Since returning to Nairobi, I have made a new little friend named Brian. We have the best conversations about his family, school, and Jesus. The best part about these conversations is that they all take place using sign language. My first Sunday back working with the kids in Sunday school, I asked Brian a question only to discover that he was deaf. At first, I was bummed because I couldn’t talk to him, but then I thought it was worth a try to see if maybe he understood American Sign Language. His face lit up when I used my hands to ask him his name. We became friends instantly. This past week I had the opportunity to teach a few of the boys his age that come to Sunday school some sign language so that they could at least greet him when he came to church. I never imagined that God would use that sign language class I took as an elective in college to show His love to a little boy in Africa.
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