2018-06 – June

Dear Friends,

Tap-tap, tap-tap, tap-tap. On the rare “silent day” at Silent Word Ministries, the sounds of several keyboards can be heard. We are busy writing, editing, and producing new materials for deaf ministries. Other keyboards are recording and sending donation receipts or helping others by answering their emails. Silently, the SWM Video Phone (VP) is answered in sign language – another Deaf person has called. But the SWM office is usually not quiet. The Deaf printers run noisy machines. Projects must be discussed. Telephones must be answered. All of this we joyously do as we serve the Lord, help deaf ministries, prepare for meetings, produce literature, and serve our missionaries.

Literature Department – The Deaf Bible Institute now has 1,118 students. SWM has printed 2,586,278 Gospel tracts. The 137th edition of the bi-monthly newspaper, The Silent Word (Circulation 11,000) has been sent from Trenton. The newspaper is a unique blend of Deaf news, helpful information, pictures, and encouraging articles. The newspaper is a ministry supported partially through ministry advertising and also through gifts from the “Sender’s Club” and friends of SWM. Although the newspaper is dedicated to the Deaf, just last week a hearing person told me that the articles in our newspaper helped him through recent rough times. Being a blessing to others is a blessing to us!

ASL Institute (ASLI) Summer Training – Deaf ministry leaders, teachers, signers, and interpreters have very few places they can advance their skills in a Christian environment. This summer SWM conducts its 18th annual ASLI and Deaf Bible Conference (DBC). This special conference has two purposes. 1) Over three days the ASLI provides 12 hours of sign language training for all levels of church interpreters and signers. Deaf ministry topics are also discussed and a “Silent Lunch” helps participants apply the lessons. 2) The DBC also offers over 12 hours of Bible study, preaching, and teaching (and even some fun sessions) presented in sign language. Please pray these conferences will help many Deaf people, Hearing people, and their ministries. Pastors, send your whole deaf ministry to one of the three locations. Register at: SilentWordMinistries.org/asli

Trenton, Georgia (July 12-14) • Holt, Michigan (July 26-28) • Collegeville, Pennsylvania (August 9-11)

Improvements – SWM continues to grow and improve. The new color printer is making our materials look much better. In recent years our online ministries have expanded. In 2018 alone SilentWordMinistries.org has had 17,595 views from 7,846 visitors. This blessing created the need to upgrade SWM websites for speed and security, which has now been done. If you have not seen these sites in a while, please take a few minutes to view them and pray for us.

SilentWordMinistries.orgDeafBibleInstitute.orgFollow8Steps.orgSignTheBible.comSWMI.org BootCamp4Deaf.com DeafVitalSigns.com MarketMinistries.info • Also Click: SWM Catalog, Newspaper

Volunteers – As an all-volunteer ministry, SWM relies on the Lord to provide the right people at the right time. Recently Ed, Kathy and Sarah Pacuch visited SWM for one week. They cut grass, trimmed bushes, weeded, reorganized closets, assembled booklets, and much more. Local friends continue to help with printing, maintenance, landscaping, the Deaf Bible Institute, and in many other areas. We are thankful to all for their much-needed help.

Silent Word Mission Board (SWMB) – One of the SWM ministries is a mission board, which includes SWM International (SWMI). The Lord has assembled a great team of like-minded servants! SWM missionaries continue to raise support and minister in churches. Foreign highlights: Jay Savelle, SWM Ministry of Helps, recently returned from 3 weeks of soul-winning training for churches and individuals in Nigeria, reporting 121 salvation decisions – over half were led to the Lord by his host, Pastor Adesoye. David Bennett, SWMI, is preparing to lead a mission team of 13 Deaf and hearing fellow missionaries and laymen to Liberia to train teachers of the Deaf, July 10 to August 9. Please pray for this pioneer effort and for all SWM missionaries. Thanks for investing in souls through SWM!

Thank you for your partnership with our missionaries and our ministry. FYI: It is our policy that missionaries receive 100% of their support and gifts. Would you prayerfully consider adding 10% or $10 with their monthly support and designate it for “home office” which also relies on support and gifts the same as our missionaries.

For Deaf Souls,

Jon Barr
President, Director of Operations

Praise Reports

Jon and Diane Barr had a great Fantastic Saturday in Covina, California. One hearing child (Deaf mother) was saved on her way home from the meeting. Jon also taught a block class in a Bible college in Long Beach on witnessing to people who speak a different language or have no language. Using visuals, he showed what people need to know to be saved.

Jim and Terry Bracelin praise the Lord for very good Fantastic Saturday meetings in Rhode Island, Florida, and Massachusetts. They shared the day with some wonderful Deaf people. They also have seen people saved in some very unusual settings recently.

Reed and Donna Condra continue teaching classes for the Deaf in Georgia. Recently in Tennessee, they also preached, presented their mission work, taught in the Rescue Mission, and voice interpreted for Ronnie Rice (International Deaf Ministries) for a Deaf revival. They filled in at Ephraim Baptist Church for the Deaf, Florissant, Missouri, while Paul and Rachel Strosnider (SWM) traveled to deputation meetings and to visit with family.

Bud and Jenna Ring arrived home in Nova Scotia, Canada, after meetings and mission conferences in Alabama (4 cities), Texas, and Mississippi. In Canada, they were part of the 19th annual Teen Thunder, a great meeting, and had a meeting in New Brunswick to encourage a Deaf lady who is already attending church and to reach more Deaf in the area.

Jay and Cathy Savelle report on Jay’s mission trip to Africa. He distributed almost 2,000 Gospel tracts, spoke 13 times in 5 different churches, taught “Sharing Christ Confidently” classes to over 50 pastors in 3 different cities, and shared the Gospel in 4 large-crowd settings. Jay said it was a privilege and a blessing to meet such wonderful Nigerian brothers and sisters in Christ! There were over 120 salvation decisions reported by Jay and those serving with him in Nigeria!

Allen Snare preached for the Deaf Baptist Fellowship of Western States and for Solid Rock Deaf Baptist Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado. One deaf man made a profession of salvation during the meetings.

Paul and Rachel Strosnider thank the Lord for a Deaf couple recently joining their church. The lady is from Honduras and attended their church for the 2 years she was there as a deaf exchange student. She later married an American Deaf man from Illinois. Now they, and their three-year-old daughter are in the church! Also, the ASL class in St Charles was great, and there is potential for new deaf outreaches into the St Louis area with this church.

Bruce and Amanda Stuart visited churches and had meetings in Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Virginia. In each place, they met new people and visited with friends. They were also blessed to schedule new meetings and to see God moving and using men in mission fields all around the world.

Prayer Requests

Jon and Diane Barr ask prayer for their summer meetings. In June they will be involved in the Silent Weekend in Orlando, Florida. This is a wonderful opportunity to teach both secular and church signers, to present SWM materials to many who do not know the ministry, and to have an influence for Christ. In July and August, they will be teaching and preaching at ASL Institutes in Georgia, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. These meetings are geared toward helping church interpreters improve their signing skills and ministry, and helping Deaf people better understand the Word of God.

David and Vicki Bennett are planning to ship a large container of hymnals, clothing, books and other items to Africa. Please pray that all will go smoothly.

Jim and Terry Bracelin ask for prayer for some important filming they will be doing during the next two months. One project is for Virginia Baptist College. They will offer online college-level classes to the Deaf. The other project will present basic doctrines of our faith in a concise manner. Please pray also as they prepare for summer ASL Institutes and for the SWM Mission Board Retreat.

Reed and Donna Condra request prayer for more Christians (deaf and hearing / young and old) to fill the gap in deaf missions.

Jay and Cathy Savelle request prayer for a meeting in Washington state soon. Please pray also for their family as Cathy’s dad recently passed away.

Bud and Jenna Ring could use your prayers as they travel with their RV. They have had frozen pipes and lost 2 tires (one at 70 mph!) in the past few months. They are learning about RVs and about God’s faithfulness! Please also begin praying for Revival Signs Deaf Camp, September 5-8, 2018.

Paul and Rachel Strosnider request prayer for spiritual growth of their church members. Pray for safety as the Strosniders travel soon to South Carolina, Illinois, Tennessee, and Georgia. Please pray also for Brad, a Deaf young man who recently preached for the 4th time. He recently had some health tests and procedures. Pray for his continued desire to grow in Christ.

Bruce and Amanda Stuart would like your prayers for a Deaf woman Bruce witnessed to in Virginia. She had several questions on salvation. Pray for her to soon trust Christ alone for her salvation. Please pray also for the approval of their VISAS and other preparations for their summer mission trip to Liberia and Ivory Coast.

SWM Missionaries needing more support: Jon Barr, Tabitha Beam, David Bennett, Nicole Condra, Reed Condra, Larry Galyen, Bud Ring, Jay Savelle, Paul Strosnider, Bruce Stuart, and the SWM home office.

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