Matthew 25:40 The King will reply, I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.
Deaf people in Honduras are shunned, underserved and often cast aside in their communities. They are truly the "least of these." Few opportunities exist for employment and the future is bleak. Our hope is to assist New Life Deaf Ministry with their mission, raising a new generation of Deaf Hondurans one sign at a time.
In the summer of 2004 CSD faculty, in a partnership with New Life Deaf Ministry, developed a teacher preparation program to be implemented for teachers of the deaf in Honduras over the next four summers. While NLDM staff taught courses in LESHO (sign language of Honduras), Deaf culture, and Spanish as a second language, CSD faculty and graduates of the deaf education program taught courses in Language Development, Introduction to Deaf education, Behavior Management, and Psycho-Social Aspects of Deafness. Baylor University students were able to gain valuable experience in classroom teaching, language and literacy, and community outreach through their travels to Tegucigalpa, Honduras. We look forward to a continued relationship with the staff of NLDM and the Deaf community of Tegucigalpa.
How beautiful on the mountains
are the feet of those who bring good news,
who proclaim peace,
who bring good tidings,
who proclaim salvation,
who say to Zion,
"Your God reigns!"
Each summer since 2002, teams of CSD faculty and students have traveled to La Ceiba Honduras to partner with Signs of Love Deaf Ministry implementing innovative language and literacy programs in rural areas. In addition to conducting programs in remote mountain villages, the teams staff annual Deaf Camp which brings children and adults together for intensive language instruction. This unique experience allows Baylor students the opportunity to apply information they have learned in the classroom to a real-world ministry setting within a multi-cultural environment. Similar programs have been conducted in western Kenya as well.