Silvester is one of our hearing-impaired leaders from Rwanda. When he was only 10 years old, a bomb exploded near him, shattering his eardrums. The explosion was the last sound he heard. Soon afterward, both parents died. His older siblings rejected him, refusing to care for him. For the next 6 years, Silvester lived on the streets, trying to survive.
However, God was at work. Local Christ-followers rescued him and helped him attend school. This month, Silvester graduated from our International Training Institute (ITI). For this young man, his graduation meant everything.
Most of our deaf graduates have little, if any, formal training. It represents a dream come true to put on their graduation cap, gown, and hood and march in to celebrate the completion of their ITI training.
But there’s more to the story. The hearing impaired ITI class of 25 was completely taught by 4 of our 2017 graduates! Consider the opportunity as there are nearly 1 million deaf people in Kenya, making these oft-rejected men and women a virtual lost people group. Our graduates serve as pastors and leaders in deaf churches and ministries. All take seriously their responsibility to reach out and share with others what they’ve learned … so, the story continues.