Some churches do not have a Deaf ministry/church because…
It is Difficult – Someone must learn Sign Language and the culture of Deaf people. It is comparable to learning a foreign language. It is not easy. It is difficult!
It is Discouraging – There is much work involved and at times little results. It is a unique ministry to an overlooked people in your city. It can be discouraging!
It is Demanding – Deaf people need someone to become their ears and voice to the hearing world. This demands much time and love to represent the two worlds of deaf and hearing. It is demanding!
It is Disappointing – There will be times that no one will understand your burden for the deaf ministry. Even pastors have stated, “Is it really worth it?” My reply is, “Don’t ask me, ask the Deaf and also ask the Lord.” Recently, I scanned a nationwide newspaper that has ads for Independent Baptist Chriches and I counted about 102 churches but only 7 listed had a deaf ministry. We need more Deaf ministries and Deaf churches. It seems the Deaf are overlooked and neglected.
Ten Biblical Reasons to Have a Deaf ministry
1. Because God’s Love is for Everyone . “For God so loved the world” (John 3:16). The “world” includes deaf people. Deaf people also need to know the Gospel. Deaf people need to know God’s love.
2. Because God’s Commission Includes All People. “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations…” (Matthew 28:19). The command to the church is to go to all nations. All nations includes all people regardless of race, language, or culture. This would include the Deaf. Someone needs to learn Sign Language and “go” to deaf people. The Great Commission includes the Deaf in your area and country.
3. Because Deaf People Can Bring Glory to God. “…and God hath chosen the weak things. …that no flesh should glory in his presence…let him glory in the Lord” (I Corinthians 1:27-31). When deaf people sing, pray, and serve the Lord, it touches the hearts of others to see what God can do. The deaf will bring glory to God. The Lord understands their language.
4. Because Deaf People Must Know Someone Cares for Them. “I looked on my right hand, and beheld, but there was no man that would know me: refuge failed me; no man cared for my soul” (Psalm 142:4). The deaf world is a silent, lonely world. Many parents and friends never learn Sign Language. They need someone to care.
5. Because When You Reach One You Reach Others. You will be reaching some people to whom no one else has ever taken the Gospel.. “How can I (understand), except some man should guide me?” (Acts 8:31). Usually when you reach one deaf person you will also be reaching at least five other people associated with him.
6. Because Deaf People Need to be Discipled. “Go…and teach all nations.” Teach deaf people to reach deaf people. Deaf people should be taught to reach other deaf people. Who can best reach the deaf? Naturally, another deaf person. Someone needs to teach and disciple them to help fulfill God’s great commission. One deaf man said, “Please Let the deaf grow.” Someone must teach and train the deaf to reach the deaf.
7. Because Deaf People Have Souls. “For all have sinned…” (Romans 5:12). “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). Because they have lost their hearing, they do not need to lose their souls. Deaf people are individuals with individual needs. The greatest need of the deaf is not to hear but to be saved, because in Heaven they will hear forever. Who will help them?
8. Because the Lord had Time for a Deaf Person. “And they bring unto him one that was deaf” (Mark 7:32). The Lord took time from His busy life to help one deaf man. If Jesus helped one deaf person, so should His church. So should you. Even one deaf person is important to God. You should not be too busy to reach all who live in your area. Don’t neglect the Deaf.
9. Because God Calls Some to go to the Deaf. Not everyone is called to minister to the Deaf, but God does call some. God calls some to use their hands to be His voice for deaf people. “But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him” (I Corinthians 12:18). Someone must learn deaf Sign Language and “GO” into the deaf world the same as a missionary. It is also a mission ministry.
10. Because It Is Delightful. The Deaf ministry at times may be very difficult, discouraging, demanding and disappointing but it is also very delightful. It is exciting to interpret, teach, and preach the Bible in Sign Language and see the deaf understand with their eyes and be saved. The greatest need of the deaf is not to hear, but to be saved. In Heaven they will hear forever.
These are Ten Biblical Reasons Why You Should Have a Deaf Ministry/Church!
Pastor, leader, deacon, mission committee, community leaders, Christian, family and friends of deaf people, will you consider this in your area? If you want to start a deaf ministry, let us help you! Contact SWM or visit our web site for more information.
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