The fight to keep empowering the Deaf

February 9th, 2017 by Jo Johnson

In many parts of the world the Deaf are truly marginalised. Most Deaf children are born to hearing parents, and in many countries, paying for the type of specialist education a Deaf child needs isn’t generally considered a priority.

Even when their parents are willing to pay for their education, teaching in sign language isn’t necessarily available. Schools for the Deaf play a crucial role in empowering the Deaf, but there are not always enough places for everyone who needs one.

Because of this we are saddened to hear that one such school in Kenya, the Kibarani School for the Deaf, is possibly facing closure because a major financial supporter has withdrawn its funding. Staff from our partner DOOR International, together with Kenya’s national Deaf association, teach God’s word to nearly 200 Deaf students in the school and train teachers on a regular basis.

Kenyan schools are required to provide religious instruction, which presents a challenge to teachers who often either are not sufficiently proficient in sign language or don’t have a religious background and so don’t know how to teach Bible stories to the children. This gives DOOR a wonderful opportunity to not only teach the students about God’s word but also about God’s plan for their lives, at the same time as training the staff.

Please pray with us that:

  • God will provide ongoing sustainable funding for the Kibarani School for the Deaf, so that it can stay open and continue to empower Deaf children.
  • Praise God that the teachers remain dedicated to their jobs, even though they are not currently being paid.
  • Deaf students, who are learning the gospel through DOOR, understand how valuable they are in the eyes of God and would come to have a personal relationship with him.

Find out more and read the full article on Mission Network News.

Find out more about the work of DOOR International.

Pray for other marginalised people groups by subscribing to our magazine Words for Life which is packed full of interesting articles and gives a daily prayer request as well.

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