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Adam Carlson

Adam Carlson was born deaf and raised in the Twin Cities, MN, USA.  He was attending a non-denominational church during his childhood, through high school.  During this time, there was no interpreter available for him to receive much of the Sunday messages.  Adam learned ASL at a young age and had the assistance of an interpreter for his mainstream education.

Adam’s biggest challenge for being deaf is not being able to do what his heart felt compelled to do.  It was always his childhood dream to be in the Law Enforcement field, however heavy use of phone, radio, and the importance of hearing (for the sake of safety) are not things that he is able to do.  He is still on a quest, following wherever God leads him.  God has a plan for him in life, and he wish to seek it out and follow it.

Adam went to a Christian college where he met his future wife.   He married Mikenzie after she graduated college, and he finished 2 years.  Shortly after getting married, Adam got a job at a public school where he met a fellow ICOC disciple.  She introduced Adam to the Church of Christ in Minneapolis, where they made arrangements so that he could have an interpreter for his church services!  Adam became a disciple because this is what God asks of me.  He has made Jesus Lord and Savior on my life, and thus, he wished to be born again in Him. Adam try to follow His footsteps each day, and bear the cross each day as well.

After a year of attendance, and bi-weekly studies with his small groups and pastors, Adam was baptized in June of 2010.  He is still studying the bible everyday with his family, including his wife, who was baptized through another church.

Today, Adam is the only deaf disciple at Minneapolis/ St. Paul Church of Christ.  For this reason, things are a little different.  His ability to communicate with the hearing world is still okay, as he able to lipread somewhat.  Adam does get plenty of attention in church, but it is mostly from his close church family who is making sure that he is doing well 🙂 God bless his church family for going out of their way to make sure he is easily overcome any barriers that his deafness may present. Adam knows that God has a plan for me as a deaf disciple as well, and he plan to use this unique situation that he is to serve Him as best he can.

Ever since Adam was born again, God has truly blessed him.   He has been given an incredible opportunity for a new career.  Adam was given 2 brand new hearing aids by Starkey Labs.  God has also given Adam and Mikenzie a new baby!  We are due to have our first child in July, 2011.

First and foremost, Adam is going to continue to grow in Christ.  He is slowly but surely becoming a true disciple.  His first goal is to help lead by example.  He wants to serve the Lord by giving time, money, and my skills to help others.  Adam does love absolutely everyone that God introduces me to!  He does have more long term goals; however they are not fully formed yet.  His wish is to someday become more involved in the deaf community here, and reach out to some of God’s lost children.   Currently, his work that he does now allows me to meet new deaf people each week.

Los Angeles Deaf Ministry

In March 1995, there were 15 disciples from Boston, Chicago, Orange County, Sacramento, San Francisco, and Washington DC, who went on a mission team to established a Deaf Ministry in Los Angeles, California. Some of them are deaf and others are hearing. God called them together to start a dream and a vision of a Deaf Ministry in LA. With the support from LA Church of Christ financially and spiritually, the mustard seed of faith made the vision came true. Today, the LA Deaf Ministry consist of 14 deaf disciples & 11 interpreters disciples.

They have interpreter services on Sunday and midweek services. There is a Deaf Bible Talk & Deaf Services at CSUN. Deaf Retreat meet once per year. Please contact Joe Colllins, Los Angeles Evangelist and Deaf Ministry Leader at jkcollins007@gmail.com for more info about the LA Deaf Ministry team. You can also contact Jermaine/Kathy Cornish, Deaf Ministry Deacons at Los Angeles Church of Christ for any spiritual advices about our ministry. Jermaine’s email is jgcornish@gmail.com. Kathy’s email is klcornish4@gmail.com.

Simkovsky’s Family

Matt Simkovsky is an interpreter student for the Interpreter Program at San Antonio College. He is fluent in American Sign Language (ASL). Matt used to teach ASL classes to disciples. He encouraged them to learn how to communicate in ASL to the Deaf Community. His wife, Diana, is an ASL signer. They have four children. The Simkovsky family moved from San Diego to San Antonio in March 2010. They are constantly involved in the Deaf Ministry, supporting Joe/Carole Cepeda. Matt has over eleven and a half years of Deaf Ministry experience and has lived in Hawaii, San Diego, Singapore, and now in San Antonio.

Matt and I went to the Deaf Expo at Austin, TX from 9am-2:30pm on April 16th, 2011. It was a wonderful experience to see deaf people communicate in ASL and deaf organization booths such as Deaf Link, Sorenson Video Relay Services, Sprint Video Relay Services, Purple, ZVRS, and others. We look forward to supporting one another as our Deaf Ministry grow closer to God. Special thanks for the Simkovsky’s for their passion and support to our Deaf Ministry.

Katie Kessler

My whole life grew up going to church. Every week, sometimes two, three times a week. I was taught that God will take care of me. He provided me with physical things, such as my loving family, my health and an education. And also spiritual things such as peace, joy and kindness. But when I moved out of my home in the mountains and into the valley to California State University Northridge, I quickly learned that I was in love with the things that God provided me with, and I was not in love with my Provider. When I was approached by Zachary Lotane, deaf disciple, and he simply asked if I wanted to go to his church, I never knew that my life would pernamently be changed. I felt loved and accepted by the church and started to study the Bible. After months of walking through the “valley of the shadow of death” God revealed His glorious plans for me and I made Jesus Christ my Lord and was baptized. I died to myself and came alive in Christ on January 20, 2011. I am currently pursue to study Interpreter Program to get certified interpreter for the deaf. I am involved the Los Angeles Church of Christ Deaf Ministry.
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