A Deaf marriage rooted in God’s plans and purposes
My name is Bridget, and I am 24 years old. Both my husband, Samuel, and I were born hearing. He went Deaf at the age of 4 from a malaria fever, and I lost my hearing at the age of 16. It was so difficult. My teachers would speak, and over time I couldn’t understand what they were saying.
Growing up in Burundi, I wasn’t a committed Christian. I knew Scripture, but I wasn’t serving the Lord. When I lost my hearing, I thought God was punishing me. Jeremiah 29:11 kept me going. Even before I was born, Jesus knew me and had a plan. Another Scripture that helped me was Matthew 7:7. I kept asking the Lord, “Why? Why me, Lord?” I kept asking knowing full well that He would answer.
I began learning Burundian 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 also knew I couldn’t keep going to my parent’s church because there was no interpreter. I eventually stayed at the Deaf church because they used sign language.
Through my church, I was sponsored 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 in my walk with Christ, and to pray and serve. Samuel is an associate pastor at our Deaf church here in Uganda, and I help to minister to the women. So many people do not have peace in their marriages. Samuel and I get asked a lot of questions about our marriage, and we keep pointing people to Christ.
God has greatly blessed me with a godly husband, a child, and a church where I can help other women.
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”– Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)