I can hardly believe I’m here – learning all these things, making my way to helping those hands my heart longs to hold. I can hardly believe I’m writing this first post – the first post of a blog which aims to open our eyes and spread the word of this need.

The need? Deaf children throughout the world will never learn sign, will never be able to communicate or be communicated to. Many of those who will may have basic communication, but not the full expression of a developed language. Their hands are their only way of speech, and those hands are left speechless.

They’ll never read, never write, never know our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

They’re the reason my hands are aching. They’re the reason my hands are typing, desperate to beckon your hands to join my own in prayer, to raise them in praise to a God Who sees these children and has given us the means to help them, and to use these hands to raise up their own, giving them language and the knowledge of God through their hands.

I hope you’ll join me on this journey.

A. Ariel Vandebrooke

14 thoughts on “About

  1. Wow… Ariel… We are in awe of God’s work in you. We will join you in prayer! Hugs, Uncle Chris and Aunt Melinda ❤

  2. You don’t remember me but I met you when you were just a little girl of 6 or 7yrs old. Your mom & dad sang in my wedding and I love them very much. Your mom & I met on a missions “trip” and we were roommates. I was so encouraged by your post. Your father recommended his friends to read it and to have a glimpse of your heart – your desire to reach out, with literally your hands, to teach others not only signing but teach others about our glorious King & Lord. I am inspired to want to do more…I will commit to praying for you while you are on your missions trip and serving Him. Stay safe & know God will bless your efforts as you grow in Him.
    Blessings, Vivian Mills (& the rest of the Mills Family) Eph. 3:20

    1. I know who you are:) Mom has spoken of you often over the years. Thank you so much for your prayers. And please feel free to subscribe to keep up with what The Lord is doing here in India:)

  3. Wow, r u in speech and language for your career? I am a school based occupational therapi st and work closely with S&L’s !!! I think it’s wonderful that u r experiencing first hand work in India with this population! May God be at work through u:)

    1. After Bible college, I was going to college for writing/ communications, American Sign Language and nonprofit. I was only there for a semester, though, before The Lord led me here. I’m pretty young, so I don’t have an established career yet, but my long term goal is to be a book author and nonprofit blogger to advocate for deaf missions and encourage the church…. And be a homeschool mom of a bunch of biological and disabled adopted kids. (You know, when I can find a man who is game for all that 😉 haha)

      Since my education and experience is very limited, I’d love if you’d glance over my sign curriculum raisinghandssigns.wordpress.com …. If you’d like to. I’d love to have any wisdom you would like to offer:) (if not, though, no worries:)

      Yes, I am very grateful to The Lord for this opportunity to serve Him here:) Thank you so much for visiting and commenting. It is such an encouragement to hear from you:)

  4. Many thanks for reblogging my post on KFC in India. I am curious where your ministry is located in India. I would be happy to reblog from your blog, if you let me know.

    1. I am SO SORRY, annetbell. I did not see these comments until now! As you must know from my blog, I have really been out of it and these comments just slipped right past me. I do not have a ministry location in India. I did some work there at pre-established ministries and with individuals, and my current goal is to raise awareness and start a nonprofit organization that sends out people to start new ministries and help out at existing ones. I’d love if you’d repost from my blog, if you still want to! And I apologize again for not seeing your comments till now. It’s been a joy connecting with you.

    1. Thank you so much for this nomination. I’m sorry I didn’t see it way back when you posted it. I’m praying for continued good health so I can be more on top of it with my blog and see comments like these sooner rather than later. Thanks again.

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