Meet our team of translators...
Brought up with the oral method, Jason struggled with reading and written English, but at the age of eighteen the Lord has changed his life as Jason met his wife, Helen who introduced him to BSL.
Esther decided to have Jesus in her life when she was 13 and in a year later, got baptised and has been passionately involved in Christian activities, both with the deaf and mainstream. Not only just that, Esther also grew up with another passion by playing football for England and GB, and other sports!
Esther has been doing translation work at Red Bee Media for several years now, and also works as part-time Media co-ordinator for Go! Sign. In addition she has been involved in the DY4C Team since 2005 and EDCY (European Deaf Christian Youth) in Summer 2013.
Esther exclaims "I love see God's work in my life and also in other people's lives too! It is a blessing to have a relationship with Him and it is exciting to see more of God's plans in the future!"
While studying a BA Hons in Visual Communication for Design at University of Ulster, Adam partook in and lead many Church and Christian activities and developed a keen interest in the linguistics of Sign Language. This lead him to study and achieve NVQ level 4 BSL and Linguistic studies at Queen's University in 2011 and in 2013 he became a qualified English to BSL Translator.
Before he entered final year of University he had been appointed the Youth Worker for the CFC Sign Language Community and was made Youth Pastor in 2013. Recently he was appointed as the Pastor for the CFC Sign Language Community.
He is passionate about Church and has a heart to lead people and communities into a growing relationship with Jesus.
In his own time he is a keen runner and enjoys travelling.
Michelle has been involved in presenting/translating for several years now. She achieved her Certificate in BSL Linguistics and Sociolinguist at Queen’s University and completed a Women’s Study Fellowship Studies at Belfast Bible College over three years. Michelle recently obtained a Level 6 Diploma in Sign Language Translation and is now a qualified RSLT. She hopes to achieve a PGCE by the end of 2016.
Over the past five years Michelle has taught sign classes at CFC (Christian Fellowship Church) and is active in the teaching of the Alpha course to Deaf groups. Michelle feels so blessed to work for God. In her own time she enjoys dog-walking and crafts.
The vision for Daily Devotions in BSL came from God's calling to BSL Daily Devotions founder, Ramon Woolfe:
"Since I was diagnosed with colon cancer I had this 'calling' and started to pray and learn more about God and was grateful to know about Deaf Missions where I learnt more about the Gospel.
After months of receiving Daily Devotions in American Sign Language, I felt the need for this to be shared among our British Sign Language signers in this country."
Grew up in a Christian family, invited Jesus in his heart as 'Born Again Christian' during his teenager before being baptised at age of thirteen. Grew up with passion as ministry for the Lord Jesus with BSL Home Group and Word of Hands Service in Birmingham.
Born to a large Jewish Deaf family in London, Carolyn attended a Jewish deaf school and went to Blanche Neville school.
Clark grew up with the great late Rev. Stewart Lochrie, aka the man with "Golden Hands" at Glasgow's John Ross Church for the Deaf.
Born into a Deaf Christian family in Northern Ireland, Elizabeth was brought up attending a lot of Deaf Christian events organised by DCF (Deaf Christian Fellowship) and has a lot of happy memories.
The only deaf person in her Christian family, Tina has a passion with visual languages that she is a native BSL user and loves other international sign languages.
At the age of 19, she was saved as she attended a Church service with her older sister as she came to know and accept Jesus as her Lord and personal saviour. Attending the London School of Theology to broaden her faith and knowledge in God’s words afterwards she then travelled with her classmates to Bolivia in 2004 to do a missionary work with deaf people and have been back four times to date to do God’s work with deaf Bolivians.
Currently a Bible study leader of Come Sign Fellowship, Tina also loves to sign songs in visual ways and have led songs of praise and worshop and have always volunteered her time at Christian events. “I always experience God's presence and blessings in my life. God's word in John 15:7-8 "If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples."
Moni became a born again Christian about 27 years ago while she was attending a Deaf Church in Africa. Since then she has always been an active member in the church such as participating in worship and songs of praise. Moni worked as a missionary with deaf people in Fiji back in1997 with her husband.
Currently Moni is one of the leaders at Hand in Hand ministry (a Deaf-led ministry based in London and under the auspice of Ruislip Baptist church). In addition Moni leads the worships and songs of praise during the service. "It is always a joy and privilege to serve the Lord in anyway He wants to use me for His service and great glory." says Moni.
Belfast lad, Karl decided to have Jesus in his life when he was 20 and got baptised 3 months later.
Karl attended BBC (Belfast Bible college) for one year, and went to Morocco for Missionary for eight days.
Naomi grew up in a hearing christian family who attends church weekly and was involved with all the church’s activities. During her teenage days, she decided that christianity wasn’t for her and stopped going to church.
Currently Naomi is living in Belfast and attends CFC Sign Language Community Church. She works as a childminder and a classroom assistant with a deaf child in a mainstream nursery. In her own time she enjoys keeping fit and being outside with nature.
Rita became Christian since she was 12 years old and has served Him ever since.
Fatimo converted from a Muslim to Christianity in 1988 when she attended an interpreted church service at New Life Christian Church, in Croydon.
With a pictoral tract, she came to know the Lord Jesus as her personal Saviour and Lord. She then learned more about Jesus Christ at her church and was saved. Praise God. Since then she has always wanted to serve the Lord. This led her to participate in Sign Cross Drama. It is her passion to use her hands to serve the Lord through song and worship.
One relaxing day as she meditated in a park after walking the Lord gave her more vision about using her gift of singing in BSL to reach out more to people. From that point she started signing songs and worships. Her favourite verse in relation to this is Psalms 63:4 "I will praise you as long as I live, in your name I will lift up my hands” The Lord led her to create and lead the Uplifting Hands ministry - a ministry where she and others used BSL for songs and worships in different churches.
For about two years Fatimo was ill and couldn't find time to read the Bible and other Christian books much. But then she heard about BSL Daily Devotions, which she found it helpful as it was an easy way for her to learn about God and strengthen her faith in her own language. Praise God for that! After she recovered she decided to contribute something to BSL Daily Devotions by using her hands to translate the devotions so that other people communicating in BSL are blessed and glorified in God's name.