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What’s Up? The 40th Annual Deaf Baptist Fellowship of America, president, Dr. Fred Adams, will meet in Atlanta, Georgia, June 14 – 19, 2020. The host church is Deaf Baptist Church, Atlanta area, pastor, Dr. Bruce Kelly. Www.dbfa2020.com. (See ad page 4)

What’s Up? Happenings at Harvest Deaf Ministries, Ringgold, Georgia: “The Ornament” the 2019 Christmas Drama performed in ASL and voice interpreted for the hearing, December 4 – 8, 7:00 each evening. 17th Annual Deaf Men’s Retreat in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, January 23 – 25, 2020. Email: contact@harvestdeaf.org

What’s Up? Jon Barr with the family of Missionary Frederick Kearney (BIMI) who visited SWM recently. They enjoyed the tour of the facilities and were given many helpful resources for their ministry. The daughter is learning sign language and through this they hope to open their ministry in Ghana to the Deaf. www.KearneysToGhana.org

What’s Up? Long time friend, Harry Lippert, and his wife Donna, visited SWM recently. Harry and Ted Camp served together in the 70’s and 80’s at the Bill Rice Ranch, Murfreesboro, TN. Their mutual love for the Deaf bonded their relationship. Thanks Lipperts for taking time to visit.

What’s Up? Birth Celebration! “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6).

What’s Up? Veteran Missionary (30+ years) to the Deaf in the Philippines, Bob Himes, continues to be busy in doing God’s work. In October he was the special speaker for the Deaf Anniversary at LaLoma Baptist Church, in Quezon City (northern part of Manila). It was a great day of preaching and teaching God’s Word with four accepting Christ as Savior. Also, in Deaf Sunday School at Bethany Baptist Church in Makati (southern part of Manila), three more deaf received Christ. Please pray for Bob as he has serious shoulder problems which hinder his communication with the deaf. Surgery is planned in hopes of healing. Words of encouragement would mean a lot to him. Email: behimes6100@yahoo.com.

What’s Up? Deaf Co-Ed Invitational Volleyball Tournament is Saturday, February 22, 2020, 8:00 am to 6:00 pm, hosted by Hampshire View Baptist Deaf Church, Silver Spring, MD. Coordinators: Bo & Jan Struhar. The tournament will be played at the Maryland School for the Deaf, Frederick, MD. Information Email: doctorbyun@hotmail.com

What’s Up? Deaf friend, Amy L Kraus, Westerville, Ohio, was awarded a certificate in recognition for 25 years of service in the Government of the United States of America. The award was presented by Teresa McKay, the director of Defense Finance and Accounting Service. Congratulations Amy! You are a wonderful example.

What’s Up? Deaf Christian Ministries representatives at the Deaf Nation Expo in Nashville, TN, October 11–12, 2019. Eddie Rivera, Murfreesboro, TN; Don Chevalley, Harvest Deaf Ministries, Ringgold, GA; Tyler Thornton, Bill Rice Ranch, Murfreesboro, TN; Nathan Hill, Harvest Deaf Ministries.

What’s Up? Christmas is coming! It is a joyous time at SWM. The Harvest Deaf Bible College students are coming to help with decorations. Our Christmas fellowship dinner is set for the 20th. The office will close on December 23 and reopen January 2, 2020, so all our families can join their families and celebrate the most wonderful time of the year.

What’s Up? Sympathies to the family and the many friends of deaf friend, Richard H Graikowski (83) of Wausau, Wisconsin, who passed away on September 29, 2019. Richard was a faithful Christian and very active in deaf Christian centered activities, as well as athletics at his Alma Mater, Wisconsin School for the Deaf. He loved his church where he attended faithfully and interacted with everyone, from young to old. He never let his deafness interfere with his involvement with hearing people, enlisting the help of the interpreters. He had a smile that endeared him to everyone.

What’s Up? Sympathies to the family and friends of Gene Green (75), Greenwood, Indiana, who passed away September 21, 2019. He and his wife of 54 years, Carol, raised two fine Christian sons, Mike (deaf), Ringgold, GA, and Todd (hearing), Indianapolis, IN. Gene knew sign language and was a wonderful example of a devoted and involved father to both his sons. He was also involved in full-time Christian ministry for over 25 years. He was a loyal friend and supporter of Silent Word Ministries. Gene was a true Christian gentleman. He is greatly missed.

What’s Up? Canadian SWM Missionaries, Bud & Jenna Ring and daughters, Amy & Khloe, send Thanksgiving and Christmas greetings! They are doing a wonderful work among the Deaf in Canada.

What’s Up? Pastor Scott Crabtree (Life Signs Deaf Baptist Church, Columbus, OH) invited Jon Barr to preach a special service. The church recently celebrated their one year anniversary. (Look! Someone gave Pastor Crabtree a Cadillac! Wow!) Please pray for many to be saved and grow in Christ.

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