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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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Why is Deaf Ministry So Hard? (3)

Disclosure: The “Why?” series was begun by our Executive Director. This third installment is written by our Ministry Associate. If the “voice” of the piece seems different, that’s why.  Deaf Ministry within the context of a Hearing church gets complicated quickly. One big reason is that many tend to see deafness and ASL as a sub-culture, not…

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What Heavenly Language(s)!

Have you ever imagined what communication in Heaven will be like?? Some suppose we’ll all communicate in the same language – perhaps ancient Hebrew. Some skip over the question entirely, supposing our own cherished language will be universally adopted.

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Doing What it Takes

Missions come in all shapes and sizes. Many have risked life and limb chopping their way through bushes to reach tribes nobody has seen without an airplane. We take fewer physical risks, but we’re reaching out to the most spiritually isolated people whose “tribe” is the largest unreached people group on every continent of the world. More…

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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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Guest Post by Stan Priebe

“Is Being Deaf a Disability?” While reading Shattering the Silence , a publication of Silent Blessings Deaf Ministries, I started thinking about this particular subject. Most d/Deaf people don’t consider being deaf a disability or something from which they should be healed. In Exodus 4:11 God tells us He makes a man deaf or mute. Perceiving being deaf as somewhat…

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