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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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CTSFW Interpreted Service

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As part of ELMS's outreach Pastor's Brant A. Engel and Thomas W. Dunseth take turns traveling monthly to Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne Indiana. There they participate in daily chapel by assisting in proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ to those who are deaf by interpreting the service.    Live streaming is available here.

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St. Martin Deaf School

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Ephphatha Lutheran Mission Society (ELMS) in partnership with Emmanuel Lutheran in Dearborn started  St. Martin Lutheran School for the Deaf . St. Martin Lutheran School will provide the best education available in the best environment available through ASL.

In years past the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod was able to serve the Deaf community with Lutheran School for the Deaf in Detroit. After this school closed, there was no longer a way to access the youth in the Deaf community. This is why ELMS committed to starting another Deaf Lutheran School in cooperation with a hearing Lutheran School. Emmanuel has generously offered a room and joint activities during the day when students sign up for St. Martin.

With growing support our hope is to have all the funds needed to keep the school running and tuition free for the next three years.