Quick, name one thing that hospitality, help & homework all have in common! Can’t quite put your finger on it? For our family the answer is easy: it’s the faithful & persevering wife, mother, home-schooler, hostess, teacher & missionary known to us simply as Sherri or Mom.
An old adage says, “A woman’s work is never done.” For a missionary wife & mother this seems doubly true. Never the less, although her life may be full, it’s rewarding. Here’s a glimpse into Sherri’s life & just how the Lord has used it to bring glory to Himself through her ministry to others.
One of the blessings the Lord bestowed on us this year has been a house to rent close to the mission center. With its proximity to the core of activity for New Tribes Mission here in Mexico, we’re able to open up our house as a kind of ministry of hospitality. As such, Sherri is the hostess in charge & does an admirable job. We’ve hosted get-togethers for our youth, fellow missionaries, Mexican friends & Puppet team practices.
A specific ministry that is solely Sherri’s is teaching Spanish Grammar to our new missionaries here on the field. As part of the team that helps with their Spanish-language acquisition, Sherri gives both classroom sessions & individual tutoring. As we’ve mentioned previously, every New Tribes Missionary must first become capable in the national language – in our case, Spanish. This gives them a firm language foundation upon which to build as they begin learning the language of the tribe with which they will be working. This basis in the national language is the springboard that propels the missionaries into successfully learning their new tribal language.
In the area of teaching, Sherri has an even more important ministry than instructing Spanish Grammar – homeschooling our children. In fact, we consider this her primary ministry because of the importance Scripture places on bringing up children in the “nurture and admonition of the Lord.” (Ephesians 6:4)
Finally, Sherri is putting together an outreach to the ladies of our neighborhood. A number of women are interested, but it’s been hard to find a time when they can all get together. Here in Mexico, just as in the States, most women work outside the home & have limited time for anything else. Sherri has a real burden for these ladies. Pray with us that she will soon be able to commence the studies & begin sharing the Gospel with these women.