David and Barbara Bush serve the Lord as missionaries in Hong Kong and Macau. David teaches American Sign Language and English at the Lutheran School for the Deaf in Hong Kong. For his classes, he writes his own curriculum and uses the Bible as one of his textbooks. Through his interactions with his students, David helps raise up leaders in the Deaf community and in the Deaf church. In addition to his work in Hong Kong, David also guides and assists the Macau Lutheran Deaf Outreach and provides religious instruction at the Concordia School of Special Education in Macau.
David was born in Tecumseh, Mich. He earned a bachelor’s degree in English and elementary education from Concordia Teachers College, River Forest, Ill., and his Master of Divinity degree from Concordia Theological Seminary (CTS), Fort Wayne. He has completed coursework at CTS toward his Doctor of Ministry degree. David served as a pastor and missionary to the deaf in several Midwest LCMS congregations, as well as a base chaplain in the Air National Guard. In his free time, David enjoys reading, woodworking, gardening, hiking and leather carving.
Barbara was born in Bay Shore, N.Y. She earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education from Gallaudet University, Washington, D.C. She worked at Bethesda Lutheran Communities, Fort Wayne, caring for clients in group homes. In her free time, Barbara likes to ride bicycles and read the Bible.
Pray for David and Barbara as they serve in Asia and transition to life there, learning new languages (Cantonese language and Chinese sign language) and the culture. Pray for Barbara as she is deaf and is nervous about traveling outside of the United States for the first time. Ask God to keep them safe and that the Holy Spirit would open doors of opportunity to share the Gospel and plant seeds of faith in the hearts of those they encounter as they work and live. Pray for God’s continued care of their four grown children and 12 grandchildren.