Signs of Love - Special English Audiobook

     Signs of Love

Signs of Love

  Thank you for joining us for today’s Spotlight program!
   Thank you for joining us for today’s Spotlight program!
  I’m Liz Waid.
   I’m Liz Waid.
  And I’m Sara DeKoster.
   And I’m Sara DeKoster.
  Spotlight uses a special English method of broadcasting.
   Spotlight uses a special English method of broadcasting.
  It is easier for people to understand,
   It is easier for people to understand,
  no matter where in the world they live.
   no matter where in the world they live.
  -If my hands can make a difference,
   -If my hands can make a difference,
  -If my hands can make a friend,
   -If my hands can make a friend,
  -Let my fingers do the talking,
   -Let my fingers do the talking,
  And help make the silence end.
   And help make the silence end.
  This is a poem by Stefanie Drown.
   This is a poem by Stefanie Drown.
  This poem is about using your hands to talk.
   This poem is about using your hands to talk.
  Stefanie believes that hands can make a difference.
   Stefanie believes that hands can make a difference.
  She believes hands can help people become friends.
   She believes hands can help people become friends.
  She says that people can use their hands to end silence.
   She says that people can use their hands to end silence.
  What does she mean?
   What does she mean?
  Stephanie is talking about Sign Language.
   Stephanie is talking about Sign Language.
  Sign Language is a method of communicating.
   Sign Language is a method of communicating.
  A person using Sign Language
   A person using Sign Language
  does not need to speak or hear.
   does not need to speak or hear.
  Instead, Sign Language uses particular body movements
   Instead, Sign Language uses particular body movements
  to send a message.
   to send a message.
  For example, a person using Sign Language
   For example, a person using Sign Language
  moves his hand in a particular way.
   moves his hand in a particular way.
  This movement or sign has a special meaning.
   This movement or sign has a special meaning.
  It represents a word or an idea.
   It represents a word or an idea.
  Many people around the world use Sign Language to communicate.
   Many people around the world use Sign Language to communicate.
  When a baby is born his parents care for him.
   When a baby is born his parents care for him.
  As he grows older his parents teach him their language.
   As he grows older his parents teach him their language.
  They teach him how to communicate with other people.
   They teach him how to communicate with other people.
  In time, a healthy child learns how to communicate well.
   In time, a healthy child learns how to communicate well.
  He tells others what he thinks.
   He tells others what he thinks.
  He uses his language to tell others
   He uses his language to tell others
  what he needs and wants.
   what he needs and wants.
  He shares stories.
   He shares stories.
  He forms friendships.
   He forms friendships.
  A person who can communicate well
   A person who can communicate well
  with others becomes part of a community.
   with others becomes part of a community.
  But what about babies
   But what about babies
  who cannot learn to speak?
   who cannot learn to speak?
  What about babies who cannot hear?
   What about babies who cannot hear?
  Learning a language often depends
   Learning a language often depends
  a lot on what a person is able to hear.
   a lot on what a person is able to hear.
  The World Federation for the Deaf
   The World Federation for the Deaf
  estimates that there are seventy million
   estimates that there are seventy million
  deaf people all around the world.
   deaf people all around the world.
  They live in every country and city.
   They live in every country and city.
  And eighty (80) percent of these deaf people
   And eighty (80) percent of these deaf people
  live in developing countries.
   live in developing countries.
  Authorities in developing countries
   Authorities in developing countries
  often do not know how to help these deaf people.
   often do not know how to help these deaf people.
  They do not know what deaf people need or desire.
   They do not know what deaf people need or desire.
  Even people in communities often do not know
   Even people in communities often do not know
  how to treat or react to deaf people.
   how to treat or react to deaf people.
  Many of these developing countries are poor.
   Many of these developing countries are poor.
  They do not have the resources
   They do not have the resources
  to deal with the needs and desires of deaf people.
   to deal with the needs and desires of deaf people.
  This means that many times,
   This means that many times,
  deaf people are alone.
   deaf people are alone.
  They feel as if governments, authorities, friends,
   They feel as if governments, authorities, friends,
  and even family have left them.
   and even family have left them.
  Many families do not even know
   Many families do not even know
  how to communicate with their own deaf family members.
   how to communicate with their own deaf family members.
  This may make the deaf person feel lonely.
   This may make the deaf person feel lonely.
  She may feel as if she has no worth.
   She may feel as if she has no worth.
  She has no way to communicate.
   She has no way to communicate.
  She may feel as if she has no hope.
   She may feel as if she has no hope.
  Well, one group wants to fix that problem.
   Well, one group wants to fix that problem.
  This group is “Signs of Love.”
   This group is “Signs of Love.”
  Robin Hanna is the director of Signs of Love.
   Robin Hanna is the director of Signs of Love.
  She tells why she started Signs of Love.
   She tells why she started Signs of Love.
  “In 1990, I was attending University.
   “In 1990, I was attending University.
  The University required me to take a foreign language class.
   The University required me to take a foreign language class.
  So, I attended a class about Sign Language.
   So, I attended a class about Sign Language.
  As I learned the language,
   As I learned the language,
  I learned that I enjoyed signing very much!
   I learned that I enjoyed signing very much!
  I also learned a lot about Deaf Culture.
   I also learned a lot about Deaf Culture.
  I began to work with the deaf.
   I began to work with the deaf.
  I worked with many different groups.
   I worked with many different groups.
  I worked with deaf people at my church.
   I worked with deaf people at my church.
  And I also interpreted, or translated,
   And I also interpreted, or translated,
  speech into Sign Language for deaf people.
   speech into Sign Language for deaf people.
  In 1994, I went to Mexico
   In 1994, I went to Mexico
  with a group to teach people about Jesus.
   with a group to teach people about Jesus.
  In Mexico I saw
   In Mexico I saw
  that many deaf people there could not communicate.
   that many deaf people there could not communicate.
  There was a great need there for Sign Language.
   There was a great need there for Sign Language.
  The next year, in 1995, I went to work in Honduras.
   The next year, in 1995, I went to work in Honduras.
  I felt God was calling me to do something.
   I felt God was calling me to do something.
  Deaf people in developing nations were not receiving help.
   Deaf people in developing nations were not receiving help.
  No one was working with deaf people living in country areas.
   No one was working with deaf people living in country areas.
  These people had no hope.
   These people had no hope.
  They could not communicate with anyone.
   They could not communicate with anyone.
  I knew I could do something
   I knew I could do something
  to help these people.
   to help these people.
  So, in 1999, I started a group called Signs of Love.
   So, in 1999, I started a group called Signs of Love.
  We chose to begin our work in Honduras.
   We chose to begin our work in Honduras.
  I moved there.
   I moved there.
  And I will stay in Honduras
   And I will stay in Honduras
  until the group here has a deaf leader.
   until the group here has a deaf leader.
  Then we will begin to work in other countries.
   Then we will begin to work in other countries.
  We can make a difference for the deaf people in these countries.
   We can make a difference for the deaf people in these countries.
  Signs of Love says that many deaf people
   Signs of Love says that many deaf people
  in the country of Honduras cannot read or write.
   in the country of Honduras cannot read or write.
  They can only communicate with a few people.
   They can only communicate with a few people.
  And most of them only know about twenty-five (25) words.
   And most of them only know about twenty-five (25) words.
  Many cannot even write their own name.
   Many cannot even write their own name.
  Signs of Love says this is the case in many developing countries.
   Signs of Love says this is the case in many developing countries.
  People in situations like this
   People in situations like this
  often have no hope of going to school,
   often have no hope of going to school,
  driving a car, voting,
   driving a car, voting,
  or even marrying who they want to marry!
   or even marrying who they want to marry!
  They can often be physically or sexually abused.
   They can often be physically or sexually abused.
  They are victims because they cannot communicate
   They are victims because they cannot communicate
  or tell authorities about the attack.
   or tell authorities about the attack.
  Signs of Love brings language to deaf people
   Signs of Love brings language to deaf people
  living in places like this.
   living in places like this.
  They teach Sign Language classes to deaf people.
   They teach Sign Language classes to deaf people.
  They train people who are hearing and people who are deaf.
   They train people who are hearing and people who are deaf.
  The people that Signs of Love train
   The people that Signs of Love train
  can teach other people Sign Language.
   can teach other people Sign Language.
  Signs of Love sometimes also provides money
   Signs of Love sometimes also provides money
  and supplies for deaf people who are very poor.
   and supplies for deaf people who are very poor.
  Sometimes communities are afraid of deaf people.
   Sometimes communities are afraid of deaf people.
  So, Signs of Love also works with the community around deaf people.
   So, Signs of Love also works with the community around deaf people.
  They teach the community what it means to be deaf.
   They teach the community what it means to be deaf.
  They teach the community that deaf people have value.
   They teach the community that deaf people have value.
  They hope the community will accept deaf people
   They hope the community will accept deaf people
  and show them love and respect.
   and show them love and respect.
  Why does Signs of Love do this?
   Why does Signs of Love do this?
  Well, Signs of Love believes it is important to share the love of Jesus.
   Well, Signs of Love believes it is important to share the love of Jesus.
  They believe that part of showing love is being able to communicate.
   They believe that part of showing love is being able to communicate.
  Signs of Love shows people what the love of Jesus means.
   Signs of Love shows people what the love of Jesus means.
  Communication is important for all people.
   Communication is important for all people.
  Sometimes we can be afraid of people
   Sometimes we can be afraid of people
  who are different than we are.
   who are different than we are.
  But it is still important to try and communicate with them.
   But it is still important to try and communicate with them.
  You could even learn Sign Language
   You could even learn Sign Language
  to help communicate with deaf people
   to help communicate with deaf people
  in need in your community.
   in need in your community.
  We close this program with the same poem we read in the beginning.
   We close this program with the same poem we read in the beginning.
  Think about what your hands can do.
   Think about what your hands can do.
  If my hands can make a difference,
   If my hands can make a difference,
  If my hands can make a friend,
   If my hands can make a friend,
  Let my fingers do the talking,
   Let my fingers do the talking,
  And help make the silence end.
   And help make the silence end.
  The writer and producer of this program was Liz Waid.
   The writer and producer of this program was Liz Waid.
  The voices you heard were from the United States.
   The voices you heard were from the United States.
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  This program is called
   This program is called
  “Signs of Love: Reaching Rural Deaf Communities.”
   “Signs of Love: Reaching Rural Deaf Communities.”
  If you have a comment or question
   If you have a comment or question
  you can email us at radio@english.net.
   you can email us at radio@english.net.
  We hope you can join us again
   We hope you can join us again
  for the next Spotlight program. Goodbye!
   for the next Spotlight program. Goodbye!


 

 

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