We regularly receive requests and invitations to visit, help and serve various orphanages around the world. With each invitation, the request is included in the priority of prayer before Almighty God. It is amazing to see how God arranges the bringing together of people for His service in the most exceptionally wonderful ways. Back in 2018 here in America, Brother Bowman received a letter from some servants of God in the small islands of Papua New Guinea concerning a unique children's home in Peru of South America. It took God working in three continents to bring about a glorious journey.
Through many months of prayer and communications, God orchestrated the opportunity for Brother Bowman to travel down to Peru and visit this children's home. It was a very unique experience because the majority of their work was to serve deaf children.
It is estimated that over 5% of the world's population – or 466 million people – has disabling hearing loss (432 million adults and 34 million children). The United States has approximately 1,000,000 people who are total deaf, and millions more who live with severe hearing impairment or other kinds of "troubles" with their hearing. Likewise, the nation of Peru has an exceptionally high number of deaf individuals, perhaps in the millions.
There is no official count of how many adults and children suffer living deaf in Peru because they are a forgotten group of people. The big majority of the Peruvian deaf people can be found living in the poorer sections of the capital city, Lima, where very limited resources for the deaf can be found. There are only two public schools in their entire country where the deaf can learn through sign language; but after that, they are on their own. It is a sad reality that most deaf Peruvians don't even finish school because they cannot afford to or they live too far away from established schools for the deaf.
Most deaf Peruvians' lives are a daily struggle of trying to understand and be understood. They are often looked down by the hearing society, and live an isolated life among the hearing. Many are very lonely and miserable, because most deaf people are unemployed or receive lower than minimum wage, living in deep poverty.
When asked, the deaf people in Peru say they adhered to the same religion as their parents, although they may not fully understand what that religion entails because they never had it explained to them through a language they clearly understood. Yes, there is Peruvian Sign Language, but because schooling is very limited for deaf people, many do not receive a good teaching of sign language to facilitate clear communication and understanding.
Romans 10:14 asks some good rhetorical questions: "How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?" We would ask the same questions geared for the deaf: How then shall the deaf Peruvians call on Jesus in whom they have not believed? And how shall the deaf Peruvians believe in Jesus of whom they have not read in sign? And how shall they learn about Jesus without a sign language interpreter?
The deaf Peruvians need Christian people who can tell them about God and His great love for them through their established Peruvian Sign Language. Nevertheless, because so many deaf Peruvians do not have any good knowledge of basic sign language, they also need Christians who can teach them their Peruvian Sign Language, and thus be able to clearly teach them about the simple good news of Jesus Christ.
Although society has in most ways forgotten the Peruvian deaf people, the LORD GOD has not forgotten about them. He sees their loneliness. He understands their confused hearts. He seeks to give them light and clarity about the Lord Jesus Christ, and He has a remnant of great Christians who are seeking to educate, teach, love, and care for the Peruvian deaf people, specifically deaf children.
Brother Bowman reports that his time at this unique children's home in Peru was a glimpse of Heaven on Earth. Being deaf is indeed a disability that sadly isolates the individual from many things we hearing people take for granted. Even with these circumstances, it was amazing to see God using compassionate diligent servants of God to help deaf children be rooted, built up, and established in the faith, as well as to be taught and trained in good education so to give them a purpose and success in this life.
Orphan Frontier takes great pleasure in supporting precious deaf children who suffer from this deprivation. Praise the Lord, a few good churches exist that host Children's Homes for deaf children. The homes diligently labor to give these precious youngsters a solid education, food, clothing, care, and the love of Jesus Christ.
The great news is that opening the doors for communication for deaf individuals absolutely transforms and improves their lives. The feeling of loneliness is replaced by close friendship. Deaf people's minds awaken with the ability to finally read, write, communicate, and express themselves with others. They are given the opportunity to find out their life's purpose and to thrive in the same way that hearing people do.
Would you be willing to open up your purse or wallet and donate toward this wonderful work in Peru? Just imagine what your life would be like if you could not properly communicate with others around you. Today you have the opportunity to help remove the shackles of loneliness, ignorance, and prejudice from deaf children. Would you please help them today?
Brother Bowman has written and published over nine books. For every generous donation that comes into Orphan Frontier this month, Brother Bowman would like to send a free copy of one of his books. Along with your donation, he asks that you mention which book you would enjoy reading. You can find a listing of his books by clicking on "My Books" at www.OrphanFrontier.org/lawrence. We also encourage you to read more about this wonderful Children's Home by visiting www.OrphanFrontier.org/peru.
Our sincerest gratitude,