Eugene Cho

sarah churman: oh, how sweet the sound!

This is amazing.

This is beautiful.

I’ve watched this video at least a dozen times and can’t stop grinning and crying – simultaneously! (RSS readers: click here)

Oh, how we take things for granted!

This video captures the first time ever that Sloan Churman hears herself thanks to the technology of hearing implants. Sarah, 29 years old, (her YouTube channel) is sloanchurman) was born deaf and had never heard her own voice. She and her husband uploaded this video on YouTube and via their short description:

I was born deaf and 8 weeks ago I received a hearing implant. This is the video of them turning it on and me hearing myself for the first time🙂

And she goes on to share:

“My whole life I’ve been complimented on how well I speak. I don’t really have an answer for you other than I have always had a passion for reading, grammar, and English. My hearing loss was/is considered severe to profound. I’ve worked very hard to be able to interact and blend in…only thing I can say is ‘God is good’.”

Oh, how sweet the sound!

Pretty amazing, huh?

Any other amazing, hopeful, beautiful, and inspiring videos I can share in the future?

via Washington Post

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9 Responses

  1. susanrube says:

    i am happy for u . u will hear music and everything . i am hard of hearing . i wore hearing aid but i only hear sounds not words . i am scared to surgery implant cochler . i saw ur vidco and it is beautiful show . it is very emotional for me . good luck to u .

  2. catesongbird says:

    oh. my. GOD. Even though I haven’t the remotest idea of what that experience is actually like, it was one of the most moving vids I’ve ever seen. What a simple but profound gift hearing is!

  3. […] 29-year-old Sarah Churman hears her own voice for the first time. (HT: Eugene Cho) […]

  4. Daniel S says:

    Eugene, if you want another inspiring video, my wife just passed this onto me – solar innovation in a Philippines slum.

  5. I am so happy for you !! please tell me what does it cost because I want my little sister to be able to hear again as well. I am so full of emotions seeing you hear again, although i don’t know you, i am very very very happy for you.

  6. […] 29-year-old Sarah Churman hears her own voice for the first time. (HT: Eugene Cho) […]

  7. Farooq says:

    May God bless you. Please advise all the people who need your advise. My son is 14 year old and he is completly Deaf. Can you send me iformation like what is cost and to whom we should contact. Thanks.

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Today, Minhee and I dropped off our eldest child at her college. We have been thinking and praying about this day for many years. On some days, we hoped it would never come. On other days, we couldn't wait for it to come. On some days, we prayed for time to stop and other days, we prayed with anticipation. 
After an entire summer of laughing it off, it hit us...hard...this week. Seeing all of her stuff laid out on the basement floor was the catalyst to a load of emotions.

After unloading the car and taking her stuff to her new home for this year and mindful that she might never live with us again; helping sort out her stuff, saying hello to her roommates...I wasn't sure what to do or say.

A flood of thoughts rushed my mind.

Is she ready?
Have we done enough?
Have we taught her enough? 
What if this? What if that?

And so we shared what we have shared with her the moment she began to understand words: "Remember who you are. Remember WHO you belong to. Remember what you're about. God loves you so much. Please hold God's Word and His promises close and dear to your heart. We love you so much and we are so proud of you." And with that, we said goodbye. Even if she may not be thousands of miles away, this is a new chapter for her and even for us. I kept it composed. Her roommate was staring at me. I didn't want to be that father. I have street cred to uphold. Another final hug. 
And I came home.
And I wept.
Forget my street cred.
I miss her. I love her.
She will always be my little baby.

I'm no parenting guru. I just laughed as I wrote that line. No, I'm stumbling and bumbling along but I'd love to share an ephiphany I learned not that long ago. Coming to this realization was incredibly painful but simultaneously, liberating. To be honest, it was the ultimate game-changer in my understanding as a parent seeking after the heart of God.

While there are many methods, tools, philosophies, and biblical principles to parenting, there is – in my opinion – only one purpose or destination.

Our purpose as parents is to eventually…release them. Send forth. For His glory. Met a friend and fellow pastor who I haven't seen in over 20 years. In him, I saw a glimpse of my future. While only 10 years older, his kids are married and he's now a grandfather of 3. His love for his wife and family were so evident and his passion for the Gospel has not wavered. It was so good to see someone a bit older still passionately serving the Lord with such joy and faithfulness. Lord, help me to keep running the race for your Glory. Happy wife.
Happy life. - Eugenius 3:16

I still remember that time, many years ago, when Minhee was pregnant with our first child. She had left her family and friends in Korea just two years before. Her morning sickness was horrible and when she finally had an appetite, she craved her favorite Korean food from certain restaurants in her neighborhood in Seoul, Korea. I had no way of getting that food from those restaurants so I actually said, "How about a Whopper? Big Mac?" Sorry honey. Eat away. You deserve it. I don't care if it sounds mushy but sunsets are one of my love languages. Seoul, Korea was amazing but WOW...what a breathtaking welcome back sunset by Seattle. Not ready to let go of summer. Seattle. 7:00pm. Desperately holding on to summer. #goldengardenpark #nofilter Happy Birthday, Minhee! I'm so grateful for you. You radiate faith, hope, and love. don't complete me. That would be silly and simply humanly impossible but you keep pointing me and our family to Christ who informs and transforms our lives, marriage, family, and ministry. Thanks for being so faithful. I love you so much. (* And what a gift to be in Korea together.)

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