I am the youngest in my family and liveÂ with my parents, sister and brother. I wasÂ born hearing, but when I was two yearsÂ old I was very sick with meningitis andÂ became deaf. My family learned signÂ language, so now I sign to communicate,Â and I read and write English.
I started to attend Sunday SchoolÂ when I was three years old. My GrandmaÂ was my teacher because she could useÂ sign language with me. I learned a lotÂ of things about the Bible and how GodÂ made the world and everything in it. IÂ always believed the Bible was true. LaterÂ we learned about the life of the Lord JesusÂ and how He died on the cross and tookÂ the punishment for our sin. We attendedÂ church services where my Mom, DadÂ and cousin Carmen interpreted what theÂ speaker was saying for me.
One evening when Carmen wasÂ interpreting, she stopped. I asked why she stopped interpreting. She said thatÂ there were some German-speaking peopleÂ in the meeting, so the preacher hadÂ started to speak German and she didnâ€™t Â understand German. Then we startedÂ to discuss how God understands all theÂ languages including sign language, andÂ He even knows what we are thinking.Â I began to realize that I didnâ€™t need anÂ interpreter to talk to God as I did when IÂ talked to everyone else, but I could pray toÂ Him myself.
I wanted to be saved from theÂ punishment for my sin. I knew my familyÂ members were all saved and I was afraidÂ of being alone if the Lord Jesus came backÂ to take them to Heaven.
When I was 12 years old, I went toÂ visit my Grandma. She got down on herÂ knees and prayed every night. One nightÂ I got down on my knees too. Using signÂ language, I asked God to forgive my sins. IÂ knew Jesus loved me and died on the crossÂ for me.
Now I read my Bible every day becauseÂ I want to learn more about Jesus and howÂ God wants me to live. I know I may neverÂ hear my family on earth, but the first oneÂ Iâ€™ll hear in Heaven will be my Saviour!
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