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Founder of the Deaf Ministry at Mission Point Christian Church. Married with Chante Cepeda.

Deaf Conference Fuddrucker lunch event

Deaf Ministry is planning a lunch at Fuddruckers ( on Saturday, July 7th, 2012 from 12pm-2pm. It will a special time of fellowship and encouragement and will be a lifetime memory!

Deuteronomy 27:7 “Sacrifice fellowship offerings there, eating them and rejoicing in the presence of the LORD your God.”

Location at 115 Alamo Plaza, SA TX 78205 near Gonzalez Convention Center about 10 minute walking distance.

We appreciate the General Manager, Lauren Woodus, allowing us to reserve up to 60 people with no cost for the reservation.The price for our group dining will be $7 plus tax per person, which comes out to $7.57. For this price, we offer 2 meal options; a 1/3lb burger with fries and a drink, or a grilled chicken sandwich with fries and a drink. Any added toppings would be extra. Overall you are saving about $1.62 per person, compared to the regular menu price! You don’t need to pay in advance but instead you will pay when you get to the restaurant.

Lauren informed me that I will need to confirm one week in before the conference, on June 28, 2012 via email.

Please email us by June 21th, 2012 to let us know if you or anyone else would like to join our special lunch together. When you email, include the meal option that you would like to eat. Any questions, please feel free to email us below.

Joe/Carole Cepeda
Assistant Deaf Conference Coordinators

8th Deaf Trivia

Did anyone answer all of them correctly? Are you ready for the next Trivia today?

The answers for the 7th Trivia questions from 2-27-12 are shown below:

1. C
2. A
3. B
4. D
5. C

1. ABC TV show Switched at Birth, airs on Wednesdays at 7pm Central Time.

A. True
B. False

2. In the 3-5-12 Michelle McWilliams article, which city does she say she is currently living?

A. New York
B. Oklahoma City
C. Chicago
D. El Paso

3. How many weeks does FCC allow deaf customers traveling abroad to use International Travel through VRS?

A. 4 weeks
B. 2 weeeks
C. 2 months
D. 6 weeks

4. When was NAD (National Association for the Deaf) established?

A. 1900
B. 1750
C. 1680
D. 1880

5. Does Keith Wann only perform as a Comedian?

A. Yes
B. No

The answers will be shown on the next 9th Trivia on April 30th, 2012. Good luck!

RSL song by Roman Harchuk

Roman Harchuk, is a deaf disciple from Vinnitsya, Ukraine. He performed a special song for the sisters called Red Rose in Russian Sign Language. Videos shown below with English scripts.

Love Can Heal Anyone

Hebrews 3: 13 but encourage one another daily, as long as it is called today, so that none of you may be harden by sin’ s deceitfulness.

This past year, I have been working on how to show love on various levels. To be honest, it’s been challenging not because of giving love but to those who are on the receiving end, don’t always believe in love. It really broke my heart. I made it more of a goal to read people and find ways to serve them with the hopes that they feel loved. 

This past Christmas, I decided to try something different. I made award certificates that lists people’s strengths and spiritual gifts with scriptures from the bible.  I made one for everyone in the North Los Angeles Deaf Ministry region.  After sharing with each individual, I was able to witness an amazing transformation.  The Love was so evident that just seem to move our ministry in such positive ways.  Our ministry has four bible studies going and more visitors have started attending our church.  I know it’s the work of the Holy Spirit urging us to “pay it forward” the love that we have received from Jesus’ sacrifice. 

I wanted to take the time to share this amazing good news and encourage you to go “pay it forward” to your ministry and friends. 

“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you.  Now remain in my love.   If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.  My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.” John 15: 9-12

In Christ,

Christine Rushing
Los Angeles Deaf Ministry

Michelle McWilliams

Hello Brothers and Sisters! My name is Michelle McWilliams. I’m 23 and I live in a western suburb of Chicago. I did undergrad at Elmhurst College, where I studied Speech-Language Pathology and minored in music. I was involved with many choirs and theater productions in college. During my senior year at Elmhurst I took a course in ASL and really loved it! I decided to pursue ASL interpreting instead of grad school for Speech Pathology. Currently I am in my second semester at Harper College studying ASL. I will apply for the interpreting program next semester. I don’t know yet where God will lead me with this, but I would love just to be able to interpret worship services someday!

I have been a disciple since June 18th 2009. I grew up in a Non-denominational/ evangelical church. I was very blessed that this upbringing gave me a hunger for God and His Word. In College at Elmhurst I was involved with Campus Crusade for Christ and attended several Bible studies. I met a disciple named Josh during a production of Shakespeare’s a “Mid Summer Night’s Dream” we were both in the cast. I found out he went to a “Bible Talk” and, since I loved the Bible, I decided to check it out. I eventually studied the Bible and got baptized. It was hard at first to understanding my former doctrine wasn’t in line with the scriptures, but I really clung to God’s word and knew that I had to follow no matter what. Josh and I are now dating! He is not studying ASL but I’ve taught him a few things and he has picked up a lot about classifiers.

1st and 2nd Peter are two of my favorite books in the Bible; I love the power and clarity they give. One of my favorite scriptures is 2 Peter 3:9 ” The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”

This scripture encourages me a lot because even though I want so badly for everyone to become a disciple, God wants them to become a disciple more!

7th Deaf Trivia

The answers for the 3rd Trivia questions from 12-26-11 are shown below:

1. B
2. A
3. C
4. D
5. B

Did anyone answer all of them correctly? Are you ready for the next Trivia today?

1. On 2-20-12 Ivan Strean’s article, how long has he been interpreting?

A. 5 years
B. 8 years
C. 15 years
D. 10 years

2. True or False: Does the iPad 2 support playback of closed-captioned content?

A. True
B. False

3. When was the announcement made for Andrew McKinnon & Canberra Theatre, the first in the world to offer Go Theatrical by Captioning Studio?

A. January 1, 2012
B. February 16, 2012
C. March 1, 2012
D. December 28, 2011

4. Who is Sean Berdy?

A. Deaf writer
B. Deaf interpreter
C. Deaf Counselor
D. Deaf actor

5. Who is a deaf person that has won a Nobel Peace Prize?

A. Dr. Guillaume Amontons
B. Dr. Kreigh Ayers
C. Dr. Andrew Manning
D. Dr. Frank Hockman

The answers will be shown on the next 8th Trivia on March 26th, 2012. Good luck!

Ivan Strean

My name is Ivan Strean and I have been a disciple for almost twenty-one years. My wife Gwen and I live in Palmdale, California and we attend the Antelope Valley Church, where I am a minister. We have three children ages 6, 5, and 2. I first gained an interest in signing when I was a child. My grandparents were Deaf but I never met them. However, my father was a CODA and fluent in ASL. He started teaching me when I was about five.

I have been interpreting for almost 15 years. I got my start in interpreting in the church. One day I brought a couple of Deaf people to church and I was interpreting for them (rather awkwardly I might add) when a man approached me from the congregation. He asked me if I wanted to switch and let him interpret for a while. I reluctantly obliged and I am glad I did. This interpreter was AWESOME! After the service he told me his name was Buddy and that he was interested in starting a Deaf ministry. About a year later he did. It wasn’t too long after that, that I was asked to move to the San Fernando Valley to be apart of that ministry.

I have been a certified NIC Master level interpreter for about five years now and I work part-time at Sorenson Communications, California State University, Northridge, as well as freelance work in the community.  I enjoy interpreting and I interpret for the Church whenever I can. Where I live there is no Deaf ministry. Some day I hope God will open a door for a deaf ministry in my area but until then I will continue to pray.

I love the bible and being able to instruct and counsil. I have many favorite scriptures but one of them is Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” Philippians 4:8 NIV

I am looking forward to 2012 and all the great things that God will do. I am also looking forward to meeting many new friends and the world conference in July as well as seeing may old friends. Until then God bless.