Sunday, June 7, 2009

Meet Our Team - Maureen Denner

Hi there! My name is Maureen. I am humbled at the privilege of going to the Caribbean Christian Centre for the Deaf (CCCD) in Montego Bay with a team of amazing educators this July. This will be my third mission trip to CCCD. I am the only "non-teacher" on the team, bringing my experience and training in the vocational community with me. I will be presenting a workshop focusing on Vocational Training for the upper grade teachers at CCCD.

I became involved in the Deaf community in 1992 when I graduated from the Interpreter Training Program at Tarrant County Community College (now Tarrant County College). Following graduation and certification, I went to work with Texas Rehabilitation Commission as a Vocational Communication Specialist, assisting Deaf clients with job search and retention, as well as post secondary educational interpreting. After graduating with a Bachelor of Social Work degree, I transitioned my work in the Deaf community to that of Case Worker at a local Deaf Services agency.

It was during my time at Texas Rehab Commission that God found me, picked me up from my filth, cleaned me up and called me His! I grew up going to church, and always knew God was out there somewhere, but it took being at my lowest to look up and realize He was pursuing me my whole life. His plans were so much better than I could ever imagine. When I asked Jesus to be Lord of my life, He made amazing changes in me. It did not happen over night, and there are still things with which I struggle. My saving grace now is knowing I am not alone.

God has presented a wonderful opportunity for us to come along side the teachers at CCCD and share the gifts God has given us, so they can share those gifts with their students. My prayer is that my business background and experience within the Deaf community will be useful to the teachers at CCCD to empower their students to be successful members of the employment community of Jamaica.

Please pray for our team as we finalize our workshops and prepare to leave. Pray for our families that will be staying here in the U.S. Please pray for the teachers at CCCD that their hearts and minds would be open to what we bring. Pray for our team to maintain servants' hearts. Most importantly, please join us in praying that God will be glorified through us.

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