David and Barbara Bush

Serving the Lord in Hong Kong and Macau



David and Barbara Bush serve the Lord as missionaries for The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) in Hong Kong and Macau. At the Lutheran School for the Deaf in Hong Kong, David teaches religion classes and American Sign Language, as well as helps students with English. For his classes, David writes his own curriculum and uses the Bible and Luther’s Small Catechism as his textbooks. Through his interaction 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 in the Macau Lutheran Deaf Outreach. He makes presentations at the Concordia School of Special Education in Macau. He also assists in training leaders at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Macau, and he recently started helping interpreters for the deaf in Macau as well.

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 (CTSFW), Fort Wayne, Ind. He has completed coursework at CTSFW toward his Doctor of Ministry degree. David served as a pastor and missionary to the deaf in several Midwest LCMS congregations. He taught two classes, “Deaf Missions and Ministry” and “American Sign Language,” at CTSFW for 15 years. He retired after 20 years of service as a chaplain for the Air National Guard. 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. While David was a vicar, he met Barbara at Gallaudet University, and they were married on July 9, 1977. They have four grown children. Barbara worked at Bethesda Lutheran Communities, Fort Wayne, Ind., caring for clients in group homes. In Hong Kong and Macau, she helps her husband communicate God’s love to the people. Barbara likes to ride bicycles and read the Bible.


Pray to the Lord to prepare the hearts of the Deaf students and people, in Hong Kong and Macau, to come to faith in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Pray that they will want to become baptized and active in making disciples.

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  • Birthdays:
    • David - May 31
    • Barbara - May 1
  • Wedding Anniversary: July 9
  • Home District: Indiana

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