Don Jíbaro's Daughter, Our Missionary in Mexico
JIBARO'S NOTE: Frances, after a successful missionary quest
in Cuba in 2009, has embarked in a new endeavor: Mexico,
where she's teaching deaf and mute children.
Here's her story:
"At the age of 18, while listening to a missionary speak
at a youth camp, God touched my heart and opened my eyes to
a broken world that needed to experience His transforming
love. At that moment, I knew I wanted to "travel the world
for Jesus" and the mission field would be my goal. I believe
this is an act of obedience to the Lord and a huge leap of
faith to pursue such an opportunity.
By God’s grace, I have been accepted to be a missionary at
Rancho Sordo Mudo, a free home and boarding school for deaf
children in Mexico. It is located in the Guadalupe Valley of
Baja California, MX. There are limited resources for the deaf community in
Mexico and RSM has been helping bridge this gap for over 45
years. The core vision of our mission is to give the students a
language and share the love of Jesus Christ. The school has
students from elementary to high school age, offering
vocational training and teaching life skills.
I have moved to the Rancho to join the staff and have made a
2-year commitment to serve as a missionary. I do have an open heart to an
indefinite stay as the Lord leads. In the mean time, I will
be immersed in Mexican and deaf culture while being trained
in Mexican Sign Language (different from American Sign
Language) and sharpening my high school Spanish skills. I am
humbled by God's grace and faithfulness in choosing me to be
His hands and feet.
This year, God reminded me of the different roles I've had
in my life and how He fashioned me for such a time as this.
I am endlessly amazed at how we are more than enough for
God’s work when we simply offer up ourselves to Him with
willing hearts. I am so humbled and grateful that, in
Christ, I am ready, equipped, and prepared for anything.
Praise the Lord!
With all the hullabaloo that is my life, I forgot to post a
picture of my new student, Marco, who's been here for 5
weeks. He's nine years old from Mexicali. He was new to sign
language. I started from scratch in teaching him how to move
his hands, basic vocabulary, how to hold a pencil and handle
books properly, and how to function in a classroom. He
struggles with obeying. So, there are days when he is very
good at pushing my buttons.
Here he has just returned from the bathroom. Before he went,
I warned him not to take too long & not to wander, which he
is prone to do. He brought me a flower. Hard to stay annoyed
when he does such a sweet thing.
you so much
for praying for my sign language test last Saturday. I
needed an 80% to pass and I received a 92%! Praise the Lord!
I am able to bypass the level 1 class and start at level 2
but, I need your help to get there. The cost of the class is
$70 USD (1,400 pesos). I need to make my first payment this
Saturday when I attend my first class. I'll also need funds
to cover my transportation to and from Valle de Guadalupe to
If you would like to partner with me as
I grow in my Mexican sign language, please support me
through my PayPal link:
The course is offered through the deaf association in
Ensenada (Asociacion Regional de Sordos Ensenadenses A.C.).
It will be every Saturday for 4 months. Since Saturday is my
day off, I will have time to attend the 4-hour class in the
morning. I look forward to it! --- Thank you for any help
you can give.
Some of Frances' students,
Some of Frances' students, clockwise starting from the top
left: Noemi (18), Gladys (15), Jesus Reynaldo (11), and
Severo (10). Noemi and Severo are siblings.
(We group students based on their academic level, not by
"This past month of
teaching math started off challenging but, has ended with me
being further along in my LSM. Although my sentence
structure needs improvement, I am becoming more confident
when speaking with the students. I am so thankful they are
more comfortable and respectful around me than when I first
arrived. Here is a photo someone snapped of me while I was
teaching. I am so thankful for your prayers and support."
Here are some key ways you can partner with me:
1. Prayer & Updates:
I would love to keep you updated as I traverse
through this uncharted territory and I am in need of your
prayers on the journey. Please contact me via email or
social media if you would like to receive ongoing ministry
updates from me.
2. Financial Support:
I need to raise $2,000 per month to cover my cost
of living and ministry at RSM. If you would like to support
me in this way, you can send a tax deductible donation via
check or money order made to Berea Baptist Missions (RSM’s
missions board) with “Frances C. Vázquez” in the memo
Thank you so much for your kindness and generousity. I am
grateful for any support you are able to offer."
Love in Christ,
Frances C. Vázquez
make checks or m.o. payable to “Berea Baptist Mission”
Please write “Frances C. Vázquez” in the memo line
Frances C. Vázquez
P.O. Box 340, Tecate, CA 91980