Merry Christmas!

Greetings! I just want to say thank you very much for your support! It’s been an amazing year! I’m looking forward to 2023! The plans for 2023 are not yet official but there is a good chance that I may have sign language groups in various countries that needs to have Bible translation.

My prayer requests for 2023 are to have more opportunities for Bible translation and SUN events, more deaf people in the world to know about Jesus Christ, and to grow spiritually and love for God and people.

May God bless you with a joy, loving and peaceful celebration for this Christmas and all throughout the 2023!

Nigeria SUN Event

Greetings! The event was great for all of us. For those who don’t know SUN, Symbolic Universal Notation (SUN) is a program that brings Scripture to the uneducated deaf who can’t read as well as the deaf-blind. Using a symbolic system of writing, the deaf who may not educated in sign language as well as the deaf-blind can read God’s word for themselves. It’s difficult for deaf to learn the alphabet and words which takes very long time to learn. With these symbols, they can learn quickly and may take weeks to know God’s Word. As Adefala Alaba in Nigeria said, “SUN is not a substitute to any Sign Language but it’s rather a compliment.” God has always find ways to reach out for uneducated deaf and deaf-blind people. We did have a deaf-blind man participated in this workshop. He was happy to learn symbols and want to learn more! I want to share some pictures during the workshop.

We taught symbols to deaf uneducated and facilitators. We normally use cards for symbols but this time we use PowerPoint to help them to learn more quickly.

It’s the facilitators’ turn to teach the deaf. One day, after the workshop ends, they brought SUN dictionary and Book of Mark to the hotel. They were really exciting to learn more about symbols and more importantly, God’s Word. They need to continue to teach more deaf people in Nigeria. There are over a million deaf people living in Nigeria. I believe they will do it!

There is a good possibility that we will have DOT (Bible translation for sign language) event in Nigeria next year. I’m looking forward to it!

This was my last mission for 2022. Right now, I’m taking a 2-month long break from missions. I will teach Bible seminary for deaf on January. My next possible mission may be on late February 2023.

Thank you for your support in 2022! It’s been a great year especially after COVID shutdown with many countries. God has opened the doors for us to go! Pray that there will be more opportunities in 2023! God bless you all!

One More Mission for 2022

Greetings! I’m leaving tomorrow (Friday) for Nigeria trip. This is for SUN event (SUN – Symbolic Universal Notation is a program that brings Scripture to the illiterate deaf as well as the deaf-blind. Using a symbolic system of writing, the illiterate deaf who may not educated in sign language as well as the deaf-blind can read God’s word for themselves.). I will stay in Lagos, Nigeria for a week. I’m looking forward to teach deaf people in this workshop.

Prayer requests:

Pray all my flights are on time (I have short layovers.)

Protection for me and my partner during our stay in Nigeria.

Wisdom and guidance for us in the workshop.

I will share an update about this workshop later. Thank you for your support!

Kavumu Deaf School in DR Congo

Greetings! I just got back from Kazakhstan on October 20th and stayed in America for a week and then traveled to DR Congo for deaf school in Kavumu. Needless to say, it was exhausting but it’s well worth it! We made a lot of planning for months for this trip. On October 27th, we traveled to Kigali, Rwanda and then stayed for a night. Next morning, we took a scenic ride to Bukavu, DRC where we stayed for 4 nights. We went to deaf church in Bukavu. We enjoyed our time there. On next day, we had a big event at deaf school in Kavumu. We gave backpacks with school supplies for every kid at school and we enjoyed fellowship with them. Deaf kids at center really enjoyed painting. We had few meetings with leaders and we encouraged and gave them some advice. We will continue to support a deaf school so they can continue to learn and have a productive life. I will share a lot of pictures below. I hope you enjoy it!!!

We arrived in Kigali, Rwanda and took a bus ride to Bukavu DRC. Rwanda is such a beautiful country. The ride was a stunning scenery.

After we arrived in Bukavu safely, we went to deaf church in Bukavu on next day. We preached, worshipped and prayed together. It was awesome!

We went to deaf school in Kavumu on next day. It was joyful to watch deaf kids at school. They performed songs and do sign language. We gave them backpacks with school supplies. Fun day at school!

We went to deaf center where some kids sleep there. Some of them are orphans. We did a painting activity for kids. They were enjoying! We did a meeting for teachers and they need some help to support them. We also gave some backpacks to other deaf school, they were happy.

We also took another meeting for school and plans. We gave some advice to support a deaf school. We did a fellowship and enjoyed homemade Congo food. It was great!

We went back to Rwanda for a trip back home. We stopped by a beautiful coffee shop and met couple of deaf women who work there. I also went to deaf owned shop that sells beautiful products made by deaf. We did a fellowship with Patrick & his pregnant wife and friends. I’m thankful for Patrick to help and guide us in Kigali.

I will post a blog later about supporting a deaf school in Kavumu. They need our help to provide their needs monthly. Pray for them! Thank you for your time!

Central Asia Workshop Report

Greetings! The workshop went well despite limited hours of DOT workshop on each day for 2 weeks. They had their own Bible school in the mornings and DOT workshops in the afternoons. They understood translation methodology for translate God’s Word into their sign language. They worked hard and faced some challenges for difficult verses. They have learned a lot. Pray that they will continue to translate God’s Word in the near future. It was a blessing to see them work hard and encourage each other.

They were checking their videos and encourage to improve their translation. The group picture was for Bible Class.

They’re setting a studio up for final filming. The tech person was learning about editing videos. 2 translators did their own chapter.

Great fellowship with brothers and sisters in Christ. A group picture after they received certificates.

Next Mission is Central Asia.

Greetings! Just want to let you know that I will travel to Central Asia tomorrow for DOT event. This is my first time to travel to Central Asia. It’s a great opportunity to expand there. I’m looking forward to it! Here are my prayer requests below…

  • All 4 of us will arrive there safely. No postpones or cancellations.
  • Help us to communicate better with deaf people in Central Asia.
  • Wisdom and guidance during the workshop.
  • For deaf people in Central Asia to open their hearts for God’s Word in their sign language.

I will update with this mission trip. Thank you very much for your support!

Egypt DOT Event

Greetings! I want to say Egypt workshop that started 3 weeks ago was a success. They have completed 5 chapters of Mark. They were really motivated to learn God’s Word and translated it to Egyptian sign language. These believers were born and raised in Christian families, they are not Muslim-background believers. Egypt is an interesting country with a unique culture. They are very friendly, hospitable and peaceful. Food was great, different from other African countries.

Pray for deaf translators will continue to complete more chapters of Mark and New Testament.

Parfait and I went to see Pyramids and Sphinx during a weekend break. We did a camel ride! Great experience in Egypt!

North Africa upcoming workshop

Greetings to all! I have a workshop coming up next week for Bible translation for their sign language. It will be in North Africa. There will be fewer deaf believers in this workshop because in this country, there are very large number of Muslims. See below for prayer requests.

Prayer requests

  1. Protection for me and my co-worker.
  2. Wisdom and guidance for leading this workshop and teaching.
  3. Communicate and understand their sign language.
  4. Deaf believers able to understand Bible passages and translate it into their sign language.

I’m really looking forward to it! Thank you for your continuing support!

Blessings!

National Deaf Fellowship in Austin, Texas

My church was invited to go to National Deaf Fellowship convention in Austin, TX. We were exciting to go there for our first time to attend NF convention. There were 10 of us. I went there as representative for missions. Others in my group were worshipping every night (4 nights). It was great to see some old faces and new faces. There also were workshops to benefit for us to learn. It was a great convention to meet especially after we went through COVID for past 2 years without seeing them in person. I’m sharing pictures and a video below. I hope you’re enjoying it!

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Next month I will go to a country in North Africa for Bible translation workshop. It’s a Muslim country. Praying for us for protection, safety, wisdom, and guidance for this workshop. So I’m really looking forward to it! Thank you for your support!

Madagascar Event Report

Greetings all! I’m happy to report that the event for Madagascar went very well. Every translator have completed their chapter. They did a great job translating, checking, correcting, and putting it into final filming. The 2 pastors served as interpreters did a good job to help them to understand the passages and encouraging them to do well.

We did a weekend break and decided to take a trip to see lemurs. The lemurs only exist in Madagascar. They are really joyful to watch. Very friendly!

We will have a retreat in Cape Town, South Africa next month. It’s an opportunity to get connected as a team. It’s been a while especially since COVID happened. Looking forward to it!

Please continue to pray for teams that I have trained them in the past. Thank you for your support! Blessings!