Being a part of Su Casa Family Ministries, in Memphis, was one of the best things I have done with my life.
I helped with the children's ministry.
I was there over a year and the only thing I could say was "no llores, no llores...."
Which means "don't cry, don't cry".....but mine sounded like "no, your esss, no, your ess".
Somewhat helpful because the little ones stopped crying to wonder what was wrong with me.
Because of my foreign language disability, I felt I became a master at charades and sign language! I don't think the mothers of these little ones would agree.
One day, I was using my fabulous MAZ-charades-skills on a mom. I was simply telling her to bring a diaper next time. I must have gotten carried away with my theatrics because she left and came back with a translator.....she thought I was saying her baby was very sick.
I left that part of my life, defeated, because no matter how hard I tried, how many times I asked "how do you say.....spell it....", I could not get a grip on Spanish. One time, I thought I was answering in Spanish, but I was informed it was French....my two years of French in high-school crept back into my brain.....strange!
Every time I am around the spanish speaking community, I am reminded of my failure.
Until! YESTERDAY!!! greatest day of my life
Non-English speaking man: "check for me?"
Lady: "are you S? "
Man; "si, and G's check?"
Lady: "you want your check and G's check?"
Lady: "where is G?"
Man: " si, check"
Lady: "where is G?"
Lady looked at me...."oh my word"
I stood there deep in thought......I know I can help.......what are the words for "where is".....
Me: "Dawn Day Es Taw, G?"
So proud of myself I did not even think of not being able to understand the spanish answer to where G would be!
I was in luck!
Man, smiling...because I am pretty sure I asked where a female or object and not a male...was.
WHAT!!! STEP BACK WORLD!!!!
I was so happy I did a tiny disco boogie and then turned to "lady"....
"O K!!!! YES! I GOT THIS!! G is either at a Family Ministry or his house!"
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I want to take this time to encourage all my friends and family to get involved with a really great ministry!!! You don't have to speak Spanish, or be a master at charades!