Marshall Lawrence

Tools Needed

A carpenter who shows up for a job with an empty tool box isn’t going to accomplish much, is he? It doesn’t matter how much he loves his work or how much he cares about the people who have contracted his services – if all he has are his own two hands, he’ll never be…

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Why is Deaf Ministry So Hard? (2)

Here are some additional reasons why Deaf ministry is so hard: Deaf people are invisible to most hearing people.  Deaf people are just not on the radar of most hearing people.  They know Deaf people exist,  but they have given little or no thought to how very different their lives must be.  Consequently they make…

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Why Is Deaf Ministry So Hard? (pt 1)

The statistics are sobering: Nearly 95% of all deaf children have hearing parents and only about 10% of those parents ever learn enough sign language to hold a conversation with their children. Less than 5% of all churches in the United States offer any outreach to Deaf people at all, and it is extremely rare…

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Candy machine religion

God does not exist to dispense goodies to us. God is not a cosmic candy machine. You can’t toss in some church attendance and a few bucks in the offering plate, then pull a lever labeled “prayer” and expect chocolate covered blessings to fall from the sky. Ah, but when we get the relationship right…

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The Best Gift God Ever Gave

Rev. Marshall Lawrence, Executive Director Silent Blessings Deaf Ministries It was the Sunday after Christmas and my wife, Terry, and our two daughters, Carol (16) and Rachel (7), were at church. Rachel had been in the residential program of the Indiana School for the Deaf for almost three years by that time. Before the residential…

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