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With These Hands

 download WTH_Spring2017_Final_1 to read or print


From the end of January 2017 until the end of March 2017 I returned to
CSCD where I had previously served as a teacher. It was a
wonderful experience to return, revisit and reconnect with
friends, and to be able to experience what God is doing at
the school.

Since I left CSCD in 2014 I had retired from teaching, so I wondered
what support I could be. As a retired person you bring the
experience you have had in your occupation. You bring
maturity, so you stop and think before commenting, or
jumping in to do things in a different way.

It is wonderful to be able to still use the skills you have, but
not to have so much responsibility. I enjoyed teaching in the
classroom, but knowing that I was not fully responsible for
the long term progress of the students.

You have a wealth of experience and if you are sensitive you
can bring about changes that will benefit the overall ministry.
You are able to be an encourager to staff. With younger
staff you have the opportunity to feed into their lives and to
encourage them in the work they are doing. With older staff
you can be a sounding board and can also encourage.
Short term visits mean you can go and use a lot of energy
knowing that you are going home and can then rest, relax
and recover from what can be a busy time.

You know yourself and have the confidence to say if
something is not within your skills or your ability at this time
of your life.

It is wonderful to see God at work and to be His hands and

One of the amazing blessings of being there was seeing
God use a person from the other side of the world (being
me) to answer someone’s prayer. One day I felt a prompt
from God to go and do my grocery shopping. I kept trying
to talk myself out of doing it, but finally I gave in and obeyed
the prompting. As I was at the checkout there was a lady in
front of me who was not able to pay for all her groceries, so
was trying to decide what she could do without. Lots of staff
were standing around watching and I really felt for this lady.
I noticed that she was just under $20 short and I thought I
have that in my purse, so I handed over the money to pay
the last bit of her bill. She hesitated, but I said she should
take it as a gift from God. With tears in her eyes she told me
how she was on her way home from church, where she had
been asking God to provide for her and her family, as she
knew she didn’t have enough money. How humbling and
encouraging to be used by God in this way.

And the things that you have heard of me among many
witnesses, the same commit to faithful men, who shall be
able to teach others also.
2 Tim 2:2

Workers Needed

During Lora Snelson’s two years at CSCD, she was able to experience many roles and positions: dorm counselor,  maintenance worker, outreach to Deaf adults, and  substitute teacher.Lora is leaving us at the end of June and we need more workers to continue making a positive impact in the community. These workers should have a heart for loving all people, be diligent in their tasks, and have the capability to be flexible in their schedules.

There is so much to be learned and experienced when working at CSCD. Lora says, “I have grown in ways I could have never imagined from my experiences here. Pray and see if God is leading you to come serve in Puerto Rico.”



Orocovis Ministry Outreach :

Please partner with us in praying for the deaf family of two of our former students in Orocovis.  Pray for light in the darkness, healing in broken homes and relationships, and for the power of truth to be clear to all.  Ephesians 6:12 “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.”



Science Fair!

In May, the students conducted individual science projects. We ended our school year with a science fair. Each student presented their experiments and findings to their families, judges, and peers. It was exciting to see each of them working hard and preparing.

Science was the highlight of every day during our Science Fair preparation.




Applause for our Creator!

(The drawings are difficult to see. Maybe we’ll figure out the technology to do better in the future.)

  Our recent chapel lessons have focused on God’s Plan
for Salvation. We have been challenged by Carlos Motta’s
lessons. One day he talked to us from Isaiah 64:6. The next
week, we woke to NO ELECTRICITY one day in the school. Not to be stopped by something as simple as a power outage,
we got the generator running for the school kitchen and
then proceeded to have our chapel time under the shaded
pergola by the basketball court.

On the way, our principal picked up a dying plant and a
cleaning rag that the dogs had been playing with. These
became our center piece for chapel that morning. We talked
together and prayed together and then were challenged to
DRAW the centerpiece. Some of our drawings are here for
you to see.

We praised God that the electricity was restored within a
few hours. We praised God also that our righteousness,
though only as lovely as dead plants, can be shrouded by
His righteousness – as the new leaves on the trees in the
fields demonstrated for us that day. In fact, that view led us
to Isaiah 55:12:

“You will go out in joy and be led forth in
peace; the mountains and hills will burst into
song before you, and all the trees of the field
will clap their hands.”

As we read the verse, we saw the trees waving their leaves in the wind and likened that to the ASL sign for APPLAUD (both hands raised like trees, twisting arms and hands)and discussed how praising God is reflected in the trees APPLAUDing their Creator.

 Previous editions of the With These Hands are available through these links:

With These Hands Spring 2017

with these hands december 2016

Spring 2016   Download WTH_Spring2016_Final

Winter 2015 – 2016  Download Newsletter (PDF)




Check out World Mission to the Deaf website!

CSCD Inc. is a non-profit ministry seeking to evangelize the Deaf for Christ. CSCD Inc. does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion or economic status. Students attending CSCD receive academic, social, vocational and Biblical instruction at a minimal cost to the families. All gifts and donations enter into the ministry general fund unless otherwise designated. CSCD Inc. has been declared as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization under USA Internal Revenue Codes.

Gifts in Canadian dollars should be sent to the Canadian office or made online through the website. Gifts made in US dollars should be sent to the CSCD Inc office or made online through the website. CSCD Inc. is a member of IFCA International. W.M.D. is a member of C.C.C.C.

World Mission to the Deaf
39 Meadow Crescent
Whitby, ON
L1N 3J2

Christian School and Chapel for the Deaf Inc.
HC-01 Buzon 7111
Luquillo, PR


The CSCD Inc. Board

The CSCD Inc. Board appreciates your prayers

President: Lourdes Vargas
Vice President: Hector Saroza
Secretary/Treasurer: Elisabeth Hoke
General Members: Carlos Motta, Ruth Towne, Chris Monahan
Pray with us for –

  • students’ spiritual growth
  • spring work team
  • more long-term teaching & working staff
  • more financial supporters


How can you support us?


Remember to use GOODSEARCH so that your online searches benefit the CHRISTIAN SCHOOL AND CHAPEL FOR THE DEAF! In total, we’ve earned $2,916.48 from your searches. Keep up the Good Work of using your searches and shopping to support CSCD Inc.

Box Tops for Education

This school year we received a total of $981.20 from the Boxtop redemption program. Please tell your friends, church, co-workers, family – anyone – that the Deaf school in Puerto Rico can benefit from their efforts. Then, collect and send in your boxtops – Thank you!


“For once you were full of darkness, but now you have light from the Lord. So live as people of light!” Ephesians 5:8