About the founder – Becky Lloyd

Becky-Fall-09-mugHello, my name is Becky Brooks Lloyd. I am hearing, but I have a strong Deaf family heritage. My maternal grandparents were Deaf and so was my aunt. My aunt married a Deaf man and they had four d/Deaf children. While growing up, you would think I would have learned to sign with my Deaf family members, but sadly I did not.

In 2000, at the age of 41, I went back to school—after God’s urging for two years—to become a certified sign language interpreter. In the spring of 2003 I graduated with a 2-year Interpreter Training degree in American Sign Language (ASL) from a local community college. That summer I realized I did not have the skills necessary to become a certified interpreter. Again—following God’s leading—I decided to transfer to Gardner-Webb University (GWU) with the goal of a 4-year degree in ASL Studies and a minor in ASL Interpreting. Honestly, this was a huge challenge for me and my family for various reasons; the first being—I was 44. In addition, the commute from my home to GWU was 70 miles one way, the tuition was costly, and the classes themselves were difficult. But by God’s grace, a lot of hard work, and a wonderful supportive family I graduated from GWU in December of 2008.

I have passed the first portion (written) of the National Interpreter Certification (NIC) test and hope to pass the Interview and Performance portion soon; thus, fulfilling the original reason for returning to school—becoming a certified interpreter.  Update:  August 2014, NIC Passed & RID Certified!  Praise God! 

During my years of school from 2000-2008 I began interpreting in my church and for various religious events in the state of North Carolina. I have also taught ASL classes in the community for three years and lead two RID Interpreter Workshops - one on Religious Interpreting and the other on Fingerspelling. During my college years I had the pleasure of being involved in two mission trips to work with the Deaf in New Mexico - one of them counted as an Internship that was required for my degree.  Outside of classes my time has been consumed with researching Deaf culture and language and Ministry to the Deaf.

In the spring of 2008, without any warning, God told me He wanted me “to coordinate the adoption of deaf orphans in the world.” I was completely shocked! My husband and I had never adopted and neither had any of our immediate family. In fact, the adoption stories I was familiar with did not have “happily ever after” endings. However, God had given our 19-year-old son a great love for the orphan. Through his initial encouragement and his sharing of pointed scriptures (James 1:27 being one of them) about God’s heart for the orphan, I have embarked on an adventure that only God knows where it will lead.

I covet your prayers as I seek His guidance each step of the way.

Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this:
to look after orphans and widows in their distress and
to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.
James 1:27

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