Strong Hands Ministry 2017 Updates

Strong Hands Ministry 2017 Updates


Mingalaba greeting from the Qaranivalu family we’re happy to be able to give you some updates about our time and what? Myanmar Sometimes when we go through daily life it seems monotonous, and we wonder if we’re even making progress However during these times when we stop and we pause we look at all that we’ve done this year we realize that God is doing a lot of things and we are so thankful to be able to share with you some of those things today We feel like God is growing our vision and our heart for the deaf community We’re thankful for the new networks that we’ve been able to create this year, and we look forward to sharing with you What we’ve accomplished, and also, what our goals are for next year earlier this year the Franklin Graham crusade continued It was an encouraging time for our deaf people as the Yangon were able to participate with the translator This gave us the idea that when we hosted GO-fest with YWAM founder Loren Cunningham that we would provide Translation also and invite the deaf members of our church and also all the deaf community To attend this was the first time that the deaf had ever been invited to a missions conference We not only were excited about those who attended which there was about 20 of us in all but we were also Encouraged because it gave awareness to the other pastors and missionaries that attended the conference About what the deaf community is doing and that there is a deaf church That is active we provided translation for them And they were able to meet Loren Cunningham and some of the other speakers and they were very excited about this event This is also an opportunity for them to get free bibles that they were Very excited to give to their families as some of them come from buddhist families and their parents are so buddhist So we were really encouraged by this event and we look forward to being able to include the deaf community in Future Christian events in the Yangon This year another change is that we formalized our ministry? We are still doing the same thing only this time we have sat down We have come up with a vision and we have a new name the name of our ministry is called strong hands Strong hands for two reasons one because we use sign language when we’re talking But also when we serve we use our hands So we call it strong hands ministry our vision is to see people experience the transforming power of God in the deaf community To gain confidence and to thrive in society this can come in many forms One of the main ones that we like to speak about is our cross home This is a home that we have created to provide a safe place for deaf people who are transitioning? Mostly students who want to attend a deaf school, but also we do other things. We do bible training We’re working with our pastor in the local deaf community and we want this to be a ministry that is Flexible and able to meet the best people’s immediate needs This is something that is in connection with YWAM youth with your mission And we are very thankful for the way that it is growing And we look forward to adding more people to our group so that we can reach more people evangelizing across the entire nation of Myanmar About this time last year. We created what we call our crossed home. This is an apartment that was rented out in order to house deaf students and anyone who is in transition if You remember from our fundraising last year we were fundraising for a little boy named Jaung Kaung He was the first student to participate in our cross home program, and he is still with us at the time He was seven years old and his father brought him from the village his father was feeling helpless because there was no way to educate Jaung Kaung in the village that they were at by staying with us in cross home Jaung Kaung has been able to attend Deaf school Learn Deaf sign language as he ended learning daily living skills cleaning cooking and things like that We are so thankful for a co-worker Bawinu as she is running this house as there’s still laws That foreigners and locals cannot live together in the same house So Bawinu and her family run the apartment for Jaung Kaung to school and also a tutoring program our Friend Kho Lay Wah that we met through our deaf church is a teacher and she is able to volunteer her time five nights a week To come and tutor deaf children so through our cross home program. We saw three Young girls come to our tutoring program after school and we formed relationships with their mothers most of them are single mothers Who are struggling to send their children to school and also work? This is a great opportunity to do evangelism and to show loves got God’s love by providing the basics food nutrition education Housing our Cross Home is growing and so recently in may we moved from our apartment to a downtown location closer to the Mary Chapman school this apartment is a little bit bigger and Since then we have added two new students two high school students to our cross home These students have graduated from Mary Chapman school grade 8 but they want to attend high school in order to attend high school These deaf children need to go to a hearing school And try to make it on their own by reading lips by doing the workbook and so by staying with us They are able to attend a hearing school and able to receive extra help in the evening with the tutoring program We are so thankful for Bawinu Kho Lay Wah and all the rest that volunteer their time to help us run this apartment in the apartment we provide clothes food of course to housing and anything that the child needs medical care or Educational needs books pencils things like that And so it’s important for us to have people help us in fundraising and giving donations for this cross home ministry We are so thankful that it is growing And we look forward to the other students that have been talking to us about possibly coming to the village Staying with us while they attend Mary Chapman school. Thank you for your donations towards or across whole ministry when we created Cross Home for this home to be a Transition home that means anyone who is in need that needs to place to stay as they transition into school or work, whatever Situation they’re in this year. We had the opportunity to help a four month old baby the situation with this woman Is that she was married and her husband left her and Meanwhile her family did not want to help her raise this child? So after four months she had been bringing her child to work and the owner of the work said you cannot bring the child to Work anymore so she felt very helpless did not know what to do and she was going to give this child to the monastery So we said that we would take the baby in and try to find a place for him We quickly found out that the orphanage is in Myanmar typically do not accept infants and children under 1 years old So instead we tried to find a family for Joseph He stayed with us for many weeks as we tried to find a family and we are so fortunate that God was already moving He had been speaking to the hearts of a couple that we work with in YWAM about possibly adopting a child so when the Opportunity came to meet joseph they knew in their hearts that this was the timing that God had for them to accept this child They previously had a difficult situation Where the man had lost three of his children and his wife in the hurricane that happened years ago? when he got married to his new wife they also lost a baby and So they were had to go through a lot of emotions and healing from these past traumas and were ready to take on a new Boy, we are so thankful that baby joseph found a loving Christian home. We know that God has a great purpose in his life And we get to see him every few months as we meet together with the other YWAM community For conferences meetings and updates. He is doing very well he is very happy and he is growing so we are very thankful that our cross home was able to provide a Housing and loving situation for this baby even though he was not deaf. He still was able to transition from a difficult situation into a loving one Another example of the ministry that our cross homeless doing is about a little boy named Mankwyi We we heard a knock on our door at about 5:30 in the morning And when I open the door there were two men there and a little boy as soon as I saw the little boy I Understood that this was for our ministry So we welcomed them in and what we called Bawinu to come down and talk to the father The Father Had come to the village with another pastor And he shared that for the past seven years they have been watching Manakwyi, and they are unable to take care of him so they said they have been praying for the last year how to give him to an someone to take care of him because they Don’t want him anymore So this little boy Manakwyi showed up at our house with only the clothes on his back and no shoes and no place to go The boy knew decided to accept him into a Cross Home program and work with him Originally the parents said that Manakwyi is death, but through working it with him we realized he is not deaf But he does have a mental handicap this handicap in Myanmar They don’t necessarily have a lot of education about the different types of handicapped So I believe this father perhaps did not really know what the handicapped was for medically after taking care of medically for a few days we realized that it would be difficult as He does have problems going to the bathroom eating by himself and some of the basic Daily needs we still very much Love Manakwyi We and we are alert looking for a place for him to be full-time an orphanage perhaps a school that works for handicaps it seems like there is still a great need in Myanmar for nGO, or Volunteers that work with handicapped people and so please pray for us as we try to find a place for Manakwyi as he does not quite fit into what our vision is working with the death Right now Bawinu continues to take care of him we are seeing him make improvements for example. He is now able to feed himself without making a big mess And so we continue to pray for Manakwyi and for being able to provide the best care for him in The meantime it was an opportunity for us to include Bati in our ministry since Manakwyi did not have any shoes we asked Bati if she would give a pair of her shoes to Manakwyi Lee it took a little while to process that even though they are Bati’s shoes Manakwyi would be using them But she was able to give And she learned a lesson about giving What we have to people who don’t have and we are thankful for that opportunity to include Bati and what we are doing please Continue to pray for Manakwyi and also for the future children that may come to us From the village or from locally that we would have the right connections to plug them into churches Volunteers schools or orphanages where their needs can be met to the fullest? another great accomplishment for us this year is that Three years ago when you first met with the principle of Mary Chapman school for the deaf here in Yangon Myanmar She said that one of the need was to create a sign language dictionary There’s a couple of reasons for this Number one is that Many children’s have been sent to school. They’ve been learning sign language however Their parents their families and friends aren’t able to communicate with them If we have a sign language dictionary they can be able to learn the sign language by themselves whenever they want When children’s returned back from school and children get back home they can be able to communicate with them in a better way the second question is a numerous sign language in Myanmar and the goal is to create a universal sign language by creating a sign language dictionary Through our partnership with deaf ministry international (DMI) and Immanuel Church for the deaf here in Yangon, Myanmar directed and pastored by Thein Zalian We were able to come together and create the dictionary and also come together and create signs for words that don’t have signs We’re able to blend together the signs from upper middle and also lower myanmar and create one universal signs that can be taught throughout the entire Country This sign language dictionary not only includes everyday science, but also religious signs as well You know the bible contains 66 books with that 66 books it has many names Names of places in lots of Bible terminology, you know in the bible We have names like Adam eve. Abraham Isaac, and also. We have the 66 books the names in new testament We have Matthew Mark Luke and John and also in places in the Bible like Jericho Jerusalem Canaan in Egypt and many more. It was really great effort to come together and create sign for these words Pastor Thein Zalian was able to sit down and sketch out the visual signs on people We did some fundraising and we are so thankful that we Accomplished this great achievement through God who gave us his strength and his wisdom It was published printed and distributed across Myanmar, to school church, and to families as well We continue to go about our daily schedule learning sign language and a bit of burmese we also continue to do teaching Alissa as an English teacher for a burmese student as well as Manasa doing some bible teaching Bati is growing and is getting ready for preschool. She loves getting out and being social talking to her aunties and uncles Anything to do with coloring painting and she is a joy to be around very talkative Also this year we found out in January that we were pregnant and we were very excited And planned a rest of our year around that unfortunately in February I had a miscarriage and so we lost baby Jerusalem and From there there were some medical complications with heart palpitations anemia things like this And that is why we are currently in the United States We had already purchased tickets to come and have the baby so after prayerful consideration we decided to come home for the summer and do some fundraising to pay back the medical bills that we accumulated and also fundraising for the future year as well as allowing me to get some medical check-ups and Follow up on what happened during the miscarriage So it was a difficult time for us this year But we are thankful that we are able to get connected to the right care We thank you for your prayers, and we hope to enjoy the rest of this summer our goal is to return in august However, we realize depending on the medical care and the fundraising We may need to stay a bit longer But we are still pushing to hopefully be able to return to myanmar in august so thank you for your prayers And thank you for including us in your partnership in furthering the gospel of Jesus

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