Tres was born with the inability to talk. He makes noises and can say a few words that don’t require many consonant like “yeah” but generally his communication is not done verbally. Tres speaks with a Dynavox. A communication devise that is much like a lap top or windows based program. He got his first Dynavox when he was 5. Amazingly before that he was able to communicate through pointing at pictures or making hand gestures to convey a message. Tres is still VERY good at communicating through non-verbal means by using his hands and expressions. Thankfully we no longer have to depend on that method. The Dynavox has many levels of use. When he was younger he could select folders that would display specific pictures that would send a message. For example he could point to the picture of a toilet and it would say “I need to go to the bathroom.” Now that he can read he uses the keyboard to form his own sentences. His teachers have the capabilty of uploading files for test and papers on his Dynavox, have him complete them and then print out the finished project. We can also upload complete books that can be read from the Dynavox. The great thing about that is the words can be enlarged for easier reading and Tres can read whenever he wants to without needing someone to set anything up for him. Tres recently received a new Dynavox equipped with all the latest software. He is soo excited about the new technology at his finger tips. He can now use blue tooth connections to send text messages. He also can have Internet wireless capabilities. Do not be surprised if you receive an email. If you would like to email Tres his address is email@example.com. Up to this point whenever family and friends would call Tres would just sit and listen on the other end. Well times are changing! I am amazed at all his is able to do and the learning potential that his Dynavox gives.
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Deroot the religious spirit from our country. Bind up and destroy the spirit of white supremacy. Holy Spirit breath into the dry bones and raise them up for such a time as this. “Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they come to life." Peel off the coverings over our eyes. Let us see, hear and respond like you God. Let the world know we are Yours by our actions. Let the true image bearers shine light in every corner of this country. Bring down the prideful. Raise up the humble. We have heard what our ancestors say about you. Do among us as you did among them. I plead the blood of Jesus over every idol upheld by the American church. Let your fire fall from the heavens and cast them down. Enough of their dominance among your people. They are no longer welcome here in Jesus name. Cast their earthy thrones down God. Let the heavens open, shake the earths foundation, until your church puts away their earthly agendas and looks back to you. Do whatever it takes. Amen #prayer
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