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Congratulations to Deaconess Diana Rice

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Congratulations to Deaconess Diana Rice on her graduation from Concordia University of Chicago.  Diana Lee grew up in the city of Macau on the south China Coast. She was a student at Concordia School for Special Education, which was a Lutheran Deaf school until the year 2001, when it became a special education school. At Concordia, Diana learned of God’s Son Jesus Christ who came as a man to the world He had made, and died upon a cross to reconcile all sinners to Himself. Diana learned about her Savior at the school and was catechized and baptized at the local LCMS mission congregation.

Following her graduation from Macau with a teaching degree in 2000, she received a scholarship from Lutheran Friends of the Deaf to come to America to study. First she attended Gallaudet University to improve her English skills and also to learn American Sign Language. Next she studied at Concordia Theological Seminary toward a deaconess degree. After a year and a half, she married a seminary student and became Diana Rice. For more than 10 years Diana put her education on hold. Finally, just this May, after transferring her program to Concordia University Chicago and finishing her classes, Diana graduated with a deaconess certificate

Currently Diana lives in Michigan and works for the Michigan District, based and supported Ephphatha Lutheran Mission Society for the Deaf. She also volunteers her time for projects with Lutheran Friends of the Deaf who 18 years ago made it possible for Diana to begin this long road toward serving Deaf people with the Gospel of Jesus Christ as a deaconess.

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ELMS Welcomes Deaconess Kaitlin Jandereski

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It is with great joy that we welcome  Kaitlin Jandereski to Ephphatha Lutheran Mission Society.

Kaitlin will be serving as a deaconess intern for us as she continues  her journey toward a lifetime of caring for God’s people with the love of Christ.

Kaitlin earned her bachelor's of science in journalism at Central Michigan University and continued her education as Master of Arts student in the deaconess program at Concordia Theological Seminary  in Fort Wayne Indiana.

Kaitlin will work closely with ELMS and continue to work with the deaf & hard of hearing in teaching, church interpreting and as a representative for the organization, and in other ways as needed.

“And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?’ Then I said, ‘Here am I! Send me’” (Isaiah 6:8 ESV).

 

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Our Savior Lutheran Church welcomes 5 new deaf members

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Our Savior Lutheran Church in Hartland, Michigan has been serving Deaf people in their community for several decades. This past Advent, 5 new members completed their study of Martin Luther’s Small Catechism, were confirmed and joined the church. Pictured are Pastor Christopher Thoma of Our Savior, 4 of the 5 new Deaf members and Pastor Thomas Dunseth. Dunseth serves as missionary to the Deaf community for the Michigan District, LCMS, but also supports English District congregations.