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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.

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Macau Hurricane

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Recently in America many people have lost cars and homes as a result of the hurricanes in Texas and Florida. Shortly before these occurred, a hurricane hit Hong Kong and Macau. People who live there said they had seen nothing like this in their life times.
 
Our mission society has been supporting Deaf Mission work in Macau for 14 years. Though the mission to God’s children has gone back nearly 6 decades. Local Lutheran staff members and missionaries have stayed in an apartment that is owned by Concordia School in Macau. This has been a blessing to many, as those who stay there do not need to pay for an expensive hotels. Currently we are in need of some renovations for this apartment. There is water damage and need for some renovations and simple furniture replacement.  Any donations to this project would be welcomed with thanksgiving.
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Deaconess Work

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ELMS recently became an internship site for the Deaconess program at Concordia University in Chicago. Diana Rice began in January of 2017. She is Deaf and it is her hope to be a deaconess to the Deaf community. Diana, her husband and her 4 children moved to Michigan back in September. Currently she is teaching an ASL class to the hearing children of Emmanuel Lutheran school, attending outreach opportunities in Deaf community events, caring for Deaf shut-ins and helping with ELMS tutoring program.