|Mission team from Southern Hills Church of Christ, Buda Texas: David & Jana Suddath, Cathy Williams, Bob Mathews|
|Jana Suddath teaches the deaf children at Mua School for the Deaf in Malawi|
Conducting the studies Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning was David Suddath, of Westover Hills Church of Christ in Austin. David is deaf, and naturally fluent in American Sign Language (ASL), but wasn't familiar with very many of the signs in Malawian Sign Language (MSL). So David taught mostly in ASL, with Lucy Siwinda translating into MSL.
|David Suddath teaches deaf Malawians, as Lucy Siwinda helps by translating into Malawian Sign Language|
|Describing what it means to "obey the gospel"|
David preached a lesson at the Chariot on the plan of salvation, Responding to the invitation were 21 deaf individuals and 1 hearing. We arranged for a temporary meeting place for the deaf to worship, as well as a minister to preach and interpreters so they can understand.
|David baptizes a deaf woman -- one of 21 deaf who were baptized that day.|
We need prayer warriors worldwide to pray for the future of this congregation and the strengthened faith of its members. Already these new Christians are facing persecution at home, and on the job. We've heard of beatings and job threats. This is saddening to hear, but we are encouraged by their faith. Please pray for this congregation, and for Aubrey Malire, who will be bringing the word to them weekly. Also pray that God will lead them to a suitable location for worship -- some place where they can worship without fear for their safety or jobs.
|There were 28 deaf Malawians who heard the gospel, most of whom are pictured here. At the left of the photo is Cathy Williams, of Austin Texas, and at the right are David & Jana Suddath, also of Austin.|