Exciting News

We are very excited that we now have a departure date. We are planning on leaving for Southeast Asia on May 5! The location of our year-long internship has been finalized. We have received the information necessary to apply for visas and prepare for our move. God has shown His faithfulness in arranging all of the details.

We cannot wait to be a part of stories like this one we recently read on DOOR’s (Deaf Opportunity Outreach – a partner organization with Wycliffe) website about a Deaf man who had been transformed by seeing Bible stories translated into his sign language. As a boy, he was frequently suspended from school. He was rebellious and eventually even his parents kicked him out of their house. He was sent to live with his grandparents in a rural village due to his behavior. It was there that God met him and changed his life. He met some workers from DOOR. They left some DVDs of Bible stories at his new school. He spent his free time watching those stories and through them God spoke to him. He says “I remember crying out to God to forgive my sins, change my life, and make me a new person.” He then asked forgiveness from his friends, teachers, and parents. They saw that his life had really changed. Now, he works as one of the Deaf translators to make God’s word available so that more Deaf can encounter God the way he did.  We are so encouraged to hear how God’s Word is transforming lives all around the world.  – DOOR International – A Deaf translation organization

As we said, we are currently preparing for the visa applications. In order to allow enough time for our visas to be processed and for us to buy plane tickets, we found out we need 100% of our monthly budget pledged by the end of March. This will allow us to send in our visa application in time for our May 5 departure. We are currently at 73% of our monthly budget pledged. Please pray for us that God would work through His body to supply the remaining funds in the next 5 weeks.

Please also prayerfully consider joining our financial partnership team to enable us to go so that more lives can be transformed by His Word in the sign language of Deaf people’s heart! Join our team at: http://www.wycliffe.org/Partnership.aspx?mid=9D98B3

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Immanuel and Jude enjoying their last winter for awhile.

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Our Journey

Our journey basically began in 2009.

We went to a summer of linguistics training in order to be able to join Wycliffe bible Translators. At the beginning of the summer we were expecting to be working with spoken languages in a rural village, possibly Indonesia or other remote areas. As we went to our classes Rachel started learning Paraguayan Sign Language for a language learning class and we found out that there are over 230 sign languages in the world. This fascinated us and we started down a path of learning more about the linguistic aspects of sign languages. We were amazed to find out that sign languages have very little connection to the spoken languages in the same region. This makes understanding the written language extremely difficult for many deaf. 

We started hanging out with the deaf students during lunch and after classes and realized they were learning to translate the bible in order to produce video bibles for their communities back home instead of making the deaf read the bible in a language they had never heard or spoken. God changed our hearts that summer in 2009 and we realized that there was an amazing opportunity to help share the transforming power of the Gospel because there currently are no completed Bibles available in any sign language of the world.

We were convicted to take the gospel to the deaf that have never seen God’s word.

I invite you to see the Word that speaks to the hearts of the Deaf in some of the countries in Africa and in India: http://deafbibles.com/