Illona Smith’s involvement with deaf ministry started many years ago, the first exposure being through a Deaf co-worker. He told Illona that his entire hearing family went to church regularly but he never got much out of it because there was no sign language interpreter for him. God touched her heart that day. This was almost 30 years ago. After a short time, he began to teach her American Sign Language (ASL). Because of his encouragement, she attended school, workshops, seminars, and deaf-related activities to learn to give God her best.
She has worked several years as a certified interpreter with Dallas ISD’s Regional Day School Program for the Deaf at Woodrow Wilson High School in east Dallas. Currently, she is enjoying working as a certified interpreter for Dallas County Community College District. She also teaches a Families That Sign ASL class. This is for relatives of Deaf/hard-of-hearing individuals who want to learn to better communicate using American Sign Language.
“The first time I visited here the Holy Spirit confirmed to me that this is home. It has been a true blessing and I am grateful to God to be in a ministry where I can continue to grow and serve Him.”
Ed & Charlotte Graham
Ed & Charlotte have been in Full-time ministry for 30+ years. They have been Pastors, College Professors, and Teachers. Ed is Ordained with the North Texas District, Assemblies of God and has a Missions Appointment, Deaf Culture Ministries.
Currently developing and teaching leadership training curriculum for deaf men and women, with learning centers established in Chicago, Springfield/Kansas City, Baton Rouge, and Burlington VT. Vision: Build a strong deaf discipleship and service center in Dallas, and in major deaf population centers across the U.S.
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