Deaf Young Adults – Our Deaf Young adults had a fantastic mission trip to help at Lutheran Island Camp in Minnesota. They went to help prepare the camp, especially the horses, for summer campers. They showed great commitment and worked very hard to get the work finished. One of the greatest benefits is we were able to spend 3 to 4 hours each day in Bible Study, Worship, and Prayer together! Please pray for our Young Deaf Adults as we continue to reach out to more Young Deaf with the Gospel.
Honduras Mission – we thank God for opportunities He gives our member and leaders to reach out with the Gospel. God lead Denise Pulfer to join with a mission team to work with Deaf children in Honduras this summer. We thank God for the opportunities she had to share her faith with these children and pray He will continue to help them grow in faith. We also thank God for keeping her home safe.
Midweek children’s programs – In Delavan we began our summer fellowship with over 35 adults and children! This is a great beginning and pray God will continue to bless our children and families as we prepare for classes in September. A specific prayer is for a new family and their two children. Pray God will continue to support them and the two children will soon become Baptized.
Our Savior Deaf Lutheran Church in Madison, Wisconsin recently celebrated 65 years of sharing Jesus .
Rev. William (Bud) Palmer celebrated his 30th anniversary of ordination. Rev. John Reinke celebrated his 25th
Thank God for blessing our Deaf Ministry with two Pastors who are committed to serve His people. Pastor Palmer has served in Wisconsin for his entire 30 years of ministry. Pastor Reinke has been with us for 14 years. Thank God for all the people who pray for and support our Pastors and our work together!
What a FANTASTIC weekend!!
Our first Jesus Signs Workshop was great! Tori and Corinne came from St. Louis to share with us. Corinne taught basic Jesus Signs for beginning students. They loved her and showed their skills for us signing Jesus Loves Me.
Tori taught the advanced students signing songs. Some of our Deaf joined with the class and laughed at the examples of seeing songs the hearing way and the deaf way. The students showed their skills and practice in the evening by signing songs for the group.
You can view the videos and some of the classes at LutheranDeafOutreach.org
Thank you for EVERYONE who helped make the Jesus Signs Workshop a great experience!
This past summer brought opportunities to make contacts with leaders from across the U.S. and around the world. While Rev. Reinke took classes at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis he was able to work with Pastors from different areas of the U.S., sharing about Deaf Ministry, and helping with deaf people in their areas. He also met with International leaders from Liberia, Ethiopia, Ghana, Brazil, and other areas. He shared what we are doing with leadership training in Deaf Ministry, asked what they can do in their areas, and worked on ideas to share resources.
Over the last two months we have continued contact with many of these leaders and are exploring ways we can share materials and resources. We are also finding ways to encourage their leadership training. Many areas of the U.S. (and other countries) do not have trained Deaf leaders, we want that to change!
Many people are surprised that most resources that are developed for hearing people cannot be used for training Deaf people. The reasons they include:
· sentence structure, and
· it is not visual.
Rev. John Reinke is taking classes at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis to learn how to adapt the “hearing” resources to be used with our deaf leaders.
We already use these “deaf” resources on a local level in our home congregations.
One of the final outcomes will be the development of a set of rubrics (guidelines) we can use in adapting hearing materials for our deaf leaders. We are planning to use these rubrics to adapt commentaries and advanced training materials so our leaders can become more skilled.