In December of 2018, I had the opportunity to travel to Ethiopia and visit the Hosanna School for the Deaf with a fellow Concordia Nebraska student, Whitney Pottschmidt. Belachew Ensermu served as our wonderful guide to the beautiful country of Ethiopia and our go-between at the school. We were able to see the school, have…
Director of Lutheran Friends of the Deaf (LFD) Pastor Thomas Dunseth and LFD Deaconess Heidi Sias were in Michigan with some Deaf individuals to make recordings for the sign language liturgy gloss. LFD began working on an American Sign Language (ASL) gloss of the English liturgy of the LCMSLutheran Service Book hymnal back in 2015….
Lutheran Friends of the Deaf (LFD) has completed their first year of a three-year project for teacher training and staff development for the Ethiopian Deaf schools and partners. The August/September training session was held for training teachers in government Deaf and special education Ethiopian Sign Language and Deaf awareness. LFD, whose mission is to help…
LFD was able to gather together the Deaf Lutherans in Macau with the Bushes from Hong Kong for a Sunday morning House church worship. It was conducted in both American and Macau Sign Languages. The Macau Lutherans were grateful for access to the Word of God and the Sacrament in their own language.
LFD hosted a barbecue dinner for former Deaf alumni students of Concordia School in Macau. Pastor Dunseth, Deaconess Diana Rice and Jennifer Ceyanes worked there together and taught the children the Word of God in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
Rev. Thomas Dunseth, Deaconess Diana Rice and Jennifer Ceyanes visited St. Peter Lutheran Church in Macau. Pictured also is David and Barbara Bush, LCMS missionaries who live and work at the Lutheran School for the Deaf in Hong Kong. David and Barbara brought over a group of students from the Hongkong school to visit Macau.
Yesterday Diana Rice was the guest teacher for the Introduction to Sign Language class for new teachers at Concordia School for Special Education in Macau. Concordia is a formerly all Deaf school in south China near Hong Kong. LFD has been working with the school for several decades and continues a partnership to this day.
Lutheran Friends of the Deaf is in Macau, China! On Wednesday evening, Diana Rice with Lutheran Friends of the Deaf gave a presentation on Deaf Culture to about thirty Deaf members and staff at the Macau Association of the Hearing Impaired.
Rev. Dr. William G. Thompson, a former Mill Neck trustee, passed away after a lengthy illness on July 14 in Georgetown, Texas. He was 72 years old. Rev. Thompson was instrumental in expanding the work of Mill Neck internationally, most notably Brazil. He became a trustee in 1981. After leaving the board in 2002, he…