Dear Friends and Supporters,
Silent Word Ministries began over 53 years ago with the purpose of reaching Deaf people with the truths of Scripture. At the same time, SWM has been committed to helping people who serve the Deaf in their local churches to be equipped for that ministry. This all started with Ted and Carlene Camp, but has expanded to 23 Mission Team members. SWM has expanded but the initial goals have remained the same. Since the humble beginnings of SWM, many have begun in Deaf ministry, and sadly some have fallen away. We have modified our methods to reach each level of ministry. We moved from the mimeograph machine to laser printers; we moved from VHS tapes to DVDs, thumb-drives and online messages; and we changed from overhead projectors, to video projectors and power point presentations. Visit SilentWordMinistries.org and see how social media has given SWM some exciting methods and tools to reach the Deaf worldwide!
Through all of the changes that have taken place in our methods, the message we teach and preach has remained the same. Our ministry is built upon the Word of God. Ted often says, “Without the Word of God there is no work of God.” We have tried to lift Jesus high and preach His death, burial, and resurrection. We continue to be committed to providing written materials to Deaf and churches working with the Deaf. We are constantly looking for new ways to take the trusted message of the Word of God to those who have never seen it before. We continue to offer churches help with improving or building their Deaf ministries.
As I remind you of where we have been, I cannot help but think about where we are headed in the future. While we are all getting older and more experienced, we are still excited to see what God is doing in the lives of young people within our ministry. We have never lost our beginning burden. We have been blessed in the past year to have three interns come from good Christian colleges to assist our ministry during their breaks. We have a young man serving with us in the northeast as an intern for almost two years. One of our young ladies, Nicole Condra, is headed to Romania in October to begin her ministry with the Deaf there. We have a young couple, Bruce and Amanda raising support to head to Africa. We also have a young family, Bud and Jenna Ring, serving Deaf ministries in Canada! While many are complaining about the younger people today, we want to pause to praise the Lord for the younger people God has provided here at SWM. As we write, a young man is visiting SWM for a few days to consider the ministry. The present young people will be part of our future ministry.
My pastor, Scott Wendal, often says, that “There is no success without a successor.” We praise the Lord for the new generation who are coming alongside us in this ministry. While we are thankful for them, there is still a great need for more workers. There is much left to do in the work, but the laborers are few (Matthew 9:37). We thank God for placing us on this SWM path that began over fifty-three years ago. We could not do any of this work without the faithful support of people just like you. You have given so we can go. You have sacrificed so we can serve. You have prayed so we can preach the Gospel and teach the Word. Together we can accomplish far more than any of us could alone! One can do much, but many can do much more!
We are thankful that SWM is a 24/7/365 unique ministry. We have had 159 reported salvations reported from our many ministries this year. This does not happen accidentally, and it will require on-going effort from all of us to do what God has called us to do. Thank you for your faithful support of SWM. We pray that we will all remain faithful until Jesus comes! We always ask God to bless those who have been a blessing to us. We pray that you will prosper financially, physically and spiritually.
Yours for Jesus’ Sake,
Director of SWM Outreach Ministries
Jon and Diane Barr thank you for praying for the three ASL Institutes/Deaf Bible Conferences this summer. They report a great meeting in Trenton, Georgia, with 86 people present from 8 different states. Several stated the teaching was exactly what they needed, and 18 people dedicated themselves to reaching the Deaf of their areas!
Tabitha Beam gave much time with SWM intern, Anna Brooks, as she redesigned the graphics for SWM’s flip chart, “You Can Go to Heaven.” She also taught Anna some sign language, and they visited local churches. Tabitha is praising the Lord for two new couples that recently began supporting her!
Ted Camp preached for the 25th anniversary services of the Deaf Ministry in Schaumburg, Illinois, and then attended the Deaf Baptist Fellowship of America in Hammond, Indiana. While there he was interviewed on the radio, giving a testimony of the many varied ministries of SWM and also presented Deaf awareness to the public.
Reed and Donna Condra report that in addition to their classes with couples at Harvest Baptist Church for the Deaf, Reed filled the pulpit for two services at his home church, and Donna taught ladies at the Chattanooga Rescue Mission. Also, their newest granddaughter, Moriah, was born on June 29, weighing 9 lb, 1 oz. She was 21inches long.
Allen Snare reports good Deaf camps at the Bill Rice Ranch this summer. In the first two weeks, they had 8 salvation decisions. Allen is one of four speakers for the summer camps.
Paul and Rachel Strosnider write that Paul is back to a moderate workload after his 6-week struggle with malaria. He was able to take 4 men to a men’s prayer meeting and interpret for them. He also recently led Brad’s cousin, Josie, to the Lord. Their church celebrated their 14-year church anniversary with COME missionary, Jim Sloan.
Bruce and Amanda Stuart dedicated their baby, Belle, to the Lord in June. Please pray for them as parents to rear this little one for the Lord. They also helped with Vacation Bible School at a nearby church.
Jon and Diane Barr ask you to pray for several meetings in August. These include the Pennsylvania ASLI/DBC, the SWM Mission Board Retreat (a teaching, training, and “getting-on-the-same-page” retreat for all SWM missionaries), and the Executive Operating Board working and planning retreat. Please continue also praying for their mission trip to Peru in November. If you would like to donate to the remaining $1,500 need, please send the gift to SWM, designated “Barr Mission Trip.”
Tabitha Beam would appreciate your prayer for her as she attends a Deliberate Discipleship Retreat led by SWM International Director, David Bennett, this August. Please pray also for her needed additional support of $1160 per month.
Allen Snare requests prayer for the remaining weeks of Deaf camp he will be preaching this summer at the Bill Rice Ranch in Tennessee and at the Pennsylvania Deaf & Family Camp. He also is planning two fall mission trips – one to Nova Scotia in September to help the SWM team at Elbethel Bible Camp, and to Peru in November to help preach the Efata Deaf Bible Conference. If the Lord leads you to help with these, please send your gift to SWM, designated “Snare Mission Trips.”
Paul and Rachel Strosnider would appreciate your prayers for Michael McKinney and Brad as they continue studying with Paul in preparation for preaching soon.
SWM asks prayer for more laborers, Deaf and hearing, in the home office (especially in technology and maintenance), as missionaries and regional directors, as missionaries on foreign fields, and as workers in Deaf ministries all across America. Pray for our annual SWM mission’s retreat August 18 -21 and also our EOB retreat August 21 – 23. These special retreats are free for the mission team but SWM must raise $5,500 ($2,000 has been given). Pray and consider helping with this special need!
SWM Missionaries needing more support: Jon Barr, Tabitha Beam, David Bennett, Nicole Condra, Reed Condra, Larry Galyen, Bud Ring, Bruce Stuart, and the SWM home office.
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