How is SWM supported?

SWM is supported by churches and individuals who share our desire to “Go into all the world” — to Deaf people. All gifts are tax-deductible, and donors receive a receipt for each gift. Non-cash gifts…

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Why is there such a controversy about cochlear implants?

Many feel that the Deaf child should be allowed to make his own decision about becoming Deaf or hearing once he is old enough to make that decision.  The idea is that it is not…

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What is the difference between big “Deaf” and little deaf?”

This is an interesting question. It has become accepted that a capital “D” refers to Deaf people as a culture. Lower case “d” deaf refers to deafness or hearing loss. Capital “D” Deaf people identify…

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Why do Deaf people not seem to trust hearing people?

This is cultural and based upon experience. Hearing people have historically dominated Deaf people. Often Deaf people’s desires have not been acknowledged or have even been suppressed. Deaf people can tend to be cautious when…

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How can I train a Deaf person to teach a Sunday School class?

Training involves doing. Deaf people who are growing in the Lord and show potential for leadership can be trained to teach. Sometimes this means teaching the lesson to him early in the week, then letting…

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How can our church encourage Deaf people to become involved?

As Deaf people grow in their relationship with Christ, they should be encouraged to become more involved in church. All workers should be qualified before being allowed to serve. This includes Deaf people. Just because…

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Is it worth starting a deaf ministry in our church for just one person?

Yes, yes, yes!  See Mark 7:32 “And they bring unto him ONE that was deaf.”  

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Where should the Deaf people in our church sit? Front? Back? Is there a standard?

Generally, churches will establish an area called the “Deaf Section,” although Deaf people may also choose to sit in other locations. Usually the Deaf Section is in the front and to one side of the…

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What materials can I use to teach Deaf people the Bible?

SWM has a wide variety of materials for teaching Deaf people. It is recommended to start with our 10-year Sunday School program.

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My church wants to start a deaf ministry. What do we need to do?

First, get the support of the pastor. Next, learn Sign Language. Then, publicize the ministry. Also, start a Deaf Bible class, which is the most important part of the deaf ministry. Read How to Build a Good…

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