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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. Host church is Deaf Baptist Church, pastor, Dr. Bruce Kelly. www.dbfa2020.com.

What’s Up? Liberty Baptist Church of the Deaf will host Winter Camp for young people ages 12-18, February 21-23, 2020, at Stony Glen Campground, Madison, Ohio.

What’s Up? 3rd Annual Deaf Men’s Discipleship Conference, March 27-28, 2020 at Cornerstone Baptist Church, 818 N Parsons Avenue, Brandon, FL. Theme: “Equipped” – Ephesians 6:10-18. Special music by Ronaldo and special speaker, Dr Reggie Rempel, Harvest Deaf Ministries, Ringgold, Georgia. Hosted by Pastor Ronaldo Feliciano, Pastor A C McCann, and Ed Nieves.

Tyler Thornton

What’s Up? Missionary to the Deaf Bob Himes, Bill Rice Ranch Missions, is recovering nicely from his shoulder surgery. He is able to teach using only his left hand. Please pray for a speedy and complete recovery. He is planning two deaf camps which will be May 11-15, and May 25-28, 2020. Tyler Thornton from the Bill Rice Ranch will be the guest speaker. It will be his first visit to the Philippines.

What’s Up? SWM’s spring Fantastic Saturdays conducted by Jon & Diane Barr and Jim & Terry Bracelin will be starting up soon. Plan to attend.

Don and Marion Webb

What’s Up? Greetings to Don & Marion Webb, Upland, Indiana, long-time friends of the Deaf and Silent Word Ministries. They served the deaf at El Vista Baptist Church, Peoria, Illinois for many years. Don will celebrate his 90th birthday in March, and they will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary in May. They are faithful servants of the Lord and godly examples of lives well lived.


William Bennett with Sons

What’s Up? Sympathy to the family of William (Bill) Bennett (88) who passed away, after a year of serious health issues, on November 19, 2019. He had a full and productive life, pastored several churches in Georgia and Florida and, along with his late wife, Ruth, raised three sons. David, director of Silent Word Ministries International, Dan, a missionary to the Deaf in Brazil and Tim, a businessman in the Atlanta area. He was a loving father, father-in-law, grandfather, pastor as well as a great grandfather, and a dear friend to Silent Word Ministries. He is greatly missed.

Don and Sherry Chevalley

What’s Up? Congratulations to Don & Sherry Chevalley, Ringgold, Georgia. They recently celebrated their 41st wedding anniversary on December 28, 2019.

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.

Jose and Ana de los Santos

What’s Up? Deaf friends, Jose & Ana de los Santos, have moved from SC to Georgia to attend Harvest Deaf Bible College in Ringgold. They also eagerly volunteer at SWM. God bless you friends. Welcome to the area. We are glad you are here!

What’s Up? Suzanne Austin-Hill, coordinator of the deaf ministry at First Baptist Church, Brandon, Florida, extends an invitation to women who are Deaf/deaf/Hard of Hearing to an inspiring and challenging Bible study, “Going Beyond Live Simulcast” with Priscilla Shirer at the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach, Florida, Saturday, April 25, 2020. LifeWay Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing Outreach will provide ASL interpreters and live CART (Communication Access Realtime Translation) services.

Maria Podbereski

What’s Up? Congratulations to Missionary to the Deaf Maria Podbereski (deaf herself), Vicksburg, Mississippi. On January 12, 2020, she celebrated 34 years serving as a missionary. She is a bold and brave servant and in 2019, she lead 112 souls to Christ. She loves her service dog, AJ, and is very dependent on him. God bless you Maria for all you do for others.

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