What’s Up? (POSTPONED) The 40th Annual Deaf Baptist Fellowship of America, president, Dr. Fred Adams, has been postponed. A new date will be decided. The host church is Deaf Baptist Church, pastor, Dr. Bruce Kelly. www.dbfa2020.com
What’s Up? Sympathy to the family of Ben Allen Clark (56), Copperhill, Tennessee, who passed away from a massive heart attack, on April 20, 2020. Ben is the son of the late Dr. John Clark and Henra, Dayton, Ohio. Please pray for his wife, Cindy, and their four children, as well as his mom who has lost her husband and both her sons in the last five years.
What’s Up? Sympathy to the family of John Ritter (76), El Paso, Texas, who passed away after a prolonged illness, on May 2, 2020. He was a member of Gallaudet University’s class of 1969 and a graduate of Temple Deaf College (1984) and Liberty University (1989). He was a passionate minister for many decades and will be remembered by all as someone who was faithfully dedicated to the Lord. Please pray for his wife of 43 years, Connie, their seven children and seventeen grandchildren. A Celebration of Life and Interment was held at Apache Creek Deaf and Youth Ranch in New Mexico on Sunday, May 10.
What’s Up? Congratulations to SWM’s Reed & Donna Condra on the birth of their newest grandbaby, Emmett Wade. He was born to Tony & Katie (Condra) Kropf on March 26. He weighed 7lb. 6oz. Emmett is pictured with his three siblings, Wyatt, Garrett, and Ariette.
What’s Up? Congratulations to Hannah Coburn, Leon Valley Baptist Church, San Antonio, Texas. She will be marrying Myron Lunbery, on August 1, 2020. Hannah is proficient in ASL, has a heart for the Deaf, and is greatly involved in the deaf ministry at her church.
What’s Up? Congratulations to SWM’s David & Vicki Bennett on the birth of their 9th grandchild, Zoe Ruth. She was born to Joshua & Tabatha Bennett, on May 1, 2020, weighing 8lb 6oz.
What’s Up? Missionaries to the Deaf, Chris & Lucinda Radebaugh, South Africa, ask prayers for their 4-year-old grandson, Seth, who has recently undergone three separate surgery attempts for an ongoing heart issue. The third one was a success. The surgeon says he is doing good, but will not say he is Ok until he sees him being discharged from the hospital. His parents, Brandon & Jennifer, along with grandparents, Chris & Lucinda, thank you for your continued prayers. Because of Covid-19, their time with Seth in the hospital has been very limited, making it difficult for all. Seth is pictured with his mom.
What’s Up? 12th Annual American Sign Language Camp, July 12-17, 2020, at Brethren Woods Camp and Retreat Center, Keezletown, VA. Www.brethrenwoods.org – ASL instructor, Amy Ashworth,
What’s Up? (CANCELED) Due to Covid-19, the Deaf Spiritual Leadership Camp, Florida, scheduled July 25 – 30, 2020, has been canceled. .
What’s Up? Deaf Missionaries to the Deaf in Brazil, Michael & Ruth Douglas, are taking a short furlough to come home to the States for eight weeks, beginning May 17. There are a few important things that they must take care of. Due to Covid-19 and their brief furlough, they will not be able to visit supporting churches but will focus on the business at hand, their family and home church. Please pray for safety during their travels while in the States.
What’s Up? Because of Covid-19 and closed churches, it has been a blessing to be able for SWM to have a virtual Bible study on Wednesday nights. So far we have had viewers from 29 states and 5 countries (Peru, Philippines, Brazil, Canada). Also, Pastor Russel (Rusty) VanDonkelaar (deaf), preaches each Sunday afternoon at 2:30, via SWM FB Live, and Missionary Allen Snare (deaf) preaches FB Live, on Sunday mornings at 9:00. SWM Northeast, Missionary Jim Bracelin, interprets on Sunday mornings live from his home church, Valley Forge Baptist Temple and the Greater RI Baptist Church, plus other devotions and fun times throughout the week. Several churches for the deaf are live streaming their services. It is possible to visit deaf churches and hear/see good Bible preaching and teaching. Here are a few: Liberty Baptist Church of the Deaf, Columbus, Ohio; Deaf Baptist Church, Smyrna, Georgia; Harvest Baptist Church of the Deaf, Ringgold, GA; Ephraim Baptist Church for the Deaf, Florissant, MO.
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