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Leeann Deutsch serves in the Olympic Peninsula of northwest Washington. The peninsula is surrounded by beautiful landscape, with the Strait of Juan de Fuca to the north and the Olympic Mountains to the south. Port Angeles is one of the larger cities in the area.
The peninsula is made up of a variety of people groups, mainly Caucasian, Hispanic, and Native American. There is also a strong representation of Chinese and Japanese young people who attend the local community college. Many families in communities across the area are struggling to make ends meet. Port Angeles is a struggling port town, and Forks is an old, struggling logging community, with many lumber mills closing in recent years.
There is a great need among the Hispanic communities on the peninsula to adjust to life in America. Many are brush pickers, brush packers, and motel workers, and work long, hard hours. They need a place where they can go to learn how to survive in the communities they live in; a place where they feel accepted and loved amid the stress of starting over.
After seeing the need in her community, Leeann began serving the Hispanic communities on the peninsula by teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) classes. Working with InFaith missionary June Breithaupt, the two travel to Forks, Washington to teach ESL classes for ladies struggling to learn English. These classes also serve as a bridge to reaching the Hispanic population in their community with the gospel message. Leeann also helps tutor some ladies in GED classes and helps them study for their citizenship test.
Forks has a small Hispanic church that is currently praying for a Hispanic pastor to shepherd the community. Leeann and June meet once a week with ladies from that church to encourage them and study the Bible together. Leeann also teaches a ladies’ Bible study in Port Angeles, and leads one-on-one discipleship with women in her community.
Over the summer, Leeann is involved in the camping program at Olympic Bible Camp, where she is on the board. Camp is held for two weeks at the end of July. Leeann’s responsibilities at the camp include mail call, organizing the lost and found, serving as the ladies’ dean, rap time for teens’ cabin snoop, and filling in as cabin leader when needed.
Leeann has served as InFaith field staff since 2001.
Leeann grew up in north central Minnesota. After choosing to follow Christ at the age of twenty-six, she attended Millar College of the Bible and travelled to the Olympic Peninsula for a summer visit with a classmate.
Sensing her next adventure in her walk with the Lord, Leeann worked with June Breithaupt in youth ministry with Joyce Bible Church. After nine years, the two joined InFaith and still work together on the peninsula to further the kingdom of God.