Go! Sign C hr is t in the D e a f C o m m unit y
â€œTo act justly, love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.â€? Micah 6:8
issue 78 Winter 2011
Go! Sign Bible Training Weekend
Editor’s desk Happy Christmas to you all! Another year and 2011 has gone so quickly. What did you think to the themes we’ve covered over the year – ‘Time for God?’, ‘Trinity of God’ and now, ‘How can a Christian make a difference?’
11-12 What is our mission
as deaf christians?
News around the world
17-20 23-24 Interview with
Deaf Youth 4 Christ
I’ve found it challenging but really enjoyed collecting articles and photos – do let me have your feedback – by filling in the separate survey sheet so that Go! Sign can make your magazine even better. Hope you like the ‘colourful Christian’ on the cover! Knowing Jesus makes such a difference – not only to us, but also to others as we bring hope and deliverance through God’s love in our words and actions. It’s not always easy, but in the Bible there are men and women of God who are great examples for us to learn from. Take Matthew, the tax collector, who was so excited to follow Jesus that he arranged a great party in his house for others to show that he loved Jesus (page 7-8), or Micah’s worldview on justice and mercy (page 5-6). On page 11-12, Bob Shrine helps us to better understand our mission as deaf Christians. I hope you all will have a great Christmas as you celebrate Jesus’ birth and that you also have time to reflect on Micah 6:8, “To act justly, love mercy and to walk humbly with your God”. Let’s allow the nature of God to come into us and to help us to understand how to make a difference to others and to “Love the Lord our God with all our heart, all our soul, all our mind and all our strength.” Mark 12:30-31. Go! and make a difference! Esther Maycock (D), Surrey
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Go Sign Director I thank you all for your excellent contributions to the previous magazine’s trinity theme - it was interesting to read and learn. As Pastor Bob McFarland rightly says, “You shouldn’t just study the doctrine of the Trinity, you should spend quality time in fellowship with the Trinity.” We do not worship the Bible, but the living God who revealed himself to us through it pages. Learn it. Love it. Live it. God loves your presence”. Indeed Christians are not born again by academic knowledge, but by the Spirit. (John 3:1-10). Yes we should study the Word, however remember it is God’s Spirit Spirit that helps us to relate and communicate the truth (John 14:15).
That is a mission mandate. His message is really “Wow!” Though it was spoken to the Israelites, I believe this same calling still speaks to us today as Christians in politics, business, deaf/wider communities, charity organisation, doctors, nurses, local church, missionary and etc. That is because we serve the eternal God (Hebrews 13:8) who exists everyday, not just Sundays. Figure 1
Having said that, I followed up from the Go! Sign God Bible weekend conference in September, where the Holy Spirit reminded us about how a Christian To love mercy can make a difference in the world. The conference was basically about understanding Micah’s worldview, which indeed challenges a Christian’s way of thinking and living in the world. As Rev Bob Walk humbly Shrine points out, there are ‘church ghetto’ habits out there in local churches, where Christians have “separate lifestyles” from the world seeing the world as ‘darkness’, ‘evil’ and ‘of the devil.’ The Bible teaches negatively about being in the world, but Of course there will always be some struggle Micah’s worldview clearly shows a healthy balance and tension between our Christian faith and – holding together both perspectives of God and worldliness (paganism, temptations, evil, etc). the world – which is a MUST for us, as shown in Jesus experienced it too, but he found favour Figure 1. We are here on earth for God’s glory and with God AND with men (Luke 2:52). If Jesus can, purpose and so we must engage with the world, then why shouldn’t Christians who have the same but turn our backs on worldliness. It must be a Holy Spirit residing in them? I trust you will enjoy coordinated heartfelt faith and down – to – earth reading this magazine’s articles and the testimonies practice. That is just what Micah calls us to do. A of Christians who have made a difference in the vision of life and faith that integrates justice, mercy, world. Let this be your prayer . . . only then will you and humility before God, will cover the whole wide favour before God and others, no matter how big spectrum of heaven and earth (Micah 6:8). or small the job is. Every blessing, Go! Sign Director, Laurence Banks (D), London
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About 40 residential guests and 2 day visitors attended Bible training for the weekend in Doncaster. There were three guest speakers, Bob McFarland, Bob Shrine and Laurence Banks, who shared God's Word over the weekend, on the theme of Micah 6:8. Here are photos and peoples' comments about the weekend!
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Micah 6:8 is key verse which I believe is very relevant, especially for Christians: Micah asks the question: “With what [things] shall I come before the Lord?” in verses 6 and 7. Micah plays two groups of people, like in a Shakespeare play, and then comes back with the answer.
Micah answered, “He has showed you? O man/woman, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” Salvation through righteousness? No! When Micah speaks of salvation through righteousness in verse 8, it is not about earning merit, but in the context of Israel as God’s people who have a covenant relationship with God through the Temple and the Law. His message challenges the Israelites about their awful behaviour and unholy ritual practices that are described in v6 and 7. The Israelites were convinced that they could earn God’s favour by deeds and various types of religious and even pagan acts, such as the human sacrifice of their oldest child. They were ready to bargain with God and to bid high if need be. But their attempts to earn righteousness availed them nothing in God’s sight. Like Israel, Christians have a mission mandate Israel had forgotten the mission mandate given by God to them to be a kingdom of priests and a holy nation (Exodus 19:6). Remember God’s aim is to save the world, “Although the whole earth is mine…” (v6). Christians should also realise that they are missioners. We should not think, “Oh great we are saved from hell, that’s it!” Nor should we think that we are Christians because God likes us better (that is the sin of pride), but rather knowing that we have been “chosen” or “called” to serve the Lord. Yes, that’s privilege, yet we come humbly, because it was all done by God, through Christ’s death and resurrection. It is God’s idea. It is his purpose for the Church to become priests to the world. To glorify God, not ourselves In his book, Let the nations be glad, John Piper declares that we are chiefly created to glorify the Lord. Before you became Christians, your chief aim was probably about glorifying yourself, with a better life, fortune and fame. There’s nothing wrong with these things, but the gospel is clearly opposed to selfish attitudes and calls us back to glorify God. Why? Because that is what we were created for. The Bible warns that unless we truly glorify God we will not be satisfied, even with things (Isaiah 55:2). We can see people are unsatisfied with things: alcoholism, drugs, sexual immorality, greed, tyranny power, materialism etc. I would also say that Christians can be unhappy too, in ministries where their focus is not to glorify God. I know this from 30 years Christian experiences. Take my advice, if you are unhappy in church ministry, mission or secular work take a good holiday break and spend more time in worshiping God whenever you can. So Micah’s worldview affirms that the Holy Spirit creates in born-again Christians three important virtues of servanthood character: justice, mercy and humility before God. Hallelujah!
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The norm of justice has been set by the character and person of the living God, not by human standards. God’s norm of justice, announced in his law, demanded perfect righteousness available only by faith in the God who had promised to send the seed of promise.
The second demand, should be patterned after God’s mercy as defined in his Word—an unselfish love toward God and one’s neighbour.
Walk humbly with God
The third was a call for the people to remember that any good found in them was due to the Lord’s enabling. Those claiming the Lord as their God were to prove it by a godly lifestyle. Pride was the antithesis of what was required here – faith. To walk humbly was to live by faith. Such faith seeks to give God first place instead of usurping it for oneself. In our Lord’s use of this passage in Matthew 23:23, he listed the three requisites for pleasing God as “justice, mercy and faithfulness.”
Both/And – Not Either/Or
Often we fall into the trap of focusing on one virtue to the exclusion of all the others. The sad result is that our virtues practically become vices. Thus, when we emphasise justice without mercy, we develop hard heads and even harder hearts. When we emphasise mercy without justice, we develop soft heads and even softer hearts. When we emphasise either one without humility, we develop a kind of spiritual megalomania – thinking that our project, or our focus, or our methodology is the best and only way. We are either so heavenly minded that we are no earthly good – which is not only a poor witness to the transforming power of the Gospel before a watching world, but a dreadful neglect of the pattern of discipleship before the hosts of heaven. We are not to be of the world. But neither are we to be out of it.
Micah calls to deliver us from Heavenly minded that we are no earthly good Micah 3:5-7
Earthly minded that we are no heavenly good Micah 3:5-7
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Thus this saying is not an invitation to save oneself by kindly acts of equity and fairness. Nor is it an attack on the forms of sacrifices and cultic acts mentioned in the tabernacle and temple instructions.
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Walk humbly It is instead a call for evidence of truly forgiven men and women that demonstrates the reality of their faith by living it out in the marketplace (i.e. the world). Such living will be accompanied by acts and deeds of mercy, justice and giving of oneself for the n Christia orphan, the widow and the poor, This is mandate n missio speak out against injustice, freeing people from oppressors, etc. Israelites, and Christians too, seem to drift to one of the extremes. Micah’s call is about delivering us from the extremes – either they were terribly spiritual to the neglect of their earthly responsibilities (Micah 3:5-7), or they were terribly worldly to the neglect of their faith (Micah 3:8-11). Either way, the people were prone to see things in “bits and pieces” rather than in “totals”. (Micah 3:12). The whole point of Micah call is to shatter our “either / or” mindset with a fully integrated “both / and” worldview. As a Christian you are to demonstrate your faith in the home, at work, in social, sporting and relaxing activities, in difficult times and times of blessing - everything you do is to be for God’s glory (1 Corinthians 10:31). Micah affirms Christ’s incarnational truth and ministry. It equips and enables us to be “in” the world but not “of” it. Jesus practically demonstrates Micah’s worldview very clearly - “And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and men.” (Luke 2:52) Micah calls us to be mission minded so that God can inspire us to be more earthly good. Take a look at the picture above and think about what Micah is saying to you.
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Pastor Bob McFarland (D), Leicester, UK
It is not an option but Jesus’ command Matthew 28:18–20 says, ‘Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”’ It means that we, Christians, must tell people about the Salvation of the World = Jesus. It is not an option but Jesus’ command!
Are we like Pharisees? I would like to tell you about the life of Levi (Matthew) according to Luke 5:27-32. Jesus went out and saw a tax collector by the name of Levi sitting at his tax booth. “Follow me,” Jesus said to him and Levi got up, left everything, and followed him. Then Levi held a great banquet for Jesus at his house and
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a large crowd of tax collectors and others were eating with them. But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law who belonged to their sect, complained to his disciples, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and ‘sinners’?” Jesus answered them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
Are we like Jesus? We notice that Matthew was so excited to follow Jesus that he left his job as a tax collector. Also he was arranging a great party for Jesus and asked others to come, making a large crowd in his house. It showed how much he loved Jesus but the Pharisees and the teachers of the law were not happy that the disciples and Jesus were mixing with tax collectors and sinners. Jesus explained to them that those with good health do not need a doctor but only those who are not well or sick. I ask you a question:
Is Jesus a friend of sinners? YES! According to Matthew 11:19 he is. “The Son of Man (Jesus) came eating and drinking, and they say, “Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and ‘sinners’.” Praise the Lord that Jesus calls us His friends because we believe in His Salvation. I am glad to tell you that Gabi and I had a load of friends who were not Christians. It is true some people laughed at us because we belong to Jesus. They even mocked us and asked us a lot of questions about the Bible, which challenged us at a time when we did not know the Bible very well but God used them to teach us and also to make us firm in the Lord. We went home and studied the Bible more, or asked strong Christians in the church to help us in different ways, and we came back to them with what we had learned. Some of them became children of God a few years later.
Out of your comfort zone I believe that Christians ought to make friends with worldly people. We understand that some can’t meet with worldly people because of the risk of temptation. We need to hear Jesus’ voice as to whether we should go or not. We learn about Paul’s travelling in Acts 16:6 and 7, which says, “Paul and his companions traveled throughout the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia. When they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to.” As Christians go forth into the entire world at the Lord’s command, by moving at the direction of the Holy Spirit they avoid wasting any time.
Wheat and weeds grow together until the harvester In Matthew 13:24-30, Jesus told another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared. The owner’s servants came to him and said, “Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?”“An enemy did this”, he replied. The servants asked him, “Do you want us to go and pull them up?”“‘No”, he answered, “because while you are pulling the weeds, you may root up the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: “First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.””
Chrtistians are in the world, not of the world John 17:11 and 16 says, “I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name— the name you gave me so that they may be one as we are on...They are not of the world, even as I am not of it.” This text says “We can live in the world without letting the world lives in us”. We realize how much Jesus wants us to tell other people about His death and resurrection. I want to share with you about this relationship! If we spend our precious time with God’s love every day and at the same time we love sinners, they will know something is different in our lives. Love always wins! Finally, God puts us in the world for a reason. He wants us to tell others about His love. Recently I read 1 Corinthians 9:16, where Paul says, “Yet when I preach the gospel, I cannot boast, for I am compelled to preach. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!” Winter 2011 GO! SIGN
Face to face interview with Tell us about yourself and your current career... I was born Deaf into a hearing family and have one sister. I work with Nottinghamshire Police as a Site Services Assistant, which involves being caretaker of four police stations, supporting the staff and being responsible for keys, lockers, uniforms, mail, pick-ups, etc. I started in 1997 and nearly 15 years later am still enjoying it.
How did you became a Christian? My parents are Christians and my Mum taught children about God at Sunday School. Being deaf, I didn’t understand what was going on
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and so I loved running around and being naughty! My parents tried to explain the Bible stories through pictures, but I didn’t really understand it.
through the Bible and by enjoying fellowship with others.
My Mum wanted me to understand about God and when she found an advert in The Herald newspaper about a Deaf Christian Fellowship (DCF) in Sheffield she took me along and I met Bob and Gabi McFarland. I was only about 12, shy and, surprisingly, not naughty at all(!) I saw Deaf people signing and started to realise what I had missed out on in my hearing Church – I wanted to go there again.
I started work in my father’s business – building, plumbing and painting. I found it hard to work with my father and other people who were working for him, because I was often left out. Because I wanted to be independent, I decided to quit and was unemployed for a year, but developed my confidence and trust in God to lead me to get a new job.
My Christian faith has grown since then, by learning about Jesus
How did you get a job at Nottinghamshire Police?
I applied for a job with Nottinghamshire Police and waited for six months before going for an interview. A few months later while
on holiday in Scotland, I enjoyed visiting some old prison cells, never dreaming that I would work in a police station! When I arrived home, there was the letter offering me the job! It was marvelous to know that God had a plan for my life, and quite a surprise too.
So, how has having God in your life made a difference to you? My experiences working with the police, although challenging, has made me more confident and open-minded, and I thank God for the way he has helped me to become more assertive, confident and out-going. One day while I was working, a policeman came with a note asking me to help him communicate with an old lady who had learning difficulties, because, sadly, her brother had died. I gulped and swallowed hard! I was so shocked, as I had no experience of dealing with death or counseling, but agreed to go with him. As we went to her home In the police car, I was praying - ‘Lord, give me wisdom, to know what is the right thing to say to this lady’.
everything. He is good! But that wasn’t the end of it.
and helped bandage her up and checked she was ok.
I was awarded a Divisional Commendation! I was so surprised that, even though everyone else had much more important jobs than me, I had been chosen. I was also a bit nervous. My boss respected my Deaf culture and all the staff waved their hands instead of clapping! I felt so small, but privileged, to be part of it as a Christian and as a Deaf person.
I believe God wants me to use my gifts to help people whenever and wherever I go, and in that situation, rather than going to Church, I was able to make a big difference. The medic was so pleased that I had been there to save her life, no matter what.
How does it make a difference in your actions?
Recently, I led our house group and we talked about ‘Encouragement’ and this Bible verse from Galatians 6:10 will encourage you: “When we have the opportunity to help anyone, we should do it.” It really challenged my heart, about the good and bad sower. If you are a bad sower, you will get bad things back to you. If you are a good sower, then you will see the harvest of good. That’s my experience too! I really want to be a good sower and experience God’s blessing.
Well, I dislike making excuses or wasting time, but two or three years ago, when I was driving my car to Church I saw an accident and stopped immediately to help. A lady had a bad head wound. As part of my job with the Police, I had become a qualified First Aider and had a First Aid bag in my car. The ambulance and police hadn’t arrived, so I jumped out
Have you any final words to say to the readers?
We all sat in the lounge, and I explained in sign language and with gestures to make sure that she understood what was happening. She was very upset, and had lots of questions. The policemen were amazed at how I was able to communicate with the lady, like an ‘interpreter’– relaying the information between the lady and the policemen. It all went so well and I know that God was with me at that time. Once it was sorted out, we all went back to the Police station and all the staff were clapping and praising me for helping out. I didn’t feel any distress, because God gave me a peace and confidence to go through with it. When I got home, I praised God and thanked Him for Winter 2011 GO! SIGN
What is our mission
A summary of the presentation given by Bob Shrine at the Go! I believe that the concept of ‘mission’ can help us to understand how to respond to Micah’s call: ‘To act justly and love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.’ (Micah 6:8) People outside the church often see Christians as being concerned only with their own activities and their own people. They also see a church riven with conflict over issues that are only important to its own members. Many churches are stuck in Maintenance Mode, concerned only with their own existence, and this is not what they should be. The church needs to look outside of itself, to find ways of serving the wider community, especially people who suffer, and are oppressed and marginalised. I have identified four reasons why Christians do not do this:
I came to invite sinners.’ (Matthew 9:13a) He later accused them of being hypocrites, faithfully paying their tithes, ‘Yet … neglect[ing] the more important matters of the Law, such as justice, mercy, and faithfulness.’ (Matthew 23:23a)
(1) Fear of contamination (‘getting dirty’). They like to keep ‘pure’, to hold on to strict ‘orthodox’ doctrine or belief, or to indulge in spiritual ‘highs’, and they believe that the church should not get involved in politics. However, when the Pharisees criticised Jesus for mixing with tax collectors and sinners, he replied, ‘Instead of offering sacrifices to me, I want you to be merciful to others. I didn’t come to invite good people to be my followers.
(4) Ignorance. Many church members have little or no understanding of the church’s role in the world, or what an authentic Christian lifestyle is like. The Bible helps us to see what is missing from our lives. Paul writes, ‘… we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life.’ (Ephesians 2:10)
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(2) Desire to be comfortable, and not to ‘rock the boat’. At New Wine earlier this year, Bishop David Zach Miringiye, from Uganda, chided western Christians for being surrounded by idols, the most powerful of which is the idol ‘of security and comfort’, which African Christians do not have. (3) Struggling. Some Christians are struggling so hard to keep their churches going that they have no time or energy to look outwards.
And James says, ‘My friends, what good is it to say you have faith, when you don’t do anything to show that you really do have faith? Can that kind of faith save you? Faith that doesn’t lead us to do good deeds is all alone and dead!’ (James 2:14,17) What are these‘good works?’ The concept of ‘mission can help us here. What is mission? Here are two concise definitions given by renowned missiologists: ‘The total task God has set the church for the salvation of the world,’ (David Bosch), and, ‘People’s response through decision and action to what God is doing in the life of the secular world now.’ (Lesslie Newbiggin) ‘Mission’ comes from the Latin word, ‘missio’, meaning ‘sending’. Jesus said to his disciples, ‘I am sending you, just as the Father has sent me.’ (John 20:21) So, what are we sent into the world to do? Jesus gives us an answer: ‘… go and make disciples of all the nations …’ (Matthew 28:19a) This is often called ‘The Great Commission’. This involves evangelism – from euaggelion a Greek word meaning ‘good news’. This is the task by which those who know Jesus share the good news of a Saviour with those who don’t know Him.
as deaf christians?
Sign Bible weekend at Bawtry Hall, 23rd-25th September 2011 However, mission is wider than evangelism; it is more than just spreading the good news of Jesus. To the Great Commission we must add the Great Commandment: ‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul and all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: “Love your neighbour as yourself”.’ (Matthew 22:37-39) A teacher of the Law asked Jesus, ‘Who is my neighbour?’ Through the parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:30-37) Jesus shows that our neighbours are anyone and everyone, especially people we do not like. We are called to love the world. This shows that there is often a false separation between making disciples and loving the world, evangelism and social involvement, individual salvation and community redemption, and between conservative and liberal perspectives on the Christian life. We do not need to choose one or the other; we can do both. The International Missionary Council, meeting in Jerusalem in 1928, defined mission in terms of its most important action, ‘witness’. This witness is given by PROCLAMATION, FELLOWSHIP AND SERVICE. We are to proclaim the good news, meet others
in fellowship, and serve them at their point of need. This matches Micah’s emphasis on doing justice, loving mercy and walking humbly with your God. The importance of justice and mercy is found throughout the Old Testament, for example: ‘So once again, I, the Lord All-Poweful tell you, “See that justice is done and be kind and merciful to one another! Don’t mistreat widows or orphans or foreigners or anyone who is poor, and stop making plans to hurt each other.” (Zechariah 7:9-10) Perhaps the best example from the New Testament is when Jesus says, ‘When I was hungry you gave me something to eat, and when I was thirsty, you gave me something to drink. When I was a stranger, you welcomed me, and when I was naked, you gave me clothes to wear. When I was sick, you took care of me, and when I was in jail, you visited me.’ (Matthew 25:35-36) When those who were listening failed to understand, and asked Jesus, ‘When did we do all this?’’ he replied, ‘Whenever you did it for any of my people, you did it for me.’ (v 37-40) So, what is our missionary task? BEFRIENDING PEOPLE TO SHARE CHRIST’S LOVE
– practical, emotional, material and spiritual – giving political support for justice and against discrimination – receiving and valuing what they have to contribute to the whole community Throughout history Christians and the church have been helping and serving people in these ways. It was monks and nuns who ran hospitals in the Middle Ages, and missionaries who established schools in Africa in the 19th century. More recently, we have the examples of Mother Teresa in the streets of Kolkota, the Salvation Army and their work with homeless people, and Street Angels caring for people after wild nights out. The film ‘The Mission’ showed priests in 17th century Brazil supporting the local people against their Portuguese colonial oppressors, at the cost of their lives; William Wilberforce led the campaign against slavery; and today we have Christians protesting at arms fairs. The big question for us now is, ‘How can we Deaf Christians serve outside our churches in the Deaf community, the wider community, and the whole world?’
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What a wonderful weekend! We made new friends and met some really lovely people. Bob McFarland was the preacher and helped us all understand what it is to be a ‘fisher of men’. So in good to see the gospel s BSL! Thankfully there wa an excellent voice-over for those who’s signing . could not quite keep up this We would recommend to event to those wanting in th fai strengthen their an atmosphere of warm d Christian fellowship – an the food was great too! ore Andrew & Tracy Gallim (H), Manchester The weather, food and fellowship were great and it was good to see Deaf and Hearing people sharing together God’s word and having so much fun. Photo by iStock Photo
Bob McFarland, from Northern Ireland, shared God’s word from Matthew 4:19, where Jesus talked about fishing – but not about catching fish!
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Jesus was talking about helping people become his followers, and how he wants us to bring other people to follow Him. Sometimes it is hard to tell people about Jesus and maybe some people don’t pay attention to us, or make fun of us. It is easy to want to give up, but we have to keep on telling people about Jesus and some will follow. Look for
opportunities to share the Good News about Jesus with everyone you meet today. And be sure to not give up! I look forward to going back again in 2012. Ken Taylor (D) Northern Ireland I had a great time and lovely fellowship with deaf and hearing people at the Scarborough Conference
nd the As well as the them e being ‘Fishers of Men’, th ere were shells, nets, and fa ke fish everywhere on disp lay, and a drama about fishi ng with the net played by a small group of English de af actors. It was hilarious!!!! Th ey used their arms to link to gether to form a fish-like sym bol, that was used by Chris tians when they met in secret , so that the Romans did no t find them. It became kn own as the ‘Jesus fish’. Linda Graham (D ), Northern Ireland
this year. About 50 people from England, Wales and Northern Ireland stayed at the beautiful Cober Hill Conference Centre, which is close to the coast and the famous Cleveland Way walk. Rev. Helen Dean was a brilliant organizer – on Saturday evening we played a knockout game on the theme ‘Fishing for men’ and then watched a comic film
and after supper enjoyed meditation and worship. On Sunday our activities included drama, praise, power walking, craft and Bible study – all very good. In the drama four of us acted as the Christian fish symbol that is ‘Ichthus’ which means Jesus, Christ, God’s Son and our Saviour. Christine Ward (D), Northern Ireland
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e a private The Buxton family were invited to hav and his lunch and fellowship with Dr RT Kendall and dall wife, Louise, in Worthing. Both Dr Ken busy Louise reported they were well and very zed ama e wer We . with their worldwide ministry Here . Lord at how they keep solidering on for the of the is a photo of our son covering up part be signing ld wou announcement that DR Kendall dall will be copies of his book, to show only “Dr Ken dall should signing”. Joshua was keen that Dr Ken skills! But ge demonstrate his British Sign Langua pite moving in fact, Louise still signs really well des Kendall back to the States several years ago! Dr the Deaf and Louise were really interested in how d about Christian leaders are doing and enquire . They BDA the at David Buxton’s new job as CEO ds there are were also keen to know what prayer nee obvious for the Deaf Community in the UK. It was ple. peo f they have a deep affection for Dea Bronwynne Buxton (D), Epsom
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We went to Grapevine 2011 on August’s bank holiday weekend (Frida y 26th August to Tuesday 30th August) in Lincolnshire. The theme was Encounter com bined with the 30th anniversary celebrat ion. I want to share my experience and en courage you to go next year. Grapevine is gre at because it “provide an opportunity for Christians from all backgrounds and denomi nations to gather to celebrate the Christ ian faith and for the Ground level family of Ch urches to have an annual focus which assists in equipping each local Church for the gre at commission” (Quote from Grapevine 2011’s programme). Grapevine is not only for hea ring people – it is very Deaf-friendly and accessible for Deaf people. They provides qu alified BSL interpreters for main event in Big Top (Big tent for all people to gather for worship and meeting) in both morning and evening. They also provide Deaf access to lot s of afternoon seminars on different topics. I attended both parts of an well-known evang elist Roy Todd’s seminar “If You Don’t See It Bef ore You See It, You’ll Never See It!” It was gre at seminar and
before I went my faith was ver y small, but the seminars helped my faith gro w and become strong! I really encountered Go d big time!
We had good time there and enjoyed the experience of God’s presence. We met some hearing people who knew BSL , and one of them was a pastor with BSL Level 2! He was a man of faith, because in his church there are no Deaf people, yet. . . bu t he believes one day there will be! It is a gre at blessing to see God using them to rea ch out to the Deaf community! Grapevine is held each year on the August Bank Holiday - it is a great ven ue, has good Deaf access and a creche. You can take a tent or caravan, or stay in rea sonably priced accommodation. To find out more, go to www.grapevinecelebration .org.uk for more details. Thank you and God bless you
Brent (D), Nora (H) and Tobia s Allen, Birmingham
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European Deaf Christian Worship Days, Italy It was a good experience to see a variety of challenges regarding how Deaf people of different countries could join together to be involved and share with each other during the Praise and Worship Conference (European Deaf Christian Worship Days) in Florence, Italy, for one week last June. Twenty countries were represented – each with their different sign languages and styles – to participate in Praise and Worship. Therefore, we were able to have the opportunity to learn from each other and see things from different perspectives. Most of the countries
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enjoyed high volume level music: much higher than the normal level of sound in churches for hearing people. Most of us enjoyed being able to feel the vibration in our bodies, to help express our worship to God. Of course at the same time, for some hearing people, such as the international interpreters and signers, it was extremely loud, especially for those at the front near the loudspeakers. However, they could see clearly that the Deaf people liked music. I have seen many examples of storytelling before but what impacted me at this conference was to see a young,
Deaf, Russian man, who shared a story that was very creative with music! It was a good example to share with other countries, that Deaf people can do this as well. Deaf children also performed signed Praise and Worship. The main speakers were Bob McFarland (from England) and Rainer Miebach (from Germany) who shared God’s word and encouraged us to follow Him. It was an encouragement to continue Praising and Worshiping our Lord forever… Denise Flynn (D), Middlesex
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The historic ministry of the Deaf Christian Fellowship in Sydney, Australia celebrated its 70th annivers ary of the Lord’s work in th e spiritual kingdom of Christ on the weekend of October 8th and 9th 2011. Th
e special function went the words: “Celebrating very well, was well organise followed the recommendati d DCF’s 70th Anniversary” ons and enjoyed by many peop of the national steering le, and “Hold forth the Word of including visitors from the committee in drafting the Life, Philippians 2: 16”. Th e interstates of Australia, Ne national and state constitu ville tions, next day, we met again for and Lill and Lill Muir of De the aims and objectives of the af a worship service held at St Ministries International an evangelical ministry, as we da ll as Mary’s Presbyterian Comm unity guest, Gill Stediford from Wa the Statement of Faith. les, Church to give thanks to Go UK. The minister of DCF, Re d’s v Alan faithfulness to DC The national body of the ‘De F’s ministry Kilborn (D) spoke in detail af about over 70 years. Ch ristian Fellowship of Austr the history of the Fellowshi alia’ p co-ordinates the national against a background of im The history of Deaf Chris ages tian pastoral conferences, holid projected on to the screen ay Fe llowship of NSW and cam ps and newsletter and the ranged between the early re Th is Fellowship was originally days are four Deaf ordained minis and the present day with all ter s established as the ‘Australia the of the Gospel in Sydney, n generations in between. Deaf Christian Fellowship Melbourne, Adelaide and Crusade’ in August 1941 un Brisbane, who are theologic der Peter Mundy, an elder spo ally ke the leadership of Mrs Isabe trained and qualified. l about the Fellowship’s Winn with a small Bible cla ss administration and ministry by The Fellowship’s activities among the Deaf women an in d quoting 1 Corinthians 1: 4-9, Sydney include a Bible cla grew gradually into a large ss, r and he concluded his speech by prayer, Gospel for Kids, the mixed group. She started the appealing for the prayers tow ard Sunday-School in her gathering of women and Neutral the coming horizon concern ing missionary support, especi Bay home in the late 1940 ally ’s – the great needs of the Deaf to Deaf Ministries Internati with current members 60-90 onal. people in Australia, in bring ing The training of pastoral tea years old. They held churc ms h them into repentance and faith in reformed theological stu services, prayer meetings, dies Bible in the saving power of Christ is overseen by the Presbyter as classes and youth ministry ian , in Saviour and Redeemer by Theological College and Mo the many varied places. Cottage ore work of the Holy Spirit and Theological College. The the homes, city rental building s– edification of God’s house Fellowship’s motto is “Hold hold of once caught in a fire ing through an faith and obedience. forth the Word of Life” electrical fault in a warehou se Philippians 2:16. below – two properties (no The oldest member of the w sold), various churches, ho Fellowship, Miss Edena Wi Peter Mundy (D) of Sydn mes, nn (H) ey, the Presbyterian Theological aged 93, attended the fun NSW ction College, Public Library, and cut the two cakes desig ned municipality halls, and the as Bibles and decorated wi Deaf th School hall for 12 years be fore moving to St Marys Presby terian Community Church last Jul y to be a partnership in ministry for the glory of God. The title of the Fellowship was changed to Deaf Christian Fellowship of NSW in 1973 and
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Amazing Accomplishment! 21st October 2011 What is this “amazing accomplishment?” Next month, Deaf in 5 African countries will receive a portion of Scripture in their heart language, sign language, for the very FIRST time!
• Burundi Sign Language • Ethiopia Sign Language • Ghana Sign Language • Uganda Sign Language • Tanzania Sign Language
Sign Lan guage B Comple ible in F ted app roved as IVE African sig n Scriptur e, and re language on DV , g n a D ti dy for d n ri p ying, istributi ! ours of cop ! o rk n o . w am Te Hours and h . d boxing up inserting an “We are excited! This has changed our life, and it will change theirs!”
NOW it is ti me to pack them up a nd take th em home to d istribute to Deaf in the ir country.
• 1,000 ‘Know God How?’ DVD story sets will be distributed in each country. Yes, that is a total of 5,000! 32 carefully selected Bible stories from creation to the establishment of the church. IMPACT? 1,000s of Deaf will soon SEE God’s Word and understand. It is amazing to see what our God HAS done and IS doing! You, too, might experience tears of joy and thanksgiving.
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Want to know what is even MORE amazing? The DOOR ‘Follow God How?’ series is also ready for distribution in both KENYAN Sign Language and KERALA –INDIAN Sign Language (77 Bible story sets)!
• Also available in KENYAN and
KERALA-INDIAN Sign Language, are 45 “Deeps” (sign language Bible commentary) that assist the translation teams in biblical explanations, historical information, and other helpful insights related to the ‘Follow God How?’ Bible passages.
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ies to make cop wing DOOR e lo id al , ts u rs o o at an r ‘DVD duplic en sending the work to fo l u .. kf s. te an Th y 8 minu faster th licated ever p u cheaper and d s D V D source. 55
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airport head to the s. It’s time to e and boxe with luggag Each DVD inserted w ith love and p rayers by th e Deaf transl ators.
Some boxes will need to go through immigrations and customs – PRAY all transporting issues go smoothly.
Thank God, as we know He will complete the GOOD WORK he has begun through DOOR PRAY with us as the DOOR team starts a new fiscal year with new goals … bringing God’s Word and Christian fellowship to the Deaf of the world. Winter 2011 GO! SIGN
Chad Entinger, Executive Director,
I recently met Chad Entinger at an International Deaf Conference in Sydney, Australia. Lots of deaf people in the UK receive Daily Devotions for the Deaf, which is sent out by Deaf Missions and find them very helpful. I asked Chad a few questions. How long have you been Executive Director of Deaf Missions? 4 years. Were you born deaf? What part of America do you come from? I was born hearing and became deaf at 16 months old from spinal meningitis. I come from Edina, Minnesota and I work in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Are you married and if so do you have a family? Yes, I am married to Glory (hearing) and have 5 hearing children.
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Do you have any hobbies? I love reading, especially the Bible – I’m a bookworm! I brought 4 books to read on the flights to Australia. I also love travelling, and camping with my family. At what age did you become a Christian? What church do you go to? My parents are Christians and taught me to love Jesus. I became a Christian when I was 8 years old. My father baptised me. I grew up in a hearing Church but I’m now involved in Christ Church of the Deaf in Council Bluffs, Iowa. How did you become involved in Deaf Missions? When I was 4 years old my father met Duane King (founder of Deaf Missions) at a Deaf Missions training Conference. Duane King kept in touch with me and encouraged me. In 1999 I started to work full time with Deaf Missions. I went to Gallaudet College for 6 years
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and got a BA in Elementary Education and a MA in Deaf Education.
Some African countries where deaf people do not have a Bible Daily Devotions is much appreciated.
What other resources do Deaf Missions provide? We have the Bible in ASL and many other resources. You can visit our website at www.deafmisions.com
I understand you have free subscriptions for your literature. How do you cover the expenses for printing and distribution? We receive donations from individuals and churches, both deaf and hearing.
How many magazines have you produced and how many countries to you send them to? We print 20,000 copies of Daily Devotions every 4 months and send them out to 95 countries. How many staff do you have in Deaf Missions? Are they all deaf? We have 18 staff, 6 are deaf and 12 are hearing. Do you receive interesting responses from your deaf readers? We have many positive responses from deaf people all over the world, especially for Daily Devotions.
Finally, do you have a vision for the future? We have a vision to put the Jesus video into International sign language. Thanks for sharing, itâ€™s been good to get to know more about your work. I wish you every blessing for the future.
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t at Center Parcs in October, even the DY4C had a brilliant weekend even filled with fun, activities, eating, weather was fab! The weekend was ked two villas and had even number fellowship and praying time. We boo !! s’ villa and lads’ villa,which was fun of female and male! So we had girl with opportunity to socialise and have Overall the weekend was balanced er. fun as well as time for God and pray ay evening by showing a short Esther led fellowship meeting on Sund spare...' and encouraged the group to powerful gospel film - 'One day to the Deaf Community. We also discuss how to share the gospel with d in everything we do in our lives discussed whether we are trusting Go God cares about us - Isaiah 46:3-4. and ended up being reminded that Center Parcs and I did enjoy having It was a really blessed weekend at d fellowship and I thank God other people around. It was really goo weekend! for giving us such good weather and Elizabeth Ainsworth Fanastatic, brilliant, FAB time with DY4C at Center Parcs. r Yum te my spaghetti Bolognese meal in the ladies villa en C t a e m ti t on Friday rs night! Killer Badminton – fab game, and enjo As its my fi n’t ask for a yed watching ld ou c I , Parc Liverpool vs. Man Utd ha ha! Loved the chall hang enge of men vs. of people to better group Thank you for wom en on the swimming slides! Great laugh. India ! h n meal, around wit ch a refreshing wonderful food and catch up with lovely frien su ds. Boo t camp ng si ni a g or g was hard work but loved it, worth it!! Really yer gatherin enjoyed the weekend! Pra as a great whole weekend! The best ever!! Donna and w Emma (D) in the forest ! g blessin ) Cormick (D Adam Mc
It was my first time w found it interesting ith DY4C and I getting involved with a Christian group. Iw and share experienc anted to learn a lot es new friends and en . I have made some joyed playing games groups. Center Parc in s so I want all my fri wass brilliant and end to come here ne time. I will definite ly come to future DY xt events! Adam Li 4C nsdell (D)
This place is great and has helped us to enjoy our time together and keep when most of us ft. Everyone has The highlight of the weekourenvidlawas s,round the lakes and been a blessing to took an early walk behind ng frame ded by many me. The food and sat on a natural wood climbid togethe,surr roun the young llas are good tal thin trees.We praye s in their heforartalsl with Jesus, viand ivities people to have strong root ich have the strongest roots. are gracteat. like the very tal trees,whOrganiser (D) Martin Evans (H) ter Nicholson, DY4C
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I met new a nd chatting wit old faces, enjoyed h friends an db out in the fo rest playing eing g especially k iller badmin ames, to n, which I loved.The be we went sw st time was when im end where ming and at the the women tried to beat the me no The villa wa n the outside slide! sn a great plac ice and relaxing – e. Hayley S helton (D )
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ng was 5 out of 5: 1) Blessi HEY! EDCY Switzerland p shi low rist. 2) Awesome fel experiences by Jesus Ch 3) n European people. with many Deaf Christia Hot, ws of the mountains. 4) Beautiful and natural vie ng mi im whole week. 5) Sw hot, hot and sunny for the . lol er ard in the hot weath outside with the diving bo ship ole holiday was the fellow The best part of the wh on one another! Looking and reflecting Jesus’ love our homeland for 2013 forward to see EDCY in d Swiss team to be blesse – please pray for EDCY gth en str e team to hav and pray for EDCY UK His Name! Amen Jay and endurance to glorify rmingham (D) Thomas-Morton, Bi
It was my first tim I was a bit worr e at EDCY and ied how I woul d understand oth er Christians because of the different languages, but I must say it w as worth going. I had a fantastic time mixing wit ho Christians from ther Deaf all over Europe , which made it very special. It has made me a stro nger Christian Daniel Voss (D)
to do some sightseeing at Milan on way to Switzerland for EDCY! It was great to see old and new faces! It was fantastic to see lots of new countries joining EDCY for the first time this year including Ireland, Hungary, Germany and Austria! The camp was situated in the countryside and the scenery was beautiful! My group had people from Austria, Denmark, Germany and Russia. It was great discussing about God’s word in International Sign Language with the group. A great week. Janet Young (D)
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Last year it was pu rple – this year it is green – to celebrate St Patr icks Day! So, get yo ur green gear on and come to a charity party night on 17th March 2012 , to raise money fo r EDCY and DMI (Deaf Ministrie s International). Th e St Patrick’s Day theme will incl ude prizes for the best male and female green fancy dress. It will also be a Qui z Night, with DJ M usic and games, including a simple buffet an d champagne on arrival. At £10 a ticket (or £12 on th e night) there’s likely to be lots of demand – so get in there before it gets sold out!
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Are Deaf Christians using the arts to communicate the Gospel? Please could you write an article or draw something to share your experience of sharing the Gospel. It can be creativity arts, BSL, filming, so on – to encourage Deaf people to see the Gospel through them. If you have something to share, please write to: GO! SIGN Editor (Esther Maycock) 21 Newton Wood Road Ashtead, Surrey KT21 1NN Or email to her: firstname.lastname@example.org
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See-Hear Conference 4th - 7th May 2012 Pitlochry, Scotland Speaker: Laurence Banks Contact: Janet Nuttall Address: 57 L:och Shin, St Leonards, East Kilbride, Scotland G74 2DQ Fax: 01355 222755
10th European Deaf Christian Pastors and Leaders Week (EDCPLW) 23rd - 28th January 2012 Abruzzo, Italy Contact: Luca Dascoli email: email@example.com Website: www.deaf-edca.com The Green Party Saturday 17th March 2012, 7pm-12am Riverside House, Birmingham, B13 8AR A charity party to raise money for EDCY and DMI (see page 25 inside) Cost: £10 per ticket or £12 at the door Contact: Jay Thomas-Morton email: firstname.lastname@example.org
New Word Alive 2012: Christian Conf 31st March - 5th April 2012 Pontins Prestatyn Sands Holiday Park Barkby Avenue, N.Wales LL19 7LA BSL interpreters will be provided. Website: www.newwordalive.org
“Sign is our language of Worship” Saturday 19th May 2012 St Mary’s & All Saints’ and Trinity Methodist Churches, Kidderminister Website: www.kpctm.co.uk DAT Spring Conference 25th - 27th May 2012 Hinsley Hall, Leeds Theme: Running the Race Speakers: Bryan Whalley and Esther Maycock Cost: £175 (deposit £50 before 31st Jan) Contact: Margaret Oatway email: email@example.com Fax: 01189 260463 DY4C @ Bonsall Camp 15th - 17th June 2012 Near Matlock, Derbyshire Speakers: Jason and Helen Ellis Cost: £55 per person for full board Contact: Peter Nicholson SMS: 07766 521399 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
New Horizon: Deaf Conference Week 21st - 27th July 2012 Portstewart, Northern Ireland Theme: Lord send me - I mean Me! Speaker: Emory Dively Cost: £130pp for accommodation & seminar fee. Deposit of £20pp to book by end of January 2012. Must be paid fully by end of March 2012. Contact: Rita Abernethy email: deafconference email@example.com DY4C @ Lake District Center Parcs 28th September - 1st October 2012 Whinfell Forest, Cumbria Cost: £99 per person Contact: Peter Nicholson SMS: 07766 521399 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
A Pilgrimage to the Holy Land in BSL 9th - 18th October 2012 A comprehensive 10-day pilgrimage based in Jerusalem and the Galilee. Contact: Revd. Catherine Carlyon Mob / SMS: 07855 098953 Tel / Fax: 01363 772163
Saturday 21st April 2012 Mold, Wales Speaker: Brent Allen Fax: 01492 572804
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1st European Deaf Christian Family Camp 2012 25th - 30th June 2012 San Fernando, Spain Website: www.deaf-edca.com Deaf & Hearing Christians Together 29th June - 1st July 2012 Scarborough Theme: Go for Gold! Speaker: Bob McFarland Contact: Helen Dean email: email@example.com
Christian Sign Language North Wales Bible Teaching Day
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