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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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Dear Dr. Wonder, What can I do about mean people?

The Dr. Wonder’s Workshop TV show is a collaboration between Silent Blessings, Deaf Missions, and Deaf Video Communications. Part of our role is to answer fan mail, some being opportunities to minister to deeper needs. We’ve been asked a few times how to cope with people being mean, and that’s a question society as a whole seems…

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“I wish my Deaf Adult children were in church.”

Spend enough time with most Christian parents over 65, and they’ll say one of two things: “I’m so thankful my kids are in church.” or “I really wish I could get my kids in church.” It’s almost a mantra, born of a time when church attendance was the societal norm and deviations made people, well, “deviants.” If you’re concerned that…

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Visually Announcing Emmanuel

Have you noticed how VISUAL the Christmas narrative is? God sent an angel in visual form to tell Zechariah, Mary, and Joseph of their roles in His plan. The impossible was about to happen, and He made certain the messages were clearly delivered. (You’ll notice He also silenced Zechariah’s doubts until proof was cradled in the old…

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Dear Santa, my child is deaf…

If you’re like me, you grew up on claymation videos of classic Christmas stories… Frosty, Rudolph, and the year Santa considered skipping Christmas. We are a people of stories, and some of our greatest moments happen while sharing our favorite stories with little ones who are learning them for the first time. Then there are…

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’tis the Season

Welcome to the hustle and bustle that is the last five weeks of the year. Retailers redecorate and advertise their hearts out to make their last 20% of annual profits. Children make out lists, now rummaging through online catalogs rather than paper ones (remember the Christmas edition of Sears & Roebuck?). Homes and offices get a…

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Deaf Ministry Done Well (2)

Our office manager and I attended the 2016 Deaf Christian Leaders’ Conference in Nebraska then returned to a Deaf Revival in Indy. God is on the move among deaf folks worldwide. The conference started with a word coined by Deaf Missions founder Duane King: “Probortunity.” It means changing your perspective on a problem to see the opportunity for God…

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Deaf Ministry Done Well (1)

Toward the end of the twentieth century, missions organizations started realizing how much the gospel and the church thrived when local natives were the primary ministers in their communities. Genesis declares a time when all the world had one culture and one language, then God deliberately changed things. Out of many different languages grew many different cultures….

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Why is Deaf Ministry so Hard? (4)

Idioms, allusions, and metaphors…oh my! Let me ask – did your mind bring up an image of a young lady in blue gingham with a scarecrow, tinman, and dog? If you grew up watching “The Wizard of Oz,” it did. The pattern alone would take your mind to a yellow brick path in a dark…

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