Silent Word Ministries Newspaper [resource]
If you do not get Silent Word Ministries‘, News Paper, you are missing out on a very beneficial resource! It is packed full of helpful advice geared towards Deaf Ministries, information about what is happening with Deaf Ministries all over the world, and some encouragement to keep on doing what we do! They have an online edition as well as a print edition. You can get it by going to there website here. I could go on about how much I love this resource, but I thought it better just to share you an article that I found particularly encouraging and let you enjoy it like I did!
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WHY HAVE A DEAF MINISTRY?
by Ted Camp
Some churches do not have a deaf ministry because it is…
DIFFICULT – Someone must learn Sign Language and the culture of deaf people. It is comparable to learning a foreign language. It is not easy. It is difficult!
DISCOURAGING – There is much work involved and, at times, few results. It is a unique ministry to an overlooked people in your city. It can be discouraging!
DEMANDING – Deaf people need someone to become their ears and voice to the hearing world. This demands much time and love to represent the two worlds of deaf and hearing. It is demanding!
DISAPPOINTING -There will be times that no one will understand your burden for the deaf ministry. Even pastors have stated, “Is a Deaf ministry really worth it?” My reply is, “Don’t ask me… Ask the Deaf… Ask the Lord.”
WHY HAVE A DEAF MINISTRY?
Ten Reasons to Have a Deaf Ministry
1. Because God’s Love is for Everyone – “For God so loved the world” (John 3:16). The “world” includes deaf people. Deaf people need to know the Gospel. The deaf need to know about God’s love. God sees the Deaf in all countries, states, counties, and local areas. The Lord looked upon the multitude and had compassion. As He looked he wept. He still has compassion for everyone, including the Deaf. Someone needs to love the Deaf world.
2. Because the Great Commission Includes All People – “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations…” (Matthew 28:19). The command to the church is to go to all nations. All nations means and includes all people regardless of race, language, or culture. This would include deaf people. Someone needs to learn Sign Language and “go” to deaf people. The Great Commission includes the Deaf in your community and country.
3. Because Deaf People Can Bring Glory to God – “…And God hath chosen the weak things… to confound the… mighty… that no flesh should glory in his presence… let him glory in the Lord.” (I Corinthians 1:27-31). When deaf people sing, pray, and serve the Lord, it touches the hearts of others to see what God can do. The deaf will bring glory to God. The Lord understands their language and their hearts. Deaf people do not have their country as other people groups, but they do have their own language and culture. Deaf people who love the Lord are a great testimony to the hearing world around them. God can use the Deaf to bring glory and honor to Him. Many hearing people have been greatly influenced by the Deaf.
4. Because Deaf People Must Know Someone Cares for Them – “I looked on my right hand, and beheld, but there was no man that would know me: refuge failed me; no man cared for my soul” (Psalm 142:4). The deaf world is a silent, lonely world. Deaf people need to know that God loves them. They need to know that God’s people also love them. Deaf people have souls, families and needs. Deaf people also need friends and God’s love. Who will care for them?
5. Because When You Reach One, You Reach Others – You will be reaching some people to whom no one else has ever taken the gospel. “How can I (understand), except some man should guide (or interpret for) me?” (Acts 8:31). Usually when you reach one deaf person, you will also be reaching at least five other people associated with them. You can also reach their families and friends for Christ. Someone needs to reach the deaf in your areas!
6. Because Deaf People Need to be Discipled – “Go… and teach all nations.” Teach deaf people to reach deaf people. Deaf people should be taught to reach other deaf people. Who can best reach the deaf? Naturally, another deaf person can. Someone needs to teach and disciple them to help fulfill God’s Great Commission. As one deaf man said, “Let the deaf grow.” Someone must teach and train the deaf to reach the deaf. The second part of the Great Commission is to “teach them.”
7. Because Deaf People Have Souls – “For all have sinned” (Romans 3:23). “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). Because they have lost their hearing, they do not need to lose their souls. Deaf people are individuals with individual needs. If you do not help them, who will? You may be the only witness to the deaf in your area!
8. Because the Lord had Time for a Deaf Person – “And they bring unto him one that was deaf” (Mark 7:32). The Lord took time from His busy life to help one deaf man. If Jesus helped one deaf person, so should His church. So should you. Even one deaf person is important to God. You should not be too busy to reach all who live in your area. Don’t neglect the Deaf.
9. Because God Calls Some to go to the Deaf – Not everyone is called to minister to the Deaf, but God does call some. God calls some to use their hands to be His voice for deaf people. “But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him” (I Corinthians 12:18). Someone must learn Sign Language and “GO” into the deaf world the same as a missionary. The deaf ministry is also mission ministry. Go into all the world also includes the Deaf world. God does not call everyone to minister to the Deaf, but He does call some. How do I know? He called me! Has the Lord called you to go into the Deaf world for Him? Will you surrender to God to let your hands become a voice to the Deaf?
10. Because It Is Delightful – The Deaf ministry at times may be very difficult, discouraging, demanding and disappointing, but it is also very delightful. It is exciting to interpret, teach, and preach the Bible in Sign Language and see the deaf understand with their eyes and be saved. The greatest need of the deaf is not to hear, but to be saved. In Heaven they will hear forever (Rev. 21:4). These are Ten Reasons Why You Should Have a Deaf ministry! Now, What are Your Reasons for Not Having a Deaf Ministry?