Deaf People are Like Chocolate [quote]

Cup of Hot Chocolate

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It is wise for hearing churches to consider their deaf ministries as missionary-type ministries. The deaf ministry requires a large commitment. Interpreters must be trained. Transportation is often needed. The church must be flexible with having another language/culture in church. When Deaf members get involved in other church ministries, additional interpreters are often neededA few people shoulder most of the responsibility of the deaf ministry. SWM’s home church pastor, John Smith (Piney Grove Baptist Church), said “Deaf people are like chocolate. White milk is good, but when you add chocolate, it is much better. Our church is better because we have Deaf members.” It is worth investing in a deaf ministry.

— Excerpted from “Think on These Things” by John Barr in The Silent Word Newspaper