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Celebrating Chinese Year

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The Deaf Celebrated Chinese New Year on February 23 at Trinity Lutheran in Traverse City, Michigan. The deaf church there has had deaf ministry for many years. They have hosted Chinese New Year parties and invited me to come this year. I have recently moved here to Michigan and met many new deaf people at the party. They were very warm and welcoming and we all enjoyed ourselves.

Pastor Dunseth came as well, bringing his wife with him. She helped a lot, with cleaning, cooking, and pretty much anything to do in the kitchen. The two main hosts welcomed us into their house for the night and showed us exceptional hospitality. They welcomed us with love and friendliness, they used their time, fed us, etc… They did so much. The word hospitality is more of a traditional thing. It sort of embodies how God welcomed us into his kingdom with ought any merit in us. They showed us this hospitality through their actions. When the food was ready, many people flocked to get it, and they all enjoyed it. Pastor Dunseth gave a presentation on Chinese New Year, Chinese culture, and the difference between Christian and worldly viewpoints on the prior two. The presentation helped the deaf people understand what the worldly view and what God’s kingdom profit us. How we are saved through Jesus Christ.

The people not only enjoyed the food, but also learned how to make spring rolls. The deaf people all enjoyed themselves but more importantly everyone learned something about God. The Chinese New Year party  was a wonderful opportunity to bring the gospel to the deaf community. I met a lot of new people and enjoyed building new relationships.  -  Diana Rice

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Family Matters Workshop in Lansing

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Family Matters Workshop

On Saturday March 16, 2019 Deaconess Diana Rice from St. Martin and ELMS, attended the Family Matters Workshop at Lansing Community College (sponsored by C.S. Mott Children's Hospital and Hand and Voices) . This one-day workshop was created for children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing and their families. What a great event for all who attended.

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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).