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Group pic of the graduates with Rev. Law Hui Seng

There were smiles and congratulatory handshakes at Grace Methodist Church (GMC) as the students received their sign language certificates yesterday morning.

Also known as MySL, the basic course started in last April. It is one of the outreach programmes under the auspice of the Membership and Evangelism ministry in GMC.

The course is intended to equip more people in the marketplace with the sign language skill for effective communication with the hearing impaired.

Twenty-one people graduated. Most of them are working adults from other church denominations.

Assisting the principal instructor Victor Hii were his wife Kristy, church volunteer Lucy Kong and 4th Miri Boys’ Brigade Captain Roseline Lee who are all proficient in the basic sign language.

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Rev. Law Hui Seng presenting a certificate to a student

In his congratulatory message Rev. Law Hui Seng praised the students for their purpose and perseverance.

“The sign language itself is a language. Like all languages, if unused it will be forgotten. Seize the opportunity to communicate with the hearing impaired. It can also be a wonderful ministry in your respective church to share the good news with the hearing-impaired community,” encouraged the Pastor-in-charge of GMC.

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Joseph Ang delivered his speech in English and by signing

One of the promising students is Joseph Ang.

Even the axiom “shoes come in pairs” holds true as his reason to join the class was initially just to accompany his girlfriend Genevieve, a school teacher.

Contrary to his expectations, Joseph was hooked from lesson one.

“I want to thank GMC for offering this useful course to the public. Without the opportunity I wouldn’t have discovered the fascinating world of sign language. My new found focus is now on the next elementary level. In the long term I aspire to be an instructor. I hope to create more awareness about our hearing-impaired community. Though a minority group, they too need our love and due consideration,” shared the 29-year old administration executive working in an oil and gas contractor company.

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Julia, wife of Rev. Law Hui Seng received a badge for not missing a single lesson!

Registration is now open at GMC office for the upcoming elementary class (Aug 21, 2010) and the basic course (Aug 22, 2010).

For more information, please email Victor Hii at victorh@tm.net.my

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As mentioned in my earlier post, Parents’ Day was celebrated in my church last Sunday.

The Sunday School teachers did a good job in delivering two presentations; one of themselves doing a skit and another of the children singing a song.

Active young adult church member James Chai also did a good job in putting a video clip of old photos and loving messages from overseas students to parents via web cam. It was heart-warming seeing these students honouring their parents on the big screen in the church sanctuary!

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Pastor Rev. Law Hui Seng in his quiet time during prayer.

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Hearing-impaired couple knew what was going on through sign language by another fellow church member.

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Skit by the Sunday School teachers.

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The children doing their part by singing a song for parents.

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One of the parents receiving an appreciation hamper.

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