For Deaf Parishioners, Faith Comes by Seeing1 min read

This is the story of Greg Barnier, a deaf member of Christ Our Savior, Livonia, who for the first time in his life could understand and follow the sermon. It is the story of Christ our Savior, Livonia, where CART (Communication Access Real-Time Translation) captioning is now provided on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month—a service that benefits not only deaf people, but also visual learners. And it is the story of Jeanette Christian, the CART captioner who provides the captions for Christ Our Savior, and who was touched by her experience.

But it is all one story, really: God’s Word is powerful, and goes to work where it is proclaimed, as the Lord says:

So is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire” (Isaiah 55:11).

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“While I was greeting my members, Greg, who is totally late-deafened, came out of the sanctuary with his hands in the air and loud enough so I could hear as well as everyone in the room and said, “I could understand” – a tear welled up in my eyes as I gave him back a great big smile and 2 thumbs up!”

Rev. Dean Davenport and Greg Barnier pictured. Photo credit: Laurie Riegel

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Elisa is a staff writer, copy editor, and photographer for the Michigan District, LCMS.

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