exchanged numbers. I called her up and she welcome me with open arms to her home to introduce me to her daughter who is deaf. It was an Amazing time!! I learned new signs and they made me feel so comfortable! My classmate let me know that she saw my growth and her daughter said I was doing well. I understood more than I thought I would! I truly had a wonderful, fun time with them. So much so that we have decided to meetup once every week to just hang out so I can learn and become the great interpreter I am destined to be. Amen!

I thank God for the people he has allowed to come into my life and help me on this journey and for the people to come!

Thank You Jesus!