“And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to
ALMOST every creature.” – Mark 16:15
Notice that the word ALMOST is not in the Bible verse. “All the world” includes Deaf people. For Deaf people, “all the world” also includes hearing people. But not everyone knows sign language. So, consider how you, Deaf or hearing, can share the Good News with someone who doesn’t speak your language.
Deaf Witness – Ray Short (Deaf) decided to share the Gospel with a different kind of signs. He made 3 posters and stood on the street corner each weekend to point others to the Bible and the Gospel.
Gospel Tracts – SWM produces tracts for both Deaf and hearing. Now 2,634,548 tracts have been printed and distributed “free” as the Lord provides. The 18 different tracts include:
- I Am Deaf, But I Want You To Hear This
- Something The Deaf Can Hear
- What God Wants You To Know
- Are There Many Ways to Heaven?
- What Must I Know to Be Saved?
Special Business Cards – SWM has two new “business card” tracts, one for Deaf and one for hearing. Each has a QR code to scan with a phone. Both open a SWM web page presenting the Gospel. For Deaf people there are several Gospel presentations in ASL. For hearing people there is a clear video in spoken English. Both include a written Gospel tract.
Hearing Give to Deaf “2 In 1”
Even if you do not know sign language, you can give this card to someone so they can see the SWM “DeafHeaven” ASL web page. Deaf people can then keep this tract in their wallets so hearing people can scan the code on the back to learn a few ASL signs.
Deaf Give to Hearing
This is a simple question for everyone to consider. A Deaf person can give this card to others to scan and hear a clear Gospel presentation.
Try them now! – Open your smart phone camera and wait. Tap the link. Each card takes you to a different SWM web page.
More to “Hear”
“Following Jesus,” “getting “saved,” and “receiving Jesus as Savior” is only the first step in the Christian life. The second part of the Great Commission says, “Teaching them to observe (obey, hold close, keep) all things whatsoever I (Jesus) have commanded you,” (Matthew 28:20). Following Jesus is a lifetime process. Christians should attend a Bible-preaching church. However, Deaf people may live far from a good deaf ministry. They may not have an interpreter in their church, but they can learn the Bible online from SWM at SignTheBible.com. There, Deaf people will see skilled Bible teachers and preachers using sign language to teach the Bible verse-by-verse and chapter-by-chapter. They clearly explain the Bible in a Deaf-friendly way.
Some deaf ministries may have an interpreter, but not a Bible teacher who knows sign language. Many churches have reported using SignTheBible lessons for their Sunday School or Bible class time. After the lesson, someone can lead a discussion of what was taught. (Hint: Many Deaf people learn more during the Bible class time than from interpreted church services.)
SWM Is Here to Help
God does not call everyone to the deaf ministry, but He does call some. He called us!
“How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?” – Romans 10:14
The desire of SWM is to help local churches share the Gospel with Deaf people and to reach out as a missionary ministry to Deaf people. Has God called you to full-time deaf missions? Contact me for more information.
– Jon Barr, SWMB Director
To learn more: Contact Jon Barr