Vol. 40 No. 1 January–April 2000
Dear Prayer Partners:
Thank you for your continued interest and prayers for our ministries. "In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you" (1 Thess. 5:18). Therefore we have every cause to give thanks to the Lord for His abundant blessings.
In February we were glad to hear from our co-workers in Nigeria that they received the three typewriters in good condition which we sent to them by sea five months ago. Because of that encouraging news, we have sent six more to be distributed to the deaf Christian leaders in Nigeria and Chad. In May, someone travelling there from the States will take two other typewriters to Benin and Togo.
The majority of deaf people in the Third World—even the majority of deaf church members—are jobless. How sad! And yet, how thankful we are that the Lord has raised up various ministries to help the deaf obtain needed job skills.
Lord willing, our colleagues inIbadan, Nigeria are hoping to complete a two-story building to facilitate their vocational training.
The deaf church inAbeokuta, Nigeria has obtained some property and has hopes of starting a vocational center there also. Plans and estimates have not been drawn up yet, but please pray for God’s will and provision for that project.
The school inKisangani, Democratic Republic of Congo is presently in rented facilities. They have wanted a school building of their own and have obtained governmental permission to build one. So they have struck out on their own to start this project. The older deaf students help by making bricks that are used for the walls. As a result, a masonry class has recently been added to their vocational training curriculum!
Also, after having obtained a piece of land and plans, the deaf church inN’Djamena, Chad, has contacted a Christian organization for financial assistance in constructing a vocational training center. Please pray that favorable consideration will be given to their proposal.
Besides the physical construction of these vocational training facilities, please also pray to the Lord for the trainers, equipment and supplies that are needed.
Mary Watson and Deborah Lein
Mary wrote in March: "It was just a year ago that many of you heard that I was praying about going to Fiji for a year to help in a new school for the deaf. I have been here six months and felt at home from the day I arrived.
"Since January I have been teaching some first graders. The exciting thing is that they have discovered how to use a dictionary. When they come to a new word in a lesson or in a library book, they look it up in the sign dictionary and know how to sign that word. My signing has improved rapidly, too.
"Thank you for praying for me. The Lord has given me very good health...Will you please pray with me to know the Lord’s will concerning coming home this Fall, or staying on longer."
Deborah Lein has been a great help doing different things here in Detroit. Thanks to her skills, our computers have been made more effective. She is now waiting on the Lord concerning an opportunity to teach in a government school in Kabompo, Zambia for one year. Lord willing, during this time, she will be able to meet the deaf and start an informal education program with them. After the initial one-year, it is our shared long-term goal that the deaf in the southern regions of Africa will have opportunity to "hear" the Gospel and receive a Christian education.
Thank you for remembering us and our work in your prayers. The Lord continue to bless you.