Out of Chaos Comes Cause
Amid the crucible of chaos and challenges emerges a girl destined for the cause of Christ.
The circumstances surrounding Ira's birth were chaotic. Born two months premature, Ira was confined to an incubator, already battling one illness and infection after another. Her father worked so hard, but the treatments were incredibly expensive. To help, Ira's grandmother traveled to the hospital one day to pay for some needed medications, but was robbed on the way!
Amid these conditions, something else emerged. Ira was the first in her family to be born Deaf.
Though raised in a loving Christian household, being the only Deaf person disconnected Ira from her family and community. She was the only Deaf person at her family's hearing church, and the language barrier made it difficult for her to understand anything about God. Ira would try to read a piece of Scripture, and it would take months for something to click and make sense.
When Ira started school, she experienced a great deal of mockery for being Deaf. At the age of 21, she was sponsored to attend the Bible Institute for the Deaf (BID). It was here that she learned how to shift her focus from the mockery to the Lord. She also learned that it is quite normal to be Deaf -- it isn't something to be ashamed of, it's just her life experience and how God uniquely created her.