March 20, 2016
Koori Miya (photo) is from a Deaf family born in Tokushima Prefecture, part of western Japan, in 1970. She was transferred to a hearing school from the School for the Deaf when she was a sixth grader.
Koori went to Canada as a dental technician after graduating from high school, and studied English and local sign language desperately then. She went to North Central University (theology) in the U.S. with the money she earned, and she majored in Christian education.
Koori obtained the teaching license of the American Assemblies of God in April, 1999 and graduated the next month.
She moved to Chicago and participated in volunteer activities with a Deaf church for about two years. She provided guidance through a play to promote the poor Deaf Black's social independence as well as she leaded a Sunday school.
Koori returned to Japan in 2006 and has served as a curate in a church in Tokushima Prefecture and a minister in Tajima missionary in Hyogo Prefecture since April, 2006. She also supports the Deaf seniors and plays an active part as an international sign language interpreter, too.
Koori wrote the book titled "You are loved at the place you don't see", published on December 24, 2015.