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We ran into the Williams family this summer at the regional convention in Guayaquil. Now we will read their story at our congregations around the world. I do know that they love it here in Cuenca, Ecuador 

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Isa 6:8 'Here I am! Send me!' '¡Aquí estoy yo! Envíame a mi!'
Great mtg part & video! Totoras, Ecuador. By @ecua_gringo

 

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      Son las 06:00, los periodistas llegan al set de televisión y en  pocos minutos saldrán al aire con un reporte de diversas noticias para los miles de televidentes. Sin embargo, como  parte de la diversidad de receptores, existe una comunidad distinta cuyos miembros también desean saber qué sucede en el mundo. Ellos no pueden escuchar de manera convencional, pero sí lo hacen a  través de los intérpretes que usan la lengua de señas mientras se transmiten las noticias.  El trabajo de ellos es un puente  que conecta la comunidad sorda con el acontecer de la realidad local e internacional. Una de ellas, Diana Tirado, de Ecuador TV,  aprendió la lengua  de señas ecuatoriana hace 14 años en una pasantía por su profesión de psicóloga educativa. “Fue en una escuela para niños sordos de Quito, ahí me involucré con la comunidad”.   En Ecuador TV,  Diana es la intérprete de noticias, pero enfatiza que no es traductora porque “no es algo textual, es una interpretación de los  eventos”.    Su trabajo en la televisión lo define como una experiencia maravillosa por el aporte para las personas con discapacidad auditiva. “Las noticias llegan casi al momento. Un accidente, una ley, el anuncio de un funcionario público”.  Por ello considera que es una amplia ventaja para la  comunidad que reciba las noticias con lengua de señas en tiempo real.  “Ya no esperan a sus familiares para que les cuenten, ellos se reúnen y ven las noticias”. Y ahora es diferente, pues  hace varios años, cuando  veían los noticieros solo eran imágenes, cuenta Diana. “Pero al salir se encontraban con sorpresas. Desde una huelga, una revuelta, calles cerradas, pero ahora ya saben lo que está sucediendo, por eso tenemos una gran responsabilidad”. Otro intérprete es el joven periodista quiteño, de 25 años, Esteban Arias, de GamaTV.  Aprendió este lenguaje como voluntario en la comunidad religiosa de los testigos de Jehová, donde pertenece, pues allí impartían enseñanzas bíblicas a las personas sordas. “Eso fue en Manabí, tenía 16 años”. Al graduarse volvió a Quito y estableció contacto con la Federación Nacional de Personas Sordas, hasta que le llegó la oportunidad de ir al canal legislativo y ahora en GamaTV, donde ya tiene 2 años. Arias explica que su rutina es sencilla, pero requiere concentración. Todos los días asiste una hora antes del noticiero para leer el libreto antes de la emisión y así saber cómo lo va a comunicar.   “Es importante que el interprete esté enterado de todo. Lo que la persona sorda espera del otro lado de la pantalla son novedades que le sirvan”. Su destreza ya lo está llevando a otros países. Arias viajará a Panamá este año para un evento internacional de la comunidad  con discapacidad auditiva.  El periodista estima  que la labor de un intérprete debería profesionalizarse como carrera  en el país, para ir a un campo más allá de los noticieros. “Podría haber más programas con intérpretes, porque la comunidad sorda necesita ver otras cosas, además de noticias, puede ser farándula, deportes o variedades”. Una de las experiencias más impactantes que recuerda fue la del terremoto en Manabí en abril de 2016. “Tuvimos que cubrir todos los detalles en la información  y estar en constante contacto con la comunidad sorda”. Con él concuerda el matrimonio de Mauricio Valencia y Diana Moreno, que son intérpretes en Televicentro. “Después del temblor tuvimos 18 horas de transmisión ininterrumpida”. Diana Moreno aprendió la lengua de señas cuando tenía apenas 9 años gracias a su hermana mayor, que hacía labores en una comunidad religiosa. A partir de ese momento, la actividad  se convirtió en su vocación, la que ahora comparte con su esposo para ayudar a la gente con discapacidad auditiva. En la televisión desarrollan  su  rutina. “No usamos el teleprompter. Solo  el libreto. Lo estudiamos y revisamos la nota. Y escuchamos con el apuntador”. Mauricio admite que dependiendo de la noticia se concentra en transmitirla con toda la emoción, algo que incluso le llega a afectar.  “Aún no soy muy fuerte con algunas notas, si son muy humanas, me conmueven en vivo”. Diana y Mauricio tienen 20 años de casados y 3 hijos, de 19, 15 y 11 años. Todos ellos saben el lenguaje de señas, e incluso lo usan en la casa. “Usamos las señas a la hora de comer.  Mis hijos hablan mucho con mi esposa Diana, especialmente cuando no quieren que me entere de algo. Cuando todo está muy silencioso en la casa, me doy cuenta de que algo pasa, entonces me asomo y veo a todos usando las señas”, recordó entre risas Mauricio.  Estos cambios en la televisión nacional se dieron gracias a la Ley de Comunicación (LOC), vigente desde 2013, que garantiza los derechos de la comunicación para las personas con discapacidad.  De ese modo, los  intérpretes consideran que su labor en la televisión aporta de manera significativa a un colectivo que ahora puede recibir información sin contratiempos.  Como Soledad Paladines, de 40 años, que nació sorda y que siente que ahora la TV es incluyente. “Antes no sabía lo que pasaba, ahora con los intérpretes conocemos de todo”.  A Soledad le gustaría que además de las noticias, también pueda ver programas de deportes porque le gustan.  “Es importante lo que ha pasado en la televisión. Se ha logrado avances en la inclusión.  Estoy orgullosa de lo que estamos haciendo, pero hay que seguir”, concluyó utilizando las señas, que son su medio de expresión. Datos La Ley de Comunicación (LOC), vigente desde 2013, garantiza los derechos de comunicación a personas con discapacidad. Los intérpretes de televisión aprendieron la lengua de signos ecuatoriana en cursos y talleres.   En total, 53.565 personas están registradas con discapacidad auditiva en el país, según cifras del Conadis, actualizadas a febrero de 2017. (I)
      Esta noticia ha sido publicada originalmente por Diario EL TELÉGRAFO bajo la siguiente dirección: http://www.eltelegrafo.com.ec/noticias/espectaculos/22/la-lengua-de-senas-es-inclusion-en-la-televisionSi va a hacer uso de la misma, por favor, cite nuestra fuente y coloque un enlace hacia la nota original. www.eltelegrafo.com.ec
    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      Cancer Does Not Stop Local Jehovah's Witness Couple

      Leslie and Jim Donigan attend the Jehovah's Witnesses conference today at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena in Independence, Missouri. (Mike Sherry | Flatland)
      At happy moments, Jim and Leslie Donigan often find themselves dancing to “Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars,” the Andy Williams hit that has been their song since they first met at a pizza joint in Mission, Kansas, decades ago.
      One of those dance-worthy occasions took place late last year, at the end of a long medical journey. The memory remains strong, even though they have hit a recent bump in the road.
      As Jehovah’s Witnesses, they plan to attend the Midwest convention that runs today through Sunday at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena in Independence, Missouri. Organizers believe few attendees embody this year’s theme, “Don’t Give Up,” more than the Donigans, who are both 71 years old and live in Kansas City. About 5,000 people are expected to attend, said Craig Cochran, the convention’s media services coordinator.
      The ability to be part of a global experience of faith is important to the Donigans, as they once again face medical uncertainty. “It’s like a spiritual family reunion,” Jim said.
      A website for the religion says there are more than 8.3 million Jehovah’s Witnesses in 240 countries. According to the Pew Research Center, fewer than 1 percent of American adults are Jehovah’s Witnesses.

      “Don’t Give Up” is the them of this year’s Jehovah’s Witness conference. (Mike Sherry | Flatland)
      Jehovah’s Witnesses believe in God, who is called Jehovah.  As Christians, they believe in heaven and salvation, but they do not believe in hell or eternal suffering.
      Witnesses, as followers are called, believe the Bible to be the inspired word of God. However, they recognize some parts are symbolic and do not believe all parts of the Bible are to be understood literally.
      Jehovah’s Witnesses also do not believe in blood transfusions, based upon their reading of passages in both the Old and New testaments. They cite Genesis 9:4, for example, where God says, “Only flesh with its soul — its blood — you must not eat.”
      No ‘Cowards in the Foxhole’
      On Oct. 1, 2004, Leslie fainted. That was abnormal for her, a runner who lives a healthy lifestyle.
      Doctors could not pinpoint a cause, and later that month they understood why: They found a gastrointestinal stromal tumor, a rare cancer that leaves no blood marker. The tumor was growing on a section of the small intestine and was also threatening her pancreas.
      The belief about blood transfusions was an obvious complication when it came to surgery.
      So, the Donigans worked through a Jehovah’s Witnesses group in Brooklyn to find Dr. Marvin Romsdahl, a surgeon at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, who performed a modified version of a common surgery to remove pancreatic tumors. The modified version did not require a transfusion.
      The night before the surgery, the anesthesiologist backed out because of the risks of doing surgery without blood transfusions. “That’s good,” Jim told Romsdahl. “We don’t need any cowards in the foxhole.”
      The surgery lasted 13.5 hours, but it was successful.
      Yet further treatment included a prescription for the chemotherapy pill Gleevec. The cost of the therapy, which Leslie said at the time cost $2,500 per month, brought them to the breaking point, even after using Social Security and Medicare.
      “It’s always been more than we could swallow,” Jim said, “and progressively over time, it took everything.”
      More bad news hit in 2008, when Jim lost his banking job during the recession. They had to sell the house they had built nearly four decades before, the same house where they had raised their three children.
      But in one sliver of good news, a neighbor approached them during their garage sale and told them he would buy another house for sale on the block and then rent it to them.
      Things began to look up, as Jim found another job, Leslie qualified for a hardship program that allowed her to take Gleevec for free, and then got off the medication altogether when her cancer went into remission.
      The cancer returned, however, and Leslie must remain on Gleevec for the rest of her life. Now, Gleevec costs $13,000 per month, she said.
      Another Test
      In April 2016, the family was tested again, when Jim started having shortness of breath.
      Their first thought was a heart problem, but the first diagnosis was multiple myeloma, a form of incurable blood cancer. A second opinion was different, but not any better: a form of Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, which causes tumors to grow in the lymphatic system.
      A PET scan revealed 100 tumors, and Jim started his own costly round of chemotherapy.

      The Donigans vist with their son, Joel, and his wife, Carrie, at the conference. (Mike Sherry | Flatland)
       
      His lymphatic system failed during treatment, causing fluid buildup around his stomach and lungs. Jim suffered malnutrition when draining the fluid removed electrolytes and proteins.
      By October, doctors gave him two months to live. Leslie got it in writing.
      Yet as he sat in the hospital, saying his goodbyes, Jim had a thought: “Why couldn’t we take those fluids from my stomach and put them back into my heart, where they need to be?”
      The question sparked an idea for one of Jim’s doctors, who inserted a shunt normally used to treat cirrhosis. Within two weeks, the fluid buildup was gone.
      On Dec. 27, when he was home filing paperwork, Jim came across the letter telling him he only had two months to live. He did the math, and then they had an “I ain’t dead yet party.”
      At the party, Jim sipped his first glass of wine in a year, and the couple danced once again to their favorite song. The luster remained up until this week, when an infection flared up around the shunt, and the fear of cancer returned.
      This most recent medical challenge has shown Jim and Leslie how important their faith is in preparing them for the troubles that can lie ahead. The convention, and especially its theme, is coming at just the right time to help guide them through this newest trial, Leslie said.
      “No one is shielded from the human experience,” Leslie said. “But personally, we find it better to be prepared to keep these types of relapses in their proper perspective.”
      — Catherine Wheeler is a multimedia intern for Flatland. She is a graduate student studying journalism at the University of Missouri, Columbia. Catherine has a bachelor’s degree in English-Writing from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. She currently lives in Kansas City. You can reach her at cwheeler@kcpt.org
      https://www.flatlandkc.org/beyond-belief/swaying-music/
    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      An expected audience of around 3,000 Jehovah’s Witnesses and members of the public are beginning to arrive at the Westpoint Arena for their three day annual Exeter Convention.
      This year’s Convention theme is “Don’t Give Up!”
      “Challenges in life can rob us of peace and even cause some to think about giving up,” states David A. Semonian, spokesman for Jehovah’s Witnesses at their world headquarters in Warwick, New York. “Our convention this year will benefit both Witnesses and non-Witnesses because it promises to empower individuals not only to keep enduring but also to cope with challenges productively.”
      Last weekend 3,800 Witnesses and others from Cornwall and South Devon attended their Convention at Westpoint, this weekend it is the turn of delegates from across Somerset, North, and Mid Devon to enjoy the same uplifting program. It is one of 21 such Conventions across the UK, in total the program will be presented in 24 different languages. Last year over 13 million persons attended the Witnesses Conventions worldwide, more are expected to attend this year.
      The program is divided into 52 parts and will be presented in a variety of formats, including brief discourses, interviews, and short videos. Additionally, one segment of a three-part feature film designed to help families will be shown each afternoon. Of special interest will be a discourse especially for the public at 11.20 on Sunday morning entitled “Never Give Up Hope!”, as well as the public Baptism of new believers on Saturday at 11,45 a.m. The program lasts from Friday through to Sunday and begins at 9.20 each morning.
      Admission was free and no collections are taken
      Watch a video about our conventions and see a complete program schedule at jw.org
      https://www.theexeterdaily.co.uk/news/local-news/jehovahs-witness-convention-exeter
    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      Carmen llevaba la Biblia en su cartera. Iba a la iglesia de los Testigos de Jehová cuando se dio el accidente que le quitó la vida.
      Cuando salió de su casa cogió unos audífonos que le permitían escuchar mejor -tenía una discapacidad auditiva-. Esa es la última imagen que tienen de Carmen Alcívar sus familiares.
      La mujer de 66 años de edad se despidió, pues iba al templo.
      Alfredo Roldán, hijo de la víctima, detalló que su progenitora todos los lunes tenía reunión en el  Salón del Reino de los Testigo de Jehová, religión a la que ella y sus familiares pertenecen.
      Ella siempre iba sola, pero la noche del lunes en la avenida Jorge Washington, entre la Av. América y 15 de Abril, frente al parque de El Paseo Shopping, un carro la atropelló.
      Quedó herida en el piso y el chofer causante del hecho la dejó abandonada, huyó, aseguró Roldán.
      Elementos de la Policía manifestaron que una llamada al ECU-911 los alertó del suceso y acudieron al lugar.
      La víctima fue llevada en una ambulancia al hospital Verdi Cevallos de Portoviejo, donde los médicos informaron que la paciente sufrió lesiones graves en varios órganos de su cuerpo, lo cual le causó la muerte.
      Agentes del Servicio de Investigación de Accidentes de Tránsito (SIAT) y el fiscal de turno realizaron el levantamiento del cadáver, que fue trasladado al Centro Forense de Manta.
      Los uniformados manifestaron que un testigo del hecho siguió el carro que atropelló a Carmen, el cual era presuntamente manejado por una mujer.
      El vehículo fue ingresado supuestamente a una vivienda ubicada en la ciudadela La California.
      Los familiares de la fallecida indicaron que pondrán la denuncia para que se haga justicia y se detenga a la supuesta culpable.
      El cadáver de Carmen Alcívar es velado en el callejón Roldán -La Apolo-, de la parroquia Andrés de Vera. Los familiares indicaron que el cuerpo será sepultado hoy.
      http://www.eldiario.ec/noticias-manabi-ecuador/438976-denunciaran-la-muerte-de-carmen/
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