On a recent Saturday, the tee shirt I happened to throw on was a Gospel School for the Deaf one, as I got ready to head off to the grocery store. While I checked out at the register, the clerk noticed my shirt, and inquired about the school. I gave her the usual spiel, and asked if she knew of any deaf children not in school. As it turned out, she did. Her son Jeremiah was 10 years old. He had been in a regular first grade class for 6 months, when he became ill with Meningitis and lost all of his hearing. He has not been back to school since. I immediately set up an appointment for his mom to bring him into school the following Monday.
Jeremiah and his mom came in to school bright and early on Monday morning, and registered for the start of school in January. As you can see by the smiles, both were very happy. As they were leaving the interview, Jeremiah held up 6 fingers toward me, and I was confused. His mom explained that he still thinks he’s 6 years old, because that’s what he had been taught the last time he attended school. We can’t wait to catch him up on his past 4 years!
Yes, I was thankful I had thrown on my GSD tee shirt on that particular Saturday. And thankful to God that another deaf student had been found and brought to school. Maybe we should encourage all the staff to wear their GSD shirts around town on Saturdays!