Deaf Peoples

Victor and Madeline Hawthorne, ministry leaders in Southeast Asia, heard unpleasant news about a Deaf Southeast Asian partner in a neighboring country. Their family traveled on Christmas Day to investigate the truth of the allegations. Christmas plans were interrupted, but God made it clear that they were all to go. Madeline was thankful to see how well Victor worked with everyone and to learn her way around. While it seemed wasteful for their whole family to go, it ended up being a sweet time for them to explore new places and serve together. In January, their student volunteer needed to renew a visa, and all planned options had closed except for a teammate and Madeline joining him on the visa run–to that neighboring country! Although Madeline hadn’t planned to travel either month, God knew and had prepared her for the second trip. While there, they met with several Deaf attending a hearing church and also with about 20 Deaf who spent hours asking questions, trying to quench their thirst for the truth. They desire to start a Bible study in their heart language, so teammates are working on connecting them with local Deaf believers. Praise God for unexpected travels and blessings!