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Articles about deaf ministries

“Interpret for me?”

Um. Er. Well — This seems a simple binary-answer question — “Yes” or “No” — yet all too often the answer ends up being “maybe” or “sorta.” The problem lies in a grey zone between professional training with legal certification versus an adequate measure of bilingual competency for the situation. I’m quite capable of supporting my friend in the…

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One Christ Fits All

One Christ fits all. One discipleship strategy, not-so-much. Jesus is the one and only path to a relationship with God, the only way to prevent our eternal exile. This is the gospel, and it’s for everyone. We who trust this gospel are commissioned to go make disciples. See Matthew 28:18-20 New International Version (NIV): Then Jesus came to…

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Fanmail Excerpts

Silent Blessings is a resource development ministry, bringing foundational faith concepts to deaf children and their families using American Sign Language (ASL). We produce the Dr. Wonder’s Workshop TV program, ASL music videos, and Christian curriculum. We also have a one-on-one ministry to those who send us email and letters from around the world. Though Dr….

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Imagine!

Imagine you’ve just brought your third child home from the hospital. Your precious bundle has all ten toes, all ten fingers, both eyes, and a nose you can’t resist tweaking for all its cuteness. Your little one also has ears, but there’s some disconnect between those little velvety flaps and the language center hiding under…

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Another Look at Easter

Take another look at Easter. Start with the visual embodiment of God Himself, Jesus. He’s the breathing, walking example of what perfect obedience to God looks like in a human body. He is loving and gracious. He loves without first sorting people into groups that deserve it, need it, or trade it. He offers grace…

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Faith Resources for Special Kids

How many national ministries focus primarily on creating and making available Christian education materials and resources for Deaf children? Who produces a television program that is available on many Christian networks or on line for free?  The answer is simple: One. Silent Blessings Deaf Ministries was created in 1996 to create videos in American Sign…

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Falling Through

Have you seen the video of horses on a bridge? A wooden slat bridge crosses a riverbed, an adult horse stands by, and a colt is stuck on the bridge with two legs caught in gaps between slats. You may know the idiom “falling through the cracks”; this colt literally fell through. Metaphorically speaking, many deaf…

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Life’s Traffic Jams

Have you ever been in a traffic jam? You know the ones – drive a little, stop. Drive a little, stop. You see the clock on your dashboard moving faster than you are. A space opens in front of you, and the driver behind you threatens to nudge your bumper or give you a honk….

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Welcoming Deaf People in Your Church

Recently, a letter from a medical student, who is also learning ASL to communicate with deaf clients, asked how to make church an inviting and welcoming place for deaf people. These are some of the points we shared. Thanks for investing yourself in preparing to communicate directly with deaf clients! I trust you are taking…

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Words, Words, Words

Remember high school English and the dreaded research paper? All those rules about style, sources, and the bibliography! The style guide in the textbook listed the rules, but they seemed confusing. Ironically, the purpose wasn’t to confuse you but to increase skills in communicating clearly and discerning facts and truth from personal beliefs or opinion….

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