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Today in our deaf Sunday school class, we had 5 visitors - a deaf man, his hearing wife and 3 kids. They all stayed for church as well!

Also, I talked with a deaf man today that has come once in a while, and he recently started reading his Bible more and is being convicted to be more faithful to church. He likes our church, and is going to be coming more regularly. I have to admit, it is hard for me to understand all of what he signs to me, but for the most part, I understand him. He is a young man in his 20's.

Also, there is another deaf lady that started to come often, and then stopped coming. We found out she had some medical problems that were keeping her from church. She really started to go downhill in her health until just a couple of weeks ago when a new doctor found out that the medicine she was put on was the cause for her rapidly decreasing health. She stopped taking the pill - some specific kind of asprin - and started to improve. She was in church Wednesday evening, and again this morning. I don't know yet if she was there tonight since I am at home with Jonathan who is still sick.

I praise the Lord for what he is doing in our deaf ministry.

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Well, John did join the church this morning! And, we had another deaf man visiting today. We saw some deaf friends that have been gone for a few weeks back in church this morning. All total, we had 10 deaf there this morning.

I want to ask you all to pray for a deaf man named Jason. He told me he wants to be more faithful in coming to church and that he likes our church, but he has not been there for 2 weeks now. Pray that he will return again and draw closer to God like he wants to.

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Well, John did join the church this morning! And, we had another deaf man visiting today. We saw some deaf friends that have been gone for a few weeks back in church this morning. All total, we had 10 deaf there this morning.

I want to ask you all to pray for a deaf man named Jason. He told me he wants to be more faithful in coming to church and that he likes our church, but he has not been there for 2 weeks now. Pray that he will return again and draw closer to God like he wants to.


Praise God for that very good report! It's wonderful to see the Lord at work.

I'll pray for Jason :pray

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Last Wednesday, a deaf teen that has been coming more regularly brought a deaf friend to church with him.

On Sunday morning, we had 11 deaf in church. One deaf lady just passed her driver's exam and now has her license so she can come to church more regularly now.

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my deaf friend is coming to visit me during her spring break and she will be coming to church on wed in like 2 weeks. so i am excited. i have not interpreted in about 2 years, but i will be ready. she is also thinking about possibly moving down here in the area when she graduates, so that will be good to have a deaf person in the church. starting a deaf ministry has always been a dream of mine.

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Another week, another blessing. We had a deaf lady come tonight who has not been there in a very long time. I did not know her, but another interpreter did, as well as one of our deaf men.

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3 praises from last night

1 - We had a first time deaf visitor that came with the deaf teenager that comes a few times a month on Wednesday nights. I got to talk to him for just a little bit - his name is John.

2 - One of our deaf men has been gone for some weeks now. We found out that his ex-wife died recently, so he has sole custody of his 3 year old son. Well, he was in church last night! His name is John, also.

3 - A deaf couple that only comes on Sunday mornings showed up during the preaching. But, as we told them, better late than never.

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3 praises from last night

1 - We had a first time deaf visitor that came with the deaf teenager that comes a few times a month on Wednesday nights. I got to talk to him for just a little bit - his name is John.

2 - One of our deaf men has been gone for some weeks now. We found out that his ex-wife died recently, so he has sole custody of his 3 year old son. Well, he was in church last night! His name is John, also.

3 - A deaf couple that only comes on Sunday mornings showed up during the preaching. But, as we told them, better late than never.


Praise God for His work there!

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Today was a good day in our deaf Sunday School class. We had 11 deaf people there - one of them, we haven't seen for about a month. Just as our class was about to close, another first time deaf visitor showed up! He found us on a web page that is for the deaf in our area. I had listed our church on that page a couple of years ago. His name is Chris. He lives in the same city that I work in, so maybe someday I will see him and get to talk more with him.

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We had another first time visitor, Dawn, this Sunday morning. She lives an hour away from our church. She was in the city where our church is selling home grown vegetables, when one of our church members gave her one of our church's tracts that were made up for the deaf community. She seemed to really enjoy her time at church.

Another praise from the deaf ministry is that one of our deaf men, Joel, was involved in an attempted mugging. Some guy came up to him and asked him for his wallet. Being deaf, Joel didn't know what he was saying, and the guy punched Joel in the face. The man took off running, without Joel's wallet, and ran right into a police man and was arrested. This happened at our state fair last week. The praise is that he was not hurt during this.

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Praise the Lord for His protection and guidance.

This last weekend, I was in uniontown, PA. On Saturday soulwinning/visitation, the Lord allowed me to lead three people to Christ. The next day and deaf man came to church. This church does not have a deaf ministry, but I was there to present our ministry to the deaf. Therefore, I was able to interpret for him during the morning service. The pastor did not think that there were any deaf in the area. He now knows there are deaf nearby. Perhaps the Lord will allow us to back and establish a deaf work there after we get our support raised.

Dave

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It is really not that hard to learn. A lot of the signs, when you know the background of the sign, make perfect sense why it is done a certain way. Other signs, no one know why it is signed that way. Two good books to get to help you start to learn are "The Joy of Signing" by Lottie L. Riekehof and "Sign Language for Everyone" by Cathy Rice. Another good way to start to learn is to just watch people sign. Find out if there is a place in your area where deaf (and hearing) people get together once in a while. Up here, we have a book store where every Friday night, they have a deaf (and hearing who are learning sign language) group that get together and just talk to one another. It is good practice, and most deaf people are patient with you as you are learning sign language. It is kind of scary at first to do this, but after a little bit of time, you get used to the idea, and things go much smoother.

Any one else with comments or ideas, please, feel free to answer, also.

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Praise the Lord for His protection and guidance.

This last weekend, I was in uniontown, PA. On Saturday soulwinning/visitation, the Lord allowed me to lead three people to Christ. The next day and deaf man came to church. This church does not have a deaf ministry, but I was there to present our ministry to the deaf. Therefore, I was able to interpret for him during the morning service. The pastor did not think that there were any deaf in the area. He now knows there are deaf nearby. Perhaps the Lord will allow us to back and establish a deaf work there after we get our support raised.

Dave


Praise God for his timing in having you there at the right place and the right time!

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Dawn came back again this Sunday!

We had another deaf man from India (I didn't get his name, though) come. I understand that he came once quite a while ago, but we were gone that Sunday.

If we continue to have visitors like this, we will need to be moving into a large room. Our teacher, Ray, likes to have us all sit in in semi-circle so everyone can see him, and we can see everyone else (for when others are signing). We are wall to wall right now as it is.

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