My name is Bridget,
and I am 24 years old.
This is my story.
Both my husband, Samuel, and I were born hearing. He became Deaf at age four from malaria, and I lost my hearing at the age of 16. It was so difficult. Over time, as my hearing deteriorated, I couldn’t hear my teachers speaking.
Growing up in Burundi, I wasn’t a committed Christian, serving the Lord. At first, when I lost my hearing, I thought God was punishing me. Matthew 7:7 came to mind, so I kept asking the Lord, “Why? Why me, Lord? I knew He would answer. Another familiar verse, Jeremiah 29:11, became a source of hope for me. It states, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord…plans to give you hope and a future.” I knew that God had something more for me.
I began learning sign language, and a friend of mine invited me to a Deaf church. I started going but wasn’t sure about staying because I didn’t know the people in the community. I realized I couldn’t keep going to my parent’s church because they didn’t have an interpreter. Eventually, I decided to stay at the Deaf church, where they used sign language.
My new church sponsored me to attend a Deaf Camp in Uganda. It was there that I met Samuel. He is such a faithful man, Oh, how he loves God! He encourages me on my daily walk with Christ and to pray and serve others. Samuel is an associate pastor at our Deaf church here in Uganda. I serve the women’s ministry. Samuel and I get asked a lot of questions about our marriage. Many marriages fail from lack of joy and peace. We keep pointing them to Christ.
Another familiar verse, Jeremiah 29:11,
became a source of hope for me.
It states, “For I know the plans I have for you,
declares the Lord…plans to give you hope
and a future.”
I knew that God had something more for me.
The Lord has greatly blessed me with a godly husband, a child, and a church where I can help other women. My hope rests in God.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing,
so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. Romans 15:13