2002 Mexican Deaf Campmeeting
La Morita, Nuevo Leon, Mexico
July 22 – 28, 2002
by David M. Trexler
July 22 to 28 the 2002 Mexican Deaf Camp Meeting was held at
the conference’s camp ground in La Morita, about an hour drive south of
Monterrey. David M. and Francisca Trexler were featured speakers who gave
challenging and encouraging messages to 40 campers.
The deaf campers came from
Monterrey, Monclova, San Luis Potosi, and Mexico City. Three campers, Mike
Dobson, Josiah Kelly, and Alma O’Brien were from the USA.
Francisca’s series was very popular because it
dealt with marriage, family, leadership, and communication issues. Some deaf
members sought counseling with Francisca who has improved her Mexican Sign
Language much since last year. Poor David who has lagged behind Francisca’s skills, but he
had acquired new signs to improve his communication with the deaf.
The president of Northeast Mexican Conference,
Pastor J. Esteban Medina, visited the camp meeting for a short time to greet the
deaf campers. He
thanked David and Francisca for coming to Mexico to help the deaf to have a closer
relationship with Jesus Christ. The conference had given some financial
assistance to the camp meeting for the deaf.
For the first time in the camp meeting’s history,
a constituency meeting was held when David got their feedback about what
Adventist Deaf Ministries can
do to help the deaf work in Mexico. The meeting lasted about two hours and it
was very helpful to David who is a board member of ADM to be enlightened of
their needs. Deaf members really need our help.
The highlight of the camp meeting was on Sabbath
when seven individuals (four deaf and three hearing) were baptized in the river
near the camp meeting.
David had a wonderful privilege of baptizing two deaf
campers, one was Pablo Alejo’s sister, Sorroco. The rest were baptized by one of
the conference leaders, Pastor Olguin. Interestingly, the baptism was
the first time in the deaf camp meeting’s history and first
time for a deaf pastor to baptize deaf persons in Mexico. It was a very moving
and memorable event.
Saying good-bye to everyone was a very sad
experience for all of us on Sunday when the camp meeting closed. Everyone wished
the camp meeting could have lasted longer than one week despite the heat and
One camper expressed his appreciation for Francisca’s
presentation on how to have a better relationship with one another in marriage.
He learned to become a better husband. This person was baptized.
Please remember these beloved deaf members and
non-members in Mexico in your prayers. They need our encouragement and support.