Christian Society for the Deaf (CSD) leadership from the Ecclesiastical District of General Santos City, South Cotabato conducted a virtual seminar on June 20, 2021, and inspired KADIWA and Binhi members to gain new knowledge.
From the Local Congregation of City Heights, Brother Romeo Bumalay, district CSD adviser, spearheaded the activity aimed at fostering deeper interest among the brethren, especially Church officers, in learning sign language for the benefit of CSD members under their care. Through videoconferencing, he taught basic sign language to the participants who were from the various local congregations in the district.
In an interview, Brother Bumalay said, “These young brethren whom we shared our knowledge in sign language were used as instruments by the Lord God to help the Church Administration to take care our deaf brethren.”
“I learned basic sign language. They taught us how to sign starting from greetings, alphabets, numbers, and up to Church terminologies. This activity helps, especially to further intensify the work of propagation, to invite people in the deaf community,” said Franklin Lagrimas, a KADIWA member from the Local Congregation of General Santos City.
“Truly, the Church Administration has great compassion for everyone, including deaf people. As a Binhi member, this kind of activity makes us learn how to communicate and talk through sign language and encourage our fellow deaf brethren to be steadfast in their faith,” said Chlea Ganzon, a Binhi member from the Local Congregation of City Heights.
“We promise to continue fulfilling our duties in the Church to impart knowledge in sign language to more brethren as possible for the glory of our Lord God,” said Brother Bumalay. ― With reports from INC News Section