Rooted in God by seeing the Gospel.
My name is Brenda and I was not raised in a Christian home. Being the only Deaf person in my family, I attended a Christian vocational school for the Deaf. There are very few schools for the Deaf in Uganda. The few schools we do have are primarily run by Christians.
Growing up it was difficult for me to understand the religious book my family used. My family didn’t know sign language, so they could not communicate with me about what they believed. It was at this vocational school that I first saw the Gospel message in my sign language. It was then that God’s Word took root in my heart and I learned about Jesus and understood why He came to save us.
A small group began meeting at the school to learn more about God in our Ugandan Sign Language. As the group continued to grow, we launched a Deaf church in our local community. Our original pastor recently passed away, but our church continues to grow, and the school group continues to meet and grow as well. God is so faithful!
I have tried to read the Bible, but it is very difficult and I understand very little. When I see Scripture in my Ugandan Sign Language, see my pastor teach us in Ugandan Sign Language, and see my brothers and sisters in Christ discuss it in Ugandan Sign Language, I know this is best. I understand God’s love for me. Others can see and understand it as well…I can see it in their eyes!
Deaf people who are not Christians come to church because they want to be around others in the Deaf community. They are exposed to Jesus and see the changes in people’s lives. They are drawn to the goodness Jesus is growing within us.
Jesus touches my heart and gives me so much joy! I am so happy and thankful that my children are the first in my family to be raised in a Christian home.
So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.”– Colossians 2:6-7 (NIV)