The Empathy Factor

In the summer of 2005, my husband led a group of high school students on a missions trip to Jamaica . Their goal was to build a playground at a school for deaf children in that beautiful island country.

Many of their students had previously visited the school and played with the kids. But one of their teenagers had a special connection to the Jamaican children. Chelsea too grew up in a world of quiet. Deaf since birth, she didn’t hear a sound until she was 11, when she received a cochlear implant. Now able to hear about 30 percent of the sounds around her, Chelsea understood the deaf in ways their other students could not. She had true empathy.

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