January, 2023

Dear Friends,

We ran into a bit of a snag sending funds to two deaf Nigerians, Cyprian and John, as they prepare to head to seminary in Igbaja, Nigeria. After a brief delay, were were able to get funds from the “Andrew Foster Memorial Scholarship” to them, and they’re now enrolling. Pray that we’ll be able to get interpreters for them before they fall too far behind.

Second-story construction in Chad

We’re excited to see construction progress in Chad. In just a few more weeks, we’ll be ready to put the roof in place.It’s been a long time coming.

Director Shukuru reports that our newest building in Baraka (DR Congo) has had a set back. Robbers broke into the school and stole some chairs, solar equipment and books. Ideally, we need to build a wall around the compound. The parents – mostly poor rural villagers – are willing to help contribute, but the best they can come up with is about 10% towards a $12,000 wall. It may actually be cheaper to build a small home on property for Shukuru and his family, so he can live there and do a better job protecting the facility.

Parents of deaf children taking sign-language classes in Baraka, DRCongo

In the mean time, a number of the parents have asked for sign-language classes so they can communicate with their deaf children. Shukuru was more than happy to host some evening classes in town. It’s good to see the parents getting excited about the education their children are receiving, and interested in learning how to communicate with them. We’re praying that this will open more doors for Gospel work in their families.

Indeed, your prayers are coveted.

Tim Foster
Christian Mission for the Deaf