Deaf Ministry at CTSFW Fort Wayne

ELMS supports Deaf Ministry at Concordia Theological Seminary

A student from the Deaf Ministry class at CTSFW interprets the Bible Reading for the morning chapel service. ELMS sends pastoral staff to CTSFW monthly to guide and instruct young men and women studying to become pastors and deaconesses. CTSFW has made Deaf Ministry a priority and has been educating its students since the mid 1980s to care for the Lord’s Deaf children in LCMS congregations throughout the United States and abroad.



Highlights from the Ethiopia Lutheran Deaf Mission

Despite the aggressive spread of the pandemic we are trying to meet with our Deaf Lutheran friends and pray together. In this picture are some of our Deaf leaders gathered for their annual thanksgiving program. We were greatly encouraged by the Word of God.

The Lord gave us a new vision to work on the Jesus film. Though this film was created many years ago it is not yet interpreted into our Ethiopian Sign language. My children are now involved in this translating work and we hope that in the coming two or three months it will be completed and our Deaf people will enjoy it.

More and more Deaf people are coming to learn about marriage issues. Some will marry very soon. This is our new year. People are smiling hope. We even started to go back to churches every Sunday. We never lose hope. We give thanks to our Lord Jesus.




ELMS Welcomes Deaconess Intern

Anna Barger

It is with great joy that we welcome  Anna Barger to Ephphatha Lutheran Mission Society.

Anna 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.  Anna 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.