|Eric & Juana Quinlan, ICC a los Sordos|
Reaching The Deaf In Dominican Republic
Dear praying friends. I just want to go over with you some of the blessings and opportunities that the Lord has opened for us at the beginning of this year. His grace and blessing has been overwhelming. I praise the Lord for your continued prayer on our behalf. It is by your prayers and God’s goodness that these opportunities have opened to us.
At the conclusion of last year (2008) I encountered a school for the deaf started by a Baptist missionary many years ago and was asked by the director of the school if I would be willing to teach a chapel for the children on a weekly basis. I did not have a problem with that so we began the chapel just before Christmas and have seen growth in the lives of the children there. We had a brake (about 3 weeks) for the Christmas and New Year’s holidays and then began anew in the middle of January. I have been focusing on the life of Christ, since I began teaching the chapel just before Christmas and started with his birth. As we approached Easter I was able to give a clear presentation of the gospel story. I have not yet seen anyone saved through this chapel but I can see the intent interest of the older students as they receive the word of God. I continue to pray for their understanding of the word of God to increase and to see fruit to salvation through this work.
About a month ago (mid March) I was contacted by the “National School for the Deaf” here in the city of Santo Domingo, the capital of Dominican Republic. They had been without a teacher in Bible for quite some time and asked if I would be willing to fill the void. After meeting with the director of the school I agreed to begin with a class for this year. Although the school has a strong Jehovah’s Witness influence through many of the teachers there, the director of the school, a good evangelical Christian, asked for me to teach the Bible from an evangelical perspective, including the gospel. She gave me an open invitation to teach the Bible without restraint or limitation. I praise the Lord for this important open door and the opportunity to share the gospel with the children there. I have begun with a class of 30 students from fourth and fifth grades. Again being close to Easter, I took the opportunity to share the gospel story with them. I had many raise their hands in acceptance of Christ. Praise the Lord. As of now, the director of the school has asked if I can design a curriculum for the entire school of 600 children, ranging from 3 years old to High School, to be taught for the school year 2009 - 2010. Please pray for God’s wisdom for me and my wife Juana as we work on this project together.
Some other blessings include the continued progress of our deaf church here in Santo Domingo south, as well as the opportunity for us to teach a class in sign for a church in the east, with the future hope of planting another deaf church over there. I now have eight women students in the class for sign there and I am praying for God to provide men willing to take the reins of leadership for the new ministry and future deaf church. Please pray with me about this greatly needed area.
May God bless you all as you continue to pray for our ministry here in the country of Dominican Republic. And a special thank you to all of our financial supporters. Your support for our family is greatly appreciated.
God Bless you,
The Quinlans -- Eric, Juana, John and James