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What’s Up? Sympathy to the family of Albert “Wayne” Bush, Sr (68) Bunnell, Florida, who passed away on December 5, 2023. He was the father of SWM’s Tammy (Jacob, Sr) Roth. Following the example of his Savior, he was a carpenter and preacher. He spent 46 years in the service of the Lord. He was a faithful example of a servant and will be greatly missed.

What’s Up? Deaf Day at Volusia County Baptist Church, 261 S Orange Ave, Orange City, FL, will be Sunday, February 18, 2024, 9:00 am, with dinner afterwards. Deaf pastor Bruce Kelly, Deaf Baptist Church, Smyrna, GA, will be the special speaker.

What’s Up? Pastor Steve Parker, and Bible Baptist Church for Deaf/Hearing, Seguin, Texas, report a huge blessing. They were needing a place of their own for their church. It had been a matter of prayer for many months. A Christian school that was closing heard about the need. After meeting with the board of the school, they decided to give their seven acres of land and four buildings to this special church. Churches and individuals donated funds, time, and expertise to help with remodeling and making the facilities ready for use. They are enjoying the blessings of the Lord and give Him the glory for taking care of this huge need.

What’s Up? Silent Word Ministries, 6250 Hwy 136 East, Trenton,Georgia, will conduct its annual community sign language class, Monday – Friday, February 12-16, 2024, 6:30 – 9:00. The class is free, taught by Jon Barr CT. For more information or to register, Phone 706-657-8000

What’s Up? Congratulations to SWM’s Reed & Donna Condra on the birth of their 8th grandchild. Leah Elizabeth Grace was born to Joel & Sarah Condra on December 14, 2023. She weighed 8 lb 14 oz.

What’s Up? Sympathy to family of Lydia E Henrici (86) who passed away November 24, 2023. She was involved in the first meeting with SWM’s Paul & Rachel Strosnider of Ephraim Baptist Church for the Deaf in Florissant (St. Louis area), MO. At the age 66, she began learning ASL and was tremendously helpful in those early years of the church. Eventually, Lydia moved to Dallas to live with her son, and was involved in Victory Baptist Church and corrected correspondence courses for the deaf. Lydia’s love for deaf people lives on through her son, Ron, who interprets in Dallas and daughter, Rebecca, who interprets in Indiana at Cornerstone Baptist Church.

What’s Up? Congratulations to Grace Bible Deaf Church of Tampa, Florida, and Pastor Ronaldo and Jona Feliciano. They celebrated the church’s 20th anniversary, January 2024. Thank you for 20 years of faithfulness. They will be hosting the 3rd annual Deaf Men’s Discipleship Conference, March 22 & 23, 2024. Information:gbctampa.org/deaf-church

What’s Up? David Bennett, Director of Silent Word Ministries International, is now in India conducting Deliberate Discipleship meetings with national pastors and leaders in local churches. Pray for the success of these much-needed meetings and for good health and safety for David.

What’s Up? Congratulations to SWM’s David & Vicki Bennett on the birth of their 18th grandchild. Charlotte Rose, was born to Jonathan & Hannah Bennett, on December 14, 2023. She weighed 8 lb 2 oz.

What’s Up? Deaf Pastor Ronnie King and his wife, Carol, Tucson, Arizona, recently visited Silent Word Ministries. They serve the Deaf at New Testament Baptist Church, in Tucson.

Visitors and Volunteer Helpers are Always WELCOMED at SWM – Y’all Come!
Jonathan, Jay, Rachel, Elizabeth, Tirza Cochenour and Joanie Kilinski, Merritt Island, Florida, helped with many SWM projects while visiting area churches. We appreciate all your help!

Nate Tannehill, Cummings, GA, was here and there and everywhere doing what was needed at SWM. Rebecca Stavros, Gulf Breeze, FL, helped in the office with mailouts, cleaning, and more! Many thanks to both!

Pastor Holmes Tako of Morata Baptist Church in Papua New Guinea, recently stayed in SWM’s “Eugene Bordean” missionary guest room. He is reporting to area churches about the great BIMI “Bible Distributions” of over one million Bibles to the public schools in PNG. (View: BIMI.org – PNG Bible Distribution). SWM also gave him helpful deaf materials and a DVD of (two-handed) British Sign Language used in PNG. BTW: He was also here during the great winter storm. I am sure he will have “storm” stories when he returns to tropical islands of PNG. Pray for the continued evangelization of PNG and pray that a door to deaf ministries will also be opened.

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