Issuu on Google+

Go! Sign

Go! Sign Spring 2009 COL magazine:Spring2006_Layout1.qxd

11/5/09

01:00

Page 1

C hrist in the Deaf C o mmunity

making peace through his blood, shed on the cross (Colossians 1:20)

Riho Kurg (D) reaching for the Cross

ISSUE 70 APRIL 09


Go! Sign Spring 2009 COL magazine:Spring2006_Layout1.qxd

Whythe Blood of Jesus?

2

3-4

Blood of Jesus

"TheBlood of Jesus – whatdoes thismean forme?"

9

12 AboutTheLondon PrayerMeetings CrazyDY4C DayEvent, atStarCity

15-16

11/5/09

01:01

Page 2

Editor’s desk Afterreadingthedraftmagazine,Iamforevergladto declarethatweareredeemedandforgiven– how? Ephesians1:7says,"InChristwearesetfreebythebloodofhisdeath,and sowehaveforgivenessofsins.HowrichisGod'sgrace".Yes,weare cleansedfromallsin– how?1John1:17says,"Ifwewalkinthelight,asHe isinthelight,wehavefellowshipwithoneanother,andtheblood of Jesus HisSoncleansesusfromallsin"(1John1:17). Againyes,wearejustified– how?Romans5:9says,"Since,therefore,weare justifiedby His blood,muchmoreshallwebesavedbyHimfromthewrath ofGod"AndalsoRevelation1:5-6says,"ToHimwholovesusandhasfreed usfromoursinsbyHisblood andmadeusakingdom,prieststoHisGod andFather,toHimbegloryanddominionforeverandever"Yes,weare sanctified– how?Hebrews13:12says,"SoJesussufferedoutsidethegatein ordertosanctifythepeoplethrough His own blood". ThepreciousbloodofJesusreallytouchesyourlifebecauseyoucanenter intoGod'spresenceinPrayer,asHebrewssays,"Wehaveconfidenceto enterthesanctuaryby the blood of Jesus".Thisenablesustoconquer Satan-how?SeeRevelation12:11,"Theyhaveconqueredhim(satan)by the blood of the Lamb andbytheWordoftheirtestimony". BythebloodofJesus allmysinsareforgiven BythebloodofJesus Iamredeemedoutofthehandsofthedevil

Deaf Connections toArua District,North Uganda

AsIwalkinthelight,thebloodofJesus iscleansingnowand continually,fromallsin

17-18

19-21 DeafTestimony 22

Wanted – DeafBSL Teachers!

Signs of God

BythebloodofJesus Iamjustified,maderighteous,justasifIhad neversinned BythebloodofJesus Iamsanctified,madeholyandsetapartforGod BythebloodofJesus Ihaveconfidencetocomeintothepresenceof Godinprayer.

himselfunblemishedtoGod,cleanseourconscience The shedding of Jesus Christ blood on fromworkthatleadstodeathsothatwemayserve the cross was necessary for us to theLivingGod''.
 receive forgiveness for our sins and 4. Blood helps us to overcome our enemies acceptance into the presence of God, Revelation12:11.Andtheyovercamehimbythe (Hebrew 9:22) ...Without the shedding BloodoftheLamb. AndtheWordoftheirtestimony.
 of the blood there is no forgiveness' 5. The Blood brings us close to God

1. Life is in the Blood (Leviticus17:11)Thisisbecausethelifeofthebody isintheblood,andIhavegivenyourulesfor pouringthatbloodonthealtartoremoveyoursins soyouwillbelongtotheLord.Itisthebloodthat removesthesins,becauseitislife.(NCV) Whenwesin,weearndeathRomans6:23.The wagesofsinisdeath;Jesuspaidthepunishment ofdeathbysheddingHISbloodonthecross,itis byfaiththatweacceptwhatJesusdidforUS.

2. The Blood is for God "ThebloodofJesuscompletelysatisfiesGod’slaw whichrequiresapenaltyforbreakingthelaw'' 1John3:4

 Thebloodprotectsusfromthepenaltyofbreaking thelaw(Death)InExodus12,GodtoldtheIsraelites toputthebloodofalambontheirdoor-postto protectthemwhenallthefirst-bornofEgyptwere killed.Thislambwasapictureofthelamb,JESUS whowouldcomelater,Godsaid''...whenIseethe Blood,IwillpassoverYOU...''



3. The Blood is for Man

MayGodopenyoureyestounderstandwhythebloodofJesusisso importantinyourChristianlife!

TheBlood hassatisfiedGod;NOWitissatisfyingus inthecleaningofourconsciencefromguilt.


Go!TellDeafpeoplethattheycanbeforgivenbythebloodofJesus!

ThebloodcleansesusfromGuilt.Heb.9:14, Howmuchmorethenwilltheblood ofChrist,whothroughthe eternalspiritoffered

David

ign Go! S

Whythe Blood of Jesus?

GO! SIGN Christ in the Deaf Community Through Growth,Renewal, Access,ChurchesandEvangelism

Colossians1:20-22...''...andthroughhimtoreconcileto himselfallthings,whetherthingsonEarthorthings inHeaven,bymakingpeacethroughhisBlood,shed ontheCross,onceyouwerealienatedfromGodand wereenemiesinyourmindsbecauseofyourevil behaviourButnowHEhasreconciledyou...''


6. The Blood sanctifies us (Heb.13:12)''AndsoJESUSalsosufferedoutside thecitygatetomakethepeopleHolythroughhis ownBlood.

7. The Blood gives boldness to entre God’s presence Heb.10:19,Havingtherefore,brethren,boldnessto enterintotheholiestbytheBloodofJesus.


8. The Blood perfects us in the sight of God
 Heb.10:14''.....becausebyONESACRIFICEhehas madeperfectforeverthosewhoarebeing madeHoly''.


 Conclusion BrothersandsistersletusknowthatJesus’Blood has averywonderfulplaceinourLife. compiled by Pastor Austine Otieno (Kisumn, Kenya)

GO!SIGN MAGAzINEEDITORIALBOARD David(Editor)&BronwynneBuxton,EstherMaycock, KarenGutberlet,MaggieLo,andChrissanMoldrich

Christ in the Deaf Community

GO! SIGN is the working name of Christian Deaf Link UK Registeredcharityno.1071830

1 GO! SIGN

April 2009

April2009 GO! SIGN

2


Go! Sign Spring 2009 COL magazine:Spring2006_Layout1.qxd

Whythe Blood of Jesus?

2

3-4

Blood of Jesus

"TheBlood of Jesus – whatdoes thismean forme?"

9

12 AboutTheLondon PrayerMeetings CrazyDY4C DayEvent, atStarCity

15-16

11/5/09

01:01

Page 2

Editor’s desk Afterreadingthedraftmagazine,Iamforevergladto declarethatweareredeemedandforgiven– how? Ephesians1:7says,"InChristwearesetfreebythebloodofhisdeath,and sowehaveforgivenessofsins.HowrichisGod'sgrace".Yes,weare cleansedfromallsin– how?1John1:17says,"Ifwewalkinthelight,asHe isinthelight,wehavefellowshipwithoneanother,andtheblood of Jesus HisSoncleansesusfromallsin"(1John1:17). Againyes,wearejustified– how?Romans5:9says,"Since,therefore,weare justifiedby His blood,muchmoreshallwebesavedbyHimfromthewrath ofGod"AndalsoRevelation1:5-6says,"ToHimwholovesusandhasfreed usfromoursinsbyHisblood andmadeusakingdom,prieststoHisGod andFather,toHimbegloryanddominionforeverandever"Yes,weare sanctified– how?Hebrews13:12says,"SoJesussufferedoutsidethegatein ordertosanctifythepeoplethrough His own blood". ThepreciousbloodofJesusreallytouchesyourlifebecauseyoucanenter intoGod'spresenceinPrayer,asHebrewssays,"Wehaveconfidenceto enterthesanctuaryby the blood of Jesus".Thisenablesustoconquer Satan-how?SeeRevelation12:11,"Theyhaveconqueredhim(satan)by the blood of the Lamb andbytheWordoftheirtestimony". BythebloodofJesus allmysinsareforgiven BythebloodofJesus Iamredeemedoutofthehandsofthedevil

Deaf Connections toArua District,North Uganda

AsIwalkinthelight,thebloodofJesus iscleansingnowand continually,fromallsin

17-18

19-21 DeafTestimony 22

Wanted – DeafBSL Teachers!

Signs of God

BythebloodofJesus Iamjustified,maderighteous,justasifIhad neversinned BythebloodofJesus Iamsanctified,madeholyandsetapartforGod BythebloodofJesus Ihaveconfidencetocomeintothepresenceof Godinprayer.

himselfunblemishedtoGod,cleanseourconscience The shedding of Jesus Christ blood on fromworkthatleadstodeathsothatwemayserve the cross was necessary for us to theLivingGod''.
 receive forgiveness for our sins and 4. Blood helps us to overcome our enemies acceptance into the presence of God, Revelation12:11.Andtheyovercamehimbythe (Hebrew 9:22) ...Without the shedding BloodoftheLamb. AndtheWordoftheirtestimony.
 of the blood there is no forgiveness' 5. The Blood brings us close to God

1. Life is in the Blood (Leviticus17:11)Thisisbecausethelifeofthebody isintheblood,andIhavegivenyourulesfor pouringthatbloodonthealtartoremoveyoursins soyouwillbelongtotheLord.Itisthebloodthat removesthesins,becauseitislife.(NCV) Whenwesin,weearndeathRomans6:23.The wagesofsinisdeath;Jesuspaidthepunishment ofdeathbysheddingHISbloodonthecross,itis byfaiththatweacceptwhatJesusdidforUS.

2. The Blood is for God "ThebloodofJesuscompletelysatisfiesGod’slaw whichrequiresapenaltyforbreakingthelaw'' 1John3:4

 Thebloodprotectsusfromthepenaltyofbreaking thelaw(Death)InExodus12,GodtoldtheIsraelites toputthebloodofalambontheirdoor-postto protectthemwhenallthefirst-bornofEgyptwere killed.Thislambwasapictureofthelamb,JESUS whowouldcomelater,Godsaid''...whenIseethe Blood,IwillpassoverYOU...''



3. The Blood is for Man

MayGodopenyoureyestounderstandwhythebloodofJesusisso importantinyourChristianlife!

TheBlood hassatisfiedGod;NOWitissatisfyingus inthecleaningofourconsciencefromguilt.


Go!TellDeafpeoplethattheycanbeforgivenbythebloodofJesus!

ThebloodcleansesusfromGuilt.Heb.9:14, Howmuchmorethenwilltheblood ofChrist,whothroughthe eternalspiritoffered

David

ign Go! S

Whythe Blood of Jesus?

GO! SIGN Christ in the Deaf Community Through Growth,Renewal, Access,ChurchesandEvangelism

Colossians1:20-22...''...andthroughhimtoreconcileto himselfallthings,whetherthingsonEarthorthings inHeaven,bymakingpeacethroughhisBlood,shed ontheCross,onceyouwerealienatedfromGodand wereenemiesinyourmindsbecauseofyourevil behaviourButnowHEhasreconciledyou...''


6. The Blood sanctifies us (Heb.13:12)''AndsoJESUSalsosufferedoutside thecitygatetomakethepeopleHolythroughhis ownBlood.

7. The Blood gives boldness to entre God’s presence Heb.10:19,Havingtherefore,brethren,boldnessto enterintotheholiestbytheBloodofJesus.


8. The Blood perfects us in the sight of God
 Heb.10:14''.....becausebyONESACRIFICEhehas madeperfectforeverthosewhoarebeing madeHoly''.


 Conclusion BrothersandsistersletusknowthatJesus’Blood has averywonderfulplaceinourLife. compiled by Pastor Austine Otieno (Kisumn, Kenya)

GO!SIGN MAGAzINEEDITORIALBOARD David(Editor)&BronwynneBuxton,EstherMaycock, KarenGutberlet,MaggieLo,andChrissanMoldrich

Christ in the Deaf Community

GO! SIGN is the working name of Christian Deaf Link UK Registeredcharityno.1071830

1 GO! SIGN

April 2009

April2009 GO! SIGN

2


Go! Sign Spring 2009 COL magazine:Spring2006_Layout1.qxd

11/5/09

01:02

Page 4

Iwillalwaysrememberoneevening20yearsago,it wasamiracle!IgavemylifetoJesus.IfeltIhadsinned butatthesametimeIfeltanenormouswarmflow andinnercleaning.Ifeltfree,nomoreburdenofsin!It wasanenormousfeelingofthepowerofJesus'blood!

Bloodof

Jesus

What can we do if we still fall into sin? ManyChristiansstillfallintosinandtheyfeelthat theyhavenotsucceededintheirlifeasaChristian. Youmayeasilyfeeltemptedtogiveuponyour spirituallifebecauseyouarenotgoodenoughfor God.Don'tworry.WehavethebloodofChrist,which isenoughforeverybody,tocleanalloursins!Thanks God,Hehadaplanallready2000yearsagotosend Hissontotheworld.Jesuswascrucifiedforallofus andhisdeathwassounique.HegaveHislifeforyou, becauseGodlovesyou(John.3:16).Ifyouhavedone wrong,youmustconfessyoursinsandaskfor forgiveness(1.John1:9).Jesus'bloodtakesawayall oursins(1.John.1:7).Hallelujah!HowgreatisHis mercyforus!

by Marika Jouhki (D), Finland

What can we do, when we have sinned and betrayed the confidence of God? How can we repair our relationship with God? How can we again get His mercy upon us? Fortunately, we have the blood of Jesus Christ! IntheOldTestamentintheBiblewefindthestory aboutKingDavid'slife.Yousurelyrememberwhat happenedtoDavidafterhecommittedadulterywith Bathsheba,howhearrangedthedeathofher husbandandfinallymarriedher.TheprophetNathan revealedeverythingandafterwardsDavidregretted everythinghehaddone(2.Sam.11)andconfessed hissinstoGod.DavidrealisedhowhugeGod'slove is!YoucanfindhisrepentanceinPsalm51. ItsaysinHebrewsthatthebloodofJesusChrist speaksbetterthanthebloodofAbel(Heb.12:24). Whatdoesthismean?Abelwasmurderedbyhis brotherCain.Whatdoeshisbloodspeak,andwhat doesJesus'bloodspeak?ReadGenesis4:10-11.

- separationfromGod(Isaiah.59:2)

3 GO! SIGN

April2009

Marika Jouhki (D), Leader of the Union of Mission of the Pentecostal Deaf in Finland, and also the Editor for Kaisen Sanioma, a Finnish Deaf Christian Magazine, source: Reinhard Bonnke. Four Keys to Victory.

- sinmakesusunclean(Mark7:21-23)

WhenJesus'bloodisflowing,howisitspeaking better?Itdoesnotspeakofdeathbutoflife!

Caingothispunishmentbecauseofthedeathof Abelbutnobodyhadtosufferbecauseofthedeath ofChrist.Christmadepeacethroughthebloodinhis

Letusbestrong!WearegoingtoHeavenandweare gettingtherebecausewehavethebloodofJesus!

Why has He bought us back? Whatisthebiggestneedthatpeoplehave?

- everyonethatsinswillbeaslavetosin(John.8:34)

Perhapsyourememberthatwhenthesoldierswere crucifyingJesus,hisbloodwassplatteringontothem. Jesusprayed:"MyFather,forgivethem,fortheydo notknowwhattheyaredoing”(Luke23:34).Wecan readinHebrews:"withoutthesheddingofblood thereisnoforgiveness”.Forgivenessisavailableonly throughthebloodofJesusChrist!

Later,Johntellsusabouthisvision:”AfterthisIlooked andtherebeforemewasagreatmultitudethatnoone couldcount,fromeverynation,tribe,peopleand language,standingbeforethethroneandinfrontof theLamb.Theywerewearingwhiterobesandwere holdingpalmbranchesintheirhands.Andhesaid, "Thesearetheywhohavecomeoutofthegreat tribulation;theyhavewashedtheirrobesandmade themwhiteinthebloodoftheLamb”.(Rev.7:9,14)

cross."Andthroughhimtoreconciletohimselfall things,whetherthingsonearthorthingsinheaven, bymakingpeacethroughhisblood,shedonthe cross”(Col.1:20).TheBiblesaysthatweareredeemed withthepreciousbloodofChrist(1Peter1:19).This meansthatChristhasboughtusbackforGod.

ThebloodofAbelwasshoutingfordeathand murderandwasdemandingrevenge.

ThebloodofAbelisbloodofdeathbutthebloodof Jesusisbloodoflife.ThebloodofAbeldemands revengebutthebloodofJesusspeaksof FORGIVENESS.

Johnwrites:”Heistheatoningsacrificeforoursins, andnotonlyforoursbutalsoforthesinsofthe wholeworld.”

- sinhasitspunishment(Romans6:23)

Youseethatwehaveaproblem.Wehavealldone wrong(Romans2:23).Insteadofus,Jesussuffered painonthecrossforus(1Peter2:24).JesusChristhas setusfree(Romans3:24).Letusimagineaman,who hasverylargedebts.Jesushascometohimand askedhowmuchhehastopay,Jesushaspaiditall andlethimgofree(John8:36).Hehasboughtusour freedomandthepricewasHispreciousbloodand nowourrelationshipwithGodisOK.Sowecannow beconnectedtoGodandbesavedbybelievingin Jesus.Hallelujah! ManyChristianshavefeltthis.Itismarveloustobe bornagain.Whenasinnerisprayingandcallingfor helpfromtheLord,hecanfeelthecleansingofhis soul.Jesuswilltakeawayalloursins. April2009 GO! SIGN

4


Go! Sign Spring 2009 COL magazine:Spring2006_Layout1.qxd

11/5/09

01:02

Page 4

Iwillalwaysrememberoneevening20yearsago,it wasamiracle!IgavemylifetoJesus.IfeltIhadsinned butatthesametimeIfeltanenormouswarmflow andinnercleaning.Ifeltfree,nomoreburdenofsin!It wasanenormousfeelingofthepowerofJesus'blood!

Bloodof

Jesus

What can we do if we still fall into sin? ManyChristiansstillfallintosinandtheyfeelthat theyhavenotsucceededintheirlifeasaChristian. Youmayeasilyfeeltemptedtogiveuponyour spirituallifebecauseyouarenotgoodenoughfor God.Don'tworry.WehavethebloodofChrist,which isenoughforeverybody,tocleanalloursins!Thanks God,Hehadaplanallready2000yearsagotosend Hissontotheworld.Jesuswascrucifiedforallofus andhisdeathwassounique.HegaveHislifeforyou, becauseGodlovesyou(John.3:16).Ifyouhavedone wrong,youmustconfessyoursinsandaskfor forgiveness(1.John1:9).Jesus'bloodtakesawayall oursins(1.John.1:7).Hallelujah!HowgreatisHis mercyforus!

by Marika Jouhki (D), Finland

What can we do, when we have sinned and betrayed the confidence of God? How can we repair our relationship with God? How can we again get His mercy upon us? Fortunately, we have the blood of Jesus Christ! IntheOldTestamentintheBiblewefindthestory aboutKingDavid'slife.Yousurelyrememberwhat happenedtoDavidafterhecommittedadulterywith Bathsheba,howhearrangedthedeathofher husbandandfinallymarriedher.TheprophetNathan revealedeverythingandafterwardsDavidregretted everythinghehaddone(2.Sam.11)andconfessed hissinstoGod.DavidrealisedhowhugeGod'slove is!YoucanfindhisrepentanceinPsalm51. ItsaysinHebrewsthatthebloodofJesusChrist speaksbetterthanthebloodofAbel(Heb.12:24). Whatdoesthismean?Abelwasmurderedbyhis brotherCain.Whatdoeshisbloodspeak,andwhat doesJesus'bloodspeak?ReadGenesis4:10-11.

- separationfromGod(Isaiah.59:2)

3 GO! SIGN

April2009

Marika Jouhki (D), Leader of the Union of Mission of the Pentecostal Deaf in Finland, and also the Editor for Kaisen Sanioma, a Finnish Deaf Christian Magazine, source: Reinhard Bonnke. Four Keys to Victory.

- sinmakesusunclean(Mark7:21-23)

WhenJesus'bloodisflowing,howisitspeaking better?Itdoesnotspeakofdeathbutoflife!

Caingothispunishmentbecauseofthedeathof Abelbutnobodyhadtosufferbecauseofthedeath ofChrist.Christmadepeacethroughthebloodinhis

Letusbestrong!WearegoingtoHeavenandweare gettingtherebecausewehavethebloodofJesus!

Why has He bought us back? Whatisthebiggestneedthatpeoplehave?

- everyonethatsinswillbeaslavetosin(John.8:34)

Perhapsyourememberthatwhenthesoldierswere crucifyingJesus,hisbloodwassplatteringontothem. Jesusprayed:"MyFather,forgivethem,fortheydo notknowwhattheyaredoing”(Luke23:34).Wecan readinHebrews:"withoutthesheddingofblood thereisnoforgiveness”.Forgivenessisavailableonly throughthebloodofJesusChrist!

Later,Johntellsusabouthisvision:”AfterthisIlooked andtherebeforemewasagreatmultitudethatnoone couldcount,fromeverynation,tribe,peopleand language,standingbeforethethroneandinfrontof theLamb.Theywerewearingwhiterobesandwere holdingpalmbranchesintheirhands.Andhesaid, "Thesearetheywhohavecomeoutofthegreat tribulation;theyhavewashedtheirrobesandmade themwhiteinthebloodoftheLamb”.(Rev.7:9,14)

cross."Andthroughhimtoreconciletohimselfall things,whetherthingsonearthorthingsinheaven, bymakingpeacethroughhisblood,shedonthe cross”(Col.1:20).TheBiblesaysthatweareredeemed withthepreciousbloodofChrist(1Peter1:19).This meansthatChristhasboughtusbackforGod.

ThebloodofAbelwasshoutingfordeathand murderandwasdemandingrevenge.

ThebloodofAbelisbloodofdeathbutthebloodof Jesusisbloodoflife.ThebloodofAbeldemands revengebutthebloodofJesusspeaksof FORGIVENESS.

Johnwrites:”Heistheatoningsacrificeforoursins, andnotonlyforoursbutalsoforthesinsofthe wholeworld.”

- sinhasitspunishment(Romans6:23)

Youseethatwehaveaproblem.Wehavealldone wrong(Romans2:23).Insteadofus,Jesussuffered painonthecrossforus(1Peter2:24).JesusChristhas setusfree(Romans3:24).Letusimagineaman,who hasverylargedebts.Jesushascometohimand askedhowmuchhehastopay,Jesushaspaiditall andlethimgofree(John8:36).Hehasboughtusour freedomandthepricewasHispreciousbloodand nowourrelationshipwithGodisOK.Sowecannow beconnectedtoGodandbesavedbybelievingin Jesus.Hallelujah! ManyChristianshavefeltthis.Itismarveloustobe bornagain.Whenasinnerisprayingandcallingfor helpfromtheLord,hecanfeelthecleansingofhis soul.Jesuswilltakeawayalloursins. April2009 GO! SIGN

4


Go! Sign Spring 2009 COL magazine:Spring2006_Layout1.qxd

11/5/09

01:03

Page 6

Newsaroun dthewrld 7thEuropeanDeafChristianPastorsandLeadersConference LasPalmas,GranCanaria(Spain)January26thtoFebruary1st2009 WehaverecentlyarrivedhomefromtheGran CanariaIslandswherepastorsandleaderscame together.62peoplecamefrom18countries.

Allthatremainsarenottobeforgottenmemoriesof theconferenceinLasPalmasandthecontributionsof BenitoandDavidRoldanandtheirassistants.

Thecommunicationamongdeafpeoplewasgood andtherewerealotofsermonsandperformances fromthedifferentcountries.

ThenextconferencewillbeheldinHolland.Weserve thefineandpowerfulGod!Thanks! By Margit Taks (D), Estonia

NewDeafChurchinOldCairo,Egypt SundayJanuary11th,2009sawaDeafChurchplanted inOldCairo.InAutumn2008theystartedhomevisits andaBibleSchoolfortheDeafonSaturdays.20Deaf adultsattendedandallagreedthatitisnotGod's purposethatANYONEbeleftbehindorsenttohellfor notbelievingandacceptingJesusasSaviour.Deacon FarajHannaandRagastartedregularDeafSunday Services,thenDeafBibleStudiesonFridayswithfood andfellowshipandmeetingsforprayer.14Deafadults wereconfirmedbyBishopMouneerinJanuaryandit wasagreatjoyforbothdeafandhearing.Pleasepray forthenewDeafcongregation. By Rev Faraj Hanna (H)

5 GO! SIGN

April2009

April2009 GO! SIGN

6


Go! Sign Spring 2009 COL magazine:Spring2006_Layout1.qxd

11/5/09

01:03

Page 6

Newsaroun dthewrld 7thEuropeanDeafChristianPastorsandLeadersConference LasPalmas,GranCanaria(Spain)January26thtoFebruary1st2009 WehaverecentlyarrivedhomefromtheGran CanariaIslandswherepastorsandleaderscame together.62peoplecamefrom18countries.

Allthatremainsarenottobeforgottenmemoriesof theconferenceinLasPalmasandthecontributionsof BenitoandDavidRoldanandtheirassistants.

Thecommunicationamongdeafpeoplewasgood andtherewerealotofsermonsandperformances fromthedifferentcountries.

ThenextconferencewillbeheldinHolland.Weserve thefineandpowerfulGod!Thanks! By Margit Taks (D), Estonia

NewDeafChurchinOldCairo,Egypt SundayJanuary11th,2009sawaDeafChurchplanted inOldCairo.InAutumn2008theystartedhomevisits andaBibleSchoolfortheDeafonSaturdays.20Deaf adultsattendedandallagreedthatitisnotGod's purposethatANYONEbeleftbehindorsenttohellfor notbelievingandacceptingJesusasSaviour.Deacon FarajHannaandRagastartedregularDeafSunday Services,thenDeafBibleStudiesonFridayswithfood andfellowshipandmeetingsforprayer.14Deafadults wereconfirmedbyBishopMouneerinJanuaryandit wasagreatjoyforbothdeafandhearing.Pleasepray forthenewDeafcongregation. By Rev Faraj Hanna (H)

5 GO! SIGN

April2009

April2009 GO! SIGN

6


Go! Sign Spring 2009 COL magazine:Spring2006_Layout1.qxd

11/5/09

01:04

Page 8

EurAsianDeafBibleSchoolReport

theHolySpiritwasreallytheretohelpusandprotect usthrougheverything.PraisebetoGodforHewas withustotheendoftheschool. DuringtheschoolVitaliandMargitTaksalsovisited Biskek(Kyrgystan)togetherwithKathy.

measthedirectoroftheschool.Thereweresomany studentscomingtotheschoolthattheroomswe hadhiredweretoosmall.Thereweremanystudents wecouldn’tacceptbecausetherewasnomoreroom. Therewerestudentswhowerereadytosleepinthe corridor,withoutanywindowsbutallthestudents wereverykindandconciliatory.Fourfamilies attendingtheschoolwerereadytostayindifferent roomsduringtheschool–womeninthesameroom

OurmissionstartedinApril,whenHarryLeesment andmyself,MargitTaks,visitedAlmaty(Kazakhstan) toplantheeducationalprogramfortheDeafthere andhiretheroomsforthat.HarryLeesmentthen suggestedIshouldbethedirectoroftheschool. Theschoollastedforthreemonths–startingin September29andlastinguntilDecember20.Weleft EstoniaattheendofSeptembertoopenthe EurasianDeafSchool.Therewerefourofus–Ava Lepikasanadministrativeassistant,AllanLepikand VitaliTaksasteachers,ValeriÕigeasastudentand

WemetmanyDeafpeopleanditwasverynice.We stayedinBiskekforsomedays.Therearemanyother testimonieswecouldgive–butwecannotwrite aboutitallhere.

withotherfemalestudentsandmeninthesame roomwithothermalestudents.The35students camefrom6differentcountries–Estonia,Russia, Ukraine,Kyrgystan,Usbekistanandfromdifferent citiesofKazakstan.Inthebeginningitwasalittle difficulttoruntheschoolbecauseofthebignumber ofstudents,butasallofthemweresoeagertolearn andsoactive,itmadeiteasiertocopewith organisationalproblems.Thestudentswerealsovery eagertotakeondifferentresponsibilitiesandhelped inallkindofdutiesandcleaning.

OnSundays,ourstudentsparticipatedintheservices ofthefourdifferentlocalhearingchurches,where therewerealsoDeafmembers,toencouragecontact andfellowshipwiththelocalcongregations.During theirfreetimethestudentsvisiteddifferentplacesfor evangelisation,meetingotherDeafpeople,aswell assightseeing.

EveryFridaywehadpracticesessions.Thestudents weredividedintosmallgroupsanddifferentgroups wereresponsibleforpreaching,singingor pantomimepresentationseveryFriday.Inthe beginningmanyofthemwerequiteuncertainand shybutbytheendoftheschool,allofthem performedverywellwithgreatcourage.

Wewerewarnedinthebeginningthatwewould havetobeverycarefulaboutteachingreligion,asthe governmenthadalreadypreparedastrictlaw forbiddingdifferentreligions.Theyalsosuggestedto usthatwenametheschoolaSchoolofVictorious FamiliyLifebutthissituationandtheproblemsmade ustopraymoreandbecomestrongerspirituallyand

Weareverygratefulalsotothehearingteacherswho cametotheschooltoteach:HarryLeesmentand DonnaGreensladefromAustraliaandMariteTaksasa signlanguageinterpreter,interpretingfromspoken EnglishtoRussianSignLanguage,comingfrom Estonia.TheotherteacherswereDeaf:Jan zachariassenfromDenmark,DmitryLavrovfrom RussiaandRihoKurgfromEstonia,aswellasMargit andVitaliTaksandAvaandAllanLepikfortheteam. Whentheschoolwasopenedmanypeoplefrom differentpartsofAsiaexpressedtheirgratitudefor thispossibilityasmanyofthemhavebeenpraying fortwoyearsforaschoolofthiskind.Aftertheschool allthestudentswereverygrateful,theyallwereso sadthattheschoollastedforsuchashorttime. Weareverythankfultoallthepeoplewhohave supportedusfromAustralia,Denmarkand othercountries.

Vitali and Margit Taks

Wealsowanttogiveourdeepestthankstoeveryonewhohassupportedusinprayer.MayGodblessyourichlyfor everything.AndpraisetoGodwhogaveusthispossibilityandcarriedusthrougheverything. 7 GO! SIGN

April2009

April2009 GO! SIGN

8


Go! Sign Spring 2009 COL magazine:Spring2006_Layout1.qxd

11/5/09

01:04

Page 8

EurAsianDeafBibleSchoolReport

theHolySpiritwasreallytheretohelpusandprotect usthrougheverything.PraisebetoGodforHewas withustotheendoftheschool. DuringtheschoolVitaliandMargitTaksalsovisited Biskek(Kyrgystan)togetherwithKathy.

measthedirectoroftheschool.Thereweresomany studentscomingtotheschoolthattheroomswe hadhiredweretoosmall.Thereweremanystudents wecouldn’tacceptbecausetherewasnomoreroom. Therewerestudentswhowerereadytosleepinthe corridor,withoutanywindowsbutallthestudents wereverykindandconciliatory.Fourfamilies attendingtheschoolwerereadytostayindifferent roomsduringtheschool–womeninthesameroom

OurmissionstartedinApril,whenHarryLeesment andmyself,MargitTaks,visitedAlmaty(Kazakhstan) toplantheeducationalprogramfortheDeafthere andhiretheroomsforthat.HarryLeesmentthen suggestedIshouldbethedirectoroftheschool. Theschoollastedforthreemonths–startingin September29andlastinguntilDecember20.Weleft EstoniaattheendofSeptembertoopenthe EurasianDeafSchool.Therewerefourofus–Ava Lepikasanadministrativeassistant,AllanLepikand VitaliTaksasteachers,ValeriÕigeasastudentand

WemetmanyDeafpeopleanditwasverynice.We stayedinBiskekforsomedays.Therearemanyother testimonieswecouldgive–butwecannotwrite aboutitallhere.

withotherfemalestudentsandmeninthesame roomwithothermalestudents.The35students camefrom6differentcountries–Estonia,Russia, Ukraine,Kyrgystan,Usbekistanandfromdifferent citiesofKazakstan.Inthebeginningitwasalittle difficulttoruntheschoolbecauseofthebignumber ofstudents,butasallofthemweresoeagertolearn andsoactive,itmadeiteasiertocopewith organisationalproblems.Thestudentswerealsovery eagertotakeondifferentresponsibilitiesandhelped inallkindofdutiesandcleaning.

OnSundays,ourstudentsparticipatedintheservices ofthefourdifferentlocalhearingchurches,where therewerealsoDeafmembers,toencouragecontact andfellowshipwiththelocalcongregations.During theirfreetimethestudentsvisiteddifferentplacesfor evangelisation,meetingotherDeafpeople,aswell assightseeing.

EveryFridaywehadpracticesessions.Thestudents weredividedintosmallgroupsanddifferentgroups wereresponsibleforpreaching,singingor pantomimepresentationseveryFriday.Inthe beginningmanyofthemwerequiteuncertainand shybutbytheendoftheschool,allofthem performedverywellwithgreatcourage.

Wewerewarnedinthebeginningthatwewould havetobeverycarefulaboutteachingreligion,asthe governmenthadalreadypreparedastrictlaw forbiddingdifferentreligions.Theyalsosuggestedto usthatwenametheschoolaSchoolofVictorious FamiliyLifebutthissituationandtheproblemsmade ustopraymoreandbecomestrongerspirituallyand

Weareverygratefulalsotothehearingteacherswho cametotheschooltoteach:HarryLeesmentand DonnaGreensladefromAustraliaandMariteTaksasa signlanguageinterpreter,interpretingfromspoken EnglishtoRussianSignLanguage,comingfrom Estonia.TheotherteacherswereDeaf:Jan zachariassenfromDenmark,DmitryLavrovfrom RussiaandRihoKurgfromEstonia,aswellasMargit andVitaliTaksandAvaandAllanLepikfortheteam. Whentheschoolwasopenedmanypeoplefrom differentpartsofAsiaexpressedtheirgratitudefor thispossibilityasmanyofthemhavebeenpraying fortwoyearsforaschoolofthiskind.Aftertheschool allthestudentswereverygrateful,theyallwereso sadthattheschoollastedforsuchashorttime. Weareverythankfultoallthepeoplewhohave supportedusfromAustralia,Denmarkand othercountries.

Vitali and Margit Taks

Wealsowanttogiveourdeepestthankstoeveryonewhohassupportedusinprayer.MayGodblessyourichlyfor everything.AndpraisetoGodwhogaveusthispossibilityandcarriedusthrougheverything. 7 GO! SIGN

April2009

April2009 GO! SIGN

8


Go! Sign Spring 2009 COL magazine:Spring2006_Layout1.qxd

11/5/09

01:04

Page 10

Go! Sign News Go! Sign Cross Deaf Drama Group visit to Goldstone Hove Sunday 8th March 2009

"The Blood of Jesus – whatdoes thismeanforme?" Hi,mynameisNeilRobinson.Iam happilymarriedtoHelen,which Ihavebeenforover3yearsnow. WearebothmembersofChurch ofChristtheKing,aNewfrontiers churchbasedatBrighton,where weleadtheCCKDeafgroup. WhatdoestheBloodofJesusreally meantomeandHelen?Today,Iwas readingtheBibleandaversejust cameupfromHebrews10:22.This versehelpedmereflecthoweight deafpeoplehavecometoknowthe Lord.IrealisedthatasChristianswe canbeconfidentinapproaching Godatanytime,becausetheverse says,"LetusdrawneartoGodwitha sincereheartinfullassuranceof faith,havingourheartssprinkledto cleanseusfromaguiltyconscience..." Wenoticedthewonderfulchange thathastakenplaceinourlives,

9 GO! SIGN

April2009

sincewefirstaskedJesustocome intoourhearts.Insteadofbeing tangledinourproblems,weare experiencinganendlessjoyof knowingfreedominChrist.Why? Jesushasforgivenusalloursins, andwasheduscleanbyhisblood! Butwelearntthatweneedtodraw ourselvesclosertoJesuseveryday, toacknowledgeouralliancewith Jesusineveryareaofourlives. IrememberwhenIfirstbecame aChristianyearsago,Ididn't understandwhatGodrequiredof me,untilafewyearslater.TheBible saysthatthebloodofJesusisthere topurifyusfromsininorderto maturedaily.Itisjustamazingto knowthatGodstilllovesus regardlessofthemistakeswemake inourlives.IdothankGodfor sendingHisSon,JesusChrist,to allowmetoexperiencehis

cleansingforgivenessforallmysins andtoshowmethewaytoholiness. HereisaversefromRomans5:9, whichsays:"Sincewehavenow beenjustifiedbyhisblood,how muchmoreshallwebesaved fromGod'swraththroughhim!" PraiseGod!

The deaf Go! Sign Cross Drama Group from London (part of Christian Deaf Link UK) visited Goldstone Deaf Group at Bishop Hannington in Hove on Sunday 8th March. They gave a fantastic and helpful drama with signing in a simple and clear way on how to accept Jesus as our Lord and Saviour in our hearts and on how to turn away from the devil and his evil doings. The drama is meant to help deaf people to understand better how to live a Christian life; helping them to change their hearts and to ask God for His forgiveness and His help to follow Jesus more faithfully and joyfully.

Thedramawasgivenwithvarious shortactssuchastheParableofthe SowerfromtheBible(Matt13v3-9)

andtheArmourofGod(Eph6v1120).Theyillustrateddifferent failuresandthebestsuccessin attainingeternallifewithGodin heavenandalsogaveaclear messageastohowtokeep followingJesus.Insomeacts,like ‘LifeTooShort’and‘Whoisthat man?’,therewerehelpfulreminders thatpeopleignoreanythingtodo withJesusbeforetheydieandthen realiseitistoolate,alsothatJesus lovesthemandwillforgivethem whentheyrepentfordoingwrong thingsandstarttofollowhim again.Inbetweentheactsthere weresongspraisingGodforHis greatgoodnessandwonderful thingsthatareaboveall.

givingabrilliantdramawhichwe enjoyedwatching.Wepraythatit willhelpthedeaftogettoknow JesusbetterastheirLordand SaviourandalsothattheDrama Groupwillcontinuespreadingthe GoodNewsindrama,performedto moredeafpeopleinotherplaces. MayGodblesstheGo!SignCross DramaGroupabundantly. By Michael Brown (D) Brighton

Wewouldallliketothankthe DramaGroupfortheirhardworkin

Go! Sign Drama Show at Hove These comments are from people who came to watch the Go! Sign drama group perform at Hove on Sunday 8th March. 35 people came to watch and here are four comments about the day: Fifteenyearsago,Istartedtoslowly understandthemeaningofthe gospel.Mygoodfriendinvitedme tovisitchurchessometimes,the lasttimeIwenttoGosportandthis timeIcametoHove.Ifoundclear understandingandverypowerful

emotions.Theteamisexcellent! Louise Randell Iamhearingandreallywantedto seehowtousedramato communicatewithdeafpeople. WatchingtheGo!Signdrama groupwasreallyinterestingand gavemesomegreatideas.They toldthegospelreallyclearly,itwas funnyandagreatreminderofhow importantthegoodnewsabout Jesusis.Peter Munroe (H)

IwasreallyimpressedbytheDeaf Drama,asahearingperson,the messagewasveryclear:Jesussaves. Theperformancewaseasyto followandeachsketchwas interestingandshort.Iunderstand somesignlanguagebuttherewere acoupleofsketchesIwasn'tsureif Iunderstoodcorrectly.Iwouldlike abitmoreinformationaboutthe sketch,ratherthanjustatitletogo by...keepupthegoodwork.Simon Allott-Butler (H) Brilliantdrama,goodacting.One oftheplays,called"Thefriend shop",impactedmebecausethat happenstodaytomanypeople, theyneedtounderstandwhy Jesusdiedforthem. By Michelle Rees (D) April2009 GO! SIGN

10


Go! Sign Spring 2009 COL magazine:Spring2006_Layout1.qxd

11/5/09

01:04

Page 10

Go! Sign News Go! Sign Cross Deaf Drama Group visit to Goldstone Hove Sunday 8th March 2009

"The Blood of Jesus – whatdoes thismeanforme?" Hi,mynameisNeilRobinson.Iam happilymarriedtoHelen,which Ihavebeenforover3yearsnow. WearebothmembersofChurch ofChristtheKing,aNewfrontiers churchbasedatBrighton,where weleadtheCCKDeafgroup. WhatdoestheBloodofJesusreally meantomeandHelen?Today,Iwas readingtheBibleandaversejust cameupfromHebrews10:22.This versehelpedmereflecthoweight deafpeoplehavecometoknowthe Lord.IrealisedthatasChristianswe canbeconfidentinapproaching Godatanytime,becausetheverse says,"LetusdrawneartoGodwitha sincereheartinfullassuranceof faith,havingourheartssprinkledto cleanseusfromaguiltyconscience..." Wenoticedthewonderfulchange thathastakenplaceinourlives,

9 GO! SIGN

April2009

sincewefirstaskedJesustocome intoourhearts.Insteadofbeing tangledinourproblems,weare experiencinganendlessjoyof knowingfreedominChrist.Why? Jesushasforgivenusalloursins, andwasheduscleanbyhisblood! Butwelearntthatweneedtodraw ourselvesclosertoJesuseveryday, toacknowledgeouralliancewith Jesusineveryareaofourlives. IrememberwhenIfirstbecame aChristianyearsago,Ididn't understandwhatGodrequiredof me,untilafewyearslater.TheBible saysthatthebloodofJesusisthere topurifyusfromsininorderto maturedaily.Itisjustamazingto knowthatGodstilllovesus regardlessofthemistakeswemake inourlives.IdothankGodfor sendingHisSon,JesusChrist,to allowmetoexperiencehis

cleansingforgivenessforallmysins andtoshowmethewaytoholiness. HereisaversefromRomans5:9, whichsays:"Sincewehavenow beenjustifiedbyhisblood,how muchmoreshallwebesaved fromGod'swraththroughhim!" PraiseGod!

The deaf Go! Sign Cross Drama Group from London (part of Christian Deaf Link UK) visited Goldstone Deaf Group at Bishop Hannington in Hove on Sunday 8th March. They gave a fantastic and helpful drama with signing in a simple and clear way on how to accept Jesus as our Lord and Saviour in our hearts and on how to turn away from the devil and his evil doings. The drama is meant to help deaf people to understand better how to live a Christian life; helping them to change their hearts and to ask God for His forgiveness and His help to follow Jesus more faithfully and joyfully.

Thedramawasgivenwithvarious shortactssuchastheParableofthe SowerfromtheBible(Matt13v3-9)

andtheArmourofGod(Eph6v1120).Theyillustrateddifferent failuresandthebestsuccessin attainingeternallifewithGodin heavenandalsogaveaclear messageastohowtokeep followingJesus.Insomeacts,like ‘LifeTooShort’and‘Whoisthat man?’,therewerehelpfulreminders thatpeopleignoreanythingtodo withJesusbeforetheydieandthen realiseitistoolate,alsothatJesus lovesthemandwillforgivethem whentheyrepentfordoingwrong thingsandstarttofollowhim again.Inbetweentheactsthere weresongspraisingGodforHis greatgoodnessandwonderful thingsthatareaboveall.

givingabrilliantdramawhichwe enjoyedwatching.Wepraythatit willhelpthedeaftogettoknow JesusbetterastheirLordand SaviourandalsothattheDrama Groupwillcontinuespreadingthe GoodNewsindrama,performedto moredeafpeopleinotherplaces. MayGodblesstheGo!SignCross DramaGroupabundantly. By Michael Brown (D) Brighton

Wewouldallliketothankthe DramaGroupfortheirhardworkin

Go! Sign Drama Show at Hove These comments are from people who came to watch the Go! Sign drama group perform at Hove on Sunday 8th March. 35 people came to watch and here are four comments about the day: Fifteenyearsago,Istartedtoslowly understandthemeaningofthe gospel.Mygoodfriendinvitedme tovisitchurchessometimes,the lasttimeIwenttoGosportandthis timeIcametoHove.Ifoundclear understandingandverypowerful

emotions.Theteamisexcellent! Louise Randell Iamhearingandreallywantedto seehowtousedramato communicatewithdeafpeople. WatchingtheGo!Signdrama groupwasreallyinterestingand gavemesomegreatideas.They toldthegospelreallyclearly,itwas funnyandagreatreminderofhow importantthegoodnewsabout Jesusis.Peter Munroe (H)

IwasreallyimpressedbytheDeaf Drama,asahearingperson,the messagewasveryclear:Jesussaves. Theperformancewaseasyto followandeachsketchwas interestingandshort.Iunderstand somesignlanguagebuttherewere acoupleofsketchesIwasn'tsureif Iunderstoodcorrectly.Iwouldlike abitmoreinformationaboutthe sketch,ratherthanjustatitletogo by...keepupthegoodwork.Simon Allott-Butler (H) Brilliantdrama,goodacting.One oftheplays,called"Thefriend shop",impactedmebecausethat happenstodaytomanypeople, theyneedtounderstandwhy Jesusdiedforthem. By Michelle Rees (D) April2009 GO! SIGN

10


Deaf Christian News in the UK

Go! Sign Spring 2009 COL magazine:Spring2006_Layout1.qxd

11/5/09

01:04

Page 12

About The London Prayer Meetings “ The Lord will guide you continually, giving you water when you are dry and restoring your strength, you will be like a well-watered garden. Like an ever-flowing spring.” Isaiah 58: 11 MaybeyouknowaboutthemonthlyLondonprayer meetingsthathavebeentakingplaceforoneand halfyears.Iorganisethemtoencouragetheneedto keepprayingbecauseitisimportantto“Letyour requestsbemadeknowtoGod”. Deaf/deafChristianswhoareintheLondonareamay goontheirowntolocalchurches. ManychurcheswithsigninghaveafewDeafpeople onlyandweneedmoreaccesstointegratedchurches whichprovideaccesswithinterpreting. SoweofferDeaf/deafChristiansachancetomeet together,havefellowshiptogether,praisetheLord, joininprayerand,bymeetingtogether,be strengthenedintheirChristianlife.

News of God’s Work in Birmingham Hello friends, I want to share the news of what God has been doing in Birmingham since the last article I wrote for the Go! Sign magazine (issue 66, winter 07/08). God has been doing so much awesome work in our Christian lives and continues to mould our characters everyday, to develop our gifts to become useful tools to serve the Lord Jesus. OurHomeGrouphasstartedaBibleStudyCourseto learnmoreabouttheBibleusingthestructureoffive W’s:What,Where,Why,WhoandWhen.Theseare taughtbyBrentandNora.Thishomegroupcourse helpsustolearnalotmoreaboutthehistoryofthe Bible,tounderstandmoreaboutourGod,also helpingustoprepareforthevisionwehavehad sinceJanuary2006. InJanuary2009,Ibeganmynewjob,workingone dayperweek,atRiversideHouseasDeafpastorfor theDeafCommunityandforRiversideHouse.The roleistodevelopmoreresources,coursesand servicesfortheDeafcommunitiesinBirminghamand toworkwithRiversideChurch.1Corinthians12:12 says“Thehumanbodyhasmanyparts,butthemany partsmakeuponebody.”Thisiswhatweseein Riverside:DeafandHearingpeoplehavedifferences butweworktogetherasonecommunity,serving Jesusinonespirit.

11 GO! SIGN

April2009

HereistheawesomenewsthatIamsoeagertoshare withyouaboutthevision,theteamofleadersfrom RiversideHousehaveagreedandgivenusfull supporttosetupaserviceforDeafpeopleat RiversideHouse.Thishasbeenourdreamsince January2006anditwillbehappeninginJune2009. Godhasbeenblessingussomuch,developingour strongteamworkthroughhomegroupand continuingthesamedesire,growingourcharacters andwisdom.

Itisnoteasytoprayaloneanditisnoteasytopray everydaybutyoucancomeandjoinusatour prayermeeting.

Alsowewouldloveyoutosendusyourprayer requests.Whenyoucomewearehappytopraywith youandforyourrequests! “Hebrew10v24.Andletusconsideroneanotherin ordertostiruploveandgoodworks(Hebrew10v25) notforsakingtheassemblingofourselvestogether,as isthemannerofsome,butexhortingoneanother, andsomuchthemoreasyouseetheDay approaching."NKJV WerememberourmanyDeaf/deafbrothersand sistersthatarelost. Trytoreachouttotheminyourprayers,thosefriends whobackslideorignoreJesusorwhoareattractedto otherreligionsorcults “Manyfleshsettheirmindsonthethingsoftheflesh” by John Barry (D)

TheveryfirstservicewillbeonSunday21stJune2009 at11amtill12:30pmandwillthenberunonthefirst Sundayeveryothermonthfrom2ndAugustonwards. Thisisournewstepfor2009/10andwewillseehow GodguidesusforthefirstyearandwhetherHewants ustoincreasethenumberofservicesduringthe secondyearof2010/11.Godhasbeensogoodtousall. Youallareverywelcometocometotheserviceto celebratewithus,toreceivetheblessingsfromJesus andtoprayforustohaveablessedjourneywith JesusChrist.Ifyouwouldlikeupdatednewsorany moreinformationaboutGod’sworkinBirmingham, feelfreetoemailmeat birmingham_sign4christ@hotmail.com or jaym@riverside-church.org.uk Iamsoexcitedaboutwhatthefuturewillbringforus intheMidlands.Pleasecontinuewithyourprayersfor God’samazingworkintheDeafCommunityandfor ournewservicetobeblessedandsuccessful.God blessyouall. By Jay Thomas-Morton (D), Birmingham April2009 GO! SIGN

12


Deaf Christian News in the UK

Go! Sign Spring 2009 COL magazine:Spring2006_Layout1.qxd

11/5/09

01:04

Page 12

About The London Prayer Meetings “ The Lord will guide you continually, giving you water when you are dry and restoring your strength, you will be like a well-watered garden. Like an ever-flowing spring.” Isaiah 58: 11 MaybeyouknowaboutthemonthlyLondonprayer meetingsthathavebeentakingplaceforoneand halfyears.Iorganisethemtoencouragetheneedto keepprayingbecauseitisimportantto“Letyour requestsbemadeknowtoGod”. Deaf/deafChristianswhoareintheLondonareamay goontheirowntolocalchurches. ManychurcheswithsigninghaveafewDeafpeople onlyandweneedmoreaccesstointegratedchurches whichprovideaccesswithinterpreting. SoweofferDeaf/deafChristiansachancetomeet together,havefellowshiptogether,praisetheLord, joininprayerand,bymeetingtogether,be strengthenedintheirChristianlife.

News of God’s Work in Birmingham Hello friends, I want to share the news of what God has been doing in Birmingham since the last article I wrote for the Go! Sign magazine (issue 66, winter 07/08). God has been doing so much awesome work in our Christian lives and continues to mould our characters everyday, to develop our gifts to become useful tools to serve the Lord Jesus. OurHomeGrouphasstartedaBibleStudyCourseto learnmoreabouttheBibleusingthestructureoffive W’s:What,Where,Why,WhoandWhen.Theseare taughtbyBrentandNora.Thishomegroupcourse helpsustolearnalotmoreaboutthehistoryofthe Bible,tounderstandmoreaboutourGod,also helpingustoprepareforthevisionwehavehad sinceJanuary2006. InJanuary2009,Ibeganmynewjob,workingone dayperweek,atRiversideHouseasDeafpastorfor theDeafCommunityandforRiversideHouse.The roleistodevelopmoreresources,coursesand servicesfortheDeafcommunitiesinBirminghamand toworkwithRiversideChurch.1Corinthians12:12 says“Thehumanbodyhasmanyparts,butthemany partsmakeuponebody.”Thisiswhatweseein Riverside:DeafandHearingpeoplehavedifferences butweworktogetherasonecommunity,serving Jesusinonespirit.

11 GO! SIGN

April2009

HereistheawesomenewsthatIamsoeagertoshare withyouaboutthevision,theteamofleadersfrom RiversideHousehaveagreedandgivenusfull supporttosetupaserviceforDeafpeopleat RiversideHouse.Thishasbeenourdreamsince January2006anditwillbehappeninginJune2009. Godhasbeenblessingussomuch,developingour strongteamworkthroughhomegroupand continuingthesamedesire,growingourcharacters andwisdom.

Itisnoteasytoprayaloneanditisnoteasytopray everydaybutyoucancomeandjoinusatour prayermeeting.

Alsowewouldloveyoutosendusyourprayer requests.Whenyoucomewearehappytopraywith youandforyourrequests! “Hebrew10v24.Andletusconsideroneanotherin ordertostiruploveandgoodworks(Hebrew10v25) notforsakingtheassemblingofourselvestogether,as isthemannerofsome,butexhortingoneanother, andsomuchthemoreasyouseetheDay approaching."NKJV WerememberourmanyDeaf/deafbrothersand sistersthatarelost. Trytoreachouttotheminyourprayers,thosefriends whobackslideorignoreJesusorwhoareattractedto otherreligionsorcults “Manyfleshsettheirmindsonthethingsoftheflesh” by John Barry (D)

TheveryfirstservicewillbeonSunday21stJune2009 at11amtill12:30pmandwillthenberunonthefirst Sundayeveryothermonthfrom2ndAugustonwards. Thisisournewstepfor2009/10andwewillseehow GodguidesusforthefirstyearandwhetherHewants ustoincreasethenumberofservicesduringthe secondyearof2010/11.Godhasbeensogoodtousall. Youallareverywelcometocometotheserviceto celebratewithus,toreceivetheblessingsfromJesus andtoprayforustohaveablessedjourneywith JesusChrist.Ifyouwouldlikeupdatednewsorany moreinformationaboutGod’sworkinBirmingham, feelfreetoemailmeat birmingham_sign4christ@hotmail.com or jaym@riverside-church.org.uk Iamsoexcitedaboutwhatthefuturewillbringforus intheMidlands.Pleasecontinuewithyourprayersfor God’samazingworkintheDeafCommunityandfor ournewservicetobeblessedandsuccessful.God blessyouall. By Jay Thomas-Morton (D), Birmingham April2009 GO! SIGN

12


Go! Sign Spring 2009 COL magazine:Spring2006_Layout1.qxd

11/5/09

01:05

Page 14

SurreyChristianSignFellowship– Easter Deaf Family Day Surrey Christian Sign Fellowship (SCSF) held an activity day to celebrate Easter in Cheam, Surrey as part of their outreach programme. There were many Easter craft activities enjoyed by both children and some of the grown ups too and a table for face painting. The local police officers in sign language training also had an activity table and a competition to win a police bear. EstherMaycock(D)ledasigned songfortheyoungpeople.One mumcommentedonhow encouragedshewasasherson eagerlyjoinedin.Therewasan enactmentofthestationsofthe crossbytheyouthgroupanda challengeinsmallgroupstomakea crossthatwasstrongusingonly newspaperandtape. Therewasashortdramasession byBronBuxton(D)andEsther Maycock(D)abouttwochildren, onenotwantingtoshareher

chocolateeggswithherfriend, andthenthemessageabout Jesusgivingwhathehad,hislife foreverybody. DavidBuxton(D)ledaquizforthe childrenandtheirparentstosee howwelltheykneweachother, whichwasgreatfun.Hegaveatalk withslidesaboutacaterpillarand changesbeforenewlifeasa butterfly.Davidexplainedabout Jesusandhisdeathandwhenhe wasraisedtolife. Hotcrossbunswereservedwith refreshmentsandthereweremany socialopportunitiesfornetworking too.Thechildrenallwenthomewith chocolateeggsattheendofafun packedday. Some of the comments on the day: “Itwasanopportunitytomeetnew peopleandcatchupwiththoseI havenotseenforalongtime.Itwas agreatopportunitytosignand communicatewithothers,itwas

goodfunandreallywentwell.Iama scoutleaderandwasabletoput anotherDeaffamilyattheeventin touchwithabeaversgroupinmy areawherethereissignlanguage available.Iwasalsoreallyinterested tofindoutaboutthecamp organizedforyoungpeoplerunby DeafYouthForChrist(DY4C).” Matthias (D) “TheEaster“Deaf”FamilyDaywas reallygood,bringingfamiliesfrom differentbackgroundstotheoriginal GOD,whocreatedourworld-where welivenow,togetherwithourLord JesusChrist!Easterisaboutspiritual rebirthafterspiritualdeath.”Lara (D) “Ireallyenjoyedmakingtheclay candleholderandcrossandthe signedsongs”–Craig (H) “David’smessageaboutEasterwas verymeaningfultobothchildren andadults.Itwasbrief,simpleand meaningfulwithastrongmessage.” Nancy (H)

“Ireallyenjoyedlearningtosign withDavidandbeingabletouse whatIhadlearnedintheyouth groupactivityasIwastheonly hearingpersoninthegroup.Itwas goodfun.”Sophie (H) “Ithinktheshortdramaplayedby thetwoDeafladiesforthekidswas inspiringandfun.Itwasalsofunfor thekidstobeinvolvedinmaking thingsorhavingtheirfacespainted.” Teresa (D)

“Ienjoyedlearningtosignandam gladthatnobodytookoffencethat Iwasnotgoodenough.Icouldn’t stopforacoupleofhours afterwards.Itwasarewardingday forme.”Chris (H)

13 GO! SIGN

April2009

“Ithoughttheeventwasgreat.It wasnicetoseethefamilieshavinga goodchatwhiletheywerehaving teaandcoffeeandI’msurethey enjoyedtheirhotcrossbuns.Itwas goodtoseethekidsenjoyingtheir activities.Iamsoproudtoseethe otherswhohavelearnedtosign beingsobraveatteaandcoffee time.Welldonetoallofyou.”Lisa(D)

“TheDeaffamilydaywasa rewardingexperienceforeveryone. Newfriendshipsblossomedamid hotcrossbuns,activitiesand laughter.Peoplecametogether fromawideareatocommunicate andhavefunandwedidjustthat.” Fiona (H)

“Thereissomereallypositive feedbackaboutthedayfrommy groupoffriends.Whatalovely relaxedatmosphereandthe childrenhavereallyenjoyedthe activities.Isthereaprogrammeof eventsthroughouttheyear?When isthenextone?”-Deafparent.

“Ithoughttheeventwasverywell doneanditwaslovelyseeingthe childrenenjoyingthemselves.Iliked thepartwhenthekidsandparents wereaskedquestionstoseehow welltheykneweachother.” Abbie (D)

April2009 GO! SIGN

14


Go! Sign Spring 2009 COL magazine:Spring2006_Layout1.qxd

11/5/09

01:05

Page 14

SurreyChristianSignFellowship– Easter Deaf Family Day Surrey Christian Sign Fellowship (SCSF) held an activity day to celebrate Easter in Cheam, Surrey as part of their outreach programme. There were many Easter craft activities enjoyed by both children and some of the grown ups too and a table for face painting. The local police officers in sign language training also had an activity table and a competition to win a police bear. EstherMaycock(D)ledasigned songfortheyoungpeople.One mumcommentedonhow encouragedshewasasherson eagerlyjoinedin.Therewasan enactmentofthestationsofthe crossbytheyouthgroupanda challengeinsmallgroupstomakea crossthatwasstrongusingonly newspaperandtape. Therewasashortdramasession byBronBuxton(D)andEsther Maycock(D)abouttwochildren, onenotwantingtoshareher

chocolateeggswithherfriend, andthenthemessageabout Jesusgivingwhathehad,hislife foreverybody. DavidBuxton(D)ledaquizforthe childrenandtheirparentstosee howwelltheykneweachother, whichwasgreatfun.Hegaveatalk withslidesaboutacaterpillarand changesbeforenewlifeasa butterfly.Davidexplainedabout Jesusandhisdeathandwhenhe wasraisedtolife. Hotcrossbunswereservedwith refreshmentsandthereweremany socialopportunitiesfornetworking too.Thechildrenallwenthomewith chocolateeggsattheendofafun packedday. Some of the comments on the day: “Itwasanopportunitytomeetnew peopleandcatchupwiththoseI havenotseenforalongtime.Itwas agreatopportunitytosignand communicatewithothers,itwas

goodfunandreallywentwell.Iama scoutleaderandwasabletoput anotherDeaffamilyattheeventin touchwithabeaversgroupinmy areawherethereissignlanguage available.Iwasalsoreallyinterested tofindoutaboutthecamp organizedforyoungpeoplerunby DeafYouthForChrist(DY4C).” Matthias (D) “TheEaster“Deaf”FamilyDaywas reallygood,bringingfamiliesfrom differentbackgroundstotheoriginal GOD,whocreatedourworld-where welivenow,togetherwithourLord JesusChrist!Easterisaboutspiritual rebirthafterspiritualdeath.”Lara (D) “Ireallyenjoyedmakingtheclay candleholderandcrossandthe signedsongs”–Craig (H) “David’smessageaboutEasterwas verymeaningfultobothchildren andadults.Itwasbrief,simpleand meaningfulwithastrongmessage.” Nancy (H)

“Ireallyenjoyedlearningtosign withDavidandbeingabletouse whatIhadlearnedintheyouth groupactivityasIwastheonly hearingpersoninthegroup.Itwas goodfun.”Sophie (H) “Ithinktheshortdramaplayedby thetwoDeafladiesforthekidswas inspiringandfun.Itwasalsofunfor thekidstobeinvolvedinmaking thingsorhavingtheirfacespainted.” Teresa (D)

“Ienjoyedlearningtosignandam gladthatnobodytookoffencethat Iwasnotgoodenough.Icouldn’t stopforacoupleofhours afterwards.Itwasarewardingday forme.”Chris (H)

13 GO! SIGN

April2009

“Ithoughttheeventwasgreat.It wasnicetoseethefamilieshavinga goodchatwhiletheywerehaving teaandcoffeeandI’msurethey enjoyedtheirhotcrossbuns.Itwas goodtoseethekidsenjoyingtheir activities.Iamsoproudtoseethe otherswhohavelearnedtosign beingsobraveatteaandcoffee time.Welldonetoallofyou.”Lisa(D)

“TheDeaffamilydaywasa rewardingexperienceforeveryone. Newfriendshipsblossomedamid hotcrossbuns,activitiesand laughter.Peoplecametogether fromawideareatocommunicate andhavefunandwedidjustthat.” Fiona (H)

“Thereissomereallypositive feedbackaboutthedayfrommy groupoffriends.Whatalovely relaxedatmosphereandthe childrenhavereallyenjoyedthe activities.Isthereaprogrammeof eventsthroughouttheyear?When isthenextone?”-Deafparent.

“Ithoughttheeventwasverywell doneanditwaslovelyseeingthe childrenenjoyingthemselves.Iliked thepartwhenthekidsandparents wereaskedquestionstoseehow welltheykneweachother.” Abbie (D)

April2009 GO! SIGN

14


Go! Sign Spring 2009 COL magazine:Spring2006_Layout1.qxd

11/5/09

01:08

Page 16

D e a f Yo u t h 4 Christ by Esther Maycock (D), one of DY4C leaders

Crazy DY4C Day Event Star City About 25 deaf and hearing young adults attended DY4C day event at Star City, in Birmingham. It was a brilliant opportunity to socialise, and getting to know new people or catching up with all the news by playing a game of bowling and laser for a day. Let’s read people’s comments about it… "WhenIwasyounger,Ijoinedachurchyouth clubandIalwaysgotlostwithcommunication andneverfeltpartofit.Itislikeamissingpiece tocompletethejigsawpuzzle,butuntilIfound outaboutDY4Candwentoutforadayin Birmingham,thejigsawwascompleted,asImet lotsofnewpeopleandgottoknowthembetter! Now,IamhappytoknowthatDY4Cdoesexist, soIamabletogetinvolvedinmoreeventsin thefuture!Can'twait!" Daniel Voss (D)

"Ireallyenjoyeditbecauseitwasagreatfunand theatmospherewassofriendly!Thebestbitwas meetinglotsofnewpeopleandthemost memorablebitwasSiobhan'swig!" Naomi Jarrett (H) “DY4Cdayeventwasbrillianttomeetalotofnew andoldDeafpeoplefromtheUK.Ialwaysenjoyed chatting,goingout,helpingandencouragingeach other,andhavinggoodfuntogether.Ihavealways hadagoodtimeatallpastDY4Cevents– Thank GodforHisplanswithDY4CandalsowithHislove toencouragewithotheryoungDeafpeopletoget involvedwithusintheDY4Cevents.Itisvery usefultogettoknowmoreaboutChristianityand experienceourlivesasbecomingagoodfollower ofJesusinrighteousness. GodblesstoDY4CTeamLeadersandyoung Deafpeople!” Peter Hylton (D)

‘What does the Blood of Jesus mean to you?’ “Ifitwasn’tforGodthatsentHisonlySontothe cross,thenwewouldn’thaveanyhopeandhave nochancesatall.We’reLOST…butGodwastoo holy,soHewasn’thappywiththewaypeople weremakingsacrifices,andthat’spartofa reasonthatHesentHisonlySon,Jesus,tothe cross,sowecanbeforgiven“oursins”.Hedidit becauseHelovedtheWorldsothatwecould haveaneverlastinglifeinheaven.” Siobhan McIlvenny (D) “WhydidJesusdieandshedHisblood…tohelp ustorememberHimwhenhediedonthecross forusandalsotowashoursinsaway.Itgivesus peaceandjoyinourminds,especiallythrough theprocessofhealingtobecomefree! That'swhyJesuswantstosaveusandalsoto encouragetheGoodNewstootherpeoplein theworldbecauseGodlovesthemandgivesHis mercyonpeoplewhohavebeensuffering

15 GO! SIGN

April2009

aroundtheworld.AgoodexampleofwhatJesus said–‘Iamtheway,thetruth,andthelife.No onecomestotheFatherexceptthroughme.‘ (John14:6)” Peter Hylton (D) "ThebloodofJesuswasshedforyoursinsand formine.Thereisnosalvationforthesoulapart fromoursubmissiontothecleansingofthe blood.Ourheartsaredirtyandneedtobe cleanedbeforeGodwillrelatewithusandbe ourfriend.ThebloodJesusshedhaspowerto cleanseandpowertoredeem. BecauseofhissacrificeyouandIcanliveforever! IhaveacceptedthecleansingofJesus'blood, whichisaveryimportantpartofChristianfaith andIhaveafeelingofamoreclosenessand spiritualexperiencewithHim.” Waheed Zubair (D) April2009 GO! SIGN

16


Go! Sign Spring 2009 COL magazine:Spring2006_Layout1.qxd

11/5/09

01:08

Page 16

D e a f Yo u t h 4 Christ by Esther Maycock (D), one of DY4C leaders

Crazy DY4C Day Event Star City About 25 deaf and hearing young adults attended DY4C day event at Star City, in Birmingham. It was a brilliant opportunity to socialise, and getting to know new people or catching up with all the news by playing a game of bowling and laser for a day. Let’s read people’s comments about it… "WhenIwasyounger,Ijoinedachurchyouth clubandIalwaysgotlostwithcommunication andneverfeltpartofit.Itislikeamissingpiece tocompletethejigsawpuzzle,butuntilIfound outaboutDY4Candwentoutforadayin Birmingham,thejigsawwascompleted,asImet lotsofnewpeopleandgottoknowthembetter! Now,IamhappytoknowthatDY4Cdoesexist, soIamabletogetinvolvedinmoreeventsin thefuture!Can'twait!" Daniel Voss (D)

"Ireallyenjoyeditbecauseitwasagreatfunand theatmospherewassofriendly!Thebestbitwas meetinglotsofnewpeopleandthemost memorablebitwasSiobhan'swig!" Naomi Jarrett (H) “DY4Cdayeventwasbrillianttomeetalotofnew andoldDeafpeoplefromtheUK.Ialwaysenjoyed chatting,goingout,helpingandencouragingeach other,andhavinggoodfuntogether.Ihavealways hadagoodtimeatallpastDY4Cevents– Thank GodforHisplanswithDY4CandalsowithHislove toencouragewithotheryoungDeafpeopletoget involvedwithusintheDY4Cevents.Itisvery usefultogettoknowmoreaboutChristianityand experienceourlivesasbecomingagoodfollower ofJesusinrighteousness. GodblesstoDY4CTeamLeadersandyoung Deafpeople!” Peter Hylton (D)

‘What does the Blood of Jesus mean to you?’ “Ifitwasn’tforGodthatsentHisonlySontothe cross,thenwewouldn’thaveanyhopeandhave nochancesatall.We’reLOST…butGodwastoo holy,soHewasn’thappywiththewaypeople weremakingsacrifices,andthat’spartofa reasonthatHesentHisonlySon,Jesus,tothe cross,sowecanbeforgiven“oursins”.Hedidit becauseHelovedtheWorldsothatwecould haveaneverlastinglifeinheaven.” Siobhan McIlvenny (D) “WhydidJesusdieandshedHisblood…tohelp ustorememberHimwhenhediedonthecross forusandalsotowashoursinsaway.Itgivesus peaceandjoyinourminds,especiallythrough theprocessofhealingtobecomefree! That'swhyJesuswantstosaveusandalsoto encouragetheGoodNewstootherpeoplein theworldbecauseGodlovesthemandgivesHis mercyonpeoplewhohavebeensuffering

15 GO! SIGN

April2009

aroundtheworld.AgoodexampleofwhatJesus said–‘Iamtheway,thetruth,andthelife.No onecomestotheFatherexceptthroughme.‘ (John14:6)” Peter Hylton (D) "ThebloodofJesuswasshedforyoursinsand formine.Thereisnosalvationforthesoulapart fromoursubmissiontothecleansingofthe blood.Ourheartsaredirtyandneedtobe cleanedbeforeGodwillrelatewithusandbe ourfriend.ThebloodJesusshedhaspowerto cleanseandpowertoredeem. BecauseofhissacrificeyouandIcanliveforever! IhaveacceptedthecleansingofJesus'blood, whichisaveryimportantpartofChristianfaith andIhaveafeelingofamoreclosenessand spiritualexperiencewithHim.” Waheed Zubair (D) April2009 GO! SIGN

16


Go! Sign Spring 2009 COL magazine:Spring2006_Layout1.qxd

11/5/09

01:08

Page 18

Deaf Connections toAruaDistrict,NorthUganda “Can you help me teach these deaf children? – We have no way of communicating”, Coventry DeafChurchmembers,Adamand HelenFielder,(pictured)telloftheir firstandnexttriptoAruadistrict, NorthUganda…

Margaret(bottomleftofphoto)to joinusonavisitwe‘happened’to bemakinglaterthatweektoArua, oneofNorthUganda’sfewschools fortheDeaf(pictured),whereweall learntmuchmoreabouttheneeds ofdeafyouthandadultstoo. “Ugandan deaf people lack tools to communicate, learn, earn, and participate!”Wastherepeatedmessagewegot aswehavetravelledacrossArua. Wediscoveredthat: Theabove-averageno.ofdeaf peopleinWestNileispartlydue topreventablecauses,suchas lackofchildhoodvaccines,poor earhygieneawarenessandthe mal-administrationofdrugs.

Thispleabyhumblebutpassionate bush-villageteacher,Margaret, desperatetoreleasethepotential ofthetwodeafchildreninherclass of80pluswasakeymomentforus backinAug.07!Weinvited

17GO! SIGN 17

April2009

UgandanSignLanguage(U.S.L.) isinprint,butitisunknown, unaffordableandun-usableby communitieswithdeafpeople, whomostlyliveinbushvillages andcan’tread.

Thefewcarersofthedeafin communitieshavepracticallyno resourcestocallon. Largenumbersofdeafyouth/ adultsarewithoutemployment orrespectintheircommunity. Uganda deaf people are often misunderstood, frustrated and lonely – Isolated! Wastherepeatedimpressionwe hadaswelistenedtonumerous deafpeopleandtheircarers.We discoveredthatdeafpeople’s personal,social,emotional, intellectualandspiritual developmentneedsareunmet! Theirvulnerabilitytoneglector abuseorenvironmentalhazards alsoincreases.Thissituation,we havelearnt,iscommoninother developing/war-torncountriestoo!

preparationsandraisingfinancial supportforourfamily’sdeparture toNorthUgandatopartnerwith Arua’sisolateddeaf,from September2009.Wewillbehappy totellyoumoreoveradrinkafter anyservice. Partner with us and local expertise to provide: deafchildrenandadultswith communitybasedUgandansignlanguageworkshopsalongside theirfellowvillagers,using popularpast-timessuchas

traditionaldance,story-telling orsport deafboardingschoolchildren withopportunitiestoshare theirsign-language,sporting skillsandenjoysocial/ culturalexchange,through sportsfixtureswith neighbouringschools unemployeddeafyouth withopportunitiesfor vocational/leadershiptraining &incomegeneration.

www.deafconnections.blogspot.com

isanongoingrecordofourwork withthedeafinboththeU.Kand Uganda.We'llkeepaddingnews andbackgroundsofeelfreeto comebackandseewhatwe're areupto.Thanks.A&H

*Worldwide 90% of deaf people have hearing parents – yet only 1 in 10 parents can communicate with their child in sign language. *Worldwide the deaf are the fourth largest people – group yet to be given Jesus’ message. * World Book of Facts, Funk & Wagnall, Mahwah, New jersey, 1995

Will YOU help us release the potential of these isolated deaf people? Wearecurrentlymaking

April2009 GO! SIGN

18


Go! Sign Spring 2009 COL magazine:Spring2006_Layout1.qxd

11/5/09

01:08

Page 18

Deaf Connections toAruaDistrict,NorthUganda “Can you help me teach these deaf children? – We have no way of communicating”, Coventry DeafChurchmembers,Adamand HelenFielder,(pictured)telloftheir firstandnexttriptoAruadistrict, NorthUganda…

Margaret(bottomleftofphoto)to joinusonavisitwe‘happened’to bemakinglaterthatweektoArua, oneofNorthUganda’sfewschools fortheDeaf(pictured),whereweall learntmuchmoreabouttheneeds ofdeafyouthandadultstoo. “Ugandan deaf people lack tools to communicate, learn, earn, and participate!”Wastherepeatedmessagewegot aswehavetravelledacrossArua. Wediscoveredthat: Theabove-averageno.ofdeaf peopleinWestNileispartlydue topreventablecauses,suchas lackofchildhoodvaccines,poor earhygieneawarenessandthe mal-administrationofdrugs.

Thispleabyhumblebutpassionate bush-villageteacher,Margaret, desperatetoreleasethepotential ofthetwodeafchildreninherclass of80pluswasakeymomentforus backinAug.07!Weinvited

17GO! SIGN 17

April2009

UgandanSignLanguage(U.S.L.) isinprint,butitisunknown, unaffordableandun-usableby communitieswithdeafpeople, whomostlyliveinbushvillages andcan’tread.

Thefewcarersofthedeafin communitieshavepracticallyno resourcestocallon. Largenumbersofdeafyouth/ adultsarewithoutemployment orrespectintheircommunity. Uganda deaf people are often misunderstood, frustrated and lonely – Isolated! Wastherepeatedimpressionwe hadaswelistenedtonumerous deafpeopleandtheircarers.We discoveredthatdeafpeople’s personal,social,emotional, intellectualandspiritual developmentneedsareunmet! Theirvulnerabilitytoneglector abuseorenvironmentalhazards alsoincreases.Thissituation,we havelearnt,iscommoninother developing/war-torncountriestoo!

preparationsandraisingfinancial supportforourfamily’sdeparture toNorthUgandatopartnerwith Arua’sisolateddeaf,from September2009.Wewillbehappy totellyoumoreoveradrinkafter anyservice. Partner with us and local expertise to provide: deafchildrenandadultswith communitybasedUgandansignlanguageworkshopsalongside theirfellowvillagers,using popularpast-timessuchas

traditionaldance,story-telling orsport deafboardingschoolchildren withopportunitiestoshare theirsign-language,sporting skillsandenjoysocial/ culturalexchange,through sportsfixtureswith neighbouringschools unemployeddeafyouth withopportunitiesfor vocational/leadershiptraining &incomegeneration.

www.deafconnections.blogspot.com

isanongoingrecordofourwork withthedeafinboththeU.Kand Uganda.We'llkeepaddingnews andbackgroundsofeelfreeto comebackandseewhatwe're areupto.Thanks.A&H

*Worldwide 90% of deaf people have hearing parents – yet only 1 in 10 parents can communicate with their child in sign language. *Worldwide the deaf are the fourth largest people – group yet to be given Jesus’ message. * World Book of Facts, Funk & Wagnall, Mahwah, New jersey, 1995

Will YOU help us release the potential of these isolated deaf people? Wearecurrentlymaking

April2009 GO! SIGN

18


Go! Sign Spring 2009 COL magazine:Spring2006_Layout1.qxd

11/5/09

01:09

Page 20

DeafTestimony “Why Jesus is so important in my life?” Hehasmadesomuchdifference tomeandtheexperiencesIhave had.Iwasbroughtupina ChristianfamilybutIdidn'tpray. duringmychildhood,onlypraying withmymumaprayershetaught me,APrayerOfChild,calledin Swedish“Gudsomhaverbarnkär iHimmelen”(Englishtranslation “MayGodHaveAsLoveFor Child”).Mumalsowrotesome Bibleversesonthewallstomake mecalmandtorelyonGodbeing withmealltime. WhenIwasgrowingup,Iwasthe onlyChristianinmyschool.Years passedandImovedtoacitycalled OrebrointhemiddleofSweden, about200kmfromStockholm, andmyparentsandotherfamily relativesprayedformetofind ChristianfriendssothatIwould notgoawayfromGod. Imetawomanfriendwhowent tothesameSchoolinOrebro. Idiscoveredthatshealsowasa Christianlikemeandthatshehad somecontactwithtwoother ChristianssoIwantedtovisitthem withher.Thewomanfriendof minepromisedthatweallwould meetup.Iwastooquietanddidn’t talkasmuchasIwantedto becauseIwastooshy.Wevisited oneofthewoman'sfriends,there weretwoChristianspresentand oneofthemaskedmeifIwas ChristianandIsaidyes.Theywere happyformetoshareintheir prayingmeetingandIexperienced somethingdifferentthatIhadn't experiencedinmychildhood. Theprayerwasstrongandthetwo Christiansspokeintongues,which caughtmyinterest.Ifeltpeaceful insidethateveningandIdidn’t wantgohome.Ididn’tdaretoask themwhytheyspokeintongues butIfeltitwaspositive.Theprayer meetingfinishedanditwastime

19 GO! SIGN

April2009

togohometoafosterfamilythat Ilivedwith,Iwantedtostaythere alittlemoretimebutIhadto gohome. So,thateveningIstartedtopray athomemyself.Iwaseagerto prayeverydayandIsaidtoGod thatIwantedtohavethesame experienceIhadatthatprayer meetingandIsaidthattoGodfor severaldays.Atlast,Ibecamefilled withtheHolySpiritandspokein tonguesandthenIfeltsomething waschanginginmeandothers startedtonoticethatItalkedmore thanbefore.Godchangedmylife andIamsogratefultohavetasted God’sconversioninmylife. Ihave experiencedsomehealingmiracles. Forexamplesomeofmyfamily sufferfromapollenallergy,Ididn't haveitbutonedaymyeyeskept watering.IaskedmyChristians friendstoprayformeatourprayer meeting.Oneofthemcametome andsaid“yes,butyoucanvisita doctorandgetmedicine”.This mademeangryandIsaid“NO, Iwon’tvisitadoctor".Ipreferred healingandtobesetfreefromthe sufferingIhad.Irefusedtoaccept thatIhadthepollenallergy,Iwas sodetermined!Ihadnever experiencedsuchdetermination before,IsaidIwouldliketoleaveit asasubjectforprayersothey prayedformeinstead.Myfaith wassostrongandIbelievedthat Iwouldbesetfree. Aftertheprayermeeting,aweek passedby.Ihadcompletely forgottenthatIhadprayedtoGod tosetmefreefromsufferingfrom thepollenallergy.Idiscoveredthat myeyeshadstoppedwatering. Iwashealed!IthankedGodthat Iwashealedfromthepollen allergy.Itestifiedtoothersthatit isveryimportanttothankGodfor somethingthatwehaveprayed

aboutandthatGodwouldgive answerstoprayer! SomethingelseIwitnessedwas thehealingofafriend.She sufferedfrombackpainsafteracar accidentandataprayermeeting shewenttothefrontandpeople prayedforher.ShesatdownandI couldseethatoneofherlegswas shorterthantheother.Asthey continuedtopray,Isawtheleg growing.IneverthoughtIwould experiencesuchathing. GodisabigGodandagoodGod. NothingisimpossibleforGod, Luke1:37.PleasethankGod alwaysforeverything,irrespective ofwhereyouareliving.The negativecanbeturnedintothe positivetotheend.Amen! God LovesYou! By Elisabeth Skjold Denmark (D) April2009 GO! SIGN

20


Go! Sign Spring 2009 COL magazine:Spring2006_Layout1.qxd

11/5/09

01:09

Page 20

DeafTestimony “Why Jesus is so important in my life?” Hehasmadesomuchdifference tomeandtheexperiencesIhave had.Iwasbroughtupina ChristianfamilybutIdidn'tpray. duringmychildhood,onlypraying withmymumaprayershetaught me,APrayerOfChild,calledin Swedish“Gudsomhaverbarnkär iHimmelen”(Englishtranslation “MayGodHaveAsLoveFor Child”).Mumalsowrotesome Bibleversesonthewallstomake mecalmandtorelyonGodbeing withmealltime. WhenIwasgrowingup,Iwasthe onlyChristianinmyschool.Years passedandImovedtoacitycalled OrebrointhemiddleofSweden, about200kmfromStockholm, andmyparentsandotherfamily relativesprayedformetofind ChristianfriendssothatIwould notgoawayfromGod. Imetawomanfriendwhowent tothesameSchoolinOrebro. Idiscoveredthatshealsowasa Christianlikemeandthatshehad somecontactwithtwoother ChristianssoIwantedtovisitthem withher.Thewomanfriendof minepromisedthatweallwould meetup.Iwastooquietanddidn’t talkasmuchasIwantedto becauseIwastooshy.Wevisited oneofthewoman'sfriends,there weretwoChristianspresentand oneofthemaskedmeifIwas ChristianandIsaidyes.Theywere happyformetoshareintheir prayingmeetingandIexperienced somethingdifferentthatIhadn't experiencedinmychildhood. Theprayerwasstrongandthetwo Christiansspokeintongues,which caughtmyinterest.Ifeltpeaceful insidethateveningandIdidn’t wantgohome.Ididn’tdaretoask themwhytheyspokeintongues butIfeltitwaspositive.Theprayer meetingfinishedanditwastime

19 GO! SIGN

April2009

togohometoafosterfamilythat Ilivedwith,Iwantedtostaythere alittlemoretimebutIhadto gohome. So,thateveningIstartedtopray athomemyself.Iwaseagerto prayeverydayandIsaidtoGod thatIwantedtohavethesame experienceIhadatthatprayer meetingandIsaidthattoGodfor severaldays.Atlast,Ibecamefilled withtheHolySpiritandspokein tonguesandthenIfeltsomething waschanginginmeandothers startedtonoticethatItalkedmore thanbefore.Godchangedmylife andIamsogratefultohavetasted God’sconversioninmylife. Ihave experiencedsomehealingmiracles. Forexamplesomeofmyfamily sufferfromapollenallergy,Ididn't haveitbutonedaymyeyeskept watering.IaskedmyChristians friendstoprayformeatourprayer meeting.Oneofthemcametome andsaid“yes,butyoucanvisita doctorandgetmedicine”.This mademeangryandIsaid“NO, Iwon’tvisitadoctor".Ipreferred healingandtobesetfreefromthe sufferingIhad.Irefusedtoaccept thatIhadthepollenallergy,Iwas sodetermined!Ihadnever experiencedsuchdetermination before,IsaidIwouldliketoleaveit asasubjectforprayersothey prayedformeinstead.Myfaith wassostrongandIbelievedthat Iwouldbesetfree. Aftertheprayermeeting,aweek passedby.Ihadcompletely forgottenthatIhadprayedtoGod tosetmefreefromsufferingfrom thepollenallergy.Idiscoveredthat myeyeshadstoppedwatering. Iwashealed!IthankedGodthat Iwashealedfromthepollen allergy.Itestifiedtoothersthatit isveryimportanttothankGodfor somethingthatwehaveprayed

aboutandthatGodwouldgive answerstoprayer! SomethingelseIwitnessedwas thehealingofafriend.She sufferedfrombackpainsafteracar accidentandataprayermeeting shewenttothefrontandpeople prayedforher.ShesatdownandI couldseethatoneofherlegswas shorterthantheother.Asthey continuedtopray,Isawtheleg growing.IneverthoughtIwould experiencesuchathing. GodisabigGodandagoodGod. NothingisimpossibleforGod, Luke1:37.PleasethankGod alwaysforeverything,irrespective ofwhereyouareliving.The negativecanbeturnedintothe positivetotheend.Amen! God LovesYou! By Elisabeth Skjold Denmark (D) April2009 GO! SIGN

20


Go! Sign Spring 2009 COL magazine:Spring2006_Layout1.qxd

11/5/09

01:09

Page 22

Wanted – DeafBSLTeachers

Signs of God When you attend Church and Christian events where there are Deaf people you will usually see a British Sign Language (BSL) interpreter there. Over thirty years ago, when Deaf people started to attend mainstream events or churches, they relied on goodwill and support from volunteers who could sign. As time went by, when signing in the UK became known as British Sign Language during the 1980s, many Christian volunteers developed their signing skills through taught BSL courses Stages 1, 2 and 3, then achieved interpreter status. However,BSLinterpreterstandards intheUKwerehaphazard,soin the1990seffortsweremadeto developaqualityframeworkof interpretedBSL,sothatDeaf peoplewouldgetthe'bestdeal' incommunicationaccess.Church signingwasstillmainly'amateur' andbasic,althoughafew churcheshadteamsofsigners withfluentBSL.TheWordofGod wastoovaluabletoletthat situationcontinue,sotwopeople (GillBehennaandRosHunt)with apassionforqualityBSLin Christiansettingsstarted"Signs ofGod"in1997. Twelveyearson,SignsofGodhas becomeakeytrainingandaccessproviderorganisation,focusingon qualitytrainingofBSLwithin

21 GO! SIGN

April2009

Christiansettings.So,asan organisationpromotingtheuseof qualityBSLinspecificsettings,SoG istheonlyoneintheUKofitskind sofar.ItisarolemodelforBSL training/accessservices.

TherearealsonowmoreDeaf peopletrainingfortheological qualificationsintheUK.Thatisgood news,thoughitmeansmoreBSL interpreterbookingsformore specifictraining.

SoGhastrainedhundredsofpeople overthelast12yearsthroughits manyworkshops,residential weekendsandsummerschools.The levelofBSLamongstChristian interpretershasrisendramaticallyin thelastfewyearsandmanyhave takenupprofessionalworkas interpreterssocontributingtothe growingnumberofavailable interpretersintheUKduringthe lastdecade.

Unfortunately,SignsofGoddoes nothaveenoughDeafteachersto enableustotrainpeopletomeet theincreasednumberofrequests forinterpreters.Weurgentlyneed moreDeafteacherstojoinour volunteerteam.Youneedtobean experienced,qualifiedBSLteachers andwillingtoagreewithour objectssetoutbelow:

BSLteachersandDeafprofessionals arevaluableassetstoSignsofGod's workastheyworkalongsidetrained BSLinterpreters.Thisopensup increasingparticipationofDeaf people,usingBSLastheirpreferred language.Thedemandfor interpretersbyChristianeventsand churchesisgrowingeveryyear whichmeansmorechoiceforDeaf peoplebutputsmorepressureon SignsofGodtodelivertraining.

'ToadvancetheuseofBSLin Christiansettings,andtopromote andenablefullparticipationin theChristianfaithofpeoplewho useBSL'. Weareawareofthecurrenttraining andqualificationchallengesfacing DeafBSLteachersintheUK.Butour volunteertutorsreceivealotof support.ManyDeafBSLteachers whoworkedwithSoGhavefound theexperiencerewarding.Although theworkisvoluntary,wealwayspay travellingexpensesandgiveasmall financialgift.

Go! Sign Advertisements

GO! SIGN ispublishedthreetimes ayear.

TheaimofGO! SIGN istosupport andenableDeafChristiansthrough ChristianNetwork,Outreach, Equipping,TeachingandEvangelism. Anypersonororganisationwishingto photocopyorreproduceGO! SIGN articles,maydosoprovidedthey acknowledge GO! SIGN’scopyright anddonotedittext.

Seeking Website Designer (volunteer) GO!SIGNisseekingavoluntarywebsitedesigner,especially someonewithskillsandexperienceinvideoediting, DreamweaverandFlash.However,wemaybepreparedtopay thecostofadditionaltrainingifnecessary. Ifyouareinterested,pleasesendaCVwithasupporting statement,sayingwhyyouwanttohelptoredesigntheGo!Sign website,to:GO! SIGN Media Team, Friendship House, 484 Southchurch Road, Southend on Sea, Essex SS1 2QA.Please write"privateandconfidential"ontheenvelope.. DEADLINE: 30th June 2009

Deaf Youth 4 Christ (DY4C) Assistant Team Leader (volunteer)

IfyoucanteachBSL,orknow someonewhocoulddowhat SoGneeds,pleasecontact gill@signsofgod.org.uk www.signsofgod.org.uk

InterestedinworkingwithyoungDeafpeoplefrom18to35? DoyouhaveahearttoreachtheyoungDeafpeople?Areyoua committedChristian?Doyouhaveskillstosharewithus? Doyouwanttobepartofanexcitingteamtofocusonbringing youngDeafpeopletoknowaboutJesus? Applywithyournameandaddressandexplaintouswhyyou wouldliketovolunteertoworkwiththeTeamLeaders.Pleasepost yourapplicationto:DY4C Assistant Team Leader, 16 Cotford Road, Birmingham B14 5JL.Orviaemail: DY4C_gosign@hotmail.com Closingdate:30th June 2009

TheviewsexpressedinGO! SIGN shouldnotnecessarilybetakenas GO! SIGN policy.

Whilsteverycareistakentoprovide accurateinformation,neitherGO! SIGN MinistryTeam,Trustees,the Editornorthecontributorsacceptany liabilityforanyerrororomission. A subscription to GO! SIGN costs £11.50 per year for an individual or £20 for an organisation.

Next Issue 71 Thethemeofthenextissue ofthemagazinewillbe...

“Doing My Father's Work” Pleasecouldyouwritean article,yourexperience, testimony,storyorany biblicalpointofviewon why"DoingMyFather'sWork"is stillimportantintheeyesof God,inyourChristianlife and/orinthelifeofchurch ministryorfelllowship. Ifyouhavesomethingto share,pleasewriteto: GO! SIGN Editor, 4 Norris Close, Livingstone Park, Epsom, Surrey KT19 8BF

Deadline by

30th June 2009 April2009 GO! SIGN

22


Go! Sign Spring 2009 COL magazine:Spring2006_Layout1.qxd

11/5/09

01:09

Page 22

Wanted – DeafBSLTeachers

Signs of God When you attend Church and Christian events where there are Deaf people you will usually see a British Sign Language (BSL) interpreter there. Over thirty years ago, when Deaf people started to attend mainstream events or churches, they relied on goodwill and support from volunteers who could sign. As time went by, when signing in the UK became known as British Sign Language during the 1980s, many Christian volunteers developed their signing skills through taught BSL courses Stages 1, 2 and 3, then achieved interpreter status. However,BSLinterpreterstandards intheUKwerehaphazard,soin the1990seffortsweremadeto developaqualityframeworkof interpretedBSL,sothatDeaf peoplewouldgetthe'bestdeal' incommunicationaccess.Church signingwasstillmainly'amateur' andbasic,althoughafew churcheshadteamsofsigners withfluentBSL.TheWordofGod wastoovaluabletoletthat situationcontinue,sotwopeople (GillBehennaandRosHunt)with apassionforqualityBSLin Christiansettingsstarted"Signs ofGod"in1997. Twelveyearson,SignsofGodhas becomeakeytrainingandaccessproviderorganisation,focusingon qualitytrainingofBSLwithin

21 GO! SIGN

April2009

Christiansettings.So,asan organisationpromotingtheuseof qualityBSLinspecificsettings,SoG istheonlyoneintheUKofitskind sofar.ItisarolemodelforBSL training/accessservices.

TherearealsonowmoreDeaf peopletrainingfortheological qualificationsintheUK.Thatisgood news,thoughitmeansmoreBSL interpreterbookingsformore specifictraining.

SoGhastrainedhundredsofpeople overthelast12yearsthroughits manyworkshops,residential weekendsandsummerschools.The levelofBSLamongstChristian interpretershasrisendramaticallyin thelastfewyearsandmanyhave takenupprofessionalworkas interpreterssocontributingtothe growingnumberofavailable interpretersintheUKduringthe lastdecade.

Unfortunately,SignsofGoddoes nothaveenoughDeafteachersto enableustotrainpeopletomeet theincreasednumberofrequests forinterpreters.Weurgentlyneed moreDeafteacherstojoinour volunteerteam.Youneedtobean experienced,qualifiedBSLteachers andwillingtoagreewithour objectssetoutbelow:

BSLteachersandDeafprofessionals arevaluableassetstoSignsofGod's workastheyworkalongsidetrained BSLinterpreters.Thisopensup increasingparticipationofDeaf people,usingBSLastheirpreferred language.Thedemandfor interpretersbyChristianeventsand churchesisgrowingeveryyear whichmeansmorechoiceforDeaf peoplebutputsmorepressureon SignsofGodtodelivertraining.

'ToadvancetheuseofBSLin Christiansettings,andtopromote andenablefullparticipationin theChristianfaithofpeoplewho useBSL'. Weareawareofthecurrenttraining andqualificationchallengesfacing DeafBSLteachersintheUK.Butour volunteertutorsreceivealotof support.ManyDeafBSLteachers whoworkedwithSoGhavefound theexperiencerewarding.Although theworkisvoluntary,wealwayspay travellingexpensesandgiveasmall financialgift.

Go! Sign Advertisements

GO! SIGN ispublishedthreetimes ayear.

TheaimofGO! SIGN istosupport andenableDeafChristiansthrough ChristianNetwork,Outreach, Equipping,TeachingandEvangelism. Anypersonororganisationwishingto photocopyorreproduceGO! SIGN articles,maydosoprovidedthey acknowledge GO! SIGN’scopyright anddonotedittext.

Seeking Website Designer (volunteer) GO!SIGNisseekingavoluntarywebsitedesigner,especially someonewithskillsandexperienceinvideoediting, DreamweaverandFlash.However,wemaybepreparedtopay thecostofadditionaltrainingifnecessary. Ifyouareinterested,pleasesendaCVwithasupporting statement,sayingwhyyouwanttohelptoredesigntheGo!Sign website,to:GO! SIGN Media Team, Friendship House, 484 Southchurch Road, Southend on Sea, Essex SS1 2QA.Please write"privateandconfidential"ontheenvelope.. DEADLINE: 30th June 2009

Deaf Youth 4 Christ (DY4C) Assistant Team Leader (volunteer)

IfyoucanteachBSL,orknow someonewhocoulddowhat SoGneeds,pleasecontact gill@signsofgod.org.uk www.signsofgod.org.uk

InterestedinworkingwithyoungDeafpeoplefrom18to35? DoyouhaveahearttoreachtheyoungDeafpeople?Areyoua committedChristian?Doyouhaveskillstosharewithus? Doyouwanttobepartofanexcitingteamtofocusonbringing youngDeafpeopletoknowaboutJesus? Applywithyournameandaddressandexplaintouswhyyou wouldliketovolunteertoworkwiththeTeamLeaders.Pleasepost yourapplicationto:DY4C Assistant Team Leader, 16 Cotford Road, Birmingham B14 5JL.Orviaemail: DY4C_gosign@hotmail.com Closingdate:30th June 2009

TheviewsexpressedinGO! SIGN shouldnotnecessarilybetakenas GO! SIGN policy.

Whilsteverycareistakentoprovide accurateinformation,neitherGO! SIGN MinistryTeam,Trustees,the Editornorthecontributorsacceptany liabilityforanyerrororomission. A subscription to GO! SIGN costs £11.50 per year for an individual or £20 for an organisation.

Next Issue 71 Thethemeofthenextissue ofthemagazinewillbe...

“Doing My Father's Work” Pleasecouldyouwritean article,yourexperience, testimony,storyorany biblicalpointofviewon why"DoingMyFather'sWork"is stillimportantintheeyesof God,inyourChristianlife and/orinthelifeofchurch ministryorfelllowship. Ifyouhavesomethingto share,pleasewriteto: GO! SIGN Editor, 4 Norris Close, Livingstone Park, Epsom, Surrey KT19 8BF

Deadline by

30th June 2009 April2009 GO! SIGN

22


Go! Sign Spring 2009 COL magazine:Spring2006_Layout1.qxd

11/5/09

01:09

Page 24

n o s ’ t a h w Ifyouhavefutureevents,conferences, holidaysetc,pleasewritetousatthe addressbelowandtellusthedates.We willdistributetheinformationaround theUnitedKingdomandOverseas.

MAY - JULY 2009 Cherish 2 Women’s Conference, 28th - 30th May 2009 AbundantLifeChurch, WappingRoad,Bradford,BD30EQ. Tel: 01274307233 email: admin@alm.org.uk Website: www.alm.org.uk/cherish TherewillbeSignLanguageatthis conference.Pleaseletusknowif youneedthiswhenbooking. Go! Sign Bible Conference 29th - 31st May 2009 KingsParkConferenceCentre, Northampton Speakers: PastorRod(D)&Elaine Chapman(D),Australia Contact: GO!SIGNofficeaddressbelow European Deaf Christian Conference Munich, Germany, 12th - 21st June 09 Sorry, all places are already full booked! Deaf and Hearing Christians Together 10th - 12th July 2009 CoberHillConferenceCentre, Scarborough-Cost: £125fullboard Contact: RevJDean Address: 32NewlandsAvenue, Scarborough,YO126PS email: helenmdean@gmail.com

GO! SIGN Office Friendship House 484 Southchurch Road Southend on Sea Essex SS1 2QA Tel / Fax: 01702613113 Text phone: 01702613114

JULY - OCT 2009

OCT - NOV 2009

6th European Deaf Youth Christian (EDYC) Camp, Birstonas in Lithuania 31st July - 7th August 2009 Cost: 170€ Contact: KassijaPapova email: kassija77@gmail.com

Deaf Pastors and Leaders Retreat "Working for the Kingdom" 29 - 31 October BawtryHall,nearDoncaster. Timetoshare,prayandlearnfromeach other– aconferencewithadifference forDeafChristianLeaders.Formore information,contactGo!Sign

NEW WINE SUMMER CONFERENCES: “Step out” North and East, 25th - 31st July 2009 NewarkandNottinghamshireCounty Showground,Newark London and South East, 25th - 31st July 2009 RoyalBathandWestShowground, SheptonMallet,Somerset Central and South West, 2nd - 8th August 2009 RoyalBathandWestShowground, SheptonMallet,Somerset SignsofGodinterpreterswillbeat allthreeevents.TherewillbeaDeaf Stream,includingaguestspeaker, LaurieBanks,attheCentralandSouth Westevent. Contact: GillBehenna email: gill@signsofgod.org.uk 3rd World Deaf Assemblies of God Conference, Osaka in Japan 13th - 16th October 2009 - Conference Cost: 380USD 16th - 19th October 2009 - Tour Oct.16(Fri)to19(Mon)2009 Cost: 300-600USD Contact: MiyaKori email: miyajudo@hotmail.com Website: www.church.ne.jp/wdag/index-e.html

email: general@GOSIGN.org.uk Website: www.GOSIGN.org.uk www.christiansigns.co.uk DesignedbyEstherMaycock(D) andChrissanMoldrich(D) PrintedbyPrintoutCommunications

Deaf Weekend Retreat 30th Oct - 1st Nov 2009 BrieryRetreatCentre,Ilkley, WestYorkshire,LS299BW Theme: ‘Remembering– usingthe pastasawayforward’ Speakers: Rev.CathyNightingale andFr.PaulFletcher Website: www.briery.org.uk AllDeafpeoplearewelcome. Pleasesendanote(includingyourfull name,address,email,SMSmobile number)anda£25cheque(payableto ‘TheBriery’)asanon-refundabledeposit totheaddressabove.Thenpay£70 balanceonarrival(totalcostis£95). Roger Jones Musical - “Rock” 14th Nov 2009, 3.30pm and 7pm TheSymphonyHall,Birmingham 2signedperformancesoftheRoger JonesMusical"Rock"whichisabout SimonPeter,thedeathandresurrection ofJesusandthecomingoftheHoly Spirit.Itwillincludedanceanddrama. Cost: £12.00fordeafpeople(normally £17.00)Pleasemakechequespayable to"PenrithMethodistChurch" Contact: MrsConway Address: Sunningdale,FairybeadLane, Stainton,Penrith,CA110DX

ign Go! S Christ in the Deaf Community


Go! Sign Spring 2009 - Mag Issue 70