Reaching the Deaf for Christ
Deaf Ministries International works in 20 countries in Asia, Africa, South America and the Middle East, helping to establish resources and facilities to bring the message of Christ and aid to deaf people.
PO Box 395 | Beaconsfield Victoria 3807 | Australia
Tel: +613 5940 5431 | Fax: +613 5940 5432
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Finally, some good news coming out of the Philippines - we believe our dormitory in Borongan on Samar Island is intact after being hit by Typhoon Haiyan!
It took the director of the dormitory, Rodel five days of travelling through some of the worst affected areas to reach Borongan but the message we have received is that the dormitory is “still standing”.
Details are still very scarce due to the lack of communication infrastructure in the area. We have not had any direct communication with Rodel, and we’re not even sure how this message got out! We don’t know what “still standing” means, and we have had no word on the children who live at the dormitory during school term.
We are thankful to God for the miracle of the building still standing, but please continue to be in prayer for Rodel and the children. Even though the typhoon has passed, there are still many dangers from disease and the lack of food and water.
You can help us support those who have lost their families, homes and livelihood by making a donation to the DMI Disaster Relief fund today by clicking on the PayPal Donate button (above right) and please write ‘Philippines Disaster Fund’ in the description.
Give a gift that changes lives this Christmas - Check out the Deaf Action Gift Catalogue
Please note - we can only guarantee delivery of gift cards for Australian orders. If you live outside of Australia but would like to purchase gift cards in preparation for Christmas 2014, then your inquiry would be welcome.
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You may have read the newspaper reports about the destruction caused by the 7.2 magnitude - Bohol Island - earthquake on 15th October.
This impacted our work in Cagayan de Oro, where we have been improving and re-roofing the dormitory building at the rubber plantation site, ready for occupation by students who were forced to relocate after a dormitory in a close-by town was closed.
Construction was almost completed when the earthquake struck, leaving the ‘unset’ concrete in a cracked and misshapen state.
Just when the Project Leader and students were looking forward to occupying the dorm, where they would receive an education, a welcoming place to eat and sleep, this natural disaster struck. To illustrate the impact of the local damage, here is an excerpt from a Philippines-based aid organisation …
“In less than one minutes on October 15th, the quaint tropical island of Bohol was set back 20 years in development by a 7.2 magnitude earthquake and the subsequent 1000 plus aftershocks. The toppling of homes, stores, schools, hospitals, and 500 year old churches were only a foreshadowing of the realities of the long term effects of loss of communications, water, power, and passable roads. Even knowing the death toll is impossible because many communities are totally cut off. Thousands of people have lost their homes, schools have been rendered unusable, as well as many hospitals and government buildings.
Both Sagbayan and Loon towns have been terribly impacted. Our first priority is to care for the kids, teachers, and dorm parents. As our dormitories have been badly damaged, we need to repair or reconstructed them. This is also true with classrooms. Extra measures are needed to get food and water to these schools as supply routes are almost totally destroyed in some areas. Funds are greatly needed to accomplish these tasks.”
Are you able to contribute towards the “Disaster Relief Fund”?
2014 DMI Conference
Seoul, South Korea from 7th - 11th October 2014
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Registration will open soon.
AUSTRALIAN ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING REPORTS
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An Obedient Man
In October 2011, DMI held its 5th International Conference in New South Wales, Australia.
One of the international delegates was Deaf Pastor Lewis Nkhoma - DMI Director from Zambia and overseer for several deaf churches
(200 attendees). At the start of his journey naturally there were concerns from his family - his well educated siblings (all hearing) when
they learned that Lewis had been called by God to plant a church “he wouldn’t get paid enough by the Deaf”. They were right!
Lewis went through considerable hardship in the early part of his ministry, washing buses for pay and he slept at the bus station each night. After marrying, he & his wife had to live separate lives for the first 14 months, not having enough money to rent a room. Now they have a 1-room apartment and are blessed with two small boys … Blessing and Taonga (means thanks). Lewis loves to lead praise and worship in sign language. Filmed in connection with the DMI Conference, Lewis (brown jacket) demonstrates his enthusiasm
He is Above All
Here is is beautiful presentation of ‘Above All’ signed by ladies from Monash City Church if Christ, Victoria, Australia on Easter Sunday 2013. A mixed group of Deaf and Hearing, lead by Melanie Robertson (D)
DMI Syria celebrates 8th Anniversary
Jesus words give hope and encouragement for us not to give in to despair … read Nedal and Fadi’s latest newsletter
Here’s a video message from the Deaf in Syria to all supporters of DMI. Please pray for them as they endure unimaginable hardships every day due to the civil war in their country
Lean not on your own understanding
DMI's Finance Manager, Matt, dines with Val & Doug in Zamboanguita
Proverbs 3:5-6 are favored verses to remember, especially at times when you may be in disbelief at the direction your life is taking. Canadians, Doug & Val Clutton were in exactly this situation five years ago when the Lord nudged them to consider a life back in the Philippines. Read their newsletters which highlight the fascinating story of how an audiologist became an agriculturalist!
Want to know more about DMI and what we do? Check out this short video. Share it with your friends, and make sure you subscribe to our new YouTube channel for more videos in coming months.
Thank you Seung Su
Recently, Neville & Lill had the pleasure of hosting a young deaf man from South Korea, whose idea it was to produce a short impact video for DMI. When time permitted, Seung Su visited the office to select photos and film clips from Neville’s vast selection. Not only did this young man enjoy sightseeing and skydiving during his short stay in Victoria but, he also captured some informative video and voice-overs from Neville, then completed the task after arriving back home last week.
DMIís vocational and skills training program in Ligao has received a few success stories that weíd like to share. read more…
$16,000 Clean up bill in the Philippines
Part of our mission in the Philippines will be to investigate the damage caused by last year’s typhoon to the work in Cagayan de Oro and to ascertain the repair needs. We have reportedly about $16,000 worth of damage, which includes repair of the road to the rubber plantation so that we can get our rubber out.
Armieís first ever school photo probably looks very different to yours.
Armie is 30 years old and has just graduated from grade 1. She is deaf, and hasnít had the same opportunities for an education as you. Her parents are both deceased, so she lives with her sister who couldnít afford the cost of sending her to a specialised deaf school.
Last year Armie was able to begin her education at a Deaf Action funded school in the Philippines, thanks to donations from our generous supporters. For the first time in her life, Armie is able to learn reading, writing, maths and sign language, giving hope that she will be able to break out of the cycle of poverty.
Armieís story is not unique. There are thousands of deaf children around the world who donít receive a basic education either because their family canít afford it, or because the deaf schools are too far away.
Deaf Action partners with Deaf Ministries International to provide educational facilities for a group of children that are often forgotten about. Deaf Action website We provide dormitory accommodation for those who need it, and full scholarships for those who canít afford the cost.
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Gerd Martinsen Memorial Fund
Gerd Martinsen ‘Mormor’ had a heart for missions and followed, with great interest, the development and growth of the Church and Bible School at the DMI Centre in Kampala, Uganda.
In her memory, a fund has been established to receive donations towards the ongoing needs at the Centre as each year new students require training. After graduation, these students eagerly go out into other countries to spread the Gospel.
Need a Gift Idea?
Have a look at our new gift brochure to purchase a gift that will change the lives of at risk, deaf communities in Africa, Kenya, Myanmar and the Philippines! Pigs, Chickens, School Uniforms, Trees and Plants and more … Print/view the brochure PDF 1.2MB
Sponsor A Pig
The pigs are back! The project came to a halt following a disastrous succession of typhoons and local disease but, we are up and running again. A team from Berwick Church of Christ in Melbourne, Australia repaired the pig pens so with a new breed of pigs the project has been recommenced. To breed and raise a pig to selling age costs about $80. Once sold the profits go to the running of the school and the remainder reinvested into the program. So please sponsor a pig for $80
Click here to view pig sponsorship, and other projects.
On this website:
Bible School & Church Fund
DMI helps children in needy countries, giving them the opportunity to receive an education. Find out how you can sponsor a child or school.
Our mission is constantly expanding, so we try to keep our supporters informed about new developments through email updates and newsletters from our missionaries.
We currently support 16 missionaries working in different areas as well as pastors, evangelists and teachers from within the countries we work.
We are currently sponsoring several projects to help support evangelists in the field, as well as starting self-sustaining businesses for deaf workers.
More about DMI:
Find out about our two conferences.
Find out how you can support us.
Our Norwegian website.
Our Japanese website.
DMI Korea Our Korean website.