At the end of February, the Ephphatha Lutheran Mission Society together with Lutheran Friends of the Deaf held a church interpreter training workshop for local Michigan interpreters. Concordia University in Ann Arbor kindly hosted this event.
It was a great success! 14 church interpreters and students from ITPs (interpreter training programs) from southeastern Michigan and northern Indiana spent the day in classroom and chapel sharpening their skills in interpreting the Word of God for Deaf people. Not only did interpreters leave the workshop better equipped to interpret Christian concepts and Bible verses, the Deaf mission staff of the Michigan District made many new contacts which may be called upon to interpret in Lutheran Congregations within the district who have Deaf ministries. There will certainly be more of these workshops coming soon!