Signs for Hope strives to:
Lifeline Children’s Services partners with us to help pay the expenses of qualified ASL interpreters when Deaf families travel to other countries for adoption. They also have a strict “Best Practices for the adoption of deaf/HOH children”. We are thankful for this partnership!
ABBA Fund, specifically Dwain Gullion, has been a huge encourager for us and the families we serve, since 2010. ABBA Fund has partnered with families adopting Deaf children, on multiple occasions, with grants and no-interest adoption loans. We are thankful for this partnership!
Heart Adoption – God revealed this form of “adoption” the first trip to Liberia, in 2010. He had made it clear, the year before, Liberia was the place to see deaf orphans up-close-and-personal, the first time. Liberia adoptions closed a few months before the trip and I began to wonder what He had in mind, now. I was committed and knew God would not waste this opportunity to teach me much. The great needs, basic needs of life, were grossly evident. They may never have the opportunity to be adopted, but something had to done to provide just the basics for them. Monthly sponsorships for the deaf children, what we call “heart adoption”, were sought.
Currently, Signs for Hope partners with Deaf Child Hope International for facilitating “heart adoptions”. Our Vietnam and Honduras partners, both family preservation focused, benefit from this partnership via monthly sponsorships. We visit the Deaf schools in these countries annually to show our support, to encourage the students and their teachers and to transport communications from sponsors.
Orphan Voice opened New Beginnings School for the Deaf in the Phu Ninh Province in late 2014. We have been partners with them in this endeavor since 2013. The only Deaf school in the area, providing VNSL training (no language or education, prior to this) and other educational opportunities have literally changed the lives of these students and their families. We make annual trips of encouragement to New Beginnings and have loved watching these Deaf students mature and blossom over the years. We are thankful for this partnership!
Deaf Child Hope International partners with us by facilitating monthly sponsorships with our Deaf school partners in Vietnam and Honduras, for Deaf students and their teachers. Based on the model of Compassion International, sponsors have opportunities to communicate regularly with their sponsored child or teacher and can join us as we visit these partners, annually. Our founder is a Deaf Child Hope Representative for these two countries. We are thankful for this partnership!
Please pray about sponsoring one of these students or their teachers monthly. These funds help with basic needs.
We began partnering with Central Deaf Services (CDS) in Da Nang, in 2016. Hands for Vietnam is the US organization supporting this school. This school for the Deaf employs Deaf graduates of the only Deaf university in Vietnam. Deaf teachers at CDS have become the core of the local Deaf Club and now teach VNSL in multiple other Deaf schools across Da Nang. We are thankful for this partnership!
Manos Felices School for the Deaf opened, in 2003 in Tegucigalpa. Christy Owen was the founder. We were connected to Christy in 2018 and began facilitating monthly sponsorships for Manos Felices through Deaf Child Hope International, soon thereafter. From this school and a Deaf church, also founded by Christy many years ago, the Deaf Bible translation team now works translating the Bible into LESHO, Honduran Sign Language. We are thankful for this partnership!
Signs for Hope strives to:
Provide all Deaf/HOH orphans and children the opportunity to know and understand the gospel in their own language and be trained in all that God has commanded.
Then Jesus came to them and said,
All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. Matthew 28:18-20