Andy Svoboda Family
Andy, Michelle and their boys; Andrew and Curtis; moved to Jamaica in 2012 to work with the Deaf community. Andy’s desire was to see Deaf Christians be discipled and to see the Deaf Church strengthen. Initially the Svobodas worked at the Jamaica Deaf Village in Mandeville.
The Village provides a place for Deaf adults and their families to work and live. Andy assisted the campus manager with running the farm, furniture factory and American missions teams. He also assisted with the preaching at the New Life Deaf Church that meets at the Village. God used this time to teach Andy about the Jamaican Deaf culture and to learn about the barriers the Deaf in Jamaica face towards providing for their families and becoming mature Christians.
God was also opening up doors for the next step in the journey for the Svobodas. God was showing Andy the role that education, or the lack thereof, played in these barriers the Deaf face. After three years at the Village, God cleared the way for the Svobodas to move to the capital city of Kingston to begin working in the field of Deaf education. as a means of reaching Deaf hearts.
Now, Andy works in a variety of education settings. He is working with the students at two different Deaf high schools as a tutor and a mentor. He is partnering with the University of Technology in Kingston to offer the first, full-time interpreting service to Deaf students. God is even opening up the doors to start an after-school tutoring program that will hopefully turn into a new private Deaf school. Andy also continues to preach once per month at the Deaf Church in Kingston and disciple adult men. What a blessing to have found a practical way to meet the needs of the Jamaican Deaf community in order to introduce them to Jesus and what it means to follow a God who is powerful and loving!