Congratulations to Deaconess Diana Rice

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.

St. Martin Deaf School

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.