What’s Up?

What’s Up? SWM’s Reed & Donna Condra are teaching a Deaf couples Sunday School class at Harvest Baptist Church of the Deaf, Pastor Dr. Reggie Rempel, Ringgold, Georgia. Reed has written the lessons being taught, “The Basics of a Biblical Marriage,” which he offers copyright-free, www.reedanddonna.com. The Deaf couples seem excited to have the Word ministered just-for-them. Thank you Dr. Rempel for this opportunity.

What’s Up? Congratulations to Michael & Ruth Douglas, Ringgold, Georgia, on the birth of their baby girl, Roniya Selah. She was born on June 15, weighing 6 lbs. In March, the Douglases adopted a baby girl, Giovanna. These two precious girls will grow up as “Irish Twins.” Pictured is Michael enjoying his first Father’s Day with his two daughters.

What’s Up? Sympathy to the family of Luther Joiner (age 82), Trenton, Georgia, SWM Board Member, who passed away June 4, after a lengthy illness. He was a faithful member of Calvary Baptist Church and was known for hiking the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine when he was age 55. Please pray for his wife, Janie, who continues to serve on SWM’s Board.

What’s Up? Attention friends in the Northeast. Plan to attend SWM’s ASL Institute & Deaf Bible Conference, August 10 – 12, 2017. It is hosted by Valley Forge Baptist Temple, Collegeville, PA. Both Deaf and hearing presenters will make this a profitable and blessed experience. SilentWord.org/asli

What’s Up? Deaf friends enjoying lunch at Jasons’s Deli after service at Open Bible Deaf Church, College Park, MD. (Good to see your picture, long-time friend, Ora McLellan – C. Camp).

What’s Up? During the Deaf Baptist Fellowship of America 2017, Deaf pastors enjoyed a tour of the Space Needle in Seattle, Washington. L to R: Chris Harris (NJ), Bruce Kelly (GA), Bill Schutt, Sr. (IN), Brian Lievens (WI), James Campbell (MD), and Earl Brigham (FL).

What’s Up? Jon & Diane Barr recently shared this huge banana split and visited with old friends Ed and Ladessa Yakanin in Michigan. Many years ago Ed helped build the Barr’s bus RV. Ladessa learned sign language from the Barrs and still has a burden for the Deaf.

What’s Up? SWM’s Canadian Missionaries to the Deaf, Bud and Jenna Ring, began full-time deputation on May 3. They have had many meetings across Canada. Along the way they have spoken in many churches, taught children’s ministries, gained support, scheduled more meetings and learned much about traveling in an RV. Their hearts are burdened to reach the Deaf in Canada with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

What’s Up? SWM Home Office Missionary, Tabitha Beam’s car recently died. But through generous gifts of friends and family, she was able to purchase a newer 2010 Nissan Versa. She says, “It is such a blessing to have a reliable ‘new’ car to drive.”

What’s Up? Dr. Terry Buchholz, pastor of Hampshire View Baptist Deaf Church, Silver Spring, MD, was a recent visitor to SWM.

What’s Up? Happy 80th (July 13) birthday to Missionary to the Deaf, Jim Sloan, Deaf Outreach Ministries, GA. God continues to use him to travel and preach to Deaf in many countries. Thank you for your faithfulness. jsloan1@aol.com – Jim is like that energy bunny. He keeps going and going!

What’s Up? Missionaries to the Deaf in Ukraine, Bob and Judy Van Sant, ask your prayers for Deaf Pastor Slava Kratko and his wife, Tanya (both deaf). Tanya was diagnosed with cancer and was admitted into an Oncology hospital for surgery on July 17. Their only child, Natasha (deaf), and granddaughter, whom they have not seen in two years have come to stay awhile. Pastor Slava and Tanya both have said they feel and know that people are praying for them, as they have peace and comfort.

What’s Up? Sandra Ellis and daughter recently visited SWM from California. They attend annual SWM Fantastic Saturdays and Sandra is involved in deaf ministry. Thanks for stopping by!

What’s Up? Attention ladies: The Board of Deaf Baptist Ladies Retreat gives you a special invitation to attend the 31st annual retreat, October 12 – 14, 2017, hosted by Bethel Baptist Church, Schaumburg, IL, and East Delavan Baptist Church, Delavan, WI. It will be at Camp Joy, White Water, WI .www.campjoy.org; DeafLadiesRetreat.org. FB: Deaf Baptist Ladies Retreat.

And That’s What’s Up!