Linda Martin lost her hearing at the age of 11 due to a life threatening illness. At the age of 23 she attended Central Bible College and learned sign language. She also graduated from Texas Women’s University, Gallaudet University, and has a Ph.D., (All But Dissertation) from George Washington University. After working for four years at Gallaudet University, she worked 31 years as counselor/teacher for deaf students at the Montgomery County School District in Maryland.
In spite of these accomplishments, Linda felt unfulfilled in one area: she wanted to be a mother. She turned to adoption. Single and deaf, was this possible? Yes! Linda’s heart was large enough to accommodate older deaf children that no one else wanted. From 1983 to 2001 she adopted 29 deaf children from nine different countries. Now she enjoys 36 grandchildren as well.
Today, Linda continues to teach deaf students at the University of Valley Forge. Did I mention that she is also an ordained minister? How did she do all this? At some point in her life, Linda was empowered by the love of God to believe she could do all things through Christ. In that love, there are no limitations.
I will not limit the power of God’s love in my life, in spite of my weaknesses.