Dear Friends and New Subscribers, this is David Telbat. Thanks for joining us for my Author Reflection, “Deaf but Devoted.” One of my closest brothers in the faith is deaf, but his deafness hasn’t gotten in the way of his devotion to God—he’s deaf but devoted. His devotion is matchless, and he’s one of the most dependable men in our small congregation. In considering his disability, I wondered how God had used his hearing impairment to make him such a strong believer today. Here’s what I discovered from my conversations with Josh.
God Uses Base Things
Josh was born deaf, but not dumb. However, in the “special” classes, Josh was swept through grade school, then junior high, then high school, without ever being taught how to read. The teachers kept passing him on. No one cared. Most of his life, people treated him like he was mentally ill, though in reality, he’s very normal, just with a speech impediment because of his hearing loss.
Josh taught himself to read after high school, and became a skilled mechanic. In his free time, he devoured Tom Clancy novels, and when he became a Christian in his forties, he consumed the Bible, memorizing large portions of it.