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What’s Up? Sympathy to the family of Marion Catherine Webb (91), who passed away on January 17, 2024, in Warren, Indiana. She was married to Donald Webb for 73 years who survives in Warren, IN. Marion was a faithful wife, mother, grandmother, and servant of the Lord. She taught a Ladies Bible Class for over 35 years, and also served as an interpreter for the deaf, El Vista Baptist Church, Peoria, Illinois. She was a faithful friend to Ted and Carlene Camp and SWM.

What’s Up? Harvest Deaf Bible College, Ringgold, Georgia, is celebrating its 30th anniversary May 3 – 5, 2024. A great weekend is planned with a special banquet, picnic, and graduation service. Contact: harvestdeaf.org

What’s Up? Congratulations to SWM’s Reed & Donna Condra on the birth of their ninth grandchild. Rhett Isaac was born March 10, 2024, weighing just over 6 lbs. The proud and thankful parents are Tony & Katie (Condra) Kropf. Congrats again, again, and again!


What’s Up? 32nd Annual Midwest Regional Deaf Retreat, April 18-20, 2024, at Camp Joy, Whitewater, WI, host: Woodcrest Baptist Church, Fridley, MN. Theme: “Living in the Reality of God’s Peace” (John 14:27). Speaker: SWM’s Rusty VanDonkelaar. Contact: Perry Ward, Text: 763-954-1815 – VP: 612-326-9087


What’s Up? Great Lakes Deaf Men Gathering
(GLDMG) will have its 10th Annual Men’s Retreat, May 31 – June 2, 2024, at the Amigo Centre, Sturgis, Michigan. Contact: Text (574) 317-3702

What’s Up? Sympathy to the family of Dr. Lawrence Shillingburg, (84) Weston, West Virginia, who passed away on January 27, 2024, after a long and valiant battle with cancer. He was born to deaf parents so American Sign Language was his first language. In 1973, he accepted Jesus Christ as his Saviour and soon after he began serving as missionary/evangelist to the Deaf. He traveled all over the United States and several of the Caribbean Islands sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  He also taught Sign Language in many Christian schools and colleges. Lawrence had a big heart for people, especially those who were deaf.

What’s Up? Sympathy to the family of Henra Clark (88), Dayton, Ohio, who passed away on February 2, 2024. She was a graduate of Mississippi School for the Deaf and in 1956 married John Clark. They had two sons, Henry and Ben. As missionaries, they traveled the United States and several other countries preaching and teaching the Gospel. In 1981, they founded the Deaf Baptist Fellowship of America. Henra was a faithful and beloved wife, mother, grandmother, friend, and most importantly, child of God. Her favorite hymn was, “We’ll Work ‘Til Jesus Comes.” Her life was an example of that hymn. In 2022, she attended the Deaf Baptist Ladies Retreat in Branson, Missouri. While there, she gave her testimony and sang her favorite hymn. You can view: harvestdeaf.org harvestdeaf.org, and on Facebook: Deaf Baptist Ladies Retreat.

What’s Up? Sympathy to the family of deaf friend, Janis Williams (75) Daytona Beach, Fl, who passed away on February 7, 2024. She faithfully attended Crossroads Ministries in Daytona Beach, Florida. She was loved by many and will be greatly missed.

What’s Up? In remembrance of friend, Floyd Lindahl (83), Columbia Heights, Minnesota, who passed away November 29, 2023. Floyd had a heart for the Deaf and although he was not fluent in sign language, for many summers, 1976-1990, he provided transportation by driving a school bus for deaf young people (included Reggie Rempel) to attend the Bill Rice Ranch, Murfreesboro, Tennessee. He faithfully served in the deaf ministry in his local church, Woodcrest Baptist Church, Fridley, MN. He was known as a man with a “servant’s heart.”

What’s Up? SWMI Director, David Bennett, his wife Vicki, and friend, John Medlin, are serving in Ganta City, Liberia, for several weeks helping in the deaf school and ministering in churches. Vicki is teaching in ladies meetings; David is teaching and training leaders, David loves to intermingle with local children. Also John, a blacksmith, is teaching his trade to the deaf. This will enable them to support their families. Note: Sometimes David is home! – TC


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